Sounds Good Issue 05 - Summer 2018/19

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SUMMER 2018 | 19 P U T T I N G O N T H E R I T Z | Revel in the glitz and glamour of Art Deco in Napier B O T T L I N G T H E W E S T C O A S T S P I R I T | Reefton has all of the essential ingredients for a distillery R A Z O R ’ S F A V O U R I T E S U R F I N G S P O T S | Tips from the surfing Super Rugby Coach



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CHRISTCHURCH to BLENHEIM in less than an HOUR. see you there.

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Photography David James

1 8 Let them Eat Cake

12 What’s On

Renaissance Brewing Ben Ayers, Cellar Hand, Page 58

20 This is the Shifting Shape of Ōtautahi

14 For Her

24 A Romantic Escape in Wellington

16 For Home

26 Bottling the West Coast Spirit 32 Light up the Nelson Night 34 Life as it is 39 Making a Splash in Raumati 40

Putting on the Ritz


Island Living

52 Razor’s Favourite Surfing Spots 58

The Renaissance of a Blenheim Brew

64 It’s Barbeque Season - Japanese Styles 66 Team Sounds Air, Cliff Marchant - Founder 68 Kids Corner

I N - F L I G H T I N F O R M AT I O N 70

Route Map


Terminal Locations

66 | Y O U & U S 74 | C O M M U N I T Y PA RT N E R S H I P S

Le Café Open Ear Jazz Festival

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A B O V E Read about Napier’s Art Deco Festival | Page 40


Publisher Buutveld Carter Editor Juliet Calder Art Director Hannah Buutveld Advertising Production Emma Dyer Advertising Enquiries Anthony Li Print PMP | Christchurch

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reprinted without the written consent of the publisher. Opinions are solely those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Sounds Air.

Contributors Andrew Crawford, Renee Kiri, Shandelle Battersby and Sarah Thornton.

The Gatsby Picnic is just one of the many events during Napier’s Art Deco Festival

Dine in the vines at the Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen

A unique vineyard setting with stunning views provides a superb location for this award-winning winery to showcase their wines and provide a truly memorable Marlborough dining experience. OPENING HOURS 9:00am to 5:00pm (1 November to 30 April) 11:00am to 4:00pm (1 May to 31 October) Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen, 13 Selmes Rd Rapaura Freephone 0800 317 319

Christchurch’s original seafood experience Pescatore continues to earn its position as one of New Zealand’s best contemporary dining experiences. The space is luxurious and modern, offering a minimalist approach to formal dining that is thoughtfully comfortable and uncluttered.

50 Pa rk Te rrace, Chr is t c hur c h | phone 03 371 0 2 5 7 | e m a i l p e s c a t o r e @ t h e g e o r g e . c o m | t h e g e o rg e . c o m

An artist's impression of the rebuilt Christchurch Town Hall


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 Taupō, to the stunning wine regions of Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough, our cultural capital city of Wellington, the rugged and beautiful West Coast of the South Island and Kāpiti Coast in the North, and the ever evolving Christchurch city – plus plenty more in between. Allow Sounds Good to take you for a journey through these regions and learn some of the secrets that they have to offer. In this issue, step back in time as New Zealand’s art deco capital celebrates in swinging style; let Super Coach Scott Robertson take you on a surfing safari; enjoy a summer swill at a unique West Coast distillery or Blenheim brewery; and discover d’Urville Island, a remote slice of Kiwi paradise. Read on, and start planning your next getaway with Sounds Air.


GET SEA-LEGS FOR ALL TYPES OF TRAVEL SICKNESS! AVAILABLE AT YOUR PHARMACY Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. May cause drowsiness. Avoid alcohol and driving. Radiant Health Ltd, Auckland. TAPS PP1692. LOTJ 2017-12-048

CEO WELCOME Andrew Crawford, Managing Director, Sounds Air.

Welcome to your Sounds Air flight, and to the Sounds Good magazine. One year ago we launched our first inflight magazine. Just like that, we have come full circle and find ourselves at our second Summer issue. It has been a pleasure and an honour to be able to use this forum to profile many of the amazing places, events, businesses and people in the Sounds Air destinations. We have barely scratched the surface in one year of course, so we look forward to continuing to delve deeper into both the well-loved and the lesser known gems in our regions and to bring those stories to you. This Summer issue is a bumper one, because there is so much happening at this time of year in New Zealand. Whether you like to get into the spirit of the silly-season and make the most of the many festivals and events that are on, or prefer to spend your Summer chilling out with loved ones in one of our stunning holiday destinations, we have got plenty of ideas for you in the following pages. I personally enjoyed reading “Razor” Robertson’s tips for a surfing trip through some of the areas that Sounds Air flies to. It’s a great reminder

that you do not have to look far or spend much to find adventure, fun and beauty in this country. It also made me realise that, even in the places where I live or travel to often, there are so many spots I have yet to explore. We may not be a big country, but we are jam-packed with travel-worthy destinations. If you are a visitor to New Zealand, you are probably already having a lot of fun finding some of these places. If you are a local, don’t let that stop you discovering something new this summer – chances are it is just around the corner. Also be sure to check out the inspirational story from our own Renee Kiri on page 34. This is one courageous lady, who we are all extremely proud of here at Sounds Air. Thank you for choosing Sounds Air to get you to your destination, and perhaps to your next adventure. Merry Christmas and happy new year to you, from all of us at Sounds Air. Andrew Crawford, Managing Director, Sounds Air.



TERRACOTTA WARRIORS AT TE PAPA Starts 15 December 2018 One of the world’s greatest archaeological finds will be on display at Te Papa Museum this summer. The ancient artefacts known as the ‘Terracotta Warriors’ were discovered in 1974 in Xi’an, China. The collection of terracotta sculptures depicts the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. Its purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife and they secretly guarded his tomb for more than 2,000 years. This landmark exhibition features eight warriors standing 180 centimetres tall, and two full-size horses from the famous terracotta army – as well as two half-size replica bronze horse-drawn chariots. Also on display are more than 160 exquisite works of ancient Chinese art made from gold, jade, and bronze and dating from the Western Zhou to the Han dynasties (1046 BCE – 220 CE). Photographer: Qiu Ziyu Credit: Shaanxi History Museum

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New Zealand’s original and longest running wine festival held is coming to Marlborough again this February. Festival goers will get the opportunity to sample a unique selection of world-class wines and delicious local cuisine all in the heart of one of Marlborough’s oldest and most picturesque vineyards - Brancott Vineyard. For the wine aficionados there are wine tutorials from the region’s leading winemakers and for the budding fashionistas the very popular Fashion in the Vines competitions. The very successful Culinary Pavilion will yet again host a bevvy of celebrity chefs for the most discerning foodies. For more information;


BLACK CAPS VS SRI LANKA 26 December 2018 The Boxing Day cricket test returns to Christchurch’s Hagley Oval this year, with the Black Caps taking on Sri Lanka in the second test of the series. Cricket fans will remember the last Boxing Day test at Hagley Oval in 2014 against the same opponents, when Brendon McCullum hit 18 fours and 11 sixes on his way to a breathtaking 195 runs off 134 deliveries. Grab your family and friends, pack a picnic, and be part of the excitement this summer. Tickets available through Ticketek.


