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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.


INSIDE WORD Indulge. Give. Find. Experience.


12 SAVE THE DATE 14 EVENTS Cabaret At The World Buskers Festival 18 INTERVIEW The Style Polo Team 20 REPORT Celebrity Philanthropists 25 FESTIVE FLAIR Decorating Your Home For Christmas 30 REBUILD 32 MOOD BOARD


34 BEACH, BACH, BOAT Find Your Perfect Escape 40 LANDSCAPING 42 ART NEWS 44 ARTS



Kicking up our heels to celebrate 2017.


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MULTI AWARD-WINNING PUBLISHING COMPANY PUBLISHER Charlotte Smulders Star Media Level One, 359 Lincoln Road, Christchurch 8140 03 379 7100 EDITORIAL Kate Preece Group Editor Gaynor Stanley Editorial Assistant Gilbert Wealleans Social Editor DESIGN Emma Smith CONTRIBUTORS Allan McNaughton, Anne Hudson, Charlie Rose Creative, Craig Wilson, Getty Images, iStock, Richard Dalman, Ross Kiddie, Vanessa Ortynsky, Zoe Williams ADVERTISING Vivienne Montgomerie Team Leader 364 7494 / 021 914 428 Juliet Dickson Account Executive 364 7409 / 021 688 159 Janine Oldfield Account Executive 962 0743 / 027 654 5367



he festive season is upon us and with it comes the promise of good things to come. Time with family, holidays away and the giving of gifts are just a few of things we encourage you to celebrate with our festive issue. In the spirit of the season, our Report highlights some celebrity philanthropists who we can now admire for more than their on-screen talents or wonderful way with words. Plus, we highlight a few ways you can make someone else’s Christmas a little easier through our local charities. If Christmas is at your place this year, we have advice on decking the halls with contemporary flair. It might be as simple as changing from red and green to pink and lime, but the end result can be spectacular. Summer days in the city bring a great array of entertainment to the fore, and we provide you with a sneak peek of two of our favourites on the bill: polo and the World Buskers Festival. Meet the Style polo team, who will be playing around the South Island this season, and showstopping cabaret soulstress Ali McGregor. As we near the last day of 2017, Gaynor Stanley has conjured a wonderful itinerary for those who wish to make this New Year’s Eve the longest yet. Whether it’s chartering a private jet from Australia to Honolulu to really eke out the celebrations, or joining the four-day celebrations in Cape Town, there are some wonderful ways to welcome in a new year. Happy Christmas Style readers – we can’t wait to see you all in 2018! Kate Preece EDITOR

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.

CONTRIBUTOR ALLAN MCNAUGHTON is an authorised financial advisor and active Chairman of the Lifetime Group Board. He is married with three children and enjoys spending time with the family travelling together. In this issue, he outlines some financial gifts to support the future of the next generation.

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













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INSIDE WORD INDULGE. On and Off is a new beauty service set to open its doors on December 7. Located at 181 High Street, expect to find a new destination for lashes and brows (from shaping to microblading), as well as a range of hair removal options – from wax to laser. We recommend the lash lift! If you are a true red wine snob, you will be interested in this new gadget. The Breville Sommelier uses of an app to determine how best to decant your wine, based on key details such as its country and region or origin, varietal and vintage. Forget the days of leaving a bottle to naturally infuse with oxygen, when you can have a whole bottle ready to go in as quick as one minute. It might seem to break all the rules, but when the name Allan Scott is behind an innovation in wine, it’s hard not to at least give “craft wine in a can” a try. The Green Hopped Gooseberry Bomb Craft Wine is certainly one to tickle the taste buds. It’s zingy and fruity, and one that will lure cider and IPA beer drinkers across to the wine side.

GIVE. We’re not hoping for rain, but you would be if you received one of these beautiful umbrellas this Christmas. Kiwi business Blunt Umbrellas has joined forces with New Zealand artist Flox to produce a limited-edition range. Even better, with every ‘Flox’ umbrella purchased, Blunt will donated $30 to Oxfam New Zealand, to support transformational, sustainable crop growing programmes in Pacific nations. If you’re looking for something special for the tree this year, young designer Jemma Smith has designed a bauble that you’ll find at Farmers. The feel-good factor with this one is the full $10 of the purchase price goes to Hospice New Zealand. If you’re looking for a gift that supports locals – and the environment, look for Eco Socks (at Shopology, Arts Centre). Originally designed by St Andrew’s College students Liam Rassie, James Young, Jaymin Stirling and Mackenzie Cox for a Young Enterprise project, the socks are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, and manufactured by Norsewear.


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INSIDE WORD FIND. Cuchi Interiors has a new spot closer to the city, leaving behind its original spot in Sydenham. Now at 136 Moorhouse Avenue, its contemporary and casual options for dining, living, working and outdoors are from Europeandesigned, ethical and sustainable furniture imported from Asia. In fashion news, Plume has left Merivale to join the offerings in the central city. Its new location is on the corner of Cotters Lane and Tuam Street. Nearby, at The Crossing, you’ll find Workshop now open and, for makeup junkies, NYX Professional Makeup. A newcomer to Christchurch, NYX is a great place to find stocking stuffers. Merivale eagerly awaits the opening of Redcurrent, the go-to for a range of must-have homewares, fashion accessories and gifts, as well as global footwear company ECCO, set to welcome people through the doors later in the month. Cuchi Interiors

EXPERIENCE. With the Crowne Plaza looking forward its first Christmas on Colombo Street, the team decided it only fitting to bring back a special guest of its past. Pianist Peter Lewis tickled the ivories in the original Crowne Plaza Hotel lobby for 23 years – until the February 2011 earthquake struck. Another long-standing Christchurch brand, The George, has been recognised as among the top 10 hotels of Australia and New Zealand. Condé Nast Traveler published a readers’ choice awards list recently that saw The George as the only Kiwi brand to make the list, at No. 7. From December 2, Cathay Pacific will be taking passengers directly from Christchurch to Hong Kong. The seasonal service will operate three times a week between now and the end of February only. Dim sum anyone?

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DEC 17

A DAY AT THE POLO Ronald McDonald House South Island and the Port Hills Polo host this iconic and highlyanticipated summer luncheon in Tai Tapu. See NZ take on Australia in the main match. Port Hills Polo Club, Tai Tapu




MOTUKARARA CHRISTMAS AT THE RACES Wholesome country hospitality, live entertainment, and firstrate harness racing action. Dec 16: Addington Christmas at the Races

7 DAYS LIVE A quick-fire of standup comedy is the warm-up for a no-holdsbarred 7 Days show that you won't forget. Horncastle Arena


15 & 17 CHRISTMAS JOY Joined by the Voices Co Youth Ensemble and Julian Hay on piano, see local favourite Ali Harper on stage. The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts Dec 23: Rangiora Town Hall

CRUSADERS BATTING FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS BNZ Crusaders play 20:20 cricket against an All-Star team of NZ Olympians. Free family day for a good cause. Christchurch Boys’ High School


SOL3 MIO – CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY The boys will perform their signature mix of opera arias, traditional songs, a selection of hits from their albums, and everyone’s favourite Christmas carols. North Hagley Park


YUSUF/CAT STEVENS A Cat’s Attic ‘Peace Train Tour’ commemorates the 50th Anniversary of his first major hit single and debut album Matthew & Son released in 1967. Horncastle Arena

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As part of the World Buskers Festival, Ali McGregor will astound audiences in the Great Hall (January 18-22).

How do you describe cabaret to the uninitiated? Cabaret is that sweet spot where music, comedy and theatre cross paths. It’s intimate and often personal and I think usually best enjoyed with a drink! You have performed in festivals around the world, from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. What led to your involvement with the World Buskers Festival? My good friend Amy Saunders (Miss Behave) asked me to be a part of the Burlesque Night last year and I was immediately smitten with the Buskers Festival and the Christchurch audience. Some of my favourite people are performing there this year too, so I’m also excited to be there as a punter!

Decadence was born out of my love for both the jazz style of the 1940s and ’50s and the trashiest songs of the ’80s and ’90s. I delve through my greatest and most decadent guilty pleasures from Salt-n-Pepa and The Prodigy, to INXS and Radiohead, and reimagine them as the cabaret mash-ups they have always wanted to be. As the Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, do you find it hard to switch from organiser to performer? Funnily enough I don’t – the last decade of performing in fringe festivals around the world means I am just as at home on stage as I am on an excel spreadsheet and handing out flyers. The beauty of this festival is it is filled with these incredibly innovative performers who, instead of following a more common path directed at stardom, have forged their own independent path towards a life filled with crazy, interesting people and experiences. There isn’t a ‘diva’ in sight… (although there’s no lack of false eyelashes and sequins, don’t get me wrong). What Christmas tradition could you never break? I recently stopped eating meat and dairy and this will be my first vegan-ish Christmas so I am hoping to start some new traditions, but I LOVE me a carols by candlelight (the more local and amateur the choir the better) and have to find a vegan-type Christmas cake recipe because that smell IS Christmas for me. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve? I hate New Year’s Eve. I will be in LA, which sounds glamorous but I daresay I will be drinking gin and eating my body weight in chips while watching Rick and Morty, if I have my way. What are you most looking forward to in 2018? SO. MANY. THINGS. Buskers Festival, debuting my new show about Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac, my last Adelaide Cabaret Festival as Artistic Director, my newly commissioned opera Lorelei for Victorian Opera, and a few other fab things yet to be announced. 2018 is going to be my MINE, ALL MINE!

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Ahead of the South Island Open, we caught up with the Style polo team to get to know more about one of the world’s fastest sports. Words Kate Preece Photography Mark McNeill


hampagne glasses clink in the sunshine as eight horses thunder past at speeds of up to 45km/h. A small white ball leads the pack, awaiting the next thwack from a rider’s mallet. The 2500-year-old sport, a favourite of royalty, is at home in Argentina, England and here in Canterbury. The polo season is in full swing, with the Style team in the midst of the South Island Open. Games are played as locally as Wigram and Rangiora, and as far afield as Winchester, and each and every one of them demands, of the players, much more than clean white pants. Charlie Wood, the eldest of three polo-playing brothers from Sefton, will tell you it’s no Pimm’s picnic when you’re on the field. “Horses take a lot of prepwork. There’s the gear, the team, trucks and the grounds that all need to be in condition ahead of a game. Everyone – mostly – in the league will be playing polo full-time, putting in 14-hour days to get everything ready.” It’s just one of the misconceptions polo players come up against. Once people realise this polo isn’t the one played in water, they still think the ball is hit in the same way as croquet – on the smallest face of the mallet’s head. Yet the entire mallet head is used. Players can propel the ball as far as 135m – half a length of the field – which is no mean feat.

