Nelson Magazine - July 2020

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JULY 2020

Nelson’s Newest





A passion for transforming

Meet Nelson’s ‘place-maker’

CHANGING CAREERS Finding that zest for work

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CREATING AN UPCYCLED LIFE A passion for transforming


CHANGING CAREERS Finding that zest for work


IMPROVING NELSON’S CITY CENTRE We talk to Nelson’s new ‘place-maker’


MIDDLE AGED MAN IN LYCRA Kiwi actor makes Nelson home





On The Street

28–33 Travel 34–39

At Home

41 Health 44–47

Social Pages



49 Gardening



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


ver the years, weekends away to other cities in New Zealand, with their pretty fairy lights, inner city playgrounds and people gathering in people friendly spaces, has left me wishing we had the same atmosphere here. Apart from when there’s an event on, or on Saturday mornings when there is a vibe because of the Nelson Market and buskers voices can be heard singing from the streets, Nelson’s CBD often lacks any true vibrancy.



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A big improvement has been closing the top of Trafalgar St, making it a great place to hang out, particularly in summer. But Nelson could still do so much more. Nelson City Council has recently asked the community for feedback on ways to improve pedestrian safety, experience, spending and activity in our city centre.

What if we remove carparks to widen the footpaths? Heaven forbid, what if we close Trafalgar St to traffic altogether? It’s the latest in a series of moves to make the centre of Nelson more inviting for people, as Charles Anderson finds out in an interview with Alan Gray, the man tasked with making this happen. This month we also have some exciting news to share. At the recent CNA Awards, Nelson Magazine was judged to be the third best magazine in the country and runner up in the award for best cover. These awards judged editions from 2019 which was within our first year of launching. I’m deeply proud of our team for this achievement and would like to particularly thank all of our advertisers and readers for making this possible.

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What is your dream job?

Vivienne Ade

Shaun O’Connor

Lily Nguyen

Puna Wikaira

I’m living my dream, currently being retired and am enjoying having the extra time to play bowls.

A Lonely Planet Guide travel writer, because I’d love to travel and go where the locals go.

During the lockdown, I realised I wanted to work in preventing health crisis across the globe.

One day I’d like to train to be a police officer because I like to help people and make a difference.

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Creating an upcycled life Then as lockdown loomed, she quickly ordered in enough materials to keep her busy. Despite having a stack of chairs on which to recline, Vickie was not one to sit back and relax on any of them. Instead, she picked up her tools ‘and just went for it’. She also made a life changing decision, she just didn’t know it at the time. She joined a Facebook site that was focused on supporting the local economy during and after the lockdown — New Zealand Made Products (then 47,000 followers). On it she posted photos of her upholstered retro chairs. Overnight she had 1500 hits on her webpage and the orders took off too. Now every week she receives carefully dismantled furniture sent from all around the country for her to work her retro magic.

Vickie Davis receives joy in finding old furniture and turning it into funky retro pieces.

The thing about traumatic life events is that when you’re right in the middle of one, it’s hard to imagine anything positive could come from it. But sometimes it can send you on a well-worn path where the ‘worn well’ piece is just what you’re after. Britt Coker explains.

Instead of following the more commercially viable path of modern upholstery, she veered into a niche, preferring upholstery work that brought life back into retro furniture.


Part of the package of buying retro pieces from Vickie is dealing with an extrovert who doesn’t care for pretence. A bit funky herself then.

hen Vickie Davis was 21 years old, her partner (and father of her daughter) took his life. To help her through the depression that followed, she went on a course designed to assist young women increase their confidence and capabilities by learning practical tasks considered male-orientated skills. As part of this, Vickie spent a week in an upholstery business. Despite finding the work appealing, it was another couple of years before she picked up the tools of the trade to properly give it a go. Not that she knew what to do with them. This was in prehistoric days before Youtube when how-to videos were neither prolific nor easy to find. So, she taught herself. This confidence in untapped talents makes sense for a woman whose personal motto is, ‘believe and you will achieve’.

“It’s just been a godsend. I’ve had radio and TV interviews; it’s been really good for the business.” In true Vickie-style, she’s upskilled her website knowledge, teaching herself how to use coding and add internal and external links to maximise her website’s potential and meet the need of the online buyers.

“The furniture I love the most is 1960s and 70s. I was born in 1970 and that’s maybe got something to do with it. But I just like the retro look and the frames are so solid. I do a lot of my own one-off designs. I find a piece of furniture myself and make it look crazy or funky.”

Has she always been creative? “I think so. My nana was a seamstress and she had taught herself as well. She used to make wedding dresses until she had a stroke at 40. So, I think it’s genetic”.

The popularity of her upcycled furniture has not just captured the appeal of New Zealanders but it’s inadvertently reignited her own enthusiasm and creative spark for a job she’s been doing for years. “The lockdown has made me realise that I should keep doing my upholstery more. It’s given me a bit of a boost of ‘Oh yay, I love doing this again’.

Many locals will recognise Vickie or her work from three years of selling ‘Vickie’s Originals’ at the Nelson market. It’s predominantly her kiwiana cushion covers and bags which caught the fancy of overseas tourists attracted to her retro fabrics, not to mention being easy, yet interesting souvenirs to fit in the suitcase.

Once more, she’s wandered into teachyourself territory, this time creating something she could have done with herself, 30 years ago. “I’ve just started doing tutorials. I’ve made a little YouTube channel, it’s only real new to me. People love it if you share a bit. And I’ve inspired a few people, which is really cool.”

“I am who I am, and I’m very honest and I think people like that I don’t have to pretend that I’m perfect and I can just be myself.”



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hen a loved one passes away, families need compassionate support from trusted professionals when it comes to funeral arrangements. For the past four decades, locals have been relying on Waimea Richmond Funeral Services. Being a family owned business, the team are dedicated to caring for grieving families and can take care of every aspect of the funeral for a beloved family member or close friend. “We devote ourselves to those who entrust their loved ones into our care,” says Operations Manager, Craig Mills. Waimea Richmond Funeral Services originally operated on the corner of Salisbury and Champion Roads and has since outgrown their original premises, prompting the idea of creating a new purpose-built facility. This area needed something new and fresh, with larger facilities to cater for demand, and has been built with those needs in mind. In a natural setting, it boasts a beautiful new state-of-the-art chapel with high-tech audio and visual, providing families with options including live streaming, recording of services, and a large digital display for sharing pictures and video memories. A viewing facility allows you to spend time with your loved one in the days leading up to the service, and the central covered courtyard is ideal for after service refreshments. G Miller and Sons Monumental Masons also operate out of the new facility, providing all monumental requirements including granite headstones and plaques. They also have bronze and ceramic options and pet monuments. “Cremations are on the rise, partly because it’s more costeffective, but ultimately it’s about people’s choice.” Waimea ADVERTORIAL

Richmond Funeral Services, along with Marsden House and Golden Bay Motueka Funeral Services, utilise its privately owned Hope Garden of Remembrance Crematorium and chapel as well. It is a beautiful intimate space with a memorial garden, so ashes can be interred there. The services of Nelson Tasman Direct Cremations are available through any of their funeral homes. You can call and meet with one of their funeral directors and you will receive a friendly, professional service anytime of the day or night. “Every person is unique and for us it’s a real privilege to work with our families and put that final piece together to celebrate a life well lived,” says Craig. Waimea Richmond Funeral Services offer a variety of flexible services, options and facilities to ease the family’s time of grieving including after service catering facilities, a comprehensive selection of caskets and memorial options, bereavement support, a programme of ongoing care, and an annual service of remembrance. The doors to Waimea Richmond Funeral Services are now open and their services are available whenever you might need them. Pop in and see Andrew, Linda or one of the friendly team and they will be happy to show you around, or they can come to visit you to discuss pre-arrangement and pre-payment options to best suit individual needs.

