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IMPORTANT & RARE ART Auction 7:00pm Tuesday 30 July

FRANCES HODGKINS The Fishing Fleet, Chioggia, 1906 Watercolour 68.6 x 45.7cm Estimate $60,000 - 80,000

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MICHAEL SMITHER Saint Francis & The Wolf 1988, Oil & alkyd on board 120 x 103cm Estimate $120,000 - 160,000

CHARLES F GOLDIE Memories, Harata Tuhaere of Orakei, 1917 Oil on board 24.3 x 19.1cm Estimate $250,000 - 350,000

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COLIN MCCAHON Waterfall, December 1964 Oil on hardboard 30.3 x 30.3cm Estimate $40,000 - 50,000

WU GUANZHONG (China 1919-2010) Trees & Snow Mountain 1988, Ink and colour 86 x 69cm Estimate $400,000 - 600,000




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During the cooler months we yearn for that increase in sunlight to break us from that winter funk, and Verve promises to deliver just that, at least in a metaphorical sense, with one of the year’s best issues so far. Among our collection of July boundary-pushing creatives is furniture maker Josephine Jelicich, already an awardwinner for her thoughtful designs using predominantly native woods as her muse. It’s so often the simpler personal nuances that create a feeling of comfort and belonging in our homes, encasing us from the hustle and bustle of life outside. Architect Nadine Engelbrecht veered away from conventional wisdoms building her double-volume conservatory, not outside, but at the centre of her home—you can read all about it on page 22. Jamie Desplaces chats to shirt designer extraordinaire Tuhirangi Blair, who believes, among other things, that professionally pursuing eco-friendly practices “should be as commonplace as using one’s manners”. His eclectic array of shirts are all fashioned from recycled and repurposed textiles. Then there is urban and street photographer David Straight, whose eye for detail and subtle cues within those everyday moments propels his work to another storey. Talking about photographers, Auckland-based photographer Vanessa Lewis recently embarked on a trip to France, taking her family, including much-loved pets, Billy and Sparkles, with her—not as uncommon as

you would think! The Lewis family joins a growing trend of holidaying with one’s furry friends. Check them out on page 34. Another thrilling interview is that with Joi Gordon. Joi bravely quit her job as a New York lawyer to follow her poverty-fighting dream of helping unemployed women, many of them mothers to young children, into the workplace. The CEO of international charity Dress for Success spends much of her life travelling to affiliates around the world, and Verve caught up with her before the 20th anniversary celebration of its Auckland office. “If you don’t move forward, you’re standing still,” were just some of her many inspirational words—and one’s we certainly try to adhere to here at Verve . Knowing how much you love Verve's competitions and giveaways, we’ve put together a special makeover package for one lucky reader. Turn to page 79 to find out more about this fabulous prize. And that’s not even a half of it! It’s an issue that’s, even by Verve standards, brimming with inspiration, so, what are you waiting for? Kick back, relax and enjoy!

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Straight Shooter WO R D S — J AM I E C H R I S T I AN D E S P L AC E S

Auckland-based urban photographer David Straight is fresh from Venice when we meet in a Kingsland cafe, having been commissioned by Creative New Zealand to document the nation’s exhibition at the biennale. City landscapes don’t come much more dramatic than the fabled canal-lined cultural hub, though David admits that he generally seeks out more subtle cues, preferring to capture those harder to notice “everyday moments”. Smaller towns, he muses, are often more interesting, “less looked at, and less affected”.


“Carlo Scarpa was a great Venetian architect, one of the major modernists, so I hunted a lot his work out, but the everyday stuff is just mad,” he chuckles. “As a city, Venice is kind of bonkers! It was fun just walking around, not having to deal with cars, and examining everything.”

David was "around 10 or 11" when his brother was gifted his first camera and remembers being “really jealous!”: “So, I always stole it—and having been taking pictures ever since.”

Growing up in West Coast in the shadow of the Southern Alps and rarely too far from the salty mist of the Tasman Sea undoubtedly honed David’s creativity and curiosity. That oft-forgotten South Island ribbon being arguably the most evocative region of this most evocative of lands.

“I love that process. I used to roll my own black and white film and process it myself. I loved the chemistry of it all. But I stopped shooting film around 2009. Commercially, digital just makes more sense, but I don't prefer one over the other, they both have their place."

“West Coast will always be home in a spiritual way,” he says. “Down there, it feels as though what you don’t need, the Earth takes back. It’s such a harsh environment, but it’s incredible, just such an amazing place to grow up as free-range kids on a farm.”

Though David’s commercial work now mainly centres around snapping buildings for many of New Zealand’s leading architects, his first passion was for street photography—a craft he mastered during his stint in New York (and later London) interning with renowned photojournalism and documentary agency, Magnum Photos.

Do you prefer the old days of shooting in film?

“I did a couple of projects over there, but I was basically most interested in walking around and capturing moments on the streets. New York was among the happiest periods of my life. I worked on a lot of independent books but when I came back to New Zealand, I realised that photography is the only thing I knew how to do, and had to make a living out of it.” Through a friend, David secured a gig photographing restaurants for an online dining site, and from that became interested in architecture. “It developed into me creating a commercial outlet to making a living from it,” he says. “Being a street photographer, you begin to realise how cities are formed, how important social and public spaces are. Visually consuming cities, you begin to learn their fabric.” While most studio photographers are in control of their environment, you are almost at the mercy of yours, in terms of the likes of weather and lighting? V ERV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z

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As well as reflecting on his career, David believes it’s important, moving forward, to embrace Scott’s design philosophies. The photographer expresses disappointment at the lack of consideration given to the indigenous culture in terms of the way we build, from individual housing through to urban planning: “There is this huge wealth of knowledge that Māori possess around how we live, especially in communal settings.” I ask if architecture is a path he has ever considered. “Not formally, I don’t have the patience! It’s not the individual buildings that I'm most interested in, rather the social and community angle. I’m fascinated by, and love, public architecture, and the publicness of architecture, it’s really important. It’s something that New Zealand doesn’t do very well. Auckland is a wonderful example of not having enough public space. In Europe I used to walk everywhere, but coming back here you realise how much you depend upon your car. It’s frustrating.” “Yes, it’s those kind of serendipitous moments that have always interested me. The way the light can fall thorough a building, it can only be there for a few minutes and then it’s gone. It’s different on a cloudy day and a sunny day. It all comes down to those special, serendipitous moments that keep drawing me back in.” You’re constantly on the lookout? “Absolutely. I did a book called Vernacular which is about the everyday environment, looking at things which you’re not supposed to look at—from manhole covers to fence posts. It tunes your eye into noticing those small, overlooked things.”

David tells me that it’s vital he feels he’s doing work that has “some sort of value”. It is, he adds, why artists do what they do, “because they feel they have something to say”. “It’s essential to have that. The John Scott book was about making a case for something, an idea, and a person. You get invested in it. It’s good for your soul.” To order David’s books, or find more of his work, visit davidstraight.net

David’s most recent book, published in March, is John Scott Works, a gorgeous collection of photographs (complemented by a collection of selected accompanying essays) of one of New Zealand’s most influential, yet underappreciated, architects. The project took David twoand-a-half years to complete. “It came about because of the demolition of a really incredible, important building, the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre in Te Urewera. It was an amazing piece of our history. John Scott was a Māori architect who incorporated Māori ideas into his buildings. He worked in the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70’s and ‘80s. He was such a significant architect, so, for that building to be demolished was just a shocking moment.” It was a violent action that implored David to ponder the “Māori world in our modern-built environment”, and “to make a statement around that”: “John Scott created his own language of New Zealand architecture. He was a pioneer.” V E RV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z


WOMEN IN Woodworking

If you happen to look through woodworking books or magazines, you would be hardpressed to see a female face amongst the pages. Historically woodworking has been a very male-dominated trade or hobby, and even now women only account for about 25 percent of our student intake. A regular comment from aspiring female woodworkers is that they were steered away from school woodworking classes and/or their father’s shed, which actually didn’t stop their desire to learn later in life. Centre for Fine Woodworking courses offer no formal qualifications and are accessible to anyone and everyone who is interested in taking their skills to the highest level attainable whether for career development or personal pleasure. Here we showcase three highly skilled women who are practising furniture makers, all of whom have attended intensive full time programmes here at the school.

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In November 2019 the school will run its first women only four-day beginners course in a supreme effort to get those female students way above the current 25 percent.


Lou Fuller is a highly skilled furniture maker, and formerly the school’s teaching assistant/ technician. Lou is currently on an internship in Canada with one of North America’s most respected furniture makers assisting him to create work for the Canadian Embassy.


Lorraine created an impressive portfolio of work and has now set up her own workshop. Lorraine created an 8m sculpture made from cedar for the 2018 Light Nelson Festival which now remains in the Queen’s Gardens.


Tash works from her studio workshop in Hahei and every year opens her doors for the Mercury Bay Art Escape. Tash is inspired by Scandinavian design and appreciates the less is more approach. It is of great importance to her to create high quality heirloom pieces. Tash takes private commission work and sells smaller items on Felt.

Centre For Fine Woodworking New Zealand’s premier furniture making, woodworking and design. Located in the beautiful Nelson region, we are a not-for-profit woodworking school offering courses to suit every skill level. We run weekend workshops, project-based short courses for beginners and intermediate level, an eight-week beginners intensive, master classes, carving, toolmaking, guitar making courses and an intensive 32-week furniture makers’ programme. Coming up in 2019–2020: Vic Tesolin, author of The Minimalist Woodworker teaches four days of planemaking and a one-day demonstration on hand tools Beginners courses — woodworking basics (including a women-only class), into to carving, eight-week beginners intensive programme and acoustic guitar making Intermediate level—chair making, chair design, carving, laminating, veneering and benchmaking Master classes with Michael Fortune, David Upfill-Brown, Roy Schack, Reed Hansuld and Adrian Ferrazzutti With our impressive line-up of internationally renowned teachers/makers, and small class sizes, our students gain an extremely high skill base in a short space of time. We pride ourselves in offering world-class tuition unavailable anywhere else in New Zealand. Hope to see you here soon.

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ALL About Wood WO R D S — J AM I E C H R I S T I AN D E S P L AC E S

Josephine Jelicich has always enjoyed building things with her hands, even if, by her own admission, she wasn’t always so adept at it. “I was a quiet kid who mostly loved drawing and making, and at one point I really remember wanting to be a cartoonist,” she says. “At art school I always felt frustrated about not being able to make something that was functional and strong. Being in a workshop environment made me want to become skilled at something practical, and I stumbled upon the Centre for Fine Woodworking in Nelson. It was a dream to be able to go to this school, learn so intensively and become part of a new world.” 16

The artist and furniture maker is already starting to make her mark on that world having bagged the 2018 Mayor’s Award for her table, Pipi, crafted from native beech. I ask if she has a favourite wood to work with. “There are so many! At the centre last year, I tried to use whatever was around—they have a great stock room with donated and locally milled pieces—and there were so many beautiful variations in these unique woods. Tawhairanui (red beech) was my favourite. Tawhai (silver beech) is a simple but strong wood, with a shimmer and some surprises like pink, purple and silver throughout. The nicest to work with was probably American cherry—it’s well-known for its easy-towork-with properties.” I ask about sustainable practices within the industry and Josephine says that it’s at the forefront of most woodworkers’ minds. “A lot of people want pieces fashioned from American oak or ash, which is imported, so not so sustainable in terms of air miles,” says Josephine. “But furniture makers are usually working on a pretty small scale, which does make it easier to be more careful. Many will build collections of wood from friends that fell trees, or need one chopped down. Most people don’t realise the beauty or value of some trees' timber and may for example remove a black walnut tree and cut it up for firewood—but it’s about $200 a plank!”


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Josephine says that she is attracted by the uniqueness of each plank of wood, intrigued by the surprises that it holds. She loves watching the wood evolve from “an unrecognisable, oxidised raw plank, to a finished, functional thing” taking in each of the stages in between, “getting to know the wood” as it is squared, and then milled. The whole woodworking process, she adds, can be meditative, taking the time to sharpen chisels and planes is “both calming and satisfying”. “It takes a great deal of patience to complete a project, and there have definitely been times when I have felt like giving up,” admits Josephine. “You can’t rush too much because one mistake can set you back days. With practice, mistakes don’t just become easier to deal with, but a fun problem-solving exercise. Things such as hand-shaping and cutting dovetails I find meditative, all you are thinking about is where the chisel is going, and following the steps in your head.”


In terms of profit, Josephine laments that it’s “outrageous” how long some pieces take to make, with something as seemingly simple as a desk stretching over two months—and that’s “working on it full time in a school environment with expert teachers and the best machines”. “Every element of the things I have made have been done entirely by hand, and carefully thought about,” she reveals. “I would like to design and make some items that are more affordable, so figuring out a way to make the process quicker is important.”

Moving forward, she wishes to take the time to build her confidence and experience, eventually establishing her own workshop where she can help friends and others learn: “I would love to have the time to make beautiful things for people close to me.” Speaking of which, Josephine has an upcoming collaborative show at Precinct 35 in Wellington with her partner, painter Yvette Vlevin (“instead of ‘art’ I will make furniture and other woodwork objects, it’s exciting to be able to experiment with what I’ve learnt”) and plans to teach a course at community workshop The Warren, here in Auckland. “Next year, I hope to return to the Centre for Fine Woodworking for the Michael Fortune Open Studio Programme,” she adds, “so wish me luck for the scholarship!” Luck!


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You are a mother, a business owner and a designer, what does your average day look like? I wake up at 6.30am, have a pause to visualise the day then get my four children ready to take them to school. This year I have four schools so it is a bit more demanding than usual. I do love the morning car trips as we get to chat before everyone is off to school. I get to my office at 8.30am-9am, depending on the traffic. I have days with meetings and others I work in the office. Depending on the day I will leave the office to pick the children up at 2.30pm. Then we get home and I do more work. Again each day depends, yet I take everyone to their afterschool activities then come back home and cook dinner. I do love food so I spend time cooking something yummy and at the same time organising the children doing their homework and showers and so on. When everyone is in bed at around 9pm, I work more, usually until 11pm. I will meditate before I go to bed to relax and unwind my brain. Some days I will fit in some exercise such as yoga, pilates, paddle boarding or walking.

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Where do you find your design inspiration? I find that my inspirations are an amalgamation of art, architecture, design, technology, nature, science, spirituality, crafts, music, cultures and sports. With LyZadie Design Studio the concepts are all born in New Zealand, they are rooted here. I love that sense of place and geographic specificity. It makes for richer conversations and unique creations. You were first an architect, now a designer, what led you to smaller pieces? I wanted to experiment with the story of objects. I want to tell stories. I find creating smaller objects with incredible makers using beautiful materials an exciting journey. It is fulfilling to do the right thing as a designer, to be conscious about what I design. I find it more challenging with architecture with the regulations which sometimes don’t help to make sustainable decisions and actions. I am still designing buildings yet that journey is transforming as this chapter of designing objects, furniture is growing. I am learning to balance the two, yet designing smaller objects is changing my sensibility and need to change the world. It will be interesting to see how this journey evolves. I do love both. Today's world is becoming more global and sometimes a bit too homogenous. How do you balance the need for local flavour and authenticity, and an international appeal in your designs? As a New Zealand design studio we want to show a consistent sensitivity throughout our work, concentrating on local materials, quality over quantity and responsible production practices whilst also maintaining a very high level of aesthetics throughout all our collections and creations. We tackle the ideas such as sense of place and geographic specificity successfully, making the conversation about sustainable practices a richer one. Using impressively rigorous and interesting design thinking, we create beautiful objects with excellent craftsmanship.

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IN When architect Nadine Engelbrecht built a home for her parents on a farm outside Pretoria in South Africa, not only did she bring the outside in with a double-volume conservatory at its centre, but she also took the house off the grid. Words Graham Wood | Photography Elsa Young

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We’ve got some lawn for the dogs and kids to play. Otherwise, everything is endemic. › The north-facing glass façade of the central conservatory is automated, and can be opened completely to create a seamless transition from interior to exterior. A deeper overhang here helps control the sun, keeping direct sun out in summer while allowing the lower winter sun in to warm the simple screed floors and passively release embodied heat in the evenings, warming the adjacent kitchen and lounge. The furnishings include a Haywire chandelier by David Krynauw, classroom chairs from an antique shop, and a dining table designed by Nadine and built by her father, Andre Freyer. The soft felt chair is by Ronel Jordaan. While wild veld grass surrounds the house, an apron of lawn has been created for visiting grandchildren to play on. A grassy staircase has been carved into the incline, in which parts of the house are submersed.


In South Africa, because of the climate, if you design a house well, you don’t need alternative heating and cooling. ‹ Opposite the kitchen, on the other side of the conservatory, is the lounge and two glassed-off workspaces, one each for Andre and Charmaine, who both work part-time from home. Like the TV area, the lounge is given definition by an oak floor set in the surrounding screed. The bench and African cork stools are by Laurie Wiid. The felt chair is by Ronel Jordaan. The pendant lights were designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Flos, and the painting is by Marié Vermeulen-Breedt. The side table is by Gregor Jenkin. ›

In summer, if you keep the doors open, it cools naturally. It’s never too hot. When everything is open, it breathes, and its temperature stays constant. › Glassed-off workspaces, one each for Andre and Charmaine, who both work part-time from home, are accommodated adjacent to the lounge, allowing quiet and a degree of privacy while light ďŹ lters through to the centre of the room.

28 ^ The central conservatory opens onto a kitchen and informal lounge/ TV room. Nadine designed the metal kitchen island and cabinets in keeping with the industrial aesthetic and materiality of the architecture. They were manufactured by Tsipe Engineering. Her father, Andre Freyer, a keen amateur carpenter, provided the timber cabinet interiors. Throughout the house, oak doors, cabinets and floors introduce warmth and texture. The concrete ceiling has been left exposed, honestly expressing its materiality. The bar stools are Dark Horse.

The home is an eclectic mix that is beautifully resolved in the simple palette of white walls, timber, concrete and steel, carried throughout the interiors.

› Architect Nadine Engelbrecht sits in an informal lounge/TV room, which creates a comfortable extension of the kitchen. Nadine’s mother, Charmaine, is a keen cook and spends a lot of time in the kitchen, so it doubles as a living space. The side table, coffee table and chairs are from Weylandts, and the cushion is by Mr. Price Home The wall light is by Flos.


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From the main bedroom, you look right into the treetops. ‹ The bedroom is west-facing and opens onto a balcony overlooking a nearby grove of trees, so a folding timber screen helps control the harsh afternoon sun. The area surrounding the bed is given warmth and definition by an oak floor set in the surrounding screed. The Model 265 wall-mounted bedside lamp is by Paolo Rizzatto for Flos. The pebble-shaped cushions are by Ronel Jordaan.


‹ In the bathroom, industrial materials like steel and concrete are animated by plants, including orchids and aerophytes that thrive in the moist environment. The steel shelf and towel hooks were designed by Nadine and manufactured by Tsipe Engineering. The copper bowl is by Coppe Bath.

Sleek and Modern 1. 1. Smalto Table

Knoll International

Smalto, designed by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Knoll, is a table made of enameled steel. The balance between the curves of this table and its glossy enameled finish gives the product a refined appearance.

2. Void

Guglielmo Poletti

Originated as an investigation of form in relation to the architectural notions of mass and emptiness. The collection is characterised by the extreme purity of the volumes, that has been partially deconstructed and carved out.

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3. Cugino Stool Mattiazzi

An expertly constructed wooden object that is ‘not a stool’ and ‘not a low table’, but could in fact be both. Experiment with the interplay of solidity and void to find a form that is open for interpretation, not given a function from the outset.

4. Cork and Felt Kvadrat Rugs


Constructed from 65 percent felt and 35 percent cork, this rug combines two natural and renewable materials to create a floor covering with the texture of the fabric and the durability of cork.

