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LODGINGS The Design Edit


Boulgaris Luxury Property

Dear reader, It is my absolute pleasure to showcase a selection of our companies finest properties for sale.

Full details are hosted on boulgarisrealty.com Boulgaris Limited is a boutique agency that specialises in exceptional service and results.

MICHAEL BOULGARIS PRINCIPAL, AREINZ, Voted Real Estate Agent of The Millennium REINZ

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Tahiti Private Island



Freehold Island (six hectares)

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Fresh water, accommodation, natural marine environment, income-producing coconut plantation.

Sale by negotiation Price guide $5m plus US

Bi-weekly flights from the mainland.

Waiheke Island


13 Alan Murray Lane, Oneroa Matiatia Estate is a gated community with absolute privacy and security. The high profile peninsula houses some of Waiheke Island's most glamorous properties. The new build cliff-top residence opens up to infinite views incorporating the surrounding islands as well as the Auckland skyline. Closer views incorporate Motutapu Island in the forefront with Rangitoto and Raikino Islands both in clear view. The ever changing views are magical. Boats passing by, moody weather, deep sunsets and the Auckland city lights dazzling by night. Thoughtful planning has gone into the landscape to create a low maintenance garden while maintaining privacy and simplicity. The southern boundary is a parade of olive trees and there is an abundance of shrubs with birdlife flourishing amongst the NZ native plantings. Beach access is via a private pathway which leads to the coastal walkway. At low tide you can walk to Matiatia Ferry Building. The large four-bedroom house is a symphony of impeccable architecture and symmetry. The two-storey home with a high pitch roof, flanked by two tall chimneys, sits proudly on the cliff-top site. Surrounded by flat usable land, the home opens out to the views and with direct access to the outbuildings. Fully self-contained guest accommodation / gymnasium, outdoor pool and media room add to this property's desirability. The finish of the property is simply beautiful. French oak flooring and a neutral palette, together with high spec appliances and all the modern technology one could wish for, sets this property above any other offering. The freehold title spans approximately 4.3 acres of prime land incorporating part of Matiaitia Estate.


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Private Retreat

UNIQUE CLEVEDON SANCTUARY An architect-designed luxury residence of timeless elegance planned for minimal maintenance. In an elevated north-facing position with uninterrupted views over gently rolling lawns and lakes leading towards the Aroaro River. Over $1 million has been invested in landscaping and planting native trees, flaxes, shrubs, orchards and kitchen gardens. Home to 37 bird species, the 128acre sanctuary is nestled in a peaceful valley with paths leading to native bush bordering the Mataitai Conservation Area. A wraparound veranda fringed with native plants blends harmoniously into the natural environment. The exterior cladding of the house is Hinuera stone. Mahogany joinery is handcrafted and French oak flooring is laid throughout. The formal entry opens into a long hallway designed as a gallery. All the rooms lead off the hallway and then open through French doors onto the veranda. The library is also a music room with perfect accoustics. A contemporary kitchen complete with pantry is perfect for entertaining. From the internal garage, a sensible mudroom with a vaulted ceiling is the ideal entry point for the family pets on a rainy day. The cloister provides ample storage space and separate access to the indoor heated pool complex. Unlimited access for a helicopter landing with no overhead wires. There is separate road access for horse trucks and work vehicles. The 300m2 barn has an adjoining two-bedroom studio ideal for teenagers, guests or manager's accommodation. For the horse enthusiast there are horse pens and a wash bay with scope to add additional horse boxes and room to build an arena. There is plenty of room for farm vehicles and boats. Clevedon is home to local and international polo, other equestrian pursuits, golf courses, Pine Harbour Marina and a 35-minute drive to Auckland International Airport. The adjoining five-acre north facing paddock of flat land can be included in the purchase. It has a wonderful building site overlooking the river. If you are looking for a private and country lifestyle, or are a qualified offshore investor looking for a piece of beautiful New Zealand paradise, make an appointment with me now. View boulgarisrealty.com for further details


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PRIVATE BEACH ACCESS 21 Red Bluff Rise, Campbells Bay Visualise an exclusive luxury resort as your private family home. Imagine you are in your favourite holiday destination such as Hawaii, the Caribbean, or the Mediterranean as you soak up the sun, sea and views. What unfolds beyond the unassuming street frontage of the large private estate is an oasis of privacy, exotic plants, rolling flat land, magnificent ocean views and private beach access with riparian rights. The overall concept of the clever house design and garden theme is inspired by Japanese modern architecture. Big square rooms blend harmoniously from the main corridor and the entire house faces north out to the expansive ocean views. On offer is a holiday experience within a family residence, with room for the extended family and guests. Comprising five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a separate pool cabana and four-car internal garaging, this superb home's multiple spaces and recreational areas will delight a growing family. Immediate beach access is via a people mover cable car with a 300kg capacity. The natural rock formation and white sandy beach is within a private sheltered enclave.


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I am not a rider of bikes. I will run, walk, do weights, yoga, tennis but I don’t ride bikes. Maybe I just need to better my balance! I am a city dweller though, and the traffic volume has become ridiculously congested these days. Recently the council took away the much beloved street parking outside my apartment and replaced it with a bike lane. I wondered if this was a sign that it was time to give cycling another go so I decided to give a stylish e-bike a try. The next day I took the bike on an hour-andfifteen-minute ride, straight out of the city to the nearest suburb of Mission Bay. And I was off! I rode down the bike lane and stopped at the lights. So far so good, stopping has always been easy. Trying to take off however has always involved an awkward push off the curb with a not-so-much pedal that is just enough to discover I’m in a way too high gear creating a wobble that made me look like a mix of Mr. Bean and Miranda Hart. This time as I put my foot on the pedal, it was like I had a friend behind me giving me a good push. Even in top gear, a little whirr helped me along and I took off like a pro. This remained my favourite feature of the bike my entire ride. I navigated my way through the city noticing that the bike lanes would come and go, oftentimes leaving me sharing the way with pedestrians or cars. As it became necessary for me to slow right down to pedestrian speed, the pedal assist made it much easier to ride

slowly without wobbling. I felt quite graceful as I expertly weaved my way through to the next bike lane. Once on a good stretch of lane, I changed up and up, each time feeling the familiar whirr help me along. As I got into top gear I felt my lungs take in a bit more oxygen and began to wonder if I should have taken that yoga class right before I got on the bike—the pedal assist wasn’t taking away all the work for me. I felt like I was exercising, but I felt about 50% fitter than I really was. Once I got to Mission Bay, I stopped in for a cup of coffee, feeling a little flushed and energised, but not sweaty. Perfect. In fact, possibly most women’s idea of how exercise should be. As I returned home, I realised I’d been riding for 40 minutes and started to wish my bike had cruise control. I was very grateful for the pedal assist as I went directly into an icy gust of head on wind, the bike’s whirr pushing me effortlessly along against the breeze. The pedal assist was amazing for going slow and increasing speed with ease (especially from take off). Having pedaled further than expected, I'd have loved some cruise control to return home. Upon getting home after my bike ride, I felt like I had done some exercise for the day, enough for me to enjoy a good lunch and some chocolate afterwards, but I did not need a shower. Very cool for city living to pop to my nearest (or furthest) café and arrive still looking fresh, but not deal with traffic jams and parking. — Words: Denise Ferguson BOSCH-EBIKE.NZ

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EYE ALLERGIES With spring right around the corner, many people will be looking forward to the warmer temperatures, colourful blooms and baby wildlife. Now is a good opportunity to educate ourselves on a condition that is very common at this time of year—eye allergy. The clinical team at Mortimer Hirst are here to help you get on top of your eye allergies this season. WHAT IS EYE ALLERGY?

Eye allergy is also known as allergic conjunctivitis. It occurs when a person’s immune system over-reacts to a substance (allergen) in the environment. When the allergen enters our body, a chain reaction of events takes place. Special cells, called mast cells, release a chemical called histamine. This leads to inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin tissue that covers the white part of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. Seasonal allergens such as pollen and mould spores are a common cause of allergic conjunctivitis. Dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens can cause allergic reactions year-round.


In addition to the common allergy symptoms of sneezing, congestion, and a runny nose, a person with allergic conjunctivitis may experience any number of the following: • Redness of both eyes • Itching of both eyes and the surrounding tissues • Excess tearing or a watery discharge • Puffy or swollen eyelids Allergic conjunctivitis will usually affect both eyes at the same time because it is a response to an allergen in the environment. It is not contagious so cannot be spread from one person to another. Normally the eyes will produce a clear, watery discharge as part of the allergic response. If there is a pus-like discharge that makes the eyelids sticky, it is more likely to be a bacterial infection, which is very contagious. If you experience atypical symptoms, for example blurry vision or redness affecting one eye only, it is important to seek advice from an eye care professional, such as an optometrist at Mortimer Hirst.

HOW CAN THIS BE TREATED? AVOID THE ALLERGEN The best way to control allergy is to minimise your exposure to the allergens you are sensitive to. A consultation with a doctor who specialises in allergies may be useful to identify what substances you are allergic to. If plant pollen is a trigger for you, a good pair of wraparound sunglasses can help to shield your eyes from pollen exposure when outdoors.

DON’T RUB YOUR EYES! When the eyes are itchy your first instinct is to rub them. You must resist the urge to do this because rubbing stimulates the mast cells to release more histamine, making your symptoms worse. REMOVE CONTACT LENSES You may find your contact lenses become uncomfortable during a flare up of allergies. Switching to glasses and giving your eyes a rest from contact lenses can help relieve symptoms. Even with regular cleaning, contact lenses can get deposits and a build up of allergens on the lens surface. Your Mortimer Hirst optometrist can assess if your eyes would be suitable for daily disposable contact lenses that are discarded after a single use. This decreases the likelihood of an allergic reaction. COLD COMPRESSES Applying an icepack for short periods will help soothe the eyes and reduce swelling. Lubricating eye drops can be stored in the fridge and used when needed. The cold drops will moisturise the eyes and wash out allergens. MEDICATED EYE DROPS After assessing your eyes, an optometrist at Mortimer Hirst is able to prescribe medicated eye drops to help control your allergies. One of the most effective eye drops available contains a combination of an antihistamine and a mast cell stabiliser. This can be used to relieve symptoms and as an allergy preventer. An anti-inflammatory eye drop can be prescribed for cases of severe itchiness. LIMIT THE USE OF DECONGESTANT EYE DROPS These are often marketed as eye drops for red eyes and are available over-the-counter. They work by constricting the blood vessels, making the eyes appear white. This is useful as a one-off (like when attending a special event) but using decongestants for more than 2-3 days can cause a rebound effect and your eyes will become more red after using them. Allergic conjunctivitis is a common condition that can affect any one at any time. Symptoms can be minimised with appropriate management. Book a consultation with an optometrist at Mortimer Hirst for a comprehensive assessment and tailored management plan. — Words: Kieran Chong, Optometrist MORTIMERHIRST.CO.NZ




WEIRD AND WONDERFUL LODGINGS OF NEW ZEALAND Fancy a break from the Big Smoke? Verve brings you the lowdown on some of our nation’s most unusual and most luxurious destinations (and now’s a great time to grab some deals before the peak season kicks in). HELENA BAY LODGE, NORTHLAND

daily. Lake Tarawera also has its own natural hot spring and there are numerous private bays punctuating the shoreline—make the most of them in a kayak.


Positioned 40km north of Whangarei, the Helena Bay Lodge only opened in 2016 and was immediately branded the best new luxury hotel in the world by Luxury Travel Intelligence, fending off entries from the likes of Paris, Rome and New York. Developed by Russian billionaire Alexander Abramov, and costing a cool $50 million-plus to build, the oceanside complex boasts a gym, heated pool, outdoor fire pit, library and massage room, while the suites—of which there are only five— are decked out with European-made hypoallergenic bedding, towels, and robes. Its exclusivity is enhanced owing to its ten-guest cap.

Long lauded as one of the world’s most wondrous retreats, the Huka Lodge, set in 17 acres on the banks of the Waikato River, has hosted celebrities and royal guests. First established as a trout fishing retreat, the handsome 1920s structure is a short stroll from Huka Falls (or use the free mountain bikes) and offers guests amenities like a tennis court, outdoor pool and croquet. Combine your stay with the Huka Experience for a chance of a helicopter ride with volcano landing, a gourmet crater lake cruise and fishing. Classy suites are equipped with separate dressing rooms and river views. Included are pre-dinner drinks and canapes, a five-course gourmet feast and full country breakfast.



Another internationally noted Northland retreat, Eagles Nest has been honoured as the country’s best by the World Luxury Hotel Awards. Perched atop a private ridgeline over a 75-acre estate, its five contemporary private villas afford spectacular views of the surrounding scenery. Facilities include private Jacuzzis and heated infinity pools, Ecostore goodies, original artworks and resident fine dining chefs who serve up spoils such as venison and lamb and seafood straight out of the water.


The secluded Solitaire Lodge springs from a private peninsula that juts into Lake Tarawera, 20 minutes from Rotorua. Airy, modern suites here overlook local natural attractions such as the lake, the lagoon and the summit of volcano Mount Tarawera—views that can also be enjoyed from your bath (best done while enjoying a complimentary drink or two from the minibar). Such is the lodge’s exclusivity that it features its very own private helipad for flights over the surrounding geothermal landscapes and out to White Island. Five-course fine dining fare is served

Kiwi quirkiness at its finest, Woodlyn Park, a couple of minutes from Waitomo Caves, offers accommodation by way of Hobbit Houses, shaped just like those shelters in the Shire and built beneath a hill upon which sheep and a donkey graze; a Bristol Freighter Plane that was flown in Vietnam, now converted into two lodgings in the cockpit and the rear tail; a restored 1918 rail carriage called the Waitomo Express; or aboard the ship, Waitanic, a restored Australian second world war petrol boat. Recycled and natural materials been used to craft and recreate the lodgings, all of which are fully self-contained.


Nestled on Cape Kidnappers—the site of the world’s largest accessible gannet colony—The Farm has previously been placed on the Conde Naste Traveller USA Gold List. Occupying a sprawling 6,000-acre sheep and cattle farm, this fabulous destination affords mesmeric views of the Pacific and the legendary local vineyards. Accommodation comprises five-star luxury suites or selfcontained cottages, with private balconies with sea views.

Left-right: Helena Bay Lodge and The Farm

Guests can make the most of an on-site cellar door, open fireplaces, infinity pool, hot tub, an abundance of walks, a glorious golf course and an on-site spa overlooking the ocean. The gourmet restaurant takes great pride in its menu of local produce and seafood.





The expansive (5,500 acres) and exclusive Wharekauhau Estate sits opposite the black sands of Ocean Beach at Palliser Bay—framed by ominous cliffs and looming peaks. Established in the mid-19th century as a sheep farm (it still is, along with cattle), Wharekauhau, which translates as ‘place of knowledge’, each of its elegant private cottage suites are replete with spa baths, a fireplace and antique furniture and overlook the ocean and immaculate gardens with a pond. On-site activities include a fitness centre, horse riding and quad biking— things to work up a thirst before kicking back with some local wines and a gourmet feast.


One of the New Zealand’s more unusual offerings, The Lighthouse protrudes proudly over Island Bay, 15 minutes from downtown Wellington. This cosy coastal lodging allows guests to slip into a deep slumber serenaded by the sound of the crashing waves, while the business part of the building on the top floor serves as a sitting room from where you can take in the endless vista. This is an especially spectacular setting during a storm as the waves crash and spray off the rocks beneath.


A listing on Tatler’s Top 101 Hotels in the World was wellearned by six-star Edenhouse, tucked away between Nelson and the gorgeous Abel Tasman national park. Maybe the most majestic Kiwi crib you’ve never heard of, the 50-acre setting includes fairytale-like gardens, patrolled by sheep and pheasants and quail, and accommodation by way of a pair of guest rooms in the main house and a private cottage. Tasteful, yet understated, Edenhouse is adorned with original

artworks and an extensive library and, owing to its isolation and sense of privacy even within its grounds, attracts the occasional celebrity.


Christchurch’s mutlti-award-winning Jailhouse hostel was originally built in 1874 and has since served as both a men’s and women’s prison and military camp. Revamped in 2006, vibrant white cells with hardwood floors now serve as dorms, single and double rooms, though a historical display jail cell remains—and, just like a real prison, there’s games and movie rooms.


Nestled between the Southern Alps and the shore of Lake Wakatipu, soulful Aro Ha isn’t just New Zealand’s ultimate wellness retreat, but one of the finest in the world. The ultimate detox, guests are invited to take part in daily yoga, meditation and cardio sessions in a studio with a cinema-sized window overlooking that legendary Otago landscape—lake included—complemented by massages and the most imaginative of vegan menus with meals presented like works of art. There’s also ample hiking opportunities and plenty of downtime to make the most of the saunas and sizeable outdoor hot tub. The sustainable site generates most of its own power, and also grows much of its produce, the soothing suites decked out with recycled timbers, organic cotton linen and mattresses of natural latex.


The spectacular Fiordland Lodge peers over Lake Te Anau as the majestic mountain landscape of the nation’s largest and most dramatic national park guards the horizon. Such views are mirrored across the accommodation that comprises 10 luxurious lodge rooms with private balconies and some with spa baths, and a pair of standalone selfcontained loft-style log cabins. The cozy environment is enhanced thanks to ample timber furnishings, high ceilings and open fires. A popular wedding and honeymoon destination, the service here is second to none. — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces




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A spectacular setting overlooking the stunning Bay of Islands is home to Donkey Bay Inn. Arrive to something quite unique. Enter through an intriguing garden tunnel to the inn’s private courtyard which leads to the sitting room and bar, featuring soaring ceilings, eclectic furnishings and spectacular artworks. In winter, gather round the over-sized fireplace, and in summer open up both sides of the room to the sea breeze. Three exotically-styled rooms feature wide views of the bay, and balconies or terraces provide private spaces to relax. At the end of the day luxuriate in your four-poster bed. Your spacious ensuite features a tempting bathtub or take an invigorating shower—unwind and just take in those gorgeous views. Imagine full-height walls of glass opening to private views to the bays. Wander out to the broad, sheltered, almond shaped terrace courtyard shaded by olive trees; a secluded and tranquil place to relax at any time of

the day or night. Experience afternoon tea served in the Library. Or plan a wine tasting—the owner’s family has been making wine for centuries. Stroll down the garden path to two outdoor bathtubs – what a romantic way to end the day, a glass of champagne, spectacular views, and, as night falls the skies open to showcase the stars. Wake to an enticing gourmet continental breakfast—enjoy indoors, or on the spacious decks. A bush-lined path meanders past charming Italianate sculptures to the private beach or take a right turn to Long Beach. A two-minute drive takes you to the pretty historic township of Russell, with its array of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. Fully energy efficient—totally off the grid and cooled under a huge living roof, this architectural masterpiece will take your breath way, with its cavernous rooms, imaginative angles and breathtaking views at every turn.


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We were booked into a Tui Suite, a one bedroom suite complete with a lounge/kitchenette. I just loved the fact that every detail had been considered. Heavy wooden sliders divided the bedroom from the lounge and kitchen area. Our accommodation was warm and so sunny with clever black-out curtains so one could sleep in. The linen was beautiful and our room was cleaned every day. The bathroom was spectacular, a wet shower with no shower door. The tiles were a rich, rusty brown and absolutely nothing was spared. For those who wish to use one, there is a fold-down stainless steel seat in the shower.* Plume Villas offer the perfect spot for a family celebration, and it sprung to mind that these villas would be perfect for conferences and weddings too. The 12 villas are all different sizes, with the largest, the 3 bedroom villa, able to host up to 6 adults. We loved the sparkling warm swimming pool—so pleasant to use no matter the weather.

"A wonderfully stylish complex. Well thought out, with everyone’s needs in mind!" PLUME RESTAURANT AND PLUME CAFÉ

The staff ensure that the restaurant and café, both outstanding eateries, hum along with ease, and everyone is super friendly. The vibe at the café is unique, and if locals come in, they are recognised and loved by the staff. The restaurant staff are also very attentive and considerate. The maître d's in both the restaurant and café are the best, each with a wonderful sense of humour and always ready to chat. There is also a children’s menu, with plenty to choose from, so everyone is taken care of, which pretty much sums up the overall feeling of our stay with Plume in Matakana. A little teaser from the Plume Restaurant menu: the liver parfait with the Syrah jelly was outstanding. I even asked if I could buy a pot of the Syrah jelly to take home with me, it was so good. — Words: Judith Mitchell

*Note: We were in an accessible suite. There are other suites that have shower doors in the bathroom, without the stainless steel seat.



How many times have you slipped away into a daydream and escaped to a beautiful sandy beach on a remote island? Do you want to bring something unique to a romantic getaway, find that perfect place for a productive seminar or private event without the price of an international flight? The Beach House, Kawau Island, offers the ideal “away from it all” venue. Arrive in style via helicopter, seaplane, charter boat or only an hour drive north of Auckland CBD and minutes by ferry. The Beach House is a luxury boutique hotel nestled amongst the palms on the crystal-clear water’s edge of Vivian Bay. They offer deluxe beachfront and junior suites with sea and tropical garden views and bush accommodation each with a private deck for you to soak in the quintessential natural New Zealand setting. No light pollution and no roads—the only sounds are from the lapping water and native birdlife. The fully licensed restaurant, bar and lounge is the heart of The Beach House with sea views from every window in an

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intimate stylish setting. The private dining room upstairs offers a separate space to add even more intimacy to your entertainment experience. Moreover, the food is location-inspired, ingredient-led and flavour-fuelled. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast included in your rate. Lunch is a casual affair with a choice of platters and drinks al fresco. The new Degustation Dinner menu offers a three- or five-course selection with carefully selected wines to showcase New Zealand’s produce. This is the ideal location to sit back, unwind and leave all your stresses behind. Impeccable company, fabulous food and wine and an absorbing book are the essential ingredients for a relaxing stay whether you’re curled up in front of the fire in winter or stretched out on a sun-lounger in the summer. At The Beach House, the team are passionate for the service they provide and how it reflects on you, their guests and patrons. It is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and your loved ones or for that intimate wedding venue, corporate event or personal celebration. It’s unlike any other place you’ll get to experience, let them make your daydream a reality.