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What are you listening to? Podcasts are now big business, allowing you to select topics you’re interested in and listen to them whenever you want. Be it while walking on the beach, at the gym, relaxing in the bath or driving in the car. From true crime to sports, we asked five locals to share their best ear candy recommendations with us, so you’ve got something new to try.

Kipp O’Donnell

Sarina Barron

Tom Ingham

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Library Manager

Teacher/Nelson Giant

I started listening to podcasts about a year ago, great when I was out for a run or travelling somewhere with limited internet coverage. I have drifted into several true crime series — my favourite recently being ‘Black Hands,’ — the New Zealand story of David Bain and the massacre that occurred in Dunedin in 1994. I learned a lot that was never made public at the time and some facts and insights that changed my perception of the case and on Bain himself. If you followed the case and have an opinion, have a listen.

My podcast listening habits are pretty eclectic. I have found that if I have an interest in something then there is almost certainly a podcast devoted to it. Recently I have finished binging on Dolly Parton’s America. I’m not a fan of Dolly’s music (9–5 excluded) but I am a fan of trying to understand America and how American’s think which was really the focus of this podcast. I am now listening to The Last Archive. Part storytelling, part social commentary, part historical snapshot — this compelling podcast leaves you with a ‘huh’ in your throat at the end of each episode as the presenter (historian, Jill Lepore) tries to answer the question “who killed truth?”. Given our fake news world and my love of American history I am enjoying it immensely.

I have only recently got into the world of podcasts, and the main two I have been rolling with have been ‘All The Smoke’ and ‘An Ordinary Kiwi Podcast’. All The Smoke is based on two NBA players talking sports and also covering relevant social issues. An Ordinary Kiwi Podcast is produced by local lad Connor Karena. He interviews a variety of ordinary kiwis doing extraordinary things. Both are good listens and highly recommend them.





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Ahmed Osman

Deputy Mayor, Nelson City Council

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Thanks to some earbuds for Mothers Day, I have enjoyed listening to podcasts while out walking. The June 10 NPR podcast ‘The Global Legacy of George Floyd’, provided stories from NZ, Syria, Brazil, Kenya and the Netherlands, highlighting how his killing is resonating with people across the globe, with protesters taking to the streets and social media in solidarity. It underscored that not only are they speaking out against the killing of Black Americans, but are holding up a mirror to the institutional racism and oppression they see where they live.

I am a huge podcast fan. I love listening to them while I work, also if I am out for a run or at the gym. My top four at the moment would have to be George The Poets ‘Have You Heard George’s Podcast’ which is an amazing podcast that delivers a fresh take on inner city life through a mix of storytelling, music and fiction, Hip Hop Saved My Life by one of my favourite comedians, Romesh Ranganathan, Under The Skin with Russell Brand is really interesting and I love the range of people he interviews. And of course, being a massive Arsenal fan ‘Handbrake Off-A show about Arsenal hosted by Amy Lawrence and James McNicholas is an essential.


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Finding that zest for work If we’re going to be in the workforce for 40–50 years, surely it’s way too important to settle for mediocre? Yet most of us do. Words: Britt Coker


hate my job. Sometimes my Monday seeps into my Sunday. A brief thought of work tasks, followed by a general feeling of blah and a dramatic groan. “Argh, work tomorrow.” Anyone who’s been employed will sooner or later, have these feelings. So why, when it takes up so much of our lives, do we stay in a job that’s unsatisfying? Trying to set us on the right paths from an early age sees career counsellors in New Zealand’s high schools kept busy, but there’s not necessarily robust and comprehensive discussions taking place. One mother I know recently lamented the pointlessness of a brief 15

minute appointment her daughter had waited weeks for. Like so many, she has a three year commitment to a tertiary organisation riding on her making the right career choices.

curly questions, but helping them find the answers. The younger you are with the less work experience under your belt, the more help you might need finding the key to job fulfilment.

According to Lesley Hooson at Bright Track, it’s about asking yourself some curly questions, valid at any careerchanging age. What’s your story? Who are you as a person? What is it that you need to keep you motivated, engaged and growing?

Lesley says 65 per cent of students will change their papers or their tertiary institution within the first couple of years but with career planning, those numbers reduce to around 10 per cent.

Bright Track was set up by Lesley and partner, Stephen Gully to assist careerchangers, not just by asking them the

Tertiary education is a big commitment, does it even make sense to go straight there? “It depends entirely on the person. What tends to happen is that we have


quite a large majority go into polytechs now and they are much more kinaesthetic in the way they learn. They learn by watching and by doing rather than an academic type of working. So that’s a really key point for those school leavers. It’s about thinking about what kind of learner they are, therefore what sort of learning environment is going to be best to keep them motivated and engaged.” “I think quite a few young people who finish their degrees might get an internship, and I see quite a lot of young people at that point and they are the career changers. The first place I’d go to look is at their work values. I had a young man here who had a great opportunity in the field of his degree and on paper it looked perfect but when we looked at his values, he was really a person who wanted to work for the benefit of other people. He had that social interest and he was in a very competitive environment and he just didn’t like it. So we rejigged his degree, we got him to add on a graduate diploma and he set off in another direction and loved it.”

If you had all the time, energy and money, what would you do with your unique skills and talents to serve the world? Jess Connolly

As we know, making the wrong job choice is not a youthful mistake we eventually grow out of. This miserable truth is backed up by the research. The last Gallup report (2017) states that only 21% of New Zealand workers strongly agree with the statement, “I like what I do each day.” However, we rate highly in overall life satisfaction, one of only two regions to have this contrast (the other is Western Europe). It seems we love our lifestyles as much as we are ho-hum about our jobs. So how did so many of us end up disengaged and more importantly, what do we do about it? If employers want to harness that zeal for life, the Gallup report suggests among other things, giving employees opportunity to do at work what they do best, create a healthy work-life balance and to maintain a workplace culture that engages people. The good news about our time in lockdown is that it’s given many of us opportunity to re-evaluate our working life. Some of us have had a rethink thrust upon us, with redundancies an inevitable side effect of businesses unable to operate. Outgoing Chief Executive of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Liam Sloan, says they’re already seeing enrolments from people looking to retrain in a career different from their last.