While the youngest in the Style team, Lachie Appleby, 16, is studying for exams at Christchurch Boys’ High School, the other three have been playing polo around the world. Both Charlie Wood and Henry Jones have played seasons in England, where you can earn a tidy sum each game, and Henry Wood (the youngest son of local polo legend Roddy Wood) has spent time in Argentina, where polo is the national sport. “It’s [Argentina] the best place in the world to play polo,” Charlie says, no stranger to playing in Nigeria and Iran too. “They are natural horsemen; there’s something about the passion and flair they have for the game. And they make good horses.” Back in Christchurch, the team is set to face five teams over a three-week period, playing one match a day. Each match is divided into seven-and-a-half-minute segments, called chukkas, and with every goal the teams change ends. As the grades go up, so too the does the number of chukkas per game. With breaks between the chukkas, spectators can expect to be sipping on those bubbles for around an hour, so sip slowly, and give thought to the sport of kings and the efforts that have gone on behind the scenes.


The 2500-year-old sport, a favourite of royalty, is at home in Argentina, England and here in Canterbury.


From left: Charlie Wood (29), Henry Jones (26), Henry Wood (22), Lachie Appleby (16).

7 POLO FACTS 1. You cannot play left-handed. Riders hold the reins in the left hand, and the mallet in the right, end of story. 2. The South Island season is longer than the North Island’s, but the country’s penultimate tournament, the New Zealand Open, is played in Auckland in February. 3. In the last World Polo Championship, NZ was in the top eight, but the first three places went to Argentina, Chile and England. 4. Each player will swap ponies at least once for every chukka. Ponies can be swapped mid-chukka, or as often as every three to four minutes. (Charlie has taken 12 ponies to one game.) 5. All four members of the Style polo team know of someone who has died due to a polo injury. 6. All teams can be mixed as they are rating/handicap based. However, women can play in a women’s only competition if they choose. 7. Unlike jockeys, polo players can be tall. However, it is better for the horse if your weight does not tip the scales too drastically.

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OF GIVING Despite all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and fame, you might be surprised to find there are some celebrities that have a better hold on giving than you expect. Words Kate Preece Photography Getty Images

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“Like all parents, we want you to grow up in a world better than ours today.” – Mark Zuckerberg to his daughter.

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o man can become rich without himself enriching others. The man who dies rich dies disgraced.” - American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie MARK ZUCKERBERG On December 2, 2015, the social media sensation and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan pledged, via letter to their newborn daughter, that 99 per cent of their Facebook shares would go to charity during their lifetimes. “Like all parents, we want you to grow up in a world better than ours today,” said Zuckerberg in the letter. At the time of Max’s birth, her parent’s promise was valued at more than $45 billion. Funds will be distributed via the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. GEORGE CLOONEY As ‘Danny Ocean’, a role Frank Sinatra first played in the original 1960s film, Clooney was introduced to a cast of kindred spirits. With Oceans 11 co-stars Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, producer Jerry Weintraub, and American human rights lawyer David Pressman, Clooney co-founded Not On Our Watch, a charity

committed to shining the spotlight on international crises affecting human rights, starting with genocide in Darfur.Clooney had already spent 10 days in Chad and Sudan, filming a TV documentary on Darfur refugees, and in 2008 was appointed a United Nations messenger of peace. Not On Our Watch has donated more than USD$7.5 million to Darfur, according to Inside Philanthropy, while Clooney himself gave USD$1 million to the United Way Hurricane Katrina Response Fund. NORA ROBERTS When you have a net worth of around $340 million, supporting others who share your passion is a nice thing to do. In 2001, best-selling author Nora Roberts (aka J.D. Robb, Jill March and Sarah Hardesty) started the Nora Roberts Foundation primarily to fund those encouraging and promoting literacy. Further to this, however, grants are awarded to various children’s causes. In 2012, she was reported to have donated USD$3 million to her foundation, which in 2016 distributed $2.2 million in grants.

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MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY Since 2008, Matthew McConaughey (net worth USD$95 million) has been actively helping atrisks teens through non-profit Just Keep Livin’ Foundation. Formed with wife Camila, the goal is to empower high school students with the tools to make positive choices towards active and healthy lives. Programmes are focused on fitness, wellness, nutrition and community service. Running after school, the two-hour classes offer youth a safe place off the streets, away from the dangers and temptations of drug and crime. Around 2500 students in the USA benefit from the charity. In 2015, McConaughey donated the USD$135,000 he was paid by the University of Houston to be the opening speaker at its graduation ceremony back to the charity, and, in 2012 alone, contributed USD$1.5 million.

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WILL FERRELL Will Ferrell is an active supporter of Cancer for College, an organisation run by his friend Craig Pollard. The pair met at university, at a time when Pollard had survived two bouts of cancer (at 15 and 19), and then set up a charity in 1993 to award cancer survivors scholarships. The celebrity spokesman for the foundation, Ferrell regularly hosts a golf tournament and stand-up comedy events that bring in sevenfigure sums in fund-raising thanks to his name on the door. The charity has granted more than 1000 scholarships, dishing out more than US$2.5 million. BILL AND MELINDA GATES Together this power couple have donated more than $30.2 billion to charity, most of which is targeted at fighting diseases and improving education around the world. Despite this generous sum, it still stands as only 37 per cent of the Microsoft co-founder and wife’s net worth. SAM SIMON Most famously known for co-creating The Simpsons, Sam Simon died of colon cancer in 2015, but not before setting up a charitable organisation that offers free veterinary services to cats and dogs owned by low-income families. The Sam Simon Foundation he leaves behind also runs a programme to take dogs from shelters and train them to become hearing dogs, or service dogs for returning veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. Upon his death, Simon split his USD$100 million fortune between the foundation, other charities and animal rights organisations.

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DECK THE HALLS If you’re looking to try out a new look this Christmas, we have sourced the latest themes to inspire your festive decor. Words Gaynor Stanley


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SKEW YOUR HUES If holly red and mistletoe green are just a bit too northern hemisphere for you, how about sliding the colour wheel? Simply softening the red to pink and the green to mint or apple creates a fresh new look for a Christchurch Christmas. Some other great slants on the colour code: • Pair red with turquoise on your tree ornaments or table setting; • Champion black and white in your decorations, wrapping and centrepieces; • Lift black and white with vivid greenery; • Muted greens also pair well with silver and white; • Stripes are nice – continue your colour theme in striped straws, striped wrapping paper and, of course, candy canes. LET THERE BE LIGHT It wouldn’t be Christmas without lights. Stick to white for a sophisticated look, adding some bronze or silver stars to light up your night. Other illuminating ideas: • String warm white seed lights with glowing stars and metallic lace lanterns along a hallway; • Suspend a cluster of glass lanterns holding flickering tealights in front of a feature wall; • Place Karen Walker filigree tumblers from Ballantynes filled with LED tealights on your entry console along with some elegant candlesticks; • Hang vintage festoon lights and even some coloured bunting above the deck; • Got a firepit? Stack it with logs and strew it with battery-operated seed lights.

MINIMALIST FLAIR Bring some Nordic cool to your home by combining tones of birch, white and silver and keeping the decorations pared back, but cute. • Decorate a silvery branch tree with neutral toned or clear glass ornaments (the Botanic Gardens Shop has some gorgeous ones); • Invest in this understated yet gorgeous Manhatten Christmas Tree from Interiors by Lume; • Soaring branches of red berries in a clear glass vase make a stunning alternative to a tree too; • Arrange varying height votives, tealights and candles of a similar colour with some pine cones and a quirky ornament (reindeer?) on a metal tray; • Hang black, silver and gold paper stars and pom poms in front of a white wall beside a vivid green plant; • Cluster some adorable white deer snowglobes from Redcurrent alongside a tabletop tree or beneath a silvery wreath.

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GLOSS ACT Got to have some Christmas bling? Here are some ideas for diamonds and gold and all that glitters. • Add some bold gold accents to our black and white theme – think luminous golden orbs on the tree or gold cutlery and crockery with a black table runner; • Make your tree or table an all-white affair with snowflakes, white candles and sparkling crystal; or mix in some black glassware and candles in shiny black candlesticks; • Line a mantelpiece with silver and gold ornaments and candlesticks and white flowers in pewter champagne buckets.

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Stuff a glass trifle bowl or glass box with candy canes – the clever ones among you could even arrange your flowers in this.

OUTDOOR Extending your living space to include outdoor settings is not only a smart idea, but it might just save your sanity. To create an inviting setting, try these tips. • Aqua hues teamed with burlap tones and textures are wonderful for coastal Christmases; • Suspend a decorative chandelier or some clear baubles from a tree branch to dine beneath; • Float a plethora of candles in the pool; • Don’t just decorate your indoor tree – drape some seed lights or hang a cluster of giant red orbs on a welcoming tree. CENTRE STAGE Every table needs a good centrepiece, but what is going to be your focal point this year? • Group gold or black votive stars (try Redcurrent) as a table centrepiece or to mark each place setting; • Fill tall glass vases or candle holders with shiny baubles in your favourite hues. If you’re crafty, spray paint some pine cones in candy pink or aqua and add to the mix; • Stuff a glass trifle bowl or glass box with candy canes – the clever ones among you could even arrange your flowers in this; • For something bold, try wrapping the front door. A strong statement to impress guests on arrival.

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ARCHITECTURE As new buildings and restorations emerge in our city you can rest easy knowing they are setting a benchmark for architectural design in New Zealand. Words Richard Dalman


t the 2017 New Zealand Architecture Awards, two Christchurch builds were standouts – the Christchurch Arts Centre Clock Tower and Great Hall by Warren and Mahoney Architects, and Chapel Street Centre by Dalman Architects. These two projects, whittled down from a range of regional winners, were the only two national award winners from Canterbury. Run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects, with the support of Resene, the 2017 New Zealand Architecture Awards recognise the best work across all types of projects designed by New Zealand’s architects. The awards demonstrate the

value of architects, and what can be achieved on any given budget. Buildings need not be humdrum, but can be works of art that are fit for the client’s purpose whilst benefiting the community. Louise Wright, who led the awards jury said, “New Zealanders have increasingly high expectations of the buildings in which they live, work and study, and the cities they inhabit, and rightly so. The quality of the built environment makes a real difference to people’s lives, and it is up to architects, and everyone in the building industry, to make the most of every construction opportunity… Whether they are houses or offices or schools or churches, they are all making a real difference to the lives of the people who use them.” Fifty-one buildings, in locations spanning the country from the Bay of Islands to Queenstown, were shortlisted in the 2017 New Zealand Architecture Awards. The restored Christchurch Arts Centre Clock Tower and Great Hall was awarded a New Zealand Architecture Heritage Award,




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Buildings need not be humdrum, but can be works of art that are fit for the client’s purpose whilst benefiting the community. and described by the awards jury as follows: “The complex, post-earthquake restoration and seismic strengthening of two components of a highly significant Christchurch complex of Victorian buildings has been achieved with exemplary care and respect for both the architectural legacy of Benjamin Mountfort and heritage conservation principles. Good decisions were made throughout this project, which called for painstaking attention to detail and the faithful replication of the existing building fabric. It was important for the city that the Arts Centre Clock Tower and Great Hall were brought back to life: the excellence of the buildings’ restoration matches their status in civic life and communal memory.” Personally, I love the Great Hall. It is one of Christchurch’s great interior spaces, and with the Town Hall’s auditorium and the Provincial Council Chambers out of action (the latter mostly demolished), perhaps it is the best. Christchurch’s second award-winning building was Chapel Street Centre in Harewood Road, which won a New Zealand

Architecture Public Award. The awards jury said: “This church does not just communicate its function, but also invites observation of the congregation at worship. The idea, successfully realised, was to replace a parish church damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes with a building that would be open, transparent and welcoming. The new church is nicely proportioned; the worship hall, with its ceiling that rises into a spire that serves as both light well and lantern, is naturally the star of the show, but ancillary spaces such as the foyer, music room, sports hall and kitchen have all received careful attention. The building has a relaxed generosity and pleasant manner: down to earth, but also light in spirit.” While it is always gratifying to be recognised by our peers, winning awards isn’t the reason why architects do what they do. As architects, we are passionate about creating great buildings and spaces for our clients and community to enhance how we all live, work and play.

