Style 01-09-17

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Spring Clean Your Life with our Mind, Body & Spirit issue

Kelly Rennie

Lifting the Lid on Nutrition

Dr Libby Weaver

Fitness Advice for Busy Mums

TRAVEL Relaxation in Rotorua

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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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12 SAVE THE DATE 17 INTERVIEW Fitness Guru Kelly Rennie 21 REPORT Dr Libby Tells Us What We Should And Shouldn’t Eat 26 HOUSE FEATURE A Redcliffs Rebuild 35 ART NEWS 38 LUXE LIVING 40 LANDSCAPING How To Perfect Your Edging


42 FASHION NEWS Denim Dreaming


46 JUNIOR Keeping Little Ones Happy And Healthy

Kelly Rennie shares her secrets for keeping the time-poor looking and feeling fantastic.

48 WELLBEING How To Achieve Balance 51 BEAUTY An Indulgent Day In Hanmer Springs 56 TRAVEL Discovering Rotorua

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ith the arrival of spring, in this issue we have a strong focus on health and wellbeing. Get yourself a glass of kombucha, relax in the lotus pose and read all about the possibilities of the new you. This month, we meet the stunning Kelly Rennie, a mother/businesswoman who has taken her background as a Sports Illustrated model to launch a successful online business helping women get their bodies back while still juggling all that life as a mum has to offer. In our report, the famous Dr Libby breaks down the myths of what we are supposed to eat – you might be surprised to find out that carbs are OK, and that less than 10% of the adult population in New Zealand eat the recommended five serving of vegetables per day. For a breath of fresh air, we take you up to Redcliffs to view Janice and Tony Park’s stunning new build. This contemporary home with its architecturally designed geometric shapes perfectly frames the striking landscape. If you’re getting on a new fitness buzz and planning to join a gym this summer, make sure you read our etiquette column, where we give you advice on what not to do. As always, we keep you up to date with fashion and beauty news, and the addition of our bi-annual fashion supplement guarantees pages of scrumptious colours, and on-trend statements. Enjoy this issue of Style.

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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INSIDE WORD SPEND. Skincare favourite Aesop is launching its first toothpaste. The fluoride-free formula harnesses the soothing properties of sea buckthorn along with the plaque-fighting properties of wasabi extract to leave teeth and gums clean and refreshed. Flox, Ema Frost and Cathy Pope Jewellery are weaving their talents together to create a limited-time pop-up shop at The Exchange, 376 Wilsons Rd, Waltham. Check out the stunning combination of artwork, homewares and jewellery on September 15th and 16th. Ballantynes Fashion Week launches on September 19, with their exciting opening show featuring the latest spring/summer trends for women, men and children. Highlights include Huffer’s 20th birthday party, an evening with leading ethically and environmentally focused designers Twenty Seven Names and Harman Grubisa, and a lunch with designers and mums Juliette Hogan and Kathryn Wilson.

FIND. AfterMath is a new transitional gallery in Christchurch which specialises in showcasing and celebrating digital arts. Explore it for yourself at the UniMed building, 165 Gloucester St. European fashion giant H&M are set to open its Christchurch store on September 9th, joining a raft of other fashion retailers in The Crossing. Spanning two floors, the store will showcase lines for men, women, kids, and babies, while also being the first New Zealand store to offer a home range. Also joining the line-up of retailers at The Crossing is Country Road. After a six-and-half-year absence from the city centre, it returns with its largest South Island store, and joined by much-loved sister brands Trenery and Witchery. H&M Summer 2017

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INSIDE WORD INDULGE. Esteemed Lyttelton restaurant Roots has been named Christchurch’s top eatery in the 2017 Restaurant of the Year awards. Known for constantly-evolving degustation menus and an emphasis on high quality, local ingredients, it’s a worthy winner of the top honour. Newly-opened vegan café Portershed is serving up a range of plant-based options on Lincoln Rd. Their coconut milk hot chocolate is the perfect guilt-free indulgence. Old central-city favourite Fat Eddie’s is back to Christchurch. The jazz bar will open at its new home in the Terrace development (corner Hereford Street and Oxford Terrace) on September 8.

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WOMEN OF STYLE – BALLANTYNES Experienced in all things fashionable, these women are key parts of the puzzle that ensure the Ballantynes Fashion Week highlights the hottest spring and summer looks and trends.

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Describe the Ballantynes shopper in five words: Loyal; discerning; adventurous; fashion conscious and valued. What have been the biggest changes that Ballantynes has faced within the fashion house? We have just completed a refurbishment of our Ladies Fashion floor, introduced international beauty brand Tom Ford. Next on our ‘to-do list’ is a major rebuild. If you could wear only one designer for the rest of your life, who would it be? We are truly spoilt for choice. I couldn’t possibly name just one – but would have to say our local New Zealand talent are my go-tos. What does BFW mean to the business? Every member of our team contributes in some way to ensure this week is amazing for our customers.

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One piece you’re buying this spring? A blazer is at the top of the list – it is perfect for our four-seasons-in-one-day climate. I love how easy it is to dress up or down.

What’s the most fun part of your job? It’s amazing when you discover up-andcoming talent and it takes off and sells really well.

What’s the shoe and bag to buy now? Slides or a mule if you prefer a heel – functional for the impending warmer weather whilst not comprising style. As for bags, I love a large tote bag for work (needs to fit an iPad, magazine and shoes) and for off-duty.

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Who are your style/fashion icons? If I really had to name names, Olivia Palermo and Ashley Olsen can mix-and-match and layer like no others. I love pairing great classics with fun, contemporary pieces.

Favourite look you’ve styled to date? I love when we have our mini in-store events. We use staff as our models and take looks from our fashion publications and bring an everyday approach to cater for all ages and styles and shapes.

Trademark accessory? Deadly Ponies Rainbow Dance Scarf from the Len Lye collection. Versatile, bright and it is a piece of art! What does BFW give your buyers? The opportunity to showcase the latest collections in an entertaining and inspiring way.

What’s your must-have piece for the season? I love pieces you can style in different ways. Coming into spring I’m on the lookout for dresses I can pair with sneakers and layer over a tee or wear with a bomber. I also can’t say no to an interesting earring. What can BFW attendees most look forward to? We’re particularly excited to have some of our amazing NZ designers involved. Our customers will have the opportunity to meet them and see their latest collections.




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When and how did you get into the fitness industry? I’m a born-and-bred Christchurch girl but I left for the UK when I was 22. I’d always been active when I was younger and I even played rugby for New Zealand. However, with that came a heavy drinking culture and my health wasn’t great. I had times of being both underweight and overweight and generally I wasn’t happy with my body. I also suffered from anxiety and depression for four years in my 20s. By the time I was 25, I had become fed up with the way I was feeling. I took hold of my health and decided to give natural body-building a go. I ended up placing in a few competitions and, within a year, I made a career change into the fitness industry. I wanted to help others achieve what I had, so I became a gym owner in the UK. We understand you were a Sports Illustrated model? Can you tell us a bit about that and why you moved away from it? I was one of the UK’s top fitness models for a few years and worked alongside [online fitness store] At the time, I was sponsored by Optimum Nutrition and was the cover model for various magazines. Once I became a mum, it was time to move on from that lifestyle. As a fitness model, you look great for six weeks, but it’s not sustainable in the long term. The training and eating regime required was just not realistic for me as a mum. I found myself back in New Zealand with two young children and wondering how the heck I was going to keep up a fit, healthy lifestyle. A

new approach was clearly needed, and that’s how Busy Mum Fitness was formed in 2014. I wanted to help mums incorporate exercise and healthy eating into everyday life in a way that is realistic and sustainable. Tell us about the ‘8 Week Busy Mum Programme’. It’s an online programme ( that has been designed to help mums with kids of any age with their fitness. Even though I live in Australia, about 98% of the mums on my programme are in New Zealand. My team and I help busy mums to create a fit, healthy lifestyle that they can maintain in the long term. We focus on effective, home-based and time-efficient workouts, as well as nutrition and lifestyle habits. Going deeper, we help mums manage their stress levels and teach them how to make self-care and self-love a priority. Our mums get coaching every single day via a private Facebook group and we provide them with the accountability and support they need for success. Ultimately, I want to help them get away from ‘quick fixes’ and create a healthy and happy lifestyle that they can maintain. Can you tell us about your connection with the Duchess of Cambridge? I co-authored a book called The Fit Mummy Manual. We sent Kate a copy of the book and our DVD after she gave birth to George. I can only assume that she used it, because we seemed to be one of the very few who received a personalised thank-you letter back from Kate herself!

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Three top tips to help mums with their fitness? 1. Nutrition – You need to consume nutrientdense food to help balance your hormones and feel better internally. 2. Stress – You’ve got to find ways to manage your stress so you can feel good and stop emotional eating. Stress can end up dictating your life. It creates an emotional pattern of eating without thinking. It also inhibits fat loss via the action of the hormone cortisol. 3. Effective exercise – Figure out what’s doable and sustainable within your family life. Short, HIIT (high intensity interval training) sessions are time-effective and can help you burn fat faster.