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Jess Connolly often asks her clients, ‘are you being paid to be you?’

“During and subsequently post Covid we have attracted enrolments from a range of people who opted to up-skill or completely change their career pathway. We have enrolled a builder onto Bachelor of Information Technology…a joiner onto the Diploma in Interior Design and a chef onto the Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking.” The government has also come to the party as a result of the Covid career fallout and is offering free fees in specific training and apprenticeship areas. NMIT, says Liam Sloan, is getting enquiries on a daily basis about this initiative.

Even in a job you dislike, being employed is good for self-esteem. Studies suggest that after six months of not working, a person starts to lose confidence in their skills. The combination of a long term break from the workforce and a wane in confidence affects a large sector of our population - full-time mothers. Jess Connolly gave up paid work to be a mum of three. Like many others, she felt her self-assurance drop but didn’t want to waste the opportunity presented, to reassess and find a new career that would be more satisfying.

During and subsequently post-Covid we have attracted enrolments from a range of people who opted to up-skill or completely change their career pathway. Liam Sloan, Chief Executive, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

“I learnt that I absolutely loved and adored my children but being a stay at home mum didn’t energise me. It completely drained me, and I got into this enormous burn out. That’s when I met with Lesley.” With Lesley’s help, Jess was able to pinpoint a career path that suited her. She was after something that offered her an opportunity to contribute to life in a more meaningful way. Reassessing her career choices brought her to the role of CliftonStrengths coach. CliftonStrengths is a system that uses psychological assessment testing to help a person discover what they are naturally best at and develop those talents into usable strengths. Now she is the one asking curly questions. “The one I ask often is, ‘Are you being paid to be you?’ And I think that’s what Lesley and I do. We help people find out who they are and what makes them tick, what makes them energised and thrive, and finding a job that aligns with that so that every day they’re being paid to just be them. The stuff you’re good at is innate, you don’t have to be consciously trained at it, you’re just born really capable in those areas and it’s about finding it. I also ask my clients ‘if you had all the time, energy and money, what would you do with your unique skills and talents to serve the world?’ And when I say world, I’m referring to your circle of influence” She thinks that many people who dislike their jobs just become numb to it and assume it is normal. Or at least, it’s normal to just endure a job that makes us unhappy. Perhaps we’re conditioned to suffer through a job that doesn’t fit us because that’s what our parents did, and other people we know are enduring work too so it’s just a part of life.

“This is what they assume is the norm, that they go to work to pay the mortgage and not go to work to feel like they are really contributing. People feel stuck. They don’t realise that at any one moment they can make another choice, you know? Reviewing your career choice is an opportunity to get unstuck.” Despite loving her job, Jess says she intends to stay open to new opportunities and experiences. “Because I know the feeling now. I know what energises me. It’s the sort of task you’ve been doing for so long that you forget to eat lunch, you’re enjoying it so much.” Lesley says the typical client comes from several different backgrounds. There is the 20 or 30-somethings who have spent a bit of time in the workforce and they now want to consolidate the skills they’ve learnt and hone them into a job that has been elusive or off their radar. There are those who have experienced sudden life changes that necessitated a re-evaluation and change in direction. Redundancy, injury, or your run-of-the-mill nationwide lockdown, for example. Google Trends data showed a 194 per cent increase in the number of searches in the ‘I want a new job’ category during May compared to January. Searches for ‘job change’, ‘how to move jobs’ and ‘move careers’ also recorded increases well above 100 per cent.


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The other large group looking for change is those nearing retirement who still want to feel they are contributing to society. Usually not in a job with high stress or heavy responsibility. Lesley explains, “They still have the energy for work and they still want to be contributing and feel that their lives are meaningful. We are healthier and fitter and have the energy to be working beyond the age of 65 and it’s the difficulty of how are we going to employ that energy in an area that we’re going to enjoy. The other factor that comes into that is the financial one. We’re living now into the nineties and if we retire at 65 we’ve still got another 35 years.” Well, that’s the tricky bit. If we all knew when we were going to meet our maker, we’d stop work with enough money to spend and time to enjoy the spending. In the meantime, we’ve got to remind ourselves that working in a job we dislike shouldn’t be the norm. Only 21% of us say, “I like what I do each day.” Let’s get that percentage up, Nelson.

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Meet Nelson’s place-maker Nelson’s city centre wants to be more inviting, more fun, more interesting. It wants tourists to come and visit but more importantly it wants locals to like coming to town. Charles Anderson meets the man tasked with making that happen.


Councillor Pete Rainey and Nelson City Council’s Alan Gray are excited about what can become of the city centre.


on’t call it a CBD. Alan Gray is very specific about that. Call it a “city centre” instead.

The much-celebrated Wynyard Quarter and Silo Park have, as he says, his DNA all over it.

“It’s about people,” he says. “It needs to have heart and a strong social life; it’s about running into people. There is something meaningful about that.”

But despite those much larger endeavours, Alan found something interesting about Nelson. He started applying for jobs at the Nelson City Council. The jobs were for non-descript titles like “planner”.

Four years ago, when Alan first rolled into Nelson in his VW Combi van, that is kind of how he felt. The city was in the throes of the Arts Festival. There were people in the streets. It was colourful and fun. There was a buzz around. “Within 10 minutes, my partner and I thought ‘this is the place’.” He liked the city centre but he knew it had the capability for being even greater. Which, coming from Alan, is high praise. He has worked across the United States, got an urban design degree from Harvard University and then moved to Auckland 10 years ago to lead that city’s efforts in redesigning its waterfront.

“I never even got a call.” Then another job description came up: “City centre programme development lead.” The title didn’t appeal to Alan’s distaste for jargon but still, this seemed more like his bag. That was 18 months ago, but it is now that he believes people will start to see some rapid changes in how the city centre can be given more of a heart. “When I came here people were like ‘we don’t like the blue lines’.”

He is referring to an attempt, several years ago, to beautify Bridge St, which turned from a master plan into some seating and a series of painted blue lines across the pavements. It seemed to be a microcosm of any vaguely interesting project that came across Nelson City Council’s desk. There would be excitement and enthusiasm and then, soon, all that would be lost in bureaucracy, failed consultations, perhaps a lack of vision, and then watered down into blue lines, or nothing. But now, council had finally put someone in charge of making those exciting things happen. Alan became that “centre programme development lead”. His job was to step back and look at the city from a strategic standpoint to make sure that any projects to make Nelson more interesting were executed with an overarching vision.


Part of Alan Grey’s vision can be seen on Upper Trafalgar St where AstroTurf and picnic benches have been installed.

