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1 CHRISTCHURCH AND CANTERBURY’S PREMIER LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE Style is something unique to each of us. Celebrating the diversity life offers within Christchurch – a city of constant reinvention, opportunity and vibrancy. Style explores the fabric of our homes, our community and our spirit, both individually and collectively.



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14 SAVE THE DATE 17 INTERVIEW A Tribute To Denis Savill 21 REPORT Exploring New Zealand’s Most Luxurious Lodges 28 HOUSE FEATURE Rebuilding Dreams On Heaton Street 38 LUXE LIVING 42 LANDSCAPING 44 ARTS Jessica Winchcombe’s Fashion Jewellery




56 BEAUTY Seasonal Skin Rituals 58 WELLBEING Understanding Probiotics And Prebiotics 62 TRAVEL Sipping Champagne In Queenstown 64 FINANCE Financial Habits of Successful People

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elcome to the August issue of Style, In this issue, we focus on all things art and design, starting with page 17, where we pay tribute to Denis Savill, Australasia’s most prominent art dealer. Sadly, after 40 years in the industry, he will be closing the doors on his Sydney art gallery. Born and bred in Canterbury, Savill’s story shows us that passion and determination that are driving forces behind success. In our report, we will take you on a tour around some of New Zealand's most spectacular resorts. From Hawke’s Bay to Canterbury, we discover what makes an exceptional resort – the images alone will take your breath away. Do you need renovation inspiration? If so, look no further than page 28, where we take a house tour of a stunning rebuild in Heaton Street, Merivale. With the owners saying goodbye to a classic art deco house after the earthquakes, it's brilliant to see that new design and builds in the city are creating as much charm as their classic counterparts. As always, we keep you up to date with fashion and beauty news, with some exciting new developments and relocations in Christchurch. And, after a harsh winter, your inner health might be a little sluggish, so I suggest reading our wellbeing section on prebiotics and probiotics – it’s important to know the difference. Finally, if you are planning a luxury escape or a winter pampering session, be sure to read our etiquette column on how not to act...

Style explores the best of Christchurch, giving readers the opportunity to develop and celebrate their individual style in life, home and fashion. A monthly publication, Style is presented on high-grade gloss stock with a hard cover. Delivered flow-wrapped to top real estate value homes around Christchurch, Style targets readers with a high disposable income. Designed to inspire, Style has a lengthy shelf life that offers excellent value for your advertising choice.

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The Christchurch Star Company Ltd is not responsible for any actions taken on the information in these articles. The information and views expressed in this publication are not necessarily the opinion of The Christchurch Star Company Ltd or its editorial contributors. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information within this magazine, however, The Christchurch Star Company Ltd can accept no liability for the accuracy of all the information. Instagram: Style_Christchurch

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EXPERIENCE. The New Zealand International Film Festival launches in Christchurch on August 3. Get ready for another great line-up that includes films focusing on a famous jewellery designer, an iconic Kiwi band, and the much-anticipated Helen Clark documentary that’s already making waves overseas. Looking for some winter pampering? Thai Day Spa Lotus At Siam has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Spas and Wellness in Christchurch 2017. This award is voted on by their clients, which mean the team has worked very hard to ensure a world-class pampering experience. We hear the ELEMIS Thousand Flower Detox Wrap is a must-try.

INDULGE. In the last month of winter, take advantage of the chill in the air to enjoy our winter drink of choice – mulled wine. Our favourite variations can be found at Smash Palace and A Mouse Called Bean at Little High Eatery. Coffee connoisseurs, we have a destination for you. Engine Coffee Brewers, 270 St Asaph Street, is offering tasting trays that highlight not only different coffees, but brew methods, too. After a flat white, long black and filter coffee, each made differently, you’re sure to leave on a high. If you are a fan of the Curator’s House, you’ll know the dishes are a cut above thanks to their range of traditional Spanish goods. Now, you can get your fix of Iberico cured meats and European groceries from the Curator’s Deli at 301 Montreal Street (Arts Centre’s Registry building), run by the very same Javier and Jackie Garcia.

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After 40 years working as Australasia’s premier art dealer, Canterbury-born Denis Savill will shut the door on his Sydney gallery. Style pays tribute to the achievements and diversity of his career. Words Naomi Spinsby-Wild


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t was a novel about Vincent van Gogh, plucked from a library shelf during a cold Canterbury winter that first piqued a 14-year-old Denis Savill’s interest in the world of art. Brought up on a high country sheep station outside of Hanmer Springs, Savill spent much of his childhood in Christchurch, boarding first at Medbury, then at Christ’s College during his formative years. A desire to see the world saw 20-something Denis travel throughout Europe before settling in London, where he was reintroduced to art when a friend encouraged him to get involved with a nearby auction room, which happened to sell many works of Australian and New Zealand origin. Not quite finished with travelling, however, the young Kiwi soon moved to Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia), where he talked his way into a job with an auction house. The work was diverse and varied, with lots that ranged from livestock and real estate to, yes, art. Savill was one of the few who recognised the investment potential of the works he saw, commenting, “I was fascinated by these paintings, bearing in mind what I’d been told in London.” By the 1970s, Savill had relocated to Sydney and was making waves in the art scene, quickly establishing himself as both a knowledgeable art dealer and a shrewd investor. Well ahead of his time, he recognised the value of Australasian art, and began building up a collection of works by a diverse range of artists. Purchasing Gordon Marsh Gallery in 1981, after a couple of years spent working as a private art dealer, Savill swiftly began carving out a name for himself within the industry. He caught national and global attention when, the following year, he set a record for the most expensive painting ever sold in Australia, a work by J.A. Turner that fetched $350,000. Savill confirmed his presence in the Australasian art scene by renaming and re-branding the gallery to the name it has now operated under for the last 30 years, the eponymous Savill Galleries, based in Sydney’s sought-after inner-city suburb of Paddington. Throughout the 1980s and ’90s he worked tirelessly to build up his collection, acquiring works by such respected Australian painters as Charles

Blackman, Lloyd Rees and Arthur Boyd, among many others. As well as advancing his career, Savill also formed deep connections with the artists he encountered, building friendships that would go on to last a lifetime. Savill’s work has continued to command respect throughout his career, with his collection only strengthening as time has gone on. A benefactor as well, Savill has recently donated more than 200 artworks to galleries throughout Australia, re-affirming his commitment to public art. In recent years, the now 76-year-old Savill has been contemplating the future of his business, and has reached the difficult decision to slowly wind down both his gallery and his presence in the salesroom. Reflecting on his long career, Savill calls to mind his dear friend, the artist Arthur Boyd, a man he regarded as a “true gent”. Recalling a conversation between them, Savill muses, “Arthur told me, ‘You’re a great acquirer, but there will come a time when you’ll feel free to give it away, you’ll feel like you’re unloading.’” Savill admits that he couldn’t understand the sentiment at the time, but as the years have passed since that conversation, Boyd’s words have come to resonate with him more and more, and have guided him in his decision to take more of a back seat in the art world. When asked how he feels about letting go of the art that has defined his life’s work, he replies with a laugh, “How come that’s the best question, and the hardest one to answer?” Of the works he’s handled over the years, he says, “They’re dear to my heart, but you can’t take them upstairs with you.” Savill partnered with respected auction house Sotheby’s last year to sell a selection of his accumulated works, including those by Charles Blackman and Sidney Nolan. The auction garnered a huge amount of interest not only from those looking to acquire the available pieces, but also from those wishing to acknowledge the reputation and legacy Savill has built over the decades. The chairman of Sotheby’s Australia, Geoffrey Smith, used the opportunity to pay tribute to Savill’s enduring contribution to the Australian art community, commenting that the auction house was “honoured to be entrusted with the sale”, and adding, “He’ll be missed more than we realise.”

“They’re dear to my heart, but you can’t take them upstairs with you.” Denis Savill, Arthur Boyd Show, Savill Galleries Melbourne, 2000.

Sidney Nolan The Questioning (1966).

Arthur Boyd with Denis.

Sidney Nolan Riverbank (1964).

Denis with Brett Whiteley’s Seagull (1988).

Charles Blackman Schoolgirls by Gasometer (1953).

Denis and Doc Neeson at the Nolan Opening, Savill Galleries Sydney, 1998.