CHURCH ROAD LIVE SUMMER SESSIONS 2 December 2018, 13 January, 24 February and 24 March 2019 On one Sunday a month over summer, Church Road winery will be the place to be for your Sunday session. Local acoustic acts will provide the chilled vibes, while Dish Catering provides the cheese boards and platters, Vagabond Jacks brings a range of tasty treats from its funky mobile food caravan, and of course Church Road will have their full range of wines available. Bring your picnic rug or chairs and your sunhats or umbrellas for shade. Live music will play between midday and 4:30pm and admission is free. #churchroadlive



NELSON BUSKERS FESTIVAL 31 January to 3 February 2019 Street performers from around the globe will head to Nelson for four days of action-packed and hilarious shows in the annual Nelson Buskers Festival. The Festival takes place in three venues – the top of Trafalgar Street will have a constant supply of family friendly acts in the heart of the city; the Church Steps will host variety shows on the Saturday and Sunday evenings for the whole family with food stalls onsite; and The Boathouse is your venue for something a little more risqué, with adults-only cabaret shows on Thursday and Friday evenings. All shows other than The Boathouse cabaret shows are free, but bring some koha to show your appreciation for the impressive talents of these hard-working performers. Photographer: Stefano Chiolo

Follow the Nelson Buskers Festival Facebook page for updates.




This iconic open water swimming event at beautiful Lake Taupo is a fun, friendly swim that caters for a wide range of swimming abilities. After the swim enjoy a well-deserved after event soup and bun, and enjoy the feeling of having achieved the Across the Lake Swim. The swim starts at Acacia Bay and finishes 4.2 kilometres across the lake at Three Mile Bay. There is also a 2km, and a 1km event, both starting and finishing at Three Mile Bay. The event provides those competing in the Ironman the opportunity to have a training run and is New Zealand’s largest freshwater challenge. The event is organised by the Lake Taupo Rotary and any proceeds from the day will go towards community projects in the region. For more information or to register visit

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TRAVELLING SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL 14 December 2018 Launched in 2011, this nomadic film festival showcases the digital storytelling by students and lifelong learners from around the world. The 7th annual Travelling Shorts Film Festival (TSFF) will take place in on the Kapiti Coast (Events Cinemas, Coastlands, Paraparaumu). TSFF has two main focuses: to celebrate short films created by students across the globe and to share them with a global community to inspire local creativity. Expect to be wowed by a selection of short films made by young kiwis and filmmakers across the globe, and take part by voting for your favourite. For more information;


INTERISLANDER SUMMER FESTIVAL WESTPORT TROTS 26 & 28 December 2018 The two Interislander Summer Festival events, at Westport on 26th and 28th December are sure to be a great way to unwind with friends and family after Christmas. Pack up the Christmas leftovers and the kids and join Westport Trotting Club for two fun filled days of free kids activities and exciting harness racing action on-course. There is loads of great enterainment for the whole family, including “Fashions in the Field” on Boxing Day at Westport Trots Interislander Summer Festival. Admission $10 for adults for a two-day pass; children are free. For more information;


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Making people happy is the name of the game for Auckland transplants Kim and Scott Forsythe who traded in corporate jobs to set up their Baked With Love boutique cakery and gingerbread house in Taupo in 2016. The dynamic couple expanded their empire in May with the launch of the Baked With Love Eatery, a light and welcoming space with sit-down tables and L’Affare coffee that offers a range of savoury and sweet treats from their famously decadent brioche doughnuts and cakes to soup and gourmet sandwiches.


Baked With Love’s wares are works of art featuring elaborate icing, edible glitter and flowers and amazing designs, and come with gluten-free options too. The eatery is currently only open on weekdays from 9am-3pm, but for your out-of-hours weekend fix you can find them at local markets, including Taupo Market on Saturday mornings and Rotorua Night Market on Thursdays. 2 Marama Arcade, Taupo |

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THIS IS THE SHIFTING SHAPE OF ŌTAUTAHI The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will collaborate with one of the city’s most successful live bands, Shapeshifter, for the opening performance at the restored Christchurch Town Hall on 1 March 2019. The Christchurch Town Hall, designed by Sir Miles Warren and Maurice Mahoney, is one of the city’s iconic buildings. But thanks to the 2011 earthquakes that left much of the central city in a state of ruin, the 1972 heritage-listed building has been closed for the last eight years. Repairs on the building began in 2015, which include restoration of the Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, entrance foyer, James Hay Theatre and the Limes Room, rebuilding the former Boaters restaurant now known as the Avon Room, and a new purpose-built facility for the CSO. The project is now nearing its completion date, and on 1 March 2019 Christchurch will be celebrating the reopening of another important landmark. Having the CSO deliver the first performance in what is their new home makes complete sense – combining a symphony orchestra with a drum and base / electronic dance band is a bit less conventional, however not unprecendented. The CSO and Shapeshifter have previously collaborated in this very space, back in 2007, a show that the band refers to as one of their most memorable.

And that from a band that has created plenty of memories, from playing at some of the world’s biggest music festivals, to sold-out performances across Europe and at home in New Zealand, multiple music awards, and three platinum selling albums, Shapeshifter has become New Zealand music royalty since it formed in Christchurch in 1999. Shapeshifter is regularly referred to as a drum and base band, but describes itself as “genre-defying” and with a sound that is it’s own creation of “heavy soul, a stadium-sized sound which adds layers of drum & bass, jazz, funk, rock and electronica

to solid bass culture foundations, capable of morphing from rolling drum & bass to pummelling guitar-driven jams to horizon-shifting electronic soundscapes.” If you want an idea of what that sounds like when you combine it with a symphony orchestra, have a listen to their Shapeshifter Live album that was recorded with the CSO in the Christchurch Town Hall the last time this unlikely pair performed together. And then throw any expectations out the window, because this concert will be anything but predictable.

Book your tickets at to see what magic unfolds when three Christchurch icons combine.