Imagine, a boutique luxury lodge, nestled in New Zealand native bush yet just a few minutes' walk to pristine beaches with white sand and clear blue waters. Four luxurious suites are each with a king bed draped with beautiful linen. Spacious ensuites with a bathtub and walk-in shower, entice one to simply unwind. The larger Estuary Suite offers a second bedroom, opens to spacious terraces with outdoor and indoor fireplaces, sun loungers and features beautiful views across the garden to Mercury Bay. Each suite has a fridge, mini bar, complimentary wine, tea and plunger coffee. Unpack, relax on your private deck with a glass of wine and let the world go by. The library, with a Bang and Olufsen sound system, the snug indoor/outdoor solarium with its opening roof and French doors leading to spacious decks, offer private places to relax. Multiple fireplaces provide ambience and warmth through the winter. Dine at local cafes in nearby Cooks Beach or take the passenger ferry to Whitianga for a choice of restaurants and bars. Wake to a delicious cooked and continental breakfast, followed by an invigorating walk through Shakespeare Reserve; take in the beautiful views to Mercury Bay. Walk down the track to pristine Lonely Bay beach, relax by the lapping waves and return to the lodge over the little foot bridge to the garden. 970 Lonely Bay Lodge is just a short drive to the world famous Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach.

Imagine laying in an outdoor bath, listening to a serenade of native birds, from kiwi to kereru. The native bush around you gives you privacy, as well as a stunning, natural outlook. Next to you is a beautiful hand-crafted macrocarpa hut, your accommodation for the night. This is only a small taste of what is on offer at Valley Vista Eco Retreat. As the name suggests, Valley Vista is situated on a hillside, overlooking a valley, next to the beautiful Baldrock, north of Kaiwaka. The views are stunning on any given day. A small alcove in the native bush provides space for the Shepherd’s Hut, our glamping unit. As well as this, we have the Tiny House B&B, a Container Cottage, camping plots and so much more. The communal barbecue area, complete with a wood-fired pizza oven, creates a great social area. With a relaxed vibe, Valley Vista is a place to forget your troubles, worries and busy lifestyle. You can relax and truly enjoy the sights and sounds of our beautiful country.




LUXU R YAC C OM MODATIONAU C K L AN D.C OM 027 287 8680 JE AN E T TE@ 2 16.C O.NZ Two One Six is a stylish luxury accommodation looking out over Muriwai Beach on Auckland's West Coast. Boasting two superbly appointed, self-contained suites, this stunning property offers absolute comfort and unforgettable views of the Tasman Sea. Each suite accommodates two guests, making it the perfect choice for couples seeking a romantic getaway. The elevated position of the suites allows for stunning views, while the floor-toceiling glass doors embrace natural light. This contemporary luxury retreat is also ecofriendly, with sustainable design principles featuring in the buildings with their green roofs and sound environmental practices such as organic gardening, composting and recycling around the property.

All of this comes with an added bonus—we are totally off-grid. We have an advanced solar power system, which powers all of our units. As well as that, we have our own water supplies and waste systems. For example, our waste water goes through a natural purification process, eventually feeding our orchard. These systems allow us to live symbiotically with the land, so you can enjoy the stunning landscape, knowing we are keeping it clean and beautiful. — Words: LTWProuting | Creative Wordsmith ltwprouting@gmail.com





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A weekend getaway, an anniversary or special occasion; experience the unique beauty of Te Koha lodge - the breathtaking views to beaches, rocky promontories and beyond to the Pacific Ocean.

Three bedrooms in the main lodge feature Super King or Queen beds each opening to decks and sea views. Spacious ensuites offer underfloor heating, walk-in rainforest shower, organic toiletries, robes and slippers.

Spacious living areas open to decks with stunning views over native plantings to the ocean. The contemporary décor has been designed to create a casual relaxed atmosphere. Gather round the bar in the evening, enjoy a glass of wine while Chef prepares a gourmet dinner. Award winning host and chef, Wayne Olsen creates bespoke dinners sourcing produce from the kitchen garden, the fruit trees and local suppliers. The wine cellar is exceptional, boasting sought after wines from boutique vineyards throughout New Zealand.

The Upper House features two ensuite bedrooms rooms; the Cavalli Deluxe and the spacious Motueka Suite. Enter to an airy open plan living/dining area and fully equipped kitchen. Bedroom and living spaces open to decks and ocean views; or retreat to your private garden patio. Ensuites feature underfloor heating, an infinity bathtub, walk-in rainforest shower, organic toiletries, robes and slippers.

In summer doors fold back to provide an outdoor dining experience. As night falls stars appear and the moon bathes a pathway across the sea.

A 35-minute drive from Kerikeri and just 10-minutes from renowned Kauri Cliffs Golf Course. Take a heli-flight over this marine playground, enjoy big-game fishing, try seakayaking, or simply a walk along a remote beach – RELAX.

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For those wanting a bit of adventure to complement their unwinding, other than the national park itself, the lodge is situated conveniently in the ideal location for exploring and getting active. There are water taxis, kayaking, a range of walks suitable for all ages, canyoning, eco tours, horse riding, sailing, cafes and beautiful beaches all on offer all within easy walking distance. If you’re needing something a little calmer, then be sure to spend some time in their native gardens, taste some local wines, and check out the artisans in the region. Even better, the hosts at the lodge can take the hassle out of booking your itinerary and sort everything for you, leaving more time to unwind.


Ranked as the best hotel for service and the number two small hotel in New Zealand, guests staying at Abel Tasman Lodge can rest assured that everything will be taken care of, leaving more time to relax, unwind, and enjoy their surroundings. All chalets are equipped with air-conditioning, outdoor dining areas, some with fully kitted kitchens, access to the free spa , free internet, and of course the picturesque views of the Abel Tasman National Park.


Just 400 metres from the Abel Tasman National Park entrance, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, sits Abel Tasman Lodge, the perfect spot to stay when exploring the national park. With private modern chalets nestled amongst the stunning native landscape of Marahau (the Abel Tasman Village) this is a peaceful escape combining simple luxury with the beauty of nature.

In Maori, the word 'Mahana' is synonymous with warmth and that is the welcome awaiting you in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Mahana offers boutique lodge accommodation on the water’s edge in Endeavour Inlet, Queen Charlotte Sound, with four ensuite rooms all opening to sea or bush views as well as a separate quaint studio unit. All are set in a secluded sun-drenched spot just behind the charming 100-year-old Mahana Homestead. Enjoy a swim before breakfast, lie in a hammock, read a book, gather shells on the beach, go for a mountain bike ride or explore the coastline by kayak. Relax at the end of the day with a glass of wine watching the sun go down. After dinner a visit to the glow worm grotto is a must. This is the way life should be! Mahana is the perfect place to spend night two of your Queen Charlotte Track experience. This popular 70km track, able to be both walked and biked, is in the running to be one of New Zealand’s newest Great Walks and with good reason!


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The Queen Charlotte Track is the finest and most diverse coastal track in New Zealand. Access is by boat from Picton, normally via Ship Cove which is a scenic and historic reserve frequented by Captain James Cook in the 1770s. You can either book to walk or bike the track yourself or go through a package provider like Wilderness Guides in Picton. Either way, the warm hospitality of Mahana will ensure that your stay is a memorable one—and your peace will be broken only by the sounds of the bellbirds.

Located in Lake Tekapo in the beautiful South Island, Tekapo Springs is the perfect place to relax and unwind 364 days per year! Soak in the stunning lake and mountain views from our three hot pools or chill out in the cooler pools with Aqua Play Area. Temperatures range from 28–39 degrees Celsius. Detox in the steam and sauna rooms then cool off in our cold plunge pool! Soak up some 'me time' at our Glacial Day Spa; we’ve got everything you need to revitalise and recharge, from hot stone massages to botanical facials. Our onsite Tahr Bar & Café offers a wide range of good food as well as South Island wines. You can cosy up by our open fire in winter or take in the gorgeous views from the outdoor balcony in summer.


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By night, experience the wonder of the dazzling night skies with Tekapo Star Gazing! Operating from Tekapo Springs in the heart of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, this is the only guided star gazing and hot pools tour in New Zealand. The tour is two hours long: the first half is a guided introduction to our amazing night skies with a unique combination of astronomy, storytelling and Maori myths and legends. The second half of the tour takes place in a 38-degree hot pool; relax on a floating hammock and feel like you’re soaking in the stars as you explore the beauty of the universe.


TH ELOST SPR I NG .C O.NZ— 07 8 66 0 4 56 M AG IC @ TH E LOST SPR I NG .C O.NZ The Lost Spring is a natural geo-thermal pool, day spa and restaurant complex nestled in the beautiful township of Whitianga. Only two-and-a-half drive from Auckland, Tauranga or Hamilton makes this a definite must-do on your New Zealand bucket list. Created to restore magic to adults’ lives, this stunning complex sits amid lush tropical gardens and you could easily think that you have discovered a secret South Pacific Island if you weren’t right in the middle of suburban Whitianga. The geo-thermal pools are man-made and well thought out. With little seat steps to take in the picturesque layout, you can sit, swim or soak the day away. Waiters come around frequently to take orders of cocktails, fresh juices or serve you complimentary fruit infused water. With a 14-years-and-older age limit to the pools there is a peaceful tranquility that you didn’t realise you needed. Until now. Onsite is a fully licensed restaurant with visual delights of antipasto platters, seafood platters, pork belly and spiced duck breast to name a few. There is ample space to dine, whether it’s on the beach deck, sky deck or sitting in the restaurant overlooking the lagoon and their Friday night happy hour with live music is a delightful way to kick off your weekend away. Not forgetting the Tree Top day spa, set high amongst the palm trees overlooking the resort which is breathtaking. A deluxe spa menu of Pure Fiji warm oil infused massages or Osmosis personalised facials and a team of internationally trained therapists, this day spa is one to visit.

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Sweeping views across the Bay of Islands near the pretty historic township of Russell. Accessed through a securely gated entry and surrounded by native bush, this luxurious villa provides total privacy. Crashing waves can be heard from 100 metres below, whilst at night, kiwi can be heard foraging in the bush— how special! The elegant and contemporary interior creates a feeling of sophisticated simplicity and spacious luxury. Openplan living, dining and kitchen spaces open through French doors to decks and spectacular sea views. The designer kitchen is equipped to the highest standards and gas log fires are comforting in the cooler evenings. The villa is fully air conditioned for the summer months. State-of-the-art entertainment systems, including flat screen televisions, Sky TV and complimentary wireless internet, all integrated into the home.

The villa sleeps up to six persons in three bedrooms. The master bedroom opens to a private deck with beautiful sea views, a spacious ensuite offers a walk-in shower, double basis and luxurious toiletries. Two further bedrooms share a bathroom with walk-in shower and separate bathtub. Luxurious bathrobes, slippers, towels and toiletries entice guests to unwind and relax. Surrounded on three sides by cedar decking and terracing, giving stunning sea and coastal views from sunrise to sunset. Outdoor sofas. a barbecue, table and chairs entice guests to dine outdoors on a starry evening—perfect! Explore the historic waterfront villas of Russell and choose to dine in the many cafes and restaurants. Take a 10-minute ferry ride across to Paihia and visit Waitangi where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. Play golf at the Waitangi Golf course. Or explore the beautiful Bay of Islands—take a cruise, a fishing trip, view dolphins and whales. Swim at Long Beach and just relax.


From glorious gardens to sparkling surf, gleaming galleries to a magnificent mountain, Taranaki is ripe for exploration this spring.



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“People love it,” enthuses Lee. “There’s over 15 wine tour companies in Queenstown and almost all of them allow kids on their group tours.

But did you know it’s also the best time for wine touring?

“We wanted to give adults a chance to kick back and relax. We love kids, we have one of our own, but we all know that sometimes you just want a day to yourself.”

Beat the summertime crowds, enjoy longer days and see the vines spring to life after their winter slumber, this is the ultimate season to explore the 200-plus wineries surrounding Queenstown. Launching just in time for spring, Alpine Wine Tours is Queenstown’s newest wine experience offering unique, personalised and ‘adult-only’ adventures for every wine-lover. Experience New Zealand’s largest wine cave, taste award-winning cheese and wines or learn about the spirit-making process, from grain to glass, at a local family-owned distillery. Whatever your preference, there’s a palate pleaser for everyone during spring in Central Otago. Kiwi couple Emma Chisholm and Lee Saunders are bringing their unique wine and food tours to Queenstown and say their adults only tours are already receiving rave reviews.

Emma is the third generation of her family to work in Queenstown’s tourism industry. Her parent’s famed ‘flying pub crawl’ of the 1980s, fuelled her passion for creating truly unforgettable adventures. “It was called Henry’s Backcountry Flying Pub Crawl, and the name pretty much sums it up. It was fun, it was rowdy, and it was unique,” she says. “Like Mum and Dad, we create memorable experiences and provide good old-fashioned Kiwi hospitality. I think that really resonates with people.” Alpine Wine Tours operates daily group, private and customisable experiences from Queenstown designed to showcase the best-kept secrets of the region. Check out alpinewinetours.co.nz for more information.

Sunset over Central Otago’s picturesque Mt Rosa Wines – Credit: Mt Rosa Wines

Experience the magic of Matakana, stay at one of our luxurious new Plume Villas and enjoy the superb food and fine wine at Plume Restaurant. Country life starts here. A one-hour scenic drive north of Auckland and 5 minutes from Matakana township you will find Plume Restaurant, an oasis for gourmet travellers in a coastal country setting. Recognised for its superb cuisine, and as the cellar door for Runner Duck Estate Vineyard’s fine wines, Plume Restaurant has gained quite a reputation. Now, 12 new luxury Plume Villas, ranging from 1-3 bedrooms, have been added within the grounds. These all share a swimming pool and are within a relaxed stroll of the restaurant. No matter the season or the length of your stay, you will find Plume Villas a comfortable place to base yourself while enjoying the many delights nearby, including the fabulous food and wine at Plume Restaurant. Already boasting a private light-filled function room, Plume Restaurant has just become the perfect venue for weddings, conferences, meetings and private events set within a peaceful country location. www.theplumecollection.co.nz

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36 HOURS IN DUNEDIN A southern beauty, Dunedin offers more than rolling hills and jawdropping sunrises. This little gem of a city may not be your first pick of getaway destinations, but with its beautiful contrasting scenery, historic significance and colourful street art, Dunedin is earning its place on New Zealand’s tourism bucket list. From sheltered harbours to gnarly surf beaches, the rugged landscapes will incite your inner curiosity to get out and explore. With everything from architectural marvels filled with history, to modern, trendy cafes nestled amongst designer boutiques, the contrasts only add to Dunedin’s off-beat uniqueness. Here are our tried and tested recommendations to make the most of your time exploring all that this intriguing southern destination has to offer. After touching down it’s essential to pick up a car with so many locations to explore. A Dunedin landmark, ticking off the iconic railway station is a given, and the perfect spot to start your holiday photo album. On Saturday mornings, the carpark transforms into the Otago Farmers Market; with over 65 stalls it’s easy to spend a couple of hours tasting artisan products or picking up locally grown produce to take home. If there’s time, make a beeline for the Coach House Boutique Bakery in St Clair. The makers of truly marvelous creations, from pies, pastries and cookies, to every bakery delight in between, get in early as possible because this is one not so best kept local secret and only opens until 1pm. To indulge in a little high-end boutique shopping, immerse yourself amongst Dunedin designer stores, New Zealandmade clothing, and adorable little cafes alongside the many art galleries scattered around. Around almost every corner you’ll discover an amazing array of street art. Almost fifty artworks and counting, adorn building walls, alleyways and everything in between. The whole city is one giant canvas. As the afternoon gets into full swing, stop by Beam Me Up Bagels en-route to the glorious Dunedin Botanic Gardens, before taking a scenic drive to Port Chalmers to explore the vintage boutiques and the Hotere Garden Oputae.

For dinner, Dunedin is emerging as something of a culinary hotspot in the south, making it hard to choose just which restaurant to dine at. We recommend Vault 21 for the best Asian-fusion cuisine around, Moiety for its inventive tasting menus, or if you’re in the mood for fresh Italian dishes, then The Esplanade Restaurant channels la dolce vita with a seaside vibe. For a place to rest your head and recharge for tomorrow’s adventures, the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross is the perfect mix of modern luxury and heritage beauty. Once Sunday rolls around, you’re going to want to do some exploring and find out what Dunedin really has to offer besides cute cafes and unique shopping. Start the day with a stroll through Dunedin Public Art Gallery; established in 1884, it was New Zealand’s first art gallery, so you’re in for a treat with its rich historic collection and vast array of New Zealand artists. Step back in time at Toitu Early Settlers Museum with its fascinating interactive exhibits and displays of retro items. Then, enjoy in the splendour of the Otago Peninsula with its intoxicating mix of sweeping vistas, rare wildlife and picturesque harbourside hamlets. Take high tea at the famous Larnach Castle and then explore the beautifully restored rooms packed with antiques. Built in 1871, New Zealand’s only castle provides endless photo opportunities. Don’t forget to spend a little time enjoying the 35 acres of Alice in Wonderland themed gardens. To complete your trip, get a little fresh air by visiting some of Dunedin’s most popular scenic spots. From the Signal Hill Lookout to Tunnel Beach, the Organ Pipes to the Pineapple Track you’ll be in awe of the rugged untouched landscapes surrounding the city. End your trip with a dose of excellent coffee from one of the cities many small scale roasteries, matched with a warm cinnamon brioche that are found almost everywhere here. A fitting finale to a weekend in a small city with big personality.


What a difference just six days can make!


It's 6 am. It’s still dark outside, and cold. I snuggle into the soft duvet – feeling cosy and warm, enjoying the feeling of smooth fine linen on my skin. Check-out day today, and time to bid my designer bedroom sanctuary farewell. There is so much about this place that I will miss. After a quick shower I head on down to the spa. The air is crisp; dawn not far off. Most members of the group with whom I have spent the past six days are already hanging out in the spa reception. We chat quietly and are called in one by one for a weigh-in and measure. I have no expectations – but 15 minutes later feel totally blown away by the results of my check-in/check-out report. I have lost an average of 1cm from my calf, upper thigh, buttocks, stomach, waist and chest, a total of 6cm in less than six days. I have gained 0.3% muscle and lost 1.6% visceral fat. On arrival my blood pressure was 121/85, and resting heart rate, 75. Departure day—my blood pressure reading was is 96/66 and resting heart rate, 66. I am not the only one staggered by their check-out results, all members of the group are amazed by the stunning difference to their overall health. Something not measured at our spa check-out is the state of our mind space, but I will attempt to tell you about mine. After six days at Aro Hā—I was relaxed, my mind wide open and refreshed, and with lungfuls of clean Southern Alps mountain air. I am totally ready to take on the world once again.

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I can honestly say that this physically stimulating programme has sculpted my body a bit, sharpened my mind and has left me yearning for more. With daily mindfulness practices, sub-alpine hikes, yoga, and heaps of dynamic movement, this programme is all that it’s made out to be plus so much more. The food is amazing, and the daily massages, well what can I say? Simply delicious! An Aro Hā retreat is equally wonderful for those travelling on their own, couples, mother/daughter combos and friends.


When a few months later I heard of a stunning new must-visit health retreat, situated close to Queenstown, sustainable, intelligently designed, at one with nature, offering weary life travellers like myself a totally different wellness escape, I knew that this was a place I had to visit. And last month my Aro Hā bucket list dream became a reality.


I first became acquainted with Aro Hā around five years ago. We were visiting Queenstown and had taken a little tiki tour to Glenorchy. Always curious about new developments and enamoured of all sorts of architecture, I noticed a series of structures that seemed very much a part of the landscape; they looked special, tasteful, the genesis of a place to be visited in years to come. A galvanised farm gate hanging loosely across a dusty track, discouraged entry. I noticed a logo that looked something like a bee and the word Aro Hā underneath.


The J-Curve

“The curve initially falls, then steeply rises above the starting point”

There was so much depth to my Aro Hā experience: there were lows, then highs, and a few inbetweens, just like the J-Curve Damian told us about on our first night there. For a body used to regular doses of caffeine, the odd snack here and there—the glass of vino at night, the detoxing process was for a while, quite challenging. Regular mountain walks involving long uphill climbs had my thighs singing out for mercy. And then there were those early morning wake up calls! My relationship with my mobile device when away from work, has always been one of love-hate—so for me this part of the experience would fit into the inbetweenish slot. As for the many highs, mere words and imagery barely do it justice, but I shall try. Aro Hā as a place to stay, is simply stunning in every respect—from the accommodation, to the architecture and interior design, the landscaping, the gardens, and fabulous facilities. The views are stunning, no matter where you are. That feeling of hygge is everywhere.

The people, including team leaders, facilitators, other staff, and guests with whom I shared those six days, enriched the experience big time. I love them all. I have always been a bit of a foodie—and am fascinated by new flavours and ways in which to prep new dishes. Aro Hā cuisine is an explosion of new flavours, textures, and tastes, each meal so thoughtfully curated and creatively plated. Eating mindfully became an easy thing to do, so in the moment was I with each amazing meal experience. Afternoon spa sessions were gratitude moments in every way: slow, stretched out, easy conversations, hot pools, and deliciously spot on massages. Spa time should, I reckon, become a national pastime, fixing relationships and solving problems!



Testimonial As Seen On Tripadvisor A week at Aro Hā made me feel alive, invigorated, with a magnificent lightness of head, soul and limb. The experience lifted the fog in my brain and everything in life felt easier and simpler when I came home. My eyes and skin looked clearer, dark circles banished, body trimmed ... but the real joy was the way I felt ... much more than the fact that I looked healthier. I am sleeping better, more energised, have fewer aches, feel calmer, more relaxed and in a great mindset to appreciate life. The mindfulness practice is invaluable and has given me the tools to sustain this state. Everyone at Aro-Ha is wonderful ... the retreat leaders, chefs, yoga instructors, hiking guides, masseuses... they are all warm, kind, supportive people who are passionate about improving the lives of everyone they encounter. This place is truly unique and it is life changing. If you have an opportunity to spend time here then immerse yourself fully in the experience and go for SEVEN days if you can.

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aro-ha.com A ro Hā He alth R e tre at 33 S tation Valley R d, Glen orchy 03 4 4 2 701 1 adven ture @aro-ha.com Around an hour’s drive from Queenstown Airport or 45 minutes by car from Queenstown on the Glenorchy Road. Transport to and from the airport available. Aro Hā offers luxury health retreats throughout the year—the bulk of which are five nights, but there are some that are four nights and for those craving a longer experience, there are some seven-night retreats as well. Newsflash: Aro Hā now offers a scholarship programme to six lucky applicants each year.

Words: Fran Ninow



The towering mountains and huge glaciers aren’t the limit of all things big in this corner of south-central Alaska. Alaska’s long summer days, with up to 20 hours of sunlight a day, give rise to some freakishly large vegetable crops which have to be seen to be believed. Take time to discover quaint frontier communities, and time your visit for the Alaska State Fair in August/September to marvel at the giant specimens.


