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Marlborough’s one-stop shop

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Great escape

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Get on your e-bike and ride

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The coal face

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Driving to the conditions this winter

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A runway worthy recycled fashion show

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Best catch on the Coast

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Homecoming for the treasured Takahe

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Leap of faith

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A novel festival

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IN THIS ISSUE Welcome to Sounds Good, the magazine of Sounds Air.

AT SOUNDS AIR WE ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO FLY TO SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL REGIONS IN THE WORLD. FROM PICTURESQUE TAUPO TO THE STUNNING WINE REGIONS OF HAWKE’S BAY AND MARLBOROUGH, OUR CULTURAL CAPITAL CITY OF WELLINGTON, THE RUGGED WEST COAST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, AND THE EVER-EVOLVING CHRISTCHURCH CITY – PLUS PLENTY MORE IN BETWEEN.

Allow Sounds Good to take you on a journey through these regions and learn some of the secrets that they have to offer. This issue will show you how electric bikes are changing the Taupo cycling scene; take you on a trek up Kapiti Coast’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’; give you a glimpse into the rich mining history of the South Island’s West Coast, and share one woman’s life-changing leap of faith at Outward Bound. Read on, and start planning your next getaway with Sounds Air.

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LOVE IT OR HATE IT, WINTER IS UPON US. FOR MANY OF US, OUR NATURAL INSTINCTS OVER THE WINTER MONTHS ARE TO HUNKER DOWN AT HOME. BUT OUR COUNTRY IS AS BEAUTIFUL AS EVER IN WINTER, AND THIS ISSUE OF SOUNDS GOOD WILL SHOW YOU THAT THERE ARE STILL PLENTY OF REASONS TO GET OUT AND EXPLORE. Staying active in winter might take a bit more motivation than in the warmer months, but it is a great way to warm-up, stay healthy and keep those winter blues at bay. I personally felt inspired by the couple in our feature story (page 23), Chris and Kathy Johnston, who have turned to electric bikes to help them stay active in the outdoors. As the Johnstons will attest, Taupo has a fantastic network of bike trails, but so do all of our Sounds Air destinations. Winter is a great time to check them out because, being outside of the peak tourist season, the trails will be less crowded; the cooler weather will make it less arduous than mid-summer conditions, and for the hardcore mountain biker the wetter conditions only add extra excitement to off-road tracks. If you prefer your feet on the ground, there are just as many stunning walks to choose from throughout our regions. Check out the Escarpment

Trail near Paraparaumu on page 47 for a spectacular option. Ski fields are another popular destination for winter adventure seekers, and there are plenty of those in and around the Sounds Air destinations too. In the North Island, your best bet is to fly into Taupo and hit the nearby Whakapapa, Turoa or Tukino ski fields. With the Southern Alps running down the spine of the South Island you are never far from a ski field, from Rainbow Ski Area near Nelson, to the multitude of fields tucked between Westport and Christchurch. If it’s inside entertainment or some comfort food you’re seeking, we’ve got you covered there too. In fact, why don’t you take this copy of Sounds Good with you so you can pore over the pages while you sit in front of a roaring fire with a glass of one of our regions’ best pinot noir in hand. Thank you for choosing to fly Sounds Air today. We pride ourselves on being the best regional airline in the country, but we could not do it without your support. I hope you enjoy your Sounds Air experience today and we look forward to seeing you on board one of our flights again soon. Andrew Crawford, Managing Director Sounds Air.

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WELLINGTON JAZZ FESTIVAL 6 – 10 June 2018

Treat yourself to a Wellington weekend to remember as incredible live music and good times fill the city’s streets and bars for the annual Jazz Festival. Take your pick of around 150 gigs in five days, featuring some of the world’s finest musicians such as six-time Grammy Award-winner and bass master Christian McBride and his hot new quartet the New Jawn; the sultry sounds of Gretchen Parlato’s “flor” from the USA; one of Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest drummers of all time, Chris Dave and the Drumhedz; and our own Jazz diva Helen Medlyn with Blues legend Midge Marsden and the Rodger Fox Big Band.

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MARLBOROUGH YOUTH ART EXHIBITION 12 May – 17 June 2018

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Come into Blenheim’s Millennium Public Art Gallery to see some amazing artworks created by Marlborough youth. The Marlborough Youth Council undertakes a youth art initiative each year in partnership with the Millennium Public Art Gallery, to showcase the talent of young people in the area. This year will be an exhibition of art folios to be displayed at the Gallery. The school students will also be involved in the promotion of the event, including the development of the posters, invitations and organising the exhibition launch.

For more information contact the Millenium Public Art Gallery, marlboroughart.org.nz

CHRISTCHURCH KIDSFEST 7 – 21 July 2018

Entertain your kids over the winter school holidays with KidsFest. KidsFest is an annual two-week festival designed especially for children age 0-13 and has entertained thousands of children and families over the past 26 years. With hundreds of cool events and activities throughout Christchurch, Banks Peninsula, Waimakariri and Selwyn Districts, there’s plenty of fun stuff to keep the kids amused.

Visit kidsfest.co.nz or ‘like’ KidsFest on Facebook to keep up with the latest updates and news.

NAPIER MODEL EXPO 7 – 8 July 2018

Support the Napier Boys’ High School Pipe Band and students heading to Tomakomai in Japan for a Sister-City visit later in the year, by attending the Model Expo in the school hall (Chambers Street). An exhibition of model kit sets and hobbies from around Hawkes Bay will be on display, including a feature of radio controlled trucks, model railways, model cars, boats and planes, doll houses, model castles, toy soldiers, war games and board games. This event encourages participation, and there will be door prizes courtesy of the Japan Society of Hawkes Bay.

Enquiries to rarrell@nbhs.school.nz

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LIGHT NELSON 6 – 10 July 2018

Light Nelson is a free festival of light that is set to brighten up the Nelson winter this July. The event is a collaboration of art, science, design and technology in works that respond to darkness through illuminated installations. It offers a spectacular outdoor gallery of works set in the historic Queens Gardens, Albion Square, NMIT and surrounds. Light Nelson is an irresistible mix: a garden walk in the clear dark night of winter with magical moments of illusion, beauty, interaction and fun.