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Whether planning for bach days to come, or simply wishing to add a beach feel to your home, embrace the colours of the sea, alongside light wood shades, to create bright and airy summer spaces. Words Kate Preece

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Celine Dion’s Florida home Harbour Beach, Bahamas

ESCAPISM 101 The destination for someone’s ultimate summer escape can take on many guises. For some, the view from the deck might be critical; for others a lack of civilisation could be paramount. Words Kate Preece TAKE ME TO THE BEACH If sand in-between your toes is key to making your summer sing, you clearly chose the right island to live on. We don’t even need to cross the Strait to experience golden sands of the upper South Island or black sands of the West Coast. Family visits to Kaiteriteri and Totaranui are practically a rite of passage for South Island kids.

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If you do fly north for the summer, Mt Maunganui and Piha often rustle up the prizes when lists are drawn up. Surely you can’t argue with Ninety Mile Beach getting a look in either. However, when you are the backdrop to films, including The Piano and Xena, Warrior Princess (good ol’ Lucy Lawless), it’s little wonder Karekare Beach, on Auckland’s west coast, was named the second best beach in the world, second only to L’Espiguette Beach, in France, by a US magazine called Passport. International favourite: If you’re a little sick of bumping into people you know on a Kiwi beach, pack your togs for Seychelles – where the sand is described as ‘talcum powder’. Though plan B would have to be Harbour Island on the Bahamas, as this remote destination offers pink sands – something different for Kiwis. Style local: After many arguments in the office, we had to agree to disagree on our fave waterside haven. The vote was split between anywhere within The Sounds and the Southern Lakes.

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BAGS PACKED FOR THE BACH There are different levels of escapism to achieve here. Is it about leaving the world behind, or taking it with you? If you can’t stand the thought of sitting idle at any moment, your holiday house is going to have to be well equipped. This might be as simple as having a heated swimming pool, perhaps a sauna, or, on the extreme end of the scale, choosing a place with a private water park. Celine Dion and her husband, who has since died, knew how to put all the cherries on top when they developed their Florida property to include two swimming pools, two water slides and water cannons. Despite being a stone’s throw from a white sand beach, occupants are likely to be kept well entertained within the property’s twohectare perimeter. When getting away means leaving everything behind, eco-friendly retreats become the ones to seek. Remote access goes from meaning ‘I can work from home’ to ‘My convertible isn’t going to handle that slope’, and you can forget about digital devices. International favourite: We’ve fallen in love with a place that has it all – an architecturally-designed home that rises out of sand dunes in Portugal. Casa do Pego is a three-bedroom home that also boasts its own heated pool, though metres from Pego Beach, which is known for its top quality water and silken sands. Its rural, isolated and the lap of luxury.


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Style local: Recently, a property in Whangamata was deemed the best bach in New Zealand. Bookabach’s Supreme Bach of the Year ‘On the Beach Whangamata’ was not only considered to have the best setting due to unobstructed views but commended for its interior styling, too. Closer to home, we still think Pure Pods are pretty unique – offering full digital detox, inside one heck of a glass box.

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SAIL AWAY WITH ME It doesn’t really matter what type of boat you have as long as you are out on the water... Yeah, right. Cruising around Croatia on a gin palace trumps a dinghy on Lake Ellesmere any day. Though it’s true that many devoted boaties hold disdain for the gin palaces that are full to the gunnels with mod cons and rely more on computer wizardry and motors than wind to get them places, when you have a lot of dosh, you may as well step out onto the water like you mean it. International favourite: With three swimming pools (one glass bottomed), helipad and below-deck disco, Motor Yacht A is a particularly super, superyacht. Twelve guests can comfortably make use of the six cabins, and might even find themselves in the secret ‘nookie room’ behind a section of mirrored panels, hiding from the 42 crew members. Designed by Frenchman Philippe Starck, who was commissioned by Russian billionaire Audrey Melnichenko, the 119-metre yacht will reach a maximum speed of 23 knots and cruises at 19 knots. Style local: Billionaire Graeme Hart seems to be the Kiwi who knows his stuff when it comes to gin palace. He’s just sold one of his and it had a pool, jacuzzi, gym, movie room, wine cellar, helipad, watersports equipment, and more, within its 107-metre structure. Ulysses sold for $265 million, but we’re eager to see what Hart replaces it with – as he won’t be content with just the 77m Weta.

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OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT Encourage some healthy rivalry with this bocce set by Sunnylife. The Italian version of bowls traditionally needs a court 27.5m long x 2.5m–4m wide, and can be played by two players or two teams of two to four.

BEACH, BACH, BOATS Clever and colourful ways to embrace the great outdoors this summer.

SAND BE GONE Don’t you just hate it when you come in from the sea and bring half the beach with you? Tesalate is an Australian brand making towels that promise to leave the sand behind. Made from AbsorbLite microfibre (80% polyester + 20% polyamide), the towels also dry twice as quickly as standard ones and roll up tightly to save on space.

DRY AS A BONE Ruff and Tumble takes care of man’s best friend with a range of drying coats to suit all dog breeds and sizes. Velcro fastenings make for quick dressing, while the cotton towelling dries wet dogs in minutes. No need for dogs to shake themselves dry – all over you!

BE BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL There’s no need to skimp on style just because you’ve left the safety of the indoors. Mario Luca Giusti creates stunning acrylic glassware with vivid colours that will glam up any al fresco setting and remove fears of broken glass.

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GARDEN Craig Wilson highlights the building blocks required to start growing a fruitful, flower-filled garden.

ne of the most requested elements by my design clients is a low-maintenance garden. I can personally understand this as my young family and other commitments mean I don't have lots of time to spend in my own garden. Occasionally I meet a client who is a true garden enthusiast and wants a beautiful and intricate garden, and has both the time and inclination to trim, prune, divide, deadhead and, yes, even pull weeds. What that garden looks like varies according to its owner, but there are some key elements to put in place to create a genuine “gardener’s” garden. One of the key components of a beautiful garden is beautiful soil. They simply go hand in hand. Christchurch soils vary in quality but tend to be clay-based and may require modification to achieve good growing conditions. This may involve adding organic content through compost. If you are in a new subdivision you may have significant soil compaction to address before you contemplate any garden at all. Specific site drainage may also be required. The goal is to create an organic, rich soil with a freedraining, friable structure and a balanced

pH level (a measure of the acidity and alkalinity in soils). Once you have the soils dealt with, make sure your plant purchases are well-grown, quality specimens. Canterbury has many nurseries producing great plants. Choose healthy-looking plants with fresh growth and a good developing structure. To really thrive and put on a good show, your beautiful garden will need a regular watering and fertilising schedule through our warmer seasons and access and uptake to the right nutrients to ensure your plants will put on strong healthy new growth, and flower and fruit when you want them to. A deep layer of mulch is the icing on your garden cake. This will help your garden retain precious moisture in summer, suppress weed growth throughout the year and look great to boot. If you have the time and energy to dedicate to the annual rhythms of a beautiful garden, your investment will be returned with a living, breathing, constantly changing entity that will bring you therapy, joy and a deep sense of connection to your own plot of land.

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Harden up and take a concrete pill! The sun is out and it is time to start moving the entertaining from indoors to out! As the cold weather abates, turn your mind to contemplating your outdoor spaces. Warmer weather is not only conducive to planting - it is also the perfect time for hardscaping projects. Concrete is an incredibly malleable material and presents countless design opportunities. Some shy away from concrete because of an outdated perception it is ubiquitous and drab compared with other hardscaping options such as decking and paving. However concrete is having a renaissance. It is increasingly appreciated for its innovative aesthetic potential, its functionality and its structural strength. Some of the benefits of concrete include: • Versatility: Concrete can be shaped and poured in to many different forms. It provides great versatility as it can work to levels and be poured for specific falls. Tiles and pavers are limited to an extent by their dimensions which also changes the aesthetic compared with the seamless flow of concrete. The potential for creativity with concrete goes well beyond patios, paths and driveways - think precast panels, floating steps, curved steps, stepping stones, fire hearths, and floating benchtops! Integrated lighting can be set into your concrete (for example step lights) so the surface is illuminated at night but remains uninterrupted. • A variety of surfaces: It used to be that you could have any shade of concrete - as long as it was grey! This is no longer the case. There are now a multitude of finishes, colours and textures. Finishes can range from having an effect created by sponges, rollers or brooms. Concrete can also include shots of colour when poured for a vast range of coloured effects. Oxides incorporated into the concrete before it is poured will darken its tone. Exposed Ag creates a wonderfully textured appearance - some complain it can be tough on bare feet, but we have perfected our own specialist brew to minimise this.

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by Goom Another increasingly popular finish is exposing the concrete with acid for a stunning marbled effect. • Easy care: The maintenance required for concrete is minimal. It can be sealed or not depending on its location. If you are concerned about staining (for example from vehicle oil on a concrete driveway), applying a sealant will be beneficial. At times, sealant may make the surface more prone to slipping, especially if it’s in an area prone to surface water, such as round a pool - so adding grit to the sealant will give the surface grip. If concrete needs refreshing it is as simple as water blasting and resealing - and this should only need doing every couple of years. • Durable: Concrete is incredibly durable and offers structural stability to hardscaping. The appropriate mix of the concrete will depend on the area in which it is being used. Concrete used in driveways will need to be of a higher quality mix than in pathways due to the extra loading and will require a longer curing time before use. Compared with paving, decking and brickwork, concrete is a significantly more economic option, especially for larger areas. Pouring and preparing concrete is however more of an art than a science. Factors such as the weather on the day, the temperature and the mixture of the brew will all affect how fast the concrete sets and the result you achieve. Goom Landscapes can discuss how the specific features of concrete can be incorporated into your landscape to enhance its functionality and aesthetic.

