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Features Issue 121 / August 2016
21 21 The Interview: Dame Trelise Cooper
ildTomato editor Lynda Papesch talks fashion with this dedicated, internationally renowned fashion designer.
26 Who we are
hining a light on the different people who live, work and play in our regions. By Sadie Beckman
30 ASB Theatre Marlborough
lenheimâ€™s attractions have a shining new star, as Sophie Preece reports.
40 Makos season preview
eoff Moffett takes a look at the season ahead.
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Columns Issue 121 / August 2016
20 My Big Idea Montessori pre-schooling has many advantages, says teacher Niluckshi Mark
82 Up & Coming Andrew Chalmers returned to his hometown Nelson to study for his Diploma in Engineering (Civil) at NMIT
FASHION & BEAUTY
57 Shoe of the month
Styling by Kelly Vercoe photography by Ishna Jacobs
Relax in stylish loafers
59 Wellbeing The many benefits of seeking chiropractic help and advice. By Helen Rose
60 My Home
A colourful award-winning home renovation in Marlborough. By Sophie Preece
66 My Garden
Bringing colour to a winter garden. By Helen Rose
68 My Kitchen
Lemon lavender mousse tantalises the taste-buds, from the kitchen of Nicola Galloway
69 Dine Out
MIA (Made in Aotearoa) takes the fancy of Marlborough restaurant reviewer Byron Mayes
Splashing out on an occasional expensive drop will bring a sparkle to a special someone, writes Phillip Reay
Beervana is a beer drinkers nirvana, explains Mark Preece
Vietnam has come a long way, writes Sallie Gregory
Snow is in this man’s DNA, says Sophie Preece of Rainbow’s new ski field manager
The time to take action on Nelson’s marina is now, suggests Steve Thomas
Keen pricing is putting Holden Captiva on a lot of buyer test-drive lists. By Geoff Moffett
Lynda Papesch talks to an enterprising and rising young sculptor
Nelson City Brass takes gold in a surprise win, writes Pete Rainey
If you believe in magic, Life, Animated has the fairy dust for you, says reviewer Michael Bortnick
8 Editorial 10 Bits & Pieces 12 Events 14 Snapped 80 Quiz & Trivia
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magine how dull and boring it would be if we were all the same. Thankfully that is not the case. As with most democratic communities, the Top of the South is home to a variety of nationalities which for the most part work together to create a vibrant regional demographic. Local businesses, schools, volunteer organisations and creative efforts are all the better from having cultural input via migrants who live, work and play here. Nationally statistics show a huge increase in ethnic diversity across the whole country since the beginning of this decade, with a steady flow of migrants from Asian, Pacific, South American and European countries. Add in a few refugees and the melting pot becomes even more exciting. The sun, sea, climate and location make the Top of the South an attractive proposition, especially for the more affluent seeking a better lifestyle. They channel their time, creativity and money into their new home and usually it leaves everyone better off. Assisting the dynamic is the fact that most New Zealanders are also more tolerant of migrants than they were a few decades ago when multiculturalism became more apparent in the Land of the Long White Cloud. Government policy changed in the 1990s allowing more “foreigners” across New Zealand’s borders and for various reasons there has been a steady stream ever since. Of course multiculturalism is at its best when cultural diversity is able to be maintained along with social integration and cultural assimilation. That’s not always the case, yet in the Top of the South an enviable cultural harmony does appear to exist. Locals and newbies are embracing and enjoying what ethnic diversity brings, without drastic dissention. In our case we have creative input into events such as Light Nelson, new businesses are aiding economic growth, and even our sports teams are receiving a boost. Long may it continue. This issue looks at some of those adding to our cultural mix, and why they chose to come here. We preview the Tasman Makos upcoming season, speak with fashion icon Dame Trelise Cooper and take a look at Marlborough new ASB Theatre. Catch up with our popular Snapped pages to see what’s been happing, or if you’re looking for inspiration head to our Events pages. Enjoy your read. LY N D A PA P E S C H
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EVENTS IN AUGUST NELSON Sat 6
Sun 7, 14, 21, 28
We will rock you
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The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show
Adrienne Fenemor, Mo’ Puddin’, album release tour Direct from New York, Adrienne Fenemor, composer, vocalist and jazz organist, stars in a one-night performance in her hometown Nelson, joined by Mark Lockett on drums and Brad Kang on guitar.
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Featuring the hits that Whitney Houston made famous during her 30 year career, including ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’, ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’, ‘I’m Every Woman’, ‘I Will Always Love You’ and many more. Starring Belinda Davids.
THEATRE ROYAL NELSON
The Nelson Male Voice Choir presents an enjoyable selection of music from Billy Joel, Queen, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Robbie Williams, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra & others. ANNESBROOK COMMUNITY CHURCH STOKE
Wed 3 - Thurs 4 Wed 10 - Thurs 12 Feast For The Senses Nelson City has more than 50 restaurants offering cuisines from every continent, seriously cool bars with boutique wines and craft beers, and a café culture that takes coffee to a fine art. Add in a wide choice of arts, culture, music and entertainment and it’s a veritable feast for all the senses. NELSON CITY
Motueka Sunday Market is unique with its high energy and relaxed friendly atmosphere for locals and tourists alike. The stalls are an eclectic mix of crafts, second hand and seasonal fruit and vegetables. 8am till 1pm.
The Nelson Jazz Club Big Band The Nelson Jazz Club Big Band plays syncopated written arrangements with improvised interludes. Featuring the music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, under the musical direction of Simon Williams. THE BOATHOUSE NELSON
Sat 6, 13, 20, 27 The Nelson Market Every Saturday the bustling Nelson Market transforms Montgomery Square into a vibrant showcase of regional arts, crafts, fashion, jewellery, fresh local and organic produce. MONTGOMERY SQUARE, NELSON
Sat 13 Sirens of Smash v River City Rollers The Sirens of Smash play their second home game for the season; this one against Wanganui’s River City Rollers. Doors open 6pm and the bout starts at 7pm. NELSON SKATE RINK, TAHUNANUI
Vinyl Groove at The Boathouse A fundraiser dance for the Nelson School of Music. Bring your dancing shoes and groove to the vinyl or chill in the lizard lounge and enjoy the ambience. THE BOATHOUSE NELSON
Thurs 25 - Sat 27 The Nutcracker Fun for the whole family, Nelson Academy of Dance presents The Nutcracker, a production that is guaranteed to transport us all to the festive season during winter in Nelson! THEATRE ROYAL NELSON
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Sat 27 Nelson Showgirl Academy Burlesque Local burlesque performers Eva Bambina and Jasmine Tease produce their first student showcase with a group of 10 women performing, including some for the first time ever. $5 entry at door. THE FREEHOUSE YURT
Sun 28 Menopause the Musical - On Fire Ladies – and brave men keen to avoid domestic meltdowns by not attending – Menopause the Musical is set to pour more blood, sweat (think buckets) and tears on New Zealand as this award-winning, box office record-breaking show returns for a national tour. THEATRE ROYAL NELSON
NELSON SCHOOL OF MUSIC FUNDRAISER ASSISTED BY ANALOG PRODUCTIONS 8pm-midnight. Complimentary drink on arrival $20 earlybird tickets at Shine 253 Hardy St Tickets $25 at the door unless sold out Location: The Boathouse 326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson More information: facebook.com/vinylgrooveattheboathouse
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Hairspray – Combined Colleges Production
Rainbow Harcourts Inter-Secondary School Ski champs
The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show
Romeo Bragato Conference & Wine Awards
The annual Rainbow InterSecondary School Champs - ski and snowboard races open to all secondary schools. Contingency date: 11th August. Forms for Skiing and Snowboarding events will be available for downloading on the Rainbow website.
Featuring the hits that Whitney Houston made famous during her 30 year career, including ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’, ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’, ‘I’m Every Woman’, ‘I Will Always Love You’ and many more. Starring Belinda Davids.
The New Zealand Winegrowers Romeo Bragato Conference is the largest and one of the most important conferences to grape growers and wine makers on the New Zealand calendar. Early bird registrations close on 5 August at midnight.
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Southern Jam Youth Festival
Woodbourne Half Marathon
Menopause the Musical - On Fire
A great opportunity for young musicians, the performers in this festival are all senior school students aged between 13 and 18. Performances include big band sounds, mellow swinging rhythms and the music is of the highest calibre, attracting big name judges.
The 34th Woodbourne Half Marathon features a Half Marathon walk, run or hybrid. Also five & 10km fun runs and walks available.
Menopause the Musical is set to pour more blood, sweat (think buckets) and tears on New Zealand as this awardwinning, box office recordbreaking show returns for a national tour in August and September. What’s a hot flush between friends!? Frickin’ hilarious that’s what!
Award-winning Hairspray continues to be one of the most widely produced musicals today, not only because of its wit and charm, but also because of the beautiful message of acceptance and progress that it portrays. ASB THEATRE BLENHEIM
Sun 7, 14 Marlborough Farmers Market Enjoy the taste of the freshest seasonal fruit, vegetables and produce that Marlborough has to offer. The Farmers’ Market is full of locally grown and sourced food, sold by the producer. MARLBOROUGH A&P SHOWGROUNDS BLENHEIM
Mon 8 Daffodil Day Dinner A fundraising three-course dinner and auction to celebrate Daffodil Day. Tickets are available from the Cancer Society, Market Street, Blenheim. BAMBOO GARDEN, BLENHEIM
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Sun 21 Heartland Classics
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Featuring two irresistible programmes including quartets by Haydn and Mozart; Schubert’s brief but intense Quartettsatz; two of Dvorak’s short, descriptive Cypresses; Mendelssohn’s exuberant Quartet no 3 in D; and Dvorak’s optimistic American quartet. Also recent works by Gareth Farr and Gillian Whitehead.
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Fri 19 NZ Craft & Design Show The latest in Kiwi craft and design. Find a shopping ecosystem embedded in ethics, sustainability, with a design ecology unique to the makers and creators of NZ.
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MY BIG IDEA
After 27 years teaching at Montessori schools, Niluckshi Mark believes they offer an invaluable experience for pre-schoolers. She explains why…. P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y A N A G A L L O WAY
What is your Big Idea? Teaching Montessori in Sri Lanka, the United States and New Zealand, I have seen that this teaching method works unbelievably well. Operating Richmond Montessori for the last 15 years has been a dream come true; I get great satisfaction teaching young children such things as baking, reading and counting, riding a bike, singing and growing a garden. Research has shown
that young children learn something nearly every waking moment which is why I believe that New Zealand needs to put far more emphasis and spending into early childhood to reap the rewards. My Big Idea is more a message based on somebody else’s idea. We don’t need to re-invent the wheel, we just need to start putting it to use. The innovator of that wheel was Maria Montessori who developed an entire philosophy, that is even now still being validated by modern work, such as the Dunedin study “Why am I?” aired on TV recently. How does it work? Infancy and early childhood are widely recognised as crucial building blocks of human personality; a head start early on pays big dividends later in life. Children are natural learners and the
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Montessori method stimulates this tendency, with their teachers acting as observers and facilitators especially when children are experiencing periods of intense focus, concentration and flow. Montessori is one of a group of forward thinking educational models that “get it” when it comes to education and motivation. Everything in Montessori is based around developing children to be creative, capable, successful adults. Children learn they belong to a wide community, they learn respect for others and they learn the importance of sustainability. What do the children learn? Montessori is an incredibly broad philosophy that tries to make this world a better place from a starting point of helping young children to grow and flourish. It is a Montessori theory that given the freedom to choose among authentic, meaningful activities designed to suit their developing intellects, young children show a natural preference for reality over make-believe. What are the benefits of the Richmond Montessori program? We cater for up to 40 children, aged from 2 ½ to 6 years old, with the younger children learning by copying older children who confidently share what they themselves have learned previously. Maria Montessori discovered that children have “sensitive periods” such as the babbling, crawling and learning to walk stages. Such stages are recognised by Montessori teachers and individualised programmes created for each child to make the most of appropriate learning opportunities.
Kiwi fashion icon Dame Trelise Cooper will be in Nelson to show off her latest collection on September 1. Lynda Papesch took the opportunity to talk to her about fashion, philosophy and life.
Enjoying a break in the South of France
Order of Merit and two years ago was elevated to Dame Companion in the same Order. She’s come a long way in a relatively short time. Today the Trelise Cooper brand includes four distinct labels: the bespoke TC range, the more casual Cooper collection, COOP for the younger fashionistas and Curate by Trelise Cooper. Adding to that are successful homeware lines, eyewear and more. New ideas come from everywhere and she is always looking for those special touches to add to the ranges. For as long as Trelise can remember clothes, shoes, and dressing up have been an inherent part of her life; her inbuilt psyche. The drive, determination and self-help ideology grew along the way, assisted in part by a few personal growth courses, but largely due to her own passions and actions.