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MT RUAPEHU SNOW GLOBE 13 – 15 July 2018

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The annual Taupo Winter Festival returns for its second year in 2018, and a favourite attraction which is back by popular demand is the Mt Ruapehu Snow Globe. Open between 10am and 4pm on the Tongariro North Doman, this giant-sized snow globe provides an enclosed, magical space for little ones to enjoy some snow play. Free to attend and 20-minute sessions can be pre-booked through The Snow Depot on 07 892 4000 (ext. 7865) from Monday 9th July.

More information about the festival at taupowinterfestival.co.nz

PARAPARAUMU KAPITI FAMILY EXPRESS 10 June 2018

Bring the family to ride on the Kapiti Family Express and experience the nostalgia of travelling on a real heritage steam train. Rides are between Paraparaumu and Paekakariki, with the round trip taking about 45 minutes. Two of the coal-fired steam locomotives will be used to haul the train: Ja1271 in one direction and Ab608 “Passchendaele” in the other. All trains will be using Steam Incorporated’s fleet of red heritage carriages, many with open end balconies.

Tickets available from the Kapiti i-SITE. Phone (04) 298 8195.

SPRING CHALLENGE

Westport 28-30 September & Taupo 26-28 October Spring Challenge is one of the gems of New Zealand adventure racing, where teams of three women take part in the adventure that includes rafting, mountain biking, hiking and navigation. Unlike a relay team, all members of the team complete the entire course together. There are five categories: School Girls (15-18 years old); Junior (combined age under 60 years); Open; Veteran (combined age 120 years +); and Super Veteran (combined age 150 years +), and options of a 3, 6 or 9 hour event. Because navigation is a factor, each year the event has a brand new course in a different location. This year offers a picturesque location in each Island – Westport in the South and Taupo in the North.

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TIM AND JEFF FULTON HAD A VISION / OF AN ARTISAN HUB SHOWCASING THE BEST OF MARLBOROUGH.


Nobody who has met the Fulton twins would accuse them of lacking in ideas or enthusiasm. So when Tim and Jeff Fulton saw an opportunity to combine their main passions in life family, wine, tourism and property development - into one project, there was no doubt that they would make it happen. THAT WAS 2013 AND THE PROPERTY LOCATED JUST OUT OF BLENHEIM THAT IS NOW ‘THE VINES VILLAGE’ WAS SIMPLY EIGHT RETAIL BUSINESSES SELLING THEIR WARES TO LOCALS AND PASSING TOURISTS. THE FULTON TWINS HAD THE VISION TO MAKE IT SO MUCH MORE, SO THEY PURCHASED THE PROPERTY ALONG WITH SOME OF THE BUSINESSES ON IT, AND SET ABOUT TURNING IT INTO AN ARTISAN HUB SHOWCASING THE BEST OF MARLBOROUGH.

The Vines Village now has six retail outlets, ranging from fashion, art and crafts to gourmet foods and sweet treats, as well as the Whitehaven Wines cellar door, the Vines Village Café, and boutique accommodation right on site. The 4 hectares of land that was completely inaccessible to the public when Tim and Jeff bought the property has been transformed into a stunning lakeside site that includes a pirate playground, pump track, outdoor amphitheatre, a petanque court, giant chess board, and viewing platform across the vineyards. As if all of that isn’t enough to draw you in, Vines Village regularly holds events, festivals and concerts. There is also bike hire available, because this is the first stop on the ‘Golden Mile’ cycle track that links cellar doors and food outlets in Rapaura & Renwick along an easily accessible bike ride (10 stops within 6 kilometres) – another brainchild of the Fultons. Oh, and don’t forget to try a beverage from Golden Mile Brewing while you are there. It’s dubbed “New Zealand’s Greatest Beer For Bikers” and is, you guessed it, yet another Fulton creation. The next step in this ever-evolving project is turning Vines Village into a full eco-village. They have set up a comprehensive recycling system and constructed a kid’s playground out of recycled material found around the Vines Village grounds. Their award winning gardens are part of a programme to help encourage Tui from the Wairau North bank to town through specific planting that attracts the native bird.

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THE NEXT STEP IN THIS EVER-EVOLVING PROJECT IS TURNING VINES VILLAGE INTO A FULL ECO-VILLAGE.

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If you dine at the café you can be sure some of the ingredients have come straight from the kitchen garden, and the free-range hens happily pottering around the property are rescued battery hens who deal to the café scraps and provide eggs for baking in return. Vines Village also produces its own honey with the innovative ‘FlowHive’ that minimises any disruption to the bees when harvesting. It may sound like a restless life the Fulton twins lead, but somehow that translates into an incredibly relaxing and laidback destination that provides the perfect place for the whole family to while away a lazy afternoon.

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Just a short drive from Napier and sitting atop a hill in the heart of Hawke’s Bay wine country, is Greenhill Lodge, a historic home owned by John and Christine Dick.


Originally the homestead for one of the large farm stations in the area, Greenhill has been given a five-star makeover, making it the perfect place for a romantic escape, corporate retreat or weekend getaway. Greenhill is the Dick’s family home and they are proud to share it with their visitors. “We treat our guests like they are staying in a friend’s home – it’s very relaxed, intimate and luxurious. There is a choice of rooms, most of which open to wide verandas with views over glorious gardens. It truly is a special place.”

Dinner is always an occasion at Greenhill, which is renowned for its cuisine and wine cellar housing many library wines from Hawke’s Bay’s best vintages as well as special wines from small local producers. During the day, guests are spoiled for choice with so many wineries, markets and interesting places to visit on the doorstep. If you’re feeling energetic, hire a bike and cycle around the vineyards - there are 70 to choose from! Companies like On Yer Bike specialise in winery bike tours and they’ll even carry your wine purchases for you.

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On the outskirts of Hastings in the Gimblett Gravels wine-growing district, Te Awa winery’s restaurant has a casual vibe that belies its gastronomic pedigree. During the summer book a table under the trees or in the winter months, a roaring fire inside will keep you cosy while you indulge in a hearty red. A visit to Hawke’s Bay wouldn’t be complete without a Sunday morning outing to the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market, the oldest and largest in the country. Grab a coffee and browse the huge range of gourmet delicacies from Hawke’s Bay’s artisan producers.

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Get on your e-bike & ride PICTURED Chris and Kathy Johnston, owners of Replete Cafe & Store.

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One town embracing the e-bike movement is Taupo. Chris and Kathy Johnston are two locals who have made the move from classic mountain bikes to e-bikes, and they say it has opened up a whole new world.