With a stunning waterfront, a huge selection of excellent restaurants and cafés, beautiful walks, and a reputation as the culture capital of New Zealand, Wellington is the perfect destination for a romantic weekend away. Arty couples, foodie couples, outdoorsy couples, and couples who are simply craving some chill out time, will all find what their hearts desire in the capital city. But when it comes to preparing a romantic getaway, finding the right accommodation is the first vital ingredient. Look no further than Bolton Hotel, for five-star service and facilities in the heart of the city. Bolton Hotel currently has a special ‘Romance in the City’ package, which will ensure you receive the ultimate indulgence. You will be put up in one of the newly refurbished Premier Suites, with its luxurious King bed, an ensuite bathroom including the all-important bathtub, a stylish and comfortable living area and beautiful park views overlooking Thorndon hills. No need to plan a surprise for your loved one in advance, the Bolton Hotel has that sorted with petit fours and a bottle of bubbles to greet you on arrival. Once you have settled in, go and have a chat to New Zealand’s Hotel Industry Concierge of the Year, Ingmar Becker, for some advice on what Wellington has to offer.

Ingmar’s best bet for a romantic Wellington weekend is all sunshine and roses: “From exploring the shops on Lambton Quay, take the cable car up for a walk through the Botanical Gardens, and stop to enjoy a coffee at the café in the Lady Norwood rose garden. Or another excellent city stroll is to follow the Writers Walk along the waterfront and take your pick of a coffee or a craft beer in Oriental Bay - Wellington is famous for both! “For outdoor lovers and fitter folks, the City to Sea walkway begins near Parliament, right next to the hotel, and winds all the way to Island Bay on the other side of Wellington. Then make your way back to the hotel for a relaxing drink and let us take care of dinner.” Dinner will indeed be taken care of, because as well as having the Concierge of the Year at hand, Bolton Hotel boasts the country’s Chef of the Year (awarded by the NZ Chef ’s Association), MacLean Fraser. Your Romance in the City package includes a personal degustation dinner in Artisan Dining House. Artisan uses humble ingredients from the New Zealand terroir to create an upscale dining experience that is essential for visitors to the capital and locals alike. It’s not really a romantic getaway if you don’t get a sleep-in, so take your time the next morning as you won’t have to checkout until midday. Or take the opportunity to explore more of Wellington – nobody does brunch better than Wellington, and on a Sunday morning the Harbourside Market is a must.


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The West Coast is well known for its pioneering spirit, and now a new business in town is literally pioneering spirits in the heart of Reefton. With its misty winter hills, abundant rainfall and fresh water, lush rainforests and mining history, Reefton has all of the essential ingredients for a distillery. Reefton Distilling Co. opened its doors in October, bringing to reality an idea sparked in 2016. Reefton Distilling Co. Managing Director, Patsy Bass, says the idea formed when she returned to her hometown of Reefton for a few months of work. “I am from Reefton originally but have lived in Christchurch for most of my life. When I ended up working here for a few months recently, I saw the town with fresh eyes. I started developing an economic strategy in my own mind for what could help Reefton grow, and I started bringing in people from my professional network to brainstorm ideas. My background is in project management and change management, and I was at a time in my life where I could do something for Reefton. I wanted to do something to create employment and create a tourist attraction in the town, to help make Reefton a destination.” A distillery was one of the possible ideas that was floated and while she was pondering that option, Patsy met some local characters who cemented in her mind that this was the right idea in the right place at the right time.

“I met some well-known Reefton locals, the MacKay twins, and they mentioned that they had what they believe is Australasia’s biggest private collection of whisky vessels and paraphernalia, some of them being very collectible such as some 1880s Royal Doulton Dewars items. So it just seemed like the planets were starting to align. “The more people I talked to about Reefton, the more it struck me that the rain was the thing people so often commented on about this area, and not usually in a positive way,” Patsy added. “But we saw a way to take advantage of that abundant fresh water, that has travelled two or three thousand kilometres across the Southern ocean, is untainted by dirty land mass and drops in an absolute deluge on the West Coast. It became clear that the very thing people from outside of the West Coast often saw as an undesirable feature of the landscape, would become our point of difference and the secret to our success.” So a business case was prepared, a potential site secured, and then it was time to head out and seek investors. Individual investors are made up of local people from the Reefton and West Coast community, wider New Zealand and Australia, with several larger investors who are actively involved in


supporting the business in an advisory capacity. An equity investment offer raised $1.385m, which was used for the distillery fit out, equipment, staff costs and working capital. “To be honest, not many businesses are coming to the West Coast looking to set up; until recently they were more likely to be pulling away. So it’s been really well received in the community,” Patsy said. “People appreciate what we are trying to do for the town and they are as keen as we are to see this succeed.” The company was employing 4 staff at the time of opening as well as volunteer and contract labour, and Patsy said that number could grow significantly if things track as expected. The MacKay twins, Nigel and Steffan, who helped to inspire the distillery idea in the early days with their enormous collection of whisky vessels (which they have now generously donated to Reefton Distilling Co.), are amongst the staff. Their title according to the website is ‘Ambassadors, Botanical and Water Prospectors’, but Patsy says they are integral to the business in so many ways. “Nigel and Steffan are real West Coast characters. They are 69 year old identical twins who are seldom seen apart and dress the same. As keen historians they know pretty much everything there is to know about this town and its people. They were born in Reefton and have never left, apart from a couple of trips to Scotland to trace their ancestry and delve into the world of whisky. Despite that interest, they have never drunk alcohol, which might make their current role at a distillery seem unlikely, but they really are at the heart of this operation.” On select days each month visitors can book the ‘Biddy’s Backyard Premium Tour’ where your tour hosts, the MacKay twins, will take you on a tour of the area and foraging for the ingredients that go into their spirits, in the same West Coast rainforest where the namesake for the Reefton Distillery Co.’s gins once fossicked for gold. ‘Little Biddy Gin’ has been created in honour of local legend Bridget Goodwin, who is better known on the Coast as ‘Little Biddy’ or ‘Biddy of the Buller’. She was thought to have emigrated from Ireland to escape an abusive husband, gold mining first in Australia and then in New Zealand. The pipesmoking, drinking, 4 foot tall gold prospector was an anomaly in the nineteenth century, and remains a cult figure on the Coast today. “One of the comments we are getting from locals is the reason they invested is not only that it’s great we are creating jobs and bringing attention to the town, but it’s great what we’ve done for Biddy. She must have had an incredibly hard life and we are pleased to keep her story alive,” Patsy said.