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42 STYLE | art news Hannah Beehre, Mures, et Terram, 2016. Courtesy of Jonathan Smart Gallery.


See why local artist Hannah Beehre’s work is growing in stature and recognition as evidenced by her 2016 Parkin Prize for drawing at CoCA from 16 December. In collaboration with Jonathan Smart Gallery, CoCA is exhibiting Mures, et Terram – a large, seven-panel drawing exploring motion, chance, chaos and instablity. Her expressive applications of ink on canvas show mice, frogs and lizards emerging in finely sketched charcoal line to evoke our human insecurities and emotions. On show until 25 February.


NEWS Words Gaynor Stanley


Congratulations to Ara Institute of Canterbury Art and Design student Sam Lemon, a major winner in the 2017 RIPE Awards. Awarded the Will Cumming Memorial Award of $1250, Sam’s work will also be added to the Ara Art Collection, supported by the Cumming family for many years.

Sam Lemon’s winning work


A piece of art could be the answer to your gift dilemma for the more, shall we say, discerning ones in your life. The solution may lie among the extensive range by NZ contemporary object artists at Form Gallery, which is presenting a special Christmas exhibition of ceramic and glass works by Katie Gold, Owen Bartlett, Tatyanna Meharry and Graeme Hitchcock. From 6–24 December. Graeme Hitchcock







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Timaru-based artist Debbie Templeton-Page uses blue stone to explore life’s meaning. Words Anne Hudson

hree-dimensional work created from clay, marble or stone is the result of a primary association with the material that forms the basis of aesthetic experience. The artist or craftsperson works directly with the material and is guided in part by its intrinsic nature. Debbie Templeton-Page immerses herself in the process feeling at one with the material. She is of Australian Aboriginal descent and like many indigenous people feels a connection to place and time that is difficult to explain other than through art. Artists that work with clay and stone often talk about an embodied feeling – a haptic sense where the mind and body work together to create the work. In creating a work in this way the viewer or owner of the finished work can also find this connection through touch and observation. It is a mysterious process whereby the work is never completely finished because at each stage, whether the material is inert in the ground, in the hand of the maker or in the possession of an art lover, each brings their understanding and experience to the work. Debbie says that once introduced to sculpture and carving work from rock she felt driven to work almost obsessively. Like many sculptors, Debbie enjoys the blue stone, New Zealand basalt on which Timaru her home sits. This black-grey rock with seams of bubbles formed in the heat of volcanic activity creates the basis of much of her current work. She is however a versatile artist and also creates sculptures from marble and bronze. Her subject matter – guardian figures and multi-headed women – shows a complexity of thought both philosophical and spiritual. This

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interesting work, where two heads or more appear in one sculpture, explains the multifaceted nature of life. They demonstrate how as individuals we can have a face we show the world, another we show our loved ones, and maybe even another that only we know. Her guardian figures feel like a link to our past, maybe ancestors or those that walk with us. Grouped in threes or more they provide a presence wherever they are placed, reminding us of the interconnections we have with others and with nature. Debbie was looking for the meaning of life through reading, travel and meditation but in her vocation as a sculptor she may have found that meaning. Debbie has energy and a zest for life and an enthusiasm that can be described as eccentric or, as her daughter describes her, “quirky”. She works in her York St Gallery in Timaru, and has won several awards and commissions. Each year at Art in a Garden, Hawarden, Debbie exhibits a diverse range of sculpture and is always popular with buyers. When you see her work next, remember that there is more to the object than how it appears. At the hands of the artist you are being given a link with nature and the world around you. Good sculpture endures.

We Know Girls Our legacy, Our girls, Our Year

Fish and chips wrapped in bedsheets, hoisted to an upper level of the old Rangi Ruru boarding house, this is just one of the stories told by the Gibson Girls, the original students taught by the Gibson Sisters who founded Rangi Ruru Girl’s School in 1889. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea together with the Gibson Girls on November 24th and they spent time with some of our younger students. The New Zealand Mounted Games Under 17 team won the world championships in Auckland on November 26th and in that team was a Rangi Ruru student, Leah Zydenbos. Leah did us all proud and has worked exceptionally hard to achieve what she has.

DEBBIE TEMPLETON-PAGE In the October edition of Style, photographs of work by Debbie Templeton-Page were incorrectly attributed to Doug Neil. Both work with the NZ basalt or blue stone but their artworks are quite different. We apologise to Debbie and Doug and have included a photograph (below) of Doug’s work to make this clear.

High School Musical (Junior) performed with Christ’s College ran from 22-25 November in our Merivale Lane Theatre and this year, was the hottest ticket in town. Never before has our school show sold out so fast. Not just once, but the extra show and then the extra extra show. That’s almost 900 tickets snapped up. All of the actors performed very professionally, putting in so much hard work. Thank you to our exceptional staff and of course our parents without whom we could not achieve what we do. Another fantastic turn out from our Rangi Community for our annual Year 7 and 8 Market Day on November 27th with blue sky, sun and bartering everywhere. It’s part of the girls’ studies, to plan a business project which culminates in the running of a market stall at school. Sharing their generosity of spirit the girls each donated funds to their chosen charity. By the time you read this, we will have held our Clan Christmas Services when we reflect on our achievements and experiences, celebrating the end of another year. The number of scholarships, and academic and personal achievements this year has been outstanding. The Rangi Ruru Old Girls Association School Ball will be held on Thursday 7th December at Wigram Airforce Musuem. This is a significant event for our senior girls as they leave Rangi Ruru and officially become Old Girls, and continue the long-lasting legacy of the Gibson Sisters. Have a safe and enjoyable Christmas and summer break, and here’s to an exciting and happy 2018.

Sandra Hastie Principal Rangi Ruru Girls’ School

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Advent calendars needn’t be all chocolate themed, with a range of beauty houses suggesting we should treat ourselves for at least the first four weeks of December. It sounds like a good idea to us, and when we discovered L’Occitane’s Premium Advent Calendar ($170), we found we could get used to the idea. In this particular box, discover such treats as almond shower oil, verbena eau de toilette and divine youth oil. Christmas will come all too quickly.




See out the year with a last blast of extravagance with one heck of a mojito. In Miami, Nikki Beach will shake you up a Dom Perignon rose strawberry mojito for a cool USD$10,000. Granted, the glass is nearly 1m tall and contains a jerboam (3 litres) of Champagne and bottle of rum, but still. You would hope it had been a good year.

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If you have long-haul in your sights, you’ll want to check out how Singapore Airlines’ new A380 defines first class. There’s mood lighting, a sliding door, an ensuite wardrobe to hang your jacket and store your cabin luggage, a vanity counter in the bathroom and your own sleeper suit and slippers from Lalique. The single suites can transform into one double that boasts a flat double bed.


Why hang flowers alone, when you could add a smattering of diamonds and rubies, too? VeryFirstTo produces a 60cm wreath that features Laurus, lingonberry and blueberry stems, alongside at least one helleborus flower head that boasts 22 loose diamonds. There are rubies, too, making up the 138.38 carat piece, which boasts a 3.03 yellow diamond. Though the flowers may turn up their toes at season’s end, the stones are all removable, to ensure each Christmas is as bejewelled as the one before it.


You can’t deny the fact that Christmas isn’t Christmas without a suitably naff combination of paper crown, trinket and lame joke. Bring in the Christmas crackers. But wait… why not leave those at the kids’ table and find something better for the adults? We found Drinks by the Dram has the answer. You can have your hat and joke, but wash it down with a 30ml dram of whiskey, gin or liqueur! The six-packs feature a different type of your liquor of choice in each cracker, or pick your favourite – say, the Port Askaig 8 Year Old – and all recipients will get the same drop. We expect some real fights over who ‘won’ the cracker over these beauties.

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DESIGNER FIGURES Inspired by traditional Japanese Kokeshi dolls, artist Becky Kemp has created her own universe of hand-painted designer figures which appeal to the young and young at heart. Here are a few of our favourite artists – see more in-store. $69.90 each


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The destination for diamonds in Christchurch, Via Sollertia Jewellers has a wide range of handmade and custom-designed fine jewellery that can help you make this Christmas unforgettable. Work with the highly experienced team in New Regent Street to choose a ring that will last a lifetime.

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SIGN ME UP If your wardrobe is wildly out of date or you can’t face the shops, there’s a new service in town that takes the hassle out of shopping. The brainchild of local stylist Stephanie Rumble, ‘Your Monthly Style Club’ will see curated clothing items popped aside at a shop, for you to then try on and purchase, if you choose. Following on from a personal consult with Stephanie, she will search the racks for what you need – be it a pair of new pants or a dress for a special event – and, every month, send photos of her recommendations for you to follow up on. The monthly styling service is sure to take the legwork out of shopping. Contact for more info.


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LOOKING GOOD When you have to wear glasses, be they for sight or for sun, you want them to be an item of style. Recently, Italian-born Australian fashion designer Carla Zampatti added her own touch to a collection she describes as filled with eyewear she herself would wear. Think graceful timeless frames with gold accents and velvet matte finishes, in a range that offer options for monochromatic lovers, and those wishing to embrace colour. There are 14 optical and eight prescription sunglasses in the Specsavers-exclusive range.


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Our favourite fashion shoot for 2017 has left an impression on us. We’re still talking about the Duchess Dress by Katherine Victoria. And dreaming of martinis.

Dior sunglasses have it all. Shape, size and colour. We couldn’t go past the architectural lines and couture spirit of this iconic ‘Dior So Real’ design. The Aquazzura Firenze Party Booties will have you walking on sunshine. You’ll make an entrance with these satin numbers!

From the same fashion house that brought us Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, McQueen Parfum by Alexander McQueen is a fragrance truly fit for a royal – and the incredibly stylish.

THE HIT LIST The Style team took a moment to pick some favourite items to take you into 2018 with a smile.

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You can now have certain Chloe collections personalised with your own initial. We can imagine a lovely ‘S’ on this Nile Minaudière.

Who knows shoes better Carrie Cooper? The Beau Coops ‘Heddon’ is stunning in ‘Nero’ ($399), but we happen to know that there’s a white/rose colourway made exclusively for Head Over Heels.

No New Year’s Eve would be the same without a glass of the world’s finest. This Veuve Clicquot even comes with a collectible ‘Paris’ magnet – we’d love to fill our fridge.