Alan’s vision is that he wants anyone coming into Nelson city to have 18 things they come across that you would not expect. He loves the idea of people running into people and catching up or stumbling across something you have not seen before. He wants people in chain stores but also in boutique stores and restaurants and bars. In other words: “Let’s ramp up the destination.” “That’s the plan I want. That’s the city I want.” Part of that vision and how he plans to help execute it can be seen in Upper Trafalgar St. He calls the different elements of objects – of AstroTurf, picnic benches and a soon to be installed lighting rig, as “tactical insertion”. These feature objects are comparatively cheap but also temporary. They can be moved around and tested and built upon. It’s also what council is doing with the pop-up park that will be open on Halifax St, next to the library. Come August, it will feature a pump track for bikes, an imagination playground, a basketball hoop – all things that will find new homes at some stage. But what it allows council to do is see how people will interact with them. That playground was partly the result of a study that council commissioned over the last year which looked at how people moved around the city. The authors of the project were poetic. “[City centres] are the places we share together - streets, parks, markets, public buildings and more - and are the sites whereby most human exchange occurs,” they wrote. “An exchange that the social, cultural, environmental and economic values of our communities depend upon for survival. Despite this, for centuries, our urban planning ideologies have placed little value on the human dimension and


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Let’s ramp up the destination. Alan Gray

the effect that the built environment has on people - their movements, behaviours and quality of life.” The survey authors, it seemed, wanted their findings to mean something. What it found, was that the vast majority of foot traffic in Nelson was on Trafalgar St. Half of every pedestrian movement in the city was on that street. So that needs some work. Also, that over two days of monitoring, both in August and in February, there was over 100,000 people in the city in the winter and 40% more in the summer. However, only .05% of all those people were kids under five. Because, why on earth would they want to come in? Why would their parents want to take them in? “There is nothing for kids to do in the city centre. There are two swings and they are not even next to each other,” Alan says. Hence, a temporary park. “Tactical is the way you do it – see how things work then it can become more permanent.” That survey also had some recommendations. It wanted to see more people living in the city centre. Census data shows fewer than 100 residents living within a 0.5km, or a 5-minute walk of the city centre, and 1500 residents within a 1km, or 10 minute walk. “More residential housing in the centre - building on Nelson’s natural, cultural and commercial value - will significantly boost activity registrations, character and vibrancy which will naturally overflow into the economy of the city centre.”


The authors wanted a “lively and inviting city centre” saying that the “diversity of invitations” to stay in the city centre is limited. It wanted more spaces to allow people really, just to hang out. But to make that inclusive of all demographics. It also wanted to see better connections through the city. It said that Nelson had an “introverted city centre”, not well connected to some of its most valuable surroundings and amenities, including residential, cultural and recreational areas. “Celebrate the amenities: The fantastic amenities surrounding the centre should be more easily accessible - visually and physically linked to the city centre. Ensure that these routes are easily identifiable with recognisable elements to ease wayfinding.” Pete Rainey could be forgiven for raising eyebrows at this sort of talk. He was on council when the blue lines were signed off, when another proposal to build an inner city playground fell over, when plans to overhaul Montgomery Square into a public space got the wind knocked out of it by landlords and business owners who saw it as a mission to take their customers carparks away. But he isn’t cynical. He says this feels different. “There is an energy that has developed around this which is exciting. It’s captured councillors and staff. I think there is a bunch of ingredients that have come together to create an environment for change. Part of the challenge is how you balance the difference of opinions.” Pete says he thinks that will be difficult, but council is up to the task. It’s why, last month, they went out to the public to ask what they thought of three different options of how the streets might be augmented to allow for more life to happen.




Left: Some examples of what Auckland city did with High St in its CBD. Right: Wynyard Quarter is part of what Alan Gray worked on before coming to Nelson.

One option was widening the footpath to six metres on both sides of Trafalgar St in the area stretching from Halifax to Hardy Streets, and on the south side only of Hardy and Bridge St. Parking would become parallel on Trafalgar Street, and existing parallel parking on Hardy and Bridge Streets restricted to one side. Another was widening the footpath to eight and a half metres on both sides of Trafalgar St in the area stretching from Halifax to Hardy Streets, and six metres on the south side only of Hardy and Bridge Streets. Trafalgar St parking is removed and existing parallel parking on Hardy and Bridge Streets restricted to one side. Another was pedestrianising Trafalgar St between Halifax and Hardy Streets and widening the footpath to six metres on the south side only of Hardy and Bridge Streets. Existing parallel parking on Hardy and Bridge Streets restricted to one side.

idea of making it increasingly pedestrian friendly. But, then now that it has been reinvigorated, they are on board. The idea, Alan says, is that business owners really don’t want cars coming into their establishments, they want people. And if we can make the city more interesting for people then everyone wins. Pete says if the council and the city can get some “runs on the board” with these smaller projects people will see the benefit. “All of a sudden people see it didn’t cost billions of dollars and it’s quick, and it works. This is just the beginning.” Before settling in Nelson, Alan had never bought a house. But he liked what he saw when he arrived. He liked the scale of the city and the ability to make a real impact. He liked that it appeared to

Another was simply doing nothing.

have a creative culture, that it was in the

“If you are going to look at change there is an element of being bold,” says Pete. “And it’s not going to appeal to absolutely everybody.”

middle of the country, that it had great

This feedback will become part of a potential design for a rejig of the streets.

“I think if you want to attract talent, there

Alan says part of getting people on board is showing them what can happen. In the Upper Trafalgar St example, some restaurateurs and bar owners thought the concept of pedestrianising it was the worst idea of all time. It would take away business, it would drive people away. But ask them now and they will be its biggest champions.

us. I’m excited about that.”

“Sometimes it’s hard to think about what you want until you can kick the tyre and see it,” Alan says. “You give people the opportunity to try something new and then it changes their perception of it.” He says that is part of what worked in his work in Auckland, in places like the busy High Street. There, retailers didn’t like the

weather, and that it wasn’t reliant on just one industry. Alan has turned into quite a salesman for the place. are some unique things we have going for Within two months of being here he and his partner bought that house. “We knew that we wanted to put down roots and be part of this community and see things happen.” Part of that will be down to Alan and making sure he can shepherd the various forces that often conspire to beat down good ideas in small places. But he believes it can be done because, while he doesn’t particularly like the name “city centre programme development lead,” he has a better one. He prefers the title: “Place-maker”.

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Ajay Roimata, co-owner The Barbers on Nile Street Describe each piece you are wearing and where each item is from.

What is most of your wardrobe made up of?

AJAY: I focused my outfit on my shoes. I knew what I wanted to wear because of my shoes. My Doc’s are brand new, I just got them the other day, so I had to wear them. It’s all about the shoes. For me, my clothes are all about the colour-bright, classy and sassy. Jumper is from Dotti, shirt is from Farmers. I’m wearing the shirt backwards, I like it better that way. I wear a lot of my clothes backwards. The pants are from a secondhand shop. I wear a hair wrap on my head to save me doing my hair!

AJAY: Colour, colour and colour! You don’t want to see my wardrobe. It extends out into my room. I have boxes with summer, autumn, winter and spring clothes in them.