A budding fashionista
A bathing beauty, aged 16; The first Trelise Cooper store in Auckland's High Street, 1985
emember as a young girl playing dress up with your mother’s clothes? Dame Trelise Cooper most definitely does. Those early days delving into the dress-up chest with her young friends, followed by a love of stage, theatre and textiles set her feet firmly on the catwalk of fashion … although it took her a few years to make her first bold step. The young Trelise dreamt big and followed her dream, working long hours to turn it into reality. Three decades on from opening her first small boutique in Auckland in 1985, Dame Trelise is head of her own international fashion empire, with 10 flagship stores and more than 200 independent retail stockists worldwide. And there’s much, much more to her. She’s also an advocate for breast cancer, domestic violence awareness, Habitat for Humanity, a youth group mentor and an integral part of MARITAGE International – a United Nations partner organisation connecting women in developed and developing countries. In 2004, Trelise was named a Member of the New Zealand 22
From about the age of four, Trelise vividly remembers loving clothes, the feel of fabrics, shoes, make-up and jewellery. She spent hours playing dress-up with her friends and even at a young age creating frilly, feminine outfits. By the age of eight, the young Trelise was having singing lessons and joined the Auckland Children’s Light Opera group, an event that yet again helped shape her love of fashion. “I adored it; the costumes, the tulle, the big theatrical dresses, the fabrics.” Back then it never occurred to her to make a career out of fashion. “My career aspiration was to grow up, marry and have a family. No-one ever talked about being a fashion designer!” Leaving school at 15, she trained as a shorthand/typist and then started job hunting. “One came up for a house model and that looked interesting so I did shoe modelling for two years. I was given the shoes and then found the clothes to go with them which sparked my interest in fashion even more.” A brief marriage and divorce later, Trelise started – in 1979 – at Amco Jeans as a house model, a job she loved. She met her second husband Jack who also worked at Amco and often travelled with him on buying and fashion trips to Europe. By that time the fashion designer gene was thriving in Trelise, screaming to be let out. Frustrated by being on the periphery and knowing she could “do much better,” she decided it was her time. A couple of personal growth courses helped crystalise what she wanted to do. “I had no formal training in fashion design, just a true burning desire. For me it was about turning that desire into reality and living the dream. Where I am today is because of those early days of going for it.” Anyone can dream and have an idea, she says. “It’s what you do with it that counts. I’m an action person whereas a lot of people go nowhere because they don’t take any action.” Taking action – even one small step at a time – is vastly important, she adds, and it is still her mantra all these years later. Her first step with a “dream” or project is to write it down as if it has already occurred. “I had written down that I wanted a store. I wanted it to be light and airy and in High Street in Auckland which at that time was the mecca of shopping.” Having spotted a dry-cleaning store she felt would be suitable, Trelise approached the owner, asking if he wanted to move. The answer was no, until she mentioned she had $10,000. The store wasn’t particularly wonderful but it was in the right location. Weeks of hard work went into fitting it out, along with designing and creating her first collection. “I remember sitting there at 3am ironing clothes and having self-doubts.” Life has taught Trelise that confidence comes with taking
Trelise in her workroom
action, and that as confidence builds those actions do too. “It is determination and ambition; to know that you can turn your dreams into reality.” Her dream took off from that very first day in 1985. “Everything sold … on the first day. My predicted turnover for the week I did in a day; my turnover for that first week was what I’d hoped to achieve in a month.”
The in-between years She spent her first five years in fashion between 1984 and 1988/89 before taking a break with her first baby. “It was the end of 1996/ early 1997 that I began the business I have now. At times there were hiccups, and sure, sometimes I felt like I was treading water, but I just kept using all the things I had learned along the way.” By the time turnover reached $5 million (in the 1990s), she decided she was successful and maybe it was time to relax a bit. Handing over some of company reins to others, however,
created problems further down the line until – always a woman of action – Trelise took back the running of the company. The trimmed down version is a highly efficient team of dedicated people who continually use their initiative and prove themselves indispensable. “I have a great team, many who have been with me a long time. Together we are a great bank of knowledge.” She’s her own fiercest critic. “I am hard on myself, but that’s what works for me. I remember waking in the night rigid with fear that a collection might not be right, or something would go wrong. That’s the problem. As you get bigger (your business), the risks are bigger too. “Now I have a staff of 120 to 150 and I am responsible for them. So I fear whether my range will be successful enough to pay them, to feed their families etc. At the end of the day, I am in charge. It’s my brand, my reputation and the buck stops with me.” In the fickle fashion world it’s important not to rest on your laurels, she says. “Fashion is so competitive especially with online shopping. Competition is only a flick of a computer key away. We face totally global competition so have to be ahead of the change, 23
always willing to come up with new ideas, new ways of business.” Husband Jack developed the online store which has turned into the brand’s largest store, bigger even than Parnell in turnover. “It’s an amazing adjunct to the business.” And while her brands sell internationally, 50 percent of her market is still in New Zealand. Both New Zealand and Australia are important markets for the Trelise Cooper collections, although having been burnt, she is very selective about dealing with other international markets. That said, she finds much of her design inspiration on her travels. A dedicated follower of fashion, Trelise travels constantly to textile fairs in exotic and exciting locations such as Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo, Korea, Morocco, Mexico, Los Angles, New York seeking inspiration and adding to her own wardrobe along the way. “That’s what I love about fashion; it’s the best job ever. I’m doing something I love and I also get to shop all over the world,” she adds, admitting to having a “huge” wardrobe. “If you love fashion, it doesn’t ever leave you. What changes though is fashion. It’s all about change, the styles, the colours, the ideas; more of a redirection you could say.”
Colourful, feminine clothes that are the hallmark of Trelise Cooper designs
Designing for four seasons a year and four brands each season doesn’t leave much time for anything but fashion, however Trelise is able to channel her inner domestic goddess and combine it with fashion when she visits the family holiday getaway in a small village in the South of France. As always she’s inspired by her environment. “I love coming to France and seeing their take on interiors for instance. Modern yet classically French; I’m totally inspired about what they re-create etc. It’s a tiny medieval village in the middle of nowhere in the Dordogne yet it has a massive history. Half our house for instance is 600-years-old, rustic with lots of stone and a big garden.” The garden is often where Trelise indulges her inner goddess, pottering amongst the fruit trees or the veges. “It’s so tranquil; only the sound of birdsong and church bells.” She’s at the stage now where she’d like to pull back a bit and spend more time with family, including her son who lives in New York City. “That’s definitely part of my future, as is New Zealand. I may travel far and often, but I will never leave here,” she says. Nelson too has been a regular part of her travel itinerary over the years, both on business, seeking inspiration and quiet family time. “I adore Nelson. It’s one of the honey spots of New Zealand; I think I could retire there.” Trelise enjoys attending fashion events such as the one on September 1 at Karen Jordan Style in Nelson. For her it’s a chance to meet the stockists and the women who love her clothes; many of them long-term clients in both respects. Meeting and talking with them is part of her ongoing dream, one of the less-tiring aspects of the job. “Remember that you only get to have your dream with hard work; it doesn’t just fall into your lap. Yet when you are living your dream, every day is a person al growth day, a new challenge, a new expansion of your thinking and attitude.” Hers is one dream worth having and not a bad one for a girl who grew up in a state house in Otara!
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A great big melting pot Quietly and steadily, NelsonMarlborough has become one of the most cosmopolitan areas in the country, with a rich blend of cultures supplementing our Maori and European heritage. Sadie Beckman backgrounds this smorgasbord and meets some of the newer arrivals.
ibrant, sunny, artistic and renowned for stunning natural beauty, the Top of the South is considered by many to be New Zealand’s sweet spot. Thousands of visitors arrive year-round to experience a little dose of the good life. Many stay, enriching our culture with new outlooks – not to mention fine wine and dining. ”More than one in five, or 21.2 per cent, of the Nelson region’s population were born overseas, up from 18.6 per cent in 2006,” says Government Statistician Liz MacPherson. Nelson has become the third most multicultural city in New Zealand, with growth surging across many ethnic groups. That diversity itself draws migrants, who feel more settled in a place where their communities already exist. But why did they choose to come to the region in the first place?
‘More than one in five, or 21.2 per cent, of the Nelson region’s population were born overseas.’
Georges Michel Raffaello Sirri
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Some may have long family connections after early colonisation by Dutch, British and other European settlers. The land itself has also helped to shape the region’s more recent multi-culturality. Good growing conditions have nurtured food and wine industries. Our produce graces the tables of top restaurants all around the globe. But long before all of that, the Top of the South was recognised for its settlement potential, and true to form, humans have fought over it for centuries. Maori tribes are believed to have lived in the upper South Island for about 800 years, the first known iwi being Waitaha, Rapuwai, Hāwea, Ngāti Wairangi, and Ngāti Māmoe. In 1642 the Zeehaen and Heemskerck sailed into Golden Bay, five days after Abel Tasman had first sighted New Zealand. Hostilities with the locals near Wainui Inlet made that visit brief, but the seeds of European settlement had been sown. The British arrived in 1770, Captain Cook naming (or renaming) many of the places we are familiar with today, the obvious one being Cook Strait, and landing at Queen Charlotte Sound and Ship Cove. The late 18th century saw Maori tribal wars over access through the region to the West Coast greenstone deposits. Kapiti Coast iwi eventually took control of the area in the 1820s under the terrifying chief Te Rauparaha. Edward Gibbon Wakefield’s New Zealand Company established itself in Wellington and, needing more land for settlers, sent three ships in 1841 to find a suitable place for a town to be named after British naval commander Horatio Nelson. Negotiations with Te Rauparaha procured land and Nelson was established, with 2000 mainly British settlers arriving within two years. Boundaries and agreements for such settlements in the new colony were often left vague, though – a mistake for all involved as land wars later erupted between Maori and British over the Wairau Valley area. Nelson officially became a city in 1858. Some houses built during those pioneering times still stand today, offering a glimpse into the past, as does the ethnic makeup of the community, which reflects waves of migrants from Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland. That diversity has broadened to other nationalities. Community support groups exist for people from Bhutan, Myanmar, China, India, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, Russia, Mexico, Morocco, Korea and Taiwan, as well as France, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, Spain and Greece – to name just a few. Each year, in March, the city celebrates that huge melting pot with Race Unity Day. Victory Square comes alive with music, arts, crafts, colourful national costumes, mouthwatering food, games for the young, and friends meeting friends of every hue. This unique and blended community adds to the vibrancy of the Top of the South. WildTomato met a handful of ‘new’ locals:
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Norma Sequera and her family
adventurous nature and a passion for their art led Marie Hoglund and husband Ola on a path to New Zealand from their native Sweden more than 30 years ago. The renowned glass artists left their homeland for Swaziland in Africa to set up a glass-blowing studio as part of a Swedish Government initiative, but while there they talked to people who described the beauty of Aotearoa so vividly that it became their next destination. “We arrived with two suitcases and our 12-month-old baby,” says Marie. “Now that I think about it, it was quite brave I suppose, but you don’t think like that when you are young.” Two years in Hokitika established the pair in New Zealand’s artistic community, but the talk was always of Nelson, which was then, as now, considered a main hub for art, pottery and craft. After arid Swaziland, Nelson’s lush landscapes and produce also attracted the Hoglunds, and it was in Richmond that they started Hoglund Art Glass, the studio and gallery that would become one of the area’s longest-running craft businesses and a must-see for anyone on the Nelson art trail. Marie says the warm welcome they received from the Nelson community made them sure they’d made the right decision. “We were really supported by the Nelson people. That’s why we’re doing what we’re doing still. “Now it’s been a lifetime really. Our sons are both glass-blowers and working at the studio, and we’re looking at downsizing a bit more as we are heading towards retirement in a couple of years.” 28
‘I was treated like a friend, particularly by people in the wine industry here.’ MARLBOROUG H WINEMAKER G EORG ES MICHEL
eorges Michel is a man who has managed to forge an international career from humble origins on the tiny French territory of Reunion Island in Indonesia. Born and raised in a tropical paradise where life was simple and his family had lived for three centuries, Georges nevertheless worked in a multi-national business, whose portfolio included a vineyard in Burgundy, which sparked his true passion, winemaking. Now the owner and director of Georges Michel Wine Estate in Marlborough, Georges says he decided to move to New Zealand after recommendations from friends in the wine industry. “It was like a step-up in islands,” he says. “Reunion became too small.” Aotearoa’s subtropical climate was also a drawcard, with the change in weather a novelty but not too much of a shock, and the geographical location was good for business. “It’s close to the Asian market, for example,” he says. Georges found it easy to adjust to life here and spent a lot of time travelling all over the country, taking in everything it has to offer. “I’ve been everywhere – I probably know more of New Zealand than most Kiwis,” he laughs. Almost two decades
later, his family are citizens and proud French-Kiwis who still appreciate the welcome they received when they first arrived. “People were so friendly in Marlborough. It was quite stunning actually. I was treated like a friend, particularly by people in the wine industry here. Everyone has the same passion about wine. It’s quite fantastic, like a big winemaking family.”