Savill has also recently revealed that Sotheby’s will handle the sale of two Brett Whiteley works for him in August, as part of his ongoing effort to “decant” his collection, as he puts it. Two more works from Savill’s collection will be sold at auction in Auckland, one an Isaac Whitehead painting depicting Milford, and the other a Vera Cummings portrait. The same auction house also handled the sale of two Colin McCahon paintings for him last year, demonstrating that he is still firmly in touch with the New Zealand art scene. His recent downsizing is not an indicator that he’s losing passion for the industry or his well-respected eye of quality, however. Just

Denis Savill by Maynard Waters.

two years ago, Savill invested more than $850,000 in another Brett Whiteley piece, a 1988 painting entitled The Arrival, which he then loaned to Sydney’s Mosman Art Gallery. What’s more, he’s recently launched a fine art business, called, fittingly, Golden Days. Operating by appointment only, the new venture demonstrates that while he’s keen to enjoy a slightly slower pace, Savill isn’t a man who can ever truly retire. In Denis Savill, we see a true success story – someone who spent years working hard and smart in the pursuit of his goals, and is now calling it a day on his own terms, leaving the art world wanting more.

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Here in New Zealand, we have some of the world’s most outstanding luxury lodges, with service and hospitality second to none. Follow us on a journey through four of New Zealand’s most impeccable resort locations.

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Prepare to have your breath taken away – Cape Kidnappers


nce only reserved for the rich and famous, New Zealand’s luxury lodges were something we all heard about but never experienced. Today, the lodges have become more accessible to the New Zealand market as local travellers increasingly seek escapism and detachment from city life. It’s all about satisfying the urge to feel lost and off the beaten track for a little while, be it by a lake edge or a river bank, perched on a cliff top or a mountainside. On an international level, New Zealand’s lodges are known as some of the best in the world, and I’m happy to confirm that the rumours are true. I start my journey in the North Island’s Hawke’s Bay, an area that is no stranger to luxury and exceptional hospitality. The first stop is The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, a luxury lodge and wildlife reserve set within a 2428-hectare sheep and cattle station, and bordered at the east by the Pacific Ocean. On a clear day, it’s possible to make out snow-capped Mount Ruapehu on the horizon. Built to cater for all seasons, there are many locations to relax in the lodge – be it snuggled up by the fireplace in the cooler months, or dining outside in the warmer weather while taking in the stunning views of the Cape. The barrel room (pictured left) is a mustsee in its own right – a fantastic piece of interior architecture. Food and wine is a major component at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, which features a five-star, award-winning restaurant. The kitchen is headed by James Honore, a Kiwi with extensive international experience and whose passion for local produce has seen the lodge named in some of the world’s top travel and food magazines. Every evening, the lodge sets up a bar area where guests can enjoy predinner drinks and canapés, and much of the produce served to guests is sourced within the region, either from local growers, or the lodge’s own vegetable garden. Naturally, Hawke’s Bay wine is also paired with produce, making the dining experience outstanding. The Farm is perhaps best known, however, for its 71-par golf course, currently #39 in the world, according to Golf Digest. If a day on the links isn’t your cup of tea, the lodge also offers indulgent spa treatments, an infinity pool

and hot tub, as well as ocean-side hikes and farm tours. The accommodation structure has three tiers, comprised of entry-level rooms, residents’ suites, and the magnificent Owner’s Cottage, with each room positioned to have a spectacular panoramic view. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a sister property to The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in Northland, and Matakauri Lodge near Queenstown. The three super-luxury properties – all owned and operated by New York-based financier and philanthropist Julian Robertson and family – are part of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux hotel group. All three offer world-class accommodation in some of New Zealand’s most picturesque locations and have all received international recognition for their quality. Robertson’s passion for wildlife and New Zealand’s rugged beauty are evident in all three lodges. His developments in New Zealand started with the golf course at Kauri Cliffs, and when friends visiting from America mentioned that they wished it had accommodation, he added the lodge. Following this, he fell in love with the dramatic Hawke’s Bay coastline, and upon making his way down the country, developed Matakauri near Queenstown a few years later. Robertson also owns a farm in North Canterbury, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that this could also, one day, become the location for one of his spectacular lodges. For now though, I could quite easily spend endless days soaking up all that The Farm at Cape Kidnappers has on offer. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers Best Time To Go: August-September, to take advantage of the Lodge Life package. Recommendations: Take a farm tour in a four-wheel drive out to the bird colony, where you can get up close and personal with New Zealand wildlife. Tariffs: Rates range from $1897.50 for a double occupancy of a Hilltop Suite in the low season (April-November) to $19,711 for the Owner’s Cottage, which houses four guests in the high season (December-January). Details: 446 Clifton Road, Te Awanga, Hawke’s Bay,

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Venturing inland, we head to another farm-style lodge with a completely different atmosphere and feel. Poronui Lodge is situated to the south-east of Lake Taupo, and is known as one of the finest luxury wilderness lodges, offering fly-fishing, trophy-hunting and horsetrekking in a spectacular setting. There are three accommodation options – Poronui Lodge itself is a world-class wilderness sporting lodge accompanied by seven adjoining cabins overlooking the Taharua Valley. Described as a “purpose-built facility designed to meet the needs of the discerning angler”, the Lodge is the heart of the Poronui experience. The rusticluxe Safari Camp, on the banks of the Mohaka River, is one of their most well-known options. It has beautifully-appointed canvas-roofed and walled cabins and takes glamping to an entirely new level. Blake House is the stately owner’s residence available on an exclusive basis only; it can accommodate up to 16 people in four double suites and two luxury bunkrooms. Poronui has a great working relationship with local iwi – Ngāti Tūwharetoa offer an excellent opportunity to engage in the local indigenous culture with their Kai Waho experiences. There’s also horse riding, mountain biking, clay shooting and hunting available. Poronui Lodge Best Time To Go: November-January. The warmer months will allow you to really experience the property as well as a chance to stay in the Safari Camp a truly unique experience. Recommendations: Keep an eye on their website for ultimate foodie weekends where they bring in a top chef and often hold events in the wine cellar – a rustic yet elegant location. Tariff: Four guests, self-catered, at Blake House is $2000 per night, all year round. A room in the lodge will cost $900 per person, per night in the high season (December-March), and includes private chef, wait staff, canapés and pre-dinner drinks, country breakfast, light lunch and full daily service. Details: Taharua Road, Taupo,

Fly fishing at Poronui Lodge

Blake House, Poronui Lodge

Poronui Lodge Wine Cellar

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Huka Lodge Owner’s Cottage


Huka Lodge Owner’s Cottage

A world where elegant and generous hospitality meets sophistication and style – Huka Lodge Not far from the wilderness escape of Poronui is the famous Huka Lodge. What was a tented fishing stay in the 1920s has become a retreat with a worldwide reputation. Huka Lodge offers just 25 rooms including 18 Junior Lodge Suites, one double Lodge Suite, the four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage and the two-bedroom Alan Pye Cottage. The suites all enjoy uninterrupted views of the deep Waikato River, the sound of its rushing water inducing relaxation in an instant. The grounds boast a tennis court, swimming and spa pools, petanque and croquet, and spa treatments are also on offer. One of the most endearing parts of Huka Lodge is its private dining venues. More than 20 are hidden away in and around the property; some amongst the garden, others in private rooms within the lodge. Some of my personal favourites are: The Library: A cosy book-lined room which is the only room The Queen has chosen to dine in on her past three stays. The modest room has tartan flooring and an open fire as the centrepiece. It’s suitable for two to 10 guests. The Wine Cellar: This is a spectacular underground chamber across from the main lodge that is lined with fine vintages, most which are New Zealand wines. Can seat two to 10

guests, with the lodge often holding degustation dinners here with famous chefs. Jetty Pavilion: By far the most stunning dining location. Here you can enjoy your meal or predinner drinks right on the river bank. A mirror situated behind the table, reflecting the river, adds to the ambience of the setting. Can seat two to six guests. Green Room: One of the many outdoor styled locations that offers complete seclusion and privacy. Suitable for two to six diners. Huka Lodge Best Time To Go: September. Take advantage of one of Huka Lodges retreats – the Wellness Weekend (September 15-16). Running over two-nights, experience a total body rejuvenation with classes run by experts in yoga, nutrition and wellbeing. A perfect girls weekend or an ideal couples retreat. Recommendations: A late night swim under the stars in the heated pool and hot tub while listening to the roaring river that is metres away. Tariff: Autumn-winter rates see the Junior Suite at $1255 per person, per night, up to the high season rates for the Owner’s Cottage at $7188 per person, per night, for one suite. Details: Huka Lodge, 271 Huka Falls Road, Taupo,

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Stay where the world can’t find you – Annandale

Scrubby Bay, Annandale

Helicopter over Scrubby Bay

As for Canterbury, we have a number of high-end lodges, my favourite being Annandale nestled between the rolling hills of the Banks Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean. Choose from a number of accommodation options, be it the stately homestead built in the 1880s thourgh to the architectural award-winning Seascape – an ultra modern retreat with stunning views. These private locations feature award-winning architecture and a unique experience we refer to as “gumboot luxury”.