Can you share any final secrets about how you stay so fit and healthy? I am very consistent but I allow myself flexibility. I make sure I do some form of exercise every day, because it makes me feel better. I go walking for my ‘head space’ and do a 12 or 24 minute HIIT workout for fat loss. I operate on a 90-10 diet. The 10% is the flexible aspect where I allow myself a treat that I love, such as dark chocolate or a burger! For me, self-care is so important. I love looking after my skin and also going for a facial or massage because those things help me feel confident and happy.


What are some of the most common mistakes you see mums making with their health and fitness goals? 1. Skipping meals because they’re too busy. Then they end up eating more processed food and making poor snacking choices later in the day. 2. Too much coffee and wine, and not enough water. For a stressed-out mum, coffee will add more strain to the already wornout adrenal glands. Coffee and wine also dehydrate the body. 3. Not taking time out for self-care. 4. Trying to fit long exercise sessions into their lifestyle unsuccessfully.

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Dr Libby Weaver (PhD) is a nutritional biochemist, best-selling author and speaker, and will be bringing her new Food Frustrations event to Christchurch on October 12th and 18th, and Timaru on October 13th.


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How do we know that the foods touted today as the best possible choices won’t be exposed in five to 10 years as detrimental to our health?


hat are we supposed to eat? It is a question that has been floating around since we began to understand, with greater clarity, the impact that the food we eat has on our health. For the last 50 years or so, scientists and researchers have been trying to find the definitive answer to what is the best way for all of us to eat. We can be forgiven for thinking, then, that surely it would have been found by now! It seems, however, that differences in research are only growing; meaning the result for many people is hopeless confusion about what they should be eating. On the back of the ‘low fat/high carb’ era of the ’80s and ’90s, we have been presented with an abundance of often conflicting research around food and diet. There seem to be innumerable ways of eating, each with what appears to be credible research supporting it as the ‘best’ way for all of us. Countless people have adopted paleo, ketogenic, vegetarian, vegan or low-carb diets, and there are as

many people telling us we should adopt them too, based on their own positive experiences, as there are studies validating each of them. Others still are stuck in cycles of unhealthy eating, knowing that the food they reach for doesn’t offer anything in the way of nutrition, but unable to break away from the habit. For many, though, the changes and fluctuations in nutritional evidence over the last 50 years have caused them to lose faith in the very foundation of nutritional advice. How do we know that the foods touted today as the best possible choices won’t be exposed in five to 10 years as detrimental to our health? To add another layer to the confusion, even though we might feel uncertain about whose guidance to trust, we also no longer trust ourselves. Without that inner trust to guide us, we lose our capacity to know for ourselves what works and what doesn’t. The idea of a diet or set of guidelines then feels ‘safe’, because we have rules to follow that take the guesswork out of our choices.

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So many people tell me that they feel like their bodies and their tastebuds betray them. They tell me they know what they should be eating but they just aren’t doing it, either because they feel they can’t resist certain foods or because they don’t have time to prepare properly nutritious meals. There are countless others who regularly experience issues with their digestion – and overall health – yet put up with it because they think it’s just ‘normal’. These things are common, but they are never normal. They are our body telling us that we need to change something. That something is often foods that we are eating that don’t agree with our constitution. So, in this sea of often conflicting information, how do we know what we’re supposed to eat? In my 20 years of clinical practice, I have never found that one way of eating works for all humans – and there is a simple reason for this. We’re all incredibly different. While the human body is most commonly structured the same

way, there is an element of bio-individuality that plays an influential part. For example, all of us get nourishment from swallowing food and having it broken down by the acids and enzymes present in our stomach and small intestine. That overarching process is much the same in all of us. However, our individual gut microbiome (the ecosystem of gut bacteria we all have in our intestine) will influence how well we absorb nutrients and whether we react to particular foods or break them down easily. Some people do well with more or less carbs than others, and this is in part due to the bacterial species living in our gut. Our stress levels, amongst other things, will also impact on the quality of our digestion and the integrity of our gut microbiome. The variables are countless, meaning that what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. The way you are supposed to eat is also influenced by numerous other factors, one of which being your heritage. If you have grown

I have never found that one way of eating works for all humans – and there is a simple reason for this. We’re all incredibly different.


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Some studies in New Zealand suggest that less than 10 per cent of the adult population eats the recommended five serves of vegetables per day. If that’s you – start there!

up in one of the Pacific Islands, for example, traditionally your meals were predominantly based on vegetables – both waterbased and starchy, as well as fruit and fish. Considering the long history within this culture of eating this way, people with this heritage would see best results in digestive capacity to continue eating this way for their health – no matter where on the planet they now live. How do we keep ourselves outside of fluctuating nutrition trends and how do we know what information to trust? There will always be new trends that surface and there will always be new research, it’s unlikely that is ever going to change. One nutritional foundation that the majority of health professionals and researchers agree on is to eat plenty of vegetables, and base meals and snacks on whole, real foods. So, one way to cut through all the confusing nutritional information is to come back to basics; simply amp up your vegetable consumption and decrease your intake of processed foods. Some studies in New Zealand suggest that less than 10 per cent of the adult population eats the recommended five serves of vegetables per day. If that’s you – start there! While there are many other things to consider, this one small change will have an enormous impact on your health and energy. If you are regularly plagued with digestive complaints such as bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and IBS-type symptoms, you may need to get to the heart of what it is you’re eating that isn’t agreeing with you. You could also need to explore your perception of food, as there are countless blocks you may have that stop you from eating in a nourishing way. Remember that the way you feed yourself is the most basic, fundamental way you demonstrate care for yourself and that you are worth taking care of.

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NEW HORIZONS A Redcliffs property has been rebuilt to embrace modern living and drink in the views. Words Naomi Spinsby-Wild

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Each area is distinct in functionality, but cohesive in design.


he sleek profile of Janice and Tony Park’s coastal Redcliffs property fits effortlessly into its hillside setting, its configuration of monochromatic geometric forms lending it a definite sense of contemporary sophistication. Like many Christchurch homes, it has been rebuilt as a result of the earthquakes, with tweaks being made to the original layout to better complement modern living. Covering a floor space of 335 square metres, the house is comprised of three levels to best utilise its positioning on the hillside. Each area is distinct in functionality, but cohesive in design. On the ground floor sits the double garage and a self-contained one-bedroom unit, which, while connected to the main house, can function as a completely independent dwelling. This versatile feature was present in the original home, and was something the Parks were keen to see replicated in the rebuild.

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Upon entering the home, a central staircase leads to the first – or middle – floor, which houses the four bedrooms, and accompanying en suite. In the original 1970s-built iteration of the home, the bedrooms occupied the upper floor, and the configuration of the private spaces meant that the impressive view couldn’t be showcased to its full potential. As the rebuild became a reality, the Parks approached architect Pete Wynyard and builders Takahe Construction with the hope of inverting the layout. The result is a stunning, uninterrupted coastal view which commands attention on the upper floor. The wide-angle view it provides is naturally a favourite feature for the owners, with Janice commenting that it encompasses “the mountains, right round to the back of Scarborough”. The upper deck is cleverly canopied, this unobtrusive element of the design not only allowing for added recessed lighting, but also ensuring the space is usable all year round. As well as being an eye-catching

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design feature, the canopy also serves a dual purpose in terms of functionality. It provides shade from the sun in the scorching Canterbury summers, meaning that leisure hours can be passed watching the world go by – something homeowner Janice describes as “all too easy”. Not only this, it also acts as a year-round windbreak, protecting the deck from the prevailing coastal winds. Inkeepingly, an angular protrusion protects and shades the eastern elevation of the house, while simultaneously contributing to the geometric design of the exterior. Sliding doors connect the deck to the expansive open-plan upper floor, maximising the already-generous space for entertaining, and allowing air to flow throughout the space on bright summer days. Naturally, the upper floor is orientated to make the most of both the view and the abundant natural light. The central kitchen island faces seaward, meaning you can cook and socialise with the Pacific Ocean in your eyeline, an opportunity few other kitchens can boast.

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Home sweet home Country Road’s latest homeware collection features a range of divine bed linens and blankets, all made from high-quality linen, cotton, wool and flannel. Centring around a refined, neutral colour palette, the linens provide dashes of colour in the form of subtle prints and trims. As many designs are fully reversible, they make a versatile addition to the modern home, and will elevate your linens to something out of the ordinary.


BEDROOM With luxurious bedding and designer dĂŠcor, you will be counting down the hours until you can return to your slumber haven.

Luxury linen Made from 100% French flax linen, Cultiver linen is woven and stonewashed for luxurious softness, comfort and durability. There is a beautiful selection of colours to choose from, ranging from pure white or monochrome to soft blush or elegant navy. See the collection in person at 920 Colombo Street (corner of Bealey Ave).

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All aboard It’s love at first sight with The Mayfair Steamer Chest from Trenzseater. It makes a stunning addition to any bedroom. The chest has three large drawers, two small drawers and a large compartment in the top. Available in Riders Black or Vintage Cigar.

Sweet spring dreams Add a splash of colour to your bedroom with the new Aquasuvious Duvet Set from Wallace Cotton. A stunning watercolour design printed on 100% organic cotton. Pop into Wallace Cotton’s Merivale store to view their new spring collection of beautiful bed linen including sumptuous velvets, chunky knit throws, fringe quilts and more.

