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Features Issue 113 / December 2015
22 A relaxing Christmas lunch
hristmas Day is the one day of the year when we donâ€™t need to be anywhere else. It is a day to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. This simple Christmas lunch has plenty of decadence while most of it can be prepared ahead of time, leaving more time to soak up the sun and be merry By Nicola Galloway
28 The Interview: Robbie Burton
midst intense pressure from online sellers, local publishers Potton & Burton still produce sumptuous volumes. Robbie Burton talks to Geoff Moffett about the highs and lows of an industry under siege
33 Christmas Present Guide
ildTomato presents unique gift ideas that will wow your nearest & dearest this Christmas
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Columns Issue 113 / December 2015
20 My Big Idea Rob Beaglehole wants to save our kids’ teeth by reducing sugary drinks and junk food
82 Up & Coming Chrissie Cleary is rising ever higher in the world of textile art, moving from the classroom to the gallery in a few short years. By Matt Brophy
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51 Shoe of the month Making a difference
52 Beauty Melissa Richards says beauty is being a good person
53 Beauty Products By Kate Donaldson & Connie Fleming
54 My Home
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60 My Garden
Jan Holt explores Nelson’s Queens Gardens
64 My Kitchen
Nicola Galloway’s Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad
65 Dine Out
Maxwell Flint says Mahana is perfect for summer visitors
Nelson and Marlborough’s most beautiful swimming spots. By Sophie Preece
The scows of Tasman Bay. By Steve Thomas
Ford reaches for the SUV summit. By Geoff Moffett
71 52 78 Music Nelson Jazz Festival hits the quarter century. By Pete Rainey
76 Festival profile Stu Allen says Showcase Nelson
8 Editorial 10 Where do you read yours? 12 Events 14 Snapped 80 Quiz & Trivia
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On the basis that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, it has to be an advantage that the head of government doesn’t get an overinflated sense of his or her own importance.
recent Royal visit by Charles and Camilla prompted endless entertaining debate about whether New Zealand should be a monarchy or republic. If you were inventing a country from scratch you probably wouldn’t recruit for the head of state, or any other role, via the hereditary principle, or for that matter primogeniture. Obviously you’d want the best person for the job, so choosing one’s leader by who their parents happened to get their leg over with probably isn’t the best way to go about it. For me, the biggest reason not to have a monarchy is that it encourages the idea that who your parents are is more important than what you achieve yourself. This leads to a culture of deference and suppresses social mobility, entrepreneurs and innovative thinking generally. Yet I was fascinated to find that very few Kiwis professed a strong preference for becoming a republic. I did have an entertaining chat with one foaming-at-the-mouth Ocker republican, but Australians are clearly a different matter entirely. So why do we have a monarchy? Does it come down to some antediluvian reflex instinct, or are there rational reasons? Well, I like the separation of powers. Without a monarchy you must have a president who is the ultimate figurehead, with all the power accorded to that position. On the basis that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, it has to be an advantage that the head of government doesn’t get an overinflated sense of his or her own importance. In the worst-case scenario a monarchy makes it that much harder for a potential dictator to gain the legitimacy to take over a democracy. In Spain, for instance, King Juan Carlos faced down a military coup in the 1980s. Next, democracies can – and frequently do – elect disastrous governments so having a permanent head of state above them ameliorates their wilder tendencies. Continuity is another advantage. Democratically elected politicians must necessarily act in such a way as to get themselves re-elected, whereas a monarch can advocate for the longterm good. Separating the roles of head of state and head of government is also practical as the monarch undertakes the inordinate quantity of ceremonial flummery, while the government leader can get on with the more important task of governing the country. Trust for politicians is sinking everywhere, yet because the monarch sits above the fray, not becoming involved in the ordure of party politics, a monarchy works as a symbol of national unity. The economic argument is interesting. Republicans will emphasise the massive taxpayer bill, but if we look at Royals from an entertainment, tourism and marketing perspective, the dollar value of having the world’s media following them and reporting their every move, particularly the younger generation, must surely be of greater value. It’s always hard to assess the return on investment of marketing spend, though. So am I a monarchist or republican? Well, being a Pom I wouldn’t presume to speak for New Zealand, but as far as Britain is concerned I would vote to keep the monarchy because while the hereditary principle is clearly indefensible, I prefer the devil I know to the devil I don’t. And when you take a look around the world and consider the alternatives, the UK political system really seems to work quite well. JAC K MA RT I N
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Fri 27 Nov to Sat 5 Dec Beauty and the Beast Nelson Repertory Theatre presents local live theatre — fun, laughter, music and drama … all that you expect from a pantomime. THEATRE ROYAL, NELSON
Tues 1 to Sun 6 Roger Hall’s ‘You Can Always Hand Them Back’ Grandparents and parents will find lots to laugh at in this show from vintage Hall, with his usual gift of providing instantly recognisable situations. BOATHOUSE THEATRE, BLENHEIM
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The annual Christmas Parade and the Blenheim Lions Mistletoe Market have combined, so enjoy this showcase of entertainment, local crafts, art and boutique produce.
Community floats, entertainment and Christmas excitement — face painting, balloons, music — join in the fun!
Sun 6 Tiny Tots, Toys and Teddies Christmas Party The magical and mystical come alive with a spectacular line-up of children’s entertainment. Music, pony-and-cart rides, face painting and more! WASHBOURN GARDENS,
Free youth event featuring acoustic sets from local solo and duo artists and pop, rock, and punk bands belting out your favourite summertime anthems. TAHUNANUI RESERVE YOUTH PARK, NELSON
Mapua Makers Market Contemporary craft fair that features unique and affordable handcrafted items made by local craftspeople. Amazing Christmas shopping ideas! MAPUA COMMUNITY HALL, TASMAN
Sun 6 Omaka Flying Day Exciting aerial and ground displays of heritage aircraft. Get up close and personal with these awesome flying machines and chat to the experts.
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Sat 12 to Sun 13 Aurora’s Wedding Up-Close & Classical Company & Academy of Ballet Arts present our favourite childhood fairy-tale characters as Princess Aurora weds her dreamy Prince Desire in one of the most romantic grands pas de deux of all. THEATRE ROYAL, NELSON
Sun 13 Christmas in the Park Put together a tasty picnic basket, grab the kids and head to the annual Christmas in the Park for entertainment and other exciting treats. POLLARD PARK, BLENHEIM
Thurs 17 Blenheim Christmas Festival and Marlborough Artisan Christmas Market
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Thurs 31 Cricket — New Zealand Blackcaps v Sri Lanka ODI Watch some of the world’s greatest players in action in a repeat of last season’s match which was a real nail-biter. SAXTON FIELD SPORTS COMPLEX, NELSON
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The Principal Dental Officer for the NMDHB has an achievable vision where our region’s kids have healthy teeth because our community has chosen to reduce sugary drinks and junk food. P H O T O BY A NAC L A R A O R T E G A
ROB BEAGLEHOLE So what is your big idea in a nutshell? Imagine if our children could go to school and be free of the scourges of sugary drinks? Imagine if they could play Saturday sport and be free of unhealthy marketing from McDonalds and Coca-Cola? My big idea sees a ban on schools selling sugary drinks on school property, and shops within 500 metres of a school would not be allowed to sell ‘sugar in a bottle’ to our kids. Schools or sports teams would not need to accept sponsorships from fast food outlets that target their unhealthy, addictive products at children.
What could we achieve for our community if funding wasn’t a problem? A healthy community free of sugary drinks and sports teams no longer exposed to the marketing and advertising of junk food. The NMDHB, along with the Nelson City Council and Marlborough District Council, has shown leadership and is acting as a healthy role model by banning the sale 20
of sugary drinks from their properties, venues and events. This is a positive example and should encourage other organisations to follow their lead and adopt sugary drink free policies in our region.
What is the current situation? Sugary drinks are the number one source of sugar in the New Zealand diet for adults and young people. Tooth decay, obesity and type 2 diabetes are increasing at a frightening rate amongst our children. It’s too easy for children to buy sugary drinks at dairies, petrol stations, cafés, recreational centres, gyms, restaurants and supermarkets in our region.Advertising and sponsorship of sugary drinks and junk food blatantly targets young people. Nelson College’s 1st XV rugby team is sponsored by a fast food outlet and almost every sports team in the region is given ‘Player of the Day’ fast food vouchers to hand out.
Who will benefit? The whole community will benefit, particularly children. Our kids will have lower rates of tooth decay, obesity and type 2 diabetes. If my big idea is achieved then our region will act as a beacon of hope for the rest of New Zealand and the domino effect will play out so by 2025 New Zealand will have significantly reduced sugary drink consumption.
How can our region get on board? All schools can adopt a policy where no sugary drinks are brought onto or sold at school. This includes school galas, fundraisers, disco nights and other events on school grounds. We should not be selling sugary sickness to our kids. All other organisations and workplaces should also adopt sugary drink free policies. In addition, I would like to see our region’s local authorities initiating a voluntary tax of 20 percent on all sugary drinks sold. This money would be used to treat tooth decay, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
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A relaxing Christmas lunch RECIPES AND PHOTOGRAPHY B Y N I C O L A G A L L O WAY
hristmas Day is the one day of the year when we donâ€™t need to be anywhere else. It is a day to relax and enjoy time with family and friends, so it is important the food is fuss-free. This simple Christmas lunch has plenty of decadence while most of it can be prepared ahead of time, leaving more time to soak up the sun and be merry.