Little Biddy West Coast Botanical Dry Gin is described as “robust and hardworking with a striking aromatic bite” – much like its namesake. Reefton Distilling Co. also produce two ultra-premium gins, Little Biddy Black Label Dry Gin and Little Biddy Gold Label Dry Gin. Each is characterised by a backbone of distilled local grain spirit, wild water, and hand harvested, fresh native botanicals. Reefton Distilling Co.’s grain to glass process includes selecting the barley and other grains, harvesting the water and creating their own neutral spirit, before crafting it into the finished product and bottling it on site. At the time of opening it was understood that Reefton Distilling Co. was amongst only three or four true grain to glass distilleries in New Zealand. Patsy added “We’ve made a commitment to use as much locally foraged and gathered ingredients as possible. Our gin includes ingredients that we go into the forest and select the morning that we distill. It’s no surprise that even self-confessed non-gin drinkers often purchase a bottle of Little Biddy Gin after a tasting. “Our water also makes our products unique. We’ve had the water analysed to get the chemical composition of each source identified. It is pristine and very unique, not only chemically, but also it’s taste. We have visitors coming to our cellar door saying that they remember their grandfather or parents talking about how good the Reefton water was back when they were children. “So rather than make a generic gin or whisky, we are creating a spirit that is unique to the West Coast landscape, just as wines around the world really reflect the landscape that they come from. We’re capturing a little bit of our West Coast magnificence in a bottle.” The whisky range, expected to be ready in 2021, is named after one of Reefton Distilling Co.’s water sources, Moonlight Creek, which takes its name from another local legend George Fairweather Moonlight. Moonlight was from Scotland but arrived in New Zealand via the Californian and Australian goldfields in 1860. He became known for his uncanny ability to find gold, and his tendency to leave as soon as the crowds inevitably followed his successful finds, preferring an independent existence and the thrill of the hunt over the wealth he could have stayed to make. One of his most famous gold discoveries was at Moonlight Creek, located just 40 minutes from Reefton Distilling Co. and now the source of water for the Moonlight Creek whiskies. Whiskies will be created in both a bourbon style and a single malt and customers even have the option to purchase their own barrel of spirit, which Reefton Distilling Co. will store for them until they deem it ready to bottle.


Vodka joined the range of spirits in November, and there is also a range of small batch, slow macerated fruit liqueurs, again using local ingredients such as West Coast Bears limes, Tayberries and Rata honey. The newly opened distillery is housed in one of Reefton’s original buildings, Harolds, which has been carefully restored to accommodate a working distillery, tasting bar and retail store. Crowds flocked to the opening and Distiller Nick Secker has been kept busy trying to keep up with demand for the products so far. He laughs when saying he’s failing terribly at the moment; as all three first releases of their gin range sold out within days of opening, two before they had even been bottled. Early signs point to this business being every bit as successful as its original founders dreamed it would be. “There is something about the spirit of the Coast and its people, they have always had belief in themselves, a can-do attitude and they are not afraid to get behind a new idea. Reefton was an entrepreneurial and prosperous place in its early days, and we in turn plan to add the success story of Reefton Distilling Co. to the history books,” Patsy said.










LIGHT UP THE NELSON NIGHT Head to Nelson’s annual Lantern Celebration on the 15th of December for an evening of enchantment, entertainment and whimsy. The theme for 2018 is ‘Invention & Imagination’, so expect to see plenty of creative performances and innovative installations as you make your way up Botanical Hill to Sir Stanley Whitehead Park. At the summit, enjoy the live music and entertainment watch the sun set on Nelson city. You will then light your lanterns to prepare for the walk down at dark fall, which is sure to be a magical experience with a UV light show to help lead the way. A special outdoor screening of the classic family Christmas movie, ‘Miracle on 34th Street’, will begin in the Botanic Reserve at 9:30pm. Take advantage of one of the lantern making workshops at Community Art Works prior to the event to create your own special, reuseable light for the night (bookings essential; more information at Lanterns must be battery-powered to avoid any fire risk, or bring a torch.


Life as it is Renee Kiri is Sounds Air’s Wellington Base Supervisor, and a truly remarkable woman who has endured more at the age of 26 than most of us will probably endure in a lifetime. She has kindly shared her story with us.

“We found something.” The three words you would never expect to hear after a CT scan. You’re probably thinking this is the part where I dropped to my knees in tears, thoughts flooding my mind with what it could be. But I didn’t. I simply turned off my X-box game, packed a bag and headed to the hospital where an MRI confirmed I had a cystic tumour located in the deepest part of my brain. This is the moment I looked at my then-partner and said, “we need to be strong for the next 4 weeks.” Three years on, and I am still waiting for those four weeks to come to an end.


Four months in, ten treatments down and I am heading into my first brain operation. This surgery was the least invasive and involved an ICP (intercranial pressure) monitor inserted into my skull to see if I had any pressure/block in my head. It was hard to grasp how serious this was at the time, especially having my family sending photos through with charging cords stuck to their heads trying to add some light to the situation. But that’s what families are for, and I am so glad I have mine. After the all clear with no pressure building in my brain my case was then deemed ‘not urgent’ and they would only


operate if hydrocephalus was showing (fluid accumulating in the brain). I was sent home to live with debilitating pain and a slightly larger than normal bag of drugs - prescribed of course. The severity of the pain forced me to be hospitalized almost weekly and after two to three months of increased pain the doctors finally decided it was time for my second brain surgery. That, or they were just getting sick of me…


The aim for my second surgery was to drain the cyst to hopefully relieve me of the pain, and to confirm that the cyst was the cause of my many symptoms. Unfortunately, the surgery was cut short as they had a few issues with the camera not holding sight. However, waking up completely out of it they did confirm that my cyst had shred itself (ew) and caused a blockage above my third ventricle, which they cleared hoping it would relive the pressure symptom I had been suffering with and restore a bit of vision, but it didn’t. What up round three!


Call me crazy (I did) but I was all smiles walking out of the hospital that day knowing they were going in for a third attempt at ridding my brain of this alien. Then, reality hit,

and I cried for the first time. I cried because there were bigger risks involved, risk being that I may lose movement in both my eyes and impair my vision. I cried because I had to make a choice. I cried because it was either continue living with this horrid pain or risk not seeing the beauty this world holds and watching my nephews grow - cliché, but so true. But I am not one to back down from a ‘what if ’. It all went ahead, and the third surgery was a success. Life without pain, wow! A temporary return to normality. Now that I was pain free, it was time to look for a job, hello Sounds Air. Giving up study and work for over a year I finally felt like my life was getting back on track, regaining the strength to excel in my passion, planning future travels, but most importantly feeling like I am back to my old happy, driven self. But my happiness soon fell short.

In classic Renee fashion I gave them the thumbs up and exclaimed, “I’m good team”, which unfortunately didn’t get me out of being bed-bound and put in isolation for the next three days. The following morning my surgeon scooped me out of bed, placed me in a wheelchair and took me to his office to show me my recent MRI scans.


Six months on and with my fourth surgery coming up I figured it was about time I would let people know that I wasn’t just turning down a night out to ‘catch up on some sleep’ or skipping a boxing session because I ‘couldn’t be bothered’ I was simply fighting an illness, that I was hiding from the world.


I left work one day, feeling a little unstable. I woke up from a nap with stabbing pains in my head, vomiting and feverish, which led me back into hospital hooked up to a drip and oxygen.

The plan for the fourth surgery was to drain the cyst then cut it in half. The procedure itself would take six hours but unfortunately, again, this was cut short due to a brain haemorrhage and the surgeons being unsuccessful in stabilizing my heart rate.