PAULA: My skirt is made by me. It’s a Papercut Patterns design and I’ve made it in a whale corduroy. My jumper is snuggly mohair from Country Road and my earrings are made by Lola & Lane in Westport. My shoes are trusty Converse All Star.

PAULA: Casual with pop.

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AJAY: I’m loving my hair wraps, as I don’t do ugly hair. But my philosophy is ‘just do you boo’. It’s not about the trends or colours out at the moment, for me it’s all about bright colours. My fashion is probably stuck in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. There is no rhyme or reason to my fashion sense. I see it, I love it, I buy it.

AJAY: I would describe my fashion as classy sassy African queen!



What are you loving at the moment?

I’m wearing the shirt backwards, I like it better that way. I wear a lot of my clothes backwards.

What is your style?


PAULA: I’m slowly building up to a handmade wardrobe, I love being able to make clothes from scratch to suit my style.

and Paula Ossevoort, co-founder Little Beehive Co-Op. PAULA: As the weather gets colder I can’t get enough of good quality knitwear. Every year I like to invest in at least one new quality item.

heavy weight in a beautiful rust colour.

What wardrobe item should everyone invest in? AJAY: Shoes.

Where do you buy most of your clothes from? AJAY: Online, second hand, any random shop I’ve just walked past and seen something bright and beautiful. PAULA: I’m a fan of Zara and have a collection of tees from Gorman but also enjoy browsing Trade me for second hand purchases.

What is your approach to shopping? AJAY: If I see colour I impulse buy it. PAULA: I’m a fabrics person, that’s what stands out to me the most. If I think I can make it myself I won’t buy it, unless I have to have that particular fabric.

What is your all-time favourite purchase? AJAY: Generally, shoes. Shoes, shoes, shoes. I will not choose just one pair, that wouldn’t be fair. PAULA: The merino I purchased to sew up my Papercut Patterns Sapporo coat. It’s a classic design and the merino is a

PAULA: A timeless coat and a good pair of boots.

Do you have a style rule you always obey? AJAY: Do what feels right by you. Stand out. Be bright. Who cares what other people think about how you dress? Fashion can go as far as your imagination can stretch. Dream it and bring it alive. PAULA: I don’t think so, my style is quite eclectic, it’s good to mix it up.

If you could raid one person’s wardrobe who would it be? AJAY: Your grandmas closet. PAULA: It would be fun to raid the wardrobe of Jessie Bush (‘We the people style’ on Instagram) so many amazing clothes!

Finish this sentence—You would never catch me wearing… AJAY: Poo brown, but I love everything. PAULA: Pyjamas in public.

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Acclaimed actor Mark Hadlow is now living in Nelson and excited to be the Theatre Royal’s newest patron.

NELSON’S NEW MAN OF THE Kiwi actor Mark Hadlow has been performing for more than 40 years and recently he found the motivation to come and live in Nelson. But as Charles Anderson discovers, that does not mean he is slowing down.


ark Hadlow is late. His ferry getting over the Cook Strait has mechanical issues meaning it is four and a half hours behind schedule. On that ferry is his trailer packed to the brim with staging for his show MAMIL, which saw entire seasons cancelled when the Covid-19 lockdown hit the country. But now it’s back on and Mark is rushing to get his set to the Theatre Royal. When he finally gets there, after 8pm that same evening, he needs a special crane to unload the trailer.

musical theatre, Shakespeare, and oneman shows. He has appeared in dozens of films and TV series and done thousands of commercials and radio voice-overs. He has performed in serious roles such as in Beyond Reasonable Doubt, however, is perhaps better known in New Zealand for his comedy roles, particularly in the television sitcom Willy Nilly. He also voiced some of the characters for the 1989 Peter Jackson puppet film, Meet the Feebles and starred alongside Billy T James in The Billy T James Show. But he may be best known, albeit hidden under a mountain of prosthetics, as Dori – a dwarf in the multimilliondollar Peter Jackson blockbuster trilogy of The Hobbit. He even received an ONZM for services to the arts in 2018.

“This is what it’s about,” says Mark. “You have to 100 per cent commit. You can’t phone it in.”

Right now, however, he is MAMIL – a middle aged man in lycra. He is ready to take to the stage as one man. MAMIL is a show about Bryan Cook, who has lost everything and must join a cycle peloton for transport.

For 42 years Mark has been committed to the craft of acting. He is now one of the country’s best-known performers and has performed in over 150 plays, including

Mark describes the show as a “redemption story” as the main character develops through his experience as part of the peloton.


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You can’t beat being up on stage. It gives you a great sense of passion and the audience is with you. That’s what live performance is all about. There is nothing like that feeling, like making sure your audience is getting their money’s worth.

“It’s in your face, it’s brash, it’s full of humour, it’s both unsubtle but very subtle at times,” Mark says. “It is extremely poignant in dealing with issues of men’s health, relationship, family and mental health, and they’re all put there in this wonderful melting pot cauldron of emotion and personality.” Hadlow plays each of the nine characters which include men from all walks of life, a bicycle and a part of his body. “You can’t beat being up on stage. It gives you a great sense of passion and the audience is with you. That’s what live performance is all about. There is nothing like that feeling, like making sure your audience is getting their money’s worth.” And as an actor, getting your money’s worth is no act. It is a serious career, one he has devoted his life to. “It’s always been a tough way to make a living, but I always manage to find a way to find work. I never take it for granted. It’s always hard graft but I never stop. It is a profession. This is not a hobby; I work hard just like everyone who makes a living.” However, when Covid–19 hit, he lost months of work – three seasons of his show and corporate gigs.

“I still have bills to pay.” That came when he and his wife decided to settle in Nelson. Years ago, they had a holiday with their youngest daughter in the city when she was young, and they just really enjoyed themselves. “The place was always in the back of our minds.” Then they lived in Mapua for eight years and so when it came time for Mark’s wife to retire, they thought Nelson was the place. “The cycle trails, the Abel Tasman, the golf course. We thought ‘this will be a great place’.” Mark is good friends with Mani and Sonia Rai, the owners of Little India and even stayed with them while their new house was being built in Atawhai. Mark also found himself helping out, washing dishes out the back. “They are wonderful people.” And Nelson happens to think the same of Mark. The Theatre Royal even invited him to be an official patron of the theatre. “I was humbled. I thought ‘this is my new home. I would love to.’ This is about putting my craft where my practice is and supporting theatre.” SUPPLIED

Mark says the role is about being supportive and proactive and looking after the Theatre Royal as a venue. “It’s about the moral code of the building and making sure it has a beating heart and everyone wants to come. There are wonderful people doing shows, but it needs more support. It’s about the people of Nelson realising what they have.” Mark says that the Theatre Royal is something special - the oldest operational wooden theatre in New Zealand and in the Southern hemisphere and an integral part of the arts scene in the city. It is a beautifully restored heritage building with state-of-the-art theatre facilities, that is accessible to community groups as well as professional touring companies. Mark says it was one of the busiest theatres in New Zealand pre-Covid–19 and hopes Nelsonians will keep supporting live performances, so that we can get back to that level of activity. Mark says he knows that if people came to shows they would fall in love with the venue. “It has great people…They do an amazing job, and on a shoestring.” Lockdown put the pressure on even more, with the trust that runs the theatre having to make two of its three staff redundant. “Covid has really put the theatre in a really dangerous position.” His hope is that he can help turn those fortunes around. But before then he has to duck off and drive down to Christchurch to pick up his audio engineer and drive him all the way back in time for opening night of MAMIL. Then he is taking it up to Hastings and beyond. This is the life of a jobbing actor. The work never stops and neither does the hustle.