Baked mussels with fennel and cream Serves 8
This simple starter can be prepared ahead of time then placed in the oven when family or guests arrive. Serve it straight from the oven with a crusty baguette to mop up the delicious juices.
4 dozen fresh mussels, scrubbed and beards removed 1 small red onion, thinly sliced 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced 1/2 glass dry white wine 1/2 cup cream 1/2 teaspoon sea salt Freshly cracked pepper Baguette to serve Method: Wash the mussels, removing beards, and place in a colander to drain well. In a large baking dish combine with the red onion and fennel. Pour over the wine and cream, add the seasoning and combine well. Note: At this stage the tray can be covered and refrigerated, with the musselsâ€™ separate, until ready to bake. Preheat the oven to 200C. Arrange the mussels in a single layer on top of the fennel mixture. Cover with a lid or foil and place in the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the mussels open. Spoon some of the juices over the mussels, and serve immediately with rounds of baguette on the side.
Lemon & thyme roast chicken on a bed of root vegetables
This perfect roast chook can be prepared ahead of time then simply popped in the oven several hours prior to eating. The bed of root vegetables soaks up all the delicious juices in the pan so they melt in your mouth.
6 agria potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters 3 parsnips, peeled and cut into 3cm rounds 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 3cm rounds 3 onions, peeled and cut into wedges 2 bulbs of garlic, separated into individual cloves (skin on) Extra virgin olive oil Sea salt and pepper 2 free-range chickens (size 14) 100g butter, melted 2 lemons 1 teaspoon sea salt Bunch fresh thyme
Preheat oven to 180C.In a large roasting dish (or two smaller ones) combine the prepared vegetables, drizzle with olive oil and season well. Arrange in a snug layer in the base of the dish. Wash the chickens and pat dry with kitchen towels. In a small bowl combine the melted butter, zest of the lemons and salt. Spoon this over the chickens massaging into the skin. Halve the lemons and stuff these into the chicken cavities. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck thyme leaves under the legs and wings. Arrange the chickens on top of the bed of vegetables and place in the oven (or cover and chill until ready to cook). Roast the chickens for 1 1/2 hours basting with the juices once during cooking. Check the chooks are ready by piercing the thickest part of the thigh, the juices should run clear. If not, cook for a further 10-15 minutes. Cover with foil and rest for 10 minutes before serving accompanied with a simple salad.
A simple salad of apple, hazelnut & goat cheese
1/2 cup hazelnuts 4 crisp apples, thinly sliced Lemon juice Large bag of mixed salad greens 200g goat feta, crumbled Dressing 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon raw honey 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil Pinch of sea salt Method:
Any seasonal fruit can be used in this salad. Crisp early season apples compliment the hazelnuts and goat cheese perfectly, however, firm-fleshed stone fruit would also work well.
Toast the hazelnuts in a 150C oven for 15 minutes until the skins crack. Tip the nuts into a clean tea towel and rub off the skins. Chop roughly. Remove the core of the apples and slice thinly, toss in lemon juice to prevent browning. Arrange the salad greens in a large salad bowl, scatter with the apple slices, chopped hazelnuts and crumbled goat cheese. Cover until ready to serve. Combine the dressing ingredients in a jug. Dress the salad at the table.
Little smashed berry trifles with hazelnut sponge
Christmas time is the peak of the berry season in the top of the south. Head out and pick your own or gather punnets from the markets. You could of-course make the custard from scratch also, however, to keep the menu fuss-free I have used premade. makes 8
Hazelnut sponge 3 free-range eggs, separated 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup ground hazelnuts 1 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of salt 1 kg mixed fresh berries â€“ strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries 1/2 cup sherry or berry juice 500ml vanilla custard 150 ml cream, whipped Strawberry slices to decorate Method: Make the sponge: Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a 25 x 25cm cake tin. Beat together the egg yolks and sugar until pale. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks develop. In several batches fold the flour then egg white into the egg yolk mixture using a long knife to fold carefully together keeping as much air in the mix as possible. Spoon into the prepared tin. Bake for 20 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Remove from the tin and cool on a cake rack. Once the sponge is cool chop into 2cm squares and arrange evenly between 8 glasses or dessert bowls. Press the squares snugly into the glasses. Drizzle over the sherry or juice and chill until ready to serve. Just prior to serving, tip the berries into a large bowl and use a potato masher to roughly smash the berries. Spoon evenly between the glasses. Pour over the custard and top with whipped cream and slices of strawberries. Serve immediately.
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Amidst intense pressure from online sellers, local publishers Potton & Burton still produce sumptuous volumes. Robbie Burton talks to Geoff Moffett about the highs and lows of an industry under siege.
WAR OF THE BOOKS P H O T O B Y A N A G A L L O WAY
or a man whose working life has been ruled publishing company came along. by books, Robbie Burton suffers an unusual Robbie had worked off and on for the Native dilemma when visiting bookshops. Forest Action Council in its campaign to stop It’s a love-hate dichotomy. As a reader he beech logging on the West Coast. He also found adores the ‘kid in a lolly shop’ feel of having so many employment as a snow ski bum in Nelson, temptations, but as partner and publisher of Potton Queenstown and the United States. He then became & Burton he is overawed by all the competition and involved in community-based arts work with the kicks himself for not having produced such-and-such Nelson Provincial Arts Council and impressed a book himself. enough people that he was being wooed to move to Publishing is a fickle business where it’s nearWellington. impossible to predict a good seller in an industry Then Craig invited him to lunch. battling to survive savage competition for our “Craig had started this publishing company and recreational time. Books made of paper are in mortal quickly realised he didn’t want to be stuck to a desk. combat with digital screens. He was then very active as a photographer and in his Craig Potton is the original creative dynamo conservation work. Over lunch he said, ‘Why don’t behind this eponymous and successful Nelson you run the publishing house’, and in the great DIY publishing company, but Robbie Burton now drives it. tradition I said, ‘Why not’.” A couple of hours in his company leave you with Did he have a vision of building a publishing strong messages about books and their future: that company? “Not at all,” he laughs. “I clearly remember cellphone cameras have made photographic books arriving and thinking, ‘Right, okay, what do I do for tourists all but obsolete, and that online Amazon now?’” sales have crucified the high street bookshop – and At the time, in the 1990s, Craig Potton Publishing without shops, book publishers are headed for the was building its reputation on the back of Craig’s knacker’s yard. wonderful nature photography, which, says Robbie, Beyond the headlines from a Robbie Burton was different from other photographers. conversation, however, the finer print “His timing was fantastic. He leaves you with the feeling that all started taking landscape photos that ‘It has been utterly is not lost for books; that they may weren’t all on a blue day and weren’t all disastrous.’ have a future, despite the horrendous bright and shiny, which was very much challenges to the publisher’s sheer the norm. Craig started producing dark R O B B I E B U RTO N existence. And certainly that Potton and moody photographs and so we DECRIES & Burton intend to be the last such started publishing his books just for ONLINE SALES company left standing if the worst the tourist market.” should happen. Business was lucrative and Give or take the odd persecution, ritual burning Robbie began to commission books from other or rabid censor, books have been a constant and photographers. The first big one was with Andris popular part of our way of life since Johannes Apse. Spirit of the South, with its fantastic Gutenberg devised a basic printing press in the landscapes, was a stunning success and, says Robbie, Middle Ages. A mere 10 years or so of the digital age opened the door to building relationships with other have managed to do more damage to book publishing photographers. than any interference of the previous 500 years. In fact the Apse book is Potton & Burton’s most Publishing, though, was far from Robbie successful ever, being reprinted over the years to Burton’s mind as a young man indulging his love of tally well over 100,000 copies – incredible in New mountains and skiing in a boys-own upbringing in Zealand’s market where 5000 is cause for popping the Nelson. The sun, sea and sand of Tahunanui Beach champagne corks. were a quick dash from the family home he shared The ethos of Potton & Burton was well set – with five brothers and sisters. His father died when producing high-quality books as well as, or better he was young and Robbie was brought up by his than, anyone else. “It was also about treating people mother. well. Photographers were fairly paid and looked after.” A Bachelor of Arts degree at Canterbury For the first 15 years or so, the company built University was forsaken in its final year. Much more most of its success on producing spectacular appealing was a three-month Southern Alps Traverse, landscape photography books for the tourist markets. trekking from Milford Sound to Nelson. Says Robbie: To take full advantage, a distribution network was set “It was one of those definitive life experiences, of up to include places like the Mt Cook and Franz Josef actually dreaming it up and making it happen.” information centres where tourists flocked. Robbie made the trek with three others: a friend, Through this relatively painless publishing era, his elder brother Peter, and Peter’s best friend – a Robbie Burton was able to learn and polish his skills. certain Craig Potton. “Craig had taken a huge risk with me really. He had He and Craig became good friends and it wasn’t no idea what was going to happen. I was lucky, and to long before a connection with Craig’s fledgling be a publisher you have to be a jack of all trades and a 29