Annandale Seascape

Annandale Best time to go: October-February. Due to our cooler winters, the summer months would ensure you get the best out of this location. Recommendations: Kayak the sheltered waters of Pigeon Bay and the surrounding area along Annandale’s coast – it’s the playground for many water sports. Tariff: Rates range from the Shepherd’s Cottage at $995 per person, per night, in the low season (May-September) to The Homestead at $6995 per person, per night, in the high season (October-April). Details: Pigeon Bay, Canterbury,

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The best parts of an art-deco home in Merivale were not forgotten when the house was rebuilt to suit 21st century living.

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The abundance of light in the home is only reflected and enhanced by the beautiful rich rimu flooring.


hen speaking to Mike O’Donnell and Cathie Mcgrath about their newly re-built Christchurch home, what comes through most is their evident pride in the space they’ve created, and the work that’s gone into turning a plan into reality. When the 2011 earthquake meant that their 1940s artdeco home needed to be rebuilt, the couple were naturally disappointed, but were quick to realise the rare opportunity they’d been given – to rebuild the house they loved in a style more befitting of the 21st century. Mike and Cathie are the first to admit that for all its period charm and years of memories, the original house left a bit to be desired in terms of layout and functionality, and put counteracting these issues at the heart of their design brief. “Although art deco houses have beautiful features, they don’t flow well, and there’s no light,” Cathie explains, adding that for the new build the couple prioritised “simple, light-filled, contemporary design”. To ensure the important elements came together, the homeowners enlisted Opus Architecture and Summitbuild, and were thrilled with the collaborative effort. To help the new four-bedroom, three-bathroom house embrace modern living, they turned towards the sun, reorientating the layout of the rooms to make the most out of natural light. Generous windows in the open-plan kitchen and living areas allow light the flood the home, bathing it in all-day sun and accentuating the natural sense of space. Further light is allowed in by way of the impressive bi-fold doors, which also

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serve to link the house to the outdoor living area, again reconfiguring the flow of the house for modern living. The deck is another room in its own right, the couple say, and come summer, it’s the perfect entertaining spot. The abundance of light in the home is only reflected and enhanced by the beautiful rich rimu flooring which runs through and unites the central areas of the home – the warm glow it gives being something both Mike and Cathie both rave about. The flooring is particularly special to Cathie, since the rimu, as well as the matai used in the bar, both come from her brother’s own sawmill over on the West Coast.

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... the rimu, as well as the matai used in the bar, both come from her brother’s own sawmill over on the West Coast.

The bar, Mike admits, is probably his personal favourite element of the house, one which just had to be carried over from the original home into its contemporary successor. Not only is it a great social space, but also a testament to their design, as it characterises what they loved about their old home, while providing some modern flair. Cathie, on the other hand, has a harder time isolating one favourite room – she adores the formal living area, tucked into a sunny nook of the north-facing home, but also loves the house's sense of light, whether it be in the spacious kitchen, living and dining area, or the generous master bedroom, which is complete with en-suite and a walk-in wardrobe. The master bedroom provides a clear view out to the Southern Alps and from the street side; the Port Hills are clearly visible, making the view “almost panoramic”, in Cathie’s words, as “every window gives a different view”.

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Nothing says distinction like marble, its beauty and durability make it a fabulous choice for bathrooms. Remember that a bathroom design is not just about selecting a shower, bath, basin and toilet. The true design comes to from the detailed features such as tiles, lighting, mirrors and storage options. We love this vanity with practical storage underneath.

A concrete finish Flash Concrete offers a range of very modern and classic flooring options that have been used internationally for decades. Microtopping offers a contemporary and continuous coating for new-build floors, and is also an option for renewing existing surfaces, which are either in a state of disrepair or simply out of date. Only 3mm thick, it’s capable of completely transforming your space, not to mention walls and wet areas, like showers! View a variety of flooring at the new showroom at 32 Hawdon St, Sydenham.

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THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE APARTMENT There are luxury properties that are expensive, and then there are those that are offthe-charts exorbitant. At $455,906 million, this property’s penthouse is clearly the latter. Monaco’s highest building, the Tour Odeon, is a 49-storey concrete-and-glass tower, developed by the Groupe Marzocco and complete with its own business centre. The five-floor ultra-luxury penthouse comes complete with a roof deck, dance floor, infinity pool and a waterslide. The only other apartment to ever come close to this in terms of monetary value is a New York apartment that sold last year for $136 million.

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The team at Harcourts gold is a determined community supporter and is pleased to be a KidsCan supporter for one of our local schools. We recently donated a cheque for $4,200 to Kidscan at Northcote School to help in their ongoing work.







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In response to a personal goal of mine for the year to be deeply authentic in all I do as the Inspirational Women Ambassador for Harcourts NZ, the new window at our Papanui office reminds us as a real estate company to be authentic in all we do as realtors. We have developed a set of postcards using this and other beautiful images, and I have a number of sets to give away. They make beautiful cards to send to friends or family, and have no obvious branding. So, if you would like some, please email me on The four Harcourts gold offices are amongst the most respected and awarded in the city. In the most recent industry awards our New Brighton office was named 3rd Top Office in Harcourts Canterbury, our Redwood office being named 5th Top Office in Harcourts Canterbury, and our Papanui office, Top National Residential Office.

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Landscape architect Craig Wilson talks us through how to add instant elegance to the garden with some simple hedging.


edges have a well-earned and highlycelebrated place in the garden design narrative. Their use spans many centuries from historic French, Italian and English garden estates through to the cutting-edge contemporary landscape design of today. The ‘form’ and ‘intent’ may have changed over time but the principle and simplicity of execution has remained, as hedges are a cost-effective and naturalistic way to define space in an outdoor setting. They can be established within a few years and with regular maintenance can be of benefit and enjoyment for decades. If you have hedging in mind for your property, a suitable species selection will be key to your success. Great options are available for our Canterbury climate and conditions across evergreen and deciduous species and with both native and exotic origin. Evergreen species tend to be a more popular choice as they lend year-round foliage and structure to your garden, forming the ‘bones’ or ‘skeletal’ structure of your outdoor space, if you like. For this kind of planting, consider species such as buxus, laurel, corokia and griselinia, as their consistency and reliability will provide a welcome relief and visual contrast to dormant areas of the garden which are awaiting new spring growth. Deciduous options, on the other hand, can include the more traditional hornbeam and

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beech species or may even extend to the contemporary choice of muehlenbeckia, which will all provide the same form and structure as an evergreen hedge, but also provide rich seasonal expression. The cost of establishing a hedge will always be less than the physical construction of a timber or masonry wall, and while more costly ‘instant’ hedging can be sourced, a true hedge will take time to establish itself and create the desired effect of screening or edging. Over time a hedge will require regular maintenance to keep it in optimum health and good shape. Once again, selecting the right species is vital and choosing a hedge that matches your appetite for ongoing maintenance is important. If you don’t want to be regularly clipping to keep a crisp look, avoid fastergrowing varieties like lonicera and teucrium. In recent years, I have noticed increased interest in the use of ‘pleaching’ as a horticultural technique to create a ‘hedge on stilts’. This can be particularly useful on smaller sections to screen out a neighbour’s roofline and can be easily and quickly achieved by the use of ‘standardised’ specimens. The use of hedges will remain a common element in garden design and can bring a degree of structure and order to any outdoor space, without creating too much formality or compromising on style.

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Anne Hudson takes a look at the work of a gifted New Zealand jeweller, whose talent has taken her from Queenstown to Milan.


essica Winchcombe’s work exudes the haptic pleasure of making. Carefully pleated or woven leather necklaces and folded metal earrings are the product of careful time and labour, their simplicity belying the dexterity and skill required to make them. However, unlike knitting and crochet these works demonstrate a complexity of conceptual thinking that lies behind their creation. The weaving provides a yin and yang interlocking of threads of love and life, an intertwining or juxtaposition of male and female, light and dark. The pieces are not whimsical but bold, almost sculptural yet light, and while designed to be worn with comfort, they make a statement. Jessica uses recycled materials, old leather and metal, and strives to keep the form of each piece minimal so that the patina of age is still evident. The recycled material already has a history, so Jessica gives it a new start. Some of her pieces are elevated by the wear of their owner, settling in to a new life separate from the maker.