uintessential Italian love of food and hospitality is what drives Raffaello Sirri, Nelson restaurateur and passionate foodie. During five years of living in New Zealand he has turned his skilled hands to cheesemaking and authentic Italian pizzas, as well as the popular Babagatto restaurant in Nelson’s Morrison Square. Raffaello says the latter is authentic not only in the dishes and ingredients, but in the style of dining, where several smaller courses are the norm, as in Italy, rather than the Kiwi way of having one main plate. He spent 15 years running a restaurant in Italy. “I enjoyed owning a cheese factory but wanted to come back to the restaurant industry. That is my real passion.” Nelson originally attracted Raffaello as a tourist. He spent two six-month stints visiting the region, before the stars aligned and it became home. He enjoys the style of the city and the fact there are pockets of European communities in the area – more than in the rest of the country, outside of the big cities. The Kiwi style of communication took a bit of getting used to, with our interactions less forthcoming than Italians. “It was quite hard moving in from another country. I like to talk a lot and like to communicate, but it can be tricky if you don’t,” he laughs. “Once I realised that’s how people are, it was good. I realise after four or five years that everyone is like that compared to Italians.”
ome in Venezuela had come to feel like a dangerous place for Norma Sequera. Eight years later the political situation there is worse still and she’s glad she got out. Seeking any other country that was safer than their own, Norma and her husband at the time, plus their two children, ended up in New Zealand after he was offered a job as a chef in Rotorua. Warm and welcoming neighbours were a godsend after a difficult move. “Our neighbours adopted us as a family. At that moment it was so important to us. We came here with our two children and they helped us so much.” A year later, a job offer took Norma and her family to Nelson, where their Rotorua neighbours had extended family who also opened their hearts to the newcomers. “That family has become our family too,” says Norma, who found Nelson quite different to Rotorua when settling in. Rotorua is less culturally diverse, she says, but it has a higher Maori population, while Nelson has more groups of different European people. “At first I felt it wasn’t as relaxed as Rotorua, and my children did experience some bullying at school because they looked different and had a different colour,” she says. “Richmond in particular didn’t have many foreigners, but all of that was eight years ago and now it is much better. Once we had integrated into the community, things changed.” Now happily living with a Kiwi to whom she has twin sons, Norma is well integrated into the New Zealand way of life. Deniz Ozer
ravel and adventure have always attracted Deniz Ozer, but Nelson seems to have captured her heart. Originally from Turkey, she has a background in visual media arts, which took her from her homeland to study in Italy and the Netherlands before arriving in New Zealand. Prompted by friends’ recommendations and a working holiday scheme, Deniz was as stunned “as every backpacker” by the sheer natural beauty of the country. “I love it,” she says. “The mountains, the nature, and I love New Zealanders.” After touring both islands, she decided Nelson was her favourite spot. “It’s a small city and everybody knows each other. Life is easy here. I walk to work, I walk home – I just love it.” One of Deniz’s top picks is Tahunanui Beach, a spot she often cycles to for relaxation and to watch the sunset, but she says the social aspects of the town also contribute to its appeal. “The Sprig & Fern is great. I love their beer. They have some nice IPA,” she says. “I go there with my friends. I also like East Street for good music and to hang out. Nelson is like the perfect combination of beautiful natural surrounds and a social life.” Currently looking for a job in the media, Deniz wants to stay in the town if she can, although Wellington’s film and television industry could tempt her away. “I love Wellington but the weather is horrible.”
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The show must go on, cry those behind Marlboroughâ€™s beleaguered yet beloved ASB Theatre. Sophie Preece finds passion amidst the scaffolding.
arlborough’s new ASB theatre should probably come with a warning. That’s got nothing to do with the fact it’s been a building site for the first 50 shows, and everything to do with the potential of being hooked into a lifetime of service. “That’s what happens with theatre,” say Marlborough Civic Theatre Trust Chairman Kevin Moseley. “People come in and stand innocently on the sideline and then someone grabs them and says ‘Hang on to that rope’, and they end up hanging on to that rope for the next 50 years.” People like Bernice Sutherland, who started as a tea-lady for the Operatic Society in the 1960s, and ended up playing many roles. Or Bernice’s husband Robin (see Cavalcade sidebox), who saw how much fun she was having, and became a “reformed character”, first in the back of the men’s choir and eventually as a producer. People like Bob Tapp, who has been building sets for the Blenheim Musical Theatre (BMT) since 1966, when he decided he’d rather lay the boards than tread them, and people like Ross Anderson, whose metaphorical rope is a lasso with which he captures funding. Kevin’s own rope-holding began when he first blew a horn at the age of 8, then walked into a theatre that dazzled him with its grandeur. A few decades on, he is among the top flight of musical directors and has dedicated countless hours to the planning and development of Blenheim’s new theatre. Andrew Scott, theatre General Manager, says there are thousands of “rope-holders” in Marlborough, from all walks of life, supporting the likes of the BMT, Boathouse Theatre, Marlborough’s dance schools, college productions, children’s productions and the theatre trust. Of course, some of the most vital supporters hold purse strings instead, like the couple who donated a $250,000 Steinway piano on the proviso that no one is told it was them. Or the local who realised the theatre needed a valuable piece of equipment, so sent one over, warning Kevin that if he ever reveals his name, he’ll come and collect it back. “There are so many people involved making this a success from all angles,” says Kevin. He laments that he’ll never be able to thank them all when the theatre is finally completed because he’d still be talking 12 hours later. The truth is he’ll have plenty to talk about anyway, with 12 years between the first planning meeting for the new theatre, to the first show in an unfinished facility nearly six months ago.
‘When it’s finished it will be awesome.’ D R EW L E E S , R OYA L N Z BA L L E T
THE SHOW MUST GO ON
Plastic flapped in the wind as guests gathered in the foyer on March 16, with no doors at either end. Ticket-holder Katherine Hume-Pike recalls a buzz of excitement before the Seven Days show, and some apprehension about the state of seats and stage, given the open-air concourse that welcomed them. “We had a very good view to the river,” she laughs. “You didn’t even have to look through any glass. There was a woman in high-vis vest making sure you didn’t step out and fall.” That woman was likely Lisa Erikson, ASB Theatre Event Coordinator, who has seldom been able to dress up for work, sporting high-vis and steel caps instead for the opera and ballet. Before each performance, she and colleague Katharine Overend have had to shoo out the tradesmen, then set up the bar, manage the event – and pack it all away again in order to welcome the builders back. She says the Seven Days crew “just took it and ran with it”. A week later, Kiri Te Kanawa performed to a standing ovation in a theatre that showed off its acoustics and seating, if not a finished facade. By the time Mamma Mia began on May 14, the foyer was closed in, and for the sold-out Royal New Zealand Ballet performance of The Wizard of Oz on May 25, there was a ready team of people au fait with a 20m fly-tower to manage scenery. RNZB Technical Director Drew Lees was prompt with his assessment as he walked past the concrete shell of the incomplete second theatre and out into the gravel of the building site at half-time. “I love it,” he said. “When it’s finished it will be awesome.” Oz was the first full performance of the RNZB in Marlborough for 10 years, with the size and technical limitations of the previous theatre making it suitable only for Tutus on Tour – highlights performed in heartland New Zealand. For RNZB Director of Marketing and Development Susannah Lees-Jefferies, the chance to visit Marlborough’s new theatre was a treat because of the five-year relationship between the company and Marlborough wine producer
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: An overview of the new theatre, the entrance, on stage and the new auditorium; Civic Theatre Trust Chairman Kevin Moseley in front of the theatre
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Nautilus. “When we found out there was going to be a brandnew theatre coming here, we were very pleased for Nautilus … The chance to be on the home ground of one of our most valued sponsors was really exciting.” By mid-July, the theatre had hosted more than 50 shows and 25,000 people, thousands of them from out of town, endorsing the case for the economic benefits of a new theatre, Andrew says. “We get anecdotal feedback of people coming to see the show, going out to dinner, staying the night and then stopping for a winery lunch on their way back home the next day.”
For Kevin Moseley, the new theatre is a dream come true. The top of his wish-list was the $183,000 stage extension, which can be raised to create more stage space, dropped a little to allow more seating, or left down for an orchestra pit. The theatre is also a dream come true for dance teachers who wanted a sprung stage, and for Children’s Theatre Director Duncan Whiting, who wanted the 200-seat second studio theatre, likely to be finished next year. “Once it is up-and-running it will be of real value to not only children’s theatre, but other smaller productions because it allows for a multiple use of the space,” he says. “It allows us to be more experimental in theatre, which I think is good.” The fly-tower was on the wish-list for operatic’s “full-blown shows”, and the 700 seats were on the wish-list of many, futureproofing a performing arts space that could draw the likes of Dame Kiri and the ballet. Most of those seats were vital for the BMT’s 14 performances of Mamma Mia, which drew more than 7300 people to the theatre in May. BMT President Blair McLean says the group paid $50,000 to join a Mamma Mia consortium three and a half years ago, before a single clod of earth had been turned on the new site.
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Mamma Mia sold more than 7300 seats, the combined colleges production of Hairspray is proving popular this month, and the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Wizard of Oz sold out.
The consortium required a venue that could hold more than 500 people, he says. “So it all hinged on the new theatre.” Money earned will go back into the Marlborough theatre community, with possible training workshops for actors and musicians, and investment in Mary Poppins, a consortium production for 2018, which is “locked and loaded” at the new theatre. It’s all good news for theatre folk, but such dreams come with a hefty pricetag, and the theatre’s $23 million cost has certainly blown the budget. Kevin cites evolved plans, increased costs after the Christchurch earthquake, and rejected funding bids that couldn’t be plugged by the $9m of fundraising and central government contribution.
The Marlborough District Council is guarantor for a total of $5.1m in loans to the trust, and recently conducted a financial review of the theatre budgets. Council’s financial support and the theatre’s beleaguered finances have led to a steady flow of criticism from within the community, including from a few vocal Councillors. Leading up to a June Council meeting, there were calls for Mayor Alistair Sowman to stand down over the issue, but at that meeting Councillors agreed to increase the
Cavalcade bookings Now that Marlborough has a world-class theatre, it needs to secure world-class acts, says the man behind a new theatre “subscription season”. Robin Sutherland has set up Cavalcade to sell seasons of events in order to attract performers who might not otherwise visit. “Blenheim is a little country town and has been on the edge of the touring circuit,” he says. When the likes of Christchurch’s Court Theatre attempt rural tours, they find it difficult to cover costs so they stop doing it. By pre-selling seasons, Cavalcade can guarantee they’ll keep their shirt. Cavalcade is a partnership between the former theatre producer and the Marlborough Civic Theatre Trust, which gets half the profits if the subscriptions take off. The remainder will be reinvested in the company to secure bigger acts in the future. Once Cavalcade is operating successfully, Robin will pass it over to the trust to run as a separate commercial entity to the theatre. Among the acts for the 2016/2017 season are BonaNZa with David Bremner and four trombones, Michael Houstoun and the Rodger Fox Big Band, and the combined colleges’ production of Hairspray. Some of the performers on his list are not well-known, but they are all top-notch acts, he says. “The main thing is to get really good quality.” cavalcade.nz
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theatre’s annual $200,000 operating grant by $190,000. Council Chief Executive Mark Wheeler says such projects are “traditionally challenging”, but the community needs to weigh up the benefits of the theatre against the cost. Over time, there will probably be a greater appreciation of how worthwhile the facility is – as with the aquatic centre and stadium, he says. Dame Kiri is thought to have attracted a number of Nelson punters, and people also travelled from Wellington and Christchurch for the performance. Better yet, one of the Councillors spoke to an audience member who said they wanted to live in Marlborough because of the theatre, says Mark. “It’s one of those things that is hard to evaluate because it’s intangible. I guess in five or 10 years we will know.” Beyond the audience members from Marlborough and elsewhere is the power the theatre gives to the Marlborough Convention Centre, says Mark, calling each of the facilities a piece in the puzzle. Having a theatre alongside the conference facility provides “pulling power” and allows for much larger events, “especially if we get the hotel as well”. In late May it was revealed the Council was speaking with developers interested in building a new hotel in Marlborough. The theatre and convention centre are key drivers for the developer, says Mark. Marlborough MP Stuart Smith says the theatre is “absolutely a community asset” and the community should have some part in funding it. The size and quality of the theatre mean Blenheim will attract shows that won’t be seen anywhere else in the Top of
‘I have seen people in there enjoying shows who have been anti-theatre.’ M P S T UA RT S M I T H
the South, drawing people to the province. “I believe there will be a significant economic impact for the region in straight-out extra nights in motels and hotels, and extra spending in cafes and restaurants.” Other benefits are harder to put a value on, says Stuart. “How do you quantify the benefit of all the opportunity that schoolchildren get in Marlborough to perform in a high-quality setting and amongst high-quality professionals? You might think I am a great fan of the theatre and you would be right. It’s a wonderful facility … I have seen people in there enjoying shows who have been anti-theatre. Maybe they are still anti the theatre, but they are going to it, which speaks volumes.” Whitehaven vineyard has sponsored what is now the Whitehaven Wine Room, which will be used for private functions. Owner Sue White says the theatre is going to be a great asset for Marlborough. “If we can get people coming, it has the potential to do so much for Blenheim ... You just have to support it, really.”