Left: Mark Hadlow as Bryan Cook, a middle-aged man in lycra, in the show MAMIL. Above: Mark Hadlow in his full make up and prosthetics as Dori in The Hobbit.

The show must go on, but rest assured, Mark will be back in Nelson to stay.


Travel | West Coast


Wild West Coast The untamed natural wilderness that is the West Coast is a place for all seasons…and for all reasons.


here is something for everyone in this elongated region, which sits between the raging surf of the Tasman Sea and the multitude of green hues in the lush rainforests that occupy the alps. Recreational opportunities abound in this vast playground, with passive and active pursuits of every kind being available to those who opt to seize the opportunity to visit. The journey south provides many places of interest that need to be explored. By the time you reach Maruia Falls you will be ready for a pitstop, a picnic, or a stroll while enjoying this picturesque location. Buller Gorge Swingbridge and Heritage Park is a must-see tourism destination located in the Upper Buller Gorge. An exciting place of adventure, visitors can feel the rush of the high speed Cometline Ride, walk along New Zealand’s longest swingbridge, pan for gold treasure, and view some of New Zealand’s best native flora and fauna on one of the many bushwalks. People of all ages love the adrenaline rush as the Supaman ride launches you into the air.

Immersed in history, Reefton may be a small village, but it is big in every other respect and well worth a visit. In the north-west, just above the quaint coastal township of Karamea, is the Oparara Basin. Its vast caverns and natural arches, made of limestone carefully crafted by water action, are simply stupendous. At Punakaiki, south of Greymouth, another natural attraction that should be on everyone’s bucket list are the limestone formations that depict pancakes. Visiting at high tide brings home the real power of the Tasman as it smashes into the Coast. The force of the waves rocketing skyward through giant blowholes is more than capable of taking one’s breath away.

Punakaiki Rocks - Pancake Rocks

On the edge of nearby Lake Brunner the picturesque little hamlet of Moana can be reached easily by road and is another little gem which deserves inclusion in any travel itinerary. A hop, skip and jump away, the aqua waters of the Hokitika River gorge are also a sight to behold. Further to the south, the mirror images provided by the Southern Alps as they are reflected in Lakes Mapourika and Moeraki, are a must for every traveller’s digital diary. Nothing moves at pace on the Coast with the Most, which is why everyone should make plans to visit. A combination of visits to history and heritage sites, along with a mix of high-octane adventures and more passive undertakings form the sort of overall experience of which memories are made.





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Travel | Top of the South


Top of the South Nelson, Tasman, Golden Bay and Marlborough have long been a drawcard for international and domestic travellers, offering plenty of adventure, spectacular scenery and delicious food and wine. Whether it’s a fun family holiday, a romantic weekend or a relaxing break away with friends, now is the perfect time to discover the good times to be had in our own backyard.

Fish, Food & Fun at Anatoki Salmon Farm

Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve

A few minutes drive from Takaka on the banks of the Anatoki River, a thriving family business has hit on a winning formula that combines fishing, food and fun for all the family. The fishing experience is accessible to everyone. You don’t need a licence, you don’t need experience. The best thing about Anatoki Salmon is that you get to catch your own fish and eat it on the spot at the cafe. What could be more fun than a fishing session with your family or friends?

250ha of Crown land that includes Kaiteriteri Beach and estuary, Kaka Point Historic Reserve, Kaka Island, Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park and surrounding native bush.

There are plenty of activities you can engage in after you have eaten your fish, including feeding eels and interacting with kune kune pigs.

Kaiteriteri is perfect for relaxing with family and friends, paddling around in a kayak or enjoying good coffee in a beachfront café. Many water taxis, boats and sea kayak companies can transport you into the Abel Tasman National Park. The Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park is ideal for exploring the recreation reserve, with trails to suit all mountain biking abilities, from beginners to advanced.

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre A world-class destination for the appreciation of historic aircraft in Marlborough. The story of aviation development during the World Wars comes to life in two magnificent exhibitions featuring mannequins from Weta Workshop. Sir Peter Jackson’s Knights of the Sky (WW1) and their own Dangerous Skies (WW2) exhibitions will blow your mind! Rare memorabilia worthy of any national collection is on display and includes

personal items belonging to the famous Red Baron himself! Enquire about an annual pass, perfect for Top of the South Locals.

Marlborough Museum Enjoy exhibitions with artefacts from Marlborough’s Polynesian settlement site. Exhibitions also cover the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1770; the whaling days of the 1820s and 1830s; and European settlement, including the Wairau Affray in 1843. Discover the Victorian Rooms, and selections from their unique historic textiles, toys, and photograph collections.

Edwin Fox Museum The world’s ninth oldest ship has been on countless round-the-world adventures and now rests offshore in Picton where it is on permanent display at the Edwin Fox Museum. Inside the museum, you’ll learn all about the ship’s checkered history as a troop carrier, an immigrant ship, and even as a convict transporter. Built in 1853, the Edwin Fox served as a troop ship for the Crimean War and reputedly carried such illustrious passengers as Florence Nightingale. At the museum, you can even climb aboard the ship herself, where you can explore her decks and depths. Discover relics found onboard, while innovative displays show what life was like for those who sailed on her.




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See the snow at St Arnaud

this winter in Nelson Tasman

Perched on the edge of Lake Rotoiti, St Arnaud is the perfect base from which to explore the forest and mountains of Nelson Lakes National Park. Or head up Mt Robert to see it all from above.

Nelson Tasman offers the perfect balance of indoor and outdoor adventures for those crisp winter days. Here are seven ideas to keep you entertained over winter.

Cosy up by the fire at a restaurant

Kayaking We have some of the calmest mornings on the water over winter – rug up warm and go for a paddle around the Abel Tasman coastline or around the boulder bank in Tahunanui.

Keep warm as you indulge in local cuisine and a mulled wine at the likes of The Mussel Inn, The Freehouse or Harry’s Hawker House.

Have some indoor fun on a rainy day

Go skiing or snowboarding at Rainbow Ski Field

There’s plenty to keep you entertained when you can’t be outside to enjoy the sunshine. Go shopping at the Richmond Mall, splash around at the Aquatic Centre, go bowling at Action Indoor Sports, browse the art galleries.

Rainbow captures regular winter snow, complemented by extensive snow making, all superbly groomed to create a stunning winter playground.