5. Fulcrum Lamp Resident

The modern re-expression of an archetype. Its free formed silhouette and re-positionable shade allow it to take on new forms from every angle, rendering it equally at home on an antique side table.


6. Orion Light Lee Broom

Orion comprises simple modular lights with opposing opaque and solid polished gold spheres along with opaque and solid gold tubes. These connect and expand horizontally and vertically to create bespoke constellations of light with infinite adaptations.


7. O Mirror Minimalux

The O Mirror by Minimalux is a round double-sided mirror, supported by a solid brass sphere which forms a graceful base: Sleek and stunning – can be a sculptural addition to a dressing table or an ornamental object in its own right.

8. Marcel Chair Ritzwell


Utilising modern technologies to create a traditional form, this chair offers a premium level of comfort. Distinguishing features are the curved backrest, and leather upholstery on the front face of the backrest and seat.

9. Bearded Leopard Moooi Carpets


The cryptic and mysterious nature of the Bearded Leopards is incorporated within this pattern. The warm colouring at the heart of the carpet is overtaken by splashes of colour as black as the darkest night.

10. Virginia Armchair



The lines that distinguish the Virginia “Indoor” family restate the vision of the eponymous outdoor series, with clear references to the same relaxed elegance and yearning to reconnect with nature.

11. Bash Platter Tom Dixon

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Beaten, banged and bashed from large sheets of annealed brass – they make great bowls, serving dishes, or contemporary sculpture. Each piece is unique and finished with a gold wash.



There’s Something About Sheepskin

Wanaka based Amanda Dorset and her husband, Ben Wilson, are the designers behind Wilson & Dorset, the luxury New Zealand sheepskin brand set to transform our living spaces. Think of a sheepskin rug and many of us are taken back to the 1970s when one could be found in most Kiwi homes. “I’m a child of the ‘70s and my mum’s still got my mine,” says Amanda Dorset, who is now in the business of the modern-day sheepskin. Kitsch No More Twelve years ago, when Wilson & Dorset was founded, sheepskin was seen as a little bit kitsch but Amanda and Ben set out to give it a makeover. “We saw an opportunity for a more edgy type of design,” says Amanda. “Sheepskin is an amazing natural fibre to use in your home. It’s beautiful, it’s functional, it’s antimicrobial, it’s warm in winter, it breathes in summer, and it doesn’t hold odour or stain. All you need to do is vacuum it and perhaps steam clean it once a year. I have not had one stain that I haven’t been able to get out.”

JULY 2019 “Sheepskin is beautiful, functional, antimicrobial, warm in winter, breathes in summer and it doesn’t hold odour or stains.”


Mother Nature “Our sheepskin products are luxurious and designed to be lived on every day. Our children have grown up on ours from babies and beyond. They withstand a lot of living!” An animal’s coat must withstand some extreme weather conditions and its versatility and hardiness are a nod to Mother Nature. Zeitgeist We’re living an age where there’s a renewed respect for natural fibres together with a demand for sustainability, and sheepskin ticks both boxes. “In the 1990s the synthetics industry created fibre out of petrochemicals ,which are a non-renewable resource, and proclaimed them the greatest,” says Amanda. “People brought into that so we need to reeducate them about the wonders of wool as a fibre.” Wilson & Dorset Wilson & Dorset designs include shaggy bags (think bean bags), stones (multi-functional floor cushions), chair pads and rugs in a variety of colours. “Often sheepskin has been

“The true beauty of sheepskin is that it’s timeless, it will sit gently in your space and no matter how roughly it’s treated, it will last a lifetime.”



so over-processed it looks synthetic. We try to do the least amount possible by preserving the inherent qualities of the wool fibre. Our skins are beautifully curly and wild,” says Amanda. Suede Backed Rugs “We patchwork our rugs to create circular and rectangular shapes as well as an organic shape we call 'The Moa', then we back them with suede. Often rugs need to have something to fix them but the suede creates a weight so they sit beautifully and securely. The non-backed skins are great for draping over a couch or an armchair. Right now, with winter in Wanaka, I pull ours off the couch and drape them over our outdoor furniture or use them in the car.”


Luxurious Lounging Amanda wants to encourage people to look at their living spaces differently. “People have the classic set up of a three-seater couch, a couple of armchairs and maybe a rug with a coffee table on top. It’s quite static,” she says. “I suggest ditching the armchairs and coffee table to open up and fully utilise your space. It’s a lounging concept. The Rug and Shaggy Bag and Stone Set offer fluid lounging pieces that move freely from one living space to the next instead of being locked in a traditional lounge set up.”

The Magic Of Natural Fibres Amanda says people are drawn to the woollen fibre. “It’s really interesting. We have a concept store here in Wanaka — it’s practically wall-towall sheepskin and when people come in I see them visibly relax. It’s the magic of the woolen fibre. It’s hard to get people to leave at closing time!"

Changing The World People around the globe are cottoning on to the humble sheepskin’s versatility and functionality in the design space. “We’ve just sent four shaggy bags to Paris, two to San Francisco and one of our suede backed rugs has taken up residence in Copenhagen,” says Amanda. “And this is all from those in the know because we don’t even have an e-commerce website. We are working on it though and it should be up by spring. In the meantime, follow us on Instagram @wilsondorset or contact our Wanaka Concept Store.

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Bonsai is an ancient Japanese gardening technique, developed over thousands of years, where you cultivate miniature trees in small pots. Along with creating a spectacular piece for your garden, growing bonsai is fantastic way to de-stress and help your sense of wellbeing. We explain all you need to know about starting to create and care for these gorgeous plants. CHOOSING YOUR PLANT Traditional bonsai can be broadly grouped into two different types – coniferous trees (pines), and deciduous or broad leaf trees. However, there are no set restrictions to bonsai, so you can always try something a little different with other plants, including jade plants or Christmas cacti. When choosing a plant make sure it is a young cutting or seedling so it can grow into it's new pot. LIGHT Like most trees, bonsai trees usually need a good six hours of sunlight and therefore are best kept outside. Although certain varieties can be kept indoors, you will need to make sure they stay outside for at least two days a week to keep them happy. WATER Bonsai need regular watering to thrive and survive. Water when the top couple of centimetres of soil have become dry. Make sure you soak the roots well by watering your bonsai until water starts to come out of the bottom of the pot. POTTING & RE-POTTING Bonsais will need to be planted into a small bonsai pot when they are small (as cuttings or seedings) with Kings Potting Mix and pumice. Depending on which type of bonsai you’re growing, you may also want to incorporate some other additives into the soil. Most young bonsais need to be replanted and their roots trimmed every two to three years, while older trees only need this done once every four to five years. The best time to re-pot your bonsai is in late winter while the tree is still dormant. The aim is not to re-plant into a larger pot, but to trim the roots back to restrict them from becoming rootbound, and then add in new mix.

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Animal Adventures WO R D S — J AM I E C H R I S T I AN D E S P L AC E S

Aotearoa has few peers when it comes to pet ownership. According to the New Zealand Companion Animal Council, around two-thirds of all homes house at least one pet, with cats found in just under half of all Kiwi homes, and pooches in around a third. Earlier this year it was revealed that the country’s canine ownership is rising so dramatically that, in every major city except Auckland, it even outstrips human population growth. Of the well over half a million registered dogs in New Zealand, Dunedin accounts for the highest concentration—its approximately 17,500 mutts means there’s one for around every seven people—while Hamilton’s dog ownership nearly doubled between 2012 and 2018. Auckland has the most hounds with 103,000. Such statistics mirror many international trends meaning related industries are booming also. In the US, where animal ownership has tripled since the 1970s, nearly $80 billion is spent annually on pets. More than a third of Americans give their pooch a birthday gift, and 27 percent have had their pets snapped by a professional photographer. Norwegians spend the most money feeding their dogs (around $1,000 per year), while Australians spend more than $12 billion annually on pet products and services—a staggering 42 percent increase between 2013 and 2016. In the USA, the pet industry is worth a cool $110 billion. Ninety-five percent of New Zealanders consider their pets to be part of the family. Vanessa Lewis and Billy the dog.

So, is it any wonder that more and more folk are also taking their furry friends travelling? According to the National Pet Owners Survey by the American Pet Products Association, around 37 percent of US pet owners vacation with their pets—up from 19 percent a decade ago. The number was even higher for TripAdvisor’s ‘travelling with pets’ survey whereby 53 percent of respondents saying they holidayed with their animals. VAN E S S A-L E W I S . C O M

Sparkles the cat.

One such example is Auckland-based photographer Vanessa Lewis who recently embarked on a business trip to Paris with her family which comprises husband Michael, daughter Nina, fox terrier poodle cross Billy (“full of beans and loves cuddles”), and Sparkles the Devon Rex cat (“very independent and rules the kingdom—much to my husband’s amusement!”). “We will be away for longer than three months, so considering the costs of kennelling and insurance, combined with the separation aspect, it just seemed like a better option,” says Vanessa. “While we found it quite restrictive in New Zealand, in Europe you can travel with your pets on public transport, and take them to restaurants, too. It has been very easy to find accommodation, from B&Bs to hotel chains, there are many to choose from who are pet-friendly.” Who have been the most impressive so far? “We have stayed in three different places. The Mercure hotel was extremely accommodating with few restrictions, our pets could basically do what they want—providing they were wellbehaved and toilet-trained!”

Vanessa also advises getting to know the pet travel company people as they play a massive role in the process: “Our pets spent a night with them before going to the airport. They had them in their house as opposed to a shop or factory set up.” Upon arriving, the family had to hire a van as “two pet carrier cages take up a lot of space along with all the luggage too!”. Have the pets enjoyed the trip so far? “They take a day or two to settle in, but we take them with is wherever we go so that they don’t feel too alone in the brand new environment.” As for whether they’d do it all over again, Vanessa says without question, as it’s “way better to have them with us than worry about them from afar,” plus, “my daughter is far too attached to them to be separated from them for too long!”. Follow Vanessa's journey on Instagram @vanessalewis or check out her website vanessa-lewis.com

Before taking overseas trips with your four-legged friends, first visit your vet for a check-up and a certificate if required. Airlines can only accept animals that are older than eight weeks, healthy and non-aggressive. (Some airlines will not transport certain dog breeds such as the Brazilian fila, Japanese tosa, American pit bull, and dogo Argentino.) Before the trip, it’s recommended that your animal get used to its travel crate while still at home, and make sure the crate is airline-approved. Be sure to check out your airline’s specific requirements for transporting animals, and pets should not be sedated unless advised to do so by your vet. “If they have a favourite toy, put it in their travel cage for the journey,” says Vanessa. “Buy extra bedding, and a have a bowl of food at hand when you collect them as they don’t get fed on the journey. Their bedding will most probably be wet as they can’t get to the toilet (we did have pet pee pads, but it’s no guarantee!) so have some pet shampoo ready too. Or, instead of a bath, you could find a parlour upon your arrival, but they’d probably most rather spend time with you bonding after the long trip.” VAN E S S A-L E W I S . C O M









With more and more families including their pet in every aspect of their lives, plenty of travel and holiday destinations are now catering for those requirements.

Of course the first question to ask is how happy will your pet be with the travel arrangements? Dogs being socially obligate animals they are always keen to be included, but perhaps your elderly cat or timid rabbit are not such great candidates for a car ride. Preparing for a trip to the beach, you must ensure travel arrangements are comfortable and safe, that means a crate or dog guard in the car, or a harness with a secure latch into the seat belt. If you are taking a ferry, look into the rules regarding dogs in cars or kennels, ensure they have water and they are situated in a well ventilated area. Placing a sign to identify your car as having animals inside is a helpful precaution. Make sure your pet has an up to date ID tag and you have checked out the local veterinary clinic at your destination, just in case of emergencies. Local councils have different bylaws as to where dogs are allowed, on or off leash, so be responsible and follow the rules!


Early social exposure and a having a respectful approach to dogs in public spaces will encourage a better standard of welfare for dogs in particular, and lead to safer communities for everyone.�

In the UK and Europe public dog access is much more relaxed and allows for better socialisation and behaviour from pet dogs. We want to promote this same accessibility in NZ and to do so we need to present well mannered, and courteous dogs in public. Travelling on trains, buses, planes, trams, plus wider access to city streets it is typical to see a pooch enjoying the city


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lifestyle with their owners. Early exposure and a more hands off approach from members of the public enables dogs to be involved in every day life, and therefore enriching their world. Travelling with your pet is a great way of enjoying our beautiful country, with the wind in your hair and their ears flapping in the breeze, it’s an adventure that your best friend should be in on. However, New Zealand pet accessibility has limitations that can make logistics more of a challenge but there are more and more pet friendly locations, rentals and holiday experiences where you can bring your buddy with you. Travelling with pets requires safety planning, do you have an appropriate carry crate or harness to keep your dog or cat safe in the car? Now before you travel you need to ask how happy will your pet be with your travel arrangements? Helpful tips such as bringing along the comforting smells of home, and the necessary bedding, food and water bowls. Don’t forget poop bags, and be sure to check the rules of dog access in your holiday destination.


Allowing increased public access for our pets can only improve their wellbeing. If we compare our lifestyle options to European dogs for example, where it is far more common for pets to join their owners in cafes, pubs and most modes of public transport, it is time to make that change here in Aotearoa. Despite people fears of dogs in public places, restricting access actually increases the risks of antisocial or frustration behaviours. In fact, the early social exposure and a having a respectful approach to dogs in public spaces will encourage a better standard of welfare for dogs in particular, and lead to safer communities for everyone.

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A quarter of the worldwide hotels listed on bookings website Hotels.com are pet-friendly owing to a “huge increase in demand” of “guests wanting to travel with their animals” in recent years. And some of the services up for grabs are as baffling as they are astonishing. Vienna’s five-star Park Hyatt, for instance, offers not only a dog-walking service for its pampered pooches, but will even arrange for trips to the theatre. “If the pet wants to go to the opera by himself we will arrange their ticket,” general manager Monique Dekker tells the BBC. They’ll even ferry the hound by limo.

In the US, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle has housed every pet from pigs to goats to llamas. Basically, if you can get it there, they’ll host it. With dogs being the most popular pet visitor, they offer a special mutts’ menu that includes the likes of smoked beef marrow bones and a pig skin chew toy. In Mexico, NIZUC welcomes cats and dogs up to 4.5kg, and also offer a pet menu along with masses of forest and beach area begging to be explored. It’s not uncommon to see owners takes their pups out on a paddleboard. Have your own horse? Consider the UK’s Coworth Park. Managed by the Dorcehster Collection, it’s one of the UK’s plushest rural retreats, with an ‘Ultimate Horse Check In’ package that sees your steed get its name on its stable door and treated to the likes of a Himalayan Rock Salt Lick and snacks prepared by a Michelin-starred pastry chef. Horsey will also be rewarded with a manicure, bubble bath and aromatherapy oil massage! Across the ditch, one of Australia’s poshest hotels, the five-star Langham Sydney, provides luxurious lodgings for your pet cats, birds or dogs–providing they’re no larger than 20kg. Their Pampered Pets programme includes plush bedding, premium treats, a menu with the likes of sashimi and salmon (for the cats) and Angus beef (for the dogs), and a pet-sitting service. Though we can’t promise seats at the opera, here’s a north to south run down of some of New Zealand’s best pet-friendly digs.

Wairoro Park, Bay of Islands A premier holiday park located on a 60-hectare coastal estate near Russell, Wairoro Park has plenty of space to tire out your pet—including a private, pohutakawa-lined beach. The oceanside property, backed by native bush, offers chalets and cottages and free-to-use open-topped kayaks with ample room for paddling with your pooch, too. Adams Accommodation, Waiheke Island Quick and convenient getaways from Auckland don’t come much more wondrous than Waiheke Island. Adams Accommodation is a family-run set-up comprising three tropical cottages: ‘Tui’ and ‘Fantail’, both a short stroll from the cafes and beaches; and the standout ‘Island Dream’, 10 acres of Pacific-facing paradise patrolled by the likes of pukekos, alpacas and Shetland ponies. Black Swan, Rotorua A luxury boutique hotel on the banks of beautiful Lake Rotorua, Black Swan is bordered by an acre of manicured grounds that encapsulate lawns, a rose garden, swimming pool, sauna, a sandy beach and even a secret grotto! A float plane takes off from the private jetty and there’s an on-site helipad that allow some quite literal high-end sightseeing of New Zealand’s geothermal heart. U Residence Hotel, Wellington Those wishing to take their furry four-legged friend on a sightseeing tour of the capital should consider the ubercool U Residence Hotel, a contemporary lodging just a

few minutes’ stroll from Te Papa and Cuba Street. All of its modern studios and apartment-style en-suite rooms are equipped with cooking facilities and private balconies. The Waters, Tasman Bay Just minutes from Abel Tasman National Park and metres from one of Aotearoa’s most sun-kissed coastlines, The Waters is a boutique bed and breakfast whose three unique suites are set on the edge of an olive grove and graced with sea and mountain views. The super modern lodgings each also sport cantilevered decks that jut out over the property’s private pond.


The Sounds Retreat, Picton The sumptuous Sounds Retreat is nestled among the forested fingers of the Marlborough Sounds. Overlooking the Queen Charlotte Sound and just a stone’s throw from the famous track (and close to the part where dogs may be walked), this luxurious retreat boasts decks with sea views and steaming spas. It serves as a launchpad to hiking, biking and kayaking adventures, with the likes of horseback riding and zip lining and those legendary Marlborough vineyards close by, too. Le Petit Hotel, Christchurch Six charming rooms and a legendary complimentary European bistro-style breakfast await at the quaint Le Petit Hotel in Christchurch, seconds from Sumner Beach (though, note that dogs are not allowed on Christchurch swimming beaches during summer months). The Frenchthemed bed and breakfast has rooms with private terraces or balconies with sea views. Te Wanaka Lodge, Wanaka Doubling as a ski lodge in winter and bed and breakfast during the summer months, Te Wanaka Lodge, in the heart of pretty Wanaka, boasts a cedar garden hot tub and a roaring log fire for your dog to recline in front of. En-suite rooms sport balconies, bathrobes and natural toiletries (the lodge prides itself on sustainable practices), with afternoon tea and home-baked treats served daily. The Barn Bed and Breakfast, Dunedin Positioned in Waitati, a short drive from Dunedin, The Barn Bed and Breakfast is airy accommodation under a sprawling arch roof overlooking Blueskin Bay. Noted for its utter isolation, the hillside lodging sprouts from rural property with oodles of room to stretch those paws. Nearby attractions include the Orokonui Ecosanctuary, home to New Zealand’s tallest tree, and a bounty of galleries, cafes and beaches.

Hotels at Home Barkley Manor An Eton-like facility for pooches, Barkley Manor comprises the Grey Lynn ‘City Park’ with 2,000 square metres of indoor space akin to an adventure playground and 1,000 square metres of outdoor space, and a 150-acre ‘Country Park’, 40 minutes north. The latter is a leash- and collarfree location where hounds can tear through forests and meadows and streams and waterfalls. Services include doggy day care, overnight boarding, grooming and training sessions. The Cat Hotel Conveniently located in Greenlane, The Cat Hotel is a boutique lodging for felines. Established in 1979, and approved by the city council, kitties can expect private spacious runs with play areas with towers and soft toys and hidey holes and a 24-hour radio for added creature comfort.