‘I don’t think it’s all over. My kids will go into their adult life with a sense that books still matter.’ master of none, which would apply to me. “I have an interest and a feel for a lot of different things and that’s been very useful. A good publisher needs a good aesthetic sense, which I’ve spent a lot of time developing, but you also need to be a very strong reader to understand what is good and what is not and how to brief an editor and have basic editorial skills – and obviously I’ve had to develop business skills.” Potton & Burton’s strategies and business skills have never been more thoroughly tested than over the last decade – coinciding with the full brunt of the digital era. Suddenly the old ways were no longer relevant and traditional bookshops were dealt a seismic shock by online selling. For the Nelson-based publishers the first big hit was due to the proliferation of cellphones with cameras. “Our photographic book sales declined massively”, says Robbie, “and it happened quite quickly, taking many hundreds of thousands of dollars off our annual turnover.” Numerous theories were advanced for the slump in demand, but Robbie believes the blame lies with the proliferation of cameras. “I was at the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki last year when the big blowhole was working. I think I counted 134 people and about 132 were taking pictures on their phones or cameras. And so people are just not interested in buying photographic books and that’s no longer an important part of what we do. We’ve lost what was, in retrospect, incredibly easy money.” The company was already diversifying its publishing range, but the photographic book decline pushed that process to new levels. Those large-format volumes also helped to make Potton & Burton the biggest independent book publisher in New Zealand in sales across a range of books. In their early days the company would produce two or three photographic books a year. The number is now 20-25, and, judging by recent productions, the variety is blossoming. There’s a Nathan Fa’avae biography, a book on craft beer, one by Gerard Hindmarsh on kahawai, another on coastal garden design, a Grahame Sydney art book, one on Mackenzie Country stations, a book on WW11 bombers and fighters and two or three children’s books. Robbie says some of these might struggle to be a commercial success. So why publish them? “I will look at any kind of interesting non-fiction and also some other weird ones that get thrown in … but I will look at any good New Zealand non-fiction of quality that I think can sell.” ‘He picks out ‘Vernacular’, a book by a landscape designer and a photographer which features everyday items in the New Zealand landscape, like handrails, paths, seats and walls. “That’s a classic case of a book that fascinated me; a good example of what gets me out of bed, and that’s a strong belief of a need to give voice, I guess, to our own kind of culture. I’m a passionate believer that we should be publishing books that speak about our own place because in this increasingly homogenised world that’s really under threat. “I used to be much more casual about taking on books for love. These days I try and ensure if we are doing a book, we hopefully at least break even. I watch that proportion carefully and make sure I’ve got books that are commercially viable to even that all out.” On picking a book as a good seller, however, Robbie Burton 30
Clockwise from top left: Craig Potton and Robbie Burton tramping in the Landsborough Valley, South Westland, 1980 Robbie Burton with his children, Will and Ed and wife Susannah, Central Otago, 2014, Robbie and Craig in the early days of Craig Potton Publishing Robbie at Tahunanui school, mid 1960’s
is very clear: “If anyone tells you they know how well they’re going to do, they’re either stupid or a liar. Everything is a guess.” For Potton & Burton, a book that sells 3000 copies in New Zealand has done well. If they sell 5000, they are very happy. Dirty Politics by Nicky Hager was proof of how you can’t predict sales success, he says. “We thought we’d be lucky to sell a couple of thousand, and 17,000 later, in a matter of weeks, I’m shaking my head. If I knew what was going to work I’d have a Ferrari parked out there,” Robbie laughs. The part of his work he dislikes most is rejecting books. He is constantly flooded with proposals and says he’d turn down between 10 and 20 books every week. “I have a huge amount of respect for authors. Anyone who writes anything, it’s the hardest work in the world in my view, and I think it’s fantastic that people are passionate enough to do it.” Robbie is amazed that New Zealanders buy more books per capita than any other nation. Nevertheless, he says, publishing here has become much more difficult in the last five years. He points the finger at what he calls “that dark force” – Amazon Books with its online sales. “It has been utterly disastrous. It has had a terrible disastrous effect and the fact that GST isn’t charged is madness. In terms of what it’s done to the New Zealand high street booksellers, I shake my head.” Whitcoulls shops have severely reduced book sales space, says Robbie. Dymocks and Borders bookshops have disappeared and many provincial bookshops have closed. Nelson, he says, is unusually well-served. “We’re really lucky we’ve got a Whitcoulls and a good Paper Plus, and Page & Blackmore as an independent.”
The closure of bookshops is matched by the demise of publishers. Robbie lists the casualties: “Random House and Penguin merged, HarperCollins effectively moved to Australia, Hachette has left completely, we’ve seen a number of small publishers disappear and no really substantial independent publishers have started recently. It’s tough times.” He delivers a parting shot at Amazon Books: “They hold themselves up as the customers’ friend but the damage they’ve done along the way is extraordinary.” Robbie says Potton & Burton has been able to ride out the storm through its diversity and relatively low costs compared with multi-nationals, plus having a second income stream – its own sales and distribution business. The company looks after all its own marketing and distribution and also distributes for other publishers, including Lonely Planet and Auckland University Press. The publishing industry is battling, but Robbie says there are signs of a decline in e-books and a slight pick-up in book sales. How optimistic is he that the new generation of readers will read real books? His two sons, aged 11 and 12, may be typical. They love to read, says Robbie, but screens are so tempting that they would be on them far more ‘if we let them’. “Children’s publishing is really strong and I think there’s a huge reaction against the idea that you snuggle up in bed with the iPad. I don’t think parents want that. They want to turn a page, they want to read a story, engage with their children. “I don’t know where it’ll end up but I don’t think it’s all over. My kids will go into their adult life with a sense that books still matter.” 31
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Meet some of Nelson and Marlborough’s women enjoying successful careers in forestry and wood processing
“We’re slowly breaking down that gender barrier through education about what the industry has to offer.” BIM ROGERS
For some of those women, breaking into the industry required them to be trailblazers. Others have joined more recently and are finding their place within a sector that provides an enjoyable, challenging, well-paid professional life. Here are just some of the women who work for Nelson Management Ltd:
Left to right: Cilla Ivory (Health and Safety Facilitator), Karen Way (Quality and Systems), Sue Ross (Supply Chain Manager) and Rochelle Webb (Accountant)
here are a lot of misconceptions about what people who work in forestry or wood processing do for a living. People imagine someone using a chainsaw in the forest or perhaps carting timber around a log yard. The reality is that forestry and wood processing offer a wide variety of roles and plenty of opportunities for highly skilled professionals. The sector also has great opportunities for women, despite forestry’s reputation as a male-dominated industry. Almost half of the management staff employed by Nelson Management Ltd (the management company for the Nelson Forests estate and Kaituna Sawmill on behalf of owners Global Forest Partners LP) are women, many of whom hold middle or senior management roles and have enjoyed long and successful careers in forestry.
Sue Ross is Supply Chain Manager at Kaituna Sawmill. Her role is to act as an intermediary between production and sales and to ensure that the right product is available at the right time to fill orders. Sue has worked in forestry since 1993 and has a B.Comm Ag from Lincoln University. She has had a variety of roles since then, including accountancy, silviculture management, forecasting and IT. She finds her current role challenging and satisfying. “Sawmill planning is complex and different constraints apply at different times of the year.” Sue has been part of the Lead Team since her appointment at Kaituna, initially as Site Accountant for five years, prior to taking on her current role. “I’ve been in the industry for such a long time and it has kept me interested and motivated all this time. There are really fantastic people. It is frustrating that at the school level, forestry is promoted as a track for less academic students, but actually there are a lot of opportunities for all achievers.” Rochelle Webb is on-site Accountant at Kaituna Sawmill. She has a B.Comm in Management and initially worked as Finance Administrator, working both on reception and processing accounts and export documents, before starting her present role. Rochelle is studying to become a chartered accountant and feels well supported in this by NML. She enjoys the variety of work that comes across her desk. “The wood processing industry is a great industry to work in,” she says. “It’s always changing and exciting. No two days are the same.” Jenny van Workum has 20 years of experience in human resources and joined NML in the newly created Lead Team role of Human Resources Manager six months ago. Working for NML takes her back to her roots in a sense, having grown up on an apple orchard and qualified with a degree in Marketing and Agri-Business, before studying for her Masters in Human Resources. “For me a business that involves trees is real and tangible.” Jenny is relishing the diversity of the role and the opportunity to work proactively on staff development in addition to operational HR issues. Since joining NML Jenny has been struck by the company’s open style of communication and the way people’s contributions are acknowledged. “The people at NML are highly talented, have a real diversity of skills and great depth of experience. We have a clear mission and strong values, and we understand that we achieve excellence through our people.” 41