Of mice and men The newest additions to the Seletti lighting range are the Mouse Lamps, created as the result of a second collaboration with designer Marcantonio. Their first pairing saw the creation of the famous Monkey Lamps, which, born out of the designer’s fascination with the natural world, saw him meld elements of the animal kingdom into interior lighting pieces. The Mouse Lamps are a further example of this creative fusion, and will be available from October 1.


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As a vision for the central city comes together, Richard Dalman gives his take on the proposed design.


inally, we have a proposed new draft plan for Cathedral Square promoted by Regenerate Christchurch. Wahoo! But is that an excited or sarcastic wahoo? Probably a bit of both. Let’s look at a brief history of the Square, then examine the content of the draft plan. Nineteenth-century Cathedral Square was the centrepiece of the original design for Christchurch. It was designed as the hub of our city’s grid street design. By mid-20th century, Cathedral Square was an important transport and social hub for the city. Buses parked around the perimeter, trams and cars passed through, and cinemas activated the edges. I remember meeting friends in the 1970s on the Cathedral steps to decide which movie we would go to see. Late 20th century the trams, most buses and cars had disappeared, and Cathedral Square struggled for life. There was little activation around the perimeter, particularly noticeable on the south side as the ANZ and BNZ banks presented glazed walls to the Square with little or no access. Today, Cathedral Square currently is in a state of transition, presenting a mixture of damaged buildings yet to be repaired or demolished, empty sites, buildings under construction and repair, and some buildings in use. It is a mess, and will be for some time.

For me, Cathedral Square has always been the urbane, hard-surfaced square of Christchurch. Part of its power was drawn from its contrast to the leafy Victoria Square. Over the years, I have resisted the public call for more plants and gardens in Cathedral Square, but lately as I have become “softer around the edges”, so have my views on the Square. I now like the idea of gardens with water. The proposed plan locates these in appropriate areas behind the Cathedral – which has always been a difficult space – and in front of the new Distinction Hotel, which is the best corner in the Square (sheltered from the easterly and receiving great sun). But what about the proposed division of space? Cathedral Square is large in comparison to most European squares and large for a city of our size. The designers have quite rightly wanted to break up the Square into a series of smaller spaces, but it is the way they propose to do this that I object to. Constructing three-storey buildings (as indicated in the drawings on the north-west side of the Cathedral) within the public space, temporary or not, is reducing the amount of our outdoor public space. The Courtyard can be created by trees or open-walled pavilions in a similar manner to the Living Room. If this space is closed down too much by the proposed structures,

the opportunity for an iconic public entry off Cathedral Square to the new Convention Centre will be lost. The grand ceremonial space (Post Office Place) is a must but, in my view, should be centred on the Cathedral, extending westwards the full width between the Post Office building and the former Tivoli building. The proposed space is smaller due to the new buildings indicated in the northwest corner. The Living Room space is a great idea and is positioned in a sunny location. The Library Plaza is also a great idea and will be well used in front of a public building and adjacent to the war memorial. The proposed plan doesn’t indicate adequately how cars and buses will get to the two hotels – if they travel hard up against the building they will negate the opportunity for outdoor dining immediately out from the buildings. The draft plan is meant to be a “conversation starter”. It has been successful in that goal, and is a good start, but needs more work for Cathedral Square to achieve the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan’s vision to become “an international centre and the heart of our city, with year-round activity, day and night”. What a great vision to aspire to – let’s hope it can be achieved.

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Sustainability and functional art combine in Windswept, a piece of sculptural art donated by Tréology to the Christchurch Art Gallery Foundation Gala Dinner Auction. Tréology is known for crafting contemporary furniture from New Zealand trees, and was inspired by the windswept landscape of Banks Peninsula when creating the piece. The sculpture was crafted out of rimu and mounted on a base of Timaru bluestone, and the proceeds of its sale will help Christchurch Art Gallery purchase a new work.


Christchurch Art Gallery is playing host to an exciting collection of Len Lye’s engineered art, with an exhibition running until November 26th entitled Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder. Viewed as a ‘homecoming’ of sorts, it will feature a range of work by the Christchurch-born artist, including a number of his kinetic sculptures along with a selection of his films, paintings and drawings. The first time in 15 years that any of Lye’s work has been shown in his hometown, the gallery is hoping it will give a new generation a chance to connect with his work.

World of WearableArt (WOW) has announced the finalists for its 2017 awards, which this year feature the works of six Canterbury designers, including previous winners Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry of Christchurch and Janice Elliot of Papanui. The competition is divided into six themed sections, including Avant Garde and Science Fiction, providing plenty of scope for creativity. The finalists’ entries will be showcased at the WOW Awards Show in Wellington, September 21st-October 8th.

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GUILD An artist with many strings to her bow, and a painting style that celebrates rural life. Words Anne Hudson


melia Guild was raised on High Peaks, a high country station near Windwhistle in the upper Rakaia Gorge, North Canterbury. Although she left home for school and university, then lived overseas for some time, those hills and the country life called her back. Amelia Guild is like her paintings; colourful, vibrant and filled with enthusiastic expression. Her subject matter demonstrates her love of farm animals from cattle to deer and faithful farm dogs. In a time where lifestyle magazines romanticise farming lives, and environmentalists vilify farmers as polluters of our rivers, it is refreshing to come across the work of Amelia, who portrays a joy for country living and a love of the animals in her world. The work has no hidden message and the paintings are bold and colourful, showing an appreciation of the place in which she resides. She is, of course, concerned for the environment and its preservation, but that is not the object of her paintings. Painting, for her, is a passion and an outlet for her boundless creativity. Rural and urban boundaries are blurred in these paintings. The subject matter is undoubtedly rural, but the colours seem more urban; reds, blues, and turquoise. Bold

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brush strokes laden with colour weave a tapestry where line and colour reveal either the dynamic nature of a herd of cattle, the contemplative gaze of an individual beast or the writhing body of an active dog. Amelia currently works with acrylic paints, as they are a less toxic medium now she has a toddler nearby. This has resulted in the need to work quickly, making her work looser and more expressive. These energetic works hang well in both rural and urban homes, as while they reference country life, it is in a way that all New Zealanders can identify with. Amelia has had no formal art training, and has an alter ego as actor comedienne, Amelia Dunbar. Again, the subject matter is rural; dogs on heat, bitches in their box. The humour does not take social niceties into account, since dogs are not governed by the politically correct. Amelia and her colleagues take their comedy show on the road, visiting mainly rural woolshed venues in New Zealand. While their shows mostly serve to bring some light relief to the anxieties of country life, they’ve also been performed in major cities and at international festivals, again demonstrating the versatility of her work. Amelia uses different surnames as artist and actor, but the roles spill into the other. For instance, the titles given to her paintings provide clues to her comic self, as they include Marbled Thighs Doing Aquacise, They Were All Too Familiar With That Look and


The Movers And Shakers, not titles one would usually associate with farm animals. Farming is now a business where valueadded enterprises are not only encouraged, but are a necessity. As well as farming sheep, beef and deer, Amelia’s brothers run a tourist and ski-hosting business, and her husband is an apiarist, producing high-quality honey from mānuka and beech forest pollens. They all live together on the family property, enriching their lives where their talents lie. Amelia’s talents lie with her painting, and when she is not making art or looking after her young daughter, she finds time to perform. Everyone has many strings to their bow, and in the microcosm of a high country station enterprise, we encounter the complexities of millennial life. Tradition and family life is important, but diversification and innovation is essential to survive in the modern economy. Amelia doesn’t take herself too seriously, and lets her personality shine through in all her work, whether it be painting or acting. The overall effect is wonderfully vibrant work that draws you into her world, one which celebrates rural life and the joy that animals can bring. Amelia will be a guest artist at this year’s Art in a Garden at Flaxmere, near Hawarden in late October. As a daughter of North Canterbury, I am sure her work will be well-received.

38 STYLE | luxe living

GUCCI LAUNCHES A NEW HOMEWARES COLLECTION Gucci has just announced a new homewares line. Set to arrive online in September, we are hoping the New Zealand boutique in Auckland’s Queen Street will stock these super-stylish pieces. Inspired by creative director Alessandro Michele’s recent collection, those who are close to the brand will instantly recognise his iconic animal prints, as well as the bold use of colour and pattern. Expect a range of accessories from furniture to home fragrances.


LIVING FLY LIKE A BIRD Take your footwear to the next level with British shoe designer Sophia Webster’s latest collection. Never one to play it safe, Sophia’s new range is inspired by the film Dreamgirls and Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic The Birds, making the spring/summer 2017 collection a kaleidoscope of colour, with tropical flamingos, bold shades, crystals and peacock feathers.