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THE BEST OF THE WEST When you dream of Canada, images of vast forests, soaring mountains, and grizzlies snapping at salmon appear. All that, and more, are what Canada’s west is all about. The western provinces of British Columbia and Alberta do nature in spades – with wild places where nature, not man, creates the boundaries, and its people, history, and culture are all shaped by the environment. It all starts on the Pacific coast, cut by hundreds of impossibly steep, blue fjords and scattered with forested islands. The villages here are home to locals whose lives revolve around the ocean. Needless to say, the fresh seafood here is secondto-none! Along the coast is the legendary Great Bear Rainforest, where wildlife including the rare white Kermode bear, wanders free. This forest of towering cedars and spruce is also home to grizzlies, wolves and cougars. The true nature of BC is best explored from one of its wilderness resorts. Go whale- or bear-watching by day, retreating by night to cosy accommodation and fresh local cuisine. One of our favourites is the indulgent Sonora Resort. View wildlife, go kayaking, salmon fishing or helihiking, or simply retreat to the outdoor heated pool or hot tub! And the best part? Getting there is by helicopter and float-plane – where else but in BC! For grizzly bear viewing, fly up to the wild and remote Knight Inlet Lodge in the Pacific Northwest. This floating resort is tucked into a protected anchorage which is home to one of the largest concentrations of grizzly bears in BC.

It is not uncommon for there to be up to 40 bears within 10 kilometres of the lodge when the salmon are running. Beyond the rainforest, you can also visit the Gulf Islands to explore artists’ communities, organic farms, and white shell beaches, or drive high into the Coast Mountains on the dramatic Sea-to-Sky Highway to experience Whistler Blackcomb’s excellent skiing, dog-sledding, snowshoeing, and one of the most exciting gondola rides in the world. When all that nature builds up an appetite, head for the sun-drenched Okanagan Valley for wineries, fruit stands, and farm-to-fork eateries inviting you to sample their wares. It would be rude not to! Your entry-point to Canada’s west will usually be Vancouver. Fine dining, shopping, nightlife and a vibrant art scene are all on offer, and a side trip out to Victoria on Vancouver Island is a must. To ride in style, take a journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train to Whistler, Jasper or picture-perfect Lake Louise and Banff. Luxurious, comfortable and with spectacular views of the Canadian Rockies, it’s an experience you just can’t get from the road. Wherever you go there are opportunities to experience the traditions of its First Nations peoples. Guided explorations of traditional lands reveal art galleries and craft studios, live performances and traditional feasts. Or dive into Calgary’s Western culture with a little line-dancing – cowboy boots and Stetson optional. Wherever you go in Canada’s west, allow enough time to do it all, and nature will prevail.

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Sloping off for the Winter WO R D S — J AM I E C H R I S T I AN D E S P L AC E S

A bounty of breathtaking snow fields catering to all abilities carpet Aotearoa’s main trilogy of ski zones: Mount Ruapehu, Canterbury and Otago. Verve brings you a selection of some of their most sumptuous slopes and nearby lodgings.



MOUNT RUAPEHU WHAKAPAPA Halfway between Auckland and Wellington, in Tongariro National Park, North Island’s highest peak, Mount Ruapehu, rises to 2,797m and hosts New Zealand’s largest ski area. The snow fields are spread across a couple of sites; Whakapapa, the biggest at 550 hectares, carpets the northwest slopes of the volcano; while Turoa, on the southwest slopes, offers the country’s longest vertical descent (722m). Both sites cater to skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels, with the season running from late-June to mid-October, occasionally spilling into November. Beginner runs can be found in the Happy Valley area of Whakapapa, while for those wishing to carve up a something a little more challenging, there are ample gullies, powder stashes and backcountry trails, too. On a clear day you can tackle the slopes to a view of ‘Mount Doom’ (the volcano, Ngauruhoe, star of Lord of the Rings). Here you’ll also find the country’s highest cafe, Knoll Ridge. The Whakapapa chair lift operates all year, closing only during bad weather.

TUROA Turoa’s chair lift, the High Noon Express, takes riders to the highest lifted point in New Zealand—and offers some jaw-dropping views of a good chunk of the northern part of it. This site, referred to as resembling “frozen waves”, offers wide sweeping trails at Alpine Meadow for the less confident, and plenty of gullies, chutes and drops for the more daring. The town of Ohakune to the south serves as the launchpad to Turoa. For further information on everything from clothing and equipment hire to lessons to maps to passes and packages for both sets of fields, head to mtruapehu.com. CHATEAU TONGARIRO HOTEL The Shining meets The Sound of Music at this most handsome and historic of New Zealand hotels. An isolated architectural wonder in the shadow of foreboding snowy peaks, the 1920s building boasts its own golf course, tennis courts, spa and cinema, surrounded by a vista to die for.

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HAMNER SPRINGS HAMNER SPRINGS SKI AREA Aotearoa’s 'alpine village', Hamner Springs offers yearround adrenaline activities, and from early-July to midSeptember visitors can make the most of the Hamner Springs Ski Area. One of the nation’s quieter winter sports sites, it caters mainly to those with at least intermediate skills, though there are runs for amateur alpiners. The highest point is 1,769m, with a 310m vertical drop. Its Pomu Lift is the longest in the southern hemisphere. Check out skihamner.co.nz for details about passes, rentals, maps and more. THERMAL POOLS When you’re all done on the snowy slopes, the historic Hamner Springs Thermal Pools are the ideal way to soothe away any aches, pains and chills. Established in the mid19th century, the outdoor complex is awash with steaming thermal streams and pools—including private ones—while the spa offers a range of pampering treatments.


ST JAMES Just a few minutes’ stroll from the thermal pools, the modern St James affords stunning views of the Southern Alps from its suites’ private patios and balconies, some featuring their own spas. Fires and underfloor heating add to the cosiness, as do the local artworks adorning the walls.

ARTHUR’S PASS PORTERS The closest ski zone to Christchurch (it’s 90km west of the Garden City), Porters is positioned near the border of Arthur’s Pass National Park, reaching to 1,950m—meaning that you’re in for some seriously life-affirming views. The ski area is spread across 285 hectares, with a 678m vertical drop, with carpet-, platter-, four-seater-chair, and T-bar lifts ferrying guests to the various slopes. Skiers and snowboarders looking to get a little more creative should make use of the Terrain Park. You can find a full list of facilities and more at skiporter.co.nz. TEMPLE BASIN One of Aotearoa’s most authentic alpine experiences, Temple Basin should only be tackled by more experienced snow sport souls. The all-natural site, proud of its “cult-like status”, unfurls over 320 ungroomed hectares that must be reached by a steep track that takes about 45 minutes to summit—though there is a goods lift to transport your gear! Spectacular and isolated, basic but comfortable lodge rooms overlook glacier-kissed peaks, with further amenities including drying rooms and a bar and eatery. Find out more at templebasin.co.nz. WILDERNESS LODGE Among New Zealand’s most magical of accommodation options, the Wilderness Lodge sits 16km southeast of Arthur’s Pass Village on a 1,600-hectare site patrolled by three thousand sheep and more than one hundred Angus cows. The luxury lodgings are equipped with the likes of spa baths, and roaring fires, its grounds laced with walking trails, and its isolation promising dazzling star-filled night skies.


MOUNT HUTT MOUNT HUTT SKI AREA The multi-award-winning Mount Hutt ski resort is just an hour-and-a-half from Christchurch, and is renowned for its reliably excellent conditions and lengthy season that runs until October from early June. A popular family option (lift passes are free for kids aged under 11 and there are heaps of supervised programmes), its 365 hectares include a mammoth 2km run, and the awesome Summit Six Chairlift that serves as a sightseeing tour overlooking the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps. Visit mthutt.co.nz. TERRACE DOWNS RESORT The area’s most upmarket lodging, picture-perfect Terrace Downs Resort is a much in-demand wedding venue for good reason. Facing the Southern Alps, premium facilities include an 18-hole golf course, a day spa, a couple of eateries and a fitness centre, complemented by activities like horse riding, archery, clay-bird shooting, quad-biking and four-wheel driving. Accommodation takes the form of luxurious chalets and villas. >>






THE REMARKABLES One of the nation’s prettiest ski fields, the Remarkables rests in a natural, north-facing amphitheatre that serves as a sun trap and incorporates chutes and slopes to suit everyone. The fields are 30 minutes from downtown to their 1,622m base from where the lifts rise to 1,943m. Queenstown snow fields are open from the middle of June until early October. Info on passes, lessons, equipment hire and so on can be found at theremarkables.co.nz. There are also plenty of outdoor stores in town that loan gear and arrange passes and packages.

CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT On-site accommodation, bars, eateries and a ski school makes Cardrona Alpine Resort one of the best set-ups on this list—especially for larger groups or families. A variety of slopes provide views across the lake, while the on-site gondola adds to the sightseeing. Spare at least an hour to try some tubing (sliding down the slopes on an inflatable doughnut). The highest lift here peaks at 1,860m, and there’s a 600m descent. The season stretches from midJune to early October, and there are plenty of rental places scattered about town. More information at cardrona.com.

CORONET PEAK Though the fields at Coronet Peak aren’t as high as those of the Remarkables, the 481m vertical drop is longer, and, most tempting of all, hosts South Island’s coolest night skiing. This year’s after-hour carve ups are taking place every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until 31 August. Enjoy floodlit trails and a festival vibe thanks to roaring outside fires and live music. More information at coronetpeak.co.nz QUEENSTOWN PARK BOUTIQUE HOTEL Complimentary wine and nibbles and fascinating modernist architecture awaits at the Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel, uber-luxurious lodgings just a short stroll from downtown. The eco-friendly accommodation has rooms—including a two-level penthouse—with fires and private patios and balconies with alpine views.

TREBLE CONE Another superbly stocked alpine resort with everything except on-site accommodation. Treble Cone is South Island’s most substantial ski fields, spread across 550 hectares with ample runs to challenge all—including some of the country’s longest trails (the longest is 1.3km). Treble Cone is also noted for it’s off-piste offerings, and lofty fields— the lift reaches to 1,960m. Check out treblecone.com. SNOW FARM (pictured left) While Snow Farm is most famous for its cross-country trails (50km and counting), this fun-filled, world-class resort also offers the likes of snow biking, snow shoeing, and dog sledding, while the Snow Fun Zone keeps the kids entertained with tubes and safe spaces to throw some snow balls and build some snowmen. Accommodation ranges from backcountry huts to an alpine lodge with a bar, restaurant, gym and sauna, as well as gear hire services and a ski school. Find out more at snowfarmnz.com. LIME TREE LODGE Luxury boutique accommodation, Lime Tree Lodge is a gorgeous stone structure on four hectares of beautiful backcountry with unobstructed alpine views—aside from the occasional lime tree. Designer linen-clad suites open onto pristine grounds that host a pool, croquet lawn and a helipad. Expect to dine on gourmet breakfasts, plenty of local produce and the finest of Otago wines.

Experience the magic of Matakana, base yourself at one of our luxurious new Plume Villas and enjoy the superb food and wine at Plume Restaurant. Country life starts here. Plume Restaurant is an oasis for gourmet travellers, recognised for superb cuisine and as the cellar door for Runner Duck Estate Vineyard’s ďŹ ne wines. Plume Restaurant is now complemented by Plume Villas, an enclave of 12 new luxury 1-3 bedroom villas, set within landscaped grounds. These villas share a swimming pool and are a relaxed stroll from the restaurant. Perfect for a weekend getaway for two, as well as a wonderful venue for weddings, conferences, meetings and private events. For all enquiries telephone 09 422 7915 SCL/PLU2018/30


FROM France WORDS Jamie Christian Desplaces

In honour of Bastille Day, Verve takes a look at the best of France, outside of France, with a run down of some our favourite (sometimes former) Gallic islands and outposts. Réunion Island This Indian Ocean offering, Réunion Island (classed as part of France meaning you can fly 11 hours from Paris and technically still arrive in the same country) is as unusual as it is spectacular. So enormous are this volcanic island’s craters that towns have been built inside them (do take a helicopter ride to appreciate them from above), including Hell-Bourg officially the most beautiful French village that’s not inside France. Réunion also hosts Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanoes on Earth with more than 150 eruptions each year (ditto about the helicopter ride). The island is home to the highest point in the Indian Ocean as well, Piton des Neiges, a 3,069-metre cloudpiercing peak that takes a day to hike with jaw-dropping views of the verdant paradise and azure waters beyond.

New Caledonia Less than a three-hour flight from Auckland sits the tropical Pacific paradise of New Caledonia. The merging of French and Melanesian cultures on an archipelago awash with white sand beaches lapped at by crystal waters that contain coral, shipwrecks and underwater caves and canyons, and regularly visited by wondrous marine life, including turtles, whales and the third largest population of dugongs on Earth. New Caledonia’s cluster of lagoons are listed by Unesco, noted for their spectacularly varied ecosystems and for cradling one of the world’s most extensive reef systems. Not only are these islands a diving, snorkelling, sailing and kayaking mecca, but a leading destination for the likes of rock climbing. The chefs of Nouméa, the capital city, are revered for their experimental dishes that riff on both French and Caledonian classics—don’t bid au revoir without sampling some vanilla crème brûlée.


Saint-Pierre and Miquelon Positioned off Canada’s east coast, SaintPierre and Miquelon remains the final French territory in North America. A big part of the charm of these pair of island groups is that what they lack in reliably good weather, they more than make up for in cultural treats— they really are essentially a transatlantic extension of France. The 7,000 or so citizens speak French (and some speak English begrudgingly!) and the currency is euros. You’ll even find the continent’s only real-life— and actually used—guillotine in L’Arche, one of many excellent museums, in the larger principality, Saint-Pierre. The seaside setting combined with the French flair and penchant for seafood makes for some exquisite dining experiences—it’s a real taste of France, minus the tourists. When you’re done with soaking in the culture, you can take a soak scuba diving the abundance of shipwrecks resting around the shores. Fun fact: Saint-Pierre was also used to store masses of alcohol by Al Capone during Prohibition.

JULY 2019 Mauritius So taken by the Indian Ocean archipelago of Mauritius was Mark Twain that he wrote that heaven must have been modelled on it. The mountainous island nation, carpeted in tropical rainforest surrounded by sugary white beaches that spill into turquoise seas is the ultimate holiday destination, soaked by sunshine all year round and home to world class gold courses, Unesco sites, awe-inspiring hiking and biking trails and countless watersports. Known as the Isle de France during the French rule of 1710-1814, the Gallic influence remains strong in the cuisine with dishes such as bouillon and coq au vin, as well as the abundance of colonial architecture. French also remains the most commonly spoken language here. Akaroa Akoroa, Aotearoa's very own slice of France, is nestled upon the Banks Peninsula, just outside Christchurch. It’s a most charming settlement whose street signs are still French-themed, while some of its 600 residents are descendants of the first immigrants who arrived on the ship Comte de Paris in 1840—you can learn all about it at the local museum in the historic cottage, Langlois-Eteveneaux. The handsome lighthouse at Akaroa Head, too, is a must-do photo op, and don’t leave without exploring the surrounding waters. Akaroa’s harbour represents the flooded remains of an ancient volcanic crater and its marine reserve is so rich with wildlife that it hosts up to 80 percent of New Zealand’s underwater biodiversity. There are ample opportunities for cruising and kayaking and even swimming with dolphins.

Martinique An intoxicating blend of French and Caribbean culture awaits on the volcanic island of Martinique—with further intoxication available courtesy of the delicious local rum! The former capital city of St Pierre was considered the Paris of the Caribbean until the devastating eruption of Mt Pelée killed all but two of its 30,000 residents in 1902. The island, birthplace of Napoleon’s bride to be, Empress Josephine, is the sister island of the more well-known St Lucia, surrounded by serene seas that invite the likes of snorkelling, deep sea fishing and dolphin-watching. Its rugged rural beauty is complemented by the most sophisticated of city scenes with fine dining eateries serving delicacies like sea urchin sharing streets with roadside vendors offering delectable local dishes like grilled fish with steamed rice and ratatouille—and at bargain prices.





Maison Vauron serves up a slice of France in the heart of Newmarket.

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Most cities have treasured haunts that only certain locals know about. Maison Vauron is one of those for Aucklanders. Even though the French wine merchant has a diehard fan base and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, it’s more a result of bouche à oreille ('word of mouth'), than fanfare.

working for an English wine merchant when New Zealand wine was just beginning to get a ‘nose’ so I came here to learn about them. Six months later I met my wife, Di. The two best choices of my life have been coming to New Zealand and marrying my wife.”

FRANCOPHILES REJOICE Francophiles have watched Maison Vauron grow from small beginnings to a roomy two-storied space offering the largest French wine selection in Australasia, along with the country’s most plentiful collection of French cheeses, charcuterie and delicacies, as well as L’Atelier du Fromage – a bistro-style establishment that holds Newmarket’s 'Best Café' title.

ESTABLISHED IN 1999 Maison Vauron entered the market on 1 September, 1999. “It was a big gamble at the time,” says Jean-Christophe. “We offered only French wine, though not to the extent that we do now. We still only stock French wine with the exception of two New Zealand wineries. One, Clos Henri, is owned by a French family; the other is Surveyor Thomson, owned by Kiwis who have vineyards in Burgundy and they make a pinot noir in Central Otago.

MAISON VAURON Downstairs at MV, the tables and chairs of L’Atelier du Fromage spill onto the sidewalk while indoors, generous displays of cheese, the aroma of good coffee and shelves laden with delicious morsels tempt the tastebuds. Upstairs, a cavernous space hosts cherrywood and oak dining tables shipped here from France. Warehouse shelving, along with boxes and baskets on the floor, overflow with wine bottles hailing from every region including Alsace, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, the Loire Valley, and Provence. It’s a veritable treasure trove for the most discerning of palates.

"It’s wonderful because Kiwis are big travellers and France has always been a popular destination even though France hasn’t always been kind. Kiwis have this fantastic attitude where they want to move on and that’s a great thing.”

A FAMILY STORY Jean-Christophe Poizat - a Frenchman who came to New Zealand in 1991, fell in love with a Kiwi girl and made this country his home – then brought Maison Vauron to us together with his business partners, Peter and Scott. “My family has been in the wine business in Saint-Etienne, southwest of Lyon since 1879,” says Jean-Christophe. “I was

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"Wine is not just a passion, it's a way of life" FOOD & WINE The tables are always filled with people enjoying the Tastings du Jour and whatever sensational recipe is on the menu because the wine is always accompanied by food – it’s all part of the experience. “It’s very casual, there’s nothing precious about it. We do wine-tastings every day where we serve three wines maybe a white, a rosè and a red. We have an amazing chef – Gilles Papst from the Alsace region – and he serves wonderful revisited recipes. There’s always a little bit of cheese within our cuisine. It might be just shavings but there will always be cheese,” says Jean-Christophe. STORYTELLERS “We transport people to different wine regions in France for a couple of hours. Sometimes we might have a guest speaker – someone who lives, breathes and sweats wine. We tell the story of wine and take people to where it comes from. I’m lucky to have been given this by my ancestors. Wine is an artform and the story that goes with it is spectacular – the making of it and the people around it.”

STOCKING THE SHELVES Jean-Christophe travels to France twice a year. “I taste everything, every single thing you can buy here. I work like crazy for three weeks followed by two days in Paris by myself. It’s the most amazing city and I take that time to get my sanity back. I’ve got some wonderful clients who sometimes travel with me. That the great thing about wine, it’s all about sharing.” BECOMING KIWI “Perhaps it’s a coincidence or maybe because of some sort of blood affiliation, I don’t know, but in 1875, my great-greatgrandfather came to this country as a young boat helper and went to Picton, Wellington and Auckland. I arrived 116 years later, and, hand on heart I can say I owe this country and Kiwis everything. There’s no way I would be where I am today if I’d settled in France, I sincerely believe my life wouldn’t be this good without New Zealand.” Looking at the thriving hub that is Maison Vauron we can say feeling’s mutual.

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It’s been said, “Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future”. So to learn more about the future of wine in New Zealand, traversing the past was essential.

Journeying through the most iconic annals of Marlborough wine in celebration of Wither Hills 25th birthday provided just the opportunity.

“We’ve played around with everything,” says operational manager, Geoff Matthews—the longest serving employee.

The day started auspiciously with a tohu—a hawk circling high above Marlborough’s Wairau Valley.

In over a quarter of a century Wither Hills has grown up from an apple field conversion to the mature aggregation of vineyards in the award-winning international operation it is today.