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SUN-KISSED Let us take you from an al fresco summer party to poolside at the resort with our latest fashion edit.

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Camilla Threads That Bind Us strappy wrap dress $559, with Joie Banji sandal in sage $499, both from DEVĂ L. Karen Walker Pioneer hat in natural navy $80, from Ballantynes


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Airlie Bella Belle Sleeve Dress in blush $289.99, from D’Fusion, with Zinda shoes in rose $320, from Head Over Heels. Karen Walker Home champagne glass, set of two $45 from Ballantynes.

STYLE | fashion Ted Baker Deonny Skater Dress in baby pink $499, from Ballantynes, with Nude Flamenco sandals in hot pink $189.90, from Andrea Biani, and Karen Walker Sadie sunglasses $349, from Ballantynes.


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Trelise Cooper Couture pink sleeve top $389, Santorini Skyler low-rise shorts in white $289, Nude panama hat in beige $269.

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Kiwi Tim Brown joined forces with San Francisco local Joey Zwillinger and an Italian textile mill to not only create a wool fabric for footwear, but create a line of shoes made from merino wool. Allbirds shoes have been flying off the shelves overseas, and now there’s now a limited-edition line for kids, too. We are sure the machine washable, soft and breathable footwear option is a good choice for our Kiwi summer. Partnering with non-profit Soles 4 Souls, used Allbirds are destined for the feet of those less fortunate, too.

FASHION TO YOUR DOOR Just the ticket for the time-poor, Stitchfox (stitchfox. offers a subscription service that will have your littlies (0-7 years) decked out in stylish threads all year round. A weekly or monthly fee ensures you get 10 new items of designer gear every three months, and don’t have to go through the nightmare of shopping with kids! The brainchild of Kiwi father-of-two Greg Parmenter, who has always insisted his own kids look sharp, each box is custom-styled to what look you want your kids to rock. We can’t think of a better idea than having a stylist do all the hard work for you, coordinating gear from the brands we love – including Trelise Cooper, Minti, Nature Baby and Rock Your Baby – and sending it right to your door.


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WELL GROOMED Gilbert Wealleans walks us through the ideal presents for those who enjoy a good shave.

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ow with the pudding season nigh, thoughts turn to presents and what to purchase. Consider the original gifts of the Three Wise Chaps to the Christ Child; gold, myrrh and frankincense. Impractical today as gold is ferociously expensive and there is probably some biohazard restriction on importing myrrh. As for frankincense, the only places in which one is likely to find that nowadays are Roman Catholic, Orthodox or High Anglican cathedrals and the clergy at one’s local “bells and smells” church would be more than a little cheesed off if they caught one pilfering the thurible (chuck that word into your next Scrabble game!) So, for the modern gent about the world, there can be no better gift than some smashing shaving tackle, begging the question, what do you fancy? There’s a huge variety of electric and traditional wet shaving razors, both cartridge and doubleedge safety models and you will need the appropriate accessories. ELECTRIC: Face cleansers and pre-shaves: Both essential to remove dead skin cells, oils and well, dirt, all of which inhibit a smooth shave. Pre-shave lotions, powders, and gels tighten and lubricate the skin causing hairs to stand up, preventing irritation. Electric

TRADITIONAL WET SHAVING: The holy trinity of traditional wet shaving comprises an excellent shaving soap/cream, brush and razor. In cartridge razors, Gillette and Schick are the leaders. For the gent who desires a shave experience above the ordinary, the double-edge safety razor stands out. Many models are on the market with modern, innovative designs offsetting traditional ones. Sold mostly online, an internet search will bring up a multitude of sellers, although specialist shops and pharmacies stock them. DE safety razors are manufactured worldwide including the UK, Europe, USA and Asia. Brands include Taylor of Old Bond Street, Muhle, Merkur, Rockwell, and Edwin Jagger. Also Fatip from Italy, Feather, Parker and Wilkinson. You will need blades, so be prepared to wade through a bogglingly wide ocean of brands and choices! BRUSHES: Available in natural and synthetic bristles, a brush whips up a rich, thick creamy lather conditioning skin and stubble and enabling an easy, smooth shave. Synthetic brushes are hygienic and easy to clean and, like horse hair, no animal is killed nor injured to produce them. Brushes are available in a range of prices and sizes, online and in stores. SOAPS, CREAMS AND SHAVING OILS: The choice is truly stunning! Shaving cream comes

in pots and tubes, whilst soap comes in cakes or sticks. Shaving oils can be used with or without lather and are wonderful for touching up and finishing off a shave on the final pass. Available in a wide variety of brands, scents and qualities from commercial to handmade artisan types. Of note are Proraso from Italy, Taylor of Old Bond Street and DR Harris, both from the UK, and Arko from Turkey. Both Crabtree and Evelyn and L’Occitane have a comprehensive range of shaving and grooming products which, like Proraso, are reasonably widely available in shops and online. AFTERSHAVE: Alcohol-free are best as they soothe and moisturise without stinging or drying out the skin. Old Spice, Tabac and Brut are traditional classics but do contain alcohol. Also look for Proraso, Lucky Tiger, Nivea, Taylor of Old Bond Street and DR Harris among many others. Don’t forget styptic pencils and alum blocks, which stem the occasional cuts and nicks and soothe accidently irritated skin. Shaving tackle may be purchased separately as well as in sets with prices to suit any budget, but it is advisable to buy the best quality that is affordable as these are fine products which will last. So good luck then with your odyssey of finding the perfect face grooming gift for the man/men in your life, or for yourself, and a very merry and non-hirsute Christmas to one and all!

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THE MAKE-UP FANATIC She might have all the latest shades of the season, but what about a custom-made lipstick or lipgloss? At The Lip Lounge, in Sydenham, you can choose everything from the base to the mould. There are 21 different pigments that will be mixed before her, and she can include glitter for shine, or frost for shimmer ($45-$50). Her very own shade in 30 minutes.

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THE GYM BUNNY Dry shampoo is always a winner, but there’s another way to keep hair smelling lush. We tried Goldwell Kerasilk Beautifying Hair Perfume ($46), and the magnolia-jasmine blend had us tossing our locks, purely for an extra whiff. Not just for the time-poor, the range also adds shine, prevents static and keeps hair shiny. THE EDGY ONE If you have someone with more spunk than sass, Redken’s collab with Kiwi clothing brand Stolen Girlfiends Club (SGC) might be just what you need. Along with a Redken shampoo and conditioner set, the recipient gets a two-headed snake keyring, designed by SGC, to clip onto a handbag, pair of jeans, or simply a set of keys. All for $65.

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everyday activities, you are achieving more than you would expect. Isometrics is said to help slim the waist, increase strength and decrease blood pressure. So, start by thinking about your muscles; then, step things up a gear by applying the same theory to these simple exercises that can be done anywhere.


The silly season is kicking into gear and there’s barely enough time to think, let alone exercise… so, here are a few sneaky ways to squeeze some exercise time into your jam-packed schedule.


here is a form of exercising that focuses on tensing your muscles, and as such can be done anywhere, anytime. My 96-year-old step-grandmother-in-law let me in on this secret, and considering she walks to the supermarket for her daily supplies and can still manage a long haul flight from San Jose to Christchurch, I listened. Nellie introduced me to isometrics. And her interpretation means that no matter what task you are doing, you should think about the muscles you are using. Engage your stomach muscles while you sit up straight; tense your bicep while you vacuum; think about your glutes when you crouch. By being aware of your muscles, and tensing them while you go about

MASTERING ISOMETRICS Palms Together: Push your hands together as hard as you can, and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat. Core Work: Tighten your stomach muscles, while holding your feet about 10cm off the ground. Increase the resistance by using your hands to push down on your knees, while maintaining the height of your feet off the floor. Hold for 30 seconds, and repeat. Thigh Time: While standing, lift one leg until your thigh is perpendicular to the ground. Use one or both hands to push down on the raised leg, at the same time as you continue to lift it upward to maintain its level. Hold for 30 seconds. Switch legs and repeat. Bye-bye Butt: Lie on the ground with your knees bent and arms at your sides. Lift your hips off the ground by pressing down on your palms and feet. Clench your glutes. Focus on pushing your weight through to your heels. Hold for 30 seconds. Don’t let your hips sink!

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NEW YEAR DESTINATIONS Fireworks in Hagley Park on a balmy summer evening are all very nice, but if you’ve a hankering to escape the ordinary may we suggest these celebrations of a full year’s rotation around the sun. Words Gaynor Stanley

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Like the idea of the sky lanterns, but not the chilblains? Every year, thousands upon thousands of candle-lit lanterns are released on the evening of 31 December around Thailand’s northern city of Chiang Mai to herald good luck for the new year. Simply breathtaking! Chiang Mai

RING IN THE NEW YEAR, TWICE You can only celebrate New Year’s Eve once a year... on a budget. Those with well-endowed wallets can fly to Australia, party until midnight at the Sydney Opera House, then hop on the world’s fastest private jet, PrivateFly’s Gulfstream G650ER, for a 9.5-hour zip to Honolulu to do it all again. Charter the entire plane with 12 besties for a mere AUD$290,000. Bonus points for staying awake the entire time. Another way to manipulate time and celebrate twice over, is to board an eastbound cruise liner that crosses the International Dateline so you can party in Pago Pago and onboard ship the next night enroute to Bora Bora. PUT NEW YEAR ON ICE For the ultimate adventure in luxury, board the Silver Explorer expedition ship on its new year cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula from Ushuaia at the southernmost tip of Argentina. That will set you back a cool $40,000. One of the hottest, yet chilliest, celebrations on the planet happens on a massive scale in Iceland’s party capital Reykjavik. Celebrations start at 6pm with mass at the city’s cathedral before everyone heads outdoors to gather round neighbourhood bonfires to burn away the woes of the previous year. Thousands of fireworks and maybe even the Northern Lights will light up the night sky. Expect big drinking, folk songs and people dressed as trolls and elves and a restorative early morning soak in the hot pools. It’s said no one celebrates new year like the Russians, so triple-layer your thermals and embrace the winter wonderland that is St Petersburg. Its fabulous palaces, boulevards and bridges are at their most dazzling covered in snow and illuminated in white lights. Join the crowds at the Hermitage Museum to await the huge fireworks show over the Neva River – and be prepared to sip your “Soviet champagne” well into the wee hours (we’re talking 3am fireworks). The President’s address, live music, and hundreds of paper lanterns launching into the sky fill the wait. Reykjavik

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Superstitions also ring in the new year in Slovakia’s Bratislava, where the locals twirl noisy wooden noisemakers called rehtackas to chase away any negative energy from the past year as they stroll the Old Town ‘concert zone’ or ‘party zone’. Bratislava Rio de Janiero