Innovative lighting solutions When the lights go on at the new ASB Theatre Marlborough, bathing the stage in spectacular hues, spare a thought for the electricians who scaled great heights to install them. Marlborough’s largest electrical business, Callahan & Martella Electrical, will this month round off their work on the facility. “This is one of the biggest jobs that has been undertaken in Marlborough for a number of years,” says Callahan & Martella Electrical co-owner Ian Martella. “As Robinson Constructions’ largest sub-contractor on the job and
also being local, what we have achieved is a feat in itself.” Callahan & Martella was selected over big city electrical contractors for the project, says Ian. “We had the home ground advantage. Blenheim’s a small town and we’re not a big contractor, but we’re really proud of the fact that we are local and got a chance to work on this local project: It’s great to have a little guy doing a big job.” Although Callahan & Martella has tackled many large industrial projects, the theatre was uniquely challenging
because of the height at which the lights had to be installed. This required an immense amount of preparation using ingenuity and common sense based on years of experience in the trade. The result is immensely satisfying for Ian. “Given my propensity for lighting design, to be able to work with the architects and achieve the result with the lighting that is truly spectacular, it is stunning. To be involved in this, a world-class design, is something I’m very proud of.” cmelectrical.co.nz
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for a lively weekend Save the date and book your combo now for Nelson’s inaugural two-day seafood festival SnapaFest next month.
Friday September 16 and Saturday September 17, SnapaFest is Nelson’s seafood and music/ arts festival. A $110 combo ticket covers all events including Saturday’s all-you-caneat seafood menu and Friday night’s SnapaRock concert. The weekend gets off to a rocking start with a serious line-up of Australian and New Zealand bands taking centre stage at the Trafalgar Centre. The following day will be another of the weekend’s highlights, SnapaFeast, where ticket holders can graze all day
(11 am to 6pm) from an all-you-can-eat menu while chilling out to a mix of local and national musical entertainment. Especially tempting will be local mouth-watering seafood cuisine from an exciting menu designed by celebrity Master Chef Brett McGregor and Nelson’s own local Blinc Catering. Rounding out the Saturday will be local bands and special guest Annie Crummer plus seafood competitions. “Come to Nelson and celebrate with us as The Seafood Capital of New Zealand,” says organiser Aly Cook. “I hope people will book a combo for
the whole weekend. I recently saw Mental as Anything in Australia; they were amazing as always. I hope Nelson realises that this will be a very special magical one-off retro night,with some top pedigree of Australasian music artists. There may be a surprise or two as well.” Trafalgar Events Director Aldo Miccio says: “ We hope SnapaFest will grow to become in a small part a replacement shoulder event, for the loss felt when the WOW show left Nelson. If early sales from out of town are anything to go by, it looks like we are achieving that.”
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Celebrity Master Chef Brett McGregor (opposite page) has created a tasty seafood menu with input from local company Blinc Catering while the weekend's music menu features Hall of Fame legendary band Mental as Anything (left); New Zealand diva Annie Crummer (right); Sydney super group The Dynosaurs with Les Gock, Buzz Bidstrup, Mark Evans and Mark Gable (middle bottom); The Narcs (middle top) and top local bands.
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Celebrating Nelson ‘the seafood of capital of New Zealand, SnapaFest promises to be fun for all. The menu is designed by Brett McGregor and Blinc Catering who will be producing the menu. On the Bristol Green at Founders Park, Saturday 17 from 11am to 6pm, its single ticket $39.95 admission price for the Saturday only, includes the all you can eat seafood menu! Salmon, prawns, raw fish salad, mussels and squid are all on the menu, along with other tasty sea foods. In addition to the menu, MasterChef Brett McGregor will hold cooking demonstrations throughout the day, while special guest Annie Crummer and a selection of local bands will provide musical entertainment.
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An Australasian rock extravaganza
Celebrate the biggest fishing port in Australasia with SnapaRock at Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre on Friday 16 September. Doors and bars open from 5.30pm, starting with Friday night seafood. Like a nightclub from the days of the Jetset Lounge, the Trafalgar Centre will be transformed. Take a nostalgia trip for the night. Featuring a who’s who of rock, the first band goes on at 6pm. Headlining are Australian hall of fame legends Mental As Anything with hits like ‘If you leave me can I come too’, ‘Too Many Times’ & ‘Live it up’. The line-up also boasts Sydney super group The Dynosaurs featuring members of AC/DC, The Angels, Hush with Mark Gable (the voice of The Choirboys famed for Aussie anthem ‘Run to Paradise’), plus special guest Aussie Rock Legend Angry Anderson of Rose Tattoo. Joining the line-up is Kiwi iconic band The Narcs and a local support act. Make a night of it with friends, colleagues or even clients. A VIP area is available, and event manager Aly Cook is happy to discuss options.
Stall 1 Turbot sliders Grilled fish/seafood BBQ of prawns, fish fillets & salmon skewers Stall 2 Classic Seafood Chowder Seafood crayfish marinara linguini Stall 3 Ika Mata island-style raw fish salad Green Lip mussels in a cider and light cream sauce Stall 4 Classic kiwi fish & chips (terakihi) with tartare sauce Salt & Pepper Squid on slaw with lime aioli
TICKETS, BOOKING & ENTRY SnapaFeast/SnapaRock Combo SnapaRock only SnapaFeast only SnapaFeast Family
$110.00 $79 $39.95 $125.00
All prices are plus booking fee Tickets from: ticketek.co.nz/SnapaFest or Beggs Music Hardy St, Nelson Ph 03 548 869
TRAFALGAR CENTRE FRIDAY 16 SEPT, DOORS & BAR OPEN FROM 5.30PM
MENTAL AS ANYTHING - “LIVE IT UP”, “NIPS ARE GETTING BIGGER” SYDNEY SUPER GROUP - THE DYNOSAURS FEATURING MARK GABLE (VOICE OF THE CHOIRBOYS) - “RUN TO PARADISE” ANGRY ANDERSON (ROSE TATTOO) - “ROCK ‘N’ ROLL OUTLAW” THE NARCS “YOU TOOK ME HEART & SOUL”, “DIAMONDS ON CHINA” 39
Makos hungry for more glory
Leon MacDonald takes the reins of a giant-killer team who are making Nelson-Marlborough proud. Geoff Moffett profiles the new line-up. PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHUTTERSPORT
the blowtorch is being applied to new Makos Head Coach Leon MacDonald, he’s showing no signs of feeling the heat. After six years of working with mentor Kieran Keane as Makos assistant, the former All Black and favourite Marlborough son has taken the Tasman national provincial championship reins. The job carries a heap of expectation from rugby fans who have developed an appetite for winning. Tasman supporters have rejoiced in the Makos’ success over the past few years, making the finals and semifinals. Supporters will want more of the same when the Makos kick off their Mitre 10 Cup campaign against Waikato in Blenheim on August 21. At 38, Leon ‘Rangi’ MacDonald has become one of the youngest NPC premiership head coaches in New Zealand. Pressure? Yeah, nah. He’s as cool and calm as he was racking up 56 caps for the All Blacks at fullback. And he’s expecting his troops to deliver. “We’re targeting a semifinal spot. Once you’re there it’s game on.” 40
What has been keeping MacDonald awake at night, though, is worry about the likely mental and physical state of his Super players – all 17 of them. Will they be fit and ready to go? The answer for the first round is probably not. The Super 16 final is on August 6, just two weeks before Tasman take on a tough-looking Waikato side. Leon’s nightmare scenario would be a Highlanders vs Crusaders final. That could involve 10 or 11 Makos. The Makos ran out of steam last year, losing two of their last three games and being well beaten by Auckland in a semifinal at Eden Park. Nine Makos played for the winning Highlanders Super team last year and “were mentally buggered,” says Leon. “They came back and found it really hard to get up again. They were just tired.” So how is Tasman preparing for a similar scenario this season? The advent of the Tasman High Performance squad, enlarging the pool of battle-ready players, is the big difference,
he says. It brings together players from the clubs and the How will it go with Hammett, a Super coach with the Hurricanes Nelson-based Crusaders Academy, giving them a pre-season and, now, Sunwolves of Japan, aged 44, coming to Nelson as an taste of higher-level rugby against Counties-Manukau, assistant? Not a problem, says Leon. He and his All Black mate Wellington and Manawatu. go way back – both Crusaders stalwarts and team-mates for half After a review last year, the Tasman Rugby Union decided a dozen years from the mid-1990s. it had to find a way of bridging the gap between club and “We’re going to work together as a team,” says Leon. “I’ve representative rugby. “We have a magnificent board and played alongside ‘Hammer’ for years and we used to call him proactive CEO in Tony Lewis and clubs who want to promote the grumpy old man. He’s the complete opposite now. He’s very their players,” says Leon. “Canterbury clubs won’t allow these spiritual really. He’s spent a lot of time on self-improvement and games so we’re really lucky.” The value of the programme learned a lot of lessons.” was shown in the High Performance XV’s win over CountiesMacDonald is excited about Hammer coming on board. Manukau. “This time last year we played and lost by 70 points to “He wants to get his hands dirty. He wants to get on the grass these guys. To go up to Counties and play a and he wants to bind up with the props and team that was physically a lot bigger than show them where to put their heads in. He’s us – we wore them down, so it shows our missed that side of things as Head Coach ‘He has massive potential.’ conditioning programme is working well.” where you’re sitting above it and you’re not The High Performance XV and actually getting on the ground. So the boys N EW S I G N I N G M I TC H E L L H U N T the Crusaders Academy are part of the will love the fact he wants to do that, and IMPRESSES LEON growing professionalism of Tasman rugby, that’s exactly what we need.” and the fact that 17 of last year’s Makos Hammett’s lineout skills will be squad were picked up by Super 16 sides is important, especially since the Makos have an evolution that pleases Leon MacDonald. lost two of their key forwards, hooker and renowned thrower “We used to have all of our players here pre-season and Quentin MacDonald and powerhouse lock Joe Wheeler, the maybe two Super players away. Now it’s quite different. It’s why lineout caller. The squad still oozes experience and quality. these HP players have become so important, and for rounds one Alex Ainley is the heart of the tight five and new All Black and two they might have the opportunity to get us going.” Liam Squire and captain Shane Christie head a potent loose More intensive, quality coaching, player conditioning forward group. programmes in both Blenheim and Nelson, and the Tasman The wing situation is less certain, with doubt over James Trophy inter-club contest are all helping to build Tasman’s rugby Lowe and his shoulder niggles, although the Makos expect strength. Leon works with players in Marlborough and Andrew him to be available. And while troubled former All Black Zac Goodman in Nelson. And, just as has happened in Canterbury Guildford was announced as a signing in May, he’s not in the for years, top-line players are now working with players in key current list of contracted players and no-one is saying whether positions. Former All Black Chris Jack is working with locks, for he’ll be a last-minute addition. example, and Tristan Moran has worked with the props. Newcomers include young ex-Nelson College back Mitchell The Makos coaching team this year includes Goodman, Hunt, who’ll play fullback and cover for Marty Banks at firstthe classy ex-Makos midfield back and captain, and former All five. “He’s an exciting signing for us. He has massive potential.” Black hooker Mark Hammett. MacDonald will oversee attack, MacDonald had Mitchell under his wing as Under-20s coach Hammett will work with the forwards and Goodman will be in the World Cup tournament this year. Also in that team was skills coach for the backs. Quinten Strange, a 19-year-old former Nelson College lock who 41
Financially fit & nurturing talent Tasman Rugby Union chief executive Tony Lewis says the union’s in a healthy state financially as well as on the paddock. Three years ago, the union still owed money to the Crusaders and New Zealand Rugby Union but has now paid off its debts and is starting to build a nest-egg for “insurance”. Tony says the union has been able to invest $200,000 in community rugby while also running a successful Makos campaign. “We were pretty keen to keep all our sponsors and give them value for money, and also to grow the game at clubrugby level. The board is to be congratulated for that.” Lewis says credit also goes to union marketing manager Les Edwards and Marlborough commercial and marketing manager Marty Vercoe for driving an “aggressive income strategy”. Tasman’s salary cap is $1.025m, says Tony, and while the union could spend all of that, the board had decided to put money aside to invest in nurturing younger players. “A huge number of club players have been put on provincial contracts over the last two years so we can bring that next group of players through.” The proof of the approach is clear, he adds. “Look at Liam Squire. Four years ago he was playing club rugby for Marist and now he’s an All Black. It’s great for the union that the public can see our players in club rugby and then having success at the next level.” Tony says that in last year’s NPC, Tasman had the most local players of any provincial union. “I’m a great believer that success over the past three years has been about local coaches and local players. If we need to bring someone in we will, but we want them to play club rugby first so we can compare them to what we’ve got.” The success of the Makos doesn’t necessarily mean players will be encouraged to stay, he adds. “We’re always fighting that battle to keep our young talent in the town. The success of the Makos is not enough. Players are looking longer-term and they’re looking for that engagement with a Super franchise. Crucial to our development has been the positive engagement with the Crusaders, and it’s fair to say it’s probably at an all-time high. Players can see that by staying with Tasman there is a pathway to the Crusaders.”