It ended with a knowing of what it really takes to craft world class wine—true grit, graft, passion, pluck, determination and vision backed by camaraderie.

As specific years were poured, out came all the Wither Hills memories to match.

Putting together the ultimate lineup of Wither Hills’ best for the vertical and horizontal tasting would’ve been no mean feat. All contenders were tasted twice and I suspect, absolutely agonised over. The back catalogue that made the final cut captured not only the magic of Wither Hills’ terroir—it preserved a slice of irreplaceable wine history that has captured the evolution of a wine company, a region and an industry. From cork to screw cap, changes in bottle shape from Bordeaux to Marlborough style, the adoption of biodynamic and sustainable practices, tweaks to canopy management through to using less lactic fermentation. During the course of the day we tasted the legacy of those decisions.

Because Marlborough expanded so fast, head winemaker, Matt Large admits, they’ve never had enough put aside to showcase in a wine library. “Choose your favourite wine and think where you were,” he says. Geoff then remembered his first job interview with the founders of Wither Hills. Although the father and son duo were later bought out, the family values and ethos continue. It’s clear that the Wither Hills DNA carries deeply held memories of the land, the seasons, the vintages and the lessons. “We were driving in his old Nissan Bluebird through paddocks of grazing cattle in an area that hadn’t even been planted out,” Geoff says.


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“Buy half a dozen wines you like—taste them and when you get one you like—drink it all.” Those were the early days of “breaking new ground and carting water” to 200,000 vines for two years before the first water resource consent was even granted. “The regeneration project for our wetland was set up from day dot—now it’s twice the size from when we first took over.” The natural wetland sits within the vineyard called ‘Rarangi'—named after a beach 600 metres away. It’s Wither Hills largest, a 160-hectare, single release vineyard planted predominantly in sauvignon blanc. It’s hard to believe during one season here the water table rose so high that Klaus Pol the Rarangi, vineyard manager of 23 years, “resorted to pruning vines in a boat”. The 2010 vintage was the pick. “It is incredibly youthful— you’d never know it was years old,” says Matt. He confessed to having it at home. “Buy half a dozen wines you like—taste them and when you get one you like—drink it all.”

“From a growing perspective, hardonnay is really hard to grow. Every year you have something to battle—bees or bugs—sometimes it’s a real struggle,” says Ben Burridge, the vineyard manager. Yet perseverance pays dividends. The tight bunches of berries on the vine taste as intense as they look. “It’s the best fruit we’ve seen in a long time,” he says. In 2007 the company made a call about its chardonnay. Buttery was out—citrusy was in. The head winemaker predicts it’s now the “renaissance” of the chardonnay. “Marlborough has had to wait its turn—it's chardonnay time now.” His favourite year is 2017 for cellaring. “My bet, it will be the pick due to the acid line,” he says. After talk of the long hot summer of 2003 we turn to the tough and testing weather of the last two years. >>

As for the 2018 “there’s no reason why this won’t age well in 25 years either,” he says. A chopper ride offers a bird’s eye view over the valley right out to sea before touching down at Ben Moven vineyard that’s tucked into the foothills of the Wither Hills range. All 10 hectares is 100 percent clay country dedicated to chardonnay with one block of pinot noir. “There is a lot more struggle here, chardonnay in heavy clay has an intensity. The clay content gives a lot more weight to wine whereas alluvial soil gives a lighter taste,” Matt points out. Farmed organically since 2009, Ben Moven uses minimal additives and steers clear of synthetic chemical sprays in favour of biological sprays in targeted areas and strategic planting to attract bugs. WITHERHILL S.CO.NZ



“Two cyclones have set us up for fairly challenging conditions, but that’s what makes this industry exciting—the challenges and the anticipation. You spend all year growing the grapes the best you can then making the best wine you can with the raw ingredients,” says Matt.

Geoff was there when the first crop of pinot was picked in 2003. “It was a hot vintage from memory—the first one,” he says.

More resilient words couldn’t be spoken—it’s like the character of the vines and the winemakers mirror each other.

Forward to 2019. Even though this year’s picking window has jumped forward two weeks, the team is totally on track. It could even be shaping up to be another “winemakers' year” like 2007 or 2010, they believe.

The last leg of the tasting focuses on pinot noir in the working barrel hall that’s tucked into the earth bank of the Taylor River vineyard.

“It’s the most beautiful fruit picked—the best year I’ve seen the pinot look since I’ve been here,” says head viticulturist, Samantha Scarratt.

Under the sparkle of crystal chandeliers, dining on mountain river venison, we learn that every barrel is etched with a story linked to a vintage, a vineyard and a winemaker.

Already in the last quarter Wither Hills has earned a gold for its 2018 sauvignon blanc in the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards and its 2016 Rarangi sauvignon blanc currently holds five stars from Cuisine magazine.

“A lot of times we catch ourselves talking about what happened three years ago as we trial different things. Why imitate? We don’t need to follow every other wine style. We follow our own,” Matt says.

It’s evident that the past 25 years have served Wither Hills very well. They do say with age comes wisdom.


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ENJOY EXCEPTIONAL CUISINE, ALLURING LIGHT INSTALLATIONS AND POP-UP PERFORMANCES TO KEEP YOUR JULY INSPIRED AND DELICIOUS. Ten of Parnell’s much-loved eateries have created heart-warming ‘Elemental AKLinspired’ meals specifically for the month of July. Earth, Air, Fire and Water all play a part in the inspiration and creation of these ‘Elements of Parnell’ dishes, designed specifically for you to enjoy.





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1. 46 & York - Quintessential Winter Warm Up – Beef Short Ribs and Root Vegetables $28


2. Barulho - Smoked Duck and Kūmara Croquettes $14 3. Cibo - Magical Rose Rumbillion Cocktail $19



4. Fang - Fang’s Winter Special Menu Elemental Menu from $14- $21 5. Gerome - Lamb 2 Ways $35 6. Han - Maewoon tang (Spicy fish soup) with


Enoki mushrooms $16 7. Oh Calcutta - Hariyali Mint & Mustard Chicken Tikka $14.50 8. Red Wall 1939 - Braised OxTail flambe with gourmet Morchella Prawn and homemade crispy sea salt slice $44 9. Simon & Lee - Warm Winter Salad $19 10. Woodpecker Hill - Woodpecker Steamed baskets of Joy $46 & Oasis Dream Creaming Soda Jug $28, Glass $12



Elements of Parnell is proud to be part of “Elemental AKL”, Auckand’s first winter festival, this July. The festival will centre on themes of lighting up the region and showcasing Auckland’s food and beverage offering, and because Parnell is one

To make sure you don’t miss out, make a booking at one of these hospo favorites. See you in Parnell for this magical month of food, light and mystique! of Auckland’s top spots for hospitality, there will of course, be a whole lot going on!

parnell.net.nz/elements-ofparnell-july-2019/ for more info.

Elemental AKL presented by

FOOD & WINE Cook: 50 minutes, Preparation: 10m inutes + marinating time of 20 minutes or overnight, Serves 6-8

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Farro Recipe

Chicken Marbella Cook: 50 minutes, Preparation: 10 minutes + marinating time of 20 minutes or overnight, Serves 6-8


This is my version of the New York classic, which stays true to the sweet and tangy flavours of the original. It’s an easy dish to prepare ahead of time – simply marinate the meat and let the flavours infuse, then pop it in the oven to cook when you’re ready. You can find all the ingredients at your local Farro. - Janene Draper


• 6 free range chicken thighs, skin on, bone in (allow 1-2 chicken thighs per person) • 6 free range chicken drumsticks, skin on • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, roughly chopped • ¼ cup olive oil • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar • 1 cup prunes • 1 cup Sicilian green olives • 2 bay leaves • ¾ cup brown sugar • ¼ cup capers, including brine

1. Place all the ingredients except the parsley in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Leave to marinate for a minimum of 20 minutes but preferably overnight.

TO GARNISH: 2 teaspoons flat leaf parsley chopped, optional to garnish at the end

NOTE: If the prunes or olives contain stones make sure you let your guests know, so they don’t bite into them!

2. Heat oven to 180 degrees. Place chicken and marinade in a roasting dish and bake for 50 minutes, basting every 1015 minutes and turning the chicken pieces, if required, until chicken is cooked and golden. 3. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with chopped parsley.


Pomegranate chicken with apricot moghrabieh. Recipe at farro.co.nz








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Janene Draper Janene Draper is the co-founder of the successful Farro chain of fresh food markets. She recently co-founded Waste-Not Kitchen with her sister Leysa Ross which is on a zero food waste mission by repurposing good surplus meat to make soups to nourish those in need. The soups are sold on a 1 + 1 basis, One for you and one for the community. How good is that?


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My day tends to start with the sunrise. I have to say I do like a sleep-in but I’m usually gently woken by my husband, James, with breakfast in bed. Yes, I am one lucky lady. I married my childhood sweetheart over 30 years ago and breakfast is his thing. He’s the first to admit his cooking repertoire isn’t that big, but when it comes to breakfast, he nails it! I use this time to catch up on the news, go through my emails and prioritise my days activities.

Prep and do a video shoot with the marketing team at Farro. This generally takes 3-4 hours and we finish off by sitting down and lunching together on what we have made.

8:30 AM Catch up with my sister Leysa over a coffee, going over Waste-Not Kitchen Charity requirements. Being a new charity is similar to any start up business, there are always 1,001 things to do. Anything from how much surplus meat we can use to make soups this week to how we are raising funds to making more soup, online orders, logistics, marketing, or liaising with key sponsors.

2 PM Meeting at Farro head office on potential new products to stock in Farro. This is one of my favourite roles, tasting and discussing new products entering the marketplace. Farro has helped launch and kick start over 550 new businesses into the New Zealand market place. Before leaving I will do a quick shop for that night’s dinner.

3:30 PM I settle down and peruse cook books, magazines and the internet for recipe inspiration and food trends, then write up tentative recipe ideas for my next Farro video shoot. Do my last emails for the day and make a Farro food shopping list for the following day

4:30 PM I take Marko, our dog, for a walk up Mt Hobson, and enjoy the vista of our gorgeous city. Walking is a time that I find I am, often most creative. It’s a great time to problem solve. Upon returning from the walk, if I’m feeling virtuous, which I have to say is certainly not often enough, I follow up with a 20-minute YouTube spin class on my stationary bike and end off with a stretch.

7 PM Dinner. My favourite time of day. Sitting round the table with friends and family sharing the events of the day over good food and a good vino.

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Adelaide Throws a PARTY

Dennis and Rosamund Knill immerse themselves in one of Australia’s most acclaimed food and wine regions to celebrate a feast. We’re in Adelaide for Tasting Australia’s annual food and wine celebration. Held every April, eager foodies are drawn in from all over Australia to experience this extraordinary 10-day festival where restaurants, producers and caterers converge to put on an array of food and related events. The idea started 20 years ago as a simple food harvest put on by the locals at Botanic Park. Such was its success that it was moved to Elder Park and in 2018 the festival organisers moved the venue again to the picturesque surrounds of Victoria Square in the centre of the city. Our itinerary makes it sound blissfully easy, a little too easy. Like most tourists we started our culinary journey with a leisurely stroll through South Australia’s most-visited tourist attraction, the 150-year-old Central Markets located in the heart of Adelaide’s eat street district. The two-acre open courtyard is all under one roof, clamorous with cries of 250 food sellers all eager to share their knowledge and bounty of delights with an enthusiastic food loving audience. But most striking was the aromas and smells of fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, artisan cheeses, meats and smallgoods, breads and pastries that guaranteed to excite the taste buds. All that marred our happiness was the fact that we could not take away

the temptations set before us. For the lucky locals this marketplace is an integral part of city life with seasonal fresh produce reflected in the regions cuisine. It’s nearly 7pm on a warm autumn’s evening and time to have some fun with some fabulous food as well. The DJ is entertaining the party-like crowd who are eating and queuing for a smorgasbord of possibilities served from stalls by some of the city’s best restaurants. For an atmosphere of less frenzy and with high expectations we make our way to the long line of glasshouses all of which are decorated with imaginative flair and a hint of decadence. Everyone is happy, we talk easily to strangers across the table, the wine is flowing and we eagerly pursue the fourcourse menu themed 'Kitchen Fire' cooked by a line-up of celebrity chefs using smoke, coal, flame and grill and wielding skillets with practised dexterity. The following morning we rise early for a chartered flight to Kangaroo Island with 40 other enthusiastic compatriots. After landing at the recently revamped Kingscote Airport we board a coach to be transferred for a long lunch at Sunset Food and Wine, a clifftop oasis located at the top of a hill with spectacular views overlooking Eastern Cove in Penneshaw.

JULY 2019 The cuisine under the direction of resident chef Jack Ingram and guest chef Jacqui Challinor of Sydney fame showed there is after all no master chef who can perform to the utmost with anything less than the freshest, highest quality ingredients. The result was a Mediterranean feast washed down with equally superb wine. After swapping stories with our new found friends for several hours it was time to re-board the coach and enough time stopping off for a nightcap at Kangaroo Island Spirits, one of South Australia’s most celebrated boutique spirit producers. Jon Lark guided us through his quirky cellar door with its diverse range of award winning gin, whisky, vodka and liqueurs which we were urged to toss back at regular intervals. Our Kangaroo Island interlude allowed us the realisation that the best of times and the best of food are often to be found at remote locations. Welcome to McLaren Vale. A 40-minute leisurely drive south of Adelaide suburbia submits to a low swell of undulating vineyards dotted with the odd quaint cottage and rolling expanses of vines. The gorges, flats and climate remind us of the winelands of Southern France. Warm sunny days and gentle sea breezes off the Gulf of St Vincent to temper the high temperatures of summer. First stop overlooking Encounter Bay is Victor Harbour. A heady combination of pine and sea spray, this once whaling town is a popular little seaside village boasting sun, surf, clear turquoise waters and stunning views. After a picnic lunch we visit Gemtree Winery for wine tasting with a platter to match. Then off to The Cube at D’Areberg Winery for another wine tasting and a guided visit through the museum. Often referred to as Willy Wonker’s Factory or the Mad Hatters House, the Cube is more than a tasting room but rather a place that cements McLaren Vale’s reputation as not just a wine destination.

Barossa Valley with its 200 wineries and 800 growers has been so well defined as Australia’s premier wine-producing region it’s tempting to think that’s all it has to offer. That may be enough for some, but in fact there’s much more to this 30-kilometre valley that never fails to surprise, driven by its soil, climate, people, seasons and of course the grape vines. When one thinks shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and grenache all the big names are here, Jacob’s Creek, Penfolds, St Hallett, Seppeltfield, Wolf Blass and Yalumba are a few that come to mind. Today we are touring the Barossa with John Baldwin, a most hospitable, sometimes hilarious and charming guide and owner of Barossa Daimler Tours. John immediately understands why we wants as much as we can get from this region so visits to Langmeil Winery, Powell and Son, Seppeltfield Gin Distillery and an unforgettable lunch at Vino Lokal by chef Ryan Edwards convey to us why this region has such a plethora of eating spots and Australia’s most celebrated wines. Back in the city it’s worth building up an appetite for a walk along Gouger Street, Adelaide’s undisputed eat street and another great place to start a culinary tour. Greek, Italian, Asian communities have long had gastronomic influences in this centrally located area accessible by foot bringing a wealth of alfresco dining with its world class restaurants, bars and cafes. With so much to see and do Adelaide deserves more than a week. With all its culture, taste, art and beauty we visit all the sights, taste some exceptional cellar doors and sample some exquisite cuisine raising our glasses along the way. As we fly out, the city in all its glory is revealed once again. With so much to see and do Adelaide deserves more than six days. No doubt about it.





It’s an inspiration to Auckland’s growing hotel restaurant scene and not somewhere you expect to find one of Auckland’s smartest innercity brasseries. A tasteful and informal refit of the old Mercure has seen a fabulous reinvention of a dated building into a place where fresh ideas turn over frequently. The brainchild of Zac Lumsden and executive chef Daniel Na, essential simplicity seems to be one of the secrets of its success with contemporary food in its broadest sense. There are no tricks, just confident cuisine that is simple produce based with a menu focusing on freshness, flavour and innovation from an experienced kitchen team. While the menu sticks to good renditions of traditional Kiwi favourites there is still a place to find a little adventure. Seared Akaroa salmon, wasabi pea puree, pickled radish and tsuyu ($20), fish crudo, cream, grapes, pine nuts, dill and muscatel vinaigrette ($19) or king prawn red curry, toasted brioche, chilli, coriander and lemon ($32) are all good starts. And there’s still plenty of action with equally strong mains such as slow-cooked free-range pork cheeks served with sweet carrot puree, espresso and black

cardamom ($25), grass-fed savannah scotch café de Paris, red wine jus, truffle fries ($38) confit chicken leg, chicory, orange, green herbs, hazelnut and chicken parfait ($35) and braised lamb shoulder, buttermilk, crispy parsnip and curry leaves ($34). Sides of baked cauliflower ($17), garden leaf salad ($11), pan roasted broccolini ($13), battered tofu ($13) and truffle and parmesan fries ($10) are a lesson to many of the city’s hotel restaurants. Desserts of coconut crème brûlée ($14), dark chocolate and hazelnut pave ($15) and lime meringue trifle ($14) are a fitting conclusion to the meal. Add a vast wine list with plenty of noise with most vintages available by the glass, and Vue has winning formula that fuses all the elements in all the right ways. And the verdict? The care taken in the kitchen is obvious and with staff being courteous and well-informed makes for a consistently pleasurable package. Menu 8.5 | Cuisine 8.5 | Wine list 8.5 Service 9 | Décor 8 | Value for money 8.5

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Margo & Rosa

A few weeks ago Verve had the pleasure of attending a plant-based cooking workshop, run by the Two Raw Sisters, up from Christchurch to share their foodie wisdom, tips and tricks when it comes to prepping. On a mission to change your perception on plant-based food, they influence and educate on how easy, time efficient, cost effective and delicious plants can be.

However to us and most New Zealanders, you’re not going to come home from work and sous vide a mushroom for four hours or dehydrate falafels for 12 hours. It just wasn’t sustainable and realistic for the average person. I suppose we have taken the difficult techniques we learnt and simplified them down in a way that still gives you the same flavour and texture but in half the time.

After the session, we chatted about how they went from being just sisters to becoming Two Raw Sisters.

Do you eat just raw vegan foods – or do you mix it up a bit? No way! By Two ‘Raw’ Sisters, we mean another word for wholefoods, using as minimally processed foods as possible. Therefore we do a mixture of raw and cooked recipes in our workshops and cookbooks, especially in winter.

Early kitchen memories: Tell us your favourites? Early childhood kitchen days were two-minute noodles to be honest. The ‘good’ ones are pretty recent which is quite ironic because now we don’t touch that type of food! How did you both come into raw food cooking? We studied at a raw plant-based culinary school in Los Angles in 2017. Whilst we were over there for cooking it was also a huge healing journey for us which is why we started Two Raw Sisters. Rosa was suffering from an ongoing running obsession – over training and under eating – and had parasites in her gut. Margo had had chronic fatigue cyndrome (CFS) for the past three years and our fit, healthy dad had a stroke at 50 years old and was told he could never drive again. In LA we met this amazing lady at Rosa’s training base. She asked us if we had ever focused on our gut health, we looked at her blankly. She simply said, "The gut is the stem of every process that goes on within the body. If you have anything at all wrong with you whether it be severe illness or something as simple as stress or tiredness, start with the gut!" From that day on we focused on incorporating minimally processed food into our diet. Within three months Margo’s CFS symptoms had significantly improved, Rosa’s parasites had disappeared and our dad was back driving. Where did you learn and perfect the necessary techniques? Our culinary school in LA took the fine dining approach to food. We learnt a lot of ‘technical’ techniques which opened our eyes to what you can do with plants.