Later that night I had trouble breathing and blacked out in the nurse’s arms. I regained consciousness to eight doctors discussing whether I had experienced a seizure, which later got ruled out – thankfully.

After an emergency CT scan and the surgeon explaining the seriousness of what had happened all I remember (being high as a kite at the time) was saying “Okay, you have a lovely day” whilst flicking my wrist to send him on his way. How embarrassing.


I was forced to lie on a 40 degree angle for 48 hours, which, as you can imagine, is not the most comfortable position and resulted in my body seizing up and a lot of silent tears. Showers. Gold in liquid form, a waterfall of happiness and a cure for a bad day. That’s all I wanted, but this required help as my legs were not playing ball. Coming into my fourth surgery the left side of my body decided to shut down, restricting arm and leg movement, making things as simple as having a shower independently a shared experience (sorry mum). Nonetheless I wasn’t going another hour without a shower. I called on my therapist to assist me and we shared a few laughs while I stared at my left leg in confusion wondering why it wasn’t ‘just moving”, a simple task we take for granted. I got to have my liquid gold, but that one step forward sent me ten steps back. I had a post op infection. This was the worst pain I had ever felt – I questioned my strength, my will power and my life. I wondered if I would ever be able to go through this again and in that moment, I prayed and hoped with every last tear that this was the last one, that the suffering had ended and that when I opened my eyes I would have made it through to the other side, where my life would begin. Which I did, for an amazing seven months. Now, I know what you’re thinking, surely it’s over. There can’t be another one, right? Wrong. But don’t worry, there is a happy ending to this all.


This time I was the one in charge of my life, no more treatments, no more needles and no more medication, I declined it all. I didn’t want to stop living so I continued my travel plans, living through the pain, not living around it. No longer embarrassed of my condition but proud of what I’ve achieved.



Surgery number five, open brain, 12 hours with life threating risks. I didn’t hesitate once. I planned for the worse and even had that “uncomfortable” talk with my family about what I wanted if mortality happened, but I always hoped for the best and I made sure I did it with a smile. My Sounds Air family unfortunately had to watch me deteriorate as the months ticked over. I wanted to work as it gave me a sense of normality and Sounds Air gave me the perfect amount of support to get me through the tough days, what legends. Eight months on and the call to my boss was made. I was done. My body had given up, it had deteriorated to the point of darkness. Closed curtains, horrendous pain and bed ridden was my life leading into surgery. But, there’s always a positive somewhere. Three days before the big day, I found the energy to go to a live concert. Like I said I wasn’t going to stop living and stop enjoying myself. Not going to lie, it was tough, and I lost feeling in my legs from jumping too much to the music, but it would have been more painful (mentally) if I didn’t go. Surgery day, this moment had finally arrived, I wasn’t nervous, I was ready. Seeing past the fear and looking at how bright my life will be. I went in with a smile and came out with a smile and even cracked a few dad jokes. They were all so impressed with how well it went! After three days of being in hospital, I asked if I could go home. I wish you could have seen the look on their faces, it was utter shock. That day I had to learn to walk again and, in true Renee fashion, I limped out with only freedom in sight. I did it.


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MAKING A SPLASH IN RAUMATI If you are heading to the Kāpiti Coast with the kids this Summer, a stop at the Raumati Marine Gardens is a must. And don’t make it a quick stop, the children will not want to leave! There is play equipment to suit all ages here, but this is so much more than a playground. Got toddlers? The sand play area, bucket swings, tunnel slide and seesaws will be right up their alley. Bigger kids wanting more adventure? They will love the flying fox; or point them towards those trees beside the playground, they are some of the best trees for climbing that you’ll find anywhere. Hot day? No sweat, everyone can enjoy the splash pad play area and cool down at the same time.

If you are lucky enough to be there on a Sunday afternoon you can also take a ride on the miniature railway, which runs on a 1 kilometre double loop track that includes tunnels and bridges. Pack a lunch, because there are plenty of picturesque picnic areas to choose from either within the gardens or near the beach. Or if you would prefer someone else to do the food prep, the Waterfront Bar and Kitchen on the coast side of the park do a mighty fine job of it. Raumati Marine Gardens are located less than 10 minutes drive from Kāpiti Coast Airport in Paraparaumu. Sounds Air flies to Paraparaumu from both Blenheim and Nelson multiple times a week.


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Anyone flying into Napier in mid February could be forgiven for thinking they’d travelled back in time to the 1930s, as the city celebrates its story and heritage during the world-famous Napier Art Deco Festival.


Now in its 31st year, the Napier Art Deco Festival sees tens of thousands of locals and visitors alike polish their spats, don hats and pearls and revel in the glitz and glamour of Art Deco. Vintage cars parade the streets, strains of 1930s music fill the air, and Deco aircraft take to the skies as everyone enjoys the more than 350 events on offer during the five-day party. Napier owes much of its Art Deco beauty to a devastating event on a February morning in 1931; a 7.8 magnitude earthquake event that reduced a large part of Hawke’s Bay to rubble and decimated Napier’s inner city. A rebuild quickly followed in a myriad of styles including Spanish Mission and Stripped Classical, but predominantly in the optimistic Art Deco design, which originated in Europe and was popular from 1920 to 1940. By the end of the 1930s, Napier had been elevated from a sleepy provincial New Zealand town to a renowned cultural and architectural mecca for Art Deco, and today the city is recognised as home to one of the largest collections of Deco buildings outside Miami. Festival Director Glen Pickering is charged with bringing the Art Deco Festival to life and the 2019 Festival will be the third he has helmed.


“Napier’s Art Deco Festival celebrates all the best elements of our rich history by transforming an entire city and creating a globally unique event that is now established as one of the top heritage events in the world. It’s an amazing occasion for outof-towners and international visitors but it’s also an important celebration for the Hawke’s Bay community,” he says. Each year Glen brings new events to the programme by introducing new a theme for each Festival. In 2018 music was the leading light; for 2019, Deco fashion and style will take centre stage. “We’ve planned a series of fashion and style themed events throughout the Festival. A style hub will be set up, offering makeup and hairdressing, manicures and massages. There will also be DIY fashion booths where people can ‘put on the Ritz’ by dressing up and having their photo taken. The modern 1930s man liked to look sharp too, so barbers will be on hand for haircuts and wet shaves, Deco style. It all culminates in a runway show at the Soundshell on Marine Parade on Saturday evening. We’ll show rare collection pieces plus Deco inspired wearable art – it will be fabulous!” he says.