is already on the radar of Super 16 coaches. “He’s physical – a young Joe Wheeler,” says Leon. “We’ve got some amazing young talent coming through. The performance against Counties showed that with probably only four of our contracted players who’d be considered starting players in the team, we still put in a good performance.” The coaching staff are delighted to have youngsters they may be able to rotate through the season, giving the Super players a break. Even younger talent is coming through, like Leicester Faingaanuku, 16-year-old brother of Tima who’s already in the HP XV. Leicester, a winger, is described by Leon MacDonald as a James Lowe in the making. Players are returning, too, like Mitchell Hunt after playing in Christchurch. Stoke prop and Under-20s NZ triallist Tom Hill is another who was snaffled into the Canterbury set-up but has come home. MacDonald, though, is a realist. Not every gap in a Makos squad can be filled from Nelson and Marlborough, and some home-grown players will leave – like former Marlborough Boys College captain Atu Moli, considered one of the country’s most promising props but lost to Waikato and now making a name for himself with the Chiefs. “That hurt a bit,” says Leon, “but we just can’t compete with the big tertiary centres and Super franchises.” Recruitments are necessary. For example, with the loss of Quentin MacDonald, young Auckland hooker Andrew Makalio was brought to Nelson and has made his way into the Makos squad. MacDonald also expects an impact from Josh Tafili, a powerful ex-Auckland Colts winger who’s been a hit for Wanderers in club rugby. “We’re just not a big-enough union to make sure we have that sort of talent in every position, but now with the Crusaders Academy set up like it is, we’ve got the ability to recruit under the Crusaders banner and that’s where we start filling the holes we can’t fill locally.” The culture of the Makos is building strongly and Leon MacDonald wants to be a big part of that. “Every year now the naysayers are dropping off. My kids don’t want to play for Marlborough; they want to play for Tasman.” The Head Coach appointment has him buzzing. It’s the perfect time for him in his career and a great fit for wife Haley and their four children too at this stage in their lives. Leon turned down an assistant coach’s job last year at the Crusaders. “We weren’t quite ready for that. The kids were very settled in Marlborough and doing well. Harry (eldest son) had just been named in the CD age-group cricket squad. “I’m excited about this opportunity and I want to get some Head Coaching experience under my belt. If I’m lucky enough to shift up to Super rugby in time I want to be Head Coach as well. He laughs: “I’m not in a hurry because the sooner you start coaching the sooner you get kicked out! If I start too big too soon then I’m going to be a very young ex-coach.”
Tasman’s draw August 21 August 28 Sept 3 Sept 10 Sept 16
v Waikato, Blenheim v Canterbury, Christchurch v Taranaki, Nelson v Otago, Dunedin v Northland, Nelson
Sept 24 Sept 29 Oct 6 Oct12 Oct 16
v Hawkes Bay, Napier v Counties-Manukau, Blenheim v Auckland, Auckland v North Harbour, Albany v Southland, Nelson
‘We’re targeting a semifinal spot. Once you’re there it’s game on.’ H E A D C OA C H L E O N M A C D O N A L D
aving been part of the Nelson Tasman region for over 60 years, RWCA felt that getting kids along to ITM Cups games was really important. By sponsoring the RWCA Kids for Free campaign, it is our way to not only support the Makos, but also give something back to the community. This year we are kicking out 30 rugby balls at each Nelson home game and have a free kid's Makos jersey give away in conjunction with More FM. 03 548 2369 7 Alma St, Buxton Sq, Nelson rwcanelson.co.nz
NELSON FORESTS LTD
ANDREW & KATH SHELLOCK
vent Audio are proud sponsors of the Tasman Makos. We provide a hire service for professional sound systems in the Nelson region and offer quality "plug and play" portable systems, LED light fixtures and widescreen projectors.
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03 543 8115 nelsonforests.co.nz
elson Forests Ltd would like to congratulate the Tasman Makos on their achievements over the past 10 years and wish them all the very best for the 2016 season. We are proud to sponsor them once again this year.
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03 548 3039 19 Parere St, Nelson gibbons.co.nz
0508 374 657 (DRINKS) premiumbeverage.co.nz
elson Orthodontics is proud to promote dental safety by supplying mouth guards to the Makos and to over 40,000 junior players in the Tasman region over the past 10 years. We look forward to working alongside the Makos again this season and being a part of the excitement they bring to our region.
ibbons Construction has proudly sponsored the Makos since 2012. We were thrilled to watch how well the team went last year. We wish them all the best for the upcoming season and look forward to seeing them in action around Nelson and Marlborough.
MIT is the Official Education Provider to the Tasman Makos. As well as supporting business needs in our region, NMIT specialises in providing education in viticulture and winemaking, aquaculture, maritime, aviation engineering and conservation. NMIT is an NZQA Category 1 institute (the highest possible). Graduates leave NMIT with internationally respected qualifications, work and world ready. 0800 422 733 322 Hardy St, Nelson nmit.ac.nz 44
remium Beverages Limited are proud supporters and sponsors of the Tasman Makos. Born and raised in Blenheim, but now living in Auckland, it has been great watching the success of the Tasman Makos on and off the field. This season is our year, FINS UP!
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n its first year as a sponsor, Nelson Airport is proud to get behind the team and add our support to one of New Zealand’s most well recognised rugby teams. The Makos demonstrate true professionalism off the field and a toughness and winning attitude on the field. We look forward to seeing the players go all the way in 2016 and the team at Nelson Airport will be right there to cheer them on. All the best for a successful season.
elson Building Society have signed on for three years as Tasman Rugby Union’s Major Sponsor, incorporating sponsorship of the Tasman Makos and community rugby in the region. Both organisations are delighted with the opportunities the partnership presents - the Makos are the community’s team and we are community bankers.
A huge thanks to our loyal sponsors! JOHNSTON ASSOCIATES SOUTH CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS BEN DOUGLAS
ohnston Associates South are proud to be a brand sponsor of the Tasman Rugby Union; the Tasman Makos are known for valuing excellence in the sport of rugby throughout the region, and we feel the same way about fostering business excellence throughout Nelson and Marlborough… It’s what we do! Here’s to a great season on (and off) the field… #finsup
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SUMMIT REAL ESTATE
t Summit our ethos is all about giving back. We also LOVE our rugby so it is a privilege to be proud sponsors of the Mighty Tasman Makos and our great pleasure to have been able to support the boys over the past 10 years. Come on you Makoooooos!
We’re proud to have the Makos wearing our name All the best for the 2016 season!
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arcourts Marlborough have long been proud supporters of the Tasman Makos and the team here would like to wish them all the best for the next season. Harcourts Marlborough supporting the local community for over 25 years. Call one of our team if you are thinking of buying or selling. Harcourts With you all the way.
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Nelson Pine Industries Plant at Richmond, Nelson
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JARED MORRIS & WAYNE YOUNG
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LC has been insuring heavy machinery in the Nelson region since 1998 and at claims time, we work closely with specialist heavy machinery assessor and Tasman Rugby personality Brett Thornalley of BT Assessing. As a new franchise sponsor, we are proud to support the U18 ‘Future Makos’ and wish them well at the upcoming nationals.
akoXcell is proud to be partnering with the Makos in the development of a sports nutrition range that supports team wellness, endurance and recovery. We love Makos’ style of rugby and look forward to seeing more of the same this year.
ow time flys! Very proud to have watched the steady success year on year as part of our 11-year association with the Makos. Wadsco Motorworld and the Motorworld Group look forward to continuing their long-term relationship with the Makos for the next 11 years and beyond.
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he team at Churchill Private Hospital love their rugby and are proud to continue their support of the Tasman Makos. With a commitment to excellence and covering a wide range of surgery, ask your GP if a referral to a Churchill Specialist is right for you.
J Morgan plumbing Limited has been a proud sponsor of the Makos since the beginning and is pleased to be a sponsor again this year. We wish them all the best for the season ahead and look forward to seeing them play this year.
he team at Nelson Beds are proud to sponsor the Tasman Makos. Our aim is to make sure that you receive the bed that is right for you. Come in and talk to us about giving you... "a sleep you won't remember at a price you won't forget".
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03 543 9480 Wakatu Estate Stoke, Nelson printhouse.co.nz
hristchurch based company ‘Southern Ice’ is proud to support the Tasman Makos. We cover the South Island with the distribution of party ice and have paved the way in the production of ice sculptures. Talk to us about how we can transform your next event in the coolest way possible.
rinthouse has been on board with the Makos from Day One. It has been a fantastic but sometimes bumpy ride , with the last few years being incredible! Like the Makos, we are a little company in the Top of the South boxing well above our weight and giving the big boys a run for their money.
...Good luck for the 2016 season!
TOP Roly Bonevacia of The Phoenix LEFT Brazillian Fabio Ferreira plays for the Central Coast Mariners
Battle of Trafalgar Wellington Phoenix are coming to town
on’t miss your chance to see New Zealand’s only professional football team in action as they take on two- time Hyundai A-League Premiers, the Central Coast Mariners, at Trafalgar Park on Saturday 24th September, starting at 4pm. The match is preceded by Tasman United taking on the Wellington Phoenix Premiers at 1.15pm The Wellington Phoenix are into their 10th season in the Hyundai A-League and have made the finals series on four
occasions. Fresh off the signing of a new 10 year license extension and with Kosta Barbarouses and Gui Finkler added to their roster, Coach Ernie Merrick has started to build a formidable team for the coming season. The Central Coast Mariners boast an impressive array of silverware with two premiers plates and one Hyundai A-League championship in their locker. In recent times, the Mariners have been a hot bed of young Australian talent, with many of them moving into the Socceroos set up.
Take the family, take your colleagues. Corporate hospitality tickets are available for the Mike Pero Battle of Trafalgar. This includes the best seats in the house in the Trafalgar Pavilion with local fare finger foods and snacks, plus beers, wines and soft drinks. Book at ticketek.co.nz/ MikePeroBattleofTrafalgar2 Corporate hospitality packages available via trafalgarevents.co.nz
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Enterprising young people lead the way
All eyes are on the Top of the South’s Young Enterprise Scheme as 11 teams battle for selection in the national finals on December 7 in Auckland.
BY HELEN ROSE
ound two of the Young Enterprise Scheme (Y.E.S) saw the teams pitch their ideas to judges and investors in their very own Dragon’s Den and now the race is on to take the ultimate accolade and compete with the best from around New Zealand. Young Enterprise Regional Coordinator and business liaison Anne Harvey says competition is already tense and looking to become even more so as the fledgling tycoons, comprising year 12 and 13 students, take their ideas to the public. A finalist with wide appeal is the Four Foodies group from Motueka High School (pictured above). The group’s Teaspoon Magazine is aiming high with a ‘collective’ publication that will include recipes donated from chefs and nutritionists such as Donna Hay, Michael Van De Elzen and Julia and Libby. “We’re also including our favourite local chefs such as Daniel Monopoli, Tim Andrews and Nicola Galloway,” says Four Foodies CEO Hine Markham.