Beautiful as they are, there’s more to Victoria than Butchart Gardens! Getting there is half the fun—our pick is a 25-minute float-plane ride, but there’s a new leisurely three-hour boat service from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria which allows whale-watching en route! Once there, there are beautiful beaches, incredible foodie tours of bohemian eateries, bike tours (it's flat), a thriving craft beer scene and so much more.


Hawaii’s fifth largest island, Molokai, remains true to its island roots—with no traffic lights, no high-rises, and a slower pace—you could say it’s the 'original' Hawaii.


Although a major city such as Quebec could never be described as 'hidden', many travellers never make it to eastern Canada, and that’s a crime! Quebec City is the oldest walled city in North America and the absolute heart of French-Canadian culture. Steeped in history, Quebec City is over 400 years old and most of the original architecture has been lovingly preserved—the entire old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Best explored on foot, head for the Petit Champlain district’s cobblestone streets with their bistros and boutiques, or linger in a sidewalk café to enjoy the lively musicians and street theatre on summer days.


Banff is a mountain resort town with more souvenir shops than you can shake a stick at, but wander off the main street and you’ll find a wilder side to Banff. The surrounding 6,500km2 of Banff National Park are home to wildlife including elk and grizzly bears—its no wonder the local tourist board’s slogan is: “This Place is Alive!”. Spend your days hiking, biking or soaking in the worldfamous hot springs, then dine in one of the towns many eateries—you can’t go wrong with Alberta beef! Just don’t be surprised to find an elk wandering down the street on your way home. — Words: Caroline Clegg, World Journeys

GRAND RAIL CIRCLE TOUR All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for a round-trip from Vancouver to explore Banff and stunning Lake Louise. Experience the best of BC and Alberta as you travel the Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies and the alpine resort of Whistler. 13 DAY TOUR WITH ROCKY MOUNTAINEER


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'Talk story' with the locals and you’ll hear legends and lore of days gone by. Swim or snorkel in the sparkling turquoise-blue waters at Papohaku Beach or enjoy unique shopping and museums in the charming town of Manaloa.


Canada and the USA are overflowing with well-beaten paths to the big cities and theme parks, but if you step off that path in search of a little quirkiness here, an undiscovered gem there, you are actually spoilt for choice!




GWINGANNA LIFESTYLE RETREAT Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in the beautiful hinterland of Queensland offers a complete health and wellness destination for guests to step away from their busy lives and re-focus on their health. Set high on a plateau on over 200 hectares with views across the valley and ocean, it has the largest land space of any retreat in Australasia. Gwinganna is Ecotourism certified with specialty staff including a botanist and two organic gardeners who present sessions for guests each week. With easy access from Gold Coast airport, this haven of wellness is ideal for shorter stays for busy people or those wanting to try a retreat for the first time, while the five- and seven-day packages provide the greatest results. The Gwinganna Detox program over seven nights has become well known for its transformative impact and was the subject of a ground breaking study in 2016 led by Professor Marc Cohen and RMIT University. The results confirm the validity of a retreat experience in maintaining optimum wellness and as a means to address lifestyle imbalances and actively prevent disease. The research found that a seven-night retreat resulted in substantial improvements in everything from weight to blood pressure to psychological health, and this was also sustained six weeks after the retreat stay. Gwinganna has become known for its extensive range of innovative wellness programs winning multiple awards. Packages are fully inclusive of accommodation, all organic meals, a diverse range of activities, key wellness seminars and selected spa and wellness therapies. Guests can choose from a variety of accommodation style and the most premium accommodation options. Facilities at Gwinganna include two infinity edge heated swimming pools heated for use in winter, indoor training studios, a spacious

pavilion, gymnasium, a wellness centre and the stunning Spa Sanctuary, the largest spa in the southern hemisphere. The spa has 33 treatment rooms and the menu offers unique options exclusive to Gwinganna, equine therapies working with our horses and a variety of wellness and stress management options. Four new spa options are being released this spring. The food at Gwinganna is a highlight of any stay and centres around seasonal, local, organic wholefoods with much of the produce harvested daily from the extensive onsite gardens. Gluten-free and dairy-free, the aim is to help support and improve digestion and liver detoxification, reduce inflammation, improve gut bacteria and balance blood sugar levels. Ingredients focus on low human intervention (LHI) where the food has undergone minimal or no changes from its place in nature to create an ideal balance between macro and micronutrients. Each afternoon the focus is on rest where guests can choose what they wish to do. This is time to slow down, to relax and help restore adrenal balance. The Spa Sanctuary offers an extensive range of spa therapies with emotional, wellness, physical and stress management therapies also available. The retreat is non smoking and a mobile free zone in all public spaces. Longer stays are caffeine and alcohol-free. Complimentary transfers are available at set times from Gold Coast airport on arrival and departure days and the retreat is just 30 minutes from Gold Coast airport. To help guests extend their retreat experience or try a taste of Gwinganna, Wellness at Home is a unique package now available in print and online. Covering four pillars of wellness, it gives guests the chance to learn from 17 wellness experts with a range of interviews, articles, practical activities and meditations either before or after their visit.




Escape and recharge at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland for three days of wellness. Experience a diverse range of activities with options suitable for everybody. Enjoy the bliss of sensational spa treatments, inspirational wellness presentations on a focus area and delicious organic spa cuisine. You will leave Gwinganna inspired and restored.

YOUR PRIZE INCLUDES __3 nights in Deluxe Orchard Suite accommodation __All organic meals, snacks and beverages __1 classic massage per person __ Key speciality seminars or presentations __ All scheduled activities and use of all facilities __ Complimentary transfer from Gold Coast airport at set times

*Conditions apply—subject to availability. May not be combined with any other voucher or offer. Bookings should be made at least 45 days in advance. Valid for six months from date of prize draw, some block out dates apply. Prize is not transferable and has no cash value. Only available to guests 18 years and older


Raglan Beach


There’s no better way to start your day than with a steaming hot cup of coffee. And there’s no brew finer than the one served from Raglan Roast’s tucked away window. A real ‘hole in the wall’ spot, this isn’t your ordinary coffee shop. A favourite for locals and travellers alike, this is a must for any self-confessed coffee connoisseur. Plus, you won’t be getting your morning dose of caffeine alone— everyone brings their dogs along with them so be sure to get your furry friend fix at the same time.


Hidden up and above the main road in Raglan, a midmorning yoga session at The Space is the perfect way to slow down and get you mind adjusted to Raglan’s chill vibe. With its community focus, simple minimalist design, and passionate teachers, The Space is a great place for everyone, from seasoned yogis to first time downwarddoggers. Take a journey up to this peaceful sanctuary to enjoy authentic yoga as it should be.


Once you’re all limbered up from your yoga practice, why not continue the relaxation with a trip to Solscape to try out one of their many holistic wellness therapies. From massage and bodywork, to reiki and hypnotherapy, there’s a therapy for pretty much any bodily complaint. Whether you’re wanting to detox, release tension, find a new level of calm, or just want to treat yourself, then let the experienced therapists work their magic.


Now that you’re all relaxed, make your way over to the converted woolshed that is Rock-It Kitchen to grab a late

lunch. Fitting in with the relaxed vibe of Raglan, Rock-It is surrounded by forest and even has a stream flowing through the bottom of the garden, making it an idyllic spot for a bite to eat. The menu changes with the seasons, but always focuses on local and organic food packed with heaps of flavour.


Although not technically in Raglan itself, a quick drive will get you to the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls. Nestled within lush greenery, this waterfall is a view not to be missed. The falls, at 55 metres high, offer spectacular views and are the perfect opportunity for an Instagram shot. Get some fresh air and take a stroll down to the base, stopping at all the vantage points on the way of course.


Would any trip to a seaside town be complete without a beach sunset? Probably not. So why not take it up a notch and watch the sun set over the waves on horseback? The folks at Surf and Turf Raglan specialise in customisable horse riding tours that will delight any and all sunset enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking for a little adventure or a romantic activity, this is one picture perfect experience.


After such a wholesome day, it’s only right to grab a drink and sit down to watch the last of the sun set under the verandah at the Harbour View Hotel. Built on the main street in 1866, the hotel is an iconic part of Raglan. Once the sun goes down head inside to sample one of the options from their award-winning a la carte menu, from classic Kiwi pub meals and gourmet pizzas, to fresher than fresh seafood, this is the perfect way to end your day in Raglan. — Words: Georgina Shearsby-Roberts

QT MUSEUM WELLINGTON ART INITIATIVE An original canvas to showcase your masterpiece—be part of the art, design, curiosities and a dash of the absurd at QT Museum Wellington. QT Museum Wellington is all about the New Zealand art scene and this past June threw down a challenge to the creative community: to create in-room artworks for the wall space behind the bed heads of nine new guest rooms, including an optional six private balcony walls. When it came to diversity, style and medium, there was an overwhelming number of MoMA-worthy submissions. In the end, 19 artists were chosen for their work to be part of 25 new guest rooms on level four of the hotel. A number of the works have also been purchased to be displayed in the hotel’s public spaces. General manager of QT Museum Wellington, Garth Solly, said of the art initiative: “QT Museum Wellington is a cultural playground built on a wonderfully eccentric, largely national, art collection. We are excited to work with creatives to bring to life a fusion of eclectic and eccentric art to awe and amaze local and international guests during their stay. The hotel has a philosophy that thrives on actively supporting the local creative scene, which is why we’re giving an opportunity for artists to be a part of our history.”

QT Museum Wellington kicked off the initiative with notable street artist DSIDE, one half of former street art duo BMD, whose artwork currently colours the hotel’s exterior walls. Drawing on his extensive artistic skills and experience DSIDE made his mark in an existing hotel room, and led the charge for other artists, to inspire, engage and challenge the community to answer the call for submissions. DSIDE’s support reflects the essence of QT Museum Wellington and commitment to fostering Kiwi talent. “The collection in its lobby represents its importance and depth of involvement in this country's art realm, so I was honoured when asked to be involved,” says DSIDE. “This project is extending the collection into the bedroom so people can have a different encounter with them.” QT Hotels & Resorts consistently challenge the status quo. This hotel is a cultural playground built on a wonderfully eccentric, largely national art collection and celebrates creativity for all that stay and play at QT Museum Wellington. The new rooms are set to be unveiled in November, and are available to book now at qtwellington.com.



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Bali If lush greenery, golden sunrises, and beautiful bamboo interiors are your thing, then Hideout Bali’s Instagram feed will satisfy all your tropical rainforest needs. This off-thegrid eco accommodation embodies Bali’s relaxed vibe, and is as architecturally unique as it is beautiful.


New Zealand Just North of Kaikoura, this treehouse hotel captures the simplicity and beauty of New Zealand’s environment. Filled with beautiful sunset shots, snow-capped mountains, and nature inspired rooms of the lodge. Follow this account for inspiration to get out and explore our own backyard.





Nestled in one of the most unique scenic landscapes in the world, this is one hotel where beauty and luxury collide. An ‘architectural marvel’ in itself, the hotel’s Instagram showcases the towering surrounding mountains, endless horizons, and golden warmth of the Caribbean.

If you’re dreaming of a beautiful Italian escape, then all the inspiration you need to book that ticket is on Hotel Santa Caterina’s feed. From delicious food, to sun drenched sceneries, to sparkling Italian waters, every snap epitomises everything Italy has to offer. Compiled by Georgina Shearsby-Roberts


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Photography: Carla Mitchell

My Lexus chauffeur, Kevin, drops me at the Auckland domestic airport. I’m off to Queenstown for a celebrity appearance wearing my Kublai Persian Jacquard, which is one of five in NZ. A quick airport meal, always rushed so I decide upon ferociously hot won ton soup to slow me down. I met fellow emcee , Lexus ambassador Murray Thom and his beautiful wife Anne seated next to me on the flight, the conversation is hilarious!


Queenstown is awesome viewed from the Lexus RX350. I’m settled in my suite at The Hilton. Since it’s so southerly crisp I decide on a luxury bubble bath. Heaven. I’m obsessed with Grace Coddington’s autobiography, to be inspired by successful people who know their truth and don’t wear beige to fit in with the flock. I’d pick her for a lunch date anytime in a Lexus! I’m wet, warm and happy.



I’m an early bird. I love mornings. It’s so fresh and my brain is sharp. I do my best business negotiations early and on a double espresso buzz! I decide against going to the gym because I have no idea I’ll find it, or the way back to my Hilton suite, so I do 100 press ups instead. There’s a knock at the door, my breakfast lands, still warm baked croissants, freshly squeezed carrot, ginger and orange juice, and more black coffee. The view from my room is breathtaking. I’m naked.


It’s a very cold, clear, clean Queenstown night and the launch is in full swing. The who’s who of QT locals, the league of magnificent Lexus management and ambassadors spread throughout the flash showroom drink their finest choices while the live entertainment delights everyone. Emcee Murray is excellent and led the charge of speeches from the dapper Lexus NZ general manager, Paul Carroll, to an inspirational Cam Calkoen. While my Nomad Trench Sand and Sky (Manahan Menswear) draws a lot of attention, the true stars are the Lexus models, especially the RC F to celebrate 10 years of exceptional “F” performance. Exclusively, it’s one of only 500 globally. And then I spy Marc Ellis …!

8AM Photographer Carla Mitchell arrives, I like her. Photographers are always so visual and see the world raw. We share stories over warm croissants. Today’s sightseeing in the Lexus LC 500, I throw on my season favourite Ulan Batar Nomad Trench. Queenstown is a destination like no other. We shoot over Lake Wakatipu with the powerful Remarkables mountain range as our backdrop.

12PM My 24 hours in Queenstown is over. Lexus had an incredibly fun launch for this destination showroom. I made new friends and discovered many things like three scoops of ice-cream at the Hilton is $22 and their coffee and croissants are delicious. Air NZ Flight 616 circles over the lake one last time, I’m coming home. Visit our website to see more images


Madagascar is a kaleidoscope of the geological, natural, culinary, cultural, historical, and zoological uniqueness gained by distance and isolation that holds up world travel's throne as yet still the number one common aspiration and dream of people worldwide today. There has never been a guest of ours, regardless of how many passport stamps collected, or how jaded and worn, who didn't place this country in his top three or five list upon departure. Even from far reaches of the globe we get repeaters, rare for other destinations like this. This is because Madagascar is not Africa. It is not the Indian Ocean. It is not French. It is not Java or Bornean, nor like part of its Polynesian (that's right!) ancestry. It is not anything except itself. A drive through the country's rainforest express route, the National 7, puts you through a transforming and alien landscape from colourful French pastel capital with Malagasy architecture to baobab-studded desert rockspike forests, and in spite of its second most common sort of global rank as also the world's poorest (or variably, in the top five also for poorest) countries, Madagascar is highly self-sufficient in beautiful arrays of colourful foods that grow organically in the island. Civil war hasn't plagued the nation, and there is nothing approaching African levels of crime affecting tourists. The cost of travel can be Southeast Asia or India prices for travellers, while the continental endeavour for backpackers hitting Africa next door is highly expensive and dangerous in comparison in most other states, without as compact of sightseeing, and much steeper park fees and safari sticker tags.

The mascots of Mada are those brown, golden, mousesized, jumping, and even cartoonishly ringtail makis (the friendly lemurs). Their slow decline and range die-out raise a rather alarming prospect for the primates' future. With 85% of the wildlife and even plants as exclusively endemic, many nuances extracted from the forest and flora from natural medicines to new species each month are de rigor here, and the battle for the future of the island's integrity will hinge on more visitors and investment and more business and commerce. The election friction of 2018 and the black plague of 2017 has seen a drop in outside trust for the setting for sound growth and gains for business to bank on, however in these same years we have seen more visitors and interest than ever. With more flights to the capital added and more airlines there and to the northern paradise of Nosy Be (which far outshines its regional hotshot beaches in Mauritius and Seychelles) it may be tourism that ends up partially preserving what little forests and pristine ecosystems that remain. In the meantime, conscious and responsible tourism aside, just being here helps and rewards. The island delivers on all fronts and faces of everything you seek in adventure travel, and reminds you that the real world is better than the movies. Safe condensed diversity of unique sites and fantastic local people who everybody falls in love with, it is all here ready for your vacation, your business, your honeymoon, your project, your study trip, your family or just your next big OE!. Come and chill @ earth's most unique island! Here, you'll find a low price and satisfaction guarantee! – Words: Chris Rosenkrans MADAGASCARTRAVELANDTOURS.COM



For business or leisure, for family or guests, you can be confident with Quest whether for one night, one week, or longer.

Spacious, modern apartments ideal for the business and leisure traveller to Auckland. Offering: • The choice of studios, one, two, or three-bedroom apartments, all tastefully furnished with wellequipped kitchens and laundries. • We also offer our guests free Wi-Fi, 29 TV channels & 40 movies. • Secure undercover parking. Newmarket is a very popular location with cafés, shopping, cinemas and the Newmarket business area all on its doorstep. Please check out our website: questnewmarket.co.nz



Quest Parnell located in the historical suburb of Parnell, offers studios, oneand two-bedroom (two-bathroom) self-contained apartments. • Perfect location just off Parnell Road. • Over 50 restaurants and cafés within walking distance. • On-site gym and heated lap pool • Kitchen and laundry facilities in all apartments. • Sky Guest Select offering 50+ channels. • Complimentary Wi-Fi. • Secure undercover parking. • Group accommodation for friends and families of wedding parties.

Quest Carlaw Park Spacious modern apartments for business or leisure. Studio, one-bedroom and luxury two-bedroom (two-bathroom) penthouse apartments available. All with well-equipped kitchens and laundries. Easy 10-minute walk to the city, and on Parnell’s doorstep. • Complimentary Wi-Fi. • Sky Guest Select offering 50+ channels. • Secure undercover parking. • Complimentary access to Next Generation Gym (100m). • Café, Italian, and Japanese restaurants next door. Please check out our website: questcarlawpark.co.nz

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We just love this rugged high country cabin, situated in the heart of South Island's Southern Alps. Inspired by the simple elegance of furniture designer, Jens Risom’s holiday home, owner, Kenny Smith, has created a stylish, yet simple backcountry hut, providing his family and, at times, guests, a unique wilderness experience. Verve caught up with Kenny a few weeks ago, check out the interview on the next page.

Tell us a little bit about yourselves.

My wife and I are both 40, we have two kids, aged 22 and 20. I’m a photographer who works internationally and my wife works in the medical industry.

Can you tell us a little bit about High Country Cabin, how it all happened? We both love the outdoors and a while back decided we wanted to invest in something that would keep us connected to that. As our kids moved out of home and began their own lives, we wanted to create something that we could all connect with and escape to. There is no better place to use as a base to explore the outdoors than where we are. All four seasons offer everything you’d want to do, mountaineering, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding.

What/who inspired the design of your cabin?

We were inspired by a lot of places. I had been following the tiny home movement and was inspired by eliminating things and space that you don’t really need. We used that thinking to whittle things down to the basics, yet keep the essentials for comfort and relaxation. Out of the cabins around the world that inspired me, Jens Risom’s cabin on Block Island really stood out. I studied what I liked about it and it was the direction lighting from one main window. We used that idea to face the view of the mountain that Ohau Snowfield is on. We’re surrounded by mountain views so you get vignettes of the surrounds through the small windows placed on the other sides as well. One of my strong beliefs is a small dwelling makes you feel part of the landscape much more appropriately than a large one. In fact, the smaller the space is, the more the surrounds come in.

Country Cabin’s best-loved features?

Interestingly features that are not there have become the most loved for us and people who have stayed. There is no TV, and a log burner is the main source of heating. Living outside of town, without broadcast TV and relying on firewood really reconnects you with the surrounding landscape. People also comment on the comfort of the built-in couch, the rustic kitchen, and the hot water pressure after a long day in the hills. There is nothing better than a really good shower!




Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces Photo: Dorothy Draper


Anna, who has more than two decades' industry experience, inherited the interior design firm from her mother in 2003. “As a child I was always rummaging through fabric samples, drawing and putting things together,” she says. “It was all quite normal to me!” She attended the prestigious KLC School of Design in London, but not before cutting her teeth in the home and design world. “I wanted to get as much background knowledge as I could before I went to study,” says Anna, “so that I had all of the principals and fundamentals of design.” Anna's impressive resume bulges: she’s managed the GP & J Baker showroom on King’s Road, worked in the framing and art, and flooring and building products industries, run a kitchen manufacturing company and studied the fundamentals of engineering. “It certainly gives me the edge over my competitors,” Anna says. “I can walk the walk and talk the talk. Whether I’m dealing with flooring guys, electricians, or cabinet makers, I understand the background to it all, and I can use that knowledge to my—and my clients’— advantage for better planning and better results. Cuthbert Interiors is known for its integrity. We have credibility all over the country, and that is so important to me.”

Anna says that like anyone in the design industry, she’s constantly on the lookout for inspiration: “It never stops. I’m always telling my kids to look up! People forget to do that, but it’s so important, there is so much to see at the tops of buildings and trees. There’s inspiration everywhere.” Though Anna does of course keep up with latest trends, she prefers to concentrate on “timeless appeal”: “That’s not to say you can’t tweak and change and do bits here and there, but I like to give people some longevity. A home will grow and change with the owners as they live in it, things will be swapped in and out—which I come in and do regularly for customers—but you shouldn’t have to change the whole scheme and every room every few years. Just let them evolve.” Is it important that the interior matches the exterior of the house? “Oh yes, there can definitely be a flow between the two, and that transition between the exterior and interior is important because you don’t want it to jar. For me the most important thing is to understand the client. It must be a collaborative evolution, working with the customers’ lifestyle and moulding and manipulating it so that we can get something really tasteful and beautiful. And always getting that a little wild card, something that may challenge them—that they may not even have considered or thought of.” Anna is stumped when asked for a favourite design or style of architecture—she’s worked with them all and gets a kick out of the eclecticism. “I’ve done everything: turn-of-the-century, last century, arts and crafts homes right through to concrete, cantilevered, contemporary boxes. I’m qualified in traditional UK training, as well as the modern stuff, so am able to work across the genres and blend things so that they seem cohesive.” All that counts, she concludes, is having happy customers at the end of the process: “Seeing them buzzing at the end of a job well done is what it’s all about, their smiles mean so much.”


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Currently celebrating its fortieth year, Cuthbert Interiors is possibly New Zealand’s oldest interior design company, and its chief, Anna Cuthbert, too, believes in the power of colour. “Colour in the home is especially important because it keeps things fresh and interesting,” she says. “I’m not a huge fan of the grey-on-grey trend, I want to be excited and colours do that. Interiors should make you smile when you walk in. Colour is important for people’s psychology and outlook on life.”