In collaboration with mentor Warwick Freeman, she has used horsehair and beads to create a new range of earrings, bracelets and neckpieces. Horsehair has a tradition of use in jewellery, but is usually woven into a bracelet or placed in a locket as a memorial to a particular horse. The pairing of hair and pearls may seem unusual, but Jessica is again playing with the almost opposing materials to imbue an added layer of meaning into her work. The horsehair, I read, comes from the horse’s tail and is a long, strong fibre ideal for this purpose. The strength of that fibre and its obvious animal source puts it in stark contrast to the subtle warmth of pearls. In another of her woven or pleated neckpieces, pearls are set into the folds, giving a nod to their traditional presentation while creating new and edgy work. Jessica has been invited to show her work overseas at the Milan Fashion Show, as well as at exhibitions in Germany and the Netherlands. The Milan Fashion Show invitational exhibition Artistar Jewels is

carving out a reputation for showcasing excellence in contemporary jewellery design, and featured Jessica’s work just this year. The show, which features 200 creations selected for their high artistic relevance and embraces both tradition and innovation, placed the Kiwi jeweller in a sophisticated arena of not only makers, but also marketers. Jessica lives in and works from a studio in Queenstown and runs workshops around the country through which she shares her expertise with her students. She is happy working in her studio, meeting the demands of the galleries that support her and seeing what the universe might throw at her. Her jewellery definitely falls into a fine art category; one where the artist is at one with her materials and has a mastery of the skills required to create fully resolved, original pieces. These pieces are aesthetically pleasing while also demonstrating that they are the completion or the evolution of an idea. The pieces display well in the vitrines of galleries and museums but take on another life when worn by their happy recipient.



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It’s lunchtime and you have an hour to grab a quick bite in Christchurch, where do you go? With Madam Woo sharing our building, I’ve had my fair share of Malaysian delicacies. It is hard to resist when their honey and soy tossed squid is so divine – their hawker rolls are hard to say no to as well!

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Deadly Ponies Man

Recently launched, Deadly Ponies Man features classic and sophisticated design. The fact that creative director, Liam Bowden, was inspired by the ocean for this collection is evident in the deep blue hues that make up the colour palette, and the evocative moody seascape that frames each piece. Enhanced by Deadly Ponies’ signature style of minimalistic design, this new collection will make you want to book your next escape.

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EziBuy is bringing back three stylish tops – designed by Moochi, Andrea Moore and Storm – to raise money for Breast Cancer Cure. The original batch sold out in record time earlier this year, prompting this second limitedtime opportunity. The T-shirts retail for $29.99 and the tank for $24.99, with $10 from each sale going to Breast Cancer Cure.

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Ruby has launched their pre-spring 2017 collection, Good Witch. Inspired by a seventies nouveau vibe, expect ruffles, high necklines, A-line skirting and wide-leg denim, as well as a divine spread of crushed velvet, hammered satin and metallic rose-printed jacquard.

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Christchurch’s Workshop store is the latest retailer to announce they will be moving into The Crossing. Re-locating from Cashel Street, the cult store will join fashion giants H&M and Topshop in the new development.



Get your glad rags on for New Zealand’s biggest fashion event of the year. From August 28, the country’s best designers will reveal their autumn/winter 2018 collections at New Zealand Fashion Week. This year’s line-up includes Kate Sylvester, Ruby, Andrea Moore, Zambesi, Juliette Hogan and many more.

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Rachel wears Loretta Dress by Karen Walker $670, available at Rouche, with Zelda Blazer $299, Belladonna Earrings $49 and Starlight Necklace $29, all from Ruby.


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Skivvy Skin Top $189.99 and Stud Clutch $219.99, both from Moochi, with Ruby Miniskirt $199 and Belladonna Earrings $49, both available at Ruby.

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SKIN RITUALS Words Clemency Alice


comprehensive beauty regime is essential to maintaining flawless skin during the winter months. During the crisp, glacial days of winter, our skin barrier becomes compromised, making it more susceptible to dryness and sensitivity. Here are some simple tips to help restore skin vitality and a healthy, luminous glow.

SUFFICIENT SLEEP is essential since the skin’s cellular repair activity is at its peak during rest. Introduce evening ‘wind-down’ rituals to promote a restorative, deep sleep (herbal teas, aroma essences, soothing yoga poses). FACE MASSAGE helps facilitate the draining of unwanted toxins and increases oxygen flow to the skin tissue.

WARM COMPRESS the skin with a gentle

aromatic infused cloth. After removing all make-up and cleansing your skin, fill a bowl with warm water and add a drop of lavender or blue chamomile essential oil, then soak a face cloth in the water and wring out the excess. Hold the cloth over the face for a slow count of five. To complete the ritual, massage the skin with three to five drops of your go-to face oil.


face cleanser and a delicate, floral toner (I recommend La Prairie Purifying Cream Cleanser and Softening and Balancing Lotion). Correct cleansing rituals will remove impurities from the skin and leave it feeling instantly refreshed. This is a vital step as it preps the skin to efficiently

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FRESH AIR and brisk walks amongst nature

boost circulation and will cleanse and replenish your skin from within. Before stepping out, apply a few drops of your go-to face oil to provide extra nourishment and protect it from the harsh elements of wind and extreme temperatures.

DRY BRUSHING helps whisk away dead skin cells and stimulate lymphatic flow. It is an invigorating way to begin the day post-exercise and pre-shower. Simply doing this for a few minutes a day as part of your morning beauty ritual can be transformative for your skin, while also being very meditative and calming. STAY HYDRATED with mineral-rich spring

water for optimum skin health. Cultivate a ritual of preparing and drinking organic green tea, as the high concentration of ‘polyphenols’ it contains will help protect your skin from cellular damage. Sufferers of rosacea, eczema and psoriasis will also benefit from drinking green tea with its anti-inflammatory properties. Ultimately, any kind of water intake throughout the day will ensure hydration through reducing the loss of moisture from the skin.

INTENSIVE MASK treatments are an

essential winter skin ritual for a luminous, radiant skin. Select an overnight sleep mask to restore the skin’s barrier function and retain moisture during the resting phase. (My fav is La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask.)


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Using probiotics to keep your gut healthy has long been recognised as an effective way to assist good bowel function and to help control the metabolism. What is less widely known is that keeping bacteria in balance is just as important for skin health, writes Dr Iona Weir.


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WHAT ARE PROBIOTICS & PREBIOTICS? Probiotics are live, good bacteria that occur naturally in the body, although levels can be boosted with supplements and particular foods. Their main benefit is to the gut, as they aid the digestion process. Prebiotics, on the other hand, are specialised plant fibres that do not occur naturally in the body, and instead make their way into the digestive system through the food we eat. Prebiotics nourish and encourage the body’s production of probiotics, improving the good-to-bad bacteria ratio and enhancing their effectiveness. Every person has their own unique gut and skin microflora (the balance of good and bad ba­cteria), which is directly inherited from their mother. THE BALANCING ACT Balance of the gut microflora has been discovered to be central to preventing allergies, and when out of balance, eczema, rashes, hives and conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and auto-immune disorders can occur. The use of probiotic supplements can help keep the body in balance, as well as eating foods such as yoghurt, kefir, avocado, miso soup, pickles, kimchi, kombucha tea and, thankfully, dark chocolate. But, after a short time, usually after around three to four weeks, your body will no longer benefit from probiotic supplements as your immune system begins to recognise them as foreign bacteria. Because prebiotics support the growth of your own unique good bacteria probiotics, it’s a good idea to use the two in combination, then, once your “Your face is unique. gut microflora is restored, Trust continue to take a your injectable prebiotic to keep the balance in place. wrinkle treatments to an experienced You’ll know when the probiotic stops Cosmetic Physician” working when common digestive issues start Medical Director returning. I usually take a prebiotic in tandem Dr Heather Jefferies with a probiotic for three weeks, and then


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A short trip south sees Kate Preece sipping champagne in snowy surrounds.

he mighty mountain ranges that epitomise Queenstown give nature the upper hand in this tourist town. And, as if the views are not enough, the crisp mountain air is quick to wipe away any memory of the 55-minute flight from Christchurch, cementing your arrival in the adventure capital of the south. Despite being surrounded by waterproofed men, women and children, I had no intention of hitting the snow-laden slopes. In fact, I had only one destination in mind – the Hilton. A $20 taxi ride from the airport and I am at its door, ready to see what happens when a luxury accommodation chain pairs up with a Champagne house. The room in which I am to rest my head is one of a kind, thanks to a perfect partnership between The Hilton and Veuve Clicquot. In Queenstown, this means room 133 has had a makeover. Renamed La Grande Dame Room (until the end of August), muted tones of grey and pink, with textural elements from fur, velvet and wool, form a luxurious backdrop, while Jo Malone’s lime, basil and mandarin scent fills the air. Veuve-yellow highlights are at every turn, from the flowers and cushions to a framed LED-lit portrait of Madame Clicquot – the ‘Grande Dame of Champagne’ herself. An ice-filled bucket proffers a bottle of the widowed French woman’s legacy, and a bath with a water view promises to deliver on the relaxation front. My timing to visit the on-site Eforea spa couldn’t have been better either. With the annual Clicquot In The Snow festival in August, there are opportunities at every turn to ‘have champagne with that’, with spa treatments being no exception.