The term ‘plant-based’ doesn’t mean you have to cut out all forms of animal products and so on, it’s simply starting your meals with your plant-based foods and then adding those other foods on the side if you choose. For us eating just fruits and vegetables isn’t a sustainable way of living. We both struggle with low iron and B12 levels so eating meat once or twice a week enables us to be at our peak of wellness. Everybody’s body is different and a lot of people can get caught up on fad diets, in turn compromising on their quality of life. Quality over quantity. Tell us about your new cookbook. OUT AUGUST! This book is designed for your convenience. We have made a cautious effort of using cost effective everyday pantry staple ingredients that most of you have in your pantries. Minimising the use of expensive ingredients such as nuts and super foods. For us, it’s all about living a sustainable happy lifestyle and finding what works best for your body. In the cookbook all of our recipes are naturally DF, RSF, vegetarian and vegan. Some recipes have gluten-containing grains, however every recipe has substitutes to make it GF. If you choose to eat animal products we also have suggestions for most recipes with what type of meat would suit the dish best. From sustaining breakfasts to fast dinners, and tasty work lunches to mouth-watering treats. We have healed ourselves through plants and now we want to help heal you!


Recipe – Serves 1

Turmeric Buckwheat Porridge There is something about spices that is so comforting. In the winter this is our go-to on cold mornings. It is also delicious made, stored in the fridge overnight and eaten cold the next day for the warmer months.



¼ cup buckwheat, soaked overnight and rinsed well

½ cup coconut milk or almond milk

¼ cup whole oats, soaked overnight and rinsed well

1 tsp cold pressed coconut oil

½ banana, chopped (save remaining ½ to top with)

¼ tsp ground turmeric

2 dried figs, chopped

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ cup water

½ tsp ground ginger

Addition Toppings

almond butter

pumpkin seeds


coconut flakes




1. Place all the ingredients into a pot and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes, until a thick creamy consistency is formed. 2. Stir regularly. Add a little water if it dries out. 3. Pour porridge into a bowl and top with you favourite toppings.


Recipe – Serves 6-8

Millet, Harissa & Roasted Carrots The ultimate salad for those nights when you're craving some comfort food! Save some time by roasting the almonds with the veggies. Millet is a gluten-free grain similar to cous-cous. If you don’t have it feel free to swap it out for any other grain. We highly recommend making your own harissa as it has a much more vibrant flavour.



500g carrots

250g coconut yoghurt

2 fennel

1 lemon

2 red onions

200g uncooked millet

3⁄4 cup almonds, roughly chopped

bunch of fresh coriander

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted


4 tbsp EVOO

juice of ½ lemon juice

3 tsp tomato harissa paste (visit Verve's website for recipe)

a pinch of flaky salt, to taste


1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Cut the carrots in half lengthways or in quarters depending on size. Slice the fennel and onions. Put the carrots, fennel and onions on a tray and drizzle with a little coconut oil, and salt and pepper. Add roughly chopped almonds. 2. Roast for 35-40 minutes, or until tender. Remove from the oven. Zest the lemon into the coconut yoghurt. 3. Combine the millet with 250ml water and a pinch of salt. Halve the lemon and add it to the pan. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10 minutes, or until most of the water has been absorbed. Remove from the heat and allow to sit for five minutes. 4. Meanwhile, whisk the dressing ingredients together. Add the roast vegetables and millet and fold in to coat well. On a plate layer the salad with fresh herbs and coconut yoghurt.



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Making His Own Luck WO R D S — J AM I E C H R I S T I AN D E S P L AC E S

“I believe that the right choice in regards to the environment should be as commonplace as using your manners,” says Auckland designer, Tuhirangi Blair. “There is plenty of dialogue for people to become informed.” Tuhirangi walks it like he talks it, having founded Lucky Dip, a fashion brand that crafts its clothing—only shirts—from repurposed, vintage, and dead stock textiles. “Vintage material has unique character,” he adds. “The story of each piece can be inspiring. There is a great synergy in particular between the pairing of vintage fabrics and the styles of shirt I make.”


Tuhirangi sources his fabrics from vintage stores and op shops, as well as receiving donations from “supporters who have a surplus of belongings”. “All shirts are cut and crafted by hand by myself,” he says. “This means that everything is tightly produced and elevates garments to a higher standard.” With a “flexible production schedule”, Tuhirangi stresses that he is able to increase his eco-efficiency by choosing what to make depending on what styles and sizes need to be “topped up”, and on what styles are most appropriate to any given fabric type.

“Fashion is one of the most wasteful and polluting industries in the world, and change has been slow,” laments the designer. “Some industry players have started moving away from the ‘take make waste’ model to a more circular approach. The Lucky Dip model of converting recycled textiles by hand into high quality, enduring shirts fits into this well.” As the brand name implies, each Lucky Dip creation is one of a kind. Tuhirangi emphasises his “commitment to quality” and desire to embrace “the unique idiosyncrasies of vintage textiles" and to "bring new life to them”. “People appear to be drawn to the detailing of the shirts, and the unique selection of fabrics,” he says. “The story of the fabric, the location from where it was sourced, and its former life—whether it was a bed sheet, or a curtain or whatever else.” Lucky Dip customers, he adds, are “forward thinkers, respectful, and quietly confident within a crowd”: “They are interested in, and value, the design and quality of the garments that they wear.” Tuhirangi says that he was a “quiet and observant” kid with an “active imagination”. Having been raised by his whole family, he feels blessed to have been exposed to a variety of experiences very early on. Hanging out a lot with adults as a child, he says, was influential in his creative development. His interest in fashion blossomed from a spell at Workshop in 2009, “spending time with well-established brands” while still at high school (he would later rejoin the company as a menswear designer). ‘You do not achieve anything by waiting around’, he says is advice that has always stuck with him, and it’s advice that he has truly taken to heart. Having graduated from


Auckland University of Technology, Tuhirangi headed to New York to hone his craft while interning at Nepenthes. It was during his time in the Big Apple that he was inspired to establish Lucky Dip. “The culture, Daiki Suzuki and Nepenthes New York, and the opportunity to experience the diverse food, music and arts offerings are what attracted me to the city,” he says. “My days off were spent travelling throughout the five boroughs, trying new food, while the evenings were spent attending performances and supporting the homies.” With his workplace based in the “heart of the Garment District”, suppliers and manufacturers were within walking distance, allowing Tuhirangi to visit regularly and “get an insight into how a garment is produced”. “The experience was invaluable in regards to developing an understanding of how internationally renowned brands work, and the value of local manufacturing,” he says. “In New York, people are a lot more open to discussing their creative practices and work. Being comfortable talking about my craft is the biggest takeaway from my time overseas.” With that in mind, Tuhirangi will be offering others a window into his working philosophy with a series of popup-type events called the Lucky Dip Trunk Shows, with one running from 22-28 July at Ponsonby Central. “The aim is to introduce people to the brand, and improve the understanding of, and feel for, the shirts,” he says. “The space will showcase newly created shirts and provide an insight into my everyday process.”

Vintage material has unique character. The story of each piece can be inspiring.


If anyone has old material or garments that they would like to koha to Lucky Dip, Tuhirangi can be contacted at hello@ luckydipclothing.com



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Upgrade Your Outfits by Accessorisng WO R D S — J AC K I E O ' F E E


We’ve all seen (or been) the woman who wears the elegant dress that's ruined because she’s paired it with a heavy or frumpy shoe. The gal at the black-tie event who carries her large, everyday handbag or wears her black puffer jacket over her floaty silk dress because she doesn’t have an alternative. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that can elevate an outfit from good to gorgeous. It could be as easy as the way you tuck the shirt or the jacket or scarf that you throw on at the last minute. Perhaps it’s the shoe that ever so slightly alters the way the hemline works. If you follow any street style Instagram accounts you’ll be forever inspired by new ways to combine colour, print, fabric and footwear—all of which add up to make an outfit. I think one of the simplest ways to take your look from ordinary to 'oh wow' is to choose the right accessories. By the right accessories, we’re not just talking about your jewellery (although adding the right necklace, bracelet and earrings is a huge component), we’re also talking about the

shoes, the scarves, and the sunglasses, as well as the bags and belts. A combination of all or part will add to the overall look and it’s important to consider these details when putting your outfits together. When you are buying something new or creating a look in your mind, take the time to think about what you will add to it. And it’s not just when you’re creating your 'dressy' looks we’re talking about. Perhaps the ‘simple tee under your denim jacket or blazer’ wardrobe staple needs a great scarf or a necklace or two to take it up a notch? Think about what shoe will you wear with that new satin bias cut skirt. Will you take it casual with a trainer, or dress it up with a knee-high boot? True style is the sum of all the small details—so don’t forget to add your finishing touches. Jackie O’Fee is owner of Auckland’s leading personal style consultancy, Signature Style. If you’d like help to take your outfits from boring to brilliant, Jackie would love to help! Further information can be found on her website: signaturestyle.co.nz or give her a call on 09 529 5115







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Kiwi company The Hello Cup are taking the world by storm with their menstrual cups. For their latest collaboration they’ve teamed up with Melbourne water ballet troupe The Clams to help spread awareness about sustainable period options and to support period poverty. P H O T O G R AP H Y — B R I H AM M O N D

JULY 2019 Period poverty and the waste produced by single-use period products are both topics that have long been ignored but the tide is finally starting to turn, says Hello Cup co-founder Robyn McLean. “People are realising there are more sustainable ways to manage periods and menstrual cups are a big part of that because a single cup lasts for years, so they’re a much more environmentally friendly choice. They also save the user a huge amount of money over time compared to single-use options and we believe they have huge potential to play a real role in helping to reduce period poverty.” Aware that not all menstrual cups were made equal, Robyn founded Hello Cup with her best friend and registered nurse, Mary Bond in 2017. “Hello Cups have a unique design which makes them really comfortable. Also, Hello Cups last for at least five years, which means each cup saves an average of 1,800 single use items from landfill,” says Mary. Hello Cups are made in Hawke’s Bay and are shipped from their distribution office which is run by Mary in Wellington. With their fun approach to periods, the company has quickly gained a cult following and are now stocked all over the world, including in the US by Urban Outfitters. After discovering The Clams online, Hello Cup approached them about working together. The result is a Limited Edition red 'Hello Clams Cup'. A percentage of profits from the collaboration will support the work of nonprofit group One Girl.

“We think the Hello Cup is clamtastic and it’s an honour to have our own limited edition cup. As Melbourne’s least professional, feminist water ballet team we’re all about celebrating women while challenging the issues and stigmas that hold them back. The opportunity to talk about periods while supporting an organisation like One Girl is bloody brilliant!" One Girl CEO Sarah Ireland said the collaboration would help them with the work they do tackling the barriers that prevent many girls from accessing education.

“We adore everything The Clams stand for and their lighthearted approach to tackling serious topics such as periods and women’s rights,” says Robyn. “We knew they were the perfect fit for us and lots of them are ex-pat Kiwis which is awesome too. Talking about periods doesn’t mean you can’t have fun at the same time, so this collaboration is a dream come true.”

“Around the world, a lack of proper sanitation facilities, education about menstrual hygiene, and affordable sanitary items means many girls are missing out on school when they get their period. But we're working to change that! We love that by purchasing a Hello Clams Cup, you are also helping One Girl empower women and girls by providing quality education programs and safe and dignified periods!”

Clam producer Francis van Beek said the troupe was excited about doing a collaboration which gives back.

Hello Cups, including the limited edition Hello Clams Cups, are available via thehellocup.com


Hello Cup and Verve have teamed up to bring you a fantastic Period Survival Kit. You’ll get a Hello Clams double box, a signature print Hello wheatbag and a bottle of Hello Go. To be in to win just tell us your best tip to get rid of period pain. Email online@ vervemagazine.co.nz to enter!

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Liga Berzina

The calling card at Pure Skin Clinic in Parnell is radiant, beautiful skin. When it comes to gaining a healthy complexion a holistic approach and education are key, and it’s something corneotherapist Liga Berzina has made her signature. She delivers a bespoke personal advisory and treatment service in her chic New York loft style clinic using evidencebacked equipment and treatments.


You get one skin per lifetime – wear it well! There are no second chances.

” FINDING HER CALLING Born in Latvia, Liga has called New Zealand home for 10 years. She switched careers in New Zealand gaining international beauty therapy qualifications and going on to achieve recognition in the industry. Liga found her true calling helping people achieve their skin goals, empowering them with knowledge and achieving sustainable skin results. MICROPIGMENTATION After working with leading skincare clinics in Auckland, Liga went to Europe to study micropigmentation. “My main passion was always skin but this was something I could do for people that’s next level,” she says. LIGA’S BEAUTY STUDIO Inspired to help people who were undergoing cancer treatment Liga opened her first clinic in Remuera where she practised cosmetic tattooing treatments. “My clients kept asking why I didn’t work with skin anymore. Honestly? It was because I hadn’t seen sustainable results in my own skin and

if I can’t do something I’m 100 percent sure will give results I won’t do it. But I knew there had to be a way. I’ve always been interested in science, which led me – purely accidentally – to corneotherapy, and a corneotherapeutic skincare brand called Dermaviduals. This was a game-changer!” BEAUTY THERAPY & CORNEOTHERAPY “As a beauty therapist, my focus was getting rid of dead skin cells and increasing cell turnover with peeling, scrubbing, blading and burning skin. Corneotherapy is the opposite. Corneocytes (outer skin cells) aren’t ‘dead’ but are serving an important role in the health of the skin so we look after them. It’s called outside-in therapy. Think of a house with a roof in need of repair – we take care of the roof first because if it’s not right nothing can work inside.” THE RESULTS Liga’s thrilled with the results she’s able to achieve with antiageing, pigmentation, acne, scarring, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema. “I wasn’t able to help conditions like that

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satisfactorily before. It’s also opened the door wider to my work with oncology aesthetics as I can work with people who are going through treatment. Corneotherapy looks after skin as a living organ. You get one skin per lifetime – wear it well! There are no second chances.” DERMAVIDUALS “The main difference with Dermaviduals is that it’s designed to support skin structure and function. It’s skin bioidentical and free of emulsifiers, fragrances, mineral oils, preservatives, colours, and silicones. The products are pure, active and customised to your skin needs.” THE THREE R’S: REPAIR, REPLENISH, REGENERATE Using the three R’s as a foundation, Liga provides facials and advanced regeneration treatments like collagen induction therapy, which enable her to work concerns that could be out of reach for some therapists. She uses an individual approach for every skin to ensure sustainable, beautiful results.

MEET MAX+ Created in Montreal by Jennifer Brodeur (aka the Skin Guru, facialist of Oprah and Michelle Obama), MAX+ is a non-invasive photo dermatology device based on LED (light emitting diodes). MAX+ works with the skin on the premise that just like plants, our tissues have the ability to absorb light and convert it to energy. MAX+ emits UV-free, non-ablative light rays without heat that communicate with skin cells and stimulate our body’s natural ability to regenerate.

EDUCATION IS POWER Liga is a firm believer in continual learning and enjoys the science of corneotherapy as it fits perfectly with her love of educating people. There are very few corneotherapists in New Zealand at present. Liga raises the bar by travelling the world annually gathering the latest skin information and research. “If I can educate you about your skin it’s knowledge you can use for the rest of your life,” she says. Pure Skin Clinic Axis Building Studio 3.3, 1 Cleveland Road, Parnell pureskinclinic.co.nz info@pureskinclinic.co.nz

“MAX+ has seven different wavelengths and each one offers different benefits such as stimulating collagen and elastin production, reducing inflammation or destroying acne bacteria. It’s been my dream to bring MAX+ to Auckland as he acts like a gym for the skin and allows me to work deeper with cells and their functions. I can target cells using his light to change a cell's behaviour or boost cellular processes. He’s super powerful and can take skin to the next level with acne treatments, healing, muscle tightening, skin rejuvenation, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and a red carpet glow. I’m very proud to have him,” says Liga.

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Single treatment $90 Add on to a facial $55 MAX+ 5 session pass $299 MAX+ 10 session pass $559

Liga invites you to the official launch of Auckland’s only MAX+ LED. Friday 9 August, 4-6pm.



The secret to GLOW-ing skin They made it through Shark Tank. They spread the word of Korean beauty. But most importantly, they taught us you can have your watermelon, eat it, and mask with it too. Sarah Lee and Christine Chang met as new recruits at L’Oreal Korea and in 2014 they founded their cult natural Korean skincare brand, Glow Recipe. I N T E RV I E W E R — K E L LY J I N


The genius behind their move lay not only in understanding the growing Korean wave but also sating an unstoppable appetite for curated, safe skincare. Years later, their Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask is a bestseller with a mask selling every three minutes. As the duo bring their brand and must-have products to our shores (exclusively to MECCA), they share some K-beauty wisdom so we too can bask in the watermelon glow. How do you feel K-beauty differs from beauty in other parts of the world? Christine: K-beauty touches and informs every part of the skincare industry and is now beyond a category. It has impacted the industry and consumers with its new perspective to skincare, including the philosophy that skincare is not a chore, but something to be enjoyed. Tell us about the beauty philosophies you live by. Christine: Skincare should be enjoyable and fun! A good skincare routine is not about a set number of steps but having a clear dialogue with your skin. Sarah: I’ve learned from my mother that if you respect your skin, it will respect you back. Daily habits I adopted from a young age include cleansing my face as soon as I get home so that the time it is makeup-free is longer than the time it isn’t, applying thick layers of SPF multiple times a day, and massaging my face and neck during my nighttime routine. Your Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask is a must-have for any beauty vlogger worth their pink Himalayan salt. What was your inspiration for it? Christine: While growing up in Korea, our grandmothers would rub cold watermelon rinds on our backs to soothe our

irritated heat rashes. We had never seen watermelon used front and centre of a beauty product and wanted to find a way to harness all of its soothing, hydrating benefits. As a result, the Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask was born. We were able to maximise the fruit in an innovative, overnight mask that both hydrated with watermelon extract and gently exfoliated with AHAs, to reveal baby soft skin by morning. Curation is a very important part of your brand. What differentiates the Glow Recipe curation? Christine: Since launching glowrecipe.com at the end of 2014, we’ve had a strong community through curations and skincare education. After much thoughtful deliberation, we decided to focus our team’s energy on our clean, cruelty-free in-house brands so that we could give our customers what they’ve asked for—continued skincare innovation with Glow Recipe Skincare and Sweet Chef. What are current K-beauty trends you love? Sarah: A huge trend we have been seeing all over Korea that we are excited to bring to New Zealand soon is fog mists, which are a new generation of face mists that are super fun 'micromists'. We harnessed this technology in our Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist—a hydrating mist that doesn’t disrupt makeup upon application, allowing everyone to stay hydrating and glowing throughout the day. What’s next for Glow Recipe? Sarah: We have some amazing launches coming down the line this year that we are truly excited about. Our mission for Glow Recipe is to bring our customers best-in-class clean innovations that are effective, super sensorial and unapologetically fun.

Turn to page 136 to win a Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturiser and a Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask V ERV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z






Life Changing Clothes by Stretton. Browse from the Stretton range worth up to $800


For shoes that make you happy. You'll receive a pair of shoes of your choosing from the brand Minx or Ernest Wyler

Verve is giving away a DAY OF PAMPERING! Enter this amazing competition and you will have the chance to win our ‘Vervacious’ makeover package! So, here’s your chance to gift yourself a few hours of total indulgence.


Entering is easy, visit vervemagazine.co.nz click on 'WIN' and follow the directions. There’s a catch – you also need to enter a friend who you believe also deserves pampering for a day.

Dana owns a vibrant boutique salon in Newmarket and is an expert in colour, cutting and blow-waving. Dana Andraws Hair Design is offering one lucky winner a consultation and treatment in the way of a cut, colour and blow-wave worth $160.