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE AWARDS For residential interior design work in 2016, Trenzseater’s Ben Lewis has been short-listed for the prestigious International Design & Architecture Awards by an acclaimed global judging panel. The International Design & Architecture Awards are held this September at The Dorchester in London. Now with showrooms in Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown, this monochrome brand has truly been recognised for its brilliance. We’re loving the Isabella armchair from the latest collection. Isabella Armchair

THE RISE AND RISE OF SOCIAL MEDIA Lynette McFadden I’m sure I’m not the only employer who wonders at the incredible influence of social media in the workplace. Only a few years ago, having Facebook up on your work computer would have resulted in either an awkward “what are you up to?” moment or a straight-out “get off that” bark. Well, from me at least, because many of the things I was seeing didn’t apply to the task at hand. But things have changed. Social media in many of its applications now provides a viable form of connection and marketing. It’s become an integrated business tool and a purposeful part of any real estate company’s DNA. A lot of people might say, “I saw that coming,” and they might be right, but who would have thought we would measure ‘likes’ and ‘impressions’, employ a full-time videographer, have a ‘boosting’ budget or look to identify our top posts of the month.

Not only do we actually get engagement and business opportunities from our social media, with connections being made beyond our own country’s borders, we know the demographics behind the engagement: how many people we reach, how many of these engage with the posts or videos, what ages predominate and what time of the day they are looking. Because I know that the most views are from followers online between 3pm and 4pm on Fridays, I’m thinking they either want to see what properties are new to the market for the weekend ahead or can’t wait to quit the day and just want to enjoy the passive act of constant scrolling. The reach of social media, backed up by the massive engines of Facebook and Google, hasn’t

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Harcourts Gold Business Owner Harcourts NZ Inspirational Women Ambassador displaced great hardcopy marketing, but like anything deeply innovative it adds an interesting and potentially competitive new ingredient. Conversely, it can also bore and offend with its repetitive and disruptive nature. It can also make the world so incredibly filtered (as in Instagram) that all sense of reality is lost. As with all change, there are followers and detractors, imitators and originals. I’m in the ‘let’s make it happen’ camp, because it’s not going away and, although I’d normally not admit to it, a ‘like’ is a ‘like’ is a ‘like’. Spring is a breath away and I for one can’t wait. If your’e hooked on your computer and your social media, now’s the time to give yourself a break!

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CLEAN LINES Landscape architect Craig Wilson talks us through giving the garden an instant refresh with the implementation of border edging.


n often-repeated commentary we all hear about the modern lifestyle is that most of us are leading busy lives. With a long list of priorities centring around family and work, we often leave little time for other things, like keeping the garden looking its best. This is reflected in my landscape design practice, where the vast majority of clients request a low-maintenance garden. Most people, understandably, want their garden and landscape areas to look as good as possible with the minimum amount of maintenance – especially in winter. Sometimes, small changes in the set-up and layout of your spaces can make a big difference to the amount of upkeep required. Begin by having a look at your outdoor space to see how your garden and lawn edges are formed. In many instances, you will find a spade-formed angled edge, which over time has lost clean definition and has allowed grass, weeds and border plants encroach past their rightful place – giving an untidy look that’s difficult to work with. A welldefined boundary between these two will create an easily maintained edge that looks crisp with minimal effort. There are a number of great options available to design and implement an edged border that will complement both your overall look and your budget.

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The most cost-effective and commonly seen form of edging is a timber batten. This low-cost solution would be installed to sit ‘flush’ with your lawn to enable ease of mowing. A typical timber profile would be a ground-treated 75x25mm or 75x55mm batten. A step up in quality and cost is an aluminium edging product. These are becoming increasingly popular and have the benefits of a long lifespan while being easily bent and shaped into lovely curves, which may be difficult to achieve with a timber batten. The installed profile is a very thin, crisp line, which can be well-suited to a contemporary garden space. Pavers can be used to create a border that becomes a feature of its own, often utilised to highlight a perfectly manicured lawn. The options range from segmental pre-cast concrete cobbles to costly quarried natural stone. To ensure the longevity of a newly paved edge, the pavers will need to be well-installed by an experienced landscape contractor on a well-prepared base. The key to an easily maintained edge is ensuring your lawn is level with the top of your edging product, meaning you can easily run your mower around the edge to get things back in order. Don’t fall into the trap of installing your edging higher than your lawn – even if your neighbour has…

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DENIM JACKET First selling denim at a car-boot market in 1991, Cotton On has continued to develop and reinvent this wardrobe staple. We love this new denim jacket – a must-have for the winter-to-spring transition. DAY TO NIGHT The new collection ‘Free Spirit’ from Loobie’s Story elevates denim from daytime essential to statement piece. Discover a variety of styles that can be dressed down for daytime with a pair of Chucks, or paired with a heel for some evening glamour. NEW SEASON MUST-HAVE If you add anything to your wardrobe this season, make sure it’s a denim midi. The new take on the short denim skirt will add a chic look to any outfit.


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Every woman’s denim collection should consist of the classics: simple skinny jeans, a great pair of flares, and your go-to comfy jeans. It never hurts to add a trenddriven style to your rotation each season, and with this in mind, we’ve selected some of our favourite current on-trend styles.

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The Sterling Bag – Perforated Neoprene Tote

The ultimate handy bag, it’s lightweight, machine-washable, vegan and now available in Christchurch. These bags have gained a cult following in Australia as they are the ultimate everything bag – be it gym bag, yummy-mummy bag, or everyday tote. Designed for simplicity, these bags are functional yet still edgy and stylish. We love the new range of metallic totes that have arrived just in time for spring.


We can’t get enough of Calvin Klein’s Fall 2017 campaign, shot by photographer Willy Vanderperre. In it, 22 models are shown against a series of billboards which feature images from their previous season campaign, including works by artist Andy Warhol. The billboards were erected in the California desert to lend an authentic look and feel to the shoot.


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Deadly Ponies for My Little Pony has been inspired by the iconic pop-culture brand whose characters’ boundless energy and optimism has filled living rooms around the world for generations. The collection has been in the works for two years with global entertainment giants, Hasbro.

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The sophisticated silhouettes of these super-stylish frames mark them out as definitively ELLERY, and they are available exclusively at Specsavers. The new collection is inspired by the personal style of artistic figures like Peggy Guggenheim, Truman Capote and Buddy Holly.




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Style speaks with Westfield Chief Stylist Stephanie Rumble about trends, her no-fail styling tricks and her involvement in the upcoming Westfield Fashion Weekend. Describe your style in three words. Eclectic, colourful and dramatic. What’s your wardrobe must-have piece for the season? Wide-legged culottes: mid-calf length and long – I have some awesome ones from Portmans. How did you get your start in styling? I did a Master’s degree in Clothing and Textiles, and then won the best-dressed woman at the Addington Races in 2006, which gave me the confidence to launch into styling. A year later, I went to Australia and completed an intensive training course in image consultancy. I started small and part-time and built my business from there. What’s your approach when you first start styling someone? Do you ask questions, go through their closet? I always ask every client if they really know what suits their body shape and colouring, what their lifestyle is, and what has motivated them to call me. I like to get to know people a little first so I can help guide them in the best possible way to a great styling experience. Once we have sorted the colours and body shape we then look at their wardrobe, getting rid of what doesn’t work, making a list of the pieces needed, and then heading out shopping. Styling is a process that takes time and needs trust, understanding and a good instinct for where the client is at.

Can you tell us about your involvement at Westfield Fashion Weekend? I’m helping to put together five fashion shows targeted towards trends, colour combinations, maternity and children, plus size fashion, and activewear. These will be showing on both the Saturday and Sunday, and the styling services will also be offered throughout the weekend. What can a Westfield customer expect when booking a consultation at the Westfield Fashion Weekend? A customer will get a 15-minute oneon-one consultation in our style lounge, during which they get shown a selection of clothing that is tailored to their needs. We then arm them with all the information they need so they can head around the shops to play with and try on new looks. Who are some of your go-to designers for styling now? Chain store – Portmans, Dotti, Witchery, and Glassons. High end – World, Kate Sylvester and Andrea Moore. What is one no-fail styling trick you have? Wear the right underwear – a moulded cup bra with seamless knickers, AND a pair of heels makes you look taller and slimmer, no matter what you are wearing.


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Getting vegetables into fussy eaters is an age-old problem. At Style we have one tried-and-tested solution – smoothies. If you’re unsure of what to put in to delight the tastebuds of your tiny ones, we suggest looking at the following ingredients: pineapple, green apple, ginger, coconut milk, lime, baby spinach and cucumber. Tip – Get your children involved in naming your home creations, as this will make drinking them fun. Some we like are Jungle Juice, Monkey Water, and Dinosaur Juice (made famous by Peppa Pig).

RUBBISH-FREE LUNCHBOXES We love to hear that more and more schools are adopting the rubbish-free lunchbox, as the amount of waste this reduces for our environment is huge. However, we are also aware of the challenge this presents to parents, as so many supermarket lunchbox items are wrapped. Rather than spending your precious time unwrapping prepacked lunch items, we’d suggest the following options. 1. Get a bento-style lunchbox, like Yumbox, which even has pictures to ensure you’re giving your children all the nutrition they need. 2. Don’t buy pre-packaged cheese; rather, get creative with cookie cutter shapes. Who doesn’t love teddy-bear-shaped cheese? 3. Make your own vege chips – much healthier and you won’t have the issue of little chip bags. Simply peel veges and slice thinly with a mandolin, coat in oil, spread on a non-stick baking sheet and bake. 4. Buy your yoghurt in a large container and portion this out into reusable containers. Better still, use Greek yoghurt and add berries or stewed fruit to sweeten it, cutting down on sugar as well.