Supply Chain Team Leader Judy Stewart was a trailblazer in 1975 when, despite being told that “girls don’t do forestry”, she was one of the first two women to be awarded a Forest Service scholarship to study forestry at the University of Canterbury. Judy returned to her hometown of Nelson in 1993 to train logmakers. Since then she has spent three years in harvesting, two years in resources, 10 years in sales, and has worked in her current role for five years. “I’m in the middle of production, sales and resources, co-ordinating things so that the right grades get delivered to the right domestic or export customers at the right time. I love coming to work every day.” After 40 years in forestry, Judy is still excited about what the future holds in her area of the business. “There’s a lot of new technology that’s coming that can make what we do a lot smarter and a lot quicker and a lot easier, with much more real-time information.” Quality and Value Co-ordinator Joan Lang left the comfort of an established career in interior design to become a logmaker and has never looked back. “I started at the end of 1999 in a crew up north. Back then it was very hard – it was like a different age. There were no other women in the forest then. I just loved it.” Joan has been with NML for eight years and currently works with 20 crews. “I go out to each crew and make sure that they’re cutting the right logs out of the trees and that they’re getting the best value they can. I’m also a trainer/assessor.” Joan’s come a long way from the early days when her career change caused such a stir. “Now people are really interested when I tell them what I do. I think it’s a great job. It’s very varied. It’s never dull and I’ve been doing it for 20 years. I’ve always loved it, but I really love it since I’ve come to Nelson. “The thing that makes this company different is they really care. Forestry’s had a lot of bad publicity but we’re driven from the top down to make sure that everyone goes home well and happy, and just a little bit tired … I’ve never loved anything so much – besides my husband, children and grandchildren.” IT Manager Raylene Walls is responsible for NML’s IT infrastructure. She plans and implements the computer, cellphone and phone systems, internet connections and data connections between NML’s sites, including Kaituna Sawmill. Prior to coming to NML Raylene worked for CCL and Gen-i with NML as a client, “so I’ve been doing the IT here [at NML] for about 12 years”. Since joining the NML staff, Raylene has been struck by the complexity of the forestry and wood-processing industry. “It’s an enormous amount of data that moves through with each tree, from when it’s planted to when it is loaded on a ship or delivered to a customer, to make sure that they’re getting the best out of every log.” Raylene has also been impressed by the way that the company treats its staff. “There are not that many places like this around any more.” Cilla Ivory is the Health and Safety Facilitator at Kaituna Sawmill. Cilla’s role was established to help the company to improve its health and safety performance and to prepare for the new requirements that come as a result of recent Health and Safety legislation. “With the new legislation coming in we’re looking at getting all aspects perfect,” says Cilla. “We do things well but there’s always room for improvement.” 42
“This business has it all. It’s a really dynamic environment to work in. It’s never boring!” LOU ISE O’CONNELL
Cilla hails from Blenheim but had been away from her hometown for 30 years, including a stint in workforce planning for Queensland Health, based in Townsville. Listening is a key part of her role and she enjoys being out in the yard with the sawmill staff working with them to solve problems and make improvements. “My role is to make sure everyone is participating and contributing towards Health and Safety. I also make sure that investigations are thorough and actions are followed up.” Karen Way is in charge of Quality and Systems for Kaituna Sawmill, and will celebrate 10 years at the mill in February 2016. Karen got into wood processing after deciding to leave her career as a chef and following her partner into the timber industry. She is currently one of two women working out in the yard. “The guys don’t treat me any differently. In terms of the job roles, I do what they do. I look at the sawmill financials and production numbers first thing in the morning. I also monitor equipment effectiveness and do auditing, training and teaching.” Karen would recommend the job to other women. “You’ve got to be a little bit thick-skinned because the guys will try you out, but for anybody who’s interested in sawmilling or yard work, it’s a great job. I particularly like this company. They’re very willing to teach you anything you want to learn. You don’t have to go to the gym – you just go to work!” NML Planner Heather Arnold was attracted to forestry by the opportunity to work in an industry that is aligned with her values. With a Masters in Physical Geography, Heather embarked on a career in resource management in the local government sector. “That’s when I really got a strong feeling and evidence that forestry is a sustainable and appropriate land use. Plantation forestry is a very long term, sustainable business.” In her current role Heather acts as the interface between local government and the business, working within the requirements of the Resource Management Act. She also looks after NML’s access to ensure that it can undertake operations where and when needed. “It’s almost community and third-party ‘licence to operate’ management. It includes ensuring that if our neighbours have any issues, they’re dealt with in a timely and appropriate manner. “I work with a professional team of people. Everybody is incredibly knowledgeable in what they do and have the business’s interests at heart. You know you can ask someone a question and you’ll get a straight answer.” Bim Rogers is executive assistant to NML Managing Director Lees Seymour and has been with the company for 25 years. Her role involves event management, travel bookings and general office duties. Bim recalls a time when women were treated differently in the forestry industry. “Women’s roles were considered solely to be clerical or admin-based, and men’s roles were out in the forest. That was the job. Back when my daughter did a forestry degree there were four female students and 60 male students. Now things have changed and it’s just about 50:50, so there’s been a big turnaround towards women being accepted in forestry.
Danielle Inglis (Technical Forester), Jasmine Snowsill (Forest Information Officer), Jenny van Workum (Human Resources Manager), Bim Rogers (Executive Assistant), Judy Stewart (Supply Chain Team Leader), Raylene Walls (IT Manager), Joan Lang (Quality and Value Coordinator)
“We have women in the company like Joan [Lang] and Danielle [Inglis] whose skills are accepted out in the field. You don’t have to be a man to go out there and tell men what to do. That has changed a lot. “We’re slowly breaking down that gender barrier through education about what the industry has to offer. Things are changing, especially with advances in technology opening up so many more roles.” Danielle Inglis has been in her role as Technical Forester for the past 18 months, and is the youngest member of NML’s Nelsonbased team. “I provide support to the operational side of the business, i.e. harvesting and wood flow. My main role is looking after the harvest prescriptions for the harvesting crews and preparing the rate negotiations for the regional harvesting managers. This involves monitoring and reporting on each logging crew’s production and costs.” Danielle doesn’t feel she’s ever been treated differently because of her age or gender. “All the men I work with treat me with a lot of respect, even though I’m coming through younger and without a lot of experience behind me. It was such an easy company for me to fit into.” Danielle’s advice to women considering a role in forestry is to gain some experience in various roles within the sector. “Get some experience before you start. Forestry has such a wide variety of jobs that there is something to suit everyone.” Forest Information Officer Jasmine Snowsill loves her job and couldn’t imagine working in any other role. A self-proclaimed “map geek”, her role as Forest Information Officer involves working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to capture and accurately map forest data. Jasmine has a Bachelor of Science (Geography) from the University of Canterbury. Prior to joining NML, she worked as a
seismologist in Australia and also has experience working with GIS in the field of Geotechnical Engineering. “I’ve always worked in mainly male-dominated fields. Generally, the area I work in tends to attract more men, but I’ve never been treated differently because of my gender. I’ve noticed recently that a lot of the work-experience students and graduates coming through are strong, capable young women. “Many of the roles, including mine, are incredibly technology-focused and there would be a lot of people who don’t realise how much planning and science goes on. It’s a great, dynamic industry to be in, with heaps of opportunities, and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.” Louise O’Connell has worked as NML’s Strategy and Performance Manager (which includes the Chief Financial Officer function) for 17 years. She is a member of the company’s Lead Team. People are what make the job enjoyable, according to Louise. “It’s the great down-to-earth people I work with who really care about their colleagues. Multiplicity is also a word that comes to mind. Health and Safety, the environment, community, growing and harvesting a forest, shipping, currency shifts, global dynamics, weather and fire risks – this business has it all. It’s a really dynamic environment to work in. It’s never boring!” Louise admits that 20 years ago forestry was a hard environment for women to feel comfortable in. “Things have changed enormously and these days women are still treated differently but in a very positive way. I think the industry now recognises the different perspective that women can bring to the table to enhance outcomes on all manner of issues, and those opinions are sought out and respected. “At NML we have a great group of extremely capable, smart women who are very well-regarded and who have roles across all facets of our business. As a group I would say we just don’t tolerate any type of discrimination, and in the NML environment we don’t have to.” 43
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A WHITE CHRISTMAS P HO T O G R A P H Y I S H NA JAC OB S STYLIST ALESHA PYERS FA S H I O N E D I T O R J U S T I N E J A M I E S O N MODELS ALESHA PYERS & BRIA GRANGE HAIR BY CONNIE FLEMING FROM CARDELLS HAIR M A K E - U P B Y K AT E D O N A L D S O N FROM KO COSMETICS