We thank the businesses below for their generosity and making it possible for Verve to gift a lucky winner a day of pampering. • • • • • •

A life changing outfit by Stretton A stunning pair of shoes from Mischief An OSMOSIS facial by Finesse Face and Body Clinic Colour, cut and blow-wave by Dana Andrews Hair Design Teeth whitened by Lovelysmiles Extreme relaxation at Float Culture

TERMS & CONDITIONS One entry per person. Auckland residents only please. Entries close 20 July and the prize will be drawn 22 July 2019.

A customised Osmosis Medi-Facial with Revitapen worth $230



Professional teeth whitening formula made right here in NZ which is designed to give one a comfortable experience with guaranteed results worth $649


Build peace, mindfulness and complete physical relaxation into your lifestyle with two float sessions at Float Culture.


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Re Syrene Travel Companion, 6 compact products $99.99 • Aquagel Oil to Foam Cleanser 30ml • Aquagel Refreshing Toner 30ml • Aqualight Moisture Gel Lotion 30ml • Aqua Intense Cream 15ml • Aqua Restore Eye Essence 3ml • Aqua Hydrating Masque 2ml x4 Available at selected Life Pharmacy’s and syreneskincare.co.nz Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask 80ml $77 Available at MECCA and meccabeauty.co.nz Summer Fridays R+R Mask $89 Available at MECCA and meccabeauty.co.nz

Syrene Aqualight Moisture Gel Lotion 100ml $99.99 Juice Beauty Available at selected Flawless Serum Foundation $76 Life Pharmacy’s and Available at MECCA and meccabeauty.co.nz syreneskincare.co.nz

Syrene Aquagel Refreshing Toner 150ml $99.99 Available at selected Life Pharmacy’s and syreneskincare.co.nz Go-To Skincare Face Hero $49 Available at MECCA and meccabeauty.co.nz

Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask 80ml $77 Available at MECCA and meccabeauty.co.nz

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit $84 Available at MECCA and meccabeauty.co.nz

Juice Beauty Last Looks Cream Blush in Orange Blossom $43 Available at MECCA and meccabeauty.co.nzz

Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser $58 Available at MECCA and meccabeauty.co.nz

Juice Beauty Perfecting Concealer in Buff $43 Exclusively available at MECCA and meccabeauty.co.nz

Syrene Aquagel Oil To Foam Cleanser 120ml $79.99 Available at selected Life Pharmacy’s and syreneskincare.co.nz

Sayonara Sallow Skin!

In the winter months, we love crisp blue sky days, snuggling inside with our nearest and dearest, warming Sunday roasts, and carving up the ski slopes. We’re not nearly as enamoured with rain, pervasive dampness, impatient winter motorists, and dry sallow skin. At Clinic42, we may not be able to fix the weather or the motorists, but we are the experts in managing your winter skin requirements, because none of us need or want to feel as lacklustre as the weather. Winter favourites include our custom Photofinish treatment, hydrating lip treatments, and tackling summer pigment with intense pulse light therapy (IPL). The Photofinish is a year-round winner, but in winter its real strength is in restoring hydration and a dewy plumpness to the skin. A combination of a soft filler product with microbotox over the face, neck and dÊcolletage is administered through an adjustable automated device. This allows the skin to be targeted at different depths on different areas of the face, for maximal effect. The longevity of this treatment will see you well through the winter, and into the spring and early summer months. There is very little down time, and it requires only 90 minutes in the clinic, for those who are pressed for time. During the winter, most of us will spend a considerable amount of time in artificially heated environments. Whilst we warm our bones, our skin tends to dry out, especially our lips. Add in some rapid changes in temperature, with walking outside on frosty mornings, and possibly some sun and wind-burn from the ski field, and our lips can be left dry, chapped, and rather

worse for wear. This is where a hydrating lip treatment comes into its own. With one of the softer filler products placed in the most superficial layers of the lip, a gorgeous natural result can be achieved, which looks after the skin of the lips over the cooler months. This is most definitely not a lip volumising treatment, with a different filler and technical approach being employed for the different end-point of hydration. With a lower intensity of the sun over winter, and less exposure to harmful UV rays, it is an ideal time to mop up some of the ravages of summer. Even the most diligent SPF users will pick up incremental amounts of pigment or freckling over the summer months, and studies have shown this is more ageing to one’s complexion than fine lines and wrinkles. Thankfully, it is something we can improve through intense pulse light treatments. Face, neck, upper chest and hands are commonly addressed, as pigment is prominent and most ageing in these areas. With IPL, specific wave lengths of light are directed towards the skin, which target melanin, or the pigment causing component in our skin. When the wavelength of light hits the melanin, it breaks apart, resulting in a lifting out of the intensity of the discolouration in the skin. There is significant improvement after one session, however we tend to recommend three sessions in the first instance, to optimise the treatment effect. We hope the cooler months bring you more warming Sunday roasts, and snuggling inside with your loved ones, and less sallow skin! Please call Clinic42 to arrange a 30-minute complimentary nurse consult if you are interested in any of the treatments above. Alternatively, call and book with one of our four cosmetic physicians, who will be happy to discuss your concerns, and the best treatment approach for you.

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Hairstylist, Too Too can you tell our Verve readers a little about yourself? I’m originally from Thailand. I came to Auckland with my New Zealand partner seven years ago. I had a number of different jobs before I discovered hairdressing—such as checking in passengers at the airport. I started my hairdressing course with Servilles Academy in November 2017. You have a beautiful personality and radiate so much warmth. Have you always been like this? I think I have! While I was quite shy when I was young, I think I have always believed that I could be successful in anything I tried, with hard work and good common sense. I love dealing with people and I hope my personal warmth radiates through to my friends, work colleagues and, of course, my clients.


You are groomed impeccably and take a pride in your appearance. Would you like to share your grooming routine with our readers? Well, for my kind of grooming you have got to allow a lot of time! Friends complain about how long I take. I use good quality skincare and superb products recommended by Servilles Newmarket for my hair. No matter how tired I am, I always perform five steps: makeup removal; cleanser; toner; moisturise, and eye care. We hear that you love the gym? Yes, I am a real gym bunny, or a Les Mills junkie actually. I go about five times a week when I have time, sometimes twice a day on my day off—doing weights in the morning before brunch with friends and then a cardio class in the afternoon. There is always such a positive vibe at Servilles Newmarket—it must make it a wonderful salon to work at? It’s a great crew there. We really work hard to make our clients happy and also enjoy ourselves in the process. We love our clients and I think they feel the same about us. Has hairdressing always been your passion? How did you get into it? I have always been interested in fashion and I didn’t become keen on hairdressing until I saw modern salons during a trip to Japan. After I returned I enrolled in hairdressing at Servilles Academy. I chose Servilles because it looked the best school in Auckland. This turned out to be true. They have wonderful programmes. The Academy Salon is the best way to learn with access to real clients. I have enjoyed it so much that I wonder why didn’t I do it when I was much younger!

SERVILLES NEWMARKET 1 Short St, Newmarket Book online at servilles.com 09 522 2544


All Natural with

Aleph Beauty

Auckland-based professional and natural makeup artist Emma Peters has been pioneering the use of natural cosmetics for the last 20 years. With her holistic approach to beauty, Peters founded Aleph Beauty, a conscious cosmetics brand that is aware and considerate of impact on people, planet and animals. The boutique and multi-functional makeup collection, developed using only the purest, naturally-sourced ingredients comprises four products; Aleph Beauty Concealer/ Foundation ($60), Cheek/Lip Tint $55), Radiance ($50) and Vegan Diffuser Brush ($59). The Concealer/Foundation, available in four shades contains self-adjusting properties designed to suit most skin tones. This multi-use, long-wearing but lightweight product is designed to use as a full-coverage concealer, a medium coverage foundation, and a light veil making it the most versatile natural makeup. The Cheek/Lip Tints have been expertly crafted to suit all skin tones. The five shades can be worn sheer for a soft glow of colour on the cheeks or intensely layered on the lips for an ultra-moisturising pop of colour.

The two Radiance shades are the perfect alchemy to transform your makeup. Opt for an ethereal glow when mixed with your Concealer/Foundation prior to application, glossy, glowing eyelids when used as an eyeshadow, a transformative iridescence when applied to the lips or over a lip colour, and the perfect highlighter when applied to the high points of the face. The Vegan Diffuser Brush is perfectly paired with Aleph Beauty product pots and achieves a professional, diffused application of foundation and flawless cheeks with one universal brush. The vegan bristles are designed to work just like animal hair but are hypoallergenic and far less likely to harbour bacteria. The Aleph Beauty collection is formulated with ingredients that support skin health by improving cell metabolism, and promoting elasticity and suppleness by reducing the enzymes that breakdown collagen and elastin. For more information, a complimentary colour consult or to purchase online, visit alephbeauty.com




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MORTIMER HIRST NEWMARKET. STATE OF THE ART. Lens Personalisation Utilising the latest technology we now measure your individual frame size, shape and position of wear, monocular pupil distance and fitting heights, lens tilt and frame wrap angles, distance between lens and cornea, reading distance, reading convergence and visual behaviours such as head cape, dominant eye and head/eye movement ratio. These parameters combined with your prescription are used to design and manufacture bespoke lenses, ensuring you get the best optics available!

OCT Technology The leading causes of avoidable blindness in New Zealand are Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration, early detection is key as both conditions can be treated in the early stages but are irreversible in the late stages. For this reason we have invested in state of the art OCT technology, fast, painless, non-invasive and with instantaneous results, the OCT takes detailed 2D and 3D images of the retina’s distinct layers to detect and monitor serious eye diseases including Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and diabetic eye disease. We also use it to perfect custom contact lens fittings such as Keratoconus and to measure and monitor myopia control techniques including OrthoK.


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Dr Austin Kang’s business – .Ortho - is an ultra-modern orthodontic practice situated at the new The Blade building in Remuera. The minimalist interior features floor to ceiling views over the motorway and surrounds, polished concrete floors and futuristic looking navy and white dentistry chairs looking over ‘that view’. The clinic was designed by top Auckland architects Fearon Hay.

COMMUNICATION IS KEY Austin also has a deep understanding of the importance of communicating the ‘why’s’ to his own patients. “Words can get too technical so I use informative 3D videos, treatment simulations and holographic imagery. This way people can get a clarity and peace of mind when it comes to treatment goals and expected outcomes.”

WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS? “Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that deals with malpositioned teeth and jaws,” says Austin. “The primary objective is to establish beautiful teeth with the finest facial aesthetics.”

.Ortho provides a game changing solution for orthodontic needs with a state-of-the-art environment, the very latest solutions and clear communication.

WHO’S A GOOD CANDIDATE? There is no age limit for comprehensive treatment, however parents typically seek treatment for their children around the age of 11 or 12. “Sometimes we might begin working with a child as early as seven years if they have issues that could reduce orthodontic needs by working with them earlier,” says Austin. Adults receiving treatment is becoming more the norm too, especially with the invisible treatment options that are now available.”


SOME TREATMENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE Conventional braces Clear aligner Hidden braces Whitening Hygiene

Visit ortho.co.nz for more information. You will find Dr Austin Kang at .Ortho in Remuera and Takapuna.

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SMOOTHER, MORE CONFIDENT YOU! Finesse Face and Body Clinic is proud to be the first TruSculpt ID provider in the New Zealand, as part of an exclusive partnership with Cutera. TruSculpt ID is the latest technology available to permanently and non-invasively remove body fat. “We have been leaders in non-invasive cellulite and body contouring treatments in Auckland for 17 years,” says Sue Crake, owner of the Remuera salon.

HOW DOES TRUSCULPT ID WORK? TruSculpt ID employs a unique form of low frequency monopolar radio frequency energy that penetrates deep into the adipose tissue and is able treat the entire fat pad. Given each patient’s unique biological complex the TruSculpt ID is able to adjust the energy output to compensate for fibrous tissue ensuring each patient receives an optimally effective treatment. HOW IS TREATMENT PERFORMED? An initial evaluation is performed to frame the desired treatment areas. A total of six hand pieces may be used to target an area that is larger than three CoolSculpt cool max applicators (approximately 12 SculpSure applicators). Each hand piece is gently applied using a piece of double sided tape and then wrapped around the body ensuring full contact. Patients have reported experiencing mild heat with an overall high level of comfort during the 15 minute session. HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM A CANDIDATE? Unlike other non-invasive fat removal procedures such as CoolSculpt and SculpSure TruSculpt ID does not have any BMI (body mass index) or weight restrictions. Almost anyone can be treated with the TruSculpt ID. HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED? Ninety-five percent of patients will only require one treatment per area! We can treat multiple (as many as three) areas in a single 15 minute session!






IS THE TREATMENT PAINFUL? No! Patients report the treatment feels like a warm stone massage. Some feel the heat in the first minute to be a bit intense but then adjust to the treatment. HOW LONG BEFORE I SEE MY RESULTS? Results will be noticeable immediately (firming, improved skin tone and texture, some reduction), however, fat cells are removed over a period of time and maximum results will be achieved at 12 weeks.

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TruSculpt ID Benefits Treats an area 3x larger than CoolSculpting’s coolmax (largest applicator) From just 15 minutes! Painless Safe for use in obese and morbidly obese patients Suitable for male and female Tightens the skin by remodelling collagen Amazing results-some patients have reported over 35% reduction in fact (***measured by ultrasound in clinical trials) Treat ALL areas including the abdomen, love handles, bra rolls, chin, thighs, arms and calves



Winter Skincare Woes? Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream to the Rescue With winter just around the corner, Elizabeth Arden has the perfect products to protect your skin as well as keeping it in beautiful condition. To keep your skin feeling dewy and moist, even in the harsh winter weather, below are some useful ‘Eight Hour’ tips: FACE Eight Hour Cream Intensive Daily Moisturizer for Face SPF 15 is a daily hydrating cream that leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturised for up to eight hours. It also protects your skin from the effects of extreme weather and climate changes. Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist is an instantly invigorating facial spray that hydrates, soothes and refreshes skin. Powered by an antioxidant rich Superfruit Blend it works to leave skin feeling reinvigorated and looking healthy. It is infused with soothing extracts, and each mist helps to cool and calm skin on contact while providing instant moisturisation. HANDS Hands can suffer terribly in winter. By using Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment it provides immediate and long-lasting relief for hands for up to eight hours. The fast-absorbing

gel cream contains a glycol humectant and soothing emollients that smooth and soften rough, weather-exposed skin. Signs of dryness and cracking are reversed so hands look and feel soft and touchable. Also Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant is the perfect product for dry cuticles and brittle nails. BODY Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Body Treatment is a perfect companion to the original classic and just what the body needs. This fast-absorbing hydrating cream lavishes the entire body, saturates deeply and moisturises intensely to reverse skin dryness and flaking. Leaves skin luxuriously soft and smooth for eight beautiful hours. Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil contains a potent blend of moisturising ingredients, including tsubaki oil, to deliver intensive all-over moisture for face, body and hair. Proven to moisturise for up to 12 hours, this multi-use formula leaves skin hydrated, smooth and looking luminous, without a greasy after-feel.


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REVITALISE AND RESTORE WITH INFRARED SAUNA Stay well this winter with Infrared sessions at Eastside studio. Infrared rays are highly efficient as heat is penetrated more deeply into the skin when compared to the traditional saunas. Activated by heat, FIR energy is absorbed into your cells, which results in better blood circulation, improved immunity and overall improved metabolism. All in all, you feel healthier, rejuvenated and burn more calories! We offer a variety of FITNESS programmes from 4 weeks to 6 months, all of our programmes include a consultation with the Naturopath to ensure you are small group fitness classes including cardio, weights, dynamic stretching, pilates and infra-red sauna.

Book in for a complimentary session today. contact Wendy on 09 379 2706 or 027 649 9451






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10 6 Planning a mid-winter holiday somewhere in beautiful Moana Oceania? It’s always nice to support local communities and bring home a treasure from your time away to memorialise your adventure. But where do you start?

Deborah White Director of Whitespace Gallery, Auckland I like to think all artists working in the Pacific are informed by the experience of living here. So the same applies for purchasing any artwork. Buy something you love, something that warms your heart everyday you see it, long after the return home.

Here are some top tips from a range of experts, artists and gallerists working in the field of Pacific art.

Nikki Mariner Island-based Samoan artist and director of Manamea Art Studio My advice to serious buyers and collectors interested in purchasing quality artwork or artefacts while on holiday in Oceania is to go beyond the flea markets for more original pieces, and look at venues where you may actually meet the artist.

What is the top piece of advice you’d give to anyone wanting to purchase an artwork or artefact whilst on holiday in the Pacific region?

Dr Billie Lythberg Specialist in Maori and Pacific art Where possible try to buy from the maker, or to meet them. Learn about the artwork itself, what it means to the people who made it and how they use it or display it. Ben Burgman Director of Bergman Gallery, Cook Islands Buy from reputable galleries and artefact/craft companies. Unfortunately, cheap imported craft replicas and poorly produced prints do exist. I recommend Bergman Gallery, Moana Gems Pearl and Art Gallery, The Print Room at Beachcomber Pearl Market, Island Craft, Henry Tavioni Craft and Mike Tavioni Craft.

Numangatini MacKenzie New Zealand-based Cook Island artist Try and find something made locally so try and find the maker. Have an idea what unique things are made from that island or village. Make sure it is made from natural materials. What starting point would you advise to budget for?

Ben Burgman Both Cook Islands craft and contemporary artwork can be purchased at all price points, from $50 for small carvings or art prints to many thousands of dollars for larger, more intricate carved works or original paintings.


JULY 2019

Deborah White High quality original artwork is incredibly affordable in New Zealand, by international standards, it is ridiculously underpriced. Works on paper can be as little as $500 and are easy to transport; ceramics even less. Nikki Mariner It is difficult to pinpoint a starting point to budget for art purchases as prices vary hugely between different island nations, different artists and different types of art. Paintings in our gallery usually start at $300SAT and go up to $4000SAT.

Nikau Hindin, making aute. Photo by Michelle Mishina, Courtesy of Te Uru

Numangatini MacKenzie Fifty dollars will give you a range of options to buy small quality items. What are your most treasured artworks or artefacts from the Pacific region?

Dr Billie Lythberg My favourite artworks are those made for me by friends. A plaited necklace with two shark’s teeth is a reminder from the incredible Rosanna Raymond to sink my teeth into projects and kaupapa and to be bold and resilient. Shark teeth are symbols of protection throughout the Pacific, incorporated into adornments and regalia, and are also used to carve wood and to draw blood. My necklace fastens with a single cowry shell, its feminine shape a gentle reminder that the women in my life have got my back. Deborah White Lianne Edwards is a mid-career environmental artist of Irish- Tongan heritage, her work is collected and shown internationally. I have one of her 'Sea Kraits', a work made of swordfish bills, Tongan sennit lashing and plastic. It is aesthetically beautiful and a constant reminder of the vulnerability of our marine environment and the harm we are doing to sea life. Katherine Atafu–Mayo Aotearoa-based Afakasi Samoan artist I would say my ula nifo (Samoan tooth necklace) is my most loved measina. I've worn it for every performance and activation since I was a young girl whether that be for Samoa Day at kindergarten or an activation at Toi o Tamaki Auckland Art Gallery with the Pacific Sisters. This measina is common throughout Samoa and you'll find many wearing them for performances although they were once a symbol of status and wealth when made from whale teeth. These days there are many alternatives. Numangatini MacKenzie One of my most favourite artefacts is a mat I purchased in Fiji. I keep it in my car and proudly pull it out at the beach or the park or anywhere in between. It is getting worn down now so I'm excited to get another one in the future. I just returned from Hawaii and bought a small weapon at a Hawaiian owned store repping traditional craft from Kanaka Maoli. Its 20cm long and has a tiger shark tooth lashed to one end and coconut string loop half way through and sharpened point on the koa wood. It’s a working weapon, well-made and another of my most treasured items.

Auckland winter staycation?