“People in Europe are certainly less afraid of using colour. You only have to flick through the magazines to see how much it is embraced, whereas here things tend to be a little more subdued. New Zealanders often like to play it safe. But everything that is available over there is available here. As a small country we have access to so much stuff and that makes us very lucky in the design and housing industry. It’s quite phenomenal.”


Draper is revered for founding Architectural Clearing House in 1925, believed to be the first proper interior design firm, and responsible for styling rooms in grand public institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco’s Fairmont and Mark Hopkins hotels and the Greenbrier of West Virginia. Carlton Varney, another American designer of note, and protegee of Draper, once described his mentor’s importance to the industry as comparable to that of Chanel’s influence on fashion: “the woman was a genius”. Vogue tells of Draper’s penchant for a “wild Technicolour mash-up of pinks with greens, turquoise, and orange” that she incorporated into a modern Baroque style.

How does the industry differ here to Europe?


In her 1939 tome, Decorating Is Fun!, legendary New York interior designer Dorothy Draper writes that decorating is “a delight in colour, an awareness of balance, a feeling for lighting, a sense of style, a zest for life, and an amused enjoyment in the smart accessories of the moment”.

» THE EVOLUTION OF INTERIOR DESIGN Like so much else, we can partly thank the Ancient Egyptians for interior design. Even those that dwelled in humble mud huts were known to brighten them with animal skins, sculptures and murals. Picking up where the Egyptians left off, the Ancient Greeks and Romans crafted intricate-carved wooden furniture and ivory and precious metal ornaments. They also introduced the likes of mosaic floors and frescoes. Both civilisations also mastered crafting cushions and tapestries. The fittingly titled Dark Ages saw a period far-less flamboyance, partly due to the rise of the Christianity which discouraged any dazzling displays of wealth (expect in their own churches, of course). This European era was a time of wood panelling, subdued textiles and stone floors. With the dawning of the Gothic era through to the Renaissance, living and public spaces once more benefitted from greater daring and imagination. There was greater focus on colour and carvings—marble floors and ornaments replaced stone and wood, colourful paintings were introduced, and furniture whittled from the finest of woods. Art was celebrated like never before! Baroque gave birth to the widespread use of stained glass, coloured marble and painted ceilings—think the Palace of Versailles in France. By the mid-18th century, intricate Asian styling made its mark on rococo by way of floral porcelain and furniture lined with tortoise shell. By the end of the century, neoclassical was riffing heavily on the style of Ancient Rome. The 19th century is known for experimentation. Rather than follow set looks and trends designers enjoyed greater freedoms to impart their own styles, and by the late 1800s, interior design was beginning to be embraced by those beyond the elite. But that’s not to say the modern era has not been without its movements—think art deco, art nouveau, minimalism and Bauhaus.

“A home will grow and change with the owners as they live in it.” Anna Cuthbert

ICONS OF INTERIOR DESIGN Known as the ‘dean of American decorators’, Albert Hadley worked by the philosophy of “never less, never more”. He decorated the Kennedy White House, along with their own homes, as well as those of other high-society families such as the Rockefellers, Gettys and Astors. Hadley, however, remained humble, telling New York magazine that design was not about “fantasy beyond reality”, and that it’s “what you can achieve for the simplest person” that matters. From 1962, he formed a fruitful partnership with another legendary designer, Sister Parish (see below). A cousin of Dorothy Draper, the wonderfully-named Sister Parish (her real name was also Dorothy, but her childhood nickname of ‘Sister’ eventually stuck) opened an interior design store in New Jersey in 1929. Shunning the preferences of her antiques collecting dad, Parish preferred laidback offerings such as quilts, hooked rugs and oversized armchairs. She is credited with popularising the American country look of the 1960s. Born in New York in 1865, Elsie de Wolfe is credited as ‘America’s first decorator’. Her life was full of compelling tales, educated in Scotland, as a youth she met Queen Victoria before moving back to the US to become an actress. Aged 61, de Wolfe became a Lady when she married British diplomat Sir Charles Mendl. Between all of this, she was commissioned to revamp New York’s first elite social club exclusively for women, the Colony Club, and later the homes of America’s high society lured by her vibrant, antiVictorian eye. David Nightingale Hicks became the UK’s go-to designer of the 1960s, employed to redecorate quarters for Prince Charles and Princess Anne, along with the nightclub of the QE2 and a yacht for Saudi Arabia’s King Fahad. By the following decade, Hicks had his own range of wallpapers, fabrics and linens. His big break came when a magazine published an article about the makeover he did for his mum’s London home. Hicks was designing cereal boxes for an advertising agency at the time.

Redcurrent is excited to introduce Remuera to its most irresistible lifestyle and home accessories.

Located throughout New Zealand, gift and homeware store Redcurrent is relocating its Newmarket store to open its doors in Remuera on 6 September. “With its thriving community and shopping at its heart, we could not ignore the enthusiasm of Remuera” says Redcurrent’s co-founder Rebecca Kain. The Remuera store joins 12 other Redcurrent stores across New Zealand, which project the Redcurrent philosophy of making everyday life beautiful. Many Verve readers will already be familiar with Redcurrent, and those who are not will be in for an exciting retail experience. “Our physical stores are the cornerstone of our brand—the part you touch and feel—and our single biggest point of difference. Our customers love shopping and coming into our stores for inspiration, they always go away feeling uplifted, whether they’ve bought gifts for themselves or others”. Much of Redcurrent stock is sourced and supplied exclusively by the group or manufactured specifically for Redcurrent stores. What makes Redcurrent different from other homeware and gift stores is its philosophy, centred on a belief that the world is a better, kinder place when we share. It’s something that permeates all of Redcurrent’s stores and its people. While Redcurrent is influenced by trends and fashion, we aren’t governed by them. If a theme appeals, and the team is confident it will appeal to their customers, they’ll buy it.

This is captured in the company’s mantra:

L I V E B E AU T I F U L LY, G I V E B E AU T I F U L LY “At Redcurrent you will find blue and white chinaware next to home fragrance and classic black next to bright colour”, says Rebecca Kain. “We’re constantly changing and that’s exciting. We want Redcurrent to be about personal touch, and when I look at new locations they have to fit with that and be right for us.” Redcurrent will open its doors at 399 Remuera Road on 6 September at 9am, and will be open seven days a week. Co-founder Rebecca Kain will be instore greeting customers on 6 and 8 September from 11am-4pm. The first 500 customers will receive a goodie bag, and there will be spot prizes supplied from Redcurrent’s home fragrance and beauty suppliers MOR and Glasshouse.


Home and lifestyle brand Redcurrent stocks timehonoured pieces mingled with the not-so-old. Redcurrent was launched 19 years ago by Rebecca Kain and her mother Audrey McHardy. Now they run 12 stores around the country, sharing their unique aesthetic and love of the “unusual, the classic and the beautiful”. Redcurrent now has stores in Auckland (Albany, Milford, Remuera and Sylvia Park), Hamilton, Havelock North, Wellington, Christchurch (Merivale, Colombo Mall and Riccarton), Dunedin and Queenstown.

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Searching for the perfect pieces to upstyle your home? Go no further than this stylish spread of contemporary classics. Enjoy the browse.

















LYZADIE DESIGN STUDIO Lyzadie Renault hails from the verdant island nation of New Caledonia, born to a French father and Melanesian mother. Having one foot in the Pacific and the other in Europe shaped her upbringing until she came to New Zealand at a very young age. It’s the landscape and culture of New Zealand that has inspired her to start a new design studio that is already turning heads. Trained as an architect first in New Zealand and then at the prestigious Architectural Association in England, Lyzadie counts Zaha Hadid as one of her influences. It’s not hard to see why. The flowing lines and echoes of nature that appear in Lyzadie’s work are testament to her commitment to craftsmanship. And in the patterns and lines of her Design Studio pieces, a true passion for celebrating the country she calls home is immediately obvious. Braided rivers, twisted trees, brilliant flora, vibrant song are her inspiration, her love for her adopted country clear with even the most cursory of glances.

She’s also passionate about sustainability. Making sure all the materials are sourced locally, and in some cases, are rescued, recycled or reused, is at the heart of her philosophy in order for her work to rest lightly on the planet. Working with local craftspeople is also essential to her practice. Moreover, finding and collaborating with makers who are as passionate about their craft as she is about design has been a real joy. Seeing a product that has only existed in her mind coming to life is, she says, one of life’s most tangible pleasures. At the heart of her new design work, she says, she wants to make people feel. Feel alive, feel impassioned, feel the heart of the materials on display, feel the dedication to excellence in each piece. Because this work is all about passion. It’s all about a passion for design, and for telling a story about her connection to New Zealand.


TRINITY Located in Takapuna, Trinity Interior Design specialises in working collaboratively with clients and the project team to provide a full scope of works for new house builds or renovations. This is where their design talent, attention to detail and project management skills are most valuable to their clients. They are also extremely clever at space planning and sourcing furnishings and accessories for clients' existing homes to create a fresh new look. Thoughtful, considered and customised design is what you can expect from Trinity. Trinity’s team of qualified designers, with both local and international experience, expertly guide their clients through what can be a daunting and complex process, from start to finish or anywhere in between, when undertaking a large build project. They provide a comprehensive list of services to choose from and their projects are located throughout New Zealand for clients based here and overseas. Creating a beautifully aesthetic home that meets their clients’ brief is of high importance however they also place equal importance on specific detailing of the design, providing CAD drawings for builders and cabinet makers to reference. Trinity also places emphasis on ensuring that the behind the scenes, administrative support and project management runs smoothly and takes care of the many decisions and activities that occur during the course of a project. Tasks such as managing the procurement, storage and delivery of products to site to meet the build program. It’s the small details that they take care of, without the concern of the client, that make all the difference and it’s feedback from their clients’ that attest to this level of service being of extreme value to them. If you are about to undertake a build project contact Trinity to talk through the process and how they can work with you to create a home that ticks all your boxes.



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TRENZSEATER Verve sits down with Ben Lewis, co-founder of Trenzseater, and begins by asking about his background in design. Growing up, I was inspired by my grandfather’s furniture business. Form an early age, his drive and passion for manufacturing some of the finest furniture in New Zealand gave me a grounding and foundation in an industry which I fell in love with. I was 14 when I designed the first sofa that went into production, and it was the start of many more. Now I design all furniture for TRENZSEATER. I had a vision to start a high-end furniture and interior design business in New Zealand, which I did at the age of 20, to cater for a market where clients wanted something personalised, different to what anyone else had. TRENZSEATER was established with my brother Hamish, and together we have grown the business into one of New Zealand’s most prominent furniture and interior design stores. Our interior design service grew purely through industry experience, with my interior design work now being highly regarded and recognised on an international level. TRENZSEATER has three stores throughout New Zealand which house all the products we manufacture to order in New Zealand, along with all our beautiful international brands from Europe. These stores truly showcase our interior design expertise, while demonstrating our unique quality of product and manner in which we present product. How would you describe your personal interior design style? It is sophisticated elegance. It’s a design with intriguing layers of classic textures and materials, encapsulating refined opulence, set on a grand scale. A timeless classic. Where does your design inspiration come from? I am inspired each day by design, through architecture, interior design and classic furniture design where there classic detailing provides a signature style. I am also inspired by fashion, art and antiques. Natural materials inspire me for their unique, classic qualities, such as marbles, stone and the character you get from solid timbers.

Generally, which direction do you feel design is heading? I believe design is moving towards interiors which are eloquently layered, providing layers of interest and personality to a design that makes spaces a pleasure to be in and enjoyed at the same time. We also see, in design, the use of matte and brushed metal finishes, brass in door hardware, and light fixtures, along with the use of a lot of natural marbles and stones. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2018 and beyond. • Include intriguing layers of texture, pattern and design • Incorporate colour subtly into your design • Use opulent grand scale objects • Use a diverse mix of materials • Incorporate well-appointed table lamps, floor lamps and pendants in your design If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design, what would it be? Definitely to have an eye for detail. It’s the detail that sets a design apart from the ordinary and makes it something unique and special. What are your aims and goals for the next 12 months? To continue presenting beautiful work that clients admire, develop our retail stores within New Zealand and explore international opportunities. If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A property developer. Anything else in closing? I love the quotes: “There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart, pursue those”, and “Dream big, think big, go big”.


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PONSONBY'S NEW GEM Ponsonby is well-known as a hub for superb stores so it’s with great excitement that we welcome JI Homestore, the new addition to the interior design scene, , stocking Halo Established 1976 and Artwood. Before entering the doors of JI Home the twinkle of exquisite crystal lighting catches the eye through the window and crossing the threshold takes one into a spacious (400 square metre) haven of quality, comfort and—it has to be said—simply divine furnishings, lighting, flooring and accessories. A warm welcome from Elly and Anna is quickly forthcoming—no airs and graces among the splendour here – making me immediately feel at home. “That’s what we want,” says Tracey Johnston who founded Johnston Imports with her husband Matthew back in 2003. “Elly, Anna, Matt and I want people to feel at ease, to use the space, have a coffee by the fire, take a seat and enjoy the space as they ponder their home furnishings wants and needs.” Elly and Anna will be running the Auckland showroom and all hands have been on deck for the grand opening, Tracey has overseen a lot of the tasteful styling. “Tracey has a great eye,” says Anna. “Instead of just a sofa she’ll create a chic area.” The core lines at JI Home are Halo Established 1976 and Artwood, which together cover all four seasons with indoor and outdoor living. Peppered among the furniture pieces are accessories such as antique lanterns, wooden planter boxes, leather luggage and exquisite (locally) handmade statement candles encapsulated in oversized glassware. Collectively it creates a super-stylish home-y feel. Halo Established 1976 hails from the UK and uses traditional techniques and the finest materials to develop JI Home’s distinctive designs in-house. Creative Director and founder Timouthy Oulton

pushes the boundaries to create a balance between traditional and modern living. He’s inspired by a childhood immersed in his fathers antique business, a man from whom he inherited an eye for beauty and detail. Each Halo piece is made by hand, using timehonoured methods and simple tools. Tim combines labour intensive, tried and tested techniques with pure natural materials including leather, moleskin, linen, metal, timber and stone, which sit seamlessly alongside the sparkling crystal lighting. “Halo’s traditional techniques mean detailing will be hand punched or moulded in a workshop environment rather than a factory,” says Tracey. Halo has an exciting new collection just released this season—upcycled denim. Notably, the upcycled denim in pure white or blue is bound to be a firm favourite with the ability to whip it off and throw it in the washing machine—what can be better than that? Then there’s Artwood, with designs from Sweden. Founded in 1969, Artwood is a family business inspired by long journeys to the East and the exotic materials sourced there, which form the basis of Artwood's design. “It’s American East Coast mixed with the pulse of the city and rural life or a house by the sea,” says Tracey. “We call it Artwoodstyle.” The range lends a natural ambience formed by durable and beautiful rattan and teak. Artwood offers an amazing outdoor weave collection which is an absolute standout by for outdoor living and dining. Underpinning JI Home Store is the understanding that a home should be a space to relax, enjoy and socialise in comfort, which they do by mixing and matching their glorious wares to suit your unique style. — Words: Jenna Moore 36 POLLEN ST, PONSONBY / 09 930 6268



Jane Rockett and Lucy St George are two smart interior designers who create imaginative interiors rather than just decorate your rooms. They take into account personality, what the space will be used for and they not only help with lighting and colour schemes but they help you to incorporate artworks or other treasures in your living spaces. Strong colours and an eclectic mix of period define their style. As a resource book, Extraordinary Interiors will give you lots of ideas how to make decorating fun. All the homes featured in the book are real Rockett St George projects.


Perfect timing for this book. If you are tired of winter drab and longing for spring and summer florals then look no further. Renowned for her 'shabby chic" style Rachel has collected a number of different looks for different homes from Welsh cottage to French chateau to American colonial, all easy styles that benefit from the beauty of flowers and the delicate palette of colours she is so famous for. Rethink your collection or just rummage around to the back of your linen cupboard or plate pantry and you can create your own take on the lush Floral Affair blooming in this covetable new book.





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A new book from John Boyne is always a welcome occasion and his latest A Ladder to the Sky is no different. A young aspiring writer is taken under the wing of an older established novelist and he realises that he can acquire other people's stories for his own benefit Young Maurice Swift uses Erich Ackerman and others to climb the ladder of fame. A Ladder to the Sky reminded 26/02/2018 4:10:45 p.m. me a little of Death in Venice in pace and detail. It will be 02/28/18 10862830AA 1/4 PGan HZ excellent choice for bookclub discussion or those just wanting the best in modern writing.


TURNING HOUSES INTO HOMES Kate Chetwin and Pam Scales are the clever women behind K&P Home Curators, a small bespoke business helping clients transform their homes through styling and décor curation. “We don’t aim for perfection, we aim for soul and individuality”, say the pair. Services include decluttering, furniture and homeware advice, styling and colour consulting, all in the name of turning a house into a home.

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EMILY GOODWIN INTERIORS You’re in good hands with Emily Goodwin Interiors. Emily is an award-winning interior designer with a degree in architecture and 15 years of experience working with clients across a wide range of residential and commercial projects. No job is too big or too small, as it’s the variety of different projects that is part of the fun of being a designer, along with the desire to help people. It’s all about listening to the client and tailoring the design to their requirements and lifestyle aspirations. Emily also understands that the choices to be made can be overwhelming, so trusting in an experienced designer who can see the big picture and will guide you through the process will help you to make informed decisions.

“The details are not the details. They make the design.” Charles Eames Emily Goodwin Interiors can assist you with all of your interior styling, from interior (and exterior) colours and finishes to furniture, hardware, lighting, window treatments, design and manufacture of bespoke cabinetry, bathroom and kitchen design and spatial planning of your whole home or individual rooms. Emily will work collaboratively with your architect or any other specialist designers or service providers, provide design drawings and also manage your product procurement, bespoke manufacturing and on-site construction processes in order to deliver your project as seamlessly as possible. At the end of the day, residential interior design is about feeling at home in your own home as it sets the backdrop to your life.


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Brant has a team of master tradespeople and offers clients a complete solution starting from developing a design, managing the council consent process

Homeowners are also demanding homes that are higher in quality than ‘code built’ homes in order to create warmer healthier homes that are cheaper to run. We are excited to be adding the eHaus brand and their high quality design process to our portfolio. We love what we do. If you want to go on a journey with us towards your next home then we should get together. We look forward to meeting you.



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“What makes us unique,” says Greg Penfold, company director, "is that we are a family owned business where the little things still matter. We love building beautiful homes for discerning clients who appreciate the quality and attention to detail that we are able to provide—and still make it cost effective. One of our values is caring for the community around us this makes what we do much bigger than just building houses.”

and coordinating all of the trades during the build process. We have also worked very hard on identifying suppliers we want to partner with to ensure that we are only using sustainable and high quality products in our homes.


Brant is a residential building company and over the past 30 years we have built hundreds of high quality homes across Auckland.




IS FABULOUS AT FORTY! Forty years ago, in 1978, my mother, Janet Cuthbert forged a blazing trail and started her own design firm, Cuthbert Interiors. As you can imagine, a business owned by a woman was not exactly the norm during that time. If she could have only known that decades later her company would continue to thrive. It is safe to say with that history, design is a part of my DNA and I have been around it my entire life. I am incredibly proud of this milestone anniversary of our family business and it has made me reflective about whatmy mother and I have accomplished for our clients over time. As trends have come and gone my design philosophy has evolved into something that has become a formula for success on almost any project. In my approach I try to integrate stylish trends with measured restraint and instead build rooms with a classic core. By melding simplicity and traditional features, you can create clean yet striking spaces that you will be happier with over time. With a wealth of industry knowledge and experience both here and abroad, I encourage my clients to push boundaries in colours, textures, shapes and fabrics. A cornerstone though of my design process will always be close collaboration with the client to ensure their personality and lifestyle are the top priority. One thing I know for sure is the value that a good designer brings to a project in saving time, money and for innovative ideas. What’s next for Cuthbert Interiors? To continue to provide the highest quality bespoke interiors design consultancy and create exceptionally beautiful spaces which people love to life in. We've weathered the ups and downs of the last 40, so cheers to this year and many more to come!


You do the dreaming, we’ll take care of all the details Brant Homes is a boutique home builder, focusing on building quality, unique homes. You will have the full attention of our experienced craftsmen and the Brant team every step in the process. Get in touch today. Call Greg to arrange a free consultation on 0800 856 486, or email info@branthomes.co.nz




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View more new designs in the distinctive interiors collection arriving through September at our gorgeous destination store.


Organic forms and straight-lined style contrast beautifully in a preview of our exquisite new furniture arrivals, with carved wood, antique gold finish, and cool marble accents.



YOUR STYLE OF LIVING, YOUR STYLE OF BUILDER In this diverse city of Auckland, Fowler Homes understand the changing face of the region and the many challenges and opportunities the Unitary Plan brings to building new homes. Whether you have sub-dividable land or love your current location, but not the existing home, they can work closely with you to turn your “ideas into reality”. While they have some tried and true deigns, Fowler Homes specialise in design and build to suit you and your land. Our experienced home consultant, Dianne Strange, has several years’ experience working closely with clients, asking about their aspirations and requirements. She understands that every build is unique and probably one of the largest transactions you may ever undertake. Dianne places great importance on listening to her clients to truly understand their personal situation—tailoring a package to suit their individual needs. To ensure your new build proceeds effortlessly, Dianne works closely with Bret Robinson, the managing director of Fowler Homes. A builder by trade, he has over 35 years’ experience in

the industry. Bret has a proven track record of undertaking more complex builds that other builders have turned away. Just as importantly, Fowlers have strong buying power and the backing of a national brand. While Fowler Homes doesn’t provide home and land packages, they are happy to offer expert advice on purchasing sites, the Auckland Unitary Plan and properties ripe for subdivision. Homeowners could be sitting on a goldmine without even realising. Although sub-dividing can be quite a complex process, they can assist with surveying and consents and connecting you with the right agencies. If you have land, and your are looking for a boutique design and build experience, call Dianne at Fowler Homes. She will guide you through the process every step of the way.