An oasis of calm and professionalism, the spa offers all the bells and whistles, from robes and slippers to the use of a 25-metre swimming pool, sauna and a post-treatment lounge. Until September 30, the Veuve Clicquot Flute & Facial is a 60-minute treatment customised to target your skin’s needs, and finished with a flute of Madame Clicquot’s finest. My Finnish beauty therapist soon had me in a state of zen, the world’s worries a million miles away, with not a sound from the outside world, nor a note of Enya to be heard. Bliss. Dinner matched with Veuve Clicquot seemed the only way to follow such an experience. One of five Kawarau Village eateries, Wakatipu Grill’s special wine-matched menu also challenges the chef to base the threecourse dinner around the ingredient of the month – pumpkin for August. During my visit, however, it was ‘pear’, with the finest dish being prawn ravioli, with sweet and sour nashi pear, fennel, pancetta and toasted buckwheat. The 2008 vintage served alongside it was also the standout. While Veuve doesn’t feature on the breakfast menu, nearly everything else does. Whether craving a croissant, eggs Benedict, or a curry, the buffet will have you sated. Sitting in Wakatipu Grill’s observatory-style area, the sun streaming in as mist rolls gently across the serene lake, I willed the clock to slow its pace. The waterproofed ones were fuelling up for another day of adrenaline and hot chocolate, while all I could think about was one more hour in the spa. Or, at the very least, more time on the balcony of La Grande Dame Room, sipping Veuve in the shadow of the mountains.

64 STYLE | finance


When you analyse the habits of those considered financially successful, you start to see trends in their everyday behaviour, |Julian Lingard says.

THEY KEEP LEARNING Once they’ve identified areas in which they want to gain wealth, they start educating themselves in those fields. Invest in your own knowledge by reading the relevant books, following the right bloggers and spokespeople, and keeping up to date with policy changes in the news. A lot of websites in New Zealand even send daily or weekly updates to your mailbox. There are tons of resources out there (although it’s important to first check their credibility), which will help educate your financial decisions. Resources such as or are good places to start, or, of course, just ask your advisor for updates – we live and breathe this stuff every day. Whatever source you pick, stick to it – everyone has an opinion and too much conflicting information from multiple sources can be confusing, overwhelming and prohibit action.

THEY ASK FOR WHAT THEY WANT Most people realise that in order to create wealth initially, their income needs to increase. By creating more disposable income, you can use it to generate wealth. Always look for how you can add further value in the job you do by seeking out training opportunities to widen your skill set and increase your income. What ‘value’ means can be different for every company, but by building strong relationships with your managers and the company’s leadership you can begin to understand your employer’s strategic goals and the role you play within achieving them. Asking for what you want takes confidence and belief in your own value. Allow the experience of mentors, in both an official and unofficial capacity, to guide you on what to ask for and when. It’s all part of the old adage – if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

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THEY GET ONTO THE PROPERTY LADDER EARLY Buying a house as early as possible can open up the opportunity for other investments. By paying off your mortgage as quickly as you can, you can decrease your interest costs and keep more money in your own pocket. Once you reach particular loan-to-value ratios, you have the ability to leverage other investments off your property, and use money you formerly spent on mortgage repayments on potential income sources like managed funds. Property as an investment is an appreciating asset; it will build your net wealth and create its own equity, too. It’s common to live within your means, but by allocating your spend to a mortgage, rather than rent or discretionary spending, you are building wealth. THEY SEEK OUT PASSIVE INCOME OPTIONS Passive income is the money received for little effort or personal time from investments such as rental properties and shares. If you’re looking at long-term passive income, rental properties could be a good option as you’ll often have tenants paying off the mortgage. However, once the mortgage payments are serviced, there may be little tangible income left over. Receiving regular lump-sum dividend payments from shares in a company might be a better option for short-term passive income. But it’s important, before investing, that you know what the pay-out schedule is. For this kind of investment you also need a lump sum to invest and the patience to wait for investment growth. Don’t forget the option of setting up your own business, which plays to your expertise, but can generate income based on minimal input from you if you have someone else running the operation day to day. Alternatively, an option can be to invest or partner in a business. THEY RUN THEIR PERSONAL FINANCES LIKE A BUSINESS Know the importance of budgeting and cashflow. A lot of people spend their money ad hoc, so are surprised when the $100 a week they think they allow for discretionary spending (e.g. eating out) is actually closer to $200-$300. A clear budget helps keep you on top of your spending and makes you aware how much you actually have left over to invest. It also allows you to build accurate financial goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-based (SMART). Successful businesses know where they are financially at all times – personal finances should be no different. THEY SPEND AND BORROW SMARTLY Spend the right way and stick to budget. Ideally, all spending should be done with cash that you have and not bought on credit or hire purchase as you’ll be subject to higher interest rates. Try not to borrow money for things that decrease in value. If you do need to borrow money, make your mortgage work for you. Don’t


make the mistake of setting the loan up within the mortgage as you’ll end up paying interest on the item over the lifetime of the mortgage. Always borrow to the side of the mortgage – just using the house as collateral is smart as the bank has the security of the property and so is likely to offer the loan at a lower interest rate. THEY INVEST Options for generating wealth are spread over multiple platforms. For retirement alone, we should be saving around 10-15 per cent of our annual income. If we save eight per cent in our KiwiSaver, five per cent should be invested through managed funds, which you can still have easy access to. This money will accumulate over time and can be used to help pay off the mortgage or fund a retirement lifestyle. THEY INSURE The time, effort and money invested into organising finances and growing wealth are protected by the right insurance. What insurance you need depends on your personal situation, but life insurance and income protection are key introductory insurances. Life insurance pays a lump sum to your family and dependents upon your passing to ensure your debt and funeral costs are covered – people often choose this to take care of their family when they’re gone and help them maintain the lifestyle to which they are accustomed. In some cases, life insurance also pays out when you are diagnosed with a terminal illness. Income insurance protects what many say is a person’s greatest asset – the ability to earn an income. This protection comes in the form of ongoing incremental payments that cover loss of income while you cannot work due to illness, and takes away the stress and worry for you and your family at a time when the focus is on recovery. It generally pays out for bills and day-to-day spending. THEY SEEK ADVICE Successful people leverage the knowledge and advice of professionals in all areas. For your money matters, financial advisors are best placed as it’s their job to know what’s going on and stay up to date. Many advisors work for their clients for free, too, as they are paid by the suppliers. An advisor will help you create a tailored financial plan based on your goals, objectives and risk tolerance. Every individual requires a unique plan, which will develop throughout your lifetime as your circumstances, priorities and goals change.

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Motoring writer Ross Kiddie takes the sporty GT86 coupe for a high-country blast.