LEFT Dyrberg/Kern pearl necklace from Shine Dyrberg/Kern rose gold rings from Shine Dyrberg/Kern bracelet from Shine Dyrberg/Kern earrings from Shine Morrissey handbag from Shine Sass jumpsuit from No.4 Boutique Gino Ventori shoes from Taylors… We Love Shoes RIGHT Dyrberg/Kern earrings from Shine Dyrberg/Kern ring from Shine A&C bronze ring from Shine Portmans Signature dress from Portmans Sundowner shoes from Taylors… We Love Shoes Brixton hat from Trouble & Fox
veryone is dreaming of a white Christmas this year with a range of beautiful apparel inspired by angels. Fabrics are embellished with delicate appliques, detailed laces, floral embroidery and tasteful tassels, adding interesting textures to this season’s dresses and blouses. Soft linens and cool cottons in all shades of white are set to complement a new sunkissed summer complexion. 45
LEFT A&C bird necklace from Shine Dyrberg/Kern bracelet from Shine A&C ring from Shine Dyrberg/Kern earrings from Shine Trelise Cooper dress from Jays & Ko Trelise Cooper hat from Jays & Ko RIGHT Elco necklace from Shine Dyrberg/Kern bracelet from Shine A&C ring from Shine Kate Sylvester dress from Thomasâ€™s Shoes from Taylorsâ€Ś We Love Shoes Briarwood handbag from Shine Sunglasses from Kuske 46
LEFT Classified top from Beetees Haha Judy shorts from Trouble & Fox Silent D shoes from Taylors… We Love Shoes Sunglasses from Kuske Dyrberg/Kern necklace from Shine Dyrberg/Kern earrings from Shine Desert Fox handbag from No.4 Boutique RIGHT Blak Love shirt from Trouble & Fox Memo pants from Beetees Billabong bikini from Hogeys Bresley shoes from Taylors… We Love Shoes Brixton hat from Trouble & Fox
LEFT Holiday dress from Kimberleys Johnny Was kaftan from Kimberleys Briton hat from Trouble & Fox Necklace from Shine A&C ring from Shine Dyrberg/Kern necklace from Shine Inuovo shoes from Taylorsâ€Ś We Love Shoes RIGHT Cooper dress from Jays & Ko Necklace from Shine Dyrberg/Kern earrings from Shine Dyrberg/Kern ring from Shine Dyrberg/Kern bracelet from Shine Yoshi handbag from No.4 Boutique Sunglasses from Kuske 48
LEFT Holiday dress from Kimberleys Zabbana handbag from Shine Hat from Trouble & Fox Dyrberg/Kern bracelets from Shine Dyrberg/Kern earrings from Shine Sunglasses from Kuske RIGHT Ruby jumpsuit from Trouble & Fox Trelise Cooper shirt from Jays & Ko Dyrberg/Kern bracelet from Shine Dyrberg/Kern earrings from Shine
BY BOB IRVINE
elson Tailors Menswear emphasises style, brands, trends and choice. “My main focus is service,” says owner Sharon Dunbar. “First and foremost that is what we offer.” Sharon is the consummate businesswoman and understands styling. In the workroom at the rear of the Trafalgar Street store, an expert and skilled group of seamstresses carry on the tradition of the tailor. Customers might stroll in and choose a shirt or jeans off the rack, but with a quick hemming, a dart to slim the waist, or a sleeve shortened, they leave in a garment that feels as if it were made just for them. One size doesn’t fit all and never will. Sharon says a good fit is 75 percent of style; the rest is colour. Choosing the correct fit for your shape, understanding fashion combinations, colour and accessorising are the trick to drawing those quiet smiles of appreciation from friends, clients and passers-by as they acknowledge a sharp dresser who looks great in his second skin. Nelson Tailors Menswear has been practising this art of alteration since 1989. “There are very few stores like that left.” It is still the go-to place for suit hire or wedding outfits. The groom’s party know they will be offered a wide range, plus the nip and tuck to guarantee a perfect fit. But the service doesn’t stop there. “When they come in here for their fitting they get my cellphone number for any last-minute problems. I do all the stressing.” Nelson Tailors Menswear has also expanded into a trove of classic and colourful garments that will stun the first-time browser. From the timeless Rembrandt and Cambridge suits to bold floral prints and stylish graphics in designer shirts by labels such as John Lennon, David Smith, Reactor, Pepe from England, Duck and Cover, Joe Black and Gibson, Sharon aims to offer Nelsonians the maximum choice so they don’t have to go out of town for world-class clothing, or risk unknown sizings with Internet purchases. And that famous service can’t be replicated online. “If I don’t have a particular brand that a customer is looking for, I’ll send them up the road to another menswear if I know they have it.” Wives and girlfriends have been 50
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known to leave the store with an armful of garments on appro for their partners to try at home, and Sharon will even open the shop after hours if a customer is squeezed for time. She has a list of contact numbers for tall men, ready to ring them when suitable garments arrive in store. Whatever your body shape, she says, you should still be able to buy stylish clothing. Kiwi males are becoming more courageous in their attire, Sharon adds. Vibrant colour on the shirt rack nestles comfortably between subtle pastels and stripes, all immaculately cut in fabrics you
just want to reach out and touch. For lawyers who need quiet style or hipsters who feel like shouting, it’s all here. Nelson Tailors Menswear is located on Trafalgar Street, opposite Westpac.
Contact 155 Trafalgar Street, Nelson Ph 03 548 7655 suithire.co.nz Nelsontailorsmenswear
S HOE OF T H E MON T H
Making a difference
hroughout the world there are shoe designers who are constantly upping the anti and creating shoes with a difference. The British designers of Dr Martens are very good at this as they try and appeal to their target customers around the world. Sometimes their designs are so different they are stunning. These two latest arrivals are excellent examples. The elaborate blue and white ‘willow’ pattern was inspired by china that England imported from China in the 18th century.
DR MARTENS ‘Pascal’ $349 from Taylors … We Love Shoes, Nelson and Richmond
NEW SEASON Beautiful gifts for Christmas Swimwear, lingerie, sleepwear & summer accessories
FRANK E Block Black & white pony
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B E AU T Y
name is Melissa Richards, and I’m a great believer in the adage that beauty is all about striving to be a better person, and having that show in your face, words and actions. That in itself is what actually makes someone beautiful in my eyes – finding a way to be a happy person, no matter what the circumstances of life are at any particular point in time. Beauty is doing your best, each day, to be a better person for yourself and those around you, and it is accepting yourself, both the good and the bad. Family-wise, I have an amazing husband, Paul, who I’ve been with for nine years, married for nearly six. I have a 16-year-old son, Liam, and three step-children, who are all awesome people. And I can’t leave out Mr Finn, our chocolate Labrador! With family and work, I find I’m one busy lady. I’m the owner and director of our business, His and Her Anti-Ageing, which I run from home, although we’re just about to open a new day spa, details of which will be announced in the very near future. We also have three construction companies – Contemporary Homes, David Reid Homes and Ezy Build – with Paul and I working weekends in our David Reid show home. To boost my health nutritionally, I’m an enthusiastic participant in the juicing craze, and I believe it has made me look and feel better, giving me those good doses of vitamins D and C. Being an owner of a skincare business, my own skincare regime is also extremely important, of course, and for my face I cleanse, tone, use serum, moisturise with a sunblock and smile! My hair gets regular conditioning treatments, and I also have a sauna three times a week and moisturise my skin with olive oil. With all skin, hydration is important, and as I have normal to dry skin it is vital for me. I strongly feel that drinking plenty of water and having saunas help me combat signs of ageing. One of my other top beauty tips is to sleep on a silk pillowcase to reduce wrinkles. In terms of beauty products, there are two I couldn’t live without. The first is my His And Her All in One Cream, which is a day and night cream in one. It’s incredibly rich, so it’s perfect for my skin. The other would be ATX Anti-Ageing Mask, which helps combat fine lines and is really popular with my clients as an overnight leave-on mask. I think if I was summing it up I’d say that life can be short, so enjoy it every day. Take care of your skin – it’s your biggest organ – and remember to drink lots of water. And finally, don’t forget to laugh!
P HO T O BY I S H NA JAC OB S
Beauty is being a good person
Hair BY CONNIE FLEMING FROM CARDELLS HAIR
With Melissa’s hair I wanted to still keep it looking close to her natural but with a little more definition and smoothness. First I washed her hair with the new Pureology Smooth Perfection shampoo and conditioner, which is for frizz-prone and colour-treated hair and is enriched with Camellia oil for a more manageable blow-wave. I then applied the new Smooth Perfection lightweight smoothing lotion with added coconut oil, to protect against heat styling and humidity and to help with frizz control. Once her hair was blowdried, I then came through and reinforced the curl with the ghd Platinum Irons to give it a lasting finish with ultimate curl and shine. Once the curls were all brushed out and broken up into a soft, wavy style, I finished off with the Techniart Fix anti-frizz hairspray to ensure protection against humidity.
Face/neck lift surgery Facelift surgery has many variations: “S” lift, neck lift, midface lift, all tailored to meet the varying needs of individuals. Typical facial age change accelerates in the late 40’s with the development of loose skin and banding in the neck and a double chin, laxity of the jawline with jowl formation and heaviness of the cheek folds between the nose and corner of the mouth. At a preoperative consultation, your needs and expectations will be discussed. An assessment of the problem made and a solution suggested. We carry out most facelifts using local anaesthetic, supplemented by intravenous sedation. Typically a facelift will take about four hours, and you will remain in overnight Most patients are able to return to normal activities after three or four days.
Pureology Smooth Perfection shampoo and conditioner Pureology Smooth Perfection lightweight smoothing lotion Techniart Fix anti-frizz
Make-up B Y K AT E D O N A L D S O N F R O M K O C O S M E T I C S
Melissa likes a smoky look on her eyes and a nude lip, so for her eye make-up I started with the Ko Cosmetics Eye Primer to make sure the eyeshadow doesn’t crease. Then I used a nice shimmery bronze eyeshadow from Ko Cosmeticscalled Bronzed Ambition along with German Chocolate, a dark matte brown. On her lips I used Bashful lipliner, a nice creamy beige, topped off with Naked, a soft, glossy, nude lipstick. Melissa uses her own range of skincare called His and Her Anti-Ageing.