MUMS AND BUBS Studies have suggested that practising yoga while pregnant can improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth. In fact, exercise during pregnancy has enormous benefits to both mother and baby. So get up and get moving and take a note of what supermodel Gisele Bündchen told a Brazilian newspaper, “I did kung fu up until two weeks before Benjamin was born, and yoga three days a week.” She said she was also “mindful” of what she ate.


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So much of healthy living lies in achieving the right balance. Elly McGuinness talks us through some small changes that can make all the difference.

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The 80-20 principle means that you won’t feel like you’re depriving yourself of things by saying, “I can never eat that.”


he 80-20 principle is talked about in health and fitness circles in a couple of contexts, the first being that 80% of your efforts should be focused on nutrition, with the other 20% concentrated upon exercise. This is not necessarily a principle I personally follow, because I believe that additional factors such as stress levels, sleep, psychological balance, and relationships need to be considered when optimal health is your goal. The second way that we talk about the 80-20 principle in health and fitness is the one that resonates with me. There is a lot of evidence of unhealthy food behaviours in modern society, ranging on a spectrum from poor or restrictive food choices, to food obsessions. Both extremes are unhealthy, as fixating on food is not conducive to sustainable, long-term results. These habits are generally not enjoyable and can make for a constrictive lifestyle that is difficult to maintain. The 80-20 principle that I like to follow for long-term results is as follows: put in top-notch effort 80% of the time in order to obtain the health and fitness results you desire, and for the remaining 20%, don’t sweat it. It may seem at first as though allowing yourself to relax 20% of the time won’t enable you to achieve the results you’re after, although, in fact, the opposite is true. Once you begin following the principle, you’ll find that 80% is a surprisingly large, yet manageable, proportion of your time. For every 10 meals that you have, aim for eight of them to be as nourishing as possible. This means consuming meals made from whole (real!) foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds,

legumes, whole grains, lean meats, and eggs. For the remaining 20%, you can allow yourself to relax a bit, which will both allow you to treat yourself, and prevent you from becoming too self-critical when it comes to your eating habits. When you are a healthy person who eats a very balanced diet most of the time, the 20% won’t be a full slip-up. When you sufficiently change your lifestyle so that you eat healthily the majority of the time, you are not going to be drawn to gorging yourself on an unhealthy fast-food meal or eating a full block of chocolate. If you are getting cravings to this degree, just keep working on making nutritious choices and eventually these unhealthy binges will become a thing of the past. For healthy eaters, the 20% might include eating an appropriate-sized portion of dark chocolate, rather than a whole block of Dairy Milk. It could involve not worrying about what you will be served when you go to a friend’s house for a meal, or choosing to have a glass of wine with dinner. And when you go to lunch, you’ll make an effort to select a healthy option, but won’t stress if it’s not quite as wholesome as what you’d make at home. The 80-20 principle means that you won’t feel like you’re depriving yourself of things by saying, “I can never eat that.” In small, infrequent amounts, most foods are not going to disrupt your goals. Instead, it is the person who tells themselves they can’t have something that later feels deprived and binges in a way that will hinder their progress. Remember that your results come from what you do most often, not what you do occasionally.

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If you’ve been searching for the ultimate occasion for you and your girlfriends to get together, here it is.


he Women’s Lifestyle Expo is back in Christchurch once more with more sites to shop from than ever before – do not leave your Eftpos card at home! Featuring everything from fashion and accessories to giftware, fantastic food and wine, crafts, unique businesses and so much more – all that interests the modern woman will be on show. With over 200 companies under one roof it will be one of the largest events held in the region. Renee Murray from Expo organisers, NZME Events, says, “We will be bringing a fabulous experience to the women of Canterbury for one weekend with so many wonderful companies in one place. Aside from having the best of local companies exhibiting we have a large number of national companies who will travel to Christchurch from all around New Zealand especially to show local women their products. This is a great chance for women

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to stop, relax and spoil themselves for one weekend.” Make sure you check out the new Expo pamper areas: the new Southern Reflexology Relaxation Lounge, Style Mystic Hair Lounge and the Sparklewhite Beauty Lounge. Your Expo experience won’t be complete until you visit the Moisture Mist Makeup Lounge where not only will you find Shiseido brands at great prices but the onsite team will be offering makeovers to Expo visitors. Find out the best colours and products to suit your own individual needs and leave the Expo feeling like a new woman! Take time for yourself, have a motherdaughter day out, or grab the girlfriends and head to the Women’s Lifestyle Expo, September 30th-1st October at the Horncastle Arena, Christchurch. With door sales only $10 there is every reason to visit and none to stay at home! For more details please see


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INDULGENCE The lure of alpine air and the promise of relaxation proved irresistible to Naomi Spinsby-Wild.


ust arriving in Hanmer Springs makes me instantly feel at ease; whether it is due to the fresh mountain air, the complete lack of traffic, or the many reminders of family holidays past. The Spa at Hanmer Springs takes this experience to another level however, offering a wide range of indulgent pampering treatments for both men and women. On my mid-week break from the city, I was immediately welcomed into their relaxation area, and soon found myself clad in a robe and slippers, ready for a day of pampering. Having never experienced a hot stone massage, but been filled in on its many benefits, I decided to use the opportunity to try it out for myself. The stones used, I discovered, are smooth volcanic ones – basalt to be exact, sourced from within New Zealand. The stones are first soaked in hot water to absorb the heat, which they then release slowly and evenly into the skin throughout the course of the treatment. While this creates a sense of calm in the body by gradually permeating the layers of muscle and tissue to release tensions and ease aches, it also has

tangible health benefits, too. The gentle heat helps boost circulation by expanding the blood vessels, increasing blood flow throughout the body. In a variety of sizes, each stone is selected for use on a specific part of the body. The largest stones work the core muscles around the spinal column itself, while mid-sized ones are perfect for working the upper back and shoulder areas where people commonly carry a lot of tension, often without realising it. Finally, the smallest, pebble-like pieces are used to gently knead and relax the delicate muscles of the feet. The hot stone treatment The Spa offers is 90 minutes in duration, making it a truly indulgent and thoroughly relaxing affair. In quite the zen state after my stone treatment, and not quite ready to return to the real world, I finished up my spa experience with a 50-minute facial, formulated specially with sensitive skin in mind. For those of us with skin sensitivities, it’s important to know that products used won’t cause any undue irritation. Using products selected exclusively from Sothys Paris, the treatment includes a deeply nourishing hydra-

soothing face masque, formulated with Belgian Thermal Spa water to restore mineral balance to sensitive skin. Working in tandem with this to hydrate and calm the skin are the comfort cleanser and lotion, which focus on removing daily impurities from the skin while keeping natural lipid levels in balance. The main event of this particular treatment, however, is a facial massage using cool porcelain spoons. As unconventional as it may sound, the treatment in fact utilises temperature in a similar but contrasting way to the hot stones. While the stones boost and invigorate blood flow, the refreshing coolness of the porcelain helps counteract inflammation, meaning that it is deliciously soothing on areas of the face prone to puffiness, such as the delicate under-eye area. The petite nature of the tools used also means they’re perfect for ensuring the nose, mouth and brow areas feel the benefits of the treatment. To finish up, a super-nourishing SPF30 sunscreen was applied to the face, meaning my skin was ready to brave the real world, even if I myself was not quite ready to leave the cocoon of calm.

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Caci Clinic has been operating in New Zealand for over 20 years, what has been your core philosophy over that time? To give women the confidence to look and feel their best. The focus has always been working with our clients to ensure they achieve great results.

Body shaping: ChillSculpt™ is perfect for those who have stubborn fat that cannot be easily reduced by diet or exercise (available at selected clinics).

What can clients expect? Our clinics are warm and welcoming; we are here to help you through your journey. We’re a mix between traditional beauty therapy and cosmetic clinic; we have a range of treatments that achieve real results but in an inviting and accessible environment. What advice do you offer first-time clients? We offer complimentary consultations, so always invite new clients in to have a chat about their concerns. We discuss some options to ensure they get the results best suited to them and their budget. What types of treatments are on offer? We tailor solutions for clients to ensure the very best results are achieved, including: Skin rejuvenation: treating sun damage, pigmentation, scarring and uneven skin tone and texture. Appearance medicine: managing lines, wrinkles and volume loss with anti-wrinkle injections and filler. Laser hair removal: using variable pulsed light (VPL) to offer a long-term solution to unwanted hair.

Many women have concerns about lines and wrinkles, what treatment would you recommend to them? After a consultation we work with the client to plan out the best course of treatments. If their primary concern is lines and wrinkles then appearance-medicine treatments might be right for them. A course of skin rejuvenating treatments such as Dermal Rolling/Collagen Induction might also benefit as that will help encourage the production of collagen for healthier, smoother-looking skin. What is the Confidence Project? Our business is driven by women; we employ over 200 women in New Zealand and over 90% of our clients are women. We believe investing in women’s confidence has the power to drive economic growth and strengthen families and societies. The Confidence Project helps us identify community projects that will help empower women and give them the confidence to contribute. We have also partnered with Dress for Success, which enables women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to thrive in work and in life. Since 1999, the Confidence Project has assisted nearly 40,000 women in New Zealand.