Free experiences and public events are high on the priority list for Glen. “We have upped the ante from last year in terms of the number of free events, and ensuring they are accessible to people of all ages, including a new speaker series. There are around 100 individual events in the programme that are free and open to everyone. There’s always a fantastic vibe on the street and with music performances and entertainment running from morning to night, there’s nowhere else quite like Napier in February.” The Festival will officially open on Wednesday 13 February with a powhiri and several events over the following two days. However, Friday night is when the celebrations kick off ‘properly’ with a party 30s style at the Soundshell complete with a big band and well-known New Zealand entertainers, accompanied by an aerial soundtrack courtesy of a vintage Warbirds flying display. The free event kicks off at 4.00pm and runs through to midnight. “Friday night is the night to go out and get amongst it,” says Glen. Very much a family affair, the Art Deco Festival has numerous events for children, with new activities added to the lineup each year. “For 2019, we’ve created a Deco Kids Club. There


will be a large marquee full of entertainment, activities and games. It’s a space for parents to enjoy an Art Deco experience with their children and also a place to take a break, to do something different.” Last year, more than 1,000 children from around the region attended the first Junior Gatsby Picnic and Glen’s expecting that number to double. “It’s one of my favourite new events,” says Glen. “Nimons Bus Company transports kids from all over the region to a special picnic with music, celebrities and prizes. It’s a chance for younger people to enjoy what Art Deco has to offer.” Established Festival ‘favourites’ will again draw a huge crowd, including the Great Gatsby Picnic, the Festival’s signature event held at Mission Estate Winery. Around 250 people enjoy a four-course dinner and cocktails, with crooner Peter Urlich and his big band performing on the lawn.

Many events have been bringing pleasure to Festival goers for decades. The Soapbox Derby, Gatsby Picnic and Vintage Car Parade are cornerstones of the celebrations and are incredibly popular. But Glen’s favourite event is one he introduced in 2017. “In the first year in my role I created the ‘Deco Dog’ parade. It’s a really great event, with more than 60 people and their dogs parading in costume – it’s a bit silly but really wonderful and people love it!” Glen says the Art Deco Festival is a fantastic opportunity for the Hawke’s Bay community to come together. “We engage with a number of community groups who assist across many events and of course the 160 volunteers from the Art Deco Trust, who we couldn’t do without, who act as hosts, guides, ambassadors and assistants throughout the Festival. It is definitely a team effort and we have a large, fantastic crew in support.”


When the curtain comes down on the Festival, costumes returned and vintage cars safely back in their garages, Hawke’s Bay gets ready for Winter Deco in July. Although smaller in scale, there’s plenty to do over the three days including balls and dances, jazz concerts, vintage car and railcar rides, and unique Art Deco experiences. “It’s incredible that the Napier Art Deco Festival is celebrating 31 years, but what’s even more remarkable is that it keeps developing, finding new ways to celebrate our unique heritage and make our story relevant.”

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Island Living D’urville Island | Rangitoto Ki Te Tonga is about as remote as it gets. New Zealand’s eighth-largest island is situated at the northern tip of the Marlborough Sounds, with Tasman Bay and the Cook Strait wrapping around it and bringing their fickle and sometimes fierce weather patterns to bear. In reality, d’Urville Island is only separated from the mainlaind by a channel that is less than a kilometre wide. But once you cross that tumultuous body of water, you will feel as distanced from the life you’ve temporarily left behind as it is possible to feel. What was at one point inhabited by around 600 Maori, who valued the Island for its abundant fishing and valuable stone resources, is now home to just 50 or so residents. This may not be the life that everyone would choose, as isolated and devoid of city conveniences as it is. But for those who have chosen to settle here, this is paradise. There may not be a supermarket, but the ocean’s bounty is at your doorstep. There may not be a movie theatre, but what movie could compare with the glorious panorama surrounding you. This is a life where nature is king and solitude is bliss. You don’t have to make a lifestyle choice to experience Rangitoto Ki Te Tonga yourself though. Rose and Will Parsons have been taking tours to the Island from Blenheim with their company Driftwood Ecotours since 2016. Driftwood Ecotours run a number of tours in various locations around the upper South Island, but for Rose in particular, this one is special: “My family farmed on the Island (grandfather and uncles) and I was raised on the mainland looking out at it.” Take a five day Heritage Tour with Will and Rose, and you will learn the fascinating history of the Island. “It was once the biggest argillite mining area for Maori and the French Pass was the ferry route from Wellington to Nelson in later days. Port Hardy was the harbour where many early European immigrants had their first introduction to New Zealand,” Rose says.


“The Heritage tour is about getting in tune with the atmosphere of the island and connecting with the people who live on it. You will hear lots of stories about the lives of the people who came to live and work here, some of them quite hair raising! Such as the excitement of mustering the wild cattle out of the bush and swimming them lashed to a boat to the mainland,” adds Will. For the more active tourist, there is the option of a five-day Adventure Tour instead: “This tour provides opportunities to meet people in isolated places, like Angela who has created a unique adobe clad home in the bush, which can only be accessed by boat or one hour’s walk off the main road. The bay was once the home of Wetekia from the book ‘Angelina’ by Gerald Hindmarsh,” says Will. “There are also the options of visiting a sand sweep, which is a dune pushed up the hillside by strong Norwest winds, or a walk along the ridges of Patuki Farm to look out over Stephen’s Island.” Will and Rose say it is the d’Urville Island locals who really make the tours, with their generosity, hospitality, and willingness to allow visitors to peek into their island lives. “We meet with Pip and Jeanette Aplin who were once the lighthouse keepers at nearby Stephen’s Island. Jeanette has written several fascinating books about life raising young children on an isolated island,” says Rose. “Stephen’s island is one of the few places left where the tuatara still live naturally; people love to hear stories about the tuatara from Pip who is also very involved in conservation on d’Urville.” “Sometimes we meet with the Forgan family who farm at Patuki at the northern most part of the island. The children who are home-schooled up to secondary level have a broad knowledge of their natural environment. They entertain us by sharing their lifestyle with us and make us afternoon tea. A number of

charming pet animals are usually introduced, and we may be treated to seeing the blue penguins they have living under the woolshed.“ A blue penguin under the woolshed is just one of the many special ‘locals’ you will come across on d’Urville Island. Birdwatchers will enjoy spotting the fernbird, New Zealand falcon, kereru, tui and morepork to name but a few. Marine birds and mammals including petrels, shearwaters, dolphins and orca are also regular visitors, and if you are lucky you may even spot the extremely rare New Zealand King Shag. Some of Rangitoto Ki Te Tonga’s off-shore Islands are under conservation protection for their unique wildlife, and a large proportion of the island is native forest under the protection of the Department of Conservation. With so much precious native flora and fauna to protect, keeping the Island as pest-free as possible is essential. So for every tour that Driftwood Ecotours brings to the Island, Will and Rose donate $300 to the D’Urville Island Stoat Eradication Trust. “Conservation is at the forefront of what we do, for example we take only small group tours, and we support the places we visit. At home we manage a ten hectare wetland and we plant one tree for every tour taken as part of our environmental policy,” says Rose. Some of life’s best adventures are found off the beaten track, so let Will and Rose take you on an unforgettable journey to this remote and remarkable corner of our country.