We also offer the following procedures: Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) | Eyelid surgery Rhinoplasty (nose) | Otoplasty (ears) Breast surgery | Liposuction and liposculpture Crow’s feet | Frown lines | Liquid facelift Dermal fillers Cosmetic/Medical tattooing, eyeliner, eyebrows, lips, areola/nipple
Ko Cosmetics Bashful lipliner
Level 2, 105 Collingwood St (Collingwood Medical Centre) Phone: 03 548 1909 or 03 547 2425 A/H Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ko Cosmetics Bronzed Ambition
Ko Cosmetics Eye and lip primer
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Dream home a labour of love 2
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ynamic Nelson designing duo Tim Bleackley and Wendy Osborne don’t sit still for long. Having spent the past four years renovating their stunning central Nelson property, they’ve decided the challenge of finding another project is too strong, so the sumptuous home is now on the market with Simone Henbrey of NZ Sotheby’s International Realty. “We loved the challenge and process of creating a dream home,” says Wendy, an interior designer who runs Tresson Interior Design (tressons.co.nz). “For years I’ve helped to make other people’s homes perfect, but being my own client takes it to another level. We never compromised. Everything in the house is the absolute best. Top-quality features and fittings were used throughout.” Tim is also a designer. His company Tasman Forge specialises in custom wrought-iron work. Many of the light fittings, curtain rods, the beautiful wrought-iron balustrade, and even the front-door handles, were designed and made by him. With such strong backgrounds in design, the couple both have eagle eyes when it comes to renovating – spotting potential key features and making the best of them. “We are very fussy about getting the proportions right to begin with, and then designing the special details that finish things off,” says Tim. The couple moved to Nelson 16 years ago after meeting in Athens. Wendy is a Kiwi who lived overseas for 28 years. Tim is British. Their love of design, travelling and collecting, plus their eye for details, are reflected in the house’s interior. A 10-minute stroll from the centre of Nelson, the house was
A lush, peaceful and very private garden, perfect for long summer lunches under the grape vine Sun filled conservatory for lazy Sunday morning coffee and newspaper A cooks dream kitchen combining functionality with stunning designer features
built in 1983 but has now been completely refurbished with extra insulation, double-glazing, new American oak flooring, luxurious marble-clad bathrooms, designer kitchen and central heating system. The 318 sq.m. home is spread over two storeys, with a huge basement garage, media room and workshop underneath. The ground floor living-room features a soaring beamed cathedral ceiling the dining area leads out onto a pergola-covered deck and lush garden, and another large, light-filled room that Wendy works from opens onto a northwest-facing courtyard. Upstairs, two guest rooms, bathroom and master bedroom, dressing-room and ensuite all open off the spacious landing, which overlooks the downstairs living area through a large round window. The project was six months in the planning, to ensure that all the spaces and details were perfect before the renovation started. Wendy’s clever use of space is a feature of the house, according to Tim. “There were lots of corridors that were wasted space. Wendy has turned them into useful areas such as a large walk in pantry and a drying-room off the laundry,” he says. After spending so much effort and energy renovating the house, the couple have no regrets about moving on to their next project. They plan to rent until the perfect “do-up” property comes on the market, and point out that they are fussy about what they tackle. “It has to have a special potential,” says Wendy. “This house had the perfect bones and location. It’s so close to town yet is so private.” 55
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These waterlilies will be glorious in December and January Take time to smell the roses Take a stroll over one of the lovely arched bridges Weeping trees lap the water
B Y J A N H O LT
Talk a walk around Queens Gardens, accessed from either Bridge or Hardy Streets, in Nelson and you will get a glimpse of the foresight and planning of those who lived here a few generations ago.
ave you ever considered how fortunate we are here in New Zealand to have such amazing green spaces in the heart of our towns and cities? There are the public reserves with land set aside for enjoyment, which normally have well-tended, open, grassed spaces in which families can relax, kick a football or play Frisbee. These spaces are often also well-stocked with native plants, which encourage birdlife and therefore enhance our relaxation time with song and the flitting of fantails through the kowhai. However, there are also the more formal, older gardens, many of which we have inherited from the early settlers who desired a pleasure garden in which to promenade, take the air and relax after days of hard work. These were frequently planted with botanical species that would remind them of home (usually the northern hemisphere), but also with plants acquired from more exotic places – the Himalayas, North Africa, China and Japan. Talk a walk around Queens Gardens, accessed from either Bridge or Hardy Streets, in Nelson and you will get a glimpse of the foresight and planning of those who lived here a few generations ago. Entering from Bridge Street through the Memorial Gates, which acknowledge Albert Pitt (one of the
city’s forefathers), you will see building work on your right as the new Suter Art Gallery takes shape. Ahead of you is the duck pond. Here the cacophony of the birds as they fight over bread thrown by children can be deafening, but an easy stroll around its margins takes you into various oases of calm. These spaces were designed by a Victorian gentleman, Antequil Somerville, who won a competition for the layout of the area formerly used as a Maori eel pond and food gathering ground. By the 1890s trees were planted and many of these survive today, currently offering shade, a ‘green lung’ for the city and a variety of textures and colours through all the seasons of the year. On the botanical side, there are formal rose gardens and wonderful perennial borders, filled with an amazing array of species, but for me the large trees, the bones of the garden, are what make this a very special place. Go tree spotting and find Australian natives such as the Queensland Lacebark and the amazing Dawn Redwood from China, which was unknown until 1944. A tree near to the Hardy Street entrance was grown from seed sown in Nelson in 1949. There are European lime and copper beech trees, and an Atlas cedar which originates from 61
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A tree fern with a newly emerging frond A peep into the rose garden The formal garden with the Cupid Fountain And after your walk, a place for rest and contemplation
Morocco and the Atlas Mountains of Algeria. Your world tour of trees could include the Mexican Hand Tree, the red flowers of which resemble a human hand. For me, the special Clerodendron is worth hunting out, not only for the glorious perfume of its flowers, but also for the fascinatingly bicoloured fruit. Also within the gardens are the rather gorgeous arched bridges (who can forget the rainbow effect over the water, from the bridge accessing the Chinese Garden, during the Light Festival a few years ago?) These are perfect sites for memorable photographic opportunities. There is a memorial to those citizens of Nelson who served in the Boer War, and other sculptural pieces include the Cupid Fountain (1894) and the Water Wheel which was installed over 100 years later. The Sentinel is a sculpture which is sited in the pond and is a tribute to all the early settlers who came here by a hazardous ocean voyage, either by waka or sailing boat. So â€Ś check out your local botanical garden treasure â€“ relax and take time to smell the roses (and the Clerodendron if it is in flower) and to relish the fact that, here, you donâ€™t have to do the weeding and pruning! 62
Moxini — anything but ordinary B Y M A I K E VA N D E R H E I D E
reat news for homeowners wanting something special and unique for their homes. Rachel and Wayne Boote have just opened Moxini Interiors in Richmond, behind the Night and Day store, in the Warring carpark. So far the feedback has been very positive and complimentary, say the couple. Many visitors comment that a store like this is long overdue in Nelson and Richmond. After returning to New Zealand from Australia, Rachel and Wayne felt there was a real need for a specialist home accessory store in the region, and hope that people now won’t have to travel out of town to source that special piece. They have worked hard to source interesting items from New Zealand and overseas – pieces you won’t find everywhere. “I just love everything in store, and I would be happy to have any of it in my own home,” says Rachel. A few examples are the imported Belgian ceramic fruit sculptures, the exotic timber furniture such as mango, and the exquisite furniture in silver leaf. A big part of Rachel’s focus has been in creating a relaxing and enjoyable shopping experience, right down to the dedicated kids’ play area so parents can relax while having a browse. “The look and feel of the shop is very important to me. I am a shopper and enjoy nothing more than poking around a store. “While some retail products may suit online-type shopping, I believe that with homewares and interiors in particular, you need to see the colour and feel the textures, and that is very hard to get right buying online.” Wayne’s background is in business, while Rachel has enjoyed many years in the interior design industry both here and overseas. She is happy to offer advice instore, and if people want more help she is available for in-home consultancy as well. “I am passionate about interiors and like nothing more than seeing people get the look and feel they are after for their homes. I am not necessarily a follower of trends but would rather help people find their own style, and if you love something and it makes you feel good, then mission accomplished. “We want to keep the shop fresh, with new and exciting stock arriving regularly.
We even have some nice Christmas gift ideas in-store for the festive season.” Some of the products you can expect to see include furniture, art, cushions, ceramics, lamps, mirrors and floor rugs, plus plenty of fun and feel-good pieces. There is even a nice range of imported jewellery for the ladies. The couple chose the location for its excellent parking, the light and bright aspect to the store and the required floor space. There is also a lot of growth
happening at Richmond. Moxini is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 10am–3pm. “We are sure you will find a visit very enjoyable and we look forward to meeting you. We are confident you will find Moxini anything but ordinary.”
Contact 12 John Wesley lane, Richmond Phone: (03) 5441515
This salad is something a little different for the summer barbeque. The light and flavoursome noodle dish utilises the fresh greens and herbs so abundant in early summer. The Vietnamese-inspired flavours are perfectly balanced with salty, sweet and sour, with the addition of bitter salad greens to complete the four essential flavours of Asian cuisine. Serves 4 Marinade 400g rump steak 1 teaspoon fish sauce Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil Dressing 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1 tablespoon tamari or light soy sauce 1 teaspoon palm sugar 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 tablespoons water Salad 200g packet bean thread noodles (or rice noodles) Handful coriander leaves Handful mint leaves Handful Vietnamese mint (or extra mint) 2 cups salad greens 2 carrots, grated Chopped red chilli to garnish 1 small free-range egg
Method: Marinate the steak with the fish sauce and oil for several hours or overnight. When ready to eat, grill the steak on a hot barbeque for 3-5 minutes on each side until medium rare. Rest on a plate for 10 minutes. Combine the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well. Cook the noodles to packet instructions and then drain and refresh under cold water (this also prevents sticking). Prepare the vegetables and herbs. Cut the grilled steak into thin slices and combine in a large bowl with the noodles and vegetables. Drizzle over the dressing and garnish with chopped chilli if using. Serve warm or cold - this salad can be made ahead of time. For more of Nicolaâ€™s delicious seasonal recipes check out her Homegrown Kitchen 2016 Calendar. Now available from calendar retailers nationwide and online at Homegrown-Kitchen.co.nz
Vietnamese beef noodle salad B Y N I C O L A G A L L O WAY
Mahana kitchen show-off restaurant for summer visitors BY MAXWELL FLINT
am not sure why eateries attached to wineries are often so good, especially as the food thing is secondary to their core business. I have had some of the best meals at winery restaurants - Herzog and Pegasus Bay to name a few. Mrs F and I, together with a couple of friends, recently visited the revamped Mahana (formerly Woollastons) tasting room and kitchen in the impossibly beautiful Gardners Valley on Old Coach Road. The first thing you realise upon entering the winery is that whoever built it isn’t short of a few shekels. A serious amount of money has been spent here. Luckily, the expenditure has also been accompanied by good taste. Lots of art, a beautifully designed dining area, highend finishing with attention to detail décor, but not flashy or ‘look at me’-ish. I hate gimmicks or unnecessary clutter on the table. Less is always best. Our table
was positively Scandinavian in its clean simplicity. After a wine tasting, where the Mahana Clays and Gravels Riesling 2014 and the Mahana Clays and Gravels Pinot Noir 2012 both stood out as seriously good wines, we went to our table and launched into the menu. Our guests from Timaru shared their food, so I had a taste of everything. (It must be a quaint Timaru custom to ensure the whole village gets fed). On the table went a charcuterie board of prosciutto, salami and chicken liver parfait $22, grain-fed beef carpaccio $22 and milk drop mozzarella with olive tapenade and rocket $17. The charcuterie board was good. A decent, Italian prosciutto with an excellent chicken liver parfait - apparently home-made. The beef carpaccio was very good. Nice and simple as it should be with nothing too strong to destroy the beef.