Along with recipes the adventurous teen tycoons are including interviews, information on seasonal produce, kitchen and garden tips and articles on the New Zealand culinary industry. “We want to produce a ‘holy grail’ for food that is a must-have for every kiwi kitchen.” The four students, Hine, Ashlee, Molly and Anita, all share a great passion for food and nutrition. They’re also working with KidsCan, a charity that believes every child deserves an equal chance to all opportunities available. In particular KidsCan supports low decile schools and provides lunches to children who go to school on an empty stomach. “We have decided to donate 10 per cent of our profits to KidsCan as we believe in what they stand for and we want to help make a difference,” adds Hine. Dragon’s Den winners, Waimea College’s Infinito group devised its project to capitalise on New Zealand’s strong coffee culture. “Essentially we sell advertising space onto coffee cup sleeves which are then distributed around the region,” says
“We are also including our favourite local chefs such as Daniel Monopoli, Tim Andrews and Nicola Galloway”. FOUR FOODIES CEO HINE MARKHAM
Infinito head of finance Taylor Larking. Bows & Arrows is a group of five Year 13 Nelson College students, looking to stand out and build a unique sense of identity in the ever changing world of fashion. In order to do so, they have handcrafted wooden bow ties out of recycled New Zealand native wood. Their wooden bow ties will be for sale during August and September at the local Nelson market, so don’t forget to keep an eye out. Bows & Arrows was runnerup in the Dragon’s Den. Third place went to Where’s Woolly Productions. Managing director Alistair King says Where’s Woolly is about showing off everything great about New Zealand, from its mountains to its beaches.” We have managed to combine education and enjoyment into a book that entertains children for hours. With seven scenes, fun facts and over 50 things to find, Where’s Woolly finds the fun in fiction.” Museboard.net aims to complete the chain of creative music production for up and coming musicians as well as established musicians looking to share their music with a greater audience and expand their opportunities, says creative director and developer Liam Gill. “You can post your music, book artists in your area, and discuss anything music related on our forums.” For the fishers out there the Berley Bullet may be the answer. Spokesman Perry Smith says the Berley Bullet is a new and innovative way to modernise the art of fish attracting, and will land you more “Big Ones”. “The best ingredients used in berley are freeze-dried into a mould and placed above the hook; it is so simple yet successful, made by fishermen for fishermen.” Also on the list to look out for is Tocal which stands for Taste Local. Company spokesman Sam Hill from Westmount School says the business has developed thank-you boxes consisting of three gourmet products, made right here in Nelson: Pic’s Peanut Butter, Moutere Fruits jam and Mountain Valley Honey.
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Chiropractic suitable for all ages
oor posture, inactivity, hours at a time behind a desk — it’s a modern day lifestyle many of us can relate to. But then, one day, as you’re picking up your bags of groceries, something in you back goes, rather painfully, snap. “You’ve picked up the groceries a thousand times before, but this time it’s the final straw in the process,” says Nelson chiropractor Dr Hayden Thomas, of Equilibrium, and newly elected President of the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association. That process is one of accumulated tensions. Misalignment or altered movement within the spinal column can affect the flow of information through your nervous system, and therefore every muscle, tissue and organ in your body. Most problems begin without any obvious pain or symptoms until the body cannot adapt any further. Symptoms of
an unhappy spine are many and varied but are the body’s way of telling you something is not right. They may include headaches, decreased movement, muscle tension, joint stiffness, or referred pain: “Someone might feel a pain in their leg and it’s actually coming from their spine.” There are many benefits to seeking chiropractic care before you reach the point of being rendered immobile in the supermarket. The importance of spinal function for overall health and wellbeing cannot be overstated, says Hayden. “Pain, tension and chronic spinal stress can create a sustained “fight or flight” response, which in time suppresses the immune system.” A chiropractic solution may include adjustments of the spine, which Hayden says often means a lot more than just manipulation or “cracking” the back or neck: This is a common misconception
people hold about chiropractic. “The pop is just a gas release when you change the pressure in the joint. We do so many adjustments that don’t ‘click’ there’s a whole range of techniques and we alter care to suit the age and condition of the individual.” “We check movement of the joints, muscle tension, postural patterns and there are neuro-spinal assessment scans we can do in addition to referring for any imaging that may be indicated… we also look at balance, strength, co-ordination and fine motor control, — there are a whole range of interesting issues.” Hayden says with so many technique options available, chiropractic is suitable for all ages including newborns. A recent internet clip showing an Australian chiropractor adjusting a newborn baby’s spine, which caused outrage from many viewers, is not a method commonly used by chiropractors caring for babies, he says. “However, that practitioner is very skilled and that showed in his technique. In general, we would use more subtle work on babies with very light pressure, like pushing gently to test a ripe tomato.” Equilibrium sees many newborn babies for issues like difficulty feeding and latching, or developing a flat head from the inability to turn the head fully which may stem from a traumatic birth or being constrained in utero. Overall, Hayden says Equilibrium takes a holistic approach to achieve spinal health and wellbeing for all ages. “For us specifically at our practice we’re really interested in lifestyle changes. In addition to improving spinal function we look at diet and gut health, different methods to de-stress and improve conditioning of mind and body including yoga, mindfulness, pilates… we really work in with a range of providers. It’s all just pieces of the puzzle. Our motto is eat, move, and think well.” 59
1 1. A stunning entrance in Resene Havoc provides a vista to the mural, barbeque area and vineyard beyond 2. A large mural by Marlborough artist Craig Bluett includes a toga-robed Peter holding a huia, and Kris holding a Norfolk parrot 3. Antique oak doors discovered at Great Expectations in Blenheim provide a stunning juxtaposition between old and new 4. The renovation replicates the raked douglas fir ceilings and cork floors of the original home
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blend of the old and new has transformed a Marlborough vineyard home, where a young and vibrant extension pays homage to its older counterpart. Peter Morice and Kris Fowler wanted a renovation that would respect their home’s original flavour, so asked designer Ben Solomon of Nomolos to incorporate its raked douglas fir ceilings, cork floors and wide concrete bricks into the modern new wing. The result is a stunning addition, resplendent in a palate of primary colours, that blends into the older, softer, original home. When visitors push through tall antique Welsh doors into a hot-red entrance, they meet a stunning vista over a cool blue 3 pool to a barbeque area and the couple’s vineyard beyond. At the pool’s end, a large mural shows a toga-robed Peter holding a huia, while Kris holds a Norfolk parrot – also extinct. Behind them Mt Vesuvius smokes and churns as the pillars of Pompeii lean, while Marlborough daisies and rata bloom. It’s a mash-up of past, present and future, they say. Marlborough artist Craig Bluett also set to work in Peter’s new cellar. Once a carport attached to the house, it’s now a wine lover’s dream, with reclaimed bricks and terracotta tiles surrounded by three walls of bottles and one wall of mural. Here Bacchus lies low, cast by his gluttony, while Anita Ekberg, the actress in La Dolce Vita, is depicted with red wine pouring over her. “It’s Andy Warhol meets classic Roman hedonism,” says Peter, with delight. The couple say it was important to them to put their own stamp on the home, from the old doors found in a local antique shop to the murals and rich colours throughout. The wide hallway of the new wing continues in red, providing something of a gallery for the couple’s artworks, and leads past a berry-coloured snug, to the red master bedroom and its bright blue ensuite. Called an “outstanding, vibrant beauty”, the home struck a chord with the judges in the 2016 Nelson/Marlborough Regional ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards, announced recently. Ben Solomon was one of two winners in the Top of the South, and was awarded a Regional Resene Colour in Design Award for his work on the renovation. Peter says they knew from the outset that they didn’t want a home in off-whites, but one that was warm and inviting, in colours that set off the stain of the timber ceiling. “Kris is adamant about having colour in her life,” he says. “Whilst I might provide a bit of colour for her from time to time, it’s probably better on the walls.” 61
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Winter wonders to colour your garden
BY HELEN ROSE
inter is in full bloom literally with a colourful array plants, flowers, trees and shrubs especially suited to colder weather. Although many plants shut down or slow down during the winter months, there are lots of others that provide colour via their leaves, flowers, berries and even stems. Colourful pots are a quick way to add vibrancy to a winter garden, both with the pots themselves and the contents. Plenty of colour is available right now for planting; colour such as polyanthus which come in a huge variety of hues – blues, pinks, yellows, cream and white – often with a contrasting central eye. Polyanthuses are such a hardy plant. They grow well in light shade or full sun and can even survive through to the following winter. Pansies are also perennial winter favourites and again come in a wide range of colours. Like polyanthus, pansies can be planted in pots or directly into the garden. Both make great borders and amazing massed plantings. Various spring bulbs are already showing off their finery. Miniature lavender irises, tissue thin jonquils and vibrant cyclamens are making a splash in the more sheltered gardens, overlooked by lofty flowering camellias and king proteas to name a few. Cyclamens are fabulous winter flowering plants both indoors and out. The flowers – red, white, pink and all the shades in between - and the attractive dark green marbled leaves add lovely contrast to any garden, window box or pot. Camellias are an old-fashioned tree or shrub that yet again comes in numerous red, white and pink hues, and produce masses of blossoms for several weeks starting in winter and into early spring. Other reliable winter plants are the 66
witch hazels, daphnes and wintersweets; all of which have the added bonus of also adding perfume to the garden. The witch hazels, Hamamelis sp., make a splash of winter colour with yellow and/or red blooms while daphnes have wonderfully perfumed white or carmine pink flower clusters. Wintersweet is another essential for winter fragrance. The translucent, yellowish flowers have a wonderful scent that carries right across the garden. Then there are the hardy South Africans that thrive in well-drained soils. Leucadendrons head the list along with leucospermums. The latter
are less hardy, but offer showy spiky flower heads in yellow, orange or red, with contrasting grey-green foliage. The largest of these is the king protea with flower heads in shades of pink through lime-green, mostly with petals tipped with black. Last but not least for winter colour are vireya rhododendrons that flower all year including winter, producing fascinating blooms in shades of cream, orange, flame and lemon. Arguably the easiest way to sort your winter colour is to head to your nearest garden shop and see what is on display.
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Lemon & lavender mousse B Y N I C O L A G A L L O WAY
As the winter hibernation continues itâ€™s the little pops of colour from citrus trees that remind me of the hot summer sun to come. Juicy oranges, mandarins and tangelos, and tart lemons and limes, are the perfect balance to heavier winter fare. This simple dessert is based on one of the oldest known desserts dating back to the 16th Century. Lemon posset contains only three ingredients and is incredibly simple to prepare.In this recipe I have infused the cream with home grown lavender flowers. The flavour is subtle and will leave your dinner guests guessing, and thinking you have spent hours preparing it. Serves 4 Ingredients: 300ml cream 2 lavender flower heads 1 tablespoon mild clover honey Juice of 1 lemon Method: Pour the cream into a small saucepan and add the lavender flower heads. Over a moderate heat bring to a gentle simmer. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and scoop out the lavender. Whisk in the honey and lemon juice until the honey has dissolved. Check the flavour adding extra honey or lemon juice to get the perfect sweet/ tart balance. Strain into a jug to remove extra lavender flowers, and pour into 4 ramekins or dessert glasses. Place in the fridge to set for at least 4 hours or overnight. Once set the mousse will be thick and no longer wobble in the ramekin/ glass. Serve garnished with lavender flowers. 68
Made in Aotearoa B Y B Y R O N M AY E S
– Made in Aotearoa – Restaurant and Cellar Door opened in Blenheim late last year, a welcome change from the proliferation of Asian-style restaurants in town. Owner-manager Jetti Walker and head chef Wayne Olsen previously worked together at Hotel d’Urville and their aim at MIA is to present locally-sourced food with a European twist. Walker is a wine buff and sommelier, so the venue also incorporates an extensive cellar door, offering a wide range of Marlborough wines, plus select national and international offerings. It’s a busy night so we’re glad we booked; a group who arrived after us was turned away. According to Walker if you have booked a table, it’s yours for the night. They’re happy to sacrifice turnover to ensure guests an unhurried and satisfying experience.
It’s a bistro style menu, a nicely chosen selection of half-a-dozen entrees, mains and desserts. And what catches our eye is the offer to match each course with an appropriate wine. Why not? We’re happy to trust a sommelier; it saves all that time picking through the extensive wine list. I choose the seared scallops, carrot puree and winter herbs, my companion opts for the roasted cauliflower salad, pumpkin and honey hummus, black garlic harissa dressing. Walker returns to proffer the suggested wine match; a real treat – not just one option for each order, but several, and he offers a taste first to see if we agree with his recommendation. If we don’t, he has another option at hand. This nice touch is repeated with each course. And yes, we do sometimes choose the second option. After all, everyone’s tastes are different, something Walker is happy to accommodate.