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Scott Robertson has been riding a wave of success as a Super Rugby coach, with two championships under his belt in as many years as a Head Coach. But there is another type of wave that this former All Black likes to ride, and that’s the ones down at his local beach.

Scott Robertson, or ‘Razor’ as he is widely known, lives a mere skateboard ride away from Christchurch’s Sumner Beach, so starts every day he can with a surf. For him, he says, it is not just a hobby but a great way to clear his head, gain perspective and find focus.

“It’s never too late to learn either, there’s so much great equipment and so many great teachers out there that can help you get that thrill. Go ahead and plan your trip, do your homework, and then just hope that the surf God Huey gives you his blessings!”

“It’s the best way to start any day for me. It gives you real purpose and it gives you perspective. There’s no phones, no distractions, so you can get into your subconscious mind quite quickly, think a little bit deeper and allow thoughts to come into your head more clearly. It helps you make decisions,” Razor says.

Razor takes us on a journey to some of his favourite surfing spots in Sounds Air destinations…

“When you are out on the water, you are looking back on the world, which is a unique perspective. It’s actually quite a spiritual thing, you feel very balanced and relaxed and become quite grateful.” Razor has surfed all around the globe but says we are blessed with some of the best waves in the world, in some of the most incredible locations, right here in New Zealand: “It’s a diverse and incredible place to surf, whether you’re a long boarder, short boarder or paddle boarder. There are so many fantastic spots that are only a short drive away from each other, so it’s the perfect place for a great surf adventure.


I’m a little bit biased because I live in Sumner, but for me the best surfing in Christchurch is just in front of the Scarborough Clock Tower. We get great little waves there, especially for me because I’m mainly a stand-up paddle boarder now (after ten knee operations it’s easier to surf when you’re already standing up!). We miss a lot of the direct southerly swell, but when it’s a southwest wind a lot of the swell will get into that corner, or down by Cave Rock. Spring and Autumn bring particularly beautiful conditions, especially in the mornings with the offshore winds. And one of the great things is that it’s never really too busy - the whole point of surfing, to me, is to relax and clear the mind, and you’re not going to do that if you’re not in a bun fight with a hundred other people.



If the waves are quite big over the hill at Taylors Mistake, sometimes I’ll go over there with my short board. These can be some powerful waves, so it’s for the more experienced surfer and is more of a short board wave, as opposed to Sumner where you’re better off with a long board. When the waves are on it’s quality. NEW BRIGHTON BEACH

Around the corner you’ve got New Brighton, which offers great left-hands, right-hands and beach breaks. Be aware that there are a couple of sand bars out there, and be careful of anyone fishing off the pier! BANKS PENINSULA

You can travel around the peninsula and find some amazing spots, and you might not see another surfer in days. I’ve surfed a bit at both Magnet Bay and Hickory Bay. They are remote and rural with a lot of sea life, but the surf can be incredible. Magnet Bay is a boulder beach and you’ll want to avoid it at high tide or you’ll end up on the rocks. Hickory Bay is sandy and being right on the end of the peninsula, can get swells from lots of directions.



Head north from Christchurch you’ll find plenty of great spots on your way up to Kaikoura. Check the Waimakariri River Mouth, Mid Shore near Waipara, Motanau and Gore Bay on your way north. There is some quality surfing along this coast and it’s a beautiful drive as well. Once you hit Kaikoura, drive north for about 10 more minutes until you get to Mangamaunu. People will travel from around the world to surf there. It’s an amazing right-hander, and possibly perhaps the South Island’s most famous surfing break. You’re surfing on top of rocks instead of sand here so you need to be a more experienced surfer, but these are absolutely world class waves. FAREWELL SPIT

If you’re hoping to catch a wave in the Tasman area, you’ll want to check the conditions first as they are variable. But Farewell Spit is definitely worth a try if you are willing to get there. I personally haven’t done it but I’ve heard good things, particularly about Pillar Point at the western end of the beach where there is a great left-hand point break.

There are apparently a couple of good river mouth breaks on the western side of the spit as well – Paturau Beach and Anatori Beach. WESTPORT

There are a few good spots near Westport. One of the closest to town is Carter’s Beach, which is just in front of the airport. I’ve had some good surfing here – it’s a sandy beach break with left and right handers. Really nearby, at the mouth of the Buller River, is the Westport Breakwater, which can produce some quality surf on both sides of the breakwater. Then head south around Cape Foulwind and you’ll find Tauranga Bay, which is where I had one of the best surfs of my life. You jump off the rocks right where the café is. There is a bit of everything here - you can get big swells, small swells; you can get incredible powerful surf which is typical of the West Coast, but you can also get it really mellow. You have to be on, but it’s a great place to go and visit. A beautiful rural slice of New Zealand.


The only surfing I’ve done in Wellington is at Lyall Bay – the most viewed surfing spot in the capital because you can see it as you come in to land at the airport. It’s relatively inconsistent, but at least you can view the conditions as you fly in! There are a few different peaks along here that you can choose, and the best is often at the airport end – but if that’s too crowded just head further down towards Maranui and you’ll catch some decent waves on a good day. KAPITI COAST

I spent a whole morning up the Kapiti Coast but you’ve got to strike the right conditions. They’re not strictly surfing beaches, but can be great for beginners as most are small, sandy beach breaks with small soft waves. If you’re a more experienced surfer you are probably going to want to head south from Kapiti Airport, towards Pukerua Bay and there are some good reefs – Wairaka Reef and Wairaka Point – that can provide some powerful waves.


Easily my favourite place to surf in Hawke’s Bay is Mahia, it is incredible. You’ll get the most consistent surf along this coast and there are plenty of variations of waves, so it’s a lot of fun. Rolling Stones is something you’ve got to experience. When you are surfing you can hear the stones rolling under the waves. Blacks Reef and Last Chance are incredible waves in their own right. You’ll have to cross some farm land to get out to Last Chance, so use your manners and get permission to cross, but it’ll be worth it. The great thing about Mahia is that you can get swells from any direction coming from the islands. Especially in late summer when you’re coming into Autumn, you’ve got a lot of cyclones or deep depressions that come and bring swells late in the season from the Pacific Islands. Fly into Napier and head up the coast towards Gisborne, there are excellent camping spots and amazing surf all the way up. It’s the ultimate road trip for a surfer.