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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A RENTAL PROPERTY MANAGER Some people think we just collect the rent, which we do and it goes into a secure trust account, similar to what law firms operate, but at Quinovic Parnell and Quinovic Viaduct, we also do much more than that. SO WHAT EXACTLY DOES A PROPERTY MANAGER DO? Property Maintenance: We look after our owners’ properties including all aspects of repairs and maintenance. This means we work with builders, plumbers, electricians, cleaners, gas fitters, gardeners, arborists and lawn mowing service providers. We organise for pools and spas to be cleaned and serviced. We brief tilers, roofers, carpet layers, curtain and blind installers/repairers, glass fixers, insulation installers, lock smiths, painters and decorators, pest exterminators, house washers, asbestos removers, chimney sweeps, heat pump and air conditioning servicers, drainage and sewage consultants. We talk to architects, engineers, body corporate managers, insurance brokers and underwriters. And sometimes even neighbours about things like renovations, subsidence, boundary fencing and overhanging trees. Property Inspections: We conduct regular inspections of all our rental properties, which includes a written report and photos. We check the continued compliance of the property for things like operational smoke alarms, asbestos identification, insulation, weather tightness and mould. We then liaise with our owners and tenants about any outstanding issues. Accounting: We breakdown and explain invoices and costs to our owners and tenants. We reconcile and allocate charges for water bills, property maintenance charges and tenant rental payments. We chase up rental arrears and we receipt and later release tenants’ bond monies. Legal Accountability: We are the property owner’s legal representative and we ensure the properties we manage, and the owners we represent, comply with the Residential Tenancies Act (1986) and its amendments,


plus any other legislative, body corporate, and/or local government rules governing residential rental properties, including council by-laws, even those covering residential parking constraints. And as such, we are responsible for upholding the rights and obligations of all parties including our tenants. We are also responsible for ensuring the quiet enjoyment of our tenants’ neighbours, which occasionally can mean dealing with noise complaints and barking dogs. Security: We look after property keys, swipe cards, remote access devices, security and alarm codes, and we make sure we record every time these items leave and return to our offices. We vet all service providers who are working in our tenants’ homes and we make sure they have agreed to our health and safety guidelines. We also ensure that all our rental properties are safe and secure for our tenants. Utilities: We organise or advise about electricity and gas supplies, broadband, Sky TV and we oversee the installation of fibre into rental homes. Research: We keep up-to-date with market rental prices, which can show seasonal variation. We assimilate the latest tenancy tribunal judgements and legislative changes affecting rental properties, we keep our owners and tenants updated, and we alter our business practices where required. For new tenancies, we vet tenancy applications and check tenant references. Marketing: We write compelling rental property advertising to attract great tenants, sometimes we take the photos, other times we arrange for this to be done by professional photographers, and we use social media to further promote properties to a wider audience. At Quinovic Parnell and Quinovic Viaduct, we assist rental property owners to put into place plans and strategies that ensure their property investment is not just professionally managed to the highest standard, but we also give you peace of mind, knowing that you are working with property management experts.



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WHAT'S ALL THE BUZZ ABOUT? September is ‘Bee Aware Month', a whole month that’s dedicated to celebrating all bees! It has been successfully spreading awareness of the importance of bees for the last eight years and each year gets bigger and better.


You’ve probably noticed the hum in the media about these misunderstood little flying insects. Why? Well, the world’s bee population is in decline, which has a potentially devastating effect on our eco system and our veggie, fruit and flowering plants that rely on pollination.

BEE FOOD: One of the easiest ways you can help bees is by planting a bee-friendly garden in your backyard. Bees will forage on wild flowers and bee-friendly plants for nectar and pollen, which provide them with energy and protein for growth. Now is the time to plant your bee-friendly plants including lavender, citrus trees and rosemary.

Each honey bee colony requires a billion flowers a season to survive. Incredibly, each honey bee can only produce one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey, but together in a safe environment a hive can make up to 150kg a year! So, this month spare a thought for the humble bee and 'beecome' the change by making sure New Zealand’s ecosystem is bee safe. If there’s anything we can learn from the honey bee, it’s that if we each do our part, we can accomplish greatness together.

Head into Kings Plant Barn during September for free educational events and advice on what to plant all year round to feed the bees.

HYDRATION: While bees don’t drink, they do collect water for

the hive. Fill a shallow dish and add marbles or stones for the bees to perch on. Once bees find a good source of water, they will return regularly—a win for both of you.

SAFE SPRAYING: Some pesticides have synthetic chemicals

which leave lasting residues that kill bees and other beneficial insects. Consider choosing a natural alternative, don’t spray bee attractant flowers while in bloom and always spray in the evening. — Words: Natalie Allen, Kings Plant Barn

AT ORAKEI BAY Get in the garden with Kings, and grow with confidence! Shop a huge range of top quality plants and all the gardening essentials, all with expert advice from our team of garden specialists and instore Plant Doctor.



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OYSTER & WINE FESTIVAL MATAKANA Sunday 7th October 2018 | Matakana Country Park Mahurangi Oyster Farmers, Local Wines & Beers, Seafood & Other Cuisine Shucking Competition and Live Music from 80sX, Sam Allen, Laughton Kora, Fifth Element General Adult Tickets - $39.50 | Book now at www.oysterfestmatakana.co.nz


SARAH TANNER Sarah is a self-titled 'vegan innovator', dedicating her personal and professional life to being a change-maker and rule-breaker in the wellness world. Sarah shares recipes, videos, and easy to follow tips on her Instagram, fresh new blog and YouTube channel, as well as inspiration from other disruptors in the industry on her just-launched podcast. She is certified in plantbased nutrition, a self-taught cook, food photographer, stylist and brand ambassador for Ceres Organics. WHERE DID YOUR INTEREST IN HEALTHY AND ORGANIC FOOD COME FROM? When I

had my daughter, I became really passionate about giving organic food to her. My interest grew the more I found out about the benefits. I then created an organic smoothie delivery business based on those beliefs to help other mums have access to organic, plant-based blends. My passion for healthy food transitioned to becoming vegan three years ago now, when I came down with a nasty bout of shingles. That’s when I really started taking notice of the evidence and positive benefits of organic, plantbased food. I have since left my previous business to dedicate my personal and professional life to helping people be better informed and equipped with the tools to live healthier lives.


it’s more about what you’re not getting when you choose organic as opposed to conventional produce and food. Some basic fruit and veg items can have dozens of chemicals sprayed on them and used through the growing process. Our bodies are simply not designed to work these toxic substances through our systems, and we are often left with a nutrient devoid, chemical cocktail. I know for me personally, I have experienced a dramatic improvement in my health since focusing on organic food.


organics into my nutrition, Ceres was always my goto. Our relationship was formed through a mutual appreciation of what we each stand for and believe. I have a deep respect for Ceres Organics, its founders and the whole team that I work with.

based on the fact that it’s the companies that are using the chemicals that should be paying a fee, not the ones that aren’t.


to be simple, and as close to wholefoods organic as possible, it has to be fast, and it has to be vegan. I know people choose different diets or nutritional labels for different reasons, however, I 101% believe that plant-based is the food of the future. For our health, the planet and, of course, the animals. I know when I transitioned to being vegan, I found it really hard to latch onto someone that had a fun, approachable manner to it. So I’m very conscious to stick to the ABCs: authentic, basic and with care.






Quinoa would be number one! Their nut butters are totally delicious and I’m loving the new brownie and bliss ball mixes too. Tamari would be a staple and the sesame oil, seeing as I’m such an Asian food fan. Oh, and their new coconut cream and milk, basically everything of theirs!

Quinoa is a must, cacao powder, oat milk, hemp protein powder, leafy greens, ferments like sauerkraut, Sunfed chicken free chicken, and my pantry is full of all sorts of magical superfoods and herbs like ashwagandha, digestive enzymes, spirulina, medicinal mushroom powders, hemp oil, gelatinised maca, tulsi holy basil and triphala to name a few! They might sound exotic and bizarre but have actually been used in the East for hundreds of years! Us Westerners are just catching up.




wherever you can, and in season for fresh. Farmers markets are a great start, just check that the produce is at the very least spray-free. I think we also need to shift our perception that healthy, organic food is more expensive, and see it as an investment in our wellbeing. I know for me, I prefer spending a little more on what I’m eating and drinking rather than spending my money at the doctor’s rooms, and propping up pharmaceutical companies by taking their pills, which really are just a band-aid solution. Now, more than ever, we have the power to take control of our health, and I encourage everyone to do the same, it’s really quite liberating!

WHY AREN’T MORE ORGANIC FOODS AVAILABLE TO US? Unfortunately, it’s expensive to be labelled and certified organic. There are annual fees to be certified and intensive processes to maintain. I know certain companies refuse to seek certification purely

is another industry that is being turned on its head as far as transparency of ingredients goes. Our skin is our biggest organ, and it ultimately, is just another form of nutrient intake, albeit on a much slower, incremental rate of intake! I remember when I owned my own beauty salon and product range, some seven or eight years ago now, parabens were still kind of an accepted thing to put into beauty products. Now, you’d be crazy to develop a product with them, given the evidence. I think maybe there’s still a bit of a 'fad' stigma around organic food. Trust me, it isn’t going anywhere. And the more we are informed (and inspired) around the power we have to live full, healthy lives, the more people will wise up to the fact that it is the way to go. You can find Sarah on Instagram @sarahtannernz and online at sarahtanner.co.nz


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I think we need to shift our perception that healthy, organic food is more expensive, and see it as an investment in our wellbeing.



INGREDIENTS 350g cherry tomatoes 3 tbsp olive oil ¾ tsp cumin seeds ½ tsp light brown sugar 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced 3 thyme sprigs 5g fresh oregano: 3 sprigs left whole and the rest picked, to serve 1 lemon: 3 strips of rind and 1 tsp zest 350g extra thick Greek- style yoghurt, fridge-cold 1 tsp Urfa chilli flakes (or ½ tsp regular chilli flakes) flaked sea salt and black pepper — Serves four as a starter or mezze

One of the beauties of this dish lies in the exciting contrast between the hot, juicy tomatoes and fridge-cold yoghurt, so make sure the tomatoes are straight out of the oven and the yoghurt is straight out of the fridge. The heat of the tomatoes will make the cold yoghurt melt, invitingly, so plenty of crusty sourdough or focaccia to mop it all up with is a must alongside. METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C fan. 2. Place the tomatoes in a mixing bowl with the olive oil, cumin seeds, sugar, garlic, thyme, oregano sprigs, lemon strips, half-a-teaspoon of flaked salt and a good grind of pepper. Mix to combine, then transfer to a baking tray just large enough to fit all the tomatoes together snugly. Roast for 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are beginning to blister and the liquid is bubbling. Turn the oven to the grill setting and grill for 6–8 minutes, until the tomatoes start to blacken on top. 3. While the tomatoes are roasting, combine the yoghurt with the grated lemon zest and ¼ teaspoon of flaked salt. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve. 4. Once the tomatoes are ready, spread the chilled yoghurt on a platter (with a lip) or in a wide, shallow bowl, creating a dip in it with the back of a spoon. Spoon over the hot tomatoes, along with their juices, lemon skin, garlic and herbs, and finish with the picked oregano and chilli flakes. Serve at once, with some bread.

— Recipe: Extracted from Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury Press, $65) Photography: Jonathan Lovekin

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3 tbsp olive oil, plus a little extra to serve 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced 1 large red onion, finely chopped (160g) ½ tbsp picked thyme leaves 2 small aubergines, cut into chunks, about 5 x 2cm (420g) 200g cherry tomatoes 180g Puy lentils 500ml vegetable stock 80ml dry white wine 100g crème fraîche 1 tsp Urfa chilli flakes (or ½ tsp regular chilli flakes) 2 tsp picked oregano leaves salt and black pepper —

Serves four as a starter or side, two as a main — Recipe: Extracted from Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury Press, $65) — Photography: Jonathan Lovekin

Few things bring me more pleasure in the kitchen than taking a set of familiar ingredients and seeing them in a new light. It’s happened here with this stew and also the Puy lentil and aubergine dish. The two ingredients lists are very similar—the aubergine, cherry tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and oregano. Both dishes – though equally delicious—are completely different from one another. It’s one of the many reasons I love aubergines: they’re so versatile and can be cooked in such different ways to yield such different results. Serve the stew either as a hearty starter or a side, or else as a main, served with any grain you like. The stew can be made up to three days ahead and kept in the fridge— just warm through and add the crème fraîche, oil, chilli flakes and oregano before serving. METHOD 1. Put two tablespoons of oil into a large, high-sided sauté pan and place on a medium high heat. Add the garlic, onion, thyme and quarter-teaspoon of salt and fry for eight minutes, stirring often, until soft and golden. Tip into a bowl, leaving the oil behind. Set aside. 2. Place the aubergines and tomatoes in a bowl and season with quarter-teaspoon of salt and plenty of pepper. Add the remaining oil to the same pan (don’t worry about wiping it clean) and, once very hot, add the aubergines and tomatoes. Fry for 10 minutes, on medium high, turning them often until the aubergine is soft and golden-brown and the tomatoes are beginning to blacken. Return the garlic and onion to the pan, then add the lentils, stock, wine, 450ml of water and threequarter-teaspoon of salt. Bring to the boil. Lower the heat to medium and simmer gently for about 40 minutes, until the lentils are soft but still retain a bite. 3. Serve warm, or at room temperature, with a dollop of crème fraîche, a drizzle of oil and chilli flakes and oregano on top.

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There’s a sandal style for all of your warm-weather wardrobe quandaries. Studs, raffia, and glitter sandals — yes, glitter — will add texture to your habitually airy summer wardrobe. Modern, geometric shapes with toe loops and square soles will be sure to add some drama.


















We catch up with Benny Castles and Andreas Mikellis to talk all things Project Runway New Zealand. ANDREAS MIKELLIS, MENTOR

Andreas, as a mentor what does your role require? My role is to support the designers, give them feedback and to encourage them to produce the most exciting and innovative work. Do you feel from that first meeting in the workroom that some designers stand out more than others? Some designer’s personalities are more gregarious than others, but all the designers have their own individual strengths, and each challenge stretches their skill levels in different ways, they all stand out in their own way! Watching past episodes of Project Runway there seems to be a lot of drama going on in these episodes. Can you let our readers know if this happens on the NZ show? Are you the one to temper these dramas? It’s a very heightened environment with extremely short deadlines, and if you put a group of talented and ambitious designers in this space together, tensions can rise and dramas unfold! What was the standout moment for you? There are so many standout moments, from designers discovering that they had design talents in areas that they had previously no experience in, to the extraordinary resourcefulness many of the designers showed.

Benny, you have a style that stands out in the crowd. Is this something that you are looking for in the designers? Yes and no! Fashion runways are about creating moments of inspiration and excitement— garments and concepts that lift your spirits, take your breath away and create an insatiable allure—that is what I am looking for from the designers. Whilst I put myself together in a certain way that feels right to me, I am not looking for the designers to please me, but rather shock me with their talent and their individuality. Is there a diverse cast of designers? The show represents New Zealand at its most diverse, whether that be by sex, ethnicity or age—most importantly the show has found a collection of unique and characterful personalities. The judging was done blind so you really identify with their distinct and unique creativity irrespective of all the other diversity represented. What is the best advice you can offer a student who has a desire to become a clothing designer? Work hard and then work harder and most importantly do the work for the passion of it and you will never be disappointed. Perhaps also always listen respectfully to advice passed on by those who have done it before, but always respectfully disregard advice passed on by those who have done it before! What for you is a standout memory from this series? It's not one memory, but week after week all of the designers were able to create such extraordinary solutions to the briefs and their passion, commitment and creativity did not go unnoticed—with tight timelines and limited budgets their work was nothing short of spectacular and being able to witness these moments has been humbling and energising. I hope everyone at home gets the same feeling!




JEWELLERY LNO founder, Georgie Caldwell, is passionate about producing elegant jewellery ranges, designed with a purpose for the conscious consumer. Georgie has produced a number of ranges that fuse modern style with functionality and brings together all ages in timeless fashion.



Following a six-month volunteer stint in Peru where Georgie worked at The Maria Salome Ferro boys’ orphanage for impoverished boys in Cusco, she was inspired to return to New Zealand and do her part to bring joy to the kids she had met. Simply walking away and returning to normal life wasn’t an option for her. Children's welfare has long been a passion of Georgie’s and she realised that by combining her love for jewellery and her desire to help young kids she is able to make a positive difference in the kids lives, as well as raise awareness for these ‘forgotten’ children. Returning home to Auckland, Georgie set about learning how to design and make jewellery. While she has since handed over the crafting to three jewellers, she continues in a very hands on role to design each range. Georgie creates the special moulds herself and the pieces are then handmade to order. 10% of all sales go to The Maria Salome Ferro boys’ orphanage in Cusco, Peru, to help improve the lives of boys whose livelihood depends on goodwill alone. LNO stands for Los Niños Olvidados, meaning ‘The Forgotten Children’, of which there are many in Peru. LNO new range is Tesoros Del Mar collection which is Spanish for 'Treasures of the Sea' and was inspired by Georgie’s love of the sea.

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Growing up in New Zealand, the sea was a source of peace, inner calm and creative energy for Georgie and the Tesoros Del Mar collection is her way of honouring Aotearoa and its beautiful, rugged beaches. The collection combines the lustre of freshwater pearls, with the stony, smoothness of sculpted silver and gold, and draws on her childhood imagination of buried treasure and what this might look like. LNO comprises necklaces, rings, bracelets and ear-rings. Each item is made from either sterling silver, 9-carat gold, or sterling silver plated with 18-carat gold and a measured effort is made to use predominantly recycled gold and silver. The range hints at unassuming glamour, resulting in classic everyday styling.









INSPIRATION IS EVERYWHERE It seems that almost everyone I know is away sunning themselves on a beach somewhere or gallivanting through European cities with nothing to do but taunt me via their Instagram feeds. I know that social media is someone’s highlight reel, but boy it’s hard not to feel like you’re the only person who didn’t take a mid-winter break to some exotic locale! Travel is one of life’s great joys—it not only refreshes the mind and body but can also inspire us, and if we’re clever enough we can capture the essence of something new to bring back to our everyday ordinariness once home. I did do a rather big sixweek trip earlier in the year, travelling through NYC and Europe in their rather inhospitable (but beautiful) winter. Here’s a few things I managed to bring back to use in my own wardrobe: • You need less stuff. Although I admit to a bit of boredom wearing the same outfits on repeat, I did have to make what I had with me work each day. I never felt scruffy, and I had each day covered. In fact, I even sent a parcel of stuff home after a couple of weeks as I knew by then I wouldn’t be wearing it.

• Inspiration is everywhere. From the style of the students on the streets in Mitte, Berlin, through to the elegant women in the boutiques of Paris, take elements of what you see and work it into your wardrobe. For me, I loved how the girls in the UK really embraced wearing make-up, I noted the brooches on the jackets of even the young girls on the Paris Metro, the oversized biker jackets on women rather than slim-fitted versions and the ubiquitous trainers worn with everything, everywhere. • Buy an item of clothing or piece of jewellery you love and every time you wear it, you’ll be transported back to the moment you bought it and smile. A usable souvenir is so much more worthwhile than a trinket that sits on a shelf. Of course, coming home after a magical trip can be very cruel, especially as our weather is less than lovely right now. If you need help to work out how to fit your holiday clothing purchases into your every day life, get in touch—I’d love to help you create a more exciting wardrobe!




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Do you often find yourself feeling like you got up on the wrong side of the bed? Fluctuating moods can completely change our experience of life, affecting not just how we feel about each and every day but also our relationships with those around us. The relationship between our emotions and our hormones is symbiotic. Put simply, our hormones can affect our emotions and our emotions can affect our hormones. Let’s take a closer look at how this can affect us.

HOW YOUR HORMONES AFFECT YOUR MOOD There are certain hormones that can have a significant impact on how we feel. One you might be more familiar with is serotonin. Commonly referred to as our “happy hormone”, serotonin functions as a neurotransmitter in the brain and helps us to feel happy, calm and content. What you may not know about this lovely hormone is that up to 95% of it is made in our gut. It’s hard to feel great when you are suffering with digestive challenges! Another hormone that can affect our mood is progesterone. When we think about progesterone, we might only think about the role it plays in our fertility but this powerful hormone has other biological functions in the body. Progesterone is a powerful anti-anxiety agent, an anti-depressant, and a diuretic, which means

it helps us to eliminate excess fluid. It is supposed to be the dominant sex hormone in the second half of the menstrual cycle, but it’s common these days for women in their menstruation years to have too much estrogen and/or low progesterone levels, both of which disrupt hormonal balance and can contribute to mood swings, anxious feelings or feeling low. It’s also common for women to be churning out stress hormones, which can compromise adrenal production of progesterone—our primary source after menopause.

HOW YOUR EMOTIONS AFFECT YOUR HORMONES Our biochemistry is affected by how we think and feel. When we worry, fret or feel anxious or stressed, it has a flow-on effect to all of our body systems and can send our hormonal balance out of whack. This is because our body is wired to perceive stress as impending danger. It doesn’t understand that you’re feeling stressed because it takes so long to get the family out the door and now you’re late to your meeting, for example. To your body, stress—whether perceived (i.e. based on your thoughts) or real (i.e. based on actual physical danger)—means that your life is under threat. Since your body’s primary objective is to preserve your life, it hijacks your biochemistry and sends messages to prioritise the production of stress hormones and vital processes over everything else. When we are churning



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So how do we reduce the impact that stress has on our hormone balance? Quite simply we need to look at our stress response. Unless we stop our body from perceiving stress in everyday life, it is going to continue sending the message to our body to prioritise our survival and downregulate the function of other body systems, disrupting our hormonal symphony. A step in this direction might involve exploring our perception of pressure and urgency and saving it for when we really need it, rather than making what we get to do each day promote the stress response.


out stress hormones, biochemical changes that lead to an increase in our blood glucose levels are triggered, as the body thinks it needs an ample supply of a fast burning fuel to allow us to fight or flee the danger it perceives we are in. So chronic stress may also contribute to the development of insulin resistance.



GOODBYE, DRY EYE Verve sits down with pioneering eye surgeon Dr Dean Corbett, an internationally-renowned ophthalmologist and two-decade veteran at Auckland Eye, New Zealand’s centre of excellence for eye care, to discuss eye health and their all-new facility for dry eye. “My interest in medicine arose from a fascination with the workings of the human body and the desire to understand it,” says the doctor. “I was fascinated by both the body’s simplicity and its complexities. The realness of it all. Of course, I also wanted to make a difference and help people.” Dean says that he decided to specialise in ophthalmology because of its “black and whiteness” —where many interventions have immediate and predictable results. There is a certain finesse required (not to mention steady hands—Dean also previously worked part-time as an engraver, “it certainly helps with the microsurgical skills!”) to address problems within the human eye, which he compares to be analgous to a camera. “It is something that you can see and understand and can intervene to get a positive outcome, with techniques being ever-improved through ever-evolving technology. Even registrations for the Blind Foundation have been on the decline, in contrast with the ageing population, which just shows how far the practice and technologies have advanced.” Some procedures require extreme levels of dexterity, requiring not only the use of both hands, but both feet too, with foot pedals with up to 15 buttons.