PEDAL POWER IS A VERY REAL THING, THANKS TO THE RISE OF THE E-BIKING MOVEMENT. NEW ZEALAND MAY NOT YET BE ON A PAR WITH THE LIKES OF CHINA, WHERE OVER 30 MILLION ELECTRIC BIKES ARE BEING BOUGHT ANNUALLY.

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But if sales and import figures are anything to go by (Statistics New Zealand reports that 23,326 electric bikes were imported into the country in 2017, up from 13,364 in 2016, 6,899 in 2015, and 2,509 in 2014) the e-bike revolution is coming to a town near you. The Johnstons are perhaps best known as the owners of Replete Café, a Taupo institution on the café scene. They’re passionate about their hometown and the outdoor recreation opportunities it presents, including mountain biking. With 25 years of Taupo riding under his belt, Chris knows the trails pretty well, but both he and Kathy were finding that work-related commitments had left them with less time to get out and ride. They started to think about how they could get more time in the saddle - for fitness, but also just for the love of it.

Local bike shop owner Mark Gibson, when hearing about their predicament, suggested they try out some e-bikes. He said they’d get them further faster, and they’d breathe new life into their riding. When a friend lent Chris an e-bike he saw exactly what Mark was talking about, so he and Kathy went back to the bike shop and took up the offer of trying out some e-bikes together. “We giggled and couldn’t believe how cool it was,” says Kathy. “I was absolutely hooked on it, so we decided to just do it, to seize the day. Life’s too short to wait.” Mark Gibson says Chris and Kathy are typical of those leading the e-bike revolution.


Chris and Kathy Johnston.

“There is a really big market amongst baby boomers, who are getting close to or hitting retirement age and are looking for low-impact exercise to benefit their health. E-bikes are perfect for this, especially for those with hip and knee problems,” Mark says. “Plus, we have this incredible network of NZ Cycle Trails that retiring baby boomers have the time, and money, to get out and ride.” Mark adds that with big bike brands on board now with making e-bikes, there is a huge marketing machine behind them. He says it’s not just baby boomers who are buying them, but they are seeing an increase in sales in the 30-50 age group too. “It seems a lot of couples want to ride together on the NZ Cycle Trails, and

e-bikes make riding the longer distance of the trails achievable, especially where there’s an imbalance of fitness between two people.” Mark says the biggest barriers to people wanting to ride a bike are hills, headwinds and saddles. Hills and headwinds are dealt to by an e-bike with their pedal-assist technology, and there are so many good saddles available nowadays that a good bike shop can make anyone feel comfortable. Kathy and Chris couldn’t agree more. When they started out on their e-bikes they couldn’t believe the distance they covered, the exploring they did, and how they still returned home with a smile on their faces without being ‘absolutely spent’. A year later Chris

and Kathy often ride together, exploring the huge network of local backcountry mountain bike trails far further and for longer than they ever could before. Kathy says it’s reintroduced biking into her exercise regime. “It’s no longer a chore to go out on long rides, it’s become a pleasure again.” She also commutes to work on her e-bike and loves that she can arrive in normal clothes without being hot and sweaty. Chris says he rode all winter on his e-bike and clocked up 1500 kilometres in 5 months. “Conditions in Taupo allow you to do that,” he says. The volcanic pumice soil is free-draining, meaning mud doesn’t have a chance on the trails during the rainy season.

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Chris and Kathy Johnston, often ride together, exploring the local backcountry mountain bike trails.

The couple trained on their e-bikes to ride the nearby Timber Trail with a group of friends, and despite opting to ride their normal mountain bikes rather than their e-bikes for the actual trip, they found they were fit and well prepared for the ride.

kilometres from town, linked to the CBD by off-road trails.

“You’re still getting a good workout,” says Chris. “It’s not about using the e-bike on maximum power all the time, it’s about taking the humps out of your riding. I ride mostly on 20% power, so I’m still improving my fitness every time I ride.”

Chris says Taupo’s central location to a number of NZ Cycle Trails (the Timber Trail, Great Lake Trail, Mountains to Sea and Te Ara Ahi) has really given the region momentum with cycle tourism. These trails are also working to increase the popularity of e-biking in the region. They give access to some pretty spectacular backcountry, often attracting people who haven’t done a lot of cycling and are looking for an easier way to complete the journey. E-bikes make it achievable, although Chris is quick to point out that riders do still need some riding skills.

Cycling for recreation is hugely prominent in the Taupo community. Chris says mountain biking is the norm for many people because the trails are so accessible. There’s the 10-kilometre grade 1 Great Lake Walkway that follows the lake shore from town to Five Mile Bay, and Craters Mountain Bike Park is just 5

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“How many towns of 22,000 have five bike shops?” says Chris. “The fact that they are able to survive is testament to the bike culture here.”


Learning to ride your e-bike in Taupo is as easy as 1 2 3... S T E P 1 - G R E AT L A K E W A L K W AY T O 5 M I L E B AY

This is the crème de la crème of easy e-bike trails in Taupo. Ride all the way from Taupo’s Boat Harbour to Five Mile Bay (10km) and return. The trail is paved most of the way, is generally flat and there are numerous parking options along the length of the trail, so you can start and finish wherever you like. The path follows the lake shore past secluded bays, beautiful holiday homes, lakefront hotels and boat ramps. There are even hot spots in the water where you can dip your toes in. You’ll find coffee and ice cream stops on your ride too, so take a break and enjoy the view. Chris and Kathy sometimes like to add on a side trip along the cycle lane of the Taupo bypass before returning home. STEP 2 - TONGARIRO RIVER TRAIL

Kathy reflects on how the bike culture in Taupo has grown over the years. She says Taupo really became known for cycling through the Cycle Challenge event, a 160km road cycling circumnavigation of Lake Taupo. “After a while, they decided to go off-road with the event, but they couldn’t have done that if the tracks hadn’t already been there.” She’s referring to the 200 kilometres of mountain bike trails that Bike Taupo, the region’s cycling advocacy group, has built over the past 17 years. Her next comment sheds light on what seems to be a significant contributor to the bike culture in Taupo. “Bike Taupo does a great job of working with people in the community. They really embrace the community with what they’re doing.”