The mozzarella - tapenade combo wasn’t a perfect marriage. Too many anchovies in the tapenade made it searingly salty and it completely dominated the dish. On to the main course; vine smoked ora salmon, saffron cream and shaved fennel $30 and wakanui beef fillet, oyster mushrooms and smoked butter $31. The salmon had just the right amount of smoking, beautifully cooked and accompanied by an excellent saffron sauce. Top marks. The beef was cooked perfectly, both tender and flavoursome, highlighted by moreish oyster mushrooms. One small niggle here. The beef had a small block of smoked butter on top, but the beef wasn’t warm enough to melt the butter so I wasn’t quite sure what to do with a lump of butter. We ordered a green salad and wonderfully crunchy agria potatoes, both $6, as accompaniments. The desserts were not up to the previous courses’ high standard unfortunately. The lemon and almond tart $14 by itself was quite good but unfortunately someone had attacked it with a blow touch or it had been left too long under the grill. The burnt tart was marginally ok, but the cremated lemon zest left an acrid taste in the mouth. The Mahana raspberry and brut traditionelle truffle $5 was pleasant enough but not enough for the price. Despite a few hiccups, this was a very enjoyable lunch. Chic restaurant décor, good food, excellent views and attentive service. The perfect show-off restaurant for the visiting guests that always turn up for summer.
Mahana Kitchen Cost: $145 incl. two glasses of wine Value for money: Food: Atmosphere: Service:
December Feature Dish
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Pan-fried lamb rump, served with Escalivada, a smokey grilled aubergine puree from the Catalan region of Spain, using fresh local aubergines. The dish is topped with a fresh lemon-zest, garlic, and parsley, gremolata-salsa. Excellent with a Spanish Rioja.
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Dr Reay’s Christmas survival kit B Y P H I L L I P R E AY
would like to dedicate this column to all the wives, mothers and partners who may find Christmas a tad stressful. No doubt you fine ladies will go to bed late on Christmas Eve, after the final present, that you bought, is wrapped. Your better half would have intended to help, but surprise, surprise, you did most of it. Don’t think you are going to sleep in. Oh no. If you have young children, on Christmas morning you will discover they all suffer from hyperactivity. Just what you want at five am. Anyway, what’s the use of sleeping when you have work to do? There’s breakfast to get, sibling fights to break up and tears to wipe, especially when the new toy you bought falls apart. Then, of course, the Christmas lunch to prepare, and if you’re super lucky it won’t just be for your family, but joy oh
the wine the cuisine the art the views the destination
joy, the relatives are coming. You know the ones - those you hardly ever see except at Christmas. The odd relatives - the uncle who repeats himself and smells slightly funky and the naughty sister who drinks too much and flirts with your husband. Yes, it is going to be a long day. Fear not, Dr Reay is going to recommend some small libations to help you through this difficult time. You have to start with bubbles. Thank goodness for CO2. It sends the alcohol straight to the blood stream. If you are in Nelson, then try Mahana Methode Traditionelle. Dry, elegant and well-made. In Blenheim, it has to be No 1 Family Estate. Try the No 8 Cuvée. They are all good from Mr Le Brun but No 8 is the best value for money. Start drinking before you start cooking. That way if it all turns to rubbish, who cares? Perhaps a white next to go with the relative’s fish dish. It probably doesn’t matter what type of white since most dishes brought to the meal have long since lost their culinary appeal. You might as well get any joy you can from the wine. In Blenheim, try Dog Point Section 94, oak-aged Sauvignon Blanc. It’s excellent. Or any of the Greywacke Wild Sauvignon series. Wildly good. From Nelson, Blackenbrook Gewürztraminer. Hopeless with fish, but a damn good wine. You will be feeling slightly more relaxed at this stage, but there is still the main course to serve. This will undoubtedly include some meat
Fear not, Dr Reay is going to recommend some small libations to help you through this difficult time.
mountain of turkey, ham, lamb or incinerated chickens. Pinot Noir is the obvious choice here. Not too heavy since everyone will be getting full as a tick. Try Neudorf Vineyards Pinot Noir Tom’s Block. It’s a great wine that can be drunk relatively young - full of flavour but not overly heavy. Or go for Framingham Pinot Noir 2014. It’s not going to break the bank and is a decent drop. It is described as a ‘feminine style’ Pinot, perfect for an afternoon. Hang in there it is almost over, just the dessert to go. Desserts are always a torture at Christmas. Something you like but are probably too full to enjoy. Don’t worry about a dessert wine, it’s just too much. Embarrass your children and go for a glass of port. Anything from Taylors - a vintage if you’re feeling flush. Well done, it’s over.
Festive brews from the Top of the South BY MARK PREECE
hen Santa comes down the chimney this Christmas Eve he’ll likely be looking for more than his annual glass of Tui. Brewers in the Top of the South are wrapping up their festive brews just in time for his visit. Marlborough based brewery Moa does three festive IPA releases every year – Christmas, Easter and mid-winter. Head brewer David Nicholls says they’ve all been highly successful. “We’ve seen a five-fold increase in the number of cases we sell – that’s the type of growth we are seeing.” While last Christmas Moa focussed on an American style west coast IPA, this year’s festive brew has gone down an American hop route with a little New Zealand hops to complement it. The hops he’s chosen have a real pine resin character which he describes as ‘a Christmas tree in a glass’ style of IPA. “It’s something that can be enjoyed on a hot summer’s day, not too alcoholic - like a double IPA - and something that whacks plenty of flavour punch,” David says. Blenheim’s Renaissance Brewery is also getting into the festive spirit with a repeat of its sell-out Abundance Baltic Cherry Porter. So if you’re working on your Christmas wish-list here’s a good start:
While last Christmas Moa focussed on an American style west coast IPA, this year’s festive brew has gone down an American hop route with a little New Zealand hops to complement it.
Renaissance’s Abundance Baltic Cherry Porter 7.6% ABV. They say: a complex beer which goes well with numerous holiday delights such as mince pies, chocolate Santas, rich fruit cake and leftover turkey curry. Moa Festive IPA (Belgium edition) 6.0% ABV. They say: an American style India Pale Ale fermented with a Belgian ale yeast. Hopped with Columbus for bittering, late
hopped with Amarillo, Simcoe and Citra, and dry hopped with Citra and Amarillo, citrus (tangelo) and pine resin characters feature in this hop dominant IPA. Sprig and Fern’s Galactic Pale Ale 5.0% ABV. They say: a golden coloured pale ale brewed with the most internationally recognised Australian hop named ‘galaxy’. The hop imparts delightful peach, passionfruit and citrus flavours.
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New Zealand’s best swimming spots BY SOPHIE PREECE
Nelson and Marlborough are blessed with beautiful swimming spots. Get ready to strip off and plunge in this summer.