“Some surgeons prefer complete silence, but I like a relaxed ‘normal’ environment, and talk to people throughout. I’ll try to put people at ease, take them to a different headspace so that they don’t focus on

what’s happening, it can be a very seamless process. We call it verbal anaesthesia.”


“It’s very fast, typically days, but sometimes even hours. People are usually able to drive and go about their normal activities the day after surgery.”


“Every ophthalmologist at Auckland Eye has different specialities. Mine is predominantly glaucoma, along with vision and focus correction to enable patients to see better without being dependent on their glasses— today there are ways and means of achieving that for nearly everyone. Our job is to understand patients’ expectations and meet them. It’s the old rule of making sure that you under-promise and over-deliver, and that’s generally what we do.” Dean reveals that an ever more recurring problem is the issue of dry eye, caused by the amount of time sat staring at devices. “We’re using instruments that have to be at near-distance—as opposed to staring at TVs—so people are getting problems of presbyopia,”



he says. “We also blink less, which when coupled with air-conditioned offices, offers a double-whammy in terms of dry eye.” Dean describes the dry facility at Oasis Spa as “second to none”. He reveals how new technologies over the past three years have provided reliable clinical evidence that they can make a difference in eye health where there were previously few treatments other than adding lubricants, which may be effective, but don’t treat the underlying cause of the problem. “Our facility offers a 90% chance of improving symptoms,” says the doctor. “It’s akin to going to the dentist. Most people will go because they’ve been sent an appointment reminder, but the bottom line is that they don’t want to lose their teeth. If you look at elderly people who have not addressed their dry eyes, you can see that many are in discomfort. Their eyelids are red and inflamed. But it can all be avoided, and that is our aim. We want to create a whole new thought process, to encourage people to have their eyes examined to see if they are at risk at later a stage in life and provide preventative treatment. It’s going to be a new paradigm around eye treatment.”


The initial stage of Oasis Spa’s “comprehensive assessment” for dry eye sufferers sees patients’ tear quality measured to determine the health of their Meibomian glands to work out the causation of the condition. There are then two treatment options. LipiFlow combats evaporative dry eye which is the result of blocked Meibomian glands by opening and clearing the passage to allow the natural production of lipids—a type of oil—required for healthy tears. Those suffering eyelid and skin inflammation will benefit from the state-of-the-art intense pulsed light treatment knowns as Optima IPL. Heat is directed at abnormal blood vessels to counter uncomfortable inflammation, with near-immediate results. OASIS SURGICAL 2 MACMURRAY ROAD, REMUERA | 09 524 1820

TRUE LIFT An exciting new dermal filler approach is quickly becoming the sought after treatment at Clinic 42, a boutique cosmetic medicine clinic in Epsom. If you feel your appearance is not keeping up with your inner vitality, this revolutionary technique may help realign your compass. Peter Huang, an accomplished Taiwanese plastic surgeon recently unveiled and published this technique, which is used to help refresh and rejuvenate those showing early to moderate signs of ageing. Doctors Ellen Selkon and Eloise Dickie had the privilege of hearing him present this technique for one of the first times internationally at a conference in Australia in June. Ellen was then able to spend some one-on-one time with the maestro, to learn and refine her skills in this innovative technique. Realising quickly the benefits of the approach, all the doctors and nurses at Clinic 42 have now received specific training in this area. The technique involves administering discrete amounts of a specific Restylane dermal filler called Restylane Lyft to specific anatomical locations on the face. The landmarks for treatment correspond to five 'true' ligaments of the face, which support the facial soft tissues from their deep attachment onto bone. As we age, the effects of gravity, and softening and deflation of facial soft tissues, results in an unfortunate descent. We start to feel squared and heavy through the jaw and lower face, with development of jowls. If we provide additional support and scaffold to these key ligaments at a deeper layer, we can realign and elevate the overlying soft tissue envelope. This translates to a subtle, refreshed, more youthful contour, without appearing 'done'!

The client below was so wrapped with her results, she was keen for them to be shared. These photos are taken from the same angle before and two weeks following treatment. You will notice the eyebrow has been beautifully elevated to restore the highlighting of youth at the outer aspect of her brow. The cheekbone has had its structure restored, resulting in a soft, pleasing contour to hang your blush on (highlighter will no longer be required!). By redefining the cheek, the creases at the side of her nose have been softened, and the early heaviness developing at the corner of her mouth has been lifted. Perhaps the most impressive change has been in her jawline, where the elegant structure of her earlier years has been redefined.




The 'True Lyft' utilises hyaluronic acid dermal filler Restylane Lyft, and treatment of the entire face costs $1,200. We expect the treatment effect to last 6-12 months, and with the clinical expertise at Clinic 42, can individualise it to your facial structure and anatomy. There is no down-time following treatment, and the appointment is shorter than your lunch hour.

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Get a softer look to permanent cosmetics ...without machines. By SofTapÂŽ Certified trainer Michelle Toulson of Hollywood Eyes Permanent Makeup in Auckland. Thick Eyeliner is out and the Invisible Eyeliner is in! Invisible Liner offers an almost undetectable beauty enhancement as colour pigment is gently and delicately tapped into the skin within the lash line giving the illusion of thick eyelashes. To compliment, add a Lash Lift and tint and you're set to look your best 24/7. Now frame the eyes with beautiful brows. You can have anything from a Soft colour Fill to a complete New Eyebrow Creation with fine hair strokes. Visit www.hollywoodeyesco.nz to book a free consultation this month (normally $90).

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T H IN GS JU ST GOT B E T T E R , FAST E R AN D SA FE A ND PA I N FR E E The UniLux Thermage premier multi-treatment system for permanent hair reduction, skin rejuvenation, reduction of pigmented lesions, freckle and vascular lesion reduction is faster and more effective than anything in its class. U N ILU X SH R H A I R R E M OVA L SHR is faster than traditional IPL and laser, it’s safer and it’s pain-free in comparison. Super Hair Removal (SHR) is used for general hair removal purposes. It can be used safely on all skin types and is a painless treatment. It gently heats the hair follicle to the required temperature, which results in a warm, tingling sensation. Some clients compare it to a warm massage. H OW M AN Y T R E AT M E NTS D O C L IE N TS NE E D ? Most people vary in the number of treatments required, this does depend on where their hair cycles are when we first start but usually most people need six to eight treatments. Some clients have had 70% loss after just four sessions. WIL L T H E H A I R GR OW B ACK ? The short answer is no. It is also possible to have new hair growth triggered if you go through any hormonal changes such as starting or stopping contraceptive pills, pregnancy, menopause, changes in medications or longterm stress. Prices start from $50 and depend on the size of the treated area.

After years of research that leverages its unparalleled caviar expertise, La Prairie reinvents caviar with a new incarnation: Skin Caviar Luxe Cream Remastered with Caviar Premier, a moisturising cream that offers a unique dimension of sensorial indulgence paired with never-before-seen lifting and firming. With its launch in 1987, La Prairie made the inconceivable choice of using caviar extract, drawn from the rich depths of the sea, to infuse skin with the very source of life. The Skin Caviar Collection continues to surprise after more than 30 years, evolving since its inception to consistently offer exceptional lifting and firming combined with cutting-edge performance. La Prairie’s breakthrough caviar science augments natural caviar extract with caviar mimetics. Caviar Premier is the powerful result of this formidable innovation. With Caviar Premier, caviar’s whole potential is harnessed for the first time, pushing the boundaries of performance. Remastered with this new form of caviar, Skin Caviar Luxe Cream provides unmatched visible results. Combined with La Prairie’s Exclusive Cellular Complex, which uses cutting-edge biotechnological research to give new life and energy back to the very cells where beauty is born, it offers a phenomenal formula for legendary lifting and firming. Caviar’s benefits are strengthened and magnified. The skin undergoes a total transformation. Features are supported, tightened and toned. Skin gains in tautness and suppleness. The remastered Skin Caviar Luxe Cream is a true feast for the senses. It offers an exquisite moment of indulgence with the delicate gesture of the application. The iconic sensorial experience features a modern interpretation of Skin Caviar’s signature fragrance and a rich texture that glides on skin smoothly, leaving it feeling exceptionally soft. RRP $685





Penney + Bennett add the Beauty Pillow to their range of lifestyle products. Available now on their website and via selected stockists nationwide. The pillow serves as the perfect accompaniment to your skin and haircare regimen. Your skin will stay smooth and hair soft while you sleep. Made in New Zealand from high-grade mulberry silk, hypoallergenic and non-toxic; this silk pillow helps to keep moisture close to skin and hair and will help skin and hair stay hydrated, minimising sleep creases and pressure on delicate facial skin. Penney + Bennett invite you to experience everyday luxury.


AVAILABLE NOW AT FINESSE A COMPLETE ANTI-AGEING & FAT REDUCTION SOLUTION WITH REMARKABLE RESULTS Cosmetic procedures that melt fat and tone the body are often unaffordable and/or extremely invasive, putting them out of reach for many. Happily, there is another option for those struggling with body fat and it’s taken the world by storm. It’s called the TRI LIPO method. Originating in Israel, TRI LIPO is available at Finesse Face and Body Clinic in Remuera and is a stressfree walk-in walk-out treatment clinically proven to have visible results after only one session WHAT IS TRI LIPO? TRI LIPO Maximus is a revolutionary, non-invasive body-sculpting treatment with no recovery period. Its cutting-edge technology uses heat and muscle contractions to liquidise fat cells and tighten the skin by activating collagen production for an easily customisable, highly efficient sculpting, scar and anti-ageing treatment. Multiple benefits mean great value, with a longterm solution without negative side-effects. WHAT CAN IT TREAT? TRI LIPO can tone and firm up sagging skin around the neck and jowls, improving the contour of the jaw, while treating wrinkles and generally toning and lifting the face.



BENEFITS • Immediate visible results • Wrinkle reduction and skin tightening • Lifting, toning and firming • Minimisation of acne scars • Overall skin/complexion improvement COSTS • Face and neck treatment (combined) $320 • Face or neck $225 • Body treatments $250 per body area (Quote on consultation; package prices available)

South, TRI LIPO can take care of a loose abdomen following pregnancy or weight loss, while reducing stretch marks and improving the general appearance of cellulite. Other benefits include slimmer thighs, tightening of the skin under the arms and around the calves and relief from swollen ankles through lymphatic drainage. WHAT PARTS OF THE BODY CAN BE TREATED? The TRI LIPO can treat most body areas except for breasts, genitals, underarms, or the areas directly over the eyes (off the bone) and around the thyroids. Tattooed areas can also be easily treated as radio frequency (RF) and dynamic muscle activation (DMA), provided by the TRI LIPO system, are ‘colour blind’ energies.





The 'vampire' name, while a little chilling, is simply derived from the fact that the treatments utilise platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a treatment which uses your own platelets and growth factors isolated from a small sample of your blood, taken 10-15 minutes before the procedure. About 2-4 teaspoons of your blood is harvested into a special tube and then spun down in a centrifuge to separate out your platelets and plasma from your red blood cells. The clear yellow plasma and active healing platelets are injected into your body in a specific way to rejuvenate your tissues, and the red cells are discarded.

First your clinician uses HA fillers to create a beautiful shape, and replace the lost volume in your face. Your own PRP is then injected into your face in a specific way to improve the tone, texture and luminosity of the skin. The non-surgical Vampire Facelift® is a terrific treatment for targeting loss of volume in cheeks, early sagging of the face, the crepey skin under the eyes, poor skin texture, dull, greying skin, mouth corners and lip shape.

PRP is considered to be very safe, as it uses your own body's natural healing processes—the growth factors that tell your body's multi-potent stem cells to repair and rejuvenate the tissue they're placed in—and so has almost no chance of reaction, infection or overcorrection. Over a 3-5-week period the treated tissue starts developing more collagen, better blood supply, and improved soft tissue support, essentially creating younger tissues, with full results developing 3-5 months after your treatment.

1. There is loss of volume from bone, muscle, fat, and skin. This can make the under eye area and cheeks look flat and hollow. 2. The loss of support of the skin results in drooping upper eyelids, lower eyelids, cheeks, jowls and sagging neck skin ('turkey neck'). An experienced injector will be able to use the Vampire Facelift ® to skillfully target these results of ageing.

As we age, our faces shrink in specific places due to the loss of bone and soft tissues, such as the fat pads that support the cheeks, lips and brows. Skin texture becomes less smooth, and the fine skin under the eyes becomes thinner and can appear more 'crepey'. The Vampire Facelift® can help with these common concerns as it uses a combination of PRP (platelet rich plasma) with natural, reversible HA (hyaluronic acid) fillers in a specific way to gently and naturally restore youthful volume and shape to the face, without looking overdone.

Initial consultation starts from $250 with a nurse or $500 with Dr Cat and redeemable towards treatment $1,995.



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An experienced Kiwi plastic surgeon shares what you need to know before, during and after facelift surgery. I Nobody needs a facelift. In the words of Bono: "You can never get enough of what you don’t really need now." Be certain in your mind your agenda for seeking facial rejuvenation. Be prepared to invest time and money in your physical appearance. Understand the risks and balance them against the benefits. II Paying top dollar does not guarantee you the best result. Choose your plastic surgeon carefully and seek alternative opinions. The ‘gold standard’ is a plastic surgeon with the qualification FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) with experience in both reconstructive and aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery. There are many ‘pretenders’ in the facelift surgery market place. Don’t be fooled by clever advertising, published testimonials or slick salesmanship. Ask to see examples of the surgeon’s previous work, especially medium to longterm results (1–5 years). Expect to pay $10,000-plus for a standard lower face/neck lift. It is an investment in your physical aesthetic and psychological self-confidence. If you don’t need it, don’t have it. Ditto, if money is too tight to mention. III Every human face is unique so beware of techniques that do not allow for variability. The spectrum of procedures for facial rejuvenation include: minimalist (contour volume enhancement with autologous fat), conservative superficial plane re-contouring, deep plane anatomically targeted manipulations of facial spaces and/or augmentation of atrophic bony contours that support the overlying soft tissues. These are the days of miracle and wonder and we live in an age where more scientific knowledge of applied anatomy and ageing physiology exists for those plastic surgeons who are properly trained. IV Facelift surgery will make you look different but should not produce results that are unnatural. In plastic surgery, perfection is only just good enough, the human body heals in variable conditions (some beyond control of the surgeon), so be prepared for the possibility of revisional surgery. The consultation process, surgical workup with

old photographs, informed consent with virtual reality software programmes like Crysliax and financial consent are paramount. Expect a cooling down period for careful consideration, reflection and decisions to postpone, reject or accept the surgeon's recommendations. V The patient needs support during the perioperative process because facelift surgery is real surgery with all the usual symptoms and signs of wounding, inflammation and healing. This is initially provided by the nurses, anaesthetist and surgeon during your admission, surgery and discharge. VI Over many years I have come to recognise that most patients want the minimum for the maximum both in terms of aesthetic improvement and recovery time. VII Surgery as a day-case under intravenous sedation with long-acting local anaesthetics is the ideal for my patients, but the options of general anaesthesia by a consultant anaesthetist and overnight stay in a private suite are also offered. Drains are rarely required in my experience, but may be indicated during the surgery. VIII Post-operative day one is associated with a dressing change and reassurance from the surgeon and his staff. For the first week Frame from England recommends a soft neck collar for soft tissue splintage, which I sometimes adopt. IX The early recovery period is at least a week, by which time all sutures have been removed and the patient can return to everyday activities, including work and socialising. I always suggest to my patients to have a new or modified hairstye to avoid the comments of ‘nosey parker’ peers and friends. X The patient must be physically and emotionally well before undergoing this form of rejuvenative surgery. — Words: Michael F. Klaassen, FRACS, Plastic Surgeon 161 GILLIES AVENUE, EPSOM / 0800 444 054 PARNELLSURGEON.CO.NZ


Q&A WITH INÉS Online beauty store, INÉS, is all about handpicked luxury finds sourced from around the world. Founders Zoe and Sarah, consciously curate each and every item that is listed on their website, ensuring quality, and a mix of staple products and luxury. They explain the philosophy behind the business, and why INÉS is so special. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO START INÉS?

After moving back to New Zealand, we had a shared frustration of a number of our favorite beauty products and haircare brands not being available locally, despite these cult brands already being readily available internationally. WHY MAKE INÉS AN ONLINE STORE?

Technology and social media are such amazing tools, and all our channels lead to our website, so it’s a great starting point for us. Online shopping is certainly on the rise—it’s our preferred way of shopping. Being online means we can reach a wider customer base all around the country. It’s great that customers have the ability to jump online and purchase from us at any given hour of the day. WHAT MAKES INES DIFFERENT TO OTHER BEAUTY STORES? We are the

sole stockist of a number of brands we carry, so that itself sets us apart. However most importantly, we feel it’s the overall experience in shopping with us. We take a lot of pride in the details, down to the packaging and delivery of each purchase no matter the spend. Whilst a lot of our



products are price accessible, we still maintain a premium shopping experience. We have also started to build a great community around INÈS. Offering a lot of one-on-one support for customers, and placing emphasis on education and information. We have a content space called 'World of INÈS', which we frequently update with tutorials, skincare guides and beauty profiles of local women. INÈS is a brand as much as it is a retail platform. WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO CONSCIOUSLY CURATE EACH INDIVIDUAL BEAUTY ITEM?

Ideally we don’t want to be selling or championing multiple products that have the same function. We are seeking out beauty products that have a specified purpose and place within a regime. We do want to be able to offer options that cater to different budgets and preferences, and all these to be of an equally great standard. However we don’t want to overwhelm, so a tight curation is important to us. WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A PRODUCT BEFORE DECIDING TO STOCK IT?

Everything we stock, we try, and if we love, we bring it in. A lot of the products we stock we’ve personally been using for years or have tried and loved in the past. When seeking new brands, we like to know that it fills a gap in our offering, for

NION Multi Molecular Hyaluronic Complex

CHRISTOPHE ROBIN Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Oil

example we just welcomed a beautiful allnatural brand, Josh Rosebrook, to cater for our customers who prefer natural skincare. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE RANGE OR ITEM THAT YOU STOCK? No favourites!

All our products and brands feature in our personal routines. However, we do love both our French haircare brands, Christophe Robin and Leonor Greyl. They are revered institutions in Paris. We use multiple products between both brands and never has our hair been healthier. It is easy to overlook investing in haircare and hair treatments. We are strong believers in our hair offering. Both brands are plant-based, and have the most beautiful perfumes. They really are beautiful.


Transparency. It is incredibly easy to selfeducate and become very well versed in skincare now. There are communities of information sharing on the beauty industry. More brands are responding to this and treating the consumer like an expert by being visible with ingredients and formulations, and the science behind their products. It feels like a more authentic space, which is great.

— Words: Georgina Shearsby-Roberts inesstore.com

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Essence of Humanity products are natural, ethicallyproduced and high quality, using a fusion of some of the world’s most nutrient-rich and unique plant oils from Africa and New Zealand. With a range of softening cream cleansers, nourishing moisturisers, facial oils and buttery balms formulated from a blend of plant-based oils, the Essence of Humanity range has something to suit every skin type.

As well as being great for your skin, Essence of Humanity is also good for the soul. Every time you buy an Essence of Humanity product, you are directly supporting at-risk children in Kenya. Essence of Humanity donates 100% of its profits to Satinwood, a children’s home in Miti Mingi village in Kenya, run by international aid and development agency, So They Can. There, children receive quality education, nutritious meals and get to be a part of a loving community.


Well, that’s what co-founders Cassandra Treadwell and Stacey Fraser wondered, so they got together to create Essence of Humanity, a natural skincare company with a heart for children in need. All profits from the sale of Essence of Humanity products are donated to charity.



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6 Sep

Crying Men

Exploring masculinity through a Pacific 8:30pm lens, Crying Men is a vital new work Basement Theatre, choreographed by NZ icon and arts Lower Greys Ave, CBD laureate, Neil Leremia. The piece is presented through dance and it traces the journey of three generations of Pacific men, living in a new land and dealing with the impact of the loss of a matriarch who brought balance to the traditional expectations of masculinity with compassion, tolerance and strength. Presented by Black Grace, long-time New Zealand dance institution, this is a performance not to be missed. For more information and to buy tickets please visit the Auckland Theatre Company website.

6-8 Sep ASB Waterfront Theatre, CBD

7 Sep-12 Oct 10am-12pm Studio One Toi Tū 1 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby

18-22 Sep Basement Theatre Lower Greys Ave, CBD

Mya cole

A Few Things I’ve Learnt About Dating and Death “It doesn’t look like much, kinda like a junk-yard. But she’s so excited to meet you, so in awe of you that you feel obliged to sit. She brings you a plastic sheet. 'For your protection' and there is mischief in her eyes. Did you catch a glimpse of menace? No, you just imagined it. And then you’re off, on a rollicking ride.” A solo performance presented by recent Toi Whakaari graduate, Acacia O’Connor, this is a show full of laughs, questions and thrills. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit the Basement Theatre website. Bring along an umbrella, a singing voice if you have one and a squeezy water-bottle!

Queer Scenes: Weekend, dir. Andrew Haigh Queer Scenes is a free monthly screening aimed at bringing LGBTQI+ people together to see themselves on screen. This month Queer Scenes presents Weekend which was Andrew Haigh’s inaugural breakout film. The acclaimed drama follows two men who forge a lifechanging bond over one unfortunately fleeting weekend. While the event is free spaces are limited so book on the EventBrite website. The Event is sponsored by Ending HIV NZ.

Intaglio Print Plus // 6-week course with Beth Serjeant Intaglio is a method of printmaking which emerged from Europe, the earliest pieces all coming from Germany in the from of playing cards. This project-focused course will cover direct/relief printing such as zinc, wood and linocut as well as an introduction to etching, polymer plate intaglio and pronto plate. You will be working with printmaking artist Beth Serjeant. Beth has worked as an artist in print and bookmaking for over 30 years having collaborated with many established New Zealand writers and exhibiting her work nationally and internationally. The class will be run for six weeks every Tuesday, it will be suitable for all levels. Bookings are essential. To book phone 09 376 3221 or email info@ studioone.org.nz

20 Sep 8:30pm Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, CBD

Whispers “Sometimes we are taught to think in whispers...” A solo performance presented by Mya Cole, inspired by a lifetime of living quietly, Whispers is a response to growing up in a culture taught to reject itself. She will construct a narrative in which she will remove any trace of cultural dissonance and come to reclaim herself as more than a single being. An amalgamation of poetry, dance and sound Whispers aims to give its viewers a visceral experience in the body of something which does not belong.