The Tongariro River Trail is a great introduction to e-biking off-road. The trail follows the banks of the world-famous trout fishing river up to Red Hut and return. Starting at the Tongariro River Bridge on SH1 in Turangi, the trail will lead you through native forest, past clear fishing pools and over bridges that offer stunning views of the river from above. A great stopover is the Tongariro National Trout Centre where you’ll find a visitor centre and trout fishing museum, a freshwater aquarium and an underwater viewing tank. Take the pleasant walk around the centre and spend some time watching the anglers down in the river – this is a popular fishing spot – before hopping back on your bikes and completing the loop trail back to Turangi. For après-bike replenishment, don’t miss Creel Café, a quaint little eatery tucked away near the river in Turangi that has great coffee, delicious brioche and a kitchen menu. S T E P 3 - R O TA R Y R I D E - A R AT I AT I A

This ride starts from Spa Park and will take you up and down over undulating terrain that follows the course of the Waikato River. You’ll get glimpses of the bright green, clear water before dropping down to Huka Falls, NZ’s most visited natural attraction. From here you can choose to return to town or carry on the Aratiatia Loop to Aratiatia Rapids, famous for appearing in The Hobbit. Time it right and you’ll see the spectacular sight of the dam release. This trail is rated grade 3 which is an intermediate trail, so while your e-bike will help you zip up the hills nicely, you will need some off-road riding experience before tackling it.

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The group, largely run by volunteers, also established the Kids Bike Taupo programme which aims to teach every child in the region to ride a bike. It’s not uncommon to see an entire group of kindergarten children, two-yearolds included, pedalling a two-wheeler around with absolute confidence. As children get older, there is no shortage of places they can ride their bikes around Taupo. “The region allows children to experience mountain biking because you have the ability to just go and do it,” says Chris. He says it’s a generational thing in their family. “The culture has been ingrained for so long that my kids have grown up with it. They both ride fixies (bikes with no freewheel mechanism) in the city. One of them is back here for the summer and riding the summer series races.”

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When asked what they see as the future for e-biking, Chris and Kathy both agree it’s here to stay. “E-biking will allow us to continue to ride as we get older,” says Chris. “We would struggle through if we didn’t have the e-bikes,” says Kathy. “The e-bike movement is just going off. You see 60 and 70-year olds out there riding with smiles on their faces. They wouldn’t otherwise be able to do it, so it’s a no-brainer really.” And on having what is clearly the good fortune of living in a place with plenty of trails to e-bike on, Chris says, “You can get in a good 30-kilometre ride after work, be home by 7pm and not even have to get in the car. People often find that hard to believe.” “At times you have to pinch yourself because you forget how good it is to live here.”

“ Bike Taupo does a great job, embracing the community with what they are doing.”


b a. Denniston Incline while in operation 1954 b. Denniston Brakehead 1954 3 miners at the door of Crown Hotel having a beer at “Coalbrookedale”.

THE COALFACE THE WEST COAST IS WELL KNOWN FOR ITS WILD AND WONDERFUL SCENERY, BUT WHEN THE WINTERY WEATHER MEANS AN INDOOR ATTRACTION IS ON THE CARDS, WESTPORT’S COALTOWN MUSEUM HAS GOT YOU COVERED. The redeveloped Museum opened in 2013 and offers a modern look at the history of this district. You will go on a journey through gold rush days to the settling of the district and the early development of the mining industry – imagine yourself in the homes of those early pioneers; empathise with the women on wash day; immerse yourself in our country’s earliest union struggles; step inside a simulated mine; see a Q wagon that was used on the famed Denniston Incline; and learn about the attempts to tame the mighty Buller River and the workings of the Port at the Maritime Display.

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DRIVING TO THE CONDITIONS THIS WINTER New Zealand is stunning in winter, and with school holidays coming up in July there is every reason to get out and enjoy some of the beauty in your backyard and beyond.

However winter is also the most hazardous time of the year for driving, so Marlborough District Council is urging people to drive to the conditions to ensure they reach their destination safely. Marlborough Roads manager Frank Porter says if holidaymakers plan their road trips with plenty of spare time over the winter holidays, there will be less stress and less risk on our roads. “Treat the trip as part of your holiday, so you don’t have to speed or travel fast around corners or overtake people who are travelling slower than you,” Frank says. “Take the stress out of the drive by removing distractions like switching off your mobile phone, planning stops every couple of hours and swapping drivers. And if you are travelling slower than others, pull over when you can do so safely and let them pass.” Winter weather in New Zealand can be very changeable, which means needing to be even more prepared before potentially finding yourself on

an icy, wet or snowbound road. It is wise to always check the weather forecast and road conditions before you set off, and to take extra precautions such as driving during daylight hours when visibility is better and hazards such as ice and snow are less likely, and carrying tyre chains that you know how to fit and use if needed. Frank says it’s a good idea to know how to look out for icy spots on the road, such as shaded areas and bridges, which often stay slippery longer than other road surfaces. “Some people do not realise that frost is actually more severe at daybreak than earlier in the morning. So even if you are hitting the road first thing and there does not seem to be a lot of frost, be aware that the roads could get a lot frostier once the sun comes up.” Taking heed of the following winter driving tips from the New Zealand Transport Authority will help keep everyone safer on our roads this winter, Frank says.

WINTER DRIVING TIPS FROM THE NEW ZEALAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY

Drive slower than you normally would – it only takes a split second to lose control in wet or icy conditions. Avoid sudden braking or turning that could cause you to skid. Accelerate smoothly and brake gently, and use your highest gear when travelling uphill and your lowest downhill. For vehicles without anti-skid braking systems, pump the brake pedal in short rapid bursts rather than pressing long and hard to avoid skidding or sliding. Drive at a safe travelling distance because it takes longer to stop on slippery roads. In winter, especially in poor weather, double the two-second rule to ensure a safe distance between you and the car in front. When travelling in fog, rain or snow, drive with your lights dipped for increased safety.

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A runway worthy recycled fashion show words - JULIET CALDER

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i m a g e s - M A S A N O R I U D A G AWA


FASHIONS COME AND GO, BUT UNFORTUNATELY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE MATERIALS THEY ARE MADE OF TEND TO END UP IN LANDFILL. IN FACT, THE FASHION INDUSTRY IS THOUGHT TO BE THE SECOND BIGGEST POLLUTER IN THE WORLD, BEHIND OIL. At a time where consumers are increasingly conscious of their ecological footprint, there is nothing trendy about that. But there is something we can do about it, according to Carterton couple Mick Campbell and Robyn CherryCampbell, and they are proving it with their own unique take on a fashion awards show – The Oversew Fashion Awards.