With a two-decade-long history of caring for the skin of New Zealanders, Caci Clinic has earned a glowing reputation in beauty treatment and appearance medicine. Style recently spoke to the Caci team. to find out more.

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QUALIFIED BARBER Sophie Matthews of Bliss is a qualified barber who can update your look with a simple contemporary twist. It’s great to have the option of mixing up your style and looks. We’re loving the short undercut – a wearable spring classic and one of the most fashionable hairstyles in 2017. For those who like more length, having it longer on top can be a versatile option – make it a little more shaggy at the beach or slick it back for a more formal look, just make sure to keep the neck and sides trimmed and tidy.


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THE NOSE With relaxation, wellbeing and luxury on her mind, Kate Preece heads to the heartland of geothermal activity – Rotorua.


hat greeted me when I landed at Rotorua Airport was not an olfactory assault, but a visual delight. The glistening reflections off the lake blindsided my expectations, and the sun was warm on my back. I was prepared to experience some geothermal activity, with an aim to expand and relax mind, body and soul, but I didn’t expect to be quite so impressed. Before you turn up your nose, let me tell you a thing or two about this city. As its tourism aspirations have continued to grow, so too has its range of attractions worthy of a trip north. For starters, the Skyline Gondola is no longer the means purely for those wishing to tackle the country’s original luge. What lies above includes an award-winning restaurant, a high-end Kiwi giftshop, the Mona Lisa replicated in jellybeans, ziplines, the 150kph Skyswing, and a tasting room for Rotorua’s only winery. Meandering uphill in our gondola, mountainbike tracks wind around paddocks in which fallow deer bounce down Mt Ngongotaha’s slopes, and alpacas and sheep graze peacefully. Mokoia Island soon takes centre stage, but the view has still not reached its peak. In 2009, Sam Beer and Brent Park began Volcanic Hills Winery, born from their extensive experience in the wine business, and with a focus on boutique quality brewing. Fast forward to 2017 and they now occupy this prime spot – 487 metres above sea level and in what was the original turning bay for the gondola pre-2005. They look down onto their winery, which operates at the base of the hill. Being a volcano, Rotorua Caldera is no place for a vineyard, and so, grapes are instead sourced from the country’s

Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia.

well-known growing regions: Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay, Martinborough and Central Otago, and turned into the six varieties – plus a tawny port – five of which can be tasted at this stunning location. We sit and chat with winemaker Sean. Almost involuntarily, we learn a thing or two. He tells us how the first sip is a throwaway one, little more than a wakeup call for your palate. On sip two, your head is catching up and flavours are falling into place. It is only by at least the third swallow that your taste buds have caught up with the mix of new elements you have exposed them to. You can now decide whether you like it or not. We sip a little more, and agree. There are plans on the horizon to open Volcanic Hills for evening dining, which would take this experience up another notch, but in the meantime, Stratosfare offers an extensive buffet next door. The well-appointed restaurant has everything from prime beef rump, roast chicken and lamb, to smoked kawarau, curried potatoes and Thai curry. Make sure to finish with the crepes – berry sorbet non-negotiable. You cannot come to Rotorua without embracing Maori culture. There are many different cultural parks willing to educate you on New Zealand’s past and present. To connect with this aspect of our culture, we visited Te Puia, for Te Po: an evening of dance and fine dining. While we already know the difference between a haka, hangi and hongi, we join a group of internationals and agreed that the ceremonious welcoming onto a marae and the rightful use of the pukana is both powerful and spiritual. The hangi was exceptional.

Tiua of Pure Cruise.

I was prepared to experience some geothermal activity, with an aim to expand and relax mind, body and soul, but I didn’t expect to be quite so impressed.

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Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools.

Being on a geothermal field, aka the Taupo Volcanic Zone, things can get a little steamy. At Te Puia, it’s thanks to the Pohutu geyser, the largest you’ll see in the southern hemisphere. Surrounded by drifts of these atmospheric clouds, the Te Po tour ends with the group sat on a naturally warmed rock terrace, sipping hot chocolate and waiting for nature to do its thing – the geyser not quite as predictable as Old Faithful. Once the water does erupt into the air, it can reach heights up to 40m. Against the gentle hiss and rumble of nature’s hand at play, our guide sings us a farewell song in Te Reo, with bold notes that add the final element of drama to this rather moving spectacle. Being regional New Zealand, it’s likely you will find someone with a Christchurch connection, and we bumped into many. One was the manager of our hotel – the Regent of Rotorua. Nathan Maynard previously worked at The George, but moved north when the hotel was bought by the same team that continue to run The George, Hotel Montreal and Hulbert House in Queenstown. There’s something so reassuring about being reminded of home. The following morning we had to tear ourselves away from the indulgent breakfast buffet and race to the rental car, for the first activity of day two was at Okawa Bay (less than 20 minutes’ drive), where a 53-foot catamaran awaited us. Tiua is a beautiful boat. Equipped with three bathrooms, two en-suite cabins and an inviting foredeck adorned with bean bags, it provides a luxury means to explore Lake Rotoiti. Matt Hoarder of Pure Cruise bought her nine years ago, collecting her from the Caribbean from which he sailed her home,

over the course of four months. Restored and refurbished, she’s now a charter vessel ($1770 for three hours) that can whisk groups of up to 50 away from the dock and across the 13km length of the lake. While summer brings with it the opportunity to cliff jump into 120m-deep waters or dive off the boat itself, a springtime cruise takes landlubbers into the whale-tailshaped Te Arero. In the sheltered bay, punga and pohutukawa cover the hillsides. Through the foliage, however, seven Maori food caves can be spotted, intact, though devoid of the wooden doors they once would have had. The high cliffs nearby were once used to test waka: if they survived the fall from the top to the water, they passed. A former pa, it is also the final resting place for many chiefs – I could certainly think of worse spots. No trip to Rotorua would be the same without at least one dip a day into hot mineral pools of some kind. Our quota on day one was achieved in our hotel’s mineral pool, but Tiua can take you somewhere particularly special.

Breafast buffet at the Regent of Rotorua.


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Rotorua has married together its strengths in forestry and tourism to offer new ways to distinguish the wood from the trees.

As we skimmed across Lake Rotoiti, steam Once you’ve melted away your ailments, twirled up into the sky highlighting that more the complex’s Retreat offers treatments to of that geothermal action taking place on its ensure any remaining tension is smoothed shorelines. A group effort saw the sail unfurled away by expert hands. Whether it’s Aix as we point towards the opposite shore, to water therapy (think high-pressure hoses in Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools, accessible only by waterproofed rooms), a mud wrap (when in boat and offering six mineral pools fed by Rotorua...), or a Swedish massage, there’s a Manupirua Springs. Our group of six had the range of options that will buff away the blues. tiered pools to ourselves, apart from Rhys van The traditional post-treatment area has the Sitter that is, who lives on-site with his family. benefit of tranquil lake views, and the spa While his teenage children have not been offers luxury weekends, such as its upcoming quite as appreciative of the location’s isolation, Mindful Moments Retreat complete with yoga, we pool-hopping visitors considered it heaven. meditation, aromatherapy, nature walks and None of us wanted to leave, however, more. This is a place for your state of wellness knowing a 60-minute de-stress massage to be elevated to bliss status. awaited us at the Polynesian Spa, we left Tiua Well and truly unwound, rumbling and obligingly headed back into the city centre. stomachs suggested it was time to feed the At the Polynesian Spa, two springs that body. We had a reservation at what the offer different healing properties feed the Rotorua Hospitality Awards decreed the city’s wide range of bathing options. The Rachel Outstanding Restaurant of 2017; Atticus Finch. Spring brings alkaline waters, beneficial to A stone’s throw from the hotel, it’s amongst unique. the skin; while the acidic Priest Spring “Your watersface is the array of restaurants located on Eat Streat, are the ones to soothe muscles – andTrust thoseyour injectable a covered entertainment area. treatments with arthritis and rheumatism. If you arewrinkle one We could not decide upon a winner to an experienced to believe folklore, these very pools once between Cosmetic Physician” the mozzarella risotto balls and restored movement to a wheelchair-bound Medical the ginger seasame fried chicken, but the Director Jefferies beef shin – with its carrot, coconut man from Tauranga, who left the area, after aDr Heather tamarind good long soak, on foot. and coriander salad, trumped the pork belly,

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in my books. The only disappointing aspect of the entire evening was being unable to fit in dessert – we might have to return to sample the spiced caramel pears, as recommended. Rotorua has married together its strengths in forestry and tourism to offer new ways to distinguish the wood from the trees. Our final activity on the trip was a ‘treewalk’, at The Redwoods, a central hub for mountain bikers, walkers and horse riders alike. Redwoods Treewalk is a series of platforms and bridges, between six and 12 metres off the ground, that form a 553-metre walkway among a Redwood grove within Whakawarewa Forest. The entire walkway took just six weeks to erect. It was quiet the day we visited, and cool

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beneath the tree cover. We walked gingerly across the bridges, bounced lightly by each other’s footfall. When you reach a platform – suspended by a sling system that does not inhibit tree growth – it’s almost like reaching a shoreline, a respite from a consistent rocking as you wander between trees up to 37m apart. The trees are as old as 116 years of age and the tallest 72m, reaching as straight as an arrow up into the sky. As of mid-October, there will be another platform, taking walkers higher again, to 16m, while December will see larger-than-life projections fill the forest expanding on the night experience available. Night walkers have the benefits of seeing the 30 David Trubridge lanterns, each of which represent a native bird, lit up – and from what we could see, these UFO-like structures would put on quite the show. With a thermal mud product to go and the aroma of sulphur in our hair, we left our home-away-from-home and were soon on a plane pointing south. It had been an enlightening trip that combined culture, fine food and wine, with exquisite views, luxury, and a healthy dose of relaxation. Rest assured, if you haven’t been to Rotorua in a couple of years, you will discover more than meets the nose at this geothermal retreat.