Cycle some of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail Cycle Richmond to Mapua and catch the ferry across, or try something different and visit Spooners Tunnel, or even the new section of the trail with the Hidden Sculpture Garden.

Have a staycation Stay overnight somewhere with an outdoor bath/spa or log fire. Maruia River Retreat, Kimi Ora and Split Apple Retreat offer wellness packages to make your stay extra special.


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fruition Words: Joya Devine



endy and John Shields had been running a local hotel for 13 years when they decided it was time for a change, so they sold it and bought a house on Champion Road and lived there for a couple of years. Wanting to build their own home, they were delighted to find the perfect spot on Angelus Avenue. Just down the road was a house built by Peter Ray Homes that had caught their eye, and as there happened to be an open home on, the couple went and had a look. “We told Nigel we had a section up the road, so he asked if he could come and design a house for it,” says John. Wendy and John were impressed

by the effort Nigel put into the design, and his easy-going manner. So much so, that they decided to sign up with him. “Building a home is your biggest investment so if you can get on with your building firm, that’s wonderful,” says Wendy. The Shield’s loved the all-day sun at their Champion Road property, and they asked Nigel to design something similar, but a bit more modern, with a fifth bedroom/office and additional garage space. Since moving into their home two years ago, the couple appreciate many aspects of their new property. In particular, they enjoy sitting in their al fresco dining area

that features a raking ceiling where they can take in the beautiful views of Tasman Bay and the Western Ranges. They also adore their open plan kitchen-diningliving area and adjacent lounge, which is ideal for when their grandsons come to stay. “The boys like watching TV in there and on a nice day we can open the doors out onto the deck,” Wendy says. “I am enjoying my butler’s pantry in the kitchen too. It’s great for when you’re entertaining guests.” John says the home is very comfortable and easy to live in, while also being aesthetically pleasing throughout.




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At Home | Angelus Ave, Richmond

Big is beautiful “Our home is a lot bigger than it appears,” says John. The home is well appointed and the team at Peter Ray accommodated their desire for wider spaces. Not only does it have wider hallways than usual, but it also has a large three-car garage, ample storage cupboards in the hallway, four double bedrooms, all with large walk-in wardrobes, and two with ensuites, a spacious home office which can easily convert to a fifth bedroom, and a designer laundry. “We wanted Peter Ray’s showhome ensuite with no shower doors, because we had a hotel full of glass doors and were sick of them,” laughs Wendy. Having built motels over the years, now the Shields enjoy the simpler life that has led them to building homes. John says they have a great relationship with Nigel at Peter Ray Homes. “He is very upfront and so am I.”

‘Design and build’ a home you will love Peter Ray Homes was established in Christchurch more than three decades ago and Nigel Pugh has been manager of the Nelson branch since it opened in 2007. “Listening to our clients is most important to us. We pride ourselves on producing a quality home and using a variety of building materials, creating an end result that the client loves to come home to,” says Nigel.

“We have a new Home Collection of plans available. When you come to our showhome you will be met by our home consultants, Janine and myself. All of our Home Collection plans can be customised to suit each client and their section, or we can work off your own plan, and as part of our design process we are happy to meet our clients on site to take into consideration the sun, views and other design aspects.”

As well as designing a unique plan to perfectly suit what you are looking for in your new home, they also offer their clients a fixed price quote and a Master Build 10-Year Guarantee. They acknowledge they have amazing clients, and they get great pleasure in helping them to bring to life their dreams and ideas into their new home design. Peter Ray Homes like to make them feel as if they are a part of their extended family.



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At Home | Angelus Ave, Richmond

Al fresco dining, double-sided fire, feature ceilings Nigel says they commenced the building work for the Shield’s home in October 2017 and it was completed six months later. “I met John and Wendy on their section, and we talked about what they wanted and what they liked, then we designed and built something specific for them. We are really happy with the way their home came together.”

car garage provides some extra storage space for them. Although the build didn’t present any major challenges, in order to comply with height restrictions, we designed a drop-down master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite area.” Nigel says since the home was completed, the Sheilds have become repeat clients.

Nigel says the home’s exterior is mainly a mix of solid plaster and linear and the interior includes some nice features including a double-sided fire between the living room and the lounge complete with a feature ceiling with LED lights, and a suspended ceiling over the kitchen island, which is dropped down and also has LED lighting. “John and Wendy use their al fresco area quite a lot and the triple

A large proportion of the building work done by Peter Ray Homes Nelson is repeat and referral work. “We pride ourselves on delivering on our client’s expectations.”

If you are contemplating building, why not arrange a time to sit down with Nigel or Janine at Peter Ray Homes and share all the wonderful ideas you have for your dream home?

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Bowel screening back on track The national bowel screening programme is free for men and women aged 60–74 years. It aims to save lives by finding bowel cancer at an early stage when it can often be successfully treated. The progamme was put on hold during the Covid–19 lock down but has since restarted. Why is bowel screening important? Bowel cancer is the second highest cause of cancer death in New Zealand. Every year more than 3000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and more than 1200 die from the disease. Nelson Marlborough Health has the fourth highest rate of bowel cancer nationwide. Bowel screening every two years can help save lives by finding bowel cancer at an early stage, when it can often be successfully treated. There may be no warning signs that someone has bowel cancer. Bowel screening can also detect polyps. These are not cancer, but they may develop into a cancer over a number of years. Most polyps can be easily removed, reducing the risk that bowel cancer will develop.

Invitations and kits

If you are experiencing possible symptoms of bowel cancer If you are experiencing symptoms, such as a change in your normal bowel habit that continues for several weeks, or blood in your bowel motion, it is important to seek advice from your family doctor who will refer you for urgent assessment and treatment.

Restarting screening invitations New screening invitations are being sent out again. If you turned 75 while the national screening programme was on hold, you will still be offered an opportunity to participate, even though you are now over the usual cut-off age of 74.

If you completed a bowel screening test before the Covid–19 lock down, your test will have been processed and you will be informed of the result.

In the Nelson Marlborough region we are heading towards the start of the second round of tests in August. This means that people who have already been tested will start to receive invitations for their second test.

If you received a test kit and were advised to put it aside until further notice, it is now safe to complete it and send it back.

People who did not complete their first test will also be invited again.

If your result was positive If you were notified that your test result was positive, you will be contacted by Nelson Marlborough Health to schedule an appointment for a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is recommended within three months of having a positive test result. DHBs are giving priority to people needing urgent investigation and then moving onto people who have had a positive screening test, so there may be a delay before you receive your appointment. This may cause you some concern but remember that 92 out of 100 people who have a positive screening test will not have bowel cancer.

Please do not hesitate to raise any questions or concerns about this life-saving test with your family doctor, or with a health professional available on the free helpline, 0800 924 432.

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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!