Talented, aspiring designers who redesign pre-loved clothing into sustainable fashion garments.

The Oversew Fashion Awards were born out of a small, local event called ‘Revamped Glamour’, where a group of talented craftspeople and designers took pre-loved clothing and redesigned it into fashionable, quality garments. It seeded the idea that there was demand for a larger, more widely promoted event, which endorsed ‘upcycled’ fashion by recognising talented, aspiring designers who redesign pre-loved clothing into sustainable fashion garments. The first Oversew Fashion Awards was held in Carterton, Wairarapa in August 2012 and it was a sell-out event. Entrants were predominantly from the Wairarapa and Wellington region, but the Awards have continued to grow each year and now receive entries from all over New Zealand and the world. Creative Director Kate Williams is a previous Oversew Awards entrant, and said seeing the poster advertising the event was a “lightbulb moment” for her. “I had moved to the Wairarapa from Melbourne after starting my fashion label Wildflower in 2007.

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Fashions come and go, but unfortunately for the environment, the materials they are made of tend to end up in landfill. I wanted my fashion to mean something, I had always upcycled but never thought of it as a viable design & business idea, until I saw the Oversew Fashion competition and decided to enter.” Awards founder Robyn CherryCampbell says that message – that sustainable fashion can be high fashion – is exactly what the Oversew Fashion Awards are about. “In a world of fast fashion where anyone can have a certain item we are getting to the point where customisation is king. Consumers are more educated about supply chains now and we are all starting to question where things come from, by recycling and upcycling we are killing two birds with one stone – highly designed and individual looks that are also eco-friendly.“ We want to change the view that upcycled fashion is ‘crafty’, rather that it holds its own in the design sphere. This is not just about finding solutions to the concerns of clothing in landfill; the Awards are a legitimate High Fashion and Design event.” The 2018 Oversew Fashion Awards are on Saturday 21st July, with an additional matinee show on Sunday 22nd July. For more information and tickets, visit oversewfashion.com

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CONSUMERS ARE MORE EDUCATED ABOUT SUPPLY CHAINS NOW AND WE ARE ALL STARTING TO QUESTION WHERE THINGS COME FROM.

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BEST CATCH ON THE COAST words - JULIET CALDER

There is nothing quite so Kiwi as a feed of fish and chips on a Friday, and PortSide Bistro’s offering is not to be missed.

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PORTSIDE BISTRO AND BAR IS LOCATED IN WESTPORT, A BLOCK FROM THE BANKS OF THE BULLER RIVER AND CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE OCEAN THAT YOU CAN SMELL THE SEA AIR. It is no wonder then that their signature meals are seafood based. They have become famous for their Fish ‘n’ Chip Friday special – $20 for a hearty helping served with a beer, wine or non-alcoholic drink of your choice – and their weekly changing specials always include fresh market fish served two ways. The fish is delivered to their door straight off the fishing boats; it does not come much fresher than that. It is not all about seafood at PortSide though, the Bistro strives to serve the food that its customers love to eat, prepared with a touch of extra class and attention to detail. Full breakfast, lunch, evening and children’s menus are available, with everything made from scratch by their passionate kitchen team. Some of its other popular weekly specials include Bistro Burger Thursday, with four choices of flavour served with fries and a house drink for $24; and the Weekend Breakfast Deal, which is a PortSide Big Breakfast complete with fried eggs, toast, bacon steak, roast tomato, garlic roasted mushroom, hashbrown, chorizo sausage and onion jam, for just $22 including a house drink. With options like the brown sugar meringue served with bananas, butterscotch sauce, pecan nuts and honey semifreddo, you will want to leave room for the dessert menu, but will probably struggle too! There is also a tempting selection of baking to enjoy with a coffee, including slices, muffins, scones, cookies and cakes, all made fresh daily. PortSide has you covered for drinks too, with a large range of beer, wine, spirits and an impressive new cocktail menu. All of this is served up in a warm welcoming dining area, or if the sun is shining they have a fabulous courtyard area, complete with a sandpit for the kids. Owners Matt and Emma have over 30 years experience in the hospitality industry so know how to provide friendly and professional service in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Let them welcome you to PortSide Bistro & Bar and experience all they have to offer for yourself.

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HOMECOMING FOR THE TREASURED TAKAHE VISITORS TO THE HEAPHY TRACK IN KAHURANGI NATIONAL PARK MAY NOW CATCH A GLIMPSE OF ONE OF NEW ZEALAND’S MOST TREASURED NATIVE BIRDS, WITH THE RECENT RELEASE OF TAKAHE INTO THE AREA.

IMAGE Danilo Hegg

RELEASING TAKAHĒ AT GOULAND DOWNS. L-R - Te Rua of Ngāti Waewae, Archdeacon Harvey Ruru of Manawhenua ki Mohua and Jason van de Wetering of the Takahē Team.

This is the first time in more than 100 years that takahe will roam freely in Kahurangi National Park. Fossil records show takahe were once present in the Kahurangi area, so this is a return to an ancestral home for the flightless birds, who were once thought to be extinct.

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“Currently, these taonga birds only have one large wild site to call home – the remote Murchison Mountains of Fiordland. Trying to establish another large wild population is a bold move and it might not work, but we must push the boundaries if we are to learn and make progress,” DOC Takahe Operations Manager Deidre Vercoe said.

Kahurangi is considered the best bet for a new wild population to survive and thrive with its large areas of intact tussock grassland and extensive predator control. The birds will be closely monitored over the coming months and years to track their health and breeding success, and it is estimated up to 30 breeding pairs could eventually be accommodated here.


Leap of faith w o rd s - S A R A H T H O R N TO N

Auckland Commercial Bank Manager Shelley Magee recently fulfilled a long-held dream to run her own business & it’s thanks to the strength & clarity she gained during an Outward Bound Professional course.


FOR THE PAST 17 YEARS, SHELLEY, 49, HAS WORKED AT ASB. WHILE SHE SAYS SHE LOVED HER WORK AND WAS VERY HAPPY WITH HER CAREER PATH, SHE HAD ALWAYS YEARNED TO OWN HER OWN BUSINESS BUT LACKED THE CONFIDENCE TO LEAVE HER JOB TO FOLLOW AN UNFAMILIAR PATHWAY.