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was a little disappointed when Subaru withdrew their sporty two-door coupe – the BRZ – from New Zealand’s market. While the car lives on here in Toyota’s 86, it was good to have that point of difference in the marketplace, and considering that Subaru engineered the BRZ/86, I felt it was right for consumers to have a choice. Nevertheless, Toyota is marketing the 86 with the recognition it deserves, and has just given the stylish wee sports car a fairly extensive upgrade. Anyone will tell you I’m wildly enthusiastic about the 86, it is a cool piece of kit and in its latest iteration it is even more appealing. As you would expect, it is further refined cosmetically, and if performance is a key buying ingredient, you’ll be pleased to find that it offers more power – albeit in manual form only. While I know most 86s sold here in New Zealand will be autos, the market for manual cars still exists, and this is one that I would choose to buy in manual form as it’s such a delight. The gearshift has short movement up and down and across the gate, it moves with direct action and can be moved as quickly as the driver can manipulate. Clutch action is also short but progressive, meaning that in combination it offers a performance car feel which will appeal to buyers. Also, the engine develops so much natural torque that it can be driven in tall gears at low speeds; that being the case it’s not a matter of a manual shift being a burden. Toyota rate the horizontally opposed, fourcylinder engine at 152kW and 212Nm (up

5kW and 7Nm). There’s no secret Subaru supply the quad-camshaft unit, so it carries all of the boxer engine characteristics that have made that company so popular as an engine builder. Coupled with the six-speed transmission, there is a solid flow of energy through the rev band. It also comes with an audible howl, just to lure the driver. In terms of performance, the 86 can’t be described as quick. It is capable of a 7.4sec standstill to 100km/h time, but in sports car terms that isn’t lightning speed. However, what the 86 does do well is put the power to ground in a fashion that entertains the driver. Short-wheelbase, rear-wheel-drive cars have unique handling characteristics, and while this model offers a natural handling sensation, the power outputs mean there is a definite tendency for grip to be challenged. And therein lies a key ingredient as to the way the 86 is set up; it has a stepped traction control system, and the driver can select settings whereby oversteer can be forced, although this is only ever encouraged on track. Nevertheless, there is a constant feeling when cornering hard that the rear will be a bit tail-happy and when it does, TCS will rein it in, but the point remains that the 86 is playful and will constantly entertain the driver. I took the test car through a series of tight and twisty road sections and enjoyed its balance and steerage. It has handling ability akin to its concept, it is precise up front and the feel from the rear is constantly involving. In GT form the 86 rides on tyres an inch

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bigger in diameter than the standard car, but even then the 215/45 x 17in Michelin rubber struggles under power, it is delightful and part of what makes the 86 so special. The brakes, too, are sharp, the entire handling package is undoubtedly special. As mentioned, the 86 for 2017 gets extra kit by way of the spec, and the cockpit has been freshened with quality trim elements creating a sporty environment that is also one of true sports car heritage. On the outside, the 86 has also had a bit of a tidy up – notably the GT gets a functional spoiler which is claimed to help high-speed stability. The 86 also returns realistic fuel usage

figures – Toyota claims an 8.4l/100km (34mpg) combined cycle average. If you have a young family, the 86 isn’t totally selfish, it is effectively a 2+2 but you can seat those small of stature in the rear. Not only do I relate well to the 86 in roadgoing form, I’m also kept entertained throughout the summer series of motorsport and the 86 series has provided some close and exciting racing. This is an area in which Toyota excels, and its involvement in New Zealand motorsport is long-standing and one which I hope continues. Until that series restarts late in the year, I’ll just have to relive the memory of my latest 86 drive, as it was certainly one of the most enjoyable for the year so far.

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Performance, style and whole lot more can be yours for a price that’s as sharp as the new sports body kit with rear spoiler – just $24,990 +ORC*. You’ll also enjoy 109kW of power and 7.0L per 100km economy on Sedan and 7.2L per 100km economy on Hatch. Don’t watch it pass you by. Call 03 379 0588 or visit to book a test drive or come in and see us. *Price listed is for Lancer GSR sedan or hatch. Price excludes On Road Costs. See for Diamond Advantage terms and conditions.

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DRIVE HOME IN THE BMW 3 SERIES OR 4 SERIES FOR ¼ THE COST UPFRONT.* Take to the streets in style with your own Ultimate Driving Machine. For a limited time drive away in a new BMW 3 Series or 4 Series by paying just ¼ of the cost upfront. That means you can get behind the wheel of a BMW 3 Series for $15,388^ or a 4 Series for $18,013^. Then simply pay the remaining cost at ¼ per year over the next 3 years interest free.

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NOW YOU CAN AFFORD TO BE DIFFERENT. Iconic, intelligent and exciting at every turn the MINI 3-Door Hatch is the quintessential MINI, and it’s now available on an irresistible finance offer. Made for smart and stylish driving, it hosts a unique interior cockpit design along with the latest in technology and safety features. What’s more it comes with three years of MINI scheduled servicing, warranty plan and roadside assistance. So take advantage of this finely tuned finance offer and make your mark on the road.

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NOSTALGIA WITH A MODERN TWIST With more than 30 types of loose-leaf tea, the Majestic Tea Bar, Espresso & Chocolate is the latest destination for a quality cuppa. Words Christine de Felice


sense of the city’s special history and legacy has returned to Christchurch with the opening of the Majestic Tea Bar, Espresso & Chocolate in Barrington. The driving force behind the project, Chris Cox, is a strong believer in the importance of retaining the connection with our past, much of which he says has been lost both because of the earthquakes, and more generally the pace of modern life. Customers can enjoy the comforting ambience of nostalgia blended with a fresh, modern approach at Majestic Tea Bar, Chris says. As the name suggests, tea is the main focus, but there certainly is a lot more on offer, with a menu that encompasses coffee, chocolate, cold drinks and a wide selection of cabinet and menu food available, prepared by their chefs in the kitchen. Now in his 30s, Chris has been involved in the franchise food industry since his early 20s, both here and in Auckland, and has always had a passion for food and people. “I saw Majestic as an opportunity to express myself and bring new things to an industry that’s become typecast. I want to put more focus on

customer service and the customer experience. “Majestic has a community and family focus. I see it as a place where people can come and catch up over a drink, the way our grandparents used to do, but also a place for all ages to enjoy.” With a keen eye for detail and opportunity, Chris identified that tea was enjoying a huge resurgence worldwide and decided to make that the focus of the new business. The concept for Majestic has been carefully developed over the last two years, during which he did extensive research here and overseas, and also talked to family and friends about what they would like and expect from the new cafe. The fit-out has a vintage feel but it is modern, fresh and embodies a colour scheme designed to appeal to both men and women. “I didn’t want that dark, industrial feel that so many cafes have now. I wanted it to be different. The plants represent the Palm Court era and the aprons the staff wear have bibs like the aprons our grandmothers wore.” As a specialty tea store, Majestic offers more than 30 different teas of all varieties, with others to be added as time goes on. Only loose-leaf tea is served, and in cast-iron teapots – a nod

to tea’s Chinese origins. Coffee lovers are catered for with the usual selection of coffees, plus there are chilled juices and soft drinks. Customers can choose food from the cabinet, or from the full kitchen menu, which will evolve and change with the seasons. “Our head chef, Mark, is a local. He grew up in this area and has 15 years’ experience around New Zealand. All our staff have at least five years’ experience in the industry.” Chris says he chose Barrington as the location for Majestic as it has more of a boutique, family feel to it than the larger suburban malls around the city. There are also a lot of owner/operated businesses rather than chain stores, so business owners are more invested in the local community, he says. The Christchurch Majestic Tea Bar, Espresso & Chocolate is the third in what he hopes will become a nationwide brand. The other two are in Auckland and Palmerston North. “I see it as a national brand in the making but I don’t want it to be everywhere. It needs to stay special and we will continue to develop it, so the novelty won’t wear off with our customers. “While we are franchising we need to be very careful about who we allow to take on this business. They need to have a strong customer focus, determined to succeed but above all else, love that brand for its origins.” With tea being the world’s second-most consumed beverage behind water, the future of the Majestic Tea Bar, Espresso & Chocolate brand looks promising – with Barrington a good start for Christchurch.

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Lively, Italian-inspired restaurant with a spacious courtyard offering indoor and outdoor options for your function. Let the experienced team tailor your next big event.