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We’ve found it! This one by Janessa Leoné was designed with packing in mind and promises to never get bent out of shape in your luggage.


Combine the forces of a day and night bag. We love the Mr Porter Pearly Pony by Deadly Ponies as it has all the style of an evening bag, but is big enough to carry throughout your entire trip.



When packing for a holiday, we understand that every inch of your suitcase is prime real estate. The main goal, therefore, is to streamline your packing to the absolute essentials only. We’ve selected six key items that will make travelling easier.


For unpredictably chilly nights, a lightweight scarf will be your lifesaver. In fact, you will use this item more than anything else in your suitcase, and the beauty is that it barely takes up any space. Our go-to are Bird & Knoll’s silk numbers, such as the Vienna.

When in outfit doubt, put on a pair of colourful earrings and a bright lipstick. These will make your look pop without having to pile on more layers of clothes. The Mimco Navagate Stud and Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy in Envious make a striking pair.


Approach your shoes like your day-to-evening bag: opt for one item you can wear all day. The Leila Heel by Miss Wilson can handle a walking tour (without getting stuck in the cobblestone streets of Europe!), but also works for a semi-fancy dinner.


There is nothing worse than losing Google Maps in a foreign country. Avoid this at all costs with a portable charger that fits in your pocket.


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Split Apple Retreat The Retreat is a quiet, luxurious hideaway built high into an ocean-side cliff-face, a few minutes away from the stunning Abel Tasman National Park, offering indulgent relaxation and an individually designed gourmet menu. Relaxation options include a saltwater pool, spa and sauna, privately accessed beaches, massage, acupuncture, meditation guidance and other stress-reduction therapies. Nearby is some of New Zealand’s best bushwalking, secluded beaches, seakayaking and a helicopter service for even more isolated spots.


ESCAPES Warmer weather, longer days and fewer crowds makes spring a simply stunning time to plan a short break. These premier accommodation and activity options will inspire you for your next trip.

Earth & Sky

Stonefly Lodge Situated in a private forest on the banks of the Motueka River, the stunning Stonefly Lodge offers fly fishing, kayaking, and wine tastings, along with easy access to three of the South Island’s National Parks. The architecturally designed lodge hosts a sumptuous library, bar, and a relaxed dining area.

Mountaintop stargazing with Earth & Sky provides an unequalled appreciation of the full night sky. View the Milky Way, star clusters and seasonal planets whilst knowledgeable astronomy guides provide factual commentary.

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Skydiving Kiwis Who said Kiwis can’t fly? Experience the thrill of freefall with Skydiving Kiwis, just an hour south of Christchurch. Enjoy a flight that takes you over the South Pacific Ocean, snow-capped Southern Alps and braided Canterbury rivers before feeling the exhilarating rush of a tandem skydive with an experienced instructor.

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Enjoy a four-day walk or mountain bike ride through the South Canterbury hills. Stay in upgraded shepherds’ huts, where your luggage will await you each night. Season: Nov-April. Groups of up to 10 people.

Come along for an invigorating ride in a small group along a beautiful Christchurch beach, and discover a unique horse breed with a special gait.

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Enjoy the unique opportunity to walk high amongst Rotorua’s majestic 116-year-old redwood trees, during a day-time or night-time treewalk at Redwoods Treewalk and Redwoods Nightlights. Come and experience this suspended 30-minute ecological walk, which captures the beauty and ambience of the New Zealand forest from a bird’s eye perspective.

Polynesian Spa’s geothermal mineral waters are sourced from two natural springs that feed into 28 hot mineral pools. The slightly acidic Priest Spring waters relieve aches and pains while the alkaline waters of the Rachel Spring nourish skin. This is a must-visit when in Rotorua, with the Polynesian Spa recognised as one of the world’s top 10 spas.

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WATER REIMAGINED T “An interactive showroom experience to capture the new reality of the technology age we live in, this is personalised therapy for a user-defined spa experience – this is game changing for our industry.” – Peter O’Neill, owner of Leisure Spas

he Kiwi dream has a growing list of features – the house, the bach, and now, the spa on the deck to relax in as well. After nearly a decade as a dealer for the largest manufacturer of spas and swim spas in the Southern Hemisphere, Leisure Spas has just taken the exciting step of opening a new Bullfrog Spas showroom to showcase a unique brand which is embracing new technology to change the way spas are made forever. Christchurch is now home to the largest exclusively dedicated space for Bullfrog Spas in Australasia. Bullfrog Spas are the only fully customisable therapy spas in the world, made possible by the JetPak Therapy System. The JetPaks replace conventional plumbed jets and are modular in design, which allows the massage to be interchangeable between seats, and gives the user the ability to choose which seats to experience their favourite massage in, as well as selecting the massage to enjoy. “Our concept was to create an interactive showroom experience to reflect the fully customisable design of these spas. Individually hung JetPaks can each be removed from the walls for demonstration, and we have a Virtual Reality Experience and simulated night-time Star Room – this is a showroom unlike any other, to reflect a spa experience unlike any other,” says Peter O’Neill, owner of Leisure Spas. With lighting sourced from Europe, and metal work from local Christchurch fabricators and landscapers, the goal was to create a space that reflects the beauty of these products, showcases the technology, demonstrates the benefits and longevity of choosing quality-made products, and ultimately allows people to really understand the potential for wellness and health through hydro-therapy.


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As well as interchangeable massage seats, the design of Bullfrog Spas has eliminated up to 90% of the internal plumbing underneath the shell, thereby massively reducing heat loss and energy consumption in comparison with conventional spas. “People have an ever-growing need to keep up with technology, with smart phones and devices of the like, and we recognise that this changing technology is translating to spas and energy efficiency more and more. Our customers are making choices not necessary determined by cost, but more by longevity and performance,” says O’Neill. Bullfrog Spas, manufactured in the USA for over 20 years, is now the fastest growing spa company in the world, with the patented JetPak Therapy System allowing the development of truly personalised hydrotherapy products. They are not only the most powerful of their class, but are also proven to be the most energy efficient. “These products are innovative, they are exciting, and we are proud to represent a product that is so unique in the market and embraces new technology in a way that challenges the construction of conventional spas,” O’Neill says.


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& TOPLESS I Mercedes-Benz’s C63S Cabriolet makes a statement through sight and sound. Ross Kiddie drives the AMG-inspired model.

’m a big motorsport fan, following Formula 1 in particular. Even though Ferrari as a team is giving Mercedes-Benz a run for its money this season, the latter has been undeniably dominant in recent years. Ultimately, that success trickles down to sales from the showroom floor, something that is certainly evident here in New Zealand. Mercedes-Benz is dominating the luxury car market, and I don’t see that changing any time soon, simply because the raft of models and variants within each model range means there is a vehicle for all tastes and budgets. There’s also a large proliferation of sporty models, and the performance arm of MercedesBenz – AMG – has kept up the pace, with high-output models sitting in tandem within the line-up. I’m not sure how much inspiration AMG takes from the Formula 1 cars, but you can rest assured that some technology from the sport flows down to street vehicles. The latest AMG model to come my way was the C63S Cabriolet, which features a twin-turbocharged 4-litre V8 engine, delivering monster power outputs of 375kW and 700Nm of torque. Even though these figures are highly impressive, the Cabriolet can easily be driven sedately, and is at home at city speeds in much the same way as its four and six-cylinder counterparts. There are driver-selectable engine management protocols which can accommodate many varying requirements. I even preferred the standard mode which, like all big V8 engines, means a relaxed, unstressed operating manner. However, when sport mode is selected, there is a constant, solid, surge of power which seems endless in its delivery. Acceleration is vivid;

with a standstill to 100km/h time of 4.2sec, along with a 3.2sec overtaking time (80km/h to 120km/h). What I enjoyed most about the C63S’ performance is the sound that accompanies its delivery. It is loud and roaring, and there’s even a button which enhances the noise, while the backfire on gearshift and throttle blip on downshift is infectious to listen to. On that subject, drive is channelled to the rear wheels through seven-speed automatic transmission. It is a direct shift-type, and the way it manages to harness so much power and torque while arranging the gears so smoothly amazes me. There are steering-wheel-mounted paddles for the enthusiastic driver, as well as management protocols which quickly identify throttle percentage. The C63S Cabriolet sits on huge rubber wheels which are an inch smaller in diameter up front than those on the rear. The sport specification Michelin Pilot tyres (255/35 x 19in and 285/30 x 20in) have huge grip, yet are constantly tested when the power goes on. Thankfully, the traction control system is as good as any I’ve experienced before – the freedom in the system allows the driver to experience the feeling of grip-loss at the rear under hard acceleration, but the squirm and oversteer is moderated without sudden intervention. One of the benefits of quality tyres is the feel through the steering – the C63S Cabriolet has accurate turn-in along with strong feel, meaning you can point and clip apexes delightfully. The C-Class in this form is so competent it makes driving easy, while the informative suspension creates an involving driving experience. It is also rigid within the body structure.