If you’re staying in the winter wonderland that is Auckland this season, fear not! There are plenty of local galleries exhibiting a range of works from contemporary Pacific artists, our experts recommend: Of Water: John Pusateri at Whitespace Gallery, Newton WWJD (What Would Jim Do?): 2 – Group show at Vunilagi Vou, Otahuhu Names held in our mouths: Group show at Te Uru Waitakere, Titirangi Awakening: Joana Monolagi at Object Space, Ponsonby Seeing Moana Oceania: Group show at Auckland Art Gallery, City.


2—6 July 8pm Q Theatre 305 Queen St, Central Auckland

A Fine Balance (pictured above) A stirring portrayal of human compassion, hope and heroism. Based on Rohinton Mistry’s celebrated, Man Booker shortlisted novel, A Fine Balance is a story about hope and the extraordinary endurance of the human spirit. India, 1975. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency, 'cleaning up the city' by driving thousands of poor from their homes. Dina, a Parsi widow determined to keep her independence, hires two Hindu tailors and takes on a boarder to make ends meet. History comes to life in this vibrant and thoughtprovoking epic where the stories of the voiceless resonate more powerfully than ever. For further information and to purchase tickets you can visit the Q Theatre website.

6 July 8:30pm Portland Pubhouse Kingsland

'80's Night at Portland Portland is bringing you the opportunity to dust of those old dance moves and go back in time to perfect your robot you left in the '80s and maybe remember why it was left there. Music from the '80s to the future with Frisky Business. Best dressed will win a bar tab.

7 July 9am Tawharanui Regional Park

Planting Day Come and help plant some of this years 15,000 trees and shrubs. Bring strong boots/shoes, gloves, drinks and a raincoat. As usual, there will be a delicious barbecue provided after the planting. For more information please email secretary@tossi.org.nz or telephone, Roger and Kim 027 697 9666.

What's On in July 9 July 7pm The Kingslander 470 New North Rd, Kingsland

Show Me Shorts: Palestinian Short Film Night Show Me Shorts presents a night of Palestinian short films. Join the Kingslander team to celebrate the cinema of Palestine with this vibrant collection full of friendship, family, pets, sweets, and swimming pools! This is an informal and fun event, and all are welcome. The screening takes place in the upstairs function room at The Third Eye. All films screen in the Arabic language with English subtitles. Total run time is approx 101 minutes. No allocated seating, so first in best dressed. The bar will be open with food and drink available for purchase. For more information and a film list you can visit the Eventbrite page.

9—13 July 6:30pm Basement Theater Lower Greys Avenue, Central Auckland

Inheritance As political as a language, as domesticated as a possum, Inheritance is a friendly romp through class-based structural inequalities, asking questions like: how is citizenship distributed? where have all the houses gone? and who has the talking stick now? A painfully juicy new Māori/Pākehā collaboration between Jess Holly Bates and Forest (nee Vicky) Kapo, bringing you a quivering sitcom of the colonial present for Matariki, directed by Alyx Duncan. For more information and to purchase tickets you can visit the Basement Theatre website.

JULY 2019 10 July 7pm Sky City Theatre 78 Victoria St, Auckland

10—12 July 8pm Basement Theatre Lower Grey Avenue, Auckland

17—20 July 7:30pm Q Theatre 305 Queen St, Auckland

18 July Matariki on the Move: Kōrero 6pm Join astronomer Dr Rangi Matamua, Gus Fisher maramataka Māori expert Rereata Makiha Gallery and master navigator Hoturoa Kerr for one The Kenneth night only, as they share their latest research and passion for Māori astronomy with the Myers Centre, 74 Shortland St, audience. With extensive knowledge of Auckland the maramataka (lunar calendar), celestial navigation and the Matariki star cluster, this is a unique opportunity to hear from three tohunga (experts) in person. Learn about Matariki, as well as other stars and celestial bodies — how they guided the traditional way of life for many Māori throughout Aotearoa in days gone by and their continuing importance in today’s modern world. Free entry on a first-come, firstseated basis.

My Own Darling ‘We are not a city of angels but I can’t help but love you Auckland.’ Award-winning poet and co-founder of Rising Voices Youth Poetry Movement, Grace Iwashita-Taylor, joins Fasitua Amosa and Gabby Solomona in a powerful fusion of spoken word and theatre. Man from the Maunga, Grit-girl, and the Lady Next Door take you on a journey through Auckland to reveal a side of our city that is often overlooked. My Own Darling explores themes of poverty, prejudice and power as Grace works her magic using beautiful, emotive and sometimes confronting language to weave a rich tapestry of Auckland. Tickets can be purchased from the Basement Theatre website.

Orchids - Foster Group Dance // Orchids flourish in empty spaces. They cling to dust and search for unexplored territories. // Sarah Foster-Sproull’s choreographic work has been likened to a living Hieronymus Bosch or Caravaggio painting. Through ORCHIDS, Foster Group Dance connects some of NZ’s most reputed artists, including the extraordinary talents of dancers and collaborators Marianne Schultz, Katie Burton, Rose Philpott, Jahra Rager, Joanne Hobern, Tori Manley-Tapu; Assistant Director and Creative Producer Natalie Maria Clark; designers Andrew Foster (set and dramaturgy), Jennifer Lal (lighting) and Elizabeth Whiting (costumes). Together, they demystify and unravel the complex mythology of the female spirit, bringing women out of darkness and into the light. For tickets you can visit the Q Theatre website.

25 July 6pm Objectspace 13 Rose Rd, Ponsonby

26 July 6pm-8pm Corban Estate Arts Centre 2 Mount Lebanon Lane, Henderson

Call ME Fashion Join the NOPE SISTERS at Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland to view their circular fashion collection of upcycled jackets, given new life. This show is their response to the waste created in the fashion industry. Thirty exclusive quality, vintage jackets, all renewed and named after environmental or social change heroes will be on display. They sit alongside THE SLIPPING AWAY exhibition - an immersive art experience to provoke your thinking about the trash we are dumping into our Moana. This collaboration addresses the dilemma of how to take responsibility for the changes we all need to make to mitigate the devastating effects of humans on our blue planet. Opening night at 7pm - your are invited to a public forum with a panel of dedicated environmentalists discussing what we can possibly do in the face of the climate change crisis. Sustainable fashion will be for sale—sharing 50% of profits with their charity partners Sustainable Coastlines and Sexual Abuse HELP.

The Single Object: Wallace Chapman & Sean Mallon Hosted by broadcaster Wallace Chapman, the format is simple—a guest is invited to choose an object playlist by selecting six objects that are important to them. The interview will plot a course around the conversation their selection catalyses. Chapman will interview a range of guests over the series providing insights into how the world can be seen and understood through material culture. Our first guest is Sean Mallon, Senior curator Pacific Cultures at Te Papa Tongarewa. Mallon is co-author of Tatau: A History of Samoan Tattooing, which just won the award for best Illustrated Non-Fiction in the 2019 Ockham book awards. Booking is $15 (plus service fees) and you can do this on the Eventbrite website. Hospitality will be provided by Amano, Black Estate and Liberty Brewing and is included in the ticket price.

Corban Estates Arts Centre: Exhibition Openings July 2019 Join Corban Estate for the opening of two new exhibitions, Labour Of Body and Capturing Liberty. Labour of Body takes into account the many different narratives of artists who work with textiles. The artists in the show each engage with textiles in their own way, sometimes as a response to their global positioning. The focus remains on textiles and their many functions which include assisting in the development of relationships, mapping location and exploring the issues of bodily labour. Capturing Liberty is a new series of paintings by artist Laura Williams. Through an obsessive combination of patterns, vases and objects suggestive of other eras, the artist’s vivid kitsch works are fictional spaces which evoke memory, nostalgia and imaginary worlds. Exhibitions will run from the 26 July-15 September.


BOX OFFICE 11 July | Ophelia

Set in the 14th century but spoken in a contemporary voice, Ophelia is a dynamic reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Ophelia (Daisy Ridley) takes centre stage as Queen Gertrude’s (Naomi Watts) most trusted ladyin-waiting. Beautiful and intelligent, she soon captures the attention of the handsome Prince Hamlet (George MacKay) and a forbidden love blossoms. As war brews, lust and betrayal are tearing Elsinore Castle apart from within and Ophelia must decide between her true love or her own life in order to protect a very dangerous secret. 18 July – 11 August | NZ International Film Festival Picks

Celebration: Yves Saint Laurent

Walking on Water


A poignant, intimate portrait of Yves Saint Laurent in his twilight years takes us behind the scenes of the fabled fashion house and of the couturier’s complex relationship with business partner Pierre Bergé.

Octogenarian Christo wraps up a miraculous career with a spectacular network of fabric walkways over an Italian lake, in an oft-humorous closeup look at the process of creation, clashes of egos and perils of nature.

The astounding career and chequered business history of the American design genius who revolutionised fashion in the 1970s are recalled in this fittingly epic new documentary from the director of Dior and I.

Come To Daddy

The Farewell


Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie and Madeleine Sami lead Kiwi director. Ant Timpson’s deranged comic thriller about a father-son reunion that goes very, very south.

Lulu Wang’s widely praised drama tells the story of a Chinese-American family paying their last respects to a mother and grandmother who doesn’t know she’s dying.

Actor Jonah Hill directs with deadon authenticity and unruly spirit this throwback to ’90s skate culture, based on his teenage years as a troublemaking skater in downtown LA.

Legacy, 1000 x 1000mm, Acrylic on Aluminium Panel Essence, 1000mm diameter, Acrylic on Birch Panel

Tim Jones Reverie 23 July — 6 August 2019 Preview: Tuesday 23 July, 5:30pm Auckland based painter Tim Jones specialises in contemporary and abstract works. His bold style blends colour and form in an expressive, purposeful way that invites reflection from the viewer.

Reverie, 1500 x 1100mm, Acrylic on Birch Panel

Themes of connectivity and subconscious engagement have persisted through the evolution of Jones’s work. While open forms and suggestive references to a landscape are evident, it’s through his latest body of work that Jones encourages us to be pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts, to wander hand in hand with our own internal musings, to engage with ‘Reverie’. The enticing tones and layered surfaces of Jones’s striking abstracts guide the eye of the observer while the large scale of the paintings further draws us in. Construction is free and dynamic, giving power to immediacy. Born in London and having travelled extensively, circumnavigating the world continues to influence his work, with strong reference to the elements. Jones’s art enjoys high-profile placements with works featuring in the Hilton Hotel, Brisbane and private collections within New Zealand and throughout the world. ‘Reverie’ will be on display at Parnell Gallery from 23 July 2019.

Endeavour, 1000 x 1000mm, Acrylic on Aluminium Panel

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Biographic Dior Great Lives in Graphic → Form, Liz Flavell, $23 This book is just one from a fresh new series to hit the bookshelves. The series covers famous designers, artists and musicians and the format is a highly stylised graphic illustration. Part of the book tells you about the person the next part about their work and the influence it has and the third part is about the full career of the subject. They are a great introduction to the arts or that perfect gift for someone you know has a special interest or brilliant resource material if you are doing research into a particular artist or fashion designer. More releases each month so the list is comprehensive. A very clever publishing concept at a great price. Terrain: Ideas and Inspiration for Decorating the Home and Garden, Greg Lehmkuhl, $75 This delightful book is the armchair gardener's best friend. It is full of project after project on how to naturalise your garden and add that style which makes the garden and the space between home and garden into a relaxed informal space. How to decorate creatively and use plants and shrubs as though they were living treasures. Crammed with photographs, you will soon be inspired to follow the Terrain style of casual but clever gardening.



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Former First Soloist Katherine Precourt and First Soloist Linnar Looris. Photo by Amitava Sarkar (2016). Courtesy of Houston Ballet



Lexus Partners with Influencer Beck Wadworth To Celebrate the First-Ever UX and ‘A Life Designed’


Beck Wadworth knows what it means to lead a life designed more than most. The 29-year-old founder of lifestyle brand and blog, An Organised Life, knows it’s crafting a vision of uncompromising style and purpose, embodied through every decision. As an entrepreneur and influencer, Wadworth has been gaining traction and an ever-increasing following amongst ambitious and style-savvy up-and-comers with her fashionable and distinctive style. With a brand focused on making productivity fashionable, she bridges the traditional model of business, fuelled by the power of strong social media presence. The New Zealand-born entrepreneur founded her luxury stationery brand out of her Sydney home while working fulltime in the fashion industry. In 2017, after experiencing a steady demand and a growing social media following, she began focusing full-time on her brand, and relocated back

to New Zealand. Her goal is to facilitate busy lives through planning and time management, with a highly-considered and refined style. And a recent feather in her cap is her appointment as a Lexus brand ambassador. “The core values of my brand are focussed around function and style, with a meticulous attention to detail. Lexus shares these same values, and you can see it embodied in the beautifully crafted and exceptionally engineered Lexus UX,” says Wadworth. The Lexus UX – the car Wadworth drives herself – was just released this year to reflect a younger side of the Lexus brand. A vehicle for those with designs on life and business, and want a vehicle that reflects their burgeoning success. To celebrate the arrival of the all-new UX, Wadworth has released a bespoke stationery accessory to be included in all future UX sales. A tribute to the modern urban explorer, it’s a luxe, acid-free paper, road journal, bound in leather with gold leaf detail. Designed to complement the urban lifestyle of those seeking a fresh and contemporary expression of ambition and style. “When I think about a life designed I think about a young, urban professional, leading a busy and hectic life that’s always on the go. The UX-inspired road journal reflects that.” Beck Wadworth drives the UX 200 F-Sport in Graphite Black with leather interior. Expressively styled inside and out, every element of the first-ever Lexus compact crossover is an embodiment of the city itself. Delivering a refreshing take on crossover styling, the UX features aerodynamic taillamps that blend 120 LEDs into one continuous line that tapers to a mere three millimetres in the centre. While inside, merging traditional Japanese aesthetics with contemporary luxury, washi (traditional Japanese rice paper) inspired leather trim is uniquely crafted throughout the cabin to add distinctive texture and style to the dash.



INTRODUCING THE ALL NEW UX As the founder of international brand and blog, An Organised Life, Beck Wadworth understands what it means to lead a life designed. It’s crafting a vision of uncompromising style and purpose, embodied through every decision. Everything she sees as being personified in the all-new Lexus UX. From the effortless minimalism of its refined remote touch pad and wireless phone charger to the elegance of its hand stitched leather interior. The UX represents a vision of urban exploration realised for the modern, curated life.



Next Generation Beautiful

All-new Mazda3 Review



The highly anticipated all-new, fourth-generation Mazda3 was unveiled at the 2018 LA Auto Show to a very receptive audience. Based on the Kai Concept car that I was lucky enough to have seen previously in Japan, the all-new Mazda3 is, according to Mazda, pioneering the next evolution of Mazda vehicles in terms of design, intelligence and overall adoration. And now having driven it, I tend to agree.

Mazda is launching two body styles, a sleek and elegant sedan and a condensed and emotional hatch. There are three model variants with each, GSX, GTX and Limited and two Skyactiv-G engines a 2L (114kW/200Nm) and 2.5L(139kW/252/Nm), all with a six-speed auto box. However, there is already talk of a Takami model and of course, the new SkyActiv-X engine will be introduced, too.

Visually, the exterior has drawn its ‘light play’ from the RX Vision and Vision Coupe concepts, convex car panels that have light dance across the vehicle’s bodywork particularly at low speed. The entire car has been upgraded and improved with special attention given to areas such as suspension where specially produced tyres have been developed with firmer tread and softer walls, NVH has been under the microscope, quite literally. Production holes have been filled, damping nodes have been added into venerable areas in the frame, letting only the good sounds in.

For the New Zealand launch, we rotated through the hatchback range on a zigzag run from Christchurch to Hamner Springs, a drive that included the ‘Treemendous’ Hapuku lodge in Kaikoura. I opted for the base model (GSX/2L) first and found myself more than impressed. The comfort level is instant, it takes literally moments to adjust the seat to the optimum position and everything is where you’d expect it to be. Visibility is good despite the large C-pillar and the cabin shows a rather upmarket appearance with no scratchy materials. Base model? Really?

On the topic of sounds, Mazda has worked with audio company Bose to develop audio boxes that enhance the sound while in turn, minimising exterior interference. The rest of the cabin has had its ‘visual noise’ reduced. There’s an easy and very familiar feel to the layout. The 8.8-inch, faster-processing infotainment screen is recessed and clearer than ever. The instrument cluster is digital and adaptive, with access via steering wheel buttons, and, while on the subject of buttons, these too have been crafted in a way to instil a sense of satisfaction. The cup holders have been moved closer to the finely crafted dashboard giving you more storage space in the centre console.

On the move, the lack of exterior noise is deafening. It’s almost too quiet. The ride is smooth and responsive and, in Sport, very lively. The head-up display is bright and shows directions and speed limits.

The seats have been formed to mimic the S-shape of our spines and as such feel extra comfortable, while all the dials and switches are well within arms reach. It received a nearperfect 98 percent score when claiming the ANCAP 5-Star safety rating and virtually all driver and safety measures have been improved and upgraded. Plus, four new safety features such as driver ‘attention’ monitoring and front cross traffic alert have been added to the Limited model.

I won’t lie, the move to the limited model with the 2.5L does make a difference. The power underfoot is noticeable, the paddles are fun, the leather is sweet and there’s just a greater sense of luxury and refinement. The NVH is similarly quiet but the clarity of the 12-speaker Bose system is awesome. The GTX has a sportier appearance, certainly from the outside, added spoilers and trim (even to the rear of the sills), very cool. The route Mazda gave us, included some off the beaten track cross-country roads that allowed us to stretch the Mazda3’s legs, and stretch them it did. This is a rapid and playful car that is fun to drive, it dances on the road as well as the light does on its bodywork. Smart, safe, responsive and upmarket, the all-new Mazda3 really is next generation beautiful.



A fully recrafted interior, the latest SkyActiv technology, and the most comprehensive i-Activsense safety performance, in our quietest car yet. Beauty is no longer just in the eye of the beholder. It’s in the ears, the hands, and the mind. johnandrewmazda.co.nz


Evocotive Evoque

Range Rover Evoque Review



The Evoque is the 4.4m-long baby, or is that ‘darling’, of the Range Rover/Land Rover lineup. When it first launched around 2010/11, it introduced a lot of ‘posh’ to the sub-compact SUV market, so much so that Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice herself) claimed to have a big hand in designing one of its special editions — a claim that has been subsequently refuted by the actual designer, Gerry McGovern. Anyway, regardless of all that, the Evoque is now in its second generation, and I was given the keys to check it out. First look and you can see that the Evoque apple hasn’t fallen far from the Land Rover/Range Rover tree, which is a good thing. For despite its short rear overhangs and near-coupe styling, the Evoque showcases elements of the award-winning Velar plus the tenacity and capabilities of the Range Rover (and brand) itself. The P250 model I had been given was a ‘First Edition’, a mixture of the R-Dynamic SE plus a variety of extra tasty morsels. From its low front air ducts to the tailpipe surrounds, bronze highlights and ‘First Edition’ script has been strategically placed all around the Evoque, but not overdone. It sits on 21-inch silver shoes that come with a five-split-spoke design. Matrix LED headlights (the ones that can block out oncoming cars) light the way ahead, with headlight power wash should they get dirty. Fog lights that will possibly never get used but privacy glass that undoubtedly will. My model also had a fixed panoramic roof located in its black contrast roof, a roof that has been designed to slope down towards the Evoque’s raising shoulder line. Its silhouette is cleaner and more aerodynamic and now features ‘deployable’ door handles. It’s an attractive car from all angles, but more so when you’re inside. The cabin is awash with (in my case) cloud and ebony soft grained leather furniture and fixtures. A perforated leather steering wheel with the atlas bezel, is heated. Piano blacks and touches of chrome enhance the upmarket experience

while the graduated linear dark aluminium trim with subtle ‘First Edition’ script caps it all off. Infotainment (incontrol/touchpro), connectivity, heating and drive modes comes via two touchscreens (one of which pops out to greet you) and the instrument cluster is digital too. My Evoque came with a ‘clearsight rearview mirror’ option, a magical device that should something in the rear seats or category leading (798L) luggage space be obstructing your view, a quick flick of a lever under the mirror will turn it into a display screen that shows the reverse camera image. Good during the day, even better at night. Adaptive dynamics, head-up display and a surround camera go someway to complete the picture, but not all. Oh no. To get the full picture you need to drive this new Evoque. For, thanks to its electronically controlled dampers, it seems to glide as it drives, isolated from the outside world but fine materials and even finer insulation. The 2L Ingenium engine offers 186kW and 365Nm but that’s somehow immaterial, the Evoque will simply get you to where you want to go — wherever that may be. A 30.6-degree (classleading) departure angle, 600mm wading depths and Range Rover’s Terrain response ‘wherever that may be’. In truth, I never really took the Evoque out of our urban utopia. Honestly, I didn’t feel the need. I know how capable it is ‘off-road’ and I know how comfortable it would be on the long open roads, so I opted for a more sedate drive around the city and along the waterfront. Meridian sound system playing my favourite tunes, temperature set to ‘just right’ and heated seats on low — sigh. With its stylish good looks and sleeker design, the new Range Rover Evoque certainly attracts attention from the townsfolk. It’s a vehicle that is at home in an upmarket suburb or at a fivestar hotel, but is also comfortable beside anything boutique, too. Of course it revels in the city but, rest assured, it’s more than happy to play rough when it needs to.