WHITE HOT DESTINATIONS Another city that turns white to celebrate Réveillon is Rio de Janiero. It’s mandatory to don white clothing as it symbolises good luck for the next year, and head to a luxury nightspot or the waterfront to party. My best new year ever (and there’s been some good ones – Sydney 2000, Hogmanay in Edinburgh) was spent on the white sands of Copacabana. The beach is so long and so wide, two million people pack in to samba till dawn to the beats from huge stages featuring some mega stars. Despite the crowd and the caiproska and beer stalls right on the beach, the atmosphere is chilled and joyous. Brazilians just want to have fun. We made friends with locals who introduced us to the tradition of offering gladiolis to Yemanja, the goddess of the sea, and jumping the waves seven times for luck. There’s the obligatory fireworks, too, fired from a flotilla of cruise ships anchored in Guanabara Bay. Ivory tsungas optional. Another South American hotspot that attracts millions to its celebration is across the Andes in Chile. The gorgeous port city of Valparaiso is known for its colourful buildings and murallined alleys so it’s apt the locals wear yellow underwear to bring good luck in the coming year. That and eating a dozen grapes at midnight and putting a $1000 peso note in their shoe! Its fireworks display is the biggest in Latin America, launching from multiple points along the 8km coastline to Vina del Mar. And the Chileans are equally good as their neighbours at partying until dawn. Across the hemisphere, Cape Town brings in the new year with the four-day minstrel carnival called Kaapse Klopse when thousands of fabulously dressed Cape Minstrels take over the streets of the Mother City. Big brass bands lead raucous road marches called Nagtroepe on the last two days of the year and the historic Second New Year Street Parade, also known as Tweede Nuwejaar, on 2 January. The processions date back to the mid-nineteenth century when slaves were given one day off in the year (2 January). To celebrate, groups would dress up as minstrels, waving parasols, strumming banjos and making merry with music, dance and a parade from the District Six area through to the city centre. Many of the songs still sung today date back to the 1800s.

New Orleans doesn’t just party at Mardi Gras. The southern city rivals New York for new year revelry. It has one of the US’s best fireworks displays, over the Mississippi River, as well as the ‘Fleur de Lis drop’ from the roof of the Jax Brewery at Jackson Square, reminiscent of the ‘Times Square Ball drop’.

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A new type of earbud is making wires a thing of the past, but keeping practicality front of mind. From Hakii Design comes the hGroov, a set of rechargeable, waterproof and wireless earbuds that provide three hours of music before use of the wireless charging mat is required. With three different-sized covers in each package, you can be assured a fit will be found, so the fear of them falling out mid-jog or mid-phone call becomes irrational. At the time of print, the company was running a Kickstart compaign that would see pledgers receive their hGroovs in March 2018.


For those who love a gadget, check out these novel ideas.


‘Think Dirty – Shop Clean’ is a free app that offers consumers a way to learn about the toxicity of their cosmetics and personal-care products. By scanning the barcodes on common bathroom items such as shampoos, face creams and lippies, a score out of 10 on the app’s self-decreed ‘Dirty Meter’ assesses the long-term effect the ingredients could potentially have. You might be surprised to see how your ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘all natural’ products rate.


If you’ve kept up with the latest models in the smartphone and tablet arenas, you will want to protect your new toys. Tech21’s cases will keep that iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8 safe from accidental, yet inevitable falls – the cases promising to keep your device in one piece after drops of up to three metres. We like the idea of the Evo Wallet, which includes concealed storage for your two most-used cards.




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Motoring writer Ross Kiddie says the new Ford Escape is a cross between a sports utility vehicle and a sports car.


scape has been a popular brand for Ford New Zealand. That being the case, I was surprised when the name of the sport utility vehicle was dropped in favour of Kuga. The latter also sold well, but now Ford has reverted back to Escape, the latest name change also coinciding with a new release. Those who do relate to the old Escape will be aware of its pedigree, it was a model shared similarly with Mazda (Tribute) in New Zealand and had its origins in Taiwan. The new Escape is totally different. It is now sourced from Europe, Spain to be exact, and unlike its V6 predecessor it has only four cylinders, but there are many varying engine types – diesel and petrol and in 1.5-litre or 2-litre capacity. The range is extensive with seven models starting from $37,990, some offered in four-wheel-drive. The test car was Titanium-badged and sits in the line-up at $53,490, there is only one model with a higher ticket and that is the diesel powered version with the same specification ($54,990). The 2-litre petrol, all-wheel-drive variant is certainly a worthy choice, the Escape in this form is a cross between the traditional SUV and a sports car, that comment simply because of its engine output, it is rated at 178kW and 345Nm.

That’s mostly due to the turbocharging system fitted to the twin-camshaft, 16-valve unit, it offers significant boost at a low operating area. Peak power arrives at just 5500rpm while maximum torque is available all of the way from 2000rpm to 4500rpm. The significance of those figures is the punchy way the engine works. It is feisty and lively, yet it delivers with little audible sound. If you also factor in the way power is transferred through a silky smooth six-speed automatic gearbox, the driveline is structured for quick momentum with a responsive nature. The Escape in this form will accelerate from a standstill in 8sec and will complete an overtaking time of 4.9sec to make 120km/h from 80km/h. My comments about sports car performance aren’t an exaggeration. Ford is quite proud of its Ecoboost range of engines, they have been developed not so much for the performance I’ve just commented on, but they also stand out for their economy. As it turned out I drove the new Escape at city speeds for a fair chunk of my evaluation and that wasn’t kind to the economy, the fuel usage readout listing around 10.6-litres per 100km (27mpg) when I took the car back to the dealership. That’s quite distant to Ford’s combined average cycle claim of 8.6l/100km (33mpg), but that’s put into perspective when you take into account the 6.2l/100km (46mpg) sitting instantaneously at a steady 100km/h, the engine turning over at just 1750rpm. The evaluation car was riding on sport specification Continental tyres (235/45 x 19in). With their wide footprint and formidable reputation there is a lot of steering feel and strong self-centering feel within the steering

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THE SPECS PRICE: Ford Escape Titanium, $53,490 DIMENSIONS: Length, 4524mm; width, 1838mm; height, 1736mm CONFIGURATION: Four-cylinder, fourwheel-drive, 1999cc, 178kW, 345Nm, six-speed automatic PERFORMANCE: 0-100km/h, 8sec FUEL USAGE: 8.6l/100km

mechanism. Turn-in is direct and accuracy within the handling process is positive. I particularly like the way the Escape handles, and that doesn’t surprise me. I’m a big European Ford fan, and the way the designers engineer balance and handling ability into the chassis of all their varying model styles is a credit. The Escape is also fitted with state-of-theart gear for comfort, convenience and safety. Some of the major items include full leather trim with heated front seats, satellite navigation, full length electric sunroof, voice recognition communication and infotainment, and radar cruise control. Of course, it is also five-star safety rated.

I was a little ambivalent when I picked up the Escape, I knew that its engine wouldn’t live up to the thrill of the old Volvo-derived, 2.5-litre, turbo five-cylinder unit found in some variants of the old Kuga, still one of my favourite engines. That being the case, the Escape’s 2-litre engine had to really work hard to win me over and I should have known it wouldn’t disappoint. Its honesty, power outputs and generally quiet operating manner make it a real honey. Just as well, then, that the rest of the vehicle has the quality to support it; the entire package is quite outstanding. It will certainly lure Escape buyers of old, and those who are contemplating trading up from Kuga.





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Our favourite fashion shoot for 2017 has left an impression on us. We’re still talking about the Duchess Dress. And dreaming of martinis.

GIFTS FOR THE GUYS Drop some not-so-subtle hints to ensure you get everything you deserve this Christmas.

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According to the tag, Moana Rd’s Canvas Overnight Bag will “restore your marriage as you get away from the kids for a night”. Well said.

Tempt the taste buds with the latest offerings from Mac’s. The Interstate APA is described as having citrus and grapefruit notes, thanks to its hops straight from the US.

The Beef Eater BUGG Mobile Barbecue is easy to transport and attaches to almost anything – from a balcony to a tailgate. (Shown here on its trolley, sold separately).


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Toys and gadgets can be broken or outgrown, and there are smarter gestures than giving hard cash. Lifetime financial advisor Allan McNaughton reveals the most beneficial ways to spoil your children or grandkids this festive season.


iving financial gifts at Christmas is gaining popularity as parents look beyond conventional presents and treat their children to gifts that will keep giving for years to come. I have always bought my children a smaller, tangible gift and put financial clout behind more meaningful presents that empower them to achieve a financial head start in life. Here are seven great options to consider every Christmas and birthday.

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1. PERSONAL FINANCE BOOKS AND BOARD GAMES Teaching your children financial literacy is a gift that can outlive you – and best of all it’s not too early to start discussing big-picture concepts such as saving and liabilities versus assets with children as young as six or seven. Classics such as Rich Dad, Poor Dad are a great way to instil a financially savvy and entrepreneurial mindset; opt for the board game version if you have younger kids or the hardcopy book for teens. As they get older, New Zealand-born Martin Hawes’ Financial Secrets and Mary Holm's Get Rich Slow make great gifts. 2. BUY HEALTH INSURANCE You can ensure your children and grandchildren’s continued wellbeing by taking out health insurance for them, often from approximately $300 per year. One of the major benefits of gifting them a health insurance policy at a young age is that the cost of a premium is determined by the age of the policy holder which, given if they are healthy, will be a lower rate the younger they are. The younger the child the more likely the policy is to have fewer exclusions, too. This also means your grandchild or child can use a private hospital if required and not have to go on waitlist within the public system.

3. A KIWISAVER TOP-UP Gifting $500 directly into your child’s Kiwisaver is a powerful way to invest in their future. Not only does it boost their financial standing at retirement, it teaches them to plan ahead and introduces the concept of delayed gratification. If you wanted to, for other gift-giving occasions, you could add a little more money to the fund. Who knows? Over time they may be in a position to withdraw a deposit for their first home. If you encouraged all close family and friends to contribute, the fund will soon grow. 4. STOCK MARKET COURSE FOR TEENS Demystify the stock market by sending your teens on a course to teach them how financial markets operate. Part of your gift could include $100 for them to invest directly online from their mobile phone once they’ve completed the course so that they can put their newfound knowledge to the test. By teaching them about the ups and downs of the stock market, you’re reinforcing the active role they need to take in growing their money. 5. INVESTMENT FUND TO HELP THEM REALISE THEIR DREAMS A clever way to help your children squeeze out the very best experiences once they reach adulthood is to open an investment

account for them when they’re young for them to use at 18 or 21. With an annual contribution of $1000 or less a year, you could essentially fund their gap year, or a post-graduate degree overseas. It might encourage your child to squirrel away their pocket money or holiday job earnings to save even more, and teaches them about the power of compound interest. 6. TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR THEIR GAP YEAR Paying for comprehensive travel insurance that covers both their belongings and health is a great gift to give your 17-year-old embarking on his/her first trip overseas. Not only may it keep them safe, it offers you peace of mind knowing they are protected. 7. THEIR FIRST INCOME PROTECTION POLICY To a 20-something who would much rather be spending their spare cash on entertainment and new clothing, taking out an income protection plan can seem like a drag. By taking it out for them for the first year once they’ve secured their first job, you are instilling great financial habits that will benefit them in the long run and demonstrating to them the necessity of protecting income.