“I had always been into trying different things and new experiences in life, except in my career,” says Shelley. “I’m what you call an adventurous person but have always struggled to push my boundaries professionally. At this age and point in my life, I realised I had been stuck a long time. I wasn’t unhappy – in fact, I was very comfortable. And being comfortable is an easy place to be stuck in.” Shelley says she had been trying to buy a business for the past decade and despite unwavering support from her colleagues, husband and three daughters, she couldn’t take that leap of faith into the unknown. “Everyone believed in me. It was me who was holding myself back. I needed something to shock me into making the leap.” That “shock” came in the form of Outward Bound. The opportunity to attend the outdoor challenge school came from her employer, ASB, who regularly sponsor people on leadership courses. “When they asked for interest, I put my hand up immediately. Outward Bound has

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always been something I’d dreamed of doing and I knew it would help me overcome my blocks and also help me become a more effective leader.” So in March 2017, Shelley packed her polar fleeces, cleaned her running shoes and headed to Anakiwa in Queen Charlotte Sound for a five-day Outward Bound Professional course. Shelley says she had expectations about the course, but admits she was a bit naïve. “People told me about how they had been pushed mentally and physically beyond what they thought possible. I’m a mentally strong person and also physically fit so I was dubious how I could be pushed – how wrong I was!” An important part of an Outward Bound course is the idea of not knowing what comes next –it’s the magic of the experience. Live in the now, focus on the task at hand. Shelley says there were surprises she wasn’t ready for, but she knew there would be change, something she says she was completely ready for.


Shelley Magee

“You’re put in situations where you’re doing extreme things and we all realised that if we were going to make the most of the experience, we needed to be honest and embrace it all. We all saw things in other people that often we couldn’t see in ourselves. There were disclosures and revelations – it was a very powerful dynamic. “Arriving at Anakiwa, you’re introduced to your ‘watch’ - mostly complete strangers - and by the end of the week you have built up so much trust and support that you feel like you have known everyone your entire life. These people have become a new group of amazing friends and supporters.” Shelley says the course instructors were “fabulous”. “I built a deep trust in professional facilitators Tania and Kath, and also with our instructor Megan. During tramps and walks, we would have amazing conversations. These were special moments that really helped me gain the clarity and confidence I needed. I learned that my limits aren’t my limits – there is more in me.

”One of the biggest take-outs from her time at Outward Bound was that Shelley realised she needed to spend more time developing her ASB team. “I felt I had lost focus with them. I needed to build better trust to make the team as good as it could be.”Armed with the skills she had learned at Anakiwa, Shelley established a regular Monday morning ‘check-in’ where she explored with each person in her team their level of stress both at work and home, rating it out of five. “It was brilliant. If someone had things going on at home or at work it was valuable to know. They didn’t need to share the details, but it did mean we could move the stress around and share the load.” Six months after returning from Outward Bound, Shelley decided to spring on her team a trust exercise she had done regularly on the course – jumping into the sea. “Some in the team didn’t like heights, others had never jumped into the sea before and some were nervous! But we all joined

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hands and leapt off the Murray’s Bay wharf into the cold water. By the time we’d got back to work, everyone was buzzing. After that, everyone had a turn to come up with a team building activity. We’ve done walking meetings, played croquet and eaten insects. It’s often the small things that push people out of their comfort zone but it was heaps of fun. As a manager, I realised how much more you can get out of people when you put energy into them.” Last month, Shelley left ASB and took over Tea Total, a speciality tea company based in Auckland’s Mairangi Bay that imports, wholesales and retails quality teas throughout New Zealand. “I realised I had to make the move now or never,” she says. “I wanted a business I could feel passionate about. Tea Total works in with my love of tea and also travel, connecting with overseas suppliers and experiencing the many different types of tea.

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Last year we took our family to India and experienced the culture and amazing teas they have. I now look forward to travelling to new overseas destinations and drinking and sourcing lots and lots of different tea!” While running a tea business is about as far away from looking after corporate banking clients as you can get, Shelley is using the skills she amassed at Outward Bound at Tea Total. “Ideas come from all levels and everyone has a contribution to make. You have to empower people to get them to a new level.” Outward Bound runs a wide range of courses for all ages. Outward Bound Professional offers business courses for all skill levels, career stages and organisations. Customised courses are also available.“Everyone should get the opportunity to go to Outward Bound. It’s both amazing and life-changing. As long as you keep doing the work and commit to making shifts in your life, you’ll achieve your goals. “This is my time.”


IDEAS COME FROM ALL LEVELS AND EVERYONE HAS A CONTRIBUTION TO MAKE. YOU HAVE TO EMPOWER PEOPLE TO GET THEM TO A NEW LEVEL.

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A novel festival wo rd s - SONIA O’REGAN

i m a g e s - J I M TA N N O C K

An impressive line-up of authors will speak at the Marlborough Book Festival 2018 from Friday 6 July to Sunday 8 July. NEW ZEALAND POET LAUREATE SELINA TUSITALA MARSH, POET NOVELIST VINCENT O’SULLIVAN, BEST-SELLING HISTORICAL FICTION WRITER JENNY PATTRICK, GP POET GLENN COLQUHOUN, JOURNALIST DIANA WICHTEL AND CARTOONIST TOM SCOTT ARE AMONG THE GUEST AUTHORS. The Boathouse Theatre in Blenheim will be the festival hub, with a lively schedule starting on Friday night and continuing through the weekend. Other venues include Hunter’s Wines, Spy Valley cellar door, The Treehouse at Cloudy Bay winery and the living room at Dog Point Vineyard’s luxury Bell Tower.

The festival kicks off with a session on board the Marlborough Tour Company’s MV Odyssea luxury catamaran in the Queen Charlotte Sound on the Friday morning. Those on board will enjoy brunch and an hour-long session with author Tina Makereti, whose novel Where the Rekohu Bone Sings is set partly in the Marlborough Sounds making it the perfect place to hear her talk about it. The Opening Night session at the Boathouse Theatre later on Friday will see five of the festival authors taking to the stage to provide a taste of what’s to come over the weekend. Dog Point Vineyard’s boutique accommodation The Bell Tower will

provide the beautiful setting for an extended session with acclaimed poet and novelist Vincent O’Sullivan in conversation with journalist Mike White. The Marlborough Book Festival is a run by volunteers under a charitable trust and strongly supported by sponsoring businesses and the Marlborough District Council as a treat for both book lovers and guest authors in the middle of winter. The trust aims to help support literacy in Marlborough, in particular though sponsoring Writers in Schools programmes. For tickets or more information go to www.marlboroughbookfest.co.nz

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THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED, BUT THE FEELING OF BEING ON TOP OF THE WORLD, MAKES THE HIKE WELL WORTH IT.