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

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Baking at its best

Kai Restaurant & Bar

Our Celebration Cakes are made to order in your favourite flavours and are sure to make your special occasion one to remember! We’ve got everyone’s favourite homestyle baking for you to enjoy in our café, or if you prefer you can sit in the sunshine in our outdoor courtyard. Did you know that each month we showcase a new and tasty pie flavour? In July we’ve got the classic Steak and Kidney Pie available in individual servings or a family size option.

There is no better place to enjoy Tasman’s famous local produce, wines, beers and ciders than at Kai Restaurant & Bar.

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Enjoy a delicious meal, relax on the beach-side deck with a coffee or savour a cocktail at the bar…and take in the breathtaking view. We have an extensive dinner menu, each dish showcasing the finest local produce, and offer a delicious range of breakfast, brunch and lunch options. Open 7 days. Mon–Wed 9am–2pm, Thurs–Sun 9am–late. Kai Restaurant & Bar Kaiteriteri Beach | Ph: 03 527 8507

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

WHY USE A MASTER BUILDER? When it comes to building a new home there are lots of exciting choices but the most important decision you will make is who will build it! Registered Master Builder’s Nelson President, Russell Campbell says they represent the pinnacle of the building industry and he shares five reasons why choosing a Master Builder is the best decision you’ll make.

BUILDING EXCELLENCE Your local Registered Master Builder has made a commitment to excellence in all aspects of their business, especially when it comes to service and quality of construction. This will ensure you have a home to be proud of for many years, and that you will enjoy the process of getting there.

THE MASTER BUILD 10–YEAR GUARANTEE The construction industry’s most comprehensive guarantee covers your home for 10 years from when you pay your deposit, right through to 10 years later, giving you absolute peace of mind. Over 140,000 Kiwi families have put their trust in the Master Build 10-year guarantee.

AWARD WINNING PROPERTIES The prestigious Registered Master Builders House of The Year competition has been celebrating building excellence for three decades. It recognises and rewards quality craftmanship at both a local and national level and showcases that workmanship must be of the highest standard to be a Master Builder.

INDUSTRY LEADING CONTRACTS AND DOCUMENTS Registered Master Builders have access to a comprehensive suite of contract documents which provide you with protection from the outset. Your Master Builder will ensure you are fully informed and aware of the process, and you know what is being agreed to.

FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE All Registered Master Builders must prove their financial standing to join so you can be confident your biggest investment is in safe hands.

Looking for the right builder for you? For a quality Nelson Tasman builder and access to the peace of mind of the Master Build 10-Year Guarantee, choose a Registered Master Builder.

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How to grow winter veges You can’t beat homegrown veges. They taste better, you know that they’re pesticide-free, and they have the added bonus of saving you money. Winter is a great opportunity to plant your garden with some different kinds of crop to compliment your winter meals.

What you’ll need: Vege plants – your selection of seedlings or seeds Vegetable mix Vegetable fertiliser Seaweed tonic Slug and snail pellets Peas straw mulch Garden gloves Mask Garden hand tools Spade Garden fork Watering can or hose

Plant type and timing June through September is the right time to be growing and harvesting your winter veges. The main trick with vege gardens is making sure you have a long harvest, with no waste. This is why succession planting is important - don’t plant everything at once, as it will all be ready at once. Modern hybrid varieties

of vegetables are higher yielding, better tasting, more disease resistant, and grow more uniformly than old varieties of plants. When selecting plants look for seedlings with four to six true leaves and which are five-eight cm high. Some of the most common winter veges to grow are: Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts. Lettuces, spinach, silver beet. Onions, leeks, garlic, shallots. Celery – a great space saver. Carrots, beetroot and parsnip.

Planting seedlings Lay out your plants according to your growing zones. Leave space for succession planting and companion planting. Dig a hole to fit each pot size. Remove each seedling from their pots, place into the hole and back fill with soil. Press each plant firmly, but gently, into place. Stake or frame any vegetables, such as beans, that require a structure to grow around. Add a layer of pea straw mulch to protect your plants against the elements. This will also help keep the roots moist, and keep the weeds at bay. Water your plants. Add slug and snail pellets to protect against pests.

Watering Water your veges regularly. Luckily, with the winter rain this is a bit easier to stay on top of. Give them a boost by adding in a liquid fertiliser.

Feeding Feed vegetable food regularly to encourage healthy vegetable growth and microbial and earthworm activity in the soil.

Pests and disease Winter keeps most of the common pests and diseases away. However, it always pays to be vigilant with slugs and snails with some slug and snail bait. You don’t want them eating your precious crop.

Location Vege’s do best in sunny, sheltered spots either in the ground or in a raised garden bed – which are very easy to make.

Soil The easiest thing to do is use a vegetable mix. It’s a high quality natural-based planting mix with the right blend of nutrients that’ll give your veges the best possible start, and sustained growth throughout the season. You can also boost your soil with a liquid fertiliser like seaweed tonic. If you’re digging yourself a new vege garden – you’ll want to have a good look at your soil before you start, as there’s no point going any further if it’s not in good condition. For example, if your soil has got a lot of clay in it, or if it’s alkaline, your veges won’t grow well. But you can prep the soil for next year by treating it.


Proud To Be Local fulltime, then I decided to start up a salon in town and my business grew from there. I have been working in the beauty industry for six years now and have built up a really good client base. I love what I do — it’s the fulfilment of a lifelong dream. Do you have any speciality areas?


123 Pugh Road, Hope Ph: 027 841 5066

What inspired you to start your own beauty business? I have always had a passion for the beauty side of things. When I was growing up I loved painting my relatives nails or giving them a massage. Years later, when I was working in retail fulltime, I began doing beauty on the side. It got so busy I worked from home




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When I was working from home, I was only doing nails and eyelash extensions and I was really busy, so that has become my main focus. We love our gel polish – they last, and they also look great. We have recently come across a brand that is now available in New Zealand called ‘Lola Lee’. It’s 10-free, so it’s free of ten chemicals that are present in other brands. It’s really nice on your nails. It’s so thick, has nice pigmentation and there is an incredible range of colours. The product’s hard gel base is really good for people who want to strengthen and grow their nails, and a lot of our clients want that. My sister, Briana is working for me – she is doing nails and I am doing lashes and brows. Briana and I complement each other really well. She has management experience and is very creative, so she takes care of all our marketing and social media.

What do clients love about Hidden Beauty? Recently, we moved from the Nelson CBD to a quiet, peaceful location in Hope, just down the road from the Grape Escape. It allows us to spend more one on one time with our clients without interruptions and away from the hustle and bustle of town. Previously known as Classy and Fabulous, our new salon, Hidden Beauty, is only five minutes from Richmond but it still feels like the country. When clients come here, they hear the birds chirping — it’s very relaxing for them. We have people coming from all over, including regular clients from Motueka, Brightwater, Wakefield and Atawhai. What treatments do you offer? We offer everything from eyelash extensions and brow tint and tidies, to gel polish manicures, massages, half hour or one-hour facials and more. We are also looking at introducing things like threading, henna brows and microdermabrasion facials in the future. Bookings can be made online or by text.


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