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THE SPECS PRICE: Mercedes-Benz C63S Cabriolet, $189,900 DIMENSIONS: Length, 4686mm; width, 1810mm; height, 1409mm CONFIGURATION: V8, rear-wheel-drive, 3982cc, 375kW, 700Nm, seven-speed automatic PERFORMANCE: 0-100km/h, 4.2sec FUEL USAGE: 9.4l/100km

Like most premium manufacturers, MercedesBenz and AMG haven’t lost sight of the need to look after the environment and, even though the engine has big cylinders to feed, the fuel usage statistics are still realistic. Mercedes-Benz claims a 9.4-litre per 100km (30mpg) combined-cycle average. At 100km/h, I recorded an 8l/100km (35mpg) instantaneous readout along with an 11.2l/100km (27mpg) average over five days. However, a buyer who chooses C63S specification in any vehicle will understand that the quad-camshaft V8 likes to be released, and that fuel economy wouldn’t be a priority. At $189,900, the C-Class Cab in this form

comes at a premium price but it is chock full of goodies and, as you would expect from Mercedes-Benz, it wants for nothing. I’ve been quite spoilt recently with a lot of German product filtering through the press fleet – as well as soft and hard-tops from other brands – serving to prove the convertible market is showing no sign of dwindling. I’ve long said Christchurch doesn’t have the best weather for open-air motoring and I stick to that statement. That being the case, the cabriolet wouldn’t be the car for me, but for anyone who gets to experience that amazing engine, there’s a chance they will be simply over-awed.

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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. Armstrong Prestige 6 Detroit Place, Christchurch 03 343 2468

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TONIC Fitness advice for the working man. Words Garry Ferris


y first gym allowed mixed changing rooms on Tuesday and Thursday mornings before 8.30 and mixed spa pools every weekday before 8am. Very quickly, I discovered I liked to work out in the mornings. From those teenaged beginnings, the gym door and my body have been slightly wary bedfellows. I’ve always liked the idea of going shirtless at the beach without having to hold in my stomach to the point of popping a hernia – but it’s not been a smooth friendship. After a couple of decades of pretty consistent gym classes – including an appalling incident on the mini-tramp – and despite the best intentions, the realities of life have brought the whole routine to a crashing halt. Longer hours at the office means any downtime is spent sharing the load at home, and an Auckland mortgage doesn’t leave much for the membership. But that doesn’t mean I don’t keep an eye on my ageing body. Here are my TOP 3 TIPS to lose the lard during the working week – and not a cent to spend:


If public transport is reliable, take it. And as you eat your toast on the run (saving time), walk an extra stop – perhaps two – before catching the bus in the morning. Do the same in reverse on the return journey, with the weather a good guide for deciding how early to get off (try to ignore the tiredness factor – because we’re always tired). Suddenly a 2-3km brisk walk is a daily routine without really thinking about it. And no change of clothes or warm-ups required. Hippocrates said, “Walking is a man’s best medicine,” and 15,000 steps – a day in the life of a postie – seems to be the golden mark these days. The International Journal of Obesity (are you surprised it exists in 2017?) studied 111 postal workers and those who took at least 15,000 steps a day had almost no risk for heart disease. Time magazine’s health nuts reckon you should be aiming to take 10,000 steps a day, which is what the average factory walker will knock off. Nurses aren’t far behind, wandering 8500 steps around the wards.

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In the evening as you watch MasterChef’s Matt Preston tuck into another profiterole, pop open the nearest Tupperware and load up dinner leftovers for lunch. Plan ahead and put an extra handful of pasta or rice into the pot, and slice and dice an extra chicken breast or whatever other goodness is going into the pan. But be sensible – there’s a big difference between hoeing into leftover smoked chicken salad as opposed to leftover roast beef, chipped potatoes, buttered carrots and gravy.


Before email and computers, in a time when you had to earn a phone on your desk, there used to be such a thing as getting up and walking over to ask a question to a colleague in person. Occasionally it can lead to a drink after work – which tends to hinder the health kick, but nobody said keeping in shape was going to be easy.

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ith arguably the best views in Lyttelton, Fisherman’s Wharf also serves up some of Christchurch’s freshest seafood. Drawing in both tourists and locals, the restaurant has reincarnated from a fine-dining establishment to a more casual space. Two important things haven’t been compromised in the recent change, however, with the quality of the food and the service of the waitstaff both remaining excellent. As we stepped into the panoramic established on a bright and clear Sunday afternoon, we felt as though we were setting off on an adventure. The seafood-centric menu has an array of options to satiate, with options for light meals including a traditional Thai tom yum broth, flavoured with aromatic coconut, chilli and lemongrass and your choice of fish, prawns or chicken, as well as a classic fisherman’s pie topped with a crunchy bread crumb and parmesan crust. The mains offer yet more in the way of seasonal marine fare, including fresh, pan-seared salmon, crisped to perfection, and a seafood plate consisting of fish, scallops, prawns, mussels and squid cooked in lemon and butter. Yes, this restaurant is serious about their seafood. If you spy a fishing trawler enter the harbour, there is a good chance it’ll be supplying their catch to the kitchen the very same day. Watching your meal come in is a novel proposition and something that makes dining at Fisherman’s Wharf a genuinely unique experience. Perfectly suited to a leisurely weekend, especially now it’s open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8am. Dining at Fisherman’s Wharf isn’t meant to be a hurried experience. Instead, guests are encouraged to take their time and marvel in the sights and sensations. Bring along an old pal you haven’t seen in a while and spend a couple hours catching up over delectable seafood paired with a quality wine. You’ll feel time slip away in this charming seafront institution. Fisherman’s Wharf is the ideal place for a special date or to take out-of-town guests. Much like Lyttelton itself, it’s a charming spot that should be on everyone’s list to visit. From now on, it’s where I’ll take international loved ones who have yet to experience the beauty of the harbour-side town.

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As vegetarian and vegan fare becomes more sophisticated, Christchurch restaurants are beginning to use vegetables more creatively. Gatherings (5/2 Papanui Road) focuses on sustainable local cuisine, and a progressive style of cooking. The restaurant highlights the connection between what we eat and the planet that we live on.


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Cold-pressed cocktails are taking balance to a whole new level. Mixing your liquor with cold-pressed juice or fresh nut-mylks will keep you feeling light and energised during an evening out. There are plenty of organic cold-pressed options in Christchurch, including Green Roots Juicery (Christchurch Farmers’ Market) and Born and Raised (Lyttelton and Opawa farmers’ markets).


Trust the chef is a dining concept at upscale eateries that’s resurfacing throughout New Zealand’s foodie scene. It’s a great option for those who want to put their fate in the hands of a highly skilled chef, and also appeals to those who can’t make up their minds. Recently opened, Inati is an excellent place to give it a go in Christchurch.


We’re ready and waiting for the spring weather to warm up, but in the meantime boozy hot chocolates are the way to our hearts. O.G.B. makes a show-stopping Disaronno hot chocolate that might just have you hanging on to winter just a little bit longer.


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his September will bring in a flurry of new gymgoers, as well as those who have been in hibernation for the winter. If you’re feeling your workout space has just got a little cramped don’t worry as by the end of the month, most of these newbies will have given up due to loss of motivation or overdoing it and injuring themselves. For those of you who make it past the first month on your new fitness quest, we have a few rules of etiquette to keep you on the straight and narrow.


. PERSONAL HYGIENE. You may be getting your sweat on while running to Eye Of The Tiger but please refrain from letting your sweat fly across to shower the person next to you. It’s just gross. If you happen to be a person who, shall we say, over perspires then bring an extra-large towel and find a treadmill in the far corner. . MOBILE PHONES If your mobile rings follow these instructions: Get off the machine and walk to a non-workout area. We don’t all want to hear about the new business deal you have just nabbed, and we don’t really care either. Remember it’s never okay to take a call during a class, so put the phone on mute or leave it in the locker room.

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. SPATIAL AWARENESS. There are two kinds of people that have no idea of personal space. If you are a person who decides to get on the cardio machine right next to someone else when there is an entire row of the same machine available, we suggest you stop doing this. And if you are a person who spreads out the entire contents of their gym bag on the locker room bench, we don’t really like you very much either. . LOCKER ROOMS If your gym doesn’t have a private changing area, don’t use the showers to change in – people need to wash. If you do take your entire gym bag into the shower be prepared for dirty looks as you exit.

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FASHION COMES TO CHRISTCHURCH The highly anticipated Ballantynes Fashion Week is returning to Christchurch from September 19 to 23, and Style is giving a lucky reader the chance to attend. The winner will receive two GA tickets to the opening show on September 19, as well as two tickets to another show of their choice, options include a classics master class with fashion and beauty stylists, and a lunch with designers Juliette Hogan and Kathryn Wilson. Entries close September 16.


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