ESCARPMENT TRACK BREATHTAKING IS A FITTING WORD FOR THE ESCARPMENT TRACK, BOTH IN TERMS OF THE VIEWS AND THE EFFORT IT TAKES TO CLIMB TO THE TOP.

This is a relatively new walking track that runs from Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay, high above State Highway 1 and the railway. It is one of the highlights of the Te Araroa Trail, a 3,000km track that traverses the entire length of the country.

This is not a track for the faint-hearted or the vertigo-sufferer; it reaches 220 metres above sea level, is narrow and exposed in places, and you will climb many stairs to get to the top. But the feeling of being on top of the world with the Kapiti Coast stretching out in front of you makes the hike well worth it. Be sure to stop for photo opportunities, just maybe not while in

the middle of one of the two swing bridges on a typically windy Wellington day! It is 10km from railway station to railway station, taking approximately 2-4 hours in either direction depending on fitness, making it the ideal day trip from Wellington or anywhere along the Kapiti Coast.

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BUILT TOUGH FOR KIWI CONDITIONS LDV has a global reputation for building world-class vehicles. The new LDV T60 range is no exception. WITH THE OPTION OF THE DOUBLE CAB PICK-UP TRUCK OR THE SINGLE CAB/CHASSIS, THE T60 RANGE CAN HANDLE ANY TASK. THE T60 STYLING IS EASY ON THE EYE, WITH A DESIGN THAT MEANS BUSINESS AND STANDS OUT FROM THE CROWD. BOTH MODELS HAVE A POWERFUL 110KW VGT TURBO-CHARGED DIESEL ENGINE TEAMED WITH A6 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION (OR 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC IN THE DOUBLE-CAB MODEL), DELIVERING AN EXCEPTIONAL DRIVE. ADD TO THIS A LONG LIST OF CREATURE COMFORTS AND YOU HAVE A VEHICLE THAT WILL WORK AS HARD AS YOU DO.

THE T60 IS MADE FOR HARD WORK

The T60 Double Cab Pick-up really does make hard work a whole lot easier. It has a rear tray capacity of 1188L and has a payload of 1025kg. It will accommodate most loads easily. There are multiple options for securing cargo. The T60 has strong tie down points both on the deck and on the wheel arches. There is also a thick, tough deck liner to protect both the vehicle and your cargo. Like its bigger brother, the T60 single cab/chassis is right at home in New Zealand and is perfectly suited to handle anything thrown at it. It has a payload of 1255kg and will accommodate most loads easily with the optional alloy tray added. The luxurious interior appointments will impress, designed to get you to your destination in comfort. You will be relaxed and raring to get into your day. POWER TO PERFORM

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Safety is important, and LDV has delivered with a fully calibrated chassis, Anti-lock braking (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), to ensure braking is optimal for any driving situation. T60 is also equipped with Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Traction Control System (TCS) and Electronic Differential Lock (EDL). On top of that, the T60 has Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Roll Movement Intervention (RMI), driver and passenger airbags, side airbags and full-length curtain airbags. Front and rear fog lamps and a tyre pressure monitoring system. When you consider that pedestrian safety hasn’t been forgotten either, with the T60 offering both a rear camera with park assist and parking sensors, it’s clear the T60 takes safety seriously. All new LDV T60 come with the reassurance of a 5 year/130,000km new vehicle warranty and roadside assistance.

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A FARE DEAL FOR EVERYONE AT THE HEART OF SOUNDS AIR IS OUR PASSENGERS. AFTER 30 YEARS OF SERVICE, WE HAVE RECOGNISED THAT OUR PASSENGERS’ NEEDS ARE CHANGING & WE NEED TO CHANGE WITH YOU. SOME PASSENGERS REQUIRE FLEXIBILITY, SOME ENJOY OUR CURRENT MODEL & SOME PASSENGERS WANT TO FLY FOR LESS.

So this year, for the first time, we have introduced fare classes to our ticketing structure. There are now three options for passengers to choose from when booking a Sounds Air flight, allowing you to choose the best option for you based on whether flexibility or price-point is key: SOUNDS BEST

Our most flexible fare, for passengers with dynamic schedules. S O U N D S G R E AT

Our classic middle range fare, similar to what we have provided in the past. SOUNDS GOOD

Our least expensive fare, for passengers with firm travel plans that want to fly for less.

The option you choose will depend on your type of travel, so for example, Sounds Good is great for a couple heading to a wedding in Blenheim. They know when they need to fly and there is little chance that they will need to cancel or change their flight, so they can go with the least expensive option and book in advance to save. Sounds Great is essentially the same as what you would have booked previously with Sounds Air, both in terms of price and the level of flexibility. Sounds Best is more for the business passengers who might prefer to pay a little more upfront for complete flexibility with their booking. Sounds Air CEO Andrew Crawford says this is the first time in five years that Sounds Air has made any change to its ticket prices.

“In those five years, we have had to absorb a number of increases in costs, such as airport costs, fuel, wages and aeroplane maintenance. But when you are an airline with a lot of regular and loyal customers, like we are, you do not easily make a decision to increase ticket prices. That’s why we have introduced this fare structure instead, that does not force anyone to pay more if they do not want to. We have listened to our customers’ needs and developed a structure that we think suits their varying situations. “No matter which fare you choose, you can expect to receive the same quality service we’ve provided since 1987 - only now with more options to meet your needs.”

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MIKE MARCHANT

TEAM SOUNDS AIR THE MARCHANT NAME IS SYNONYMOUS WITH SOUNDS AIR. MIKE’S PARENTS, CLIFF AND DIANE MARCHANT, STARTED UP THE AIRLINE THIRTY YEARS AGO, NOT LONG BEFORE MIKE WAS BORN.

Mike is fulfilling a lifelong ambition by working as a pilot for Sounds Air, and says there is no job he would rather be doing.

doing photography. But my first flying job was actually with Sounds Air when they had the smaller piston aircraft, flying people out to the Abel Tasman.