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Living Springs Only a 20-minute drive from Christchurch, yet a world away from the busy-ness of the city, Living Springs offers stunning harbour views, a natural bush setting, facilities for a variety of activities, and great food. The talented staff can guide your group through team-building activities, arrange a bush walk, plan a sports tournament, or you can simply enjoy the panoramic view and good meal. On-site accommodation options available. 03 329 9788 • •

New Brighton Club With its million-dollar view overlooking New Brighton Pier and the beach, the New Brighton Club is a delightful venue for a range of functions – from weddings, birthdays and anniversaries to work functions. With dedicated function rooms, it is easy to give your event the personal touch by adding your own decorations, or simply take advantage of the venue’s stylish décor. Accommodating up to 300 people, there’s no need to skimp on the invite list! Function menus are designed to fit with tastes, special dietary needs and budget, delivering on quality every time. The New Brighton Club has been an important part of the New Brighton seaside community since it first opened its doors in the early 1950s. Soak up the long-standing Christchurch history, enjoy the sea views, and add your event to the long list of success stories for the time-tested venue. 03 388 9416

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Isaac Theatre Royal Located in the heart of Christchurch city, the Isaac Theatre Royal is a beautiful performance space, and a stunning and memorable venue for private functions, corporate events, private performances, awards dinners and much more. Under the impressive original 1908 ceiling dome lies the Auditorium theatre stage, which can accommodate up to 380 people depending upon layout requirements, while the Auditorium space offers more than 1200 seats across three levels, making it an ideal venue for a plethora of occasions, such as conferences and wedding ceremonies. Take the gorgeous heritage marble staircase to Level 1 and you’ll find the purpose-built Gloucester Room, a function room with potential to seat 120 people. Its large arched windows flood the space with light, making it ideal for intimate concerts, dining events, and corporate functions. The Ravenscar Dress Circle Foyer, Grand Circle Foyer and Royal Boxes are also available for hire, making perfect pre or post-show entertainment options. 03 366 6326 •

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Sugarhorse Bar & Eatery | Function Venue

Celebrate 2017 with a Christmas function you won’t forget. In this enviable setting, enjoy a buffet menu that boasts smoked and cured antipasto platters, honey and pineapple roasted ham on the bone, duck fat roasted root vegetables, black forest gateaux, and much, much more. Available October-December 2017. $49 per adult, $25 per under-12.

No matter what you’re planning, Sugarhorse has you covered! From birthdays, engagement, quiz nights or work functions, the team can cater up to 130 people for a full private venue hire or part hire of the outdoor heated covered courtyard. Power Point Presentations with Presenter, cordless mic, full nightlife music video system with jukebox and over 30,000 songs to really get your party going! Plus, disco lights and parking. Full finger food menu options and fully licenced till 1am. FREE to hire (conditions apply).

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NEWS Words Vanessa Ortynsky


Akarua, situated in beautiful Central Otago, has a reputation for producing world-class pinot noir. The enticingly fragrant Pinot Noir 2015 laces sweet spice, dark cherry and plum alongside thyme, dried herbs and spicy oak.


New to Victoria Street, Sister Kong is Christchurch’s very first bao house. Taking inspiration from the authentic baijiu houses of Hong Kong to re-invent bao burgers with unique flavours like saffron and chilli, Sister Kong is giving notable Hong Kong eateries like Little Bao a run for their money.


Crowne Plaza has officially opened its doors, providing visitors and Christchurch locals with a handful of new culinary options. Start the day at CafĂŠ 1851, which serves up Mojo coffee in a Scandinavian-style interior before trying a French martini at Social Wine Bar, and settling in for dinner at The Market Place.


Activated charcoal was originally sold in organic stores for its health benefits, mainly to cleanse the system. It’s now served in numerous varieties, from cold-press juices to tarts. One of our favourite cafés, Uncommon, even offers a buttermilkfried chicken burger, which is wedged between an activated charcoal and coconut bun. We can’t get enough of the stuff, which is also said to miraculously cure hangovers.


DROP Wine of the month matched with sumptuous food.

The Winemaker’s Wife Pinot Noir 2016 Brighten your winter meals with a glass of Waipara Pinot Noir from The Winemaker’s Wife collection. Sip slowly, to truly enjoy the sultry flavours of bright red fruits and rich earthiness. Share this wine with your significant other, or don’t!

Food Match Pair this pinot noir with a wild duck confit, crispy potatoes and a bitter leaf salad topped with caramelised walnuts.

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For a relaxed atmosphere and exceptional flavours, look no further than Uncommon, the brightest and most exciting addition to Christchurch’s bold new café scene. Words Vanessa Ortynsky


nspired by their time spent living in Melbourne, Kiwi couple Natasha Rooney and Scott O’Driscoll returned to Christchurch to open Uncommon. The minimalist café is light, airy, and filled with plenty of greenery. It also serves up Christchurch’s best brunch. Uncommon offers an unrivalled dining experience regardless of when you visit, and always offers a unique twist on café classics. I often find myself stopping by for a morning coffee made with beans from the neighbouring C4 or enjoying a leisurely weekend breakfast of beautifully-plated buttermilk pancakes. It’s never easy deciding on a dish at Uncommon as every menu item is made with high quality, locally sourced produce. Fortunately, their fantastic breakfast board offers the best of both worlds – I urge you to try it next time you’re in. On this particular visit, we arrive in time for lunch, as I’m eager to try their fried chicken burger. Served on an activated charcoal and coconut bun, the buttermilk-fried chicken is both crispy and tender. It comes with paprikasprinkled chips and a strawberry milkshake, making it the perfect lunchtime treat. The pork belly banh mi is another crowd-pleaser, further demonstrating Scott O’Driscoll’s culinary range. Uncommon offers fine-dining quality food in a relaxed environment. Presentation is key at Uncommon, where every dish is a work of art. Watch as plates emerge from the open-plan kitchen and marvel at the seamlessness of the whole operation. Whether you find yourself at Uncommon for breakfast, lunch or even a coffee, the attention to detail, service and overall experience are nothing short of exceptional. It is a standout café and a real asset to the central city. Uncommon • 262 Tuam St, Christchurch 379 3977 •




Located in the Cashmere Club, the Riverview Restaurant offers quality, affordable a la carte dining. Specialists in events and special occasions. No function too big or too small. Private functions room available. Dine al fresco on the sheltered patio.

Located opposite Riccarton Park, this hotel offers great dining, Sports Bar (with pool tables, SKY sport, gaming lounge, TAB), Carbine Lounge and affordable accommodation. Hoofbeats Restaurant (famous for their roasts) open daily from 6.30am serving breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Open for Lunch: Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sun. Open for Dinner from 5.30pm Tues to Sun. (Closed Mon). Fully Licensed. 50 Colombo Street, Christchurch Phone: 03 332 0092 Members, guests & affiliates welcome

Grand National Racing Carnival August 5 - 12. Start & finish your race day with us! 118 Racecourse Road, Riccarton, Christchurch Phone 03 342 7150

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Come and try our TRADITIONAL MEXICAN FOOD... Alvarados is the essential destination for experiencing true Mexican cuisine. Open daily from 11.00am.

Rebuilt brick by brick and once again elegant in her heritage best, Mona Vale Homestead & Pantry is welcoming visitors for breakfast, brunch, lunch and exquisite High Teas. Also ideal for weddings, special occasions and corporate events.

77 Stevens Street, Phillipstown, Christchurch Ph 03 374 4149 Follow us on Twitter @Alvaradoschch

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Fisherman’s WharF Spectacular Harbour Views Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant offer’s a warm & friendly atmosphere over looking the working port of Lyttelton. We have a range of wonderful meal options to suit all. Seafood, Steaks, Burgers, Thai dishes, Vegetarian, pasta & kids meals. We serve only the freshest locally caught fish & our produce is also fresh & from the local markets. From our boats to your plate. Now open for Breakfast Sat/Sun from 8am. 39 Norwich Quay, 8082 Lyttelton. Ph 328 7530 Open Wed to Sun 11.30am to late


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TREVINOS RESTAURANT & BAR Nestled in the heart of Christchurch, filled with mountains of food and lakes of beverages, sits an astounding restaurant with irresistible and fine tasting food, accompanied by an unmatched atmosphere. NEW ! Delicious ‘Light Bites Menu’ ! $20 Cork n Fork Lunch - includes a beverage ! The PERFECT Function Venue ! Open 7 Days, 9am - 1am Cnr Riccarton Road & Mona Vale Avenue, Riccarton. Phone: 03 343 5378

PIERVIEW RESTAURANT Located upstairs in the New Brighton Club, the Pierview Restaurant offers a stunning panoramic view of the Pegasus coastline and New Brighton Pier. Irresistible a la carte menu, excellent specials and now open for Brunch on Sundays from 10.30am. Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 5.30pm and Sunday Brunch from 10.30am. 202 Marine Parade, New Brighton Phone 03 388 8210

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Sala Sala aSian FuSion ReStauRant After a years hiatus Sala Sala has reopened under new management, much to the joy of the locals, with its fresh take on Asian fusion and upstairs private function rooms, all brought to you in the comfort of the Merivale suburbs. Opening Hours Tuesday - Sunday, closed Mondays Lunch: 11.30am - 2.00pm Dinner: 5.30pm - late. Fully Licensed. 142 Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch Phone: 03 355 5932

GARDEN BUFFET RESTAURANT Extensive selection of dishes ranging local favourites through to International cuisine. Also famous for delicious desserts. Definitely something to satisfy any taste. August feature: EAST meets WEST, The Taste of Asia. Available Dinner only Fri 18 - Sun 20 and Fri 25 - Sun 27 August. Open daily for lunch and dinner 110 Marshland Road, Christchurch. Ph 386 0088 LIKE US

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Uncommon pride themselves on providing an out-of-the-ordinary café experience that showcases the region’s finest produce where fine dining techniques, flavours and presentation meet next-level service in modern, contemporary surrounds. You’ll find modern twists on café classics, including their famous Breakfast Board and Hot Cakes. Discover a slice of Melbourne café cool right here in Christchurch!