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I’m always a bit wary with scallops, which should be just pan-kissed. These plump beauties were perfect – melt in the mouth. I’m also pleased to see the scallop coral still attached. It’s a shame to discard such a tasty morsel. The cauliflower salad was a treat; nice flavours with the star of the dish to the fore and still al dente. For main I chose the lamb rump with winter root vegetables. Let’s stick the knife in and see how it’s done – yes, tender and still a bit pink inside. Splendid. Nice selection of baby root vegetables and a fully flavoursome jus. Excellent. My companion opted for the Kaimoana Curry – monkfish and prawns, coconut coriander and rice with a hint of cumin in the background, and delivered at the desired level of heat. Most enjoyable. The portions are generous, but we still have room for dessert. My companion opts for ginger and lemongrass flavoured brulee while it’s peach and apricot crumble for me. Of course we swap spoons and although my crumble was great, I’ll be opting for the brulee next time. It’s been a most satisfying experience, and one we’ll definitely repeat. Three courses for two people, with matching wines for each course came to $200.00, but cheaper if you only had one glass of wine each. Entrees $18; mains $30$35; desserts $18. MIA is a most welcome addition to the Blenheim dining scene and deserves to do well. Word has spread and they’re busy, even in winter, so make sure you book.
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When price tags are for plebs B Y P H I L L I P R E AY
don’t know of any Nelson wines that sell for more than $100 a bottle, but on the world stage $100 is nothing for a top-quality wine. The most expensive wine ever sold at auction – or anywhere for that matter – was $210,000 for a single 1787 Chateau Lafite, part of Thomas Jefferson’s wine cellar. Assuming there was 750ml in the bottle and the wine was actually drinkable, that would cost you $42,000 for a small glass of the stuff. Of course, the Jefferson link contributed to the extraordinary price, but when does the price of a wine not justify the quality? I’ve been fortunate to work in the hospitality trade for most of my working life and in that time managed to plead for tastes of wine I could not possibly afford or be willing to pay for myself. It seems extraordinary to me that the average millionaire is quite amenable, or even encouraging, for a wine waiter to sample the $4000 bottle of 1982 Chateau Haute Brion that he or she has just purchased. So is the $4000 bottle of first-growth French Bordeaux any better than the $40 bottle of decent NZ red? Of course it is. That particular French wine is amazing. However, is it $3960 better than the NZ plonk? In short, no. The rise in quality from the $40 bottle to the $4000 bottle is not in proportion to the increase in price. Why would anyone pay more than, say, $200 for a bottle of wine? Several 70
reasons exist and strangely enough one is to make money. Had you been astute enough to spend $300 in 1978 for a bottle of Domaine Romanee Conti Montrachet (French chardonnay), you would have made a considerable profit when it sold for its current record auction value of $30,000. But beware, speculating on wine is a very risky business and should only be undertaken by experts and madmen. Secondly, the wine you are buying is representative of something other than the wine. If it’s an expression of how much you love a person, or a special occasion, that’s when you buy the Louis Roederer ‘Crystal’ champagne for $300 to $1000, depending on vintage. The recipient must be a very special person. Thirdly, if you have more money than you know what to do with, then the odd $1000 bottle of wine is neither here nor there. Unfortunately, since the acquisition of wealth is not often accompanied by an appreciation of good taste, this does tend to mean that some of the finest and most expensive vintage wines are guzzled down by barbarians who have no idea what they are drinking. Stories of Chinese businessmen ordering bottles of Chateau Petrus for thousands of dollars and then mixing it with Coke “to sweeten it up” are not uncommon. But in many cases I suspect the main reason is ego. It’s as if drinking expensive
wine is somehow a reflection of one’s taste and wealth. Such is the snobbery associated with wine that a person’s social status is sometimes gauged by their choice of wine. Woe betide the Chardon drinker. I once worked at a restaurant where no Montana wines were allowed on the wine list as they were deemed far too common and available to the masses – they would give the winelist a plebian tone. Of course there’s one more reason – for people who love wine it is worth these expensive prices to taste something truly remarkable. Put it on your bucketlist, do some research, and pay a ridiculous amount of money for a good wine. My suggestion would be a Chateau d’Yquem 2001, a sweet wine like nothing else and a current price of $2265.30 a bottle at Glengarry Wines. May I have a taste please?
“Some of the finest and most expensive vintage wines are guzzled down by barbarians who have no idea what they are drinking.”
Beervana is a beer drinker’s nirvana BY MARK PREECE
ucker up and prove your love, at Beervana 2016. The craft beer event is a veritable mash-up of the country’s beer geeks, beer curious and barely beer knowledgeable, all tasting their way around some of our finest brews. With about 60 breweries represented, 300 brews, a Pucker-Up sour bar and New Zealand’s Hottest Homebrewer competition, there’s something for everyone within the concourse of Wellington’s Westpac Trust Stadium, says Beervana manager Beth Brash. “Beervana is undoubtedly New Zealand’s premier craft beer festival, and it gives brewers an opportunity to do a little showpiece around their brand and brewery in the hope of making some new fans.”Now in its 15th year, the event is tapping into mainstream tastebuds, says Beth. “It’s not just for the beer geeks.” She points out that most supermarkets in New Zealand have good selections of craft beer, and customers in cities like Wellington and Nelson are spoilt for choice in both retail outlets and bars. Beervana, this year sporting the catchy tagline ‘Blow your Mind’, is ideal for the beer curious – people who have tried one or two from the supermarket and want to learn more about what they like. While some might expect that the market is dominated by men – many of them facially follically proud – a third of last year’s crowd was made up by women. Last year Beervana was bought by the Wellington Culinary Trust, and this year’s event wears the mark of its new owners, with perfect trysts of food and beer showcased by craft brewers and restaurants, including Melbourne’s Rockwell and Sons Restaurant paired with Wellington’s Garage Project. If that’s not enough to fall for, here are some of the other key events: Pucker-up bar: Beervana call it “The Think Tank” – a 20-tap bar dedicated to showcasing new styles, trends or curiosities in craft beer. Everyone’s experimenting with sours this year. To improve your understanding of them, try the huge range, complete with educational notes. The Oregon mash-up: This year the team at Beervana have invited five brewers from Portland and elsewhere in Oregon. The Oregon Bar will serve beer matched with food from their display food-truck. There’ll even be a Portland photo booth and neon sign. Enjoy brews from Crux Fermentation Project and Hopworks Urban Brewery, to name a few. New Zealand’s Hottest Homebrewers competition: Played out over four rounds, this event sees DIY brewers produce a beer, complete with a good label and name, a couple of weeks before Beervana. The competition heats up in round two, when homebrewers are matched off against one another in a round of flip cup. The third round consists of a classic pub quiz and beer tasting, which will culminate in the three finalists’ brews being put to a panel of judges.
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Vietnam delight for the senses BY SALLIE GREGORY
ietnam, once a war-torn and sleepy country, is now on the way to becoming a global economic powerhouse. With a population of 91 million, it’s the 14th most populous country in the world. The land area is around the size of Germany, yet it has 3500km of coastline, which are matched in beauty by its spectacular mountains and forests. The country has been shaped by its past, however is quickly creating a future that is as bright as its big-city lights. French occupation up until the middle of the 20th Century is evident in both architecture and food. I didn’t expect to find some of the finest pastries and bakeries at my fingertips. From fine dining to the markets, the flavour of France is easy to find and consistently good. Some dishes are so synonymous with a destination that to not try them would render your trip incomplete. In Vietnam, that dish is pho. Best described as a soup, it is typically made from beef stock and spices, to which noodles and thinly sliced beef or chicken are added. A good pho is determined by its broth, not its noodles, and is often served with a ridiculous amount of accompaniments. Pho with your basil and bean-sprouts, anyone? If you are in Ho Chi Minh city, spend some time at the popular Ben Thanh Markets. A hub for local handicrafts and transport, it’s also within walking distance of the Pho 2000, made famous by President Bill Clinton’s visit in 2000. Worth a visit, even to say you’ve dined where Bill did. If you’re a foodie, Vietnam certainly won’t disappoint, and you’ll find the flavours and specialities vary as you work your way north. If you want to explore the recent history of Vietnam while in Ho Chi Minh, you will find several places of interest that provide an insight into the Vietnam War. Both the Independence Palace (aka the Reunification Palace) and the War Remnants Museum provide an in-depth look at this period of history. Also located just out of town are the Cu Chi Tunnels, which are certainly worth a visit. 72
UP THE COAST The North provides travellers with many options. Trains run frequently up the coast and are a great way to see the rural landscapes. The Reunification Express runs from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang several times a day. Prices start at around NZ$35 and the trip takes about 8 hours. Home to some of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches, it’s a little bit Gold Coast and a little bit French Riviera. No visit to this part of the world would be complete without some time in Hoi An. You can get lost (in a good way) exploring the streets and canals of this delightful melting pot of culture and architecture. Restaurants, lounge bars, boutique hotels and tailors’ shops fill the streets. Hoi An is renowned for its tailors and the quality garments they produce. The decision on which tailor to choose can be a little overwhelming, but your hotel will normally have a connection or recommendation. My advice: take a few favourite shirts or dresses with you and have these copied. Take some time to explore Hoi An Old Town. A half-day tour to the Unesco World Heritage-listed My Son Sanctuary, home to ancient Hindu relicts dating back to the 4th Century, offers a change of scenery if you have time.
TIPS: Explore Ho Chi Minh by tricycle. The drivers pedal and you hold on for your life. It’s an adrenalin rush and a great way to explore the city. Enjoy a Saigon Fizz at EON 51 Heli Bar at Bitexco Towers (HCMC), the highest building in Vietnam. Grab a place in the sun and a cocktail at the Sailing Club Nha Trang Restaurant.
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SNOW in his DNA
“...people behave differently on mountains – they are so happy, excited and welcoming. It’s something snow does to people. And I think I like having a panda face as well.”
BY SOPHIE PREECE
onny Dick’s first experience of skiing was in a backpack as a baby, enjoying all the runs with his father. In the 34 years since, with groomer-driving, snowmaking and skiing on his CV, his love of white peaks hasn’t dampened. “I guess there’s something about breathing mountain air,” says the new manager of Rainbow Ski Field. “It’s so clean and fresh. There’s an aspect of adrenalin, which I guess we all chase. And people behave differently on mountains – they are so happy, excited and welcoming. It’s something snow does to people. And I think I like having a panda face as well.” Jonny maintained the panda face pretty well growing up, getting to know Ruapehu’s front and back country like the back of his hand, while also exploring the South Island. In fact, his best-ever powder day in New Zealand was at Rainbow in 2008. “We got lucky with half a metre of powder and skied all day long.” Staying true to the career ambitions of his toddler years, Jonny started working in the white stuff in his early 20s, when he was contracted to set up snow-making
at Snow Planet in Auckland, helping to get the big dome off the ground. He stayed there a few years, snowmaking and grooming, then travelled the world, including skiing in British Columbia. He worked and skied throughout New Zealand as well. When Jonny returned to Auckland, he did a plumbing apprenticeship and opened his own earthmoving and contracting business at the same time, while also contracting to resorts, predominantly as a groomer driver. When he and wife Vanessa sold the business in 2014, Jonny returned to Snow Planet to run the maintenance department. A weekend in Nelson late last year changed the course of their life. The couple were visiting family with their baby daughter Zoey when they decided to kill some time at an open home. By the time they returned to Auckland they’d bought the house and made plans to sell up in the city, quit work and move to the Top of the South. Jonny says it was the best thing they could have done, and they spent the summer exploring, fishing and tramping, discovering the myriad of walks on their
back doorstep. “You don’t have to go very far to get out amongst it.” A few months later a friend in the snow industry emailed him the details of the Rainbow manager’s job, and a good move became a great one. “I just happened to be in the right place at the right time when the advertisement came along.” Jonny is beyond excited at his new role, and has every intention of getting out amongst it this season, checking the quality of the field whenever possible. “It is not called skiing,” he says cheekily. “I like to think it is called product testing,.” 73
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Togetherness at the marina BY STEVE THOMAS
rise and rise of DonaldTrump as a serious US presidential contender is a fascinating watch. The Hillary/Donald show is sure to make even better viewing as the race heats up. A recent “Trumpism” got me thinking: “One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace. Good people don’t go into government.” I would argue that good people fear being disgraced in an overly political world. Which is probably why Donald Trump’s voice is getting louder. Meanwhile, back here in the centre of the Nelson universe, we have the Pete/ Rachel/Richard Mayoralty race to keep us focused. Three intelligent and passionate individuals ready to get their hands dirty. Sorry Donald, but we have good people here aplenty. And on to boat-related political matters. Nelson City Council has now released a strategy document prepared by consulting firm SLR on the issues facing our marina. Nicely under the radar, marina users are now working with the Council to develop the strategy into something more concrete. With that in mind I approached all three Mayoral candidates and asked if they would share their views on the strategy findings. I also asked them what’s next for the marina, assuming they secure the Mayoralty. Surprisingly, all three candidates share common ground. They agree that the Council may have neglected the marina area for too long and it’s now time to pay more attention. They also agree that the priority issue is solving congestion problems, on and off the
water. And all three feel the marina precinct should remain a communityowned asset. Wow. This begs a two-part question: if you want to retain ownership, want to solve congestion issues and want to improve the precinct, what’s the best way to achieve that and how do you properly ensure all the varied stakeholder groups (marina business and industry interests, land-owners, marina berth users, launching ramp users, youth and sports groups, to name a few) are involved in the process? Spooky. All three candidates see a representative trust governance model as the best way to move ahead, long-term. How would that work? Much the same as the Suter Gallery Trust – the Council and all the stakeholders sitting together
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around a table. Together being the key word. The marina has being missing in action because all the stakeholders have not worked “together”. The Mayoral candidates have it all “together”, it seems. Bring it on. Well, sort of. Apparently Richard Osmaston has a money problem so let’s give him the last word in the spirit of togetherness. “Of course, the marina strategy all revolves around money – and it’s all but over. It’s hopelessly out-ofdate already. Just as the old clipper sailing ships were made redundant by steamships, they too were completely outpaced by the jet airliner. We just get better at doing things. If the old no longer works, use the new. It’s time.” I’m sure everyone can agree it’s time to take action on the marina – together, of course.