H OW LO N G H AV E YO U B E E N WORKING FOR SOUNDS AIR?

W H AT D O Y O U L O V E A B O U T WORKING FOR SOUNDS AIR?

Three years. W H AT W E R E Y O U D O I N G P R E V I O U S LY T H AT L E D Y O U T O T H I S JOB?

I was working for an airline photography company in Nelson, so basically flying around the country

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Firstly the people, and secondly the privilege of working as a pilot. These aircraft are awesome to fly, and the lifestyle of being able to live in Marlborough is great. I have grown up with Sounds Air and flying for them has been one of my main life goals, so I love this job.

Y O U R FA V O U R I T E S O U N D S A I R D E S T I N AT I O N ?

Westport. I love the West Coast and I like getting in a bit of whitebaiting when I can over there too. W H AT A R E Y O U D O I N G W H E N YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

I like being in the outdoors. My parents have a place in the Sounds so I like getting over there and doing a bit of fishing, four-wheel driving – standard Kiwi outdoors stuff!


SOUNDS AIR ROUTE MAP + AIRPORT GUIDE

WELLINGTON

TAUPO

WELLINGTON

WESTPORT

WELLINGTON

BLENHEIM

WELLINGTON

NELSON

WELLINGTON

PICTON

BLENHEIM

CHRISTCHURCH

BLENHEIM

PARAPARAUMU

BLENHEIM

NAPIER

PARAPARAUMU

NELSON

Taupo

Napier

Paraparaumu Nelson Westport

Blenheim

Picton

Wellington

Christchurch

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BLENHEIM

NELSON

TAUPO

(NZWB / BHE)

(NZNS/ NSN)

(NZAP/ TUO)

MARLBOROUGH AIRPORT

NELSON AIRPORT

TAUPO AIRPORT

Tancred Cres, Springlands, Woodbourne

Trent Dr, Nelson Airport, Nelson

1105 Anzac Memorial Dr Wharewaka, Taupo

CHECK-IN

CHECK-IN

CHECK-IN

CHRISTCHURCH

PARAPARAUMU

WELLINGTON

(NZCH/ CHC)

(NZPP/ PPQ)

(NZWN/ WLG)

CHRISTCHURCH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

KAPITI COAST AIRPORT

WELLINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Main Terminal Building

30 Durey Rd Christchurch

CHECK-IN

Main Terminal Building

60 Toru Rd, Paraparaumu Beach (To get to Toru Rd, go through Ocean Rd and then Bluegum Rd)

Main Airport Building

Stewart Duff Drive Rongotai, Wellington Airport, Wellington

CHECK-IN

Ground floor, Main Check-In Area

CHECK-IN

Main Airport Building

Level One, Domestic Terminal, Main Check-In Area

NAPIER

PICTON

WESTPORT

(NZNR/ NPE)

(NZPN/ PCN)

(WSZ)

HAWKES BAY AIRPORT

PICTON AIRPORT

WESTPORT AIRPORT

State Highway 1 Koromiko, Marlborough (8 km south of Picton)

CHECK-IN

Main North Rd, Hawkes Bay Airport, Napier

CHECK-IN

Main Airport Building

Tiphead Rd, Carters Beach Main Airport Building

CHECK-IN

Main Terminal Building

ALL LOCATIONS Check-in opens ONE HOUR PRIOR to departure

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For flight schedules and more information visit

soundsair.com


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COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS SOUNDS AIR IS A PROUDLY REGIONAL AND STAUNCHLY COMMUNITY-MINDED AIRLINE. WE WOULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE REGIONS THAT WE SERVICE, AND SO WE ARE COMMITTED TO GIVING BACK TO THOSE COMMUNITIES IN VARIOUS WAYS.

SOUNDS AIR IS PROUD TO SUPPORT AND PARTNER WITH A VARIETY OF COMMUNITY GROUPS AND EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious show! Locals and visitors to the Marlborough region have been treated to the best of Broadway and beyond for the last 100 years, thanks to the incredible efforts of Blenheim Musical Theatre Inc. So when Sounds Air was asked to provide some financial support to its production of Mary Poppins in its centenary year, we were only too happy to assist. Blenheim Musical Theatre is the second oldest musical theatre society in New Zealand, having been established in 1918 and constituted in 1922 under the name of Blenheim Amateur Operatic Society. It is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote and foster the study, production and performance of musical theatre in the Marlborough community. The organisation provides a platform for local performers, technicians,

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designers, directors and other key personnel to become actively involved in the world of musical theatre, and it also benefits the local community by holding educational workshops and making its stage property and equipment available for public hire. The recent staging of the spectacular Broadway classic, Mary Poppins, marked 100 years of shows for Blenheim Musical Theatre. Further centenary celebrations will be held in August, with a reunion weekend including a celebration showcase show at the ASB Theatre on 23 and 24 August, a Centenary Dinner on 25 August, and Theatre and Facility Tours on 26 August. Sounds Air congratulates Blenheim Musical Theatre on a century of outstanding entertainment, and wishes them all the best for the next 100 years.


BLENHEIM MUSICAL THEATRE IS THE SECOND OLDEST MUSICAL THEATRE SOCIETY IN NEW ZEALAND, ESTABLISHED IN 1918. A NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION THAT AIMS TO PROMOTE AND FOSTER MUSICAL THEATRE IN THE MARLBOROUGH COMMUNITY.

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THE ORIGINAL Many claim originality, but there is always only one true pioneer. In designing the PC-12 our objective was to create the world’s most versatile, high performance, efficient and safe aircraft and back it up with the highest level of service. Today, with over 1,500 aircraft in operation, our commitment is just as strong as when the first PC-12 was delivered. At Pilatus, we succeed by helping our customers succeed. How’s that for an original idea? Step up to the “Pilatus Class” now. Pilatus Australia Pty Ltd • Phone +61 8 8238 1600 • www.pilatus-aircraft.com

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Sounds Good Issue 03  

Welcome to Sounds Good, the inflight magazine of Sounds Air. Allow Sounds Good's Winter Edition to take you on a journey through New Zealand...

Sounds Good Issue 03  

Welcome to Sounds Good, the inflight magazine of Sounds Air. Allow Sounds Good's Winter Edition to take you on a journey through New Zealand...