26 Sep 8pm The Portland Pubhouse, 463 New North Rd, Kingsland

29 Sep 2pm-3:30pm Academy Cinemas, 44 Lorne St, CBD

30 Sep 4pm Galatos 17 Galatos St, CBD

Beats By Bingo Beats By Bingo is owned and operated by the director of Bitchin' Bingo. Instead of numbers on your cards, its song titles! A great option for date nights and catching up with friends, Beats By Bingo will have you dancing in your seat. Hosted by the Portland Pubhouse it is recommended to call the bar to book a table as these events do get busy.

Doc Edge Presents: Hip-Hoperation A true New Zealand sensation, HipHoperation is a Kiwi documentary following the senior citizens of Waiheke Island all the way to the Las Vegas World Hip Hop Dance Championships. A bunch of inspiring humans on a mission to prove you are never too old to take the first step on the journey of a lifetime. This film will be presented by the wonderful Doc Edge, hosted by Academy cinemas. Sure to be a feel good film leaving you inspired and reinvigorated. You can purchase ticket at the Eventbrite website.

Friendly Potential: Theo Parrish Theo Parrish is a legendary American DJ who is based in Detroit and he will be bringing his music to Auckland’s Galatos for one night only this September. Hosted by the wonderful Friendly Potential, this will be a fun and inclusive night of dancing and partying for everyone. “Love of the music should be the driving force of any producer, performer or DJ. Everything else stems from that core, that love. With that love, sampling can become a tribute; an expansion on ideas long forgotten, reconstruction, collage. Using the same understanding openly and respectfully can turn DJing into a spiritual participation. It can turn a few hours of selection into essential history. Necessary listening through movement.” - Theo Parrish. For more information and to purchase tickets you can visit the Friendly Potential website.

30 Sep 3pm-5pm Auckland Art Gallery Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, CBD

5-13 Oct Q Theatre 305 Queen St, CBD

Strike a Pose fashion films: The First Monday in May The First Monday in May is a documentary which closely follows the creation of China: Through The Looking Glass, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most successful fashion exhibition to date. The was an exhibition which looked at the influence of Chinese design on Western fashion over the decades and through this film we are shown the lead up to the exhibition and the gala which accompanied the exhibition. The Auckland Art Gallery will be putting this film on supported by streaming platform DocPlay. This is a gallery members/ guests event only so to attend you must become a member of the Auckland Art Gallery. Doing this will enable you to have access to many of their private events and functions.

Between Two - Douglas Wright and Kelly Nash Between Two is an intimate double-bill featuring short works by Douglas Wright and Kelly Nash. Douglas Wright will present M.Nod, a meditation in the flesh on the realm of dreams and visions: the night-world. The dancer falls, through "nodding”, into the arms of Morpheus, into the night-language of Finnegan’s Wake, but is repeatedly jolted back into the waking state, only to succumb again. Kelly Nash will present My Inner Sound, a piece which exposes a normally silent body in duet with a ghost, between two moments of a beginning and end. This will be a very special night with two iconic New Zealand dancers, join them at the Q theatre for beautiful otherworldly movement. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Q Theatre’s website.


Much research has proven the power of music to soothe away our stress, with scientists even managing to name the most snoozeinducing tunes out there. A recent study by British neuroscientists at Mindlab International found that music can reduce anxiety by up to 65%, while the song that topped their laid-back list was ‘Weightless’ written by ambient group Marconi Union in collaboration with sound therapists (do check it out online, it’s blissful). Such is the song’s soothing effectiveness that it caused many participants to become drowsy, with study author Dr David Lewis-Hodgson, even advising against listening to it while driving, “because it could be dangerous”! The study’s top ten tranquil hits include well-known artists such as Adele, Enya, All Saints and Mozart. (I can’t decide whether or not an inclusion in such a list should be considered a compliment, but I’m leaning towards not.) Even communal kipping at concerts is a now a thing; very specific concerts, however—people aren’t simply turning up to watch, say, Coldplay (who also made it on to that list with ‘Strawberry Swing’) cradling a sleeping bag, mat and an eye mask. One of the earliest proponents of the sleep concert was new-age Californian musician Robert Rich who held them in the early 1980s while at Stanford University. He stopped playing until the late 1990s, citing the exhausting nature of the all-night performances, and now plays limited lowlit venues that sell out in a blink. Guests arrive cradling sleeping bags, mats and eye masks. “It’s really about a different kind of listening,” Rich tells the Huffington Post. “I encourage [concertgoers] to relax because the concert goes all night long.” Rich says that the intention of his performances are not necessarily to induce a restful night’s sleep, rather to “give people permission to explore their own inner consciousness”.

German-born British composer Max Richter has upped the ante of this artform, playing packed out sleep shows at esteemed venues such as London’s Wellcome Collection Museum, the Philnarmonie de Paris and the Sydney Opera House. And Richter’s gigs, that were born from his 2015 lullaby-like album, Sleep, come with proper beds, which is the least you could expect when forking out US$250 per ticket. Writer Melissa Matthews for Men’s Health describes the eclectic nature of the concert-goers in New York, with some dressed in pyjamas ready to settle in for the night while others simply stop by out of curiosity for a couple of hours. “Most people do a bit of everything,” she writes, “meaning they’ll nap, wake up to catch a few tunes, then drift back to sleep.” “I feel like there aren’t any rules, people find their own way with it,” says Richter. “It’s very informal. It feels like an open community really.” Though Matthews admits to feeling energised when waking at 6am on a Sunday morning, she doubts she entered a deep state of sleep— which, admittedly isn’t necessarily the point. Guardian writer Kate Hennessey, one of 200 souls that attends the Sydney Opera House concert, certainly has a more romantic experience owing to the thunderous rainstorm pounding the giant windows overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge. The audience are certainly more subdued than their North American counterparts—though Richter tells them that there are no rules Hennessey says that noone speaks, and even eye contact seems invasive. “You sleep, you wake—and if you are lucky, as we are today,” she writes, “it is an awakening.” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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15 putiki street, arch hill, auckland 1021 www.orexart.co.nz rex@orexart.co.nz Broken Bush 1 (2018) oil & acrylic on canvas 500 x 500mm


IS THAT A TERABYTE IN YOUR POCKET? Samsung has just launched their new Galaxy Note 9 and it would appear that they’re very happy about it. At an illustrious and creative event held at M-Social in downtown Auckland, Samsung demonstrated some of its screen design functions with an artists' ‘battle royale’ (Otis Frizzell vs Callum Rooney). In a series of duels, additional Samsung ambassadors were given just three minutes to come up with their interpretation of what the new super-powerful Note 9 meant to them, this was projected in real time onto the fascia of M-Social hotel in 15-story-or-so glory. It became quite competitive. All-day 4000mAh charge, 512GB built-in storage, expandable up to another 512GB more, their largest ever infinity display screen, and a Bluetooth-enabled S pen for up to 30 minutes of note-taking are just some of the additional features this new work and play tool has on offer. We’re looking forward to giving this a full-on review. The favourite piece of artwork from either Otis Frizzell or Callum Rooney will be displayed in advertising across the city. Check them out on Samsung’s Facebook page @SamsungNZ.


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This painting, Broken Bush 1, by Wes Fieldhouse, is a quiet celebration of the landscape as a place of fragility and beauty.


Both tendencies belie the inherent contradictions that exist between the romances of tenderness and care and the realities of possession and control.


There is a cultural tendency to inscribe land as either feminine deity – Mother Earth, Papatuanuku – or as innate substance – Earth, ‘Erda’ – something to be both worshiped while being broken, cultivated and fertilized.






Wayne, the inspirational documentary about Wayne Gardner, the small town boy who conquered the global sport of motorcycle racing in the 1980s.

The youngest of six children, Lee Alexander McQueen was expected to become a plumber, a bricklayer or possibly a cab driver like his father. Instead, McQueen’s fierce romanticism and punk poetry helped create 1990s-era 'Cool Britannia'. For perhaps the first time since the Swinging Sixties, a lad from the East End of London could— and did—become one of the most original and influential artists of the 20th Century. McQueen is a thrilling rags-to-riches portrait of a complex artistic genius. Through exclusive interviews with McQueen’s closest friends and family and never-before-seen archives, McQueen reveals an unmatched talent who expressed his darkest fantasies and greatest ambitions through his revolutionary designs and runway shows. M Offensive language, nudity, rape references & suicide references

Wanye is the near improbable true story of the ‘larrikin kid’ Wayne Gardner. With girlfriend Donna Forbes never far from his side, Wayne’s remarkable journey takes him from a fivedollar dirt bike to the pinnacle of his sport. In 1987 Wayne became the first Australian to win the World Motorcycle Grand Prix. Featuring interviews with legends from the sport’s golden age including Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Mick Doohan and Kevin Schwantz, Wayne is an amusing, inspiring and, at times, wild cinematic ride through the life of a true sporting legend.





Jack Black and Cate Blanchett (pictured) star in The House with a Clock in Its Walls. A film for the whole family, this magical adventure tells the tale of 10-year-old Lewis, an orphan who is sent to live with his Uncle Jonathan in a creaky old house. But his new home is far from ordinary and soon reveals a secret world of warlocks and witches. The house is enchanted, and Lewis must join his uncle on a quest to discover the source of a mysterious ticking within its walls. VISIT VERVEMAGAZINE.CO.NZ TO WATCH THESE FILM TRAILERS

After Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment—with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill)—Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop a national following and grant him a new lease on life. Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful and often funny drama about the healing power of art is adapted from Callahan’s autobiography and directed by two-time Oscar® nominee Gus Van Sant. M Sex scenes, offensive language & nudity.


10,000 DREAMS





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The name’s Fraser Grut and I’m a 24-year-old filmmaker and have been since the age of seven. I have a dream. (Don’t sue me, Dr. King!) A BIG dream. I want to change the world through film. How? By helping the world to dream again. I run a little project called ‘10,000 Dreams’ where every single day for 10,000 days (27.37907 years) I’m filming a different person answering the question, "What’s your dream?" Currently, as I write this column, I’m on day 608. Nearly there ... A random image from Google Images once said, “Kids with dreams become adults with vision.” I recently met three kids, below the age of five, who each had dreams. Surely, these are the kids that the random image from Google Images was describing ...



Fraser: “Abraham, what’s your dream?” “Pardon?” Fraser: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “Umm. Captain America. I want to be Captain America and Iron Man.” Fraser:“How come?” “Because they’re both my favourite.”


Fraser: “Lucy, what’s your dream?” “That I was a fairy. Fairy princess.” Fraser: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “A mum.”


Fraser: “Jerome, what’s your dream?” - Jerome talks about his teddy bear. Fraser: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “Police.” Fraser: “How come?” “Great.” A random image on Pinterest once said, “Have big dreams. You will grow into them.” These kids are no exception. Actually, they are the exception because only some dare to dream, so this makes them exceptional. “So dream.” - Fraser Grut (I’m just a little bit random)



1 ‘Lemon’ ($999 or less) 1 crazy theme 5 maladjusted drivers (add more if required) 1 ‘wazoo’ a pound of flesh a plethora of penalties 1 whip 1 bucket (with list) 1 barrel of fun a small dose of dignity/self-respect 1 bushel of lame excuses 1 grain of salt optional crew members


1. Start by procuring a ‘Lemon’ car for $999 or less, stuff all the safety equipment up the wazoo, and gently stir up the drivers, along with some crazy crew members. Mix well with an impossibly stupid theme, whilst carefully extracting your dignity and self-respect. 2. Pour the mixture into the barrel of fun, mash in the excuses and penalties until there is a sweet taste of suck-cess. If you experience the bitter taste of defeat, add the grain of salt. 3. Tick this recipe off your bucket-list by squeezing every last drop out of your own lemon, and whipping your team until frothy— but be careful not to grind with other lemons, as this may cause unwanted souring and spoil your pound of flesh! 4. Shake ‘n bake until golden brown!



Google ‘Panamericana’ and you’ll get results that vary from a Peruvian TV network and a university in Mexico, to a 90-minute road trip documentary, a gruelling motor race and numerous diners serving up a whole host of culturally inspired cuisine. But add a ‘grille’ to your search and you discover something totally different to sink your teeth into. With its proud vertical slats, the Panamericana Grille dates back to the early '50s and was first spotted on the nose of the motorsport icon that was (and I guess still is) the Mercedes 300SL. This ‘Super Light’ Gullwing sports car dominated the era’s endurance races and notably won the 1952 Carrera Panamericana cup in Mexico, this was despite, or maybe in spite of, a vulture smashing through its windscreen and drivers (Karl Kling and Hans Klenk) stopping to build a ‘cage’ in its absence (incidentally, that 300SL is now a ‘hall of famer’ and museum piece). Anyway, revised for the 2018 AMG GT, the Panamericana grille commanded such a visual impact that Mercedes-AMG is seemingly turning this into a signature piece for the brand—and

this was the first thing that grabbed my attention when I picked up the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe to review. The contrast of the medium-sized SUVs pure ‘Polar White’ shell, with the deep black grille and inset lower air ducts makes this AMG model’s kerbside appeal very dramatic, especially when you add in the carbon fibre mirror housing and enormous rear lip spoiler of the Exterior Carbon Pack and then finish it off with large, black 21inch AMG Cross-spoke shoes. The carbon fibre theme continues inside with the centre console and dash generously smothered in this fine composite while the supportive sports furniture was smothered in luxurious nappa leather. Infotainment comes via a 21.3cm TFT colour display and Burmester-supplied the tunes. The sloping external rear-end styling of the AMG’s coupe styling would have me believe that the interior passenger space would be compromised, however, although there is around 200L of extra luggage space in favour of the regular SUV, the

coupe offers up a shade over 3 inches of extra headspace (and even more for those in the front seat when you open the sunroof). Then comes that delicious AMG performance engine. What can I say? The 4L V8 Bi-turbo is a show-stopper. In comfort, it’s fairly restrained and will give you reported combined fuel efficiencies of 10.9L/100km but that aside, as you move up the driving mode settings of Sport, Sport + and Race, this family-sized SUV lets its 375kW and (get this) 700Nm loose on the world, but don’t panic, there are a raft of elaborate driver aids and the Mercedes-AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive system to keep you pointed in the right direction. The GLC 63 S boasts a zero to 100km/h time of 3.8s and I can quite believe it, but it’s the hiss, pop and roar when it downshifts that for me, continued to be a source of both elation and amusement—it really brings out the inner child. I’d be bending the truth if I told you I went on a long family jaunt to the coast or engaged some of its undoubtedly impressive semi-autonomous assists (such as adaptive cruise, blind spot and

lane keep) and headed out on the three-lane highway south, but the fact is, I took to the highly engaging roads that make up Rodney and its surrounding areas and quite simply played. With no other vehicles in sight, I spent my time slowing to a near stop then racing up to the speed limit (windows down to let that V8 roar into the cabin), I hugged corners and let rip on the long straights, paddling up and down all nine gears along the way. I should say that I was testing out the sports suspension, the precise steering and the AMG Speedshift MCT (multiple clutch) transmission, but quite frankly I was just having an endless amount of fun. Shame I had to return it. I’d like to believe that I’m a simple kind of guy and as such, I only need a few things to make me happy. My family for one thing (I guess I have to say that), I like fine food, but a burger and fries from a roadside diner is certainly just as high up on the list. Oh, and now, of course, a fast, impressive Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe with a totally immersive V8 engine, good-looking Panamericana Grille and some free time to play with it—not much to ask now, is it? Words:

— Dave McLeod / Photos: tezmphoto.com


CLICKING INTO PLACE There is a certain sense of satisfaction when things click into place. It could be a problem that you finally solve, that eureka moment when the light finally dawns or, as is the case with the first ever Mazda CX-8, where the missing a part of the puzzle is found combined with the reassuring feel and comforting sound as you turn its numerous grooved bezel dials. I attended the New Zealand launch of the Mazda CX-8 a couple of months ago and it was easy to see why they were so excited about its arrival, but it’s when you handed the keys (okay, keyfob) for a more extended drive that it shows its true worth and this week I was given just such a chance. The Mazda CX-8 offers the seven-seater passenger room and not far off the luggage space that comes with their CX-9 model but with the driveability and poise that’s more akin to their CX-5. With KODO design providing the backbone for this new SUV, there’s a sophistication to its profile, more flow to the vehicles lines and less drama, even when sitting on 19inch high-gloss alloy wheels. The now distinctive Mazda grille and nose include LED daytime running lamps and adaptive (i-Activsense) LED headlights. The rear includes a roofline spoiler, a remote-operated power tailgate, dual chrome capped exhaust tips and LED lights that venture around to meet the subtle shoulder line. Keyless entry gives you access to the CX-8’s modern and luxurious interior and (as I was reviewing the Limited model) you’re immediately struck with the deep nappa leather aroma that emanates from its very plush, aged merlot furniture. There is a lot of focus around the driver, with an uncluttered horizon and a seating position that allows for easy interaction with all manner of driving necessities, however, with a three-row cabin that’s been lavished with comfort and connectability, the (up to six) passengers don’t exactly get it tough. There’s also 775L of third-row seat-down luggage space to play with should you choose to only take a selected number of family members or friends.

I could go on about the CX-8’s suite of driver’s aids (radar cruise control, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, head up display...), smartphone connection, 10-speaker Bose stereo system, but the thing that really grabbed my attention was how mechanically satisfying the A/C, volume and infotainment dials were. I know they’re the same across most of the Mazda range now, it’s just as I relaxed in heated seat and steering-wheel comfort, the tactility and gratifying sensation as the dials clicked with each turn had my mind wandering towards a career in safe cracking—little things huh? Then there’s the engine. The CX-8 comes equipped with Mazda’s SKYACTIV-D powertrain. An advanced diesel engine that via a 6-speed auto gearbox, serves up 140kW of power and gives you access to 450Nm from 2,000 rpm. When you complete this picture with their AWD and G-Vectoring control for stoic corner handling, you get a powerful drive with 6l/100km efficiency. With only three of us, I admit that I don’t have a big family, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t like our own space from time to time (read into that what you will). The CX-8 gave each of us a row to play with, and my son quickly ‘dibbed’ the back row (just as well, he’s a little young to drive). We did the town and country experience tour, which included the regular mall and school run chores, four trips to football (one of them a tournament) and a beach visit for celebratory ice-creams. I kid you not, the CX-8 handles like a sedan on the road the quietness of the engine didn’t go unnoticed, or in fact, it did. There’s plenty of room for an extended family or those that like to tote around a lot of gear, yet it all fits nicely into a near medium-sized SUV frame. Mazda already has an impressive lineup of SUVs ranging from the compact CX-3 to the large and luxurious CX-9 so adding another number to the fold may, on the face of it, seem a bit bemusing, however, when you realise what this new CX-8, seven-seat SUV has to offer it obviously all starts to click. — Words: Dave Mcleod


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FORD'S JURASSIC EXPERIENCE THE NEW FORD RANGER RAPTOR Every now and again I manage to become fully immersed in a vehicle’s evolution, and my experience with Ford’s new Ranger Raptor is a perfect example. It began with the usual press awareness email, which certainly sparked interest—bearing in mind the attention its big brother (the F150 Raptor) has received. Then came the invite to the international unveiling in Thailand, a huge production that did more than whet the appetite (and began speculation about the 2L powertrain) but did not include a drive. This was followed by the silk sheet press unveiling in New Zealand (again no behind the wheel time) and the public ‘rotating plinth’ display at Fieldays—alas, still no keys were handed over, such torture. Anyway, a few weeks ago, I finally got the chance to get behind the wheel of this new breed of performance truck at a Jurassic event rather fittingly, held in the wild and rugged outback of Australia's Northern Territory—it was well worth the wait. Ever since Ford announced that the Ranger Raptor’s heart would be a mere 2L, 4-cylinder bi-turbo diesel engine, the interweb has been a sea of visceral debate. But Ford has maintained that it’s not about the cubic capacity, and now I can happily inform you, they were correct. The engine itself delivers its 157kW and 500Nm of power and torque in a seemingly endless fashion and triple-digit speed comes with progressive ease whatever terrain you venture out on. Putting a 2L engine in a truck

may on the surface seem like a backward step, but you have to remember that it wasn’t that long ago that a V8 would be proud to boast these types of numbers. As I pointed out earlier, it’s not just about the CCs. With the Ranger Raptor, Ford’s engineers have mated the engine with a finely tuned 10-speed automatic gearbox that quite frankly never appears lost when finding correct gear, but although I doubt you’d need them, there are also paddles on hand for the control freaks amongst you. Underpinning it all, the Ranger Raptor’s heavy duty boxed chassis frame is stoic and unyielding but attached to this, are the other four cylinders that make this truck so very special, namely the Fox 2.5 internal Bypass front and remote reservoir rear shocks. According to Ford, "there is so much technology in them, they are a candy store for dynamic engineers". I won’t go into the specifics right now but the damping effect is similar to that of a soft closing cutlery drawer, they simply absorb whatever pressure is inflicted on them. Our ‘Outback Attack’ experience commenced in Darwin with a sealed road drive to Tipperary Station (which we all know is a long way), the perfect way to showcase the Ranger Raptor’s on-road prowess. Even with its larger physical dimensions and wider track the truck doesn’t feel ungainly on the tar seal. The sports seats are comfortable and supportive with side bolsters that I was thankful for later. A large array of infotainment and

driver aids (although no adaptive cruise control) are at hand and the BF Goodrich high-performance all-terrain tyres offered up very little road noise. The near two and a half hour drive included a 130km/h section that (from the engines point of view) went by unnoticed. The ‘driveway’ to the 210,000 hectare station itself was an unsurfaced, wide open trail, covered in red, aeolian dust that is commonly known as bulldust, in other words, Ranger Raptor territory. Once again, the combination of that torquey engine, strong chassis, outstanding suspension and all-terrain conquering rubber had us believing that we were still on the highway (and we drove accordingly). Tipperary Station was once home to around 2,000 exotic animals and its incredible isolation and extreme vastness immediately reminded me of the Jurassic Park trilogy (or is that a pentalogy?). Speaking of movies, I also discovered that the Adelaide River scene in Crocodile Dundee was filmed there, I digress. Anyway, with three exercises to complete, our hosts wasted no time in splitting us into groups and sending us into various locations. The first of which for us, was the quarry and a chance to use the Raptor’s 4WD modes and upgraded ground clearances. As expected, the Ranger took to the gradients and loose shingle without breaking a sweat, unlike us as the temperature nudged the mercury past 30 degrees—this really is a capable off-roader.