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Captiva’s family value BY GEOFF MOFFETT
lab-sided van-type machines with funny names need not be the family movers of tomorrow. SUVs such as Holden’s Captiva are the new reasonably priced and much better alternative. As SUV sales continue to boom, Holden’s face-lifted entrant in the market is a worthy car that is bound to earn its share of buyers. Why? Because it offers seven seats, a choice of all-wheel drive, and enough comfort and gizmos to keep the average family content on a longish drive – or just doing sports-run duty. Plus there’s the familiarity of the Holden name and a decade of SUV production. No, it’s not necessarily the best SUV on the market, but keen pricing is putting Captiva on a lot of buyer test-drive lists. It’s deservedly in the top five best-selling SUVs on the market. What’s different about the latest iteration? Most obvious is the new front with a deep twin grille, LED daytime running lights and new body-toned lower sills. The rear hatch has more chrome and the wheels are smarter. Inside, cockpit changes include a restyled multi-function steering wheel. The big difference is that while the admirable 7-inch touch screen remains, it now interacts with your Apple or Android phone. Instead of a built-in satnav, you connect your phone navigation to the screen. The new-look Captiva also benefits
from passive and active safety upgrades. The top-of-the-line LTZ gets a blind-spot alert system in the driver’s exterior mirror and an alert for traffic crossing behind you – particularly helpful reversing out of driveways. You also have a reversing camera and rear parking sensors on all models, but only the LTZ has front sensors as well. Across the range, the latest Captiva now has the ISOFIX child-seat anchorage system. The remote keyless entry (although not exit) system is welcome but, oddly, the Captiva also has a permanent key in the ignition that you turn to start the car. If you try to leave the car without your key, you’ll be promptly reminded by three fairly loud toots. The Captiva comes with the seven-seat option across the range and the 2.2-litre diesel engine can also be specified in all models except the cheapest, the LT five-seater, which has a 2.4-litre petrol power-plant. The Captiva isn’t the most economical SUV around, with a combined fuel use of 10.7 litres/100km for the V6 and 9.6/100 for the petrol four. What Holden has done to encourage fuel-saving driving in the V6 that I drove is to provide only a default setting ‘Eco’ mode. There’s no ‘Power’ button to push. What’s more, the transmission is set up to find and stay in higher gears unless you floor the accelerator. You can use the manual
mode, which makes the V6 much more responsive, but even then you are constantly reminded to shift to a higher gear if your revs get up. The V6 provides smooth motoring and enough power for up to two tonnes of (braked) towing – the same as the diesel, which is a much more economical choice. The Captiva is a nicely fitted-out car with plenty of room and good load capacity when the third-row seats are lowered. With prices negotiable at dealers these days, it is good value for family motoring.
Tech spec Model reviewed: Captiva LTZ Price: From $38,490 (rrp) for LS five-seat/2WD 2.4l petrol, to $54,990 (rrp) for LTZ seven-seat AWD V6. Power: 2.4-litre 4-cylinder petrol, 123kw @ 5,600rpm, 230NM @ 4,600; 2.2-litre turbo diesel, 135kw @ 3,800rpm, 400Nm @ 1750-2750rpm; 3-litre V6 petrol, 190kw @ 6,900rpm, 288Nm @ 5,800 Fuel economy: 2.4-litre petrol, 9.6l/100km; 2.2-litre diesel, 7.9/100; V6 petrol, 10.7/100 Vehicle courtesy of Nelson Bays Motor Group
Tuscan Papworth with the sculpture commissioned by Mapua School to mark its first 100 years. Photos: Lynda Papesch
Sculpting his future B Y LY N D A PA P E S C H
wooden bucket, an imaginative idea and an artistic family has helped create a budding artisan for the region. Just into his teens, Tuscan Papworth has already sculpted and sold several of metal and mixed media creations, in addition to guest exhibiting as an emerging artist. His artistic roots go deep with dad Russel Papworth an artist/sculptor, mum Charisse an artist/jewellery maker, and sister Jasmin a talented painter. Hanging out in his parents’ gallery – Forest Fusion at Mapua – and in dad’s workshop ignited a spark, and at a very young age Tuscan launched into his own creative endeavours. Always keen on drawing and painting, Tuscan started making
bracelets with his mother, before gravitating to Russel’s workshop. “Bits and pieces were just lying around so I decided to make something with them,” he recalls. Soon after a project at Mapua School, where he was a student, came up and the spark turned into a flame. “We had to make something using recycled material so Dad and I went to the Motueka Recycling Centre. I came back with a wooden bucket which I turned into a kiwi.” In the beginning Russel supervised his son’s work, especially the cutting, welding and angle grinding, but as the years passed so too did the need for supervision. “Except for the chainsaw,” chips in Russel. “He’s still not been
allowed to get his hands on that… yet.” Russell admits it was initially “nervewracking” watching Tuscan cut and weld and angle grind with dangerous tools. He also says his son has far more talent than he does, and from a much younger age. Thirteen now and a student at Waimea College, Tuscan has created approximately 11 metal and wood sculptures during the last two years. Most have sold quickly such as when he was the featured emerging artist three years ago at Art in a Garden in Culverden. “All three pieces sold very quickly. So too did the three I made for Art in A Garden last year. I’m already working on more for this year’s event in November; more than three that is.” Tuscan’s inspiration usually comes from his materials. “I will see something and can visualise what it can become, and how to do it.” He often creates birds and animals, or impressive freestanding sculptures such as the one pictured on this page. Commissioned by Mapua School to mark its centenary, the garden sculpture started life as a pair of wagon wheels in a local antique shop. “I liked the look of a pig feeder they had, but it was too expensive so I settled for the wheels.” Studying visual arts and materials – graphics and working with hard and soft materials – Tuscan is keen to take his art as far as he can for now, but not necessarily make a career out of it. A mad keen tennis player, he hasn’t ruled out a sporting career or indeed any other career. He is after all just 13.
Brass band blowing hot BY PETE RAINEY
elson City Brass took out a stunning upset win at the Nelson, Malborough, West Coast Regional Brass Band contest held recently in the new ASB Theatre in Blenheim. For the first time in living memory (according to some), the C grade Nelson band chalked up a higher overall score than the other higher-ranked A and B grade bands from Marlborough and further afield. This is unusual, so what’s made the difference? I’ve noticed the band quietly building in confidence and energy under the guidance of conductor Mick Dowrick over the last few years. Mick’s departure for Australia more than a year ago handed the reins to interim conductor Chris Lawton, also a very experienced and accomplished bandsman. No question, though – the energy that saw this historic win seems to have come from the arrival of new conductor Nigel Weeks. He conducts the National Band of
New Zealand and has recently taken leadership of the Performing Arts department at Nayland College as well as throwing himself into the local music scene, conducting both Nelson City Brass as well as guest spots with the Nelson Symphony Orchestra. His new energy has flowed onto the players, who seem to have really stepped up, according to longtime band members I’ve spoken to. But we’ve also seen a recent influx of some really good players either returning or coming to Nelson to live and play in the band. To put a win like this in perspective could have involved a sporting analogy, but I’m not going to go there as I think people can see for themselves that one of the oldest bands in New Zealand achieving something like this is very, very special. Coupled with the news that Nigel is the new HOD Performing Arts at Nayland College is the fact that the school’s new Principal, Daniel Wilson, is
also a champion trombone player and a member of the band. Despite the future of the brass band movement in the Top of the South looking so rosy, the local band does face the issue of ageing band-rooms. Situated next to Nelson’s Trafalgar Park, the rooms are certainly getting pretty tired. There is a need for increased space, and facilities such as the toilets and kitchen are due for an upgrade, as is the carpet – which is an offcut from the 70’s retro pattern that used to adorn Nelson Airport. The band committee seem to have the energy to look at improving facilities. Whether that happens on the existing site or not remains to be seen. There is a strong case, I think, for the city to consider helping to develop a better facility to pursue brass band activity. By the time you read this article the band will have competed at the national champs in Napier. I hope they perform as well as they have done in the recent regional competitions.
A radiant, uplifting story of an autistic boy who transcends his condition by entering the world that exists only in Disney animated movies.
Life, animated BY MICHAEL BORTNICK
Biography, Documentary Directed Roger Ross Williams Starring Gilbert Gottfried, Owen Suskind 89 minutes Rated PG
ho among us has not been affected by Disney films? Mine was Pinocchio, which pointed my nose in the direction of truthfulness. Still today, that nose remains unlengthened. Of course, we all spend some time performing naughty activities on Pleasure Island, but at least I will confess it straight away. But if you really believe in magic, Life, Animated has the fairydust for 78
you. It is one of those exceptional documentaries that can inspire societal change while acquainting us with a unique character. This is a radiant, uplifting story of an autistic boy who transcends his condition by entering the world that exists only in Disney animated movies. Once upon a time Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife Cornelia were living the good life. Suddenly everything went sideways. When their youngest son Owen was 3, the Suskinds noticed that he did not behave in a normal way; he communicated in gibberish and didn’t connect with his family. What came about over the next 20 years caused Ron to write a bestselling book, which then
became this documentary. Directed by Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams, the film uses a blend of old home-movies and cinema vérité to trace the Suskinds’ patient and constant efforts to seek help for their son. After trying many tactics, they discover Owen’s obsession with Disney animated movies. The exaggerated character movements and expressions became a tool for Owen to learn his language skills and be able to communicate his emotions. Interestingly, he identifies with the sidekicks and not the heroes. In order to connect with Owen, the rest of the family must play along, taking on a full assortment of squeaky voices and largerthan-life facial expressions. The effort is sometimes heartrending, but fortunately Owen is such an engaging and charismatic protagonist that his life events are heart-warming, and at times, hilarious as well. Gradually, Owen is able to learn, draw, write and express emotions. And then some. There is a marvellously proud moment when he is invited to speak at a conference on autism. And speak he does. Bring tissues. Twenty years down the road, we observe a young adult who has progressed to the point of living on his own in an assisted-living complex. Owen Suskind is an incredible human being and a banner example of someone who has gone far beyond what is expected from a person with a severe disability. He remains happy and secure, surrounded by his neatly arranged collection of animated films. Life, Animated is a moving testament to the many ways in which children’s stories can serve as a means of enduring the dark times, leading us all toward the light. Michael Bortnick has left the theatre to become a real boy.
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Why did you study at NMIT? I’m originally from Nelson and moved back here with my wife Gina to start a family. Our first child is due in four weeks. By studying at NMIT, I can be close to extended family. Also the course I am doing is only in its second year at NMIT so I’m part of helping to implement it. That’s exciting. Why this area of study? I was a road worker in Christchurch and this is a natural progression from there. I’m now midway through a Diploma in Engineering (Civil). My time out in the field showed me how to build while the study is giving me a lot more of the physics and the reasoning behind the ‘why’ of construction. What challenges have you had to overcome? I’m 31 so getting back into study mode after working full-time for 12 years was a bigggie. I study full-time and work part-time now. Some of the maths was a bit tricky too but there is plenty of help available at NMIT. What do you enjoy most about the work? Since I was about four and saw a roadworks gang outside our home, I have always wanted to drive a digger. Working with Fulton Hogan in Canterbury after the earthquakes allowed me to drive lots of machinery to repair roads, bridges and buildings. I like improving the world; making things better. What advice do you have for others wanting to following this study path? If you’re interested, back yourself. With that sort of attitude there is nothing you cannot do. A passion for something can overcome any obstacle. This course has been designed to help students, not hinder them. What do you hope to achieve in your new role? I want to keep doing what I enjoy and to do it in Nelson, my home town. I’m already working part-time for a construction company and when I graduate I want to keep operating big road machines. Eventually I plan to move into a supervisor role and, eventually be a project manager. Hopefully one day I’ll own a few machines in my own contracting business. 82
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