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PEPPERBERRY CAFÉ The festive season is upon us and Pepperberry can help fill the cupboards and tick off the gift list with gorgeous Christmas baking, including cakes, tarts, biscuits and more. If you need help with catering, Pepperberry is also on hand, be it a small occasion or large gathering. 919 Colombo Street, 377 0443

THAI CHEF Thai Chef’s Retaurant showcases the authentic taste of Thailand, while offering a modern dining experience. Food is prepared from fresh, quality ingredients and presented with elegance in a dining setting filled with all the richness of Thai colour, sound and art. Meals are served family style so you can share the Thai experience with your friends, family, colleagues or associates. Thai Chef’s Restaurant also has a Lounge Bar in which you can relax and enjoy dining and drinks in a laid-back setting. 1 Riccarton Road, 341 1163

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CELINE’S Enjoy the best of traditional China street food and barbecue right in the heart of the city, at Celine’s Bar & Restaurant. Set upstairs in a spacious, elegant and comfortable environment, with warm service and a range of dishes handcrafted by the team of chefs, putting a unique twist on traditional Chinese fare. A perfect spot for any occasion, whether you want to impress business clients or contacts, host a banquet to celebrate a special occasion. Enjoy a relaxing cold beer on a lovely summer evening, with a no rush as Celine is opento 3am. Level one, 62 Manchester Street 379 7988

@TONY’S TEPPANYAKI Experience authentic Japanese cuisine in the heart of Riccarton. @Tony’s offers up to 20 people the opportunity to sit right where the magic happens – at the teppan yaki (hot plate). It’s dinner and a show! Traditional dining is just as easy, with the teppan yaki, tempura, sukiyaki, sashimi and sushi meals all served to the tables set around the spacious restaurant. Finish your meal with a slice of housemade wasabi cheesecake or tempura banana and ice cream – if you can find the room! 85 Riccarton, 341 6608



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RED BOWL Established in 2010, Red Bowl offers a variety of Cantonese cuisine in a refreshing dining atmosphere. The fully licensed BYO is a perfect spot for a gathering of friends or family, with a range of dishes to suit every taste. With an expansive dining space, large parking area and experienced staff, it can also cater for events of up to 100. Red Bowl serves one of the best Yum Cha in Canterbury at lunch which is available until 3pm. As well as set menus and a range of other lunch and dinner options. A comprehensive take out menu is also offered. 57 Mandeville Street, Riccarton, 348 3688

SALA SALA Under new management this year, Sala Sala has reestablished itself as a mainstay in Christchurch’s culinary landscape. The menu incorporates a variety of Asian dishes, most notably Peking duck. With crispy skin, the duck is served with the traditional crepe-style pancakes and lashings of plum sauce. A must-try! 142 Papanui Road 355 5932

ANCESTRAL Be taken on a journey back in time at Ancestral, where the cuisine of China is brought into the modern day with New Zealand’s outstanding produce. Drawing on the rich depth of history and ancient traditions of this faraway land, the chefs present diners with traditional dishes that are destined to excite and tantalise taste buds. Enjoy Taiwan-style bubble tea, classic tender crystal chicken, traditional Sichuan spicy noodle or simply a bottle of cold craft beer. Share food, drinks and time together at a place where every element – be it food, people or service – matters. 35E Riccarton Road, 348 8876

UNIVERSO A new addition to the Christchurch Art Gallery, Universo offers a menu of hearty favourites and enticing seafood options that will satisfy a wide range of diners. The brasserie is focused on delivering high quality food and impeccable drinks that suit its designer location. With floorto-ceiling plants, you will feel as though you are dining inside a tropical oasis, though, with plenty of outdoor seating, it’s as wonderful a setting for al fresco dining, too. Cnr Worcester Blvd and Montreal St, 379 5214

JOYFUL RESTAURANT Experience the best of Chinese cuisine in the heart of Riccarton. This charming, modern restaurant is excellent value and, despite its size, boasts quick, good-natured service, low noise levels and a literally joyful atmosphere. The fried dumplings are a must-try, even touted by some as the ‘best in Christchurch’. Joyful Restaurant is more than a family-friendly or date-night kind of place, it’s also your go-to destination for functions, able to take bookings of up to 150 people. Joyful Restaurant is undoubtedly where people go for great tasting, quality Asian food. 102 Riccarton Road, 341 6883

UNCOMMON For a relaxed atmosphere and exceptional flavours, look no further than Uncommon. This truly exciting addition to Christchurch’s bold new café scene serves classics with a twist. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or coffee, the attention to detail, service and overall experience are nothing short of exceptional. 262 Tuam Street, 379 3977

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DAY-TO-NIGHT DINING Town Tonic is our Addington go-to for unbeatable brunches, coffee on the go and delicious cocktails. The sleek restaurant has a stylish, modern interior with loads of seating, an open-plan kitchen, and floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s the perfect spot for dinner and drink before a show at The Court Theatre. Open from 7.30am till late on weekdays and 8.30am on weekends, this will soon become your regular.

DO YOU WANT FRIES WITH THAT? The humble potato has undergone a makeover, with loaded fries gracing the menus of our favourite eateries. Try the truffle-loaded fries at Sister Kong, piled with shitake mushrooms, kewpie mayo, toasted peanuts, spicy nori and 16 (yes, 16) herbs and spices. Or try the curly fries with chipotle mayo at Lower 9th Diner (89 Lichfield St) and the best-ever shoestring fries (with chicken salt) at Slick Burgers (order via Uber Eats).

Founded in 1870, Governors Bay Hotel is a colonial beauty, offering splendid sea views and a brand new menu. If you’re after a relaxed weekend drive, head to this historic spot for a sun-soaked al fresco brunch. We recommend the smoked salmon hash.

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PEANUT BUTTER NUTTERS Everybody's adding the good stuff to their baking this season. From Cookie Time to Cakes By Anna (CBA), we're all about lacing our treats with peanut butter right now. We recommend CBA's decadent flourless chocolate cake. Mixed with super crunchy Fix and Fogg peanut butter, then layered with peanut butter buttercream before being topped with caramel, pistachios, white chocolate and raspberries. Need we say more?

GRAZING TABLES December is officially upon us, which means summer holidays and celebrations! Our favourite way to host a special occasion is with indulgent platters piled high. Bespoke Platters are our go-to for grazing tables, ideal for any gathering with all products locally sourced throughout Canterbury. Think Le Panier breads, Canterbury Cheesemonger cheeses and meats from Cashmere Cuisine.

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TIME TO DINE Tis the Season to jolly well eat what you like. Treat your tastebuds at some of these ideal places for social gatherings in the lead-up to Christmas. There are options aplenty for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Why go past an opportunity to eat out?

AlvArAdo’s MexicAn cAntinA Come and try our TRADITIONAL MEXICAN FOOD... Alvarados is the essential destination for experiencing true Mexican cuisine. Open daily from 11.00am. 77 Stevens Street, Phillipstown, Christchurch Ph 03 374 4149 Follow us on Twitter @Alvaradoschch

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

Mona Vale HoMestead and Pantry Rebuilt brick by brick and once again elegant in her heritage best, Mona Vale Homestead & Pantry is welcoming visitors for breakfast, brunch, lunch and exquisite High Teas. Also ideal for weddings, special occasions and corporate events. Open now 7am-5pm 40 Mona Vale Avenue, Fendalton 03 341 7450 Follow us on Facebook




Located upstairs in the New Brighton Club, the Pierview Restaurant offers a stunning panoramic view of the Pegasus coastline and New Brighton Pier. Irresistible a la carte menu, excellent specials and now open for Brunch on Sundays from 10.30am.

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



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

terrace downs resort Come celebrate the New Year with fine dining, warm merriment and music. All designed to ensure that you start 2018 on the right note. Sunday 31st December 5pm - Canapes and bubbles 7pm - Four course degustation menu paired with fine wines begins at $150 per person. Bookings essential. Sunday Buffet (Adults $45pp, Kids u12 only $20) Popular Sunday buffet, every Sunday 12:30pm-2:30pm. *Bookings essential, call today: 03 318 6943 Email:

GARDEN BUFFET RESTAURANT Extensive selection of dishes ranging local favourites through to International and Asian cuisine. Also famous for delicious desserts. Definitely something to satisfy any taste. BOOK YOUR PRE-CHRISTMAS GET TOGETHER’S NOW! Open daily for lunch and dinner 110 Marshland Road, Christchurch. Ph 386 0088 Like us on Facebook

RACECOURSE HOTEL & MOTOR LODGE Located opposite Riccarton Park, this hotel offers great dining, Sports Bar (with pool tables, SKY sport, gaming lounge, TAB), Carbine Lounge and affordable accommodation. Hoofbeats Restaurant (famous for their roasts) open daily from 6.30am serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. PRE-XMAS FUNCTIONS. CHECK OUT HOOFBEAT’S SET FESTIVE MENUS. 118 Racecourse Road, Riccarton, Christchurch Phone 03 342 7150

THE PAPANUI Home of two extraordinary eateries... The Embers Restaurant and The Club Carvery. Both offer quality cuisine using fresh local ingredients matched with attentive service and outstanding bar selection. Both restaurants are family friendly. BOOK YOUR PRE-CHRISTMAS & YEAR END EVENTS NOW! 310 Sawyers Arms Road, Papanui Phone: 03 359 9586 Members, guests & affiliates welcome


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FESTIVE CATCH-UPS Eat, drink and be merry catching up with friends and family at these local Selwyn favourites. Who needs to go to town for wining and dining with these great places on the doorstep?

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

Our focus centres on putting forth fresh and inventive takes on refined comfort food created with local, fresh produce, including our favourite – the burger. Our children’s menu is healthy and delicious. We have an extensive boutique cocktail and wine list which pairs beautifully with our menu. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, our concept is for you to leave craving more.

Limited spaces left for your Christmas Function – BOOK NOW! 82 Rolleston Drive. Ph 03 347 4192 Opening Hours: Mon–Sat 5pm-Late and Sun 12pm lunch-Late Follow us on facebook


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Come and try out The Pedal Pusher’s new menu and don’t forget to book your Christmas Function now! With live music every Sunday, come and relax in the sun in one of our two outdoor areas while you enjoy some beautiful food and a cold beverage.