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THE RENAISSANCE OF A BLENHEIM BREW An award-winning Marlborough brewery has been living up to its name by undergoing a renaissance of sorts, but despite a change of ownership, fans of the beers have nothing to fear. words J U L I E T C A L D E R

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Renaissance Brewing was picked up by liquor distribution company Brandhouse earlier this year, after financial difficulties saw it put on the market at the end of 2017. “The Renaissance range of beers is a premium product that is being created by an awardwinning team in Blenheim. However it had been struggling to get the market share needed to succeed, and that is where we knew we had some expertise to offer,” Brandhouse Managing Director Jason Dellaca said. “We came on board with the intention of rebuilding the brand, not reinventing the beer. The product itself was never the problem, these beers are top notch and the brewing team in Blenheim are doing a fantastic job. So none of that changes – you are still drinking the same great beer made by the same great people. The ‘renaissance’ we are here to create is purely in terms of marketing, distribution and sales,” Dellaca said.


Ensuring that the Renaissance Brewery remains true to its original vision is founder Brian Thiel. Thiel set Renaissance Brewing up In 2005 with friend Andy Deuchars, and remains as the Brewery Operations Manager today. “Renaissance was born out of a passion for quality craft beers and a desire to bring Kiwi beer drinkers out of the dark ages and into the age of enlightenment with a range of top end, ultra premium ales,” Thiel said. “With multiple awards under our belts, we know that what we are producing is a great product, and with the sales nous that Brandhouse bring to the table, the future is looking bright.” Since Renaissance and Brandhouse joined forces, production has doubled and five new international markets have already opened up. It may be located in the heart of New Zealand’s most well-known wine region, but Thiel and Dellaca agree that there is just as much potential for New Zealand craft beers to dominate the world stage. “Our craft beer industry is already held in very high regard internationally,” Dellaca said. “The Nelson sauvin hop is the most sought after in the world and the whole Tasman region has become well known as being one of the best, if not the best, hop growing regions in the world. So when you are taking a beer from this region to the international market, people sit up and pay attention. “This is a proudly Blenheim brand – the brewery itself is located in the oldest commercial building in Blenheim [the old Grove Mill on Dodson Street], and it is the only brewery that is still brewing and bottling its own product here in Blenheim. That is a vital part of the Renaissance Brewing identity and we are not about to change it. What we are excited about is the potential to grow that Renaissance brand in both the international and domestic markets.”


What you should be drinking this Summer ODYSSEY WIT BEER

Delightfully refreshing, almost everything about Wit beer is a bit different. Brewed Coriander and Blood Oranges to harmonise the flavour. STRAWBERRY WHIP WIT BEER

This beer is an unfiltered wit bier made with real strawberries, loads of oats, wheat and lactose, fruity refreshing and decadently delicious! The perfect summer beer! PA R A D OX P I L S N E R

This beer is flavour-packed yet crisp and thirst quenching - that’s the paradox! A great beer for long summer BBQ’s with friends. M A R L B O R O U G H F LY E R L A G E R

A light refreshing beer! This lager exhibits a light malt body with a subtle hop hit making it a great session lager.

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IT’S BARBEQUE SEASON - JAPANESE STYLES Given Kiwis’ love affair with the barbeque, it is no wonder we are so fond of the Japanese equivalent. Teppan yaki translates as ‘grilling on an iron plate’: teppan means iron plate, and yaki means grilled, broiled or pan-fried. In Christchurch one teppanyaki restaurant is combining traditional Japanese fare with contemporary interpretations and coming up trumps. Tony’s Teppan Yaki Japanese Restaurant in Ferrymead opened in April 2011, following the success of the original Tony’s restaurant in Riccarton. It delivers not just great food but a dining experience, particularly for those seated around the teppanyaki grill. “There are three ways to dine at our restaurant,” says Tony’s Ferrymead owner, Jimmy Sun. “You can choose the traditional table service, the private dining area for a more intimate experience, or the Teppan Yaki seating for the full performance. We can seat up to 34 people around our four grills, and our chefs will keep

you entertained with a bit of fire, a bit of juggling, and a lot of food throwing!” Tony’s in Ferrymead has just launched a new menu, which includes all of the traditional favourites but also includes some new adventurous options. Jimmy said the focus is on excellent quality for an affordable price. “When people think of teppan yaki they often think expensive, but what we are offering here is five-star food for a three-star price. You can get a full lunch, including rice and miso for just $12, but you can also choose the very high end options such as Japanese Wagyu beef, Bluff oysters and Bluefin tuna. “All of our ingredients are fresh too. We only use Akaroa salmon which is delivered every day; every two days we have tuna delivered direct from Fiji; and we source a lot of products locally such as the beef ribeye steak and venison. Kiwis are sophisticated diners, they know good quality ingredients and they want them at a fair price. People are also a lot more health conscious

with their food now, and that is another reason that Japanese teppan yaki is a popular option,” Jimmy says. The drinks selection is as impressive as the food, with a range of both New Zealand and Japanese wines as well as beers and spirits. To fully immerse yourself in the Japanese dining experience, go for the new wine matching menu. “Japanese sake is perfect for food pairing, because it is a little lower alcohol content than wine, and it’s mild flavour means you can match it with anything. We also have a new sake warmer so you can drink it the traditional Japanese way.” Jimmy loves creating special menus for functions too and is happy to work to people’s budgets and tastes. They can cater for up to 120 people total or 34 people sitting at the grill. From corporate Christmas dinners to intimate dinners for two, Tony’s Ferrymead will make it a night to remember.

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Cliff Marchant and wife Diane founded Sounds Air in 1987 and Cliff retains an active involvement in the airline today. The Marchants had a vision of providing low cost interisland transport to provide locals and tourists with easy access to the Marlborough Sounds. They realised that vision and since then have helped Sounds Air to grow well beyond it – what started as a single plane flying a single route across the Cook Straight has developed into an airline flying over 100,000 passengers a year to destinations across New Zealand. There are three main factors to the company’s success in Cliff ’s view: “Firstly we use modern, well maintained aircraft that give superior reliability. Secondly, it is the personal, friendly customer interaction from all staff that makes this airline truly special. And thirdly, there is a committed and effective management team driving the company’s success from above.” Cliff says there have been plenty of challenges and successes for the company in its 31 years, and one of the most

significant was the work to convince the Civil Aviation Authority to allow single engine IFR for the Cessna Caravan: “We pushed for this for a long time, and the safety benefits that have come from this amendment are huge.” “The development and implementation of our internet based reservations and airline management tool, ‘Takeflite’, since 2002 has been another significant development for the company, as has the arrival and continued leadership of Andrew Crawford since 2003, and the introduction of the PC12 aircraft to economically serve otherwise inaccessible towns like Westport since 2015.” Cliff is an experienced pilot himself, and only retired from airline flying in 2017 after 43 years as a pilot with Air New Zealand. The aircraft types he captained during his career include Boeing 767, 747 and 777. Cliff says that, as founder of the company, he will always remain interested in its development and continued success, and with a son – Mike – now flying for the airline as well, the Marchant influence on Sounds Air is as strong as ever.







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