Next up was the experience we’d all been waiting for, a fast-paced course including power slides, jumps and torturous ruts—time to engage Baja mode. Among other things, Baja mode tightens up steering response while loosening the rear end traction, the result is a wholly engaging drive that exorcises your inner demons. With a racing professional beside me to encourage and direct, the Raptor tore around Tipperary Station with extreme confidence. I felt in control every step of the way, with the truck absorbing the brunt of all my misgivings. The third exercise was more of a demonstration than participation. A passenger ride in a six-minute hot lap that included air, speeds that exceeded 150km/h and display of tail wagging that would embarrass an excitable puppy, in short, it was a chance to get a real insight to the Ranger Raptors true performance capabilities. It was sublime. According to the drivers and technical team alike, the Raptor will take this punishment all day long and seldom miss a beat, to be honest, I strongly believe this to be the case. The long drive back to Darwin ‘civilisation’ was a bit of a comedown. The adrenaline filled outback experience was one to relish and savour. The Ranger Raptor is in a class of its own right now. What Ford has produced is a sheer delight to drive both in the town and out in the elements and from both an event and indeed the Raptor itself, it truly was a performance of Jurassic proportions. I just need to go and see how they’re made now! — Words: Dave Mcleod FORD.CO.NZ


WEIGHT LOSS AND WAIT LESS JAGUAR F-TYPE P300 REVIEW NEW ZEALAND I’m a fine, fine one to talk, but for us humans, the health benefits of losing weight (or understanding your BMI) are numerous. Apparently, aside from its visual controversy when squeezed into speedos, carrying too much mass for your frame causes unnecessary stress on joints (oh, those poor knees), the respiratory system is compromised and the heart struggles to keep up. Of course, excess weight problems transverse all manner of genres. For instance, in the animal kingdom fat cats are not lazy boardroom dwellers, as feline predators, they learn very quickly that to staying lean aids survival, and, in the automotive world, shaving off 100lb (45kg) equals an extra 10 horsepower. So it would appear, that armed with this knowledge, Jaguar decided to drop 52kg from their F-Type and the P300 is the result.

The F-Type isn’t exactly famous for its luggage space (400L) but with this review, my P300 came with much less, as a space-saver (in this case an oxymoron) spare tyre took up residence in the rear—this would be instantly removed in my opinion.

The Jaguar F-Type has never struggled in the looks department, regardless of what it weighs. From the town and country to the beach or the track, its long nose, muscular coupe stance offers an ultra-desirable silhouette and thankfully, the new P300 hasn’t messed with this winning formula.

The new P300 F-TYPE comes with a 2L, four-cylinder finely tuned heart, oh and a twin-scroll turbocharger spinning on ceramic ball bearings to provide more immediate boost. The result is 300PS (221kW) and 400Nm of torque. It will propel you from 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds and up to a licence-losing top speed of 249km/h. Yet it now offers a combined 7.2L/km efficiency and 163 g/km emissions.

My review vehicle came in Ultra Blue, it’s an eye-catching powder blue that forms an ideal canvas for the contrasting gloss-black and chrome highlights that come with the design pack and this R-Dynamic model. Huge integrated LED headlight eyes are underscored by signature daytime running lights, while the black grille and clamshell bonnet louvres garnish make for an attractive visage. The black theme continues with the fixed panoramic roof and privacy glass, and low profile rubber encases the 19-inch, seven split-spoke silver alloys. A whopping central exhaust tip features strongly at the rear, as does the fixed spoiler that’s attached to the remote-powered tailgate. Flush ‘deployable’ door handles gain you access to the F-Type’s cabin and you are greeted with leather, lots of it, made more so as the cockpit is rather snug in appearance. Sports seats, leather wheel, Delta Aluminium centre console and stitched dash present the upmarket effect you’d expect from a Jaguar and there was no scrimping in the infotainment department either, with phone and audio InControl apps, InControl Protect, Wi-Fi hotspot, Jaguar Satellite Navigation, a Meridian 380W sound system with 10 speakers, and reversing camera all presented on a 10inch touchscreen.

The P300 still has F-Type style and design, it’s still loaded with luxury and comfort and driver’s aids, so where is the weight-saving? I hear you ask. Well, aside from a few shavings here and there, it’s where it should be, under the bonnet, over the front axle, and the engine compartment. I can hear a slight groan, but don’t worry, Jaguar has thought of everything.

This is all well and good but it’s how this is all delivered that makes the real difference. The P300 is less nose heavy so it’s nimbler on its feet. Cornering when combined with the torque vectoring system, will have you hunting out the bends and curves as you substitute the ease of its eight-speed quickshift gearbox for the more involved and entertaining paddles to make the exhaust crackle and pop like a Kellogg's cereal. Although 'Comfort' and 'Eco' are available, ‘Dynamic’ driving mode selection is the go-to option because, quite frankly, you want to drive this car. The initial thoughts that 2L powertrain in a vehicle that should by rights be a V8 becomes a fading memory that disappears quickly in the rearview mirror. I have to admit, having driven the F-Type SVR on the track I’m a big fan, so much horsepower and so much intensity. The P300 offers up all the same style and finesse yet allows you the freedom to push that little harder on the open (real-world) road. Opening the exhaust baffles and revving high will always light my fire. Ask anyone that’s been to Jenny Craig, 52kg is a lot of weight to lose but with the P300 the benefits are clear and undisputed. Maybe it’s time I made that call. — Words: Dave McLeod


It seemed to me that when the Toyota Prius was launched around 20, yes, 20 years ago, it instantly became the darling of Hollywood. Justifiably I guess, almost every star was seen in one (or at least owned one) to underline their commitment to making the world a better place (and possibly) to appease their guilty conscience. Either way, it allowed them to sleep better in their glitzy and oversized cots (yes, I am jealous). Now, four generations later and in this case, the new secondgeneration plug-in hybrid Prius Prime, the stars seemed to be shining brightly for this fuel-efficient automotive benchmark. The Prius Prime was launched in 2012 and hasn’t really looked back since. It’s picked up many awards along the way and been heralded World Green Car in 2017 (the greeny car equivalent of an Oscar, I assume). With the latest rendition, Toyota has really upped the ante From a design point of view, the adoration of Prius Prime’s appearance will continue to be subjective. Some find it way too out there, others not far enough, but evidently, on the whole, it’s just right (judging by its popularity). However, aerodynamics has been the focus of its new ‘edgier’ look, quite literally, every side has been under the microscope (or wind tunnel) and virtually every angle has a purpose. Up front, an automatic grille shutter lowers resistance and shortens engine warm-up time, the underbody is covered smooth for swift airflow underneath, while there’s a ‘double bubble’ rear windscreen and aero stabiliser fins on the carbon fibre reinforced plastic tailgate. This all adds up to the Prius Prime slipping through the air with a drag coefficient of 0.25—that’s better than a baseball (0.3). The cabin has been given a spruce up, with a 7-inch infotainment screen and dual 4.2-inch instrument screens that deliver screeds of information. The rear passengers have been handed an extra lick of luxury with a central divider to hold lattes and rest weary arms. Then comes the really big innovations. The Prius Prime has a battery warming system that gets the 8.8kWh (double the previous one) lithium-ion nice and toasty and up to the optimum working temperature meaning that it can be charged in around four hours

from a household socket and type-2 cable. Then there’s the dual motor EV drive system, which through a raft of clever (and dull) technologies, increases the EV power offering better speed and acceleration while reducing engine start-up, equalling better overall efficiency. It also features a world-first gas injection heat pump AC. Essentially an air conditioning system that efficiently warms the cabin using heat absorbed by the outside air, so, like the batteries, you can be toasty too. As the Prius Prime sits on Toyota’s new TNGA (aka better chassis) platform, it now comes with all the driver and safety systems befitting such a forward-thinking vehicle. I won’t list them all here (neither of us has the time) but suffice to say your usefulness behind the wheel is getting less and less, it will even assist with your poor excuse that you call parking. What all the above leads to is a more advanced, more connected, more aerodynamic and more fuel-efficient vehicle. On battery alone, the Prius Prime will travel up to 63km and boasts a weighted fuel consumption number of 1L/100km and that’s impressive. However, being a hybrid, you don’t have to fixate on the battery life gauge, just congratulate yourself on the ‘eco score’ when you arrive at your destination—it rates you on things like acceleration and braking. During my review time with the Prius Prime, I snuck in a couple of longer runs and emptied all the charge from the batteries. There is a noticeable change in the vehicle's response when it shifts over fuel and funnily enough the, EV power was my preference, but even when free of electricity and intentionally driving ‘anti-eco’, the worst I could get the Prius Prime’s efficiency down to was 3.1L/100km! The Prius Prime really is a star in the Toyota range. They themselves are calling this a "$150 a year car", quoting Energywise’s estimate as to the Prius Prime’s annual running costs, and when you combine this with 22g/km CO2 plus an eight-year/160,000 hybrid battery warranty you can see why. I’m not sure if the Prius is still in vogue with the Hollywood elite but with its increased tech and ultra-low fuel usage, the Prius Prime certainly remains a bit of a darling. — Words: Dave McLeod


Trader Steve Ruffley has nearly two decades’ experience in the finance industry, having worked on—and run—some of the largest and busiest trading floors in Europe, including London. Manchester-born Ruffley is a chief market strategist and head of education at InterTrader, a fund manager, mentor and author of The Ruff Guide To Trading. Now Ruffley’s ready to ply his trade Down Under, but he’s no get-rich-quick- scheme charlatan, and only those already with six-figure salaries need apply. Ruffley is also brutally honest. And, honestly, brutal. There’s a famous scene in The Sopranos where mob boss Tony Soprano throttles his feckless nephew and heir-apparent with the words, “You don’t gotta love me, but you will respect me,” and it’s reminiscent of the unapologetic attitude that Ruffley has to his work. "Some of his biggest trades, he admits, have been from negative events such as crashes and trading news following the London bombings. “People don’t like traders for that,” he says, “but it’s not political, it’s not personal. I’m just trading the news. It is, he shrugs, what it is." Ruffley, 38, moved to Auckland last year with his wife, from Jersey, and is currently building a house for his young familyto-be (their first child is due December) in Papamoa. He stresses his concerted efforts to contribute to the community by employing the likes of a local accountant, video director for his webinars, and website engineer. “When I tell people in New Zealand that I’m a hedge fund manager, the first thing they tell me is how much their house is worth, but so what?” he says. “Everyone here equates their wealth and worth with their house, but they won’t say how much money they earn. It’s like a status symbol. The housing market here will eventually go arse-up—as it will around the rest of the world. People who are all in it 'together' are ecstatic when prices are going up, if you're in the owning club, but not terrified of the possibility of them going down. Without a real correction in the house prices here, people have forgotten the pain any correction causes. I believe a lot of people will be wrong 'together'.” Ruffley highlights how wealth is all tied up with the baby boomers leaving few scraps for younger generations who are fast losing hope—and aspirations—of getting on the ladder. “The whole idea of building a long-term portfolio, including

property, is dying,” he says. “People aren’t investing for the future, they’re investing for the here and now. That’s why cryptocurrency blew up, everyone wanted a fast way of making money. Future generations just don’t think like the boomers because they won’t see the boom.” So, what’s the solution? “The stock markets. Diversify. When you’re talking about investing, you’re talking a minimum of ten years. When you’re talking about trading, which is the opposite, you’re talking instant. It’s a different mentality.” While everyone in London “has a rough idea what trading is”, Ruffley says he hasn’t met too many people in Aotearoa who do: “They understand investment and buying stocks and shares, but trading is a whole industry in of itself.” In a nutshell? “It’s being involved in the markets when they open, taking a position based on fundamental and technical factors to achieve something there and then. It can be a minute, it can be an hour. You’re investing in the movement or the direction of the market and being involved in its liquidity. It’s tough to explain unless you’ve done it. I’ve seen people make hundreds of thousands of pounds in minutes. That’s what’s available. You can’t do that with investing, you have to give it time. Whereas trading, by its very nature, is instant reward.” And addictive? “Highly addictive. Once you’ve been a trader, why would you do anything else? The rewards are huge sums of money. It’s like being an intelligent footballer. And there are no real rules. Everything is down to you.” So, the industry hasn’t changed much since the financial crisis? “Not really. Crashes are good. I earn money from crashes. When a stock market crashes, correction comes. People lose money, but people will be making money as well. I can’t control that. Things crash because of fear and they go up because of greed.”


Technically, Ruffley’s not selling anything. Not to his clients at least. Though there might be a charge for his software (“developed with some clever guys in California that takes care of 80% of trading”), like a mortgage broker, he takes a cut of the profits from the businesses’ sides. Ruffley’s service is that of a mentor to “build a framework that people wouldn’t otherwise know how to put in place”. There’s a big psychological slant, too. “Think about what the average person earns in New Zealand—say, $80,000. Well, could you handle losing that in a day? Some people couldn’t. I know when to enter the market, and when to get out. I can make people better traders in a matter of months. I just know more about it than most people, it’s as simple as that. But people must also be aware that it’s high-risk, so a big part of my job is to manage expectations.” At the expense of friends and a romantic life, for much of his early career, Ruffley dedicated every waking hour to the trading floor. “That’s all I wanted to do,” he says. “It was a very lonely existence and it took me a very long time to get out of that mentality and reintegrate into the world.” Such experience, he believes, is beneficial to his clients.

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“Because trading is so addictive, you have to control that lifestyle aspect. You have to make the markets come to you. I haven’t worked any more than 10 hours a week for a decade That’s what being rich is, not just having money in the bank, but having the time to spend it. It’s something I’ve dedicated my whole life to and I don’ take it lightly. You can trade for an hour a day and in a week earn more than the average person earns all year.” But Ruffley’s not here for the average person: “If you want to make money with me then you already have to have some— and be able to afford to lose some, too. However, all the guys I mentor are profitable overall. This is my punt to say to New Zealand if you want to learn how to trade, how to make some serious money, then I’m here. Let’s go.” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces STEVERUFFLEY.CO.NZ

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I ask Ruffley about ethical trading opportunities, but he dismisses it as nigh-on fantasy: “I’m a mercenary. I’m out there to be in the markets, to find as much value as I can in as little time as I can. I’m not interested in the backstory. You can’t ethically day trade. You can ethically invest, I guess. You can find out who doesn’t use child labour or whatever, but at the end of the day, they’re all as bent as each other. What’s ethical in business? I’m more of a cynic. I know how the world works, so I’m not selling that kind of stuff.”


What about the current warnings of further global economic instability? “Things go up and things go down. It’s cyclical. I think what’s arrogant is that central banks around the globe think they can stop a crash. Recessions are engineered, they happen to pay down government debts. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but what do you think happens when people think that the markets are going to correct? They get out, and they pay tax on it and that all goes to the government. So, when they all do it at the same time, that’s a very significant windfall."



That’s the jitters? “Yes, but often the stock market jitters are sensationalised. You see news headlines about the Dow dropping, but so what? It doesn’t really affect the average man on the street anymore. It’s just a way of selling papers.”




Spring can hit us with beautiful blooms and warmer weather, but our pets can be hit with plenty of seasonal allergies. Allergies in our pets can be year-round, but springtime can cause flare-ups of any existing conditions, or bring on new ones. Does your dog or cat have the following signs: Itching, skin redness, itchy ears, feet licking, red hot spots or patchy skin? Then your pet could need some help to beat the itch.

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You might thoroughly enjoy the work you do or the services you provide. There can be increased respect for your work and efforts. Career matters fly along rather smoothly. Ambitions to improve your standing, security, and comfort levels are increasing. You might find that you achieve the most or are the most motivated through your involvement with a group or team.

You’re in a period of reflection and preparation, so take things as slowly as you can. Sacrifices may need to be made when it comes to your relationships— you are required to be sympathetic and helpful now. Acknowledging and resolving problems with family or people you live with can be in focus. Look for the root of issues instead of seeking out cosmetic fixes.

This is a good time for reaching out to others, sharing ideas, writing, and scoping out various prospects and ideas. Your ideas or work may gain some recognition now. Putting your feelers out makes a lot of sense this month. There could also be a major revelation about your finances, a love relationship, or friendship. You’re likely to feel more in your element on a romantic level.






21 MAY–20 JUNE

You may find yourself in the position to defend your values, possessions, or money. This energy might also translate in more positive terms—you could be working exceptionally hard at making your life better. This period can bring surprising, revealing, or startling feelings to the surface or events to your life. There could be a sudden decision to break out on your own, or into a new relationship.

Your competitive, enterprising nature comes to the fore, and you readily throw yourself into pursuing your goals. This can be a time of increased activity in your career, and you may also feel a strong desire to take the lead and act independently. Willingness to take emotional risks in the second half of the month can bring interesting experiences into your world.

The biggest area of passion and possible upheaval this month is likely to involve your private world, family life, and home matters. You’re ambitious about these things now, desiring to make deep changes that will last. Someone who’s in the position to help further your goals, promote you, or help you find a direction can take special interest in you. Express your faith in yourself now for best results.







This is a potentially active relationship month. You’re very focused on connecting on all sorts of levels and quite successful at it. You’re also quite willing to take care of others. Shared finances can become tricky to handle so do what you can to straighten out debt, as well as ownership and joint money matters in a logical way. This can be a passionate, revealing time.

You are exuding much charm and positive energy that won’t go unnoticed. Communications of all kinds are emphasized, but especially those involving creative contacts, children, and romantic interests and they are generally favourable. You’re mentally wired, and you want to put ideas into action. You’re more conscientious as a result and take pride in solving problems, acquiring or honing skills, and taking care of business.

This is a great month for picking up new practical skills, finding new work, or throwing more of yourself into your current job. It’s also a fine time for improving your daily habits and health. As confident and energetic as you feel, however, avoid taking on too many new projects, as you’re likely to feel their weight in the last week of the month.







You can be very contemplative this month. You’ll benefit greatly from actively seeking out ways to heal and de-stress. There can be a significant realisation of responsibility, or a sense of joy in committing to someone or something. You might gain insight into an old issue, and this pushes you forward. New opportunities can emerge that turn your attention behind the scenes.

This month, you get a big taste of positive energy. It is particularly strong for useful advice and the power of teaming up and combining your talents with someone. You might find yourself drawn to push the usual boundaries, which can be profound in healthy ways but could lead you down the wrong path if you’re not mindful of your limits.

It’s an inventive and creative time but you might also feel like a whirlwind. There can be a significant realisation of responsibility, or a sense of joy in committing to someone or something. The last week of the month is particularly strong for ideas and plans surrounding work and health. You get along well with the people with whom you share your day.






We’ve been having a debate about free speech in recent weeks, which is a good thing. We sometimes take the pillars of a successful free country in which we live for granted. From time-to-time, it’s important to reassert them.

What a gloomy start, it is a grey, wet and cold day as I write this. But all is not as bad as it seems as amongst all the gloom there is a magnificent pink blossom tree in full bloom outside my window. A promise of spring to come!

The debate was sparked by Jan Thomas, Massey University’s vice-chancellor, cancelling Don Brash’s speaking engagement at the university.

But that is not all that she said. “Mr Brash’s leadership of Hobson’s Pledge and views he and its supporters espoused in relation to Māori wards on councils was clearly of concern to many staff, particularly Māori staff. Whether those views would have been repeated to students in the context of a discussion about the National Party may seem unlikely, but I have no way of knowing. In my opinion the views expressed by members of Hobson’s Pledge come dangerously close to hate speech. They are certainly not conducive with the University’s strategy of recognising the values of a Tiriti o Waitangi-led organisation.” This is what caused the outcry. The clear implication was that Mr Brash’s views were not welcome on campus. Apparently, it’s a heinous crime not to agree with creating Maori wards on councils. It is not an unreasonable conclusion to draw that Jan Thomas’s health and safety concerns, or ready acquiesce to the 'thug’s veto', were a convenient fig leaf to cover her primary motivation. The incident struck a chord because there is a suspicion that universities are in danger of becoming intolerant places, where people are all expected to accept certain propositions. Reconciling the conflicting desires amongst the student body is tricky. But the broader challenge for the university sector is to preserve and promote genuine diversity of thinking within the universities and to create an atmosphere which is safe to challenge the dominant prejudices of the times.

Tenants will also be complaining if there is no insulation and can report the landlords, so do not wait any longer—bite the bullet and get the insulation sorted. Well after that is there any good news? Yes, there is always light at the end of the tunnel and you will have happier, healthy tenants and they will stay longer. Mould and weeping windows, they happen every year at this time. Mouldy curtains are another problem, it will not wash off and a lot of the curtains supplied in rentals have the thermal backing which is not washable and peels off, so they have to be replaced which is expensive. But with insulation this will not happen. Went to an inspection yesterday the home felt really cold and there was so much mould on the net curtains, along with moisture. This was my first inspection and the tenants had been there for three months. There were frames and sills covered in mould, so I shall get a professional in to clean all the window frames and will have to replace nets. Again, tenants don’t leave windows open to ventilate so we shall place the security stays on and hopefully the owner will have insulation in soon. He is currently getting quotes. Next month we should have a brighter outlook. Have just come back from Waiheke. It’s such a nice place to relax and recharge the batteries. There is a lot going on at Just Rentals: rent arrears to follow up, inspections to be done, maintenance to organise, booking insulation quotes, arranging viewing of properties, showing properties, and replying to the many emails we receive daily. It certainly keeps us busy, but this is what we do, and we do it well. Keep warm. Happy Renting,

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That was bad enough, because she was applying 'a thug’s veto' to free speech on campus. It doesn’t take much imagination to realise that if all it takes to cancel an event is for someone to threaten violence, then free speech is on very thin ground indeed. We look to our universities to be defenders of free speech—to cave in at the first sign of trouble is no glorious defence.


At one level she pointed to health and safety concerns, cancelling it because she believed there was a significant risk of harm to participants, because some threats had been made on social media.

I mentioned the insulation in last month’s column, but it is so important that landlords are aware of the fines that they will have to pay if not done. Also, property managers can also be fined up to $4,000 for each non-compliant home, and these are often awarded to the tenant. Tenancy Services from 1 July 2019 will be investigating rental properties which do not meet the legal requirements and are ready to hold any landlords and property managers to account for non-compliance.




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Verve. September 2018. Issue 148.  

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

Verve. September 2018. Issue 148.  

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