What better way to spend an afternoon with friends or family than having a high tea in the tranquil setting of Terrace Downs Resort. Available everyday 11am - 3pm.

Opens: Mon - Fri 7am - 3pm, Sat & Sun 8am - 4pm 262 Tuam Street, Christchurch 03 379 3977 or Follow us on Facebook

Make your Sunday special with our popular Sunday buffet. Enjoy a delicious menu of classic and International flavours. Every Sunday 12.30pm. Remember Father’s Day, Sept 3rd. Treat Dad to an extra special day. *Bookings essential, call today: 03 318 6943 Email:


The Silver Dollar Bar & reSTauranT Visit the Silver Dollar Bar & Restaurant to experience a selection of fine wines, cold beers and great food. The extensive lunch & evening menu includes a variety of dishes, both affordable satisfying meals as well as ‘Special Dishes’… Relax in comfort in either the amazing indoor Bar & Restaurant or large sunny & sheltered courtyard. Open Monday – Sunday 11am – 11pm Now open for breakfasts, Sunday’s 9am – 12pm Bookings Essential. Ph 03 347 0386 871 Jones Rd, Rolleston The Silver Dollar - the place that supports your community.

THE PEDAL PUSHER ROLLESTON Vibrant Funky Gastro Pub with Great Food, Great atmosphere... Fantastic service... Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.. Make us your local... your home away from home!! Open 7 days - 9am till Late Bookings recommended Ph 03 260 0866 55 Faringdon Boulevard, Rolleston 284-286 Lincoln Road, Addington

Quartz Wine Bar & restaurant


The friendly Quartz team offers great service in a comfortable, modern setting. An extensive food & beverage menu has something for everyone. Delicious, hearty versions of favourites - burgers, steaks, fish, chicken & salads. The earlybird special entices families to dine before 6pm with $5 kids meals, leaving an ambient setting later for couples or friends catching up. Bookings appreciated.

A taste of Italy right here in Selwyn... Prebbleton’s best kept secret is a secret no longer. The Milanese fully licenced Italian restaurant and pizzeria is an exceptional place to dine when you want a taste of Italy. Fresh Pasta, Carbonara, Spaghetti, to authentic Italian Pizzas. Dine In or Takeaway. Licensed/BYO wine only. Private Functions available.

82 Rolleston Drive. Ph 03 347 4192 Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 4.30pm-Late. Fri-Sun 12pm-Late. Follow us on Facebook

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Tai Tapu HoTel ‘unique CounTry pub’

A treasure trove of local, organic and gourmet goodies for the health-conscious foodie. The wood-panelled deli counter delivers old world charm and an extensive array of NZ and European cheeses. Fine foods and artisan goods adorn the rustic pallet shelving along with tempting treats for gluten, dairy and sugar-free devotees. Try the awesome takeaway Atomic coffee or turmeric latte. Gift hampers & vouchers available. Gourmet Platters to order. 5 Robert Street, Lincoln | 03 325 7717 Mon-Sat 7am – 6pm Sun 10am – 4pm

Fine food, friendly folk, fabulous scenery and relaxed atmosphere. Sheltered courtyard and outdoor areas, perfect for dining or platters and wines. A La Carte Restaurant Open 7 Days 12pm to Last seating around 8pm 780 Old Tai Tapu Road P: 03 329 6819

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he platoon of maneki-neko, suspended rank and file upon the wall, gazed down, their hypnotic beckoning paw bidding guests to enter Sister Kong. The door situated at the end of the lane, running off elegant Victoria Street, opened into a welcoming establishment of exotic hospitality. Brocade-clad dancers moved gently, each fan flutter as gentle as a dove’s wing, capturing the eye, whilst trays of food seduced the palate. Small whirlpools of conversation eddied about the room, connecting to form a joyous hubbub into which all were drawn, until that old party-pooper named closing time, rang down the curtain on the evening.

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rightly gleaming like the eyes of angels, the treasures at Partridge Jewellers boldly proclaimed a striking presence as, stepping in with thanks for liberation from the elements, attendees made ready to enjoy the eponymous VIP Bridal Showcase. Fine examples of the jewellery art were displayed in concert with gowns, fit to envelope any adored lady upon her nuptial day. The sizzle of bubbling wine chuckling in stemmed flutes, made an attractive compliment to the unfolding evening. Beautiful things made with skill, presented with elegance, to be finally given with love to bless a union.

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hree decades of hospitality in Christchurch were celebrated recently as The George Hotel reached a grand milestone. The 30th anniversary could not pass without bringing together a company of those who had, over the years, enjoyed a close association with the elegant establishment. It came to pass then, that they gathered to dine, wine and reminisce in the fellowship of friends, both old and new. By evening’s end, all the elements had combined to make this little piece of history, an occasion to remember.

Bruce Garrett, Lianne Dalziel, Robbie Davidson

Chris Emerson, Pauline Lamb

Nikki Rigby, Mary Washington

HEAD OVER HEELS OPENING Ashleigh and Frankie Ogilvie-Lee


hoes, marvellous shoes danced across the view of guests at the grand opening of Head Over Heels, weaving a magical path leading to a trove of temptations to tantalise the feet. Outside, the misery of winter inflicted brutal mockery upon High Street, savage winds slicing like invisible razorblades into forlorn pedestrians, in contrast to the merriment within. Joyous noise rose to a deafening pitch as pair after pair were tried on. I dare say that they will pop up at some elegant affaires in the spring and summer, the seasons of cup days and garden parties.

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ike a beacon shining across the inner-city desolation, the Crowne Plaza Christchurch shot a beam of hospitality, guiding invited guests to the grand opening party. Stations of culinary excellence surrounded the room and waiters with Champagne-laden trays blithely glided throughout the crowd. An interlude from the social joy was taken, enabling the formalities to be performed, plaudits, anecdotes and thanks falling from the lips of the speakers. The city’s latest hotel sits upon a portal to the past, sharing as it does, a common foundation with Christchurch’s first hostelry, the Golden Fleece.

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When staying at a luxury lodge, make use of the facilities – but do behave. Words Victoria Tait

1. TREATMENT ROOMS Paper knickers are a spa treatment essential. If you haven’t used them before, take a moment to look at the configuration first... Be assured, there’s a front and a back. Remember these are for treatments only – some items should never be shown in public and this is one of them. 2. GETTING FRISKY If you are visiting as a couple, we think it’s lovely that you’d like to enjoy a relaxing massage together, however, remember, your room is just down the hall... so pick up your paper knickers and off you go. 3. BOOZE It’s never a good idea to overindulge before a massage or facial. It might seem like a good idea at the time but the reality is you’ll sleep through it, wake up with one hell of a hangover and pay a large fee for something you totally missed. 4. DRESS CODE Do your research before you derobe. In a German or Austrian spa it’s bad manners to wears clothes, yet in a New Zealand spa we’re far too conservative to go for the birthday suit. 5. IN THE POOL AREA This is a fact: striking up a conversation with someone in the hot tub, steam room or sauna looks like you’re trying to pick them up. Don’t be naïve, just be quiet.

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TRANSPORT YOURSELF Take away the winter blues with this ultra-pampering treatment at one of Christchurch’s most renowned day spas, Jouvence. Indulge in 60 minutes of rejuvenation in a ritual inspired by ancient oriental techniques. It starts with an aromatic syrup to cleanse and detoxify the skin, followed by an exfoliation technique using a Moroccan terracotta pumice stone, and ends with a self-warming hydrating modelling oil eases body tensions and gently transports you into a state of pure relaxation. We have one treatment to gift to one very lucky reader.

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