Fine food, friendly folk, fabulous scenery and relaxed atmosphere. Sheltered courtyard and outdoor areas, perfect for dining or platters and wines. A La Carte Restaurant Open 7 Days 12pm to Last seating around 8pm

Open 7 days - 9am till Late Bookings recommended 55 Faringdon Boulevard, Rolleston Ph 03 260 0866 284-286 Lincoln Road, Addington Ph 03 335 0095

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Milanese A taste of Italy right here in Selwyn... Prebbleton’s best kept secret is a secret no longer. The Milanese fully licenced Italian restaurant and pizzeria is an exceptional place to dine when you want a taste of Italy. Fresh Pasta, Carbonara, Spaghetti, to authentic Italian Pizzas. Dine In or Takeaway. Licensed/BYO wine only. Private Functions available. Cnr Springs & Marshs Road 407 Springs Road, phone 349 9652 (entrance on Marshs Road, behind Vege Shop)


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t was all hands on deck when Sills& Co grandly opened early one spring evening as Papanui Road was buzzing with swarms of workers answering the homeward call. Not bound for domesticity though, were the invitees who gathered to welcome the boutique to Merivale. The store shone like a beacon to seekers after fine dressing who, taking advantage of the fine evening and gentle temperature, mingled in the sumptuously catered conviviality.

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ithin the neo-gothic edifice which commands with dignity the elegant Worcester Boulevard, a new era in shopping was beginning. Along the former halls of learning, modern sounds of celebration were heard as Shopology was launched. A multiplicity of designers, artists and providers of excellent things have come together to retail in unison, ensuring that the tank of creativity overflows like a bank-burst river.

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here was an air of excitement suffusing the foyer at Hoyts Riccarton when Discover Travel hosted a preview party for the premier of Murder On The Orient Express. The anticipation of being transported for an hour or so to exotic locations, sent a thrill through the mingling invitees. Within the depths of the darkened movie house, Agatha Christie’s tale of intrigue and dastardly doings was beginning to play and captivate the audience who, having seen the wonderful locations depicted, may be inspired to travel and discover such places for themselves. Bon Voyage! John and Deane Davies

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he southern hemisphere’s ultra violet blazed blisteringly down on Addington, seeking out any patch of unshaded fair skin on which to leave a red reminder of Cup Day. The noise and bustle sent thrills and fingers of excitement along nerves as the day unfolded, the elegance of fashion and the drama of on track chariot battles were eagerly anticipated. At the other end of the week of turf-centred entertainment, a gently weathered morning unfolded at Riccarton Park where shaded picnics reeked of understated opulence. In concert with the elegance of race day fashion parades and the relentless on course pursuit, these events brought the champagne-coloured day to a justified rest. Photography: Zoe Williams

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186 Main North Road, Redwood, Christchurch Phone: 03 352 6186 or 03 352 6187 | Fax: 03 352 6180

open hours: Mon 8.30am - 5pm Tue 9am - 5pm Wed 9am - 5pm Thurs 9am - 5pm Fri 8am - 4.30pm sat 9am - 4.30pm

Dave and Wendy Sturrock

Vanessa Ortynsky, Nick Lovett Di White-Johnson, Kirsteen Britten, Tania McVicar



he red carpet was rolled out bringing a touch of glamour to Sumner. The crowd was swelling, cheerfully waiting for the stars to appear, not from the sky but out of a stretched limousine. Locally produced movie, The Stolen was being premiered and to the cheers of onlookers, cast members walked the crimson path to the Hollywood Theatre. Cameras clicked and flashguns popped as the festive evening got underway, recalling the golden age of the silver screen when the kings and queens of the celluloid were mobbed and adored for their art.

Bruce and Pamela Lindsay

Neville and Heather Brown

Stan Walker, Lukas Hinch

Amelia and Tom Stafford

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Stephen and Liz Collins

Stig and Noela Eldred

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David and Allanah James

Val Moreno, Emma Johnstgon

CIRKOPOLIS PARTY Steve Coleman, Sarah Brown

Bruce and Deb



he Isaac Theatre Royal was packed with patrons when the circus came to town – though it was not just any old circus, but Cirkopolis, a very sophisticated entertainment indeed. Prior to the start of the breathtaking and danger defying antics on stage, Star Media hosted a party. Good things to consume flowed in abundance before the time came for all to take their seats and make ready to be amazed!

John and Jenny Turnbull

Suzannah Tonascia, Sue McKean

Lily Hym, Nicola Milne


Andy and Kathryn Martin

Alan Cowie, Victoria Kenny



Belinda and Steve Ellis


he bustling urban symphony of rush-hour Glandovey Road seemed a light year away from Lintrathen Gardens. The preview party hosted at the elegant Fendalton estate was blessed by the golden face of afternoon. From the meandering stream, flashes of lively fishes and jewels of reflected sunlight danced together as a languid eel broke the surface to curiously survey the riparian merriment. Within the ultra modern dwellings, guests toured room by room and their compliments were as profuse as summer butterflies.

Keith Chiang, Maria and Stephen Fleming

Janmarie and Gil Jenkins

Annie and Bert Govan

92 STYLE | win

Every month, Style sources a range of exceptional prizes to give away. It’s easy to enter, simply go to and fill in your details on the ‘Win With Style’ page. Entries close December 31.



Prada’s new Candy Gloss perfume builds layer upon layer of light, delicate fragrance to create a sweet, light and uplifting scent. Blending notes of cherry, orange blossom, almond and musk, the fragrance evokes effortless classic femininity and indulgent sophistication. This month, one lucky winner will receive Prada Candy Gloss EDT 80ml, valued at $203.

BeeBio Skincare’s Bee Venom Venomenous Masque is a multi-functional, anti-aging and hydrating treatment for brightening and rejuvenating the skin. With active 16+ mānuka honey, concentrated bee venom, and powerful antioxidants, it works to quickly tighten, firm and renew the skin, while helping to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots and dullness. We have a Venomenous Masque valued at $99.96 to give away to 20 readers.

CHOC HIT Featuring delicious local ingredients sourced from passionate artisan producers around New Zealand and the Pacific, the Whittaker’s Artisan Collection is nothing short of delicious. At this time of year, four favourites are conveniently boxed up so you can easily enjoy: Fijian Ginger and Kerikeri Mandarin in Dark Chocolate, Marlborough Sea Salt and Caramel Brittle in Milk Chocolate, Nelson Pear and Manuka Honey in Milk Chocolate, and West Coast Buttermilk Caramelised White Chocolate. We have two Whittaker’s Artisan Collection Gift Boxes (RRP $19.95) to give away.

BROW TIME New to High Street, beauty destination OFF & ON is opening its doors December 7 to offer a line-up of treatments that will enhance brows and lashes (‘On’), or take care of unwanted hair (‘Off’) – from laser hair removal to the Brozilian (men’s wax). We have two brow spa treatments, valued at $65 each, to give away.

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BEAN RESPONSIBLE Grounded Responsible Coffee, a recently launched New Zealand brand, is taking sustainability to the next level. As well as being 100% certified organic and fairtrade, it is also certified climate neutral and is involved with reforestation in New Zealand and Peru. Go for Kickstarter if you like smooth, dark, full flavours that pack a punch, or #Time to Shine if you prefer your coffee to have rich, sweet delicately complex flavours. We have two gift sets, one with two plunger blends and the other with two whole bean blends, to give away.

$500 TOWARDS A HOME MAKEOVER Your home should reflect your style and Freedom can give you that little extra hand, whether you are looking for custom-made curtains and blinds or want to refresh a space with new furniture and accessories. The Freedom ID service is a best kept secret, with in-home design consultations to suit your style. This month, we are giving away $500 towards a home makeover.

WRITE NOW The Cross Tech3+ Collection is a range of finely crafted pens which can transform from a black ballpoint pen, to a red editing pen, to a pencil, and back, with an easy twist. The pens also feature a stylus end, and come in a range of colour finishes. We have one Cross Tech3+ Lustrous Chrome pen, valued at $99.99, to give away.

NAIL IT FABY’s new Spring/Summer 2017 collection of nail lacquers, aptly names I’m Faby, is an eclectic mic featuring pastels, rich, tone and vibrant hues. The 12 irresistible shades (RRP$20.00 each) are inspired by current fashion, design and art trends in Italy and around the globe. All Faby products are cruelty free, 100% vegan and ‘Big 10 Free’ – containing no harmful chemicals or potentially problematic. We have two $30 I’m Faby mini kits to give away, each containing 5ml bottles in four shades: Ciao bella!, Prosecco@5pm, 1st Class ticket and Lobster salad.

PRIMP AND PRENE With a cult following in Australia, Prene Bags are the go-to for those looking for baby bags, gym bags, yoga bags, and more. The go-anywhere perforated neoprene tote is lightweight, machine washable and vegan. We have one Brighton Bag, valued at $119.95, to give away. For more, see

LAST MONTH’S WINNERS: ALI MCGREGOR: Iris Goodmanson KMS: Emma Monk WINE & DINE: Michele Ramsey UNSTUCK: Tracey Henderson, Jackie Drake *Conditions: Each entry is limited to one per person. You may enter all giveaways. If you are selected as a winner, your name will be published in the following month’s edition. By registering their details, entrants give permission for Star Media to send further correspondence, which they can opt out of at any stage.


94 STYLE | etiquette



You’ve either drawn the short straw or like the pressure, but whatever the reason, make this Christmas better by taking stress off the menu. 1. Choose dishes that are better on day two. You want to enjoy Christmas Day too, so consider inviting your besties over to celebrate Christmas Eve and whip up a dish or two between wines. 2. Go for platters. Forget about serving up individual plates, that’s far too timeconsuming. Let your guests serve themselves – heck, even let the kids loose, it’s only one day. 3. Carefully consider your condiments. Pickles, chutneys, mustards and relishes will have your guests oohing and aaghing. And it means guests can personalise their meals to their tastes, instead of it being your responsibility. 4. Don’t be a hero! Ask for help. You’ll make your guests more uncomfortable if you don’t let them bring something, so when they ask… say yes! 5. Relax. This isn’t MasterChef, Christmas is about family and friends. If you find yourself surrounded by a table of judges, hand over the reins, or switch out your audience.


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The CALIFORNIA U shape suite is a great conversation piece. With its U shaped configuration you are able to have a great group of people around and entertain. Constructed with powder coated aluminium frames and UV stabilized PVC ‘Wicka’, this stunning piece of furniture is built to last. The California U shaped suite comes complete with olefin covered cushions and a high table.



The GAS Lounger is the perfect place to enjoy the warmth of summer. Relax with a book or take a siesta, the adjustable back makes it so easy. The Gas Loungers are SUITE constructed in UV The COPENHAGEN stabilized PVC ‘wicka’ with olefin fabric covered cushions.

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