Lexus UX Hybrid Review Launched earlier this year, the UX is a city dwelling crossover that, with its sharp and somewhat dramatic lines, offers an adventurous new look and character to their increasing range of SUVs. It’s the first of their range to be built on the new lightweight ‘global architecture’ chassis and thus introduces compact size, agile performance and best-in-class turning radius. With a comprehensive model range that runs from petrol front-wheel drive to an all-wheel-drive sports hybrid, there’s something to suit most requirements but it’s the latter that I want to talk about here. Top of the line and top of the UX tree, the UX 250h (hybrid) F-Sport comes with everything you need in the model and probably more. Firstly let’s talk about the engine, well two of them in fact. The UX 250h’s fourth generation hybrid system combines cutting-edge technology with a new two-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine for outstanding efficiency and power. A seamless combination of electric power and fuel means that you get to enjoy the best of both worlds with Lexus Hybrid Drive, resulting in 135kW of power, 8.6s 0-100km/h and 4.7L/100km (combined). At low speeds, EV drive mode uses an electric motor for a silent and zero-emission drive. No plugging in is required either, the batteries are recharged by the engine and the brakes. It’s all very clever. Adding to the Lexus UX’s efficiencies is its aerodynamic design. Aero stabilising wheel arch mouldings and rear combination lamps significantly reduce wind resistance

for improved control and performance. On the subject of lights up front, the UX has ultra-compact LED headlights that work in tandem with the L-shaped daytime running lights and vertical illumination lines offering superior visibility and a pretty cool look in the dark. Cool lights continue inside too. The air conditioning vent knobs are illuminated with wirelessly-powered LED lights for ease of use and a funky futuristic appearance.


The rest of the UX’s cabin has been lavished in technology and premium materials. Designed to "evoke the feel of a dynamic, luxury sedan" but with the higher seating position and versatility desired in a crossover and finished in smooth leather made using sashiko, a traditional Japanese quilting technique that is also applied in the making of judo and kendo martial arts uniforms. Behind the leather-clad steering wheel is a seven-inch. TFT LCD display meter that digitally creates realistic, analogue gauges in a three-dimensional space. A vibrant 10.3-inch screen offers convenient access to numerous vehicle features such as the high-end Mark Levinson audio, climate and navigation systems. The HUD (head up display) is full colour and very bright, handy as it projects critical information onto the windscreen. Lexus has thrown a raft of sound-absorbing and insulating materials in all the optimal positions to ultimately create a very quiet driving experience and although boot space is limited (enough for a weekly shop), access can come via a sensor underneath the rear bumper that allows you to effortlessly open and close the rear hatch with a simple sweeping motion of your foot. Loaded with technology and luxury but miserly with fuel, the Lexus UX 250h is a compact crossover SUV that really lives up to its name.


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Audi A1 Sportback Review

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Howling winds and torrential rain wouldn’t stop us from attending the NZ launch of the second generation Audi A1 Sportback. Afterall, this ‘creator’ of the premium compact car segment has (thanks to the pending arrival of the new model) been on a bit of a hiatus of late. 120

With Auckland winter well and truly announcing its arrival, Audi NZ took us to a (thankfully) warm and toasty cafe in Takapuna to unveil their all-new (well, sort of) A1 Sportback. What followed was a recap of how well this valuable model had performed thus far. How, aside from being all-new, Audi had channelled their inner ‘80s rally history in some of the design elements and of course, our all important and much anticipated ‘first drive’. The A1 itself burst on to the motoring scene around 2010 and boldly showed us that even in small, compact cars there was still room for refinement and prestige. Evidently, the market agreed wholeheartedly and the A1 ‘first generation’s’ popularity (and lifecycle) has been very impressive. No pressure for the second generation then. No pressure at all it would seem, for while many automotive marques may have taken the easy road and simply tweaked or just fettled with the current model then called it ‘new’, Audi quite literally took their already proven formula, added a dash of nostalgia and went back to the drawing board to create something all-new. The width and height have remained almost the same, but the new A1 has grown in wheelbase and added 56mm in total length (just over the size of a golf tee). This, in turn, has created greater interior room and comfort for those that ride within. It’s not just the people that have more space either, somehow this compact Audi has managed to gain 65 litres more luggage capacity too, giving you 1,090 litres to play with (with the rear seats folded down). Its exterior design is much sportier too, with an iconic '80s rally-inspired three flat-slit bonnet and ‘quattro blister’ wheel arches. Up front is a wide, low-placed single-frame grille and

‘implied’ side air inlets with Audi’s next-generation LED lighting (model dependent) front and rear. The interior has a sporty ‘rally-inspired’ design too. The all-new A1 offers a full width ‘high-gloss’ dashboard with integrated MMI infotainment touchscreen (8.8-inch up to 10.1-inch) that’s all very driver orientated. The instrument cluster is digital with a virtual cockpit option and the centre console surrounds can be colour coded and personalised to suit. There are three A1 models to choose from, a 30 TFSI with a 1.0TFSI 85kW engine with 16-inch alloys, a 30 TFSI ‘Advanced’ with a 1.0TFSI 85kW with 17-inch alloys and a 35 TFSI ‘S Line’ with 1.5TFSI 110 kW engine with 18-inch alloys. With the information and breakfast still digesting, we were obviously eager to take the new A1 for a ride. Audi had set out a long loop that headed north towards Albany, crossed over to Kumeu via Coatesville and then back to the city for a late and extended lunch. It was a route that offered a taste of town and country and thanks to the weather, showed us that the new A1’s front-wheel drive traction was ready for anything. We tasted both the Advanced and the S-Line and although the extra power is always of interest, I personally preferred the sound and sprightliness of the three-cylinder, 1.0TFSI engine. Off the mark, there is a lick of turbo lag but when moving both powertrains offer likeable and, in many ways, impressive uptakes. The A1’s drive itself is as surefooted as I’d expect. Wet and sodden roads offered little issue for the front-wheel-drive compact and the steering is confidently precise and well weighted. Whether it’s on the tight bends that make up greater Auckland or the side streets that crisscross downtown CBD, the A1 handles with Audi agile aplomb. Pioneers and adventurers come with a natural desire to push boundaries and challenge themselves, in many ways the new A1 is the same. Having already firmly established its position in the segment, Audi has audaciously given their premium compact car a greater road stance and a more sportier appeal. They’ve added comfort, increased its technological prowess and further refined the cabin, reaffirming the A1’s role as an ultra-modern, urban-chic Sportback.

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Suzuki Vitara Review It’s been over 30 years since the first Suzuki Vitara sprung to life in the crossover SUV market and boy do I now feel old. I remember it as a two-door ‘holiday’ convertible that felt synonymous with sun, fun and lively upbeat pop music, sigh. Anyway, four generations later (the Vitara not me), the ‘allnew' 2016 model has just received a facelift so Suzuki gave me the chance to look it over and maybe relive my youth—guess which one of us has aged better! As I just mentioned, the Vitara received a major ‘all-new’ going over a couple of years ago, from chassis to new direction in styling, so if I’m honest I wasn’t expecting huge leaps or giant advances, but in many ways, the current model doesn’t need it. However, just like the Vitara itself, my ‘Turbo' model has been given plenty of attention. There are mixed feelings about the fourth generation’s design. Some feel that it’s airing towards the safe, I tend to disagree. Some of the SUV’s lines may be a little more subtle but the category itself is beginning to unclutter their vehicles now. Mind you, something that isn’t so subtle is the Vitara’s vibrant paintwork options. My vehicle came in a stand-out Horizon Orange with a black roof that enlivens the vehicle no end, but there are also options such as Galactic Grey, Cosmic Black Pearl (can I hear a pirate’s argh!) and Atlantis Turquoise.


The front grille now comes with vertical slats, and, in my case, chrome accents. This effect has been added to the lower fascia and sparsely around the rest of the crossover. The front bumper's lighting surrounds have been enhanced and the rear diffuser has been turned into more of a feature. The interior has been given a bit of a spruce up and a more premium feel. Soft-touch surfaces across the cabin and my seats came bathed in leather and suede-type covering and armrests. A new 4.2-inch LCD screen has been added to the instrument cluster, offering up a variety of vehicle information

plus the safety and driver’s aid team have been given a rousing too. My Turbo has been given a camera and laser-based forward-detection system, rear cross-traffic alert, weaving alert, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and lane-departure warning. Plus, the brakes have electronic brakeforce distribution and brake override should you need them. So, the updates are all well and good. Okay, so they are great. But has the extra weight and bling made the new Vitara sluggish and old (like its driver)? Well, I’m happy to report, no. The 1.4-litre BoosterJet engine is still peppy and fun, sure it’s not the fastest kid on the block but it’s lively and in tune with the vehicle itself. The 103kW of power and 220NM of torque is fine and dandy for this all-rounder and with fuel efficiencies of 5.9— 6.2L/100km combined and CO2s around 138 - 145g/ km, it’s pretty good for your wallet and environment alike. But it’s the handling that’s still a pleasant surprise. I’d forgotten what fun the new Vitara is to drive. It’s ride height and narrow hips make it easy to merge into the busiest of commuter traffic (plus, the added driver and safety features have got your back), but on the open road and in particular the country roads north of Auckland, the Vitara comes alive. It’s an enjoyable crossover that impresses in the turns, offering a confident drive even in the wet. A near week-long experience with the Vitara, unfortunately, didn’t reawaken my youth, I still groan as much as my parents did at my age (possibly even more). However, the crossover Suzuki has matured far better. There’s more character to its face, and (unlike me), its body has become less cluttered. Like me, it recognises the danger that surrounds our everyday drive, but the Vitara sure does react a lot quicker. Thirty years, four generations and a facelift that’s really improved its WO R D S — DAV E M C L E O D

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“Everybody should be given a chance,” says Joi Gordon, CEO of New York-based international non-profit Dress for Success. “Sometimes, all you have to do is give people an opportunity to change their circumstance and then the world is theirs. We just give everybody an equal playing field and quite frankly it starts with how you look because how you look is how you feel. If a woman doesn't have the proper attire she's not going to feel great about going into the interview and maybe even the interviewer is not going to see her as somebody who can work at the job. With Dress for Success, she's able to shine based on her own merits and that's when everything else kind of falls into place.” 124

Founded in 1997, Dress for Success empowers women to attain economic independence by providing professional dress along with training, workshops and a support network. With affiliate offices in dozens of cities around the world, the charity has since given a leg-up to more than one million ladies. I sit down with Joi at the Pullman Hotel ahead of the twentieth anniversary gala of Dress for Success Auckland, for which the CEO is the keynote speaker. “Our organisation is only 22 years old, so New Zealand was one of the very first countries outside of the US to get involved,” beams Joi. “You guys were way ahead of everybody else wanting to help women get into the workplace. There are now 30 countries, 162 cities worldwide. We watch women grow, watch them get new jobs, go back to college. We cheer them along the way. As soon as a woman walks through the door, she becomes part of the organisation, and our goal is to keep her forever, standing alongside her as she goes.” Joi worked as a lawyer before joining Dress for Success in 1999, when its only premises was a basement room of a New York church. I ask if she was looking to change careers at the time anyway, and if the discovery of Dress for Success was a serendipitous occurrence. “Without realising, I think I was looking for something more meaningful to do with my life,” says the CEO. “I always wanted to make a difference and I didn't think the practice of law was going to get me there. I stumbled on Dress for

Success. I went to donate clothing to this charity I had seen on the news and went from donating a suit to being a board member. And then, within a year, I left what I was doing to work in the church basement.” Joi’s dad, an immigrant to the US from Trinidad, had always dreamt of Joi becoming a professional person. “So for him being a doctor or a lawyer was achieving success,” she says. “He didn't know anything about non-profit work, so was probably disappointed in the beginning.” Before he passed away, however, he told Joi that she had made him “prouder than I could ever have been in my life”. “My mom was single mom and worked really hard to put me through private schools and get me to college and law school,” says Joi. “So I see a little bit of my mother in every woman that we serve.” As a woman of colour in the US Joi says that you have to overcome obstacles and develop a certain resilience. Thanks in part to the recent women’s and gender equality movements, she says that things are definitely improving. “All of those things are being talked about now which means that the spotlight is on women in the workplace. And so that's certainly making it better for women to get her foot in the door. Now it's the responsibility of organisations like ours and other women's causes to make sure that she has the tools she needs to succeed.”


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Men’s attitudes, too, are shifting for the better. “Many of the men who are the managers and directors and presidents and CEOs of corporations, they also have wives and daughters. And so what they would want for their wives or daughters is exactly what we all want for women. So, I think that men are definitely looking to help empower other women to succeed.” Joi’s daughter, Sydney, is accompanying her on the trip, having recently graduated from university. I ask Joi what advice she gives to her. “Follow your dream. Don't worry about what I would want for you. I want you to do what you want to do in life. Take your time. What I really want for all people is for them to find their purpose and their passion and hunger and live it. Sometimes that takes time and you have to pace yourself.”

Every woman that walks through the Dress for Success door is already a success story, as they have developed the courage and the confidence to ask for help.” Every woman that walks through the Dress for Success door is already a success story, states Joi, as she has developed the courage and the confidence to ask for help. Standout success stories include the likes of former prisoners who have gone on to practise law. “I'm certain that walking up and down the streets of Auckland are many women who have walked through this door,” she says. “They're probably driving the cab I was in yesterday or working at the airport behind the counter. Every single woman who gets a job and is able to take care of herself and her children, that's our success.”


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Two Amazing Realities Collide

These two powerhouse personalities, Samuel Levi and Camilla Sacre Dallerup are extraordinary individuals.

You certainly recognise Samuel as one of the breakout stars from Married at First Sight NZ, and Camilla as the talented head judge on Dancing With The Stars NZ, but what do the two really have in common? Well, how about the their huge love and gratitude for their friendship? Their willingness to help others and the care they provide for those around them? Two strong-minded individuals, brought together for a reason. Camilla, a successful life coach, hypnotherapist and bestselling author, will release her third book, It's Not You It's Me, later this year, in her hometown of Los Angeles. "It’s amazing having a like-minded individual like Samuel as a close friend, doing what he does," says Camilla. "He can help me learn a lot when it comes to the online world, how to position myself and make my next book a number one selling hit again. He just gets me, and it’s epic!“

between Melbourne, Auckland and soon, LA. He insists that if it wasn’t for Camilla, he wouldn’t have had the confidence or right mindset to pursue the move. He's excited about the unkown. The pair laugh about how they met in 2018 through mutual friend Julz Tocker, another judge on Dancing With The Stars, and immediately hit it off. Samuel and Camilla spent some time in LA earlier this year, where Camilla persuaded Samuel to take his first ever hypnotherapy class. During his visit, he learnt a lot about himself through Camilla's life coaching and mediation business. “She really helped me through some strange times to say the least," say Samuel. "She always had my back, and gave me that kick up the butt I needed to boost my confidence in showing the world what I can do." The pair will be in Los Angeles later this year for the launch of Camilla’s new book. Could we even see them appearing on the show together next year? Time will tell.

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Speed Limits

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The government and Auckland Council have proposed radical reductions in speed limits, suggesting a large proportion of our open roads should have limits reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h, or even as far as 60km/h. This would take us back to the 1970s, or earlier. Regional centres such as Gisborne, New Plymouth and Whangārei become a much greater journey away from friends, family, tourism and jobs. Remembering there are 24 hours in a day, for most of those hours these are wide thoroughfares with plenty of opportunity for people to get on their way. There will be roads where it is appropriate to drop the speed limit, but to do it in a wholesale way is an overreaction, offending a basic sense of progress. Cars have never been safer; why should we be going backwards? In contrast to the government's enthusiasm to reduce speed limits, it has been very slow to make progress on other areas – the quality of the roads, law enforcement around drink driving and wearing seat belts, the growing scourge of drugged driving and driver distraction generally, particularly cellphones.


On drugged driving, the government has been dragged, kicking and screaming after 18 months' silence, into starting the process the previous government had underway to devise ways to randomly test for drugged driving. The Aussies have recently mastered it. National undertook a roading investment project that, once completed, will have doubled the level of motorway in New Zealand. These are the safest roads in New Zealand. The government has made a clear and deliberate decision to cancel or greatly delay all the major new roading projects. In exchange, we have investigations into pet projects, such as light rail in Auckland and Wellington. I understand officials are advising both projects are likely to cost in the billions and deliver only minor service improvements. Julie Anne Genter refers regularly to progress Sweden has made on its road toll. Sweden has around twice our population. We have 360km of motorway, with a further 124km under construction. Sweden has more than 2,000km of motorway and a further 6,000km of expressway. Genter does not point out that every Swedish city larger than Dunedin is connected in a motorway network, with speed limits up to 120km/h. Speed limit reductions are limited to minor rural roads. Astoundingly, given the government's apparent focus on road safety, the so-called Wellbeing Budget actually budgeted $10 million less for police road safety than it spent last year. It is hard to comprehend this could be the case; but it is. We should absolutely be focused on turning around the increase in road deaths in the past five years, and we should use the full suite of options available – not just a wholesale reduction in speed limits.

Insulation: 1 July, 2019 as per RTA amendment bill This is the deadline for the insulation requirements for all rental properties, and if it’s not done, there will be a fine. Once the insulation requirements are complete, proof must be given to the tenant and with written agreements with any new tenants. New Healthy Home Standard: 1 July 2024 By the above date, under the Healthy Homes Act, all rental homes must have heating in the lounge that is able to warm the room to at least 18 degrees. Landlords must either install a wall-mounted heater or heat pump. Also required: • range hoods or extractor fans over stove or cook tops • extractor fans in all bathrooms • windows must be able to be opened and close tightly to prevent all draughts • drains, gutters and downpipes cleared • unused open fires blocked off From now any new agreements written or renewal of a fixed term or a variation of a tenancy must include a statement of intent to comply with HHS. From the 1 July 2020 landlords must also have a statement of the current level of compliance with the healthy homes standard. Tenants are aware of the changes and shall be choosing rental properties with these regulations, so landlords need to start preparing to comply with these standards now. A warm home is a healthy home, and means happy tenants. Sylvia Lund AREINZ Director

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Verve. July 2019. Issue 157.  

Auckland's Favourite Free Lifestyle Magazine. Verve is brimful with great design, fashion, beauty, health, fine food and wine, lifestyle, tr...

Verve. July 2019. Issue 157.  

Auckland's Favourite Free Lifestyle Magazine. Verve is brimful with great design, fashion, beauty, health, fine food and wine, lifestyle, tr...