Beer columnist and son enjoying the Pelorus river
Top of the South has three of the country’s ten best swimming spots, according to the latest AA Directions. The first is the stunning emerald water of Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, on the Nelson edge of Marlborough. The second is the beautiful Lake Rotoiti, on the Marlborough edge of Tasman, where grand old eels with chilly eyes lurk beneath the jetty. And the third is Cleopatra’s Pool in Abel Tasman National Park, where a natural moss-clad waterslide runs into a gorgeous rock pool. At Pelorus, 60km from Blenheim, the brave leap from the bridge, although it’s always a good idea to check before you jump. WildTomato editor Jack Martin says many years ago his wife “almost sent me to my death off Pelorus Bridge”. She convinced him to climb over the barrier and prepare for a plunge, and it wasn’t until people started yelling up at him from
the water below that he realised the lay of the riverbed had changed. They went on to find a more modest leap from a rock around the corner. At Lake Rotoiti, 90km south of Nelson, the water is cool and clear, with a majestic backdrop of mountains. Here the brave leap from the worn wooden jetty - brave not because of any great height or challenge, but because the big old eels that gather beneath will rapidly slide towards a disturbance. I adore eels when watching them from the safety of a wharf, but when at Rotoiti I invariably swim well away. Cleopatra’s Pool lies between between Torrent Bay and Anchorage in the Abel Tasman and is one of those slices of remote paradise that make you thankful you live in such a beautiful neck of the woods. AA Directions editor Kath Webster says the editorial team pulled together the list of 10 favourite summer swimming
holes to help Kiwis make the most of summer. “What we love about swimming holes is that they’re not always easy to find, so stumbling across one is like finding a hidden gem,” she says. The list also includes spots that were highly recommended by AA Members. Ten Top Swimming Spots Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, Marlborough Cleopatra’s Pool, Abel Tasman National Park Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes, South Island Karekare Falls, Waitakere, Auckland Bulli Point, Lake Taupo Blue Spring, Putaruru, Waikato Kerosene Creek, Rotorua Rainbow Falls, Kerikeri Mermaid Pool, Matapouri, Northland Mosquito Point, Whanganui
There are of course many more wonderful places to plunge. If you think you’ve got a swimming spot to rival AA’s picks, email Sophie at: email@example.com
THINGS TO DO
Some suggested ways to entertain the in laws during the holidays
amish Beard admits he’s never really grown up. That explains why his backyard is chock-full of amazing adventure activities that keep adrenalin junkies entertained for hours. “It’s a bit like a page out of The Dangerous Book for Boys,” says Hamish as he lists the activities on offer at Grovetown’s Archery Plus. In addition to bows and arrows, there is axe throwing, ninja star throwing, air-rifle shooting and more. Set in a magical rural location surrounded by vineyards, Archery Plus is the perfect place for summer parties or corporate team-building sessions. Hamish and Angie run the venture in the well-tended grounds of Dartington Barn, after renovating it from a function centre to a gorgeous family home. The two-and-a-half hour sessions are carefully managed and offer a fantastic summer activity for those looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. Bookings are essential and all gear and tuition are provided.
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he wind whips through your hair, the boat beneath you speeds, spins and twirls, and the crystal-clear waters of the Pelorus River rush past. Welcome to Pelorus Jet, the new and exciting tourism venture Michael Tarrant is bringing to Marlborough, and the first jetboat operation in the region. Operating out of Havelock marina, Pelorus Jet will offer rides that are informative as well as thrilling. “The Pelorus River, Estuary and Sound are beautiful and undiscovered areas and I want to showcase them to people in an ecofriendly way,” says Michael. “I plan to show the wildlife, including the endemic birds – without impacting on them – tell a little of the area’s history and ensure passengers have the thrills that jetboating is known for.” Michael, from Kaiumu Bay, is passionate about the Pelorus area and jetboating, and is enthusiastic about sharing both with others. His first boat, a bright blue 12-seater called Pjet2, has been custom-built for the job. Michael hopes to have it running by mid-December, with plans for more boats. He will initially offer two 40-minute trips a day, at 11am and 2pm, costing $98 per adult. pelorusjet.co.nz 0508 538 735 Havelock Marina, Havelock
KATIE GOLD & OWEN BARTLETT GALLERY
o visit to Upper Moutere is complete without calling in to view the strikingly unique works of these award winning clay artists who reside in the centre of Upper Moutere Village, 25 minutes from Nelson. The gallery operates from the downstairs of their charming historic home that sits in more than half a hectare of rambling cottage gardens complete with roses, hedgerows, an orchard, a fountain and a sheep. Standing proud at the entrance to the property is one of the regions most photographed buildings in the form of the original and very derelict house which plays the supporting role to a 100 year old wisteria vine. Katie is known for her distinctive forms that are created by layering thin strips of clay to create vessel and bowl forms which are embellished with stunningly coloured and textured glazes along with printed clay images that capture the essence of her environment. Owen makes a selection of contemporary designer tableware, along with limited edition sculptural pieces and the delightfully quirky schools of clay herrings. This gallery is a great example of “Art in its own place” as customers will see the artist’s garden, pat the cat and meet the person who made the piece they choose. A piece that will always remind them of that special day in The Moutere. Moutere Village 03 543 2544 owenbartlettpottery.co.nz
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Scows of Tasman Bay BY STEVE THOMAS
lmost every year in the lead-up to Christmas, I recall memories of a young whipper snapper trying to reconcile how Santa managed to transport all the presents to the thousands of eager kids around Nelson. Aged about five, it suddenly hit home that perhaps Santa engaged shipping companies to help him out? Perhaps my marine engineer Dad could shed some light? As engineer on various coastal scows that regularly called at Port Nelson, he may be able to explain but alas, no. I never came up with a satisfactory answer until it was suggested by neighbouring kids that Santa’s legend may be a meagre fantasy. The age of innocence was gone. At about the same time my Santa fantasy was brought to an end, the age of the coastal scow was also drawing to a close. One of the last scows to regularly ply New Zealand’s coastal waters was the 86ft round bilge auxiliary schooner Te Aroha. Launched in 1909 at Totara North and built by T Lane & Sons, the Te Aroha
was a regular sight around Tasman Bay from around 1936 to 1976. She was owned by the Karamea Shipping Co, and being of very shallow draft she could navigate all the tidal entrances around our rugged coastline. Mapua, Motueka and even Golden Bay’s Para Para Inlet could be accessed. An impressive list of cargo was carried. Timber, wool, livestock, coal, fruit and dolomite were regulars, although my Dad once reminisced about a load of soap powder causing a minor panic when crossing the Hokitika Bar. A rogue wave broke over the deck, popping the cargo hatch open. We all know what happens when soap powder and water mix, right? At least the ship had a nice clean deck on arrival at the wharf! The smaller 70ft green coloured Portland was also a familiar visitor to the bay. Nicknamed the ‘Green Linnet’ by her crew she was captained by the renowned Bill ‘Ricketty’ Ricketts for over 20 years. She carried cement from Port Tarakohe and once carried a load of apples from the Opawa River, Blenheim, over to
The sea can be a mighty influence, a mix of romance, passion and fear all rolled into one. Wellington. The Portland’s commercial days ended in 1976 when she hit an unknown object near the Karori Rock Lighthouse in Cook Strait. She was last sighted at Pounawea, up the Owaka River in South Otago, converted to a houseboat. But back to fleeting memories. My last childhood recollection of the Te Aroha was a rainy winter’s day in the mid 1970s. I recall my dad throwing me in the car and muttering something about his old ship being aground at Mapua. Out we went in the old Rover 2000 to see what I thought must be a big maritime disaster, a real shipwreck. When we got there all I could see was an old tub sitting happily on the mud, looking right at home. The look in my Dad’s eye is what I remember most clearly. The sea can be a mighty influence, a mix of romance, passion and fear all rolled into one. You have to love that.
ColorBox Painting and Decorating B Y M A I K E VA N D E R H E I D E
hen painter and decorator Julius Tyukodi first set foot on New Zealand soil in 2003, he could not have dreamed that 13 years later his skills with a paintbrush would lead to his owning a large and successful painting company in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. His Nelson-based company, ColorBox Painting and Decorating, has just celebrated its 10th birthday. It employs 15 people and offers painting, gibstopping and wallpapering services across Nelson, Richmond, Tasman and Golden Bay. But back when it all started in 2005, ColorBox consisted only of Julius, his painting gear and the skills he’d learned while training for his trade in his home country of Hungary. Before establishing the business, Julius spent two years gathering experience while employed by another painter, but as soon as he gained New Zealand residency he struck out on his own. His European skills soon became very sought-after. The success of ColorBox has grown on the back of word-ofmouth business and relied on Julius’s high quality of craftsmanship, flawless results, attention to detail and efficiency. When demand became too much for Julius to handle alone, he began putting together a team consisting of tradesmen
handpicked and trained by himself. Julius says the growth and success of ColorBox comes down to the high standards he demands for every job - he is a Registered Master Painter and offers clients the Registered Master Painter five year guarantee - but also his personal approach to customer service. “I try to make everyone happy. I do everything myself, from measuring up to dealing with customers.” Additionally, ColorBox has invested in state-of-the-art equipment and uses only the highest quality Resene and Dulux paints. Julius takes great care to only use ecofriendly, water-based paint, which he says customers look for and appreciate. As Julius’s team has grown, so has the size of the projects he undertakes. One of Colorbox’s recently completed jobs was Nelson’s Summerset Retirement Village, which included its hospital and 200 villas. ColorBox was also responsible for painting the Nelson Quest Apartments, among many other large and public buildings across the region. They are currently working on the Olive Estate Lifestyle Village. Julius himself is well and truly entrenched in his Nelson lifestyle, which he loves. Last month things got even better when he and his fiancēe Sharron Wetere,
a real estate agent, welcomed their first child together. With the new addition, the family is looking forward to an exciting 2016, particularly as Julius’s stepson Jake, will be headed to Argentina to play for the Christchurch High School Old Boys team.
Julius takes great care to only use eco-friendly, water-based paint, which he says customers look for and appreciate. Although life just got a whole lot busier, Julius says ColorBox already has plenty of large projects booked for next year. However, he adds that the ColorBox team still takes on jobs of every size, including residential homes. “For us it’s not about how big or small the jobs are, we take care of everything.”
Contact 0800 210 310 colorbox.co.nz
Ford at SUV summit BY GEOFF MOFFETT
ord has scaled new heights, launching itself into the go-hard or go-home world of big SUVs with genuine off-road capability. Based on the architecture of the class-leading Ranger ute, the Everest has no doubt been named to evoke images of tough terrain conquerors. Americans would call it a truck, but it’s wrapped in saloon car comforts. The Everest is so different to the Territory because it’s based on the Ranger’s ladder chassis, has low and high ratio 4WD, rear diff lock, three tonnes of towing power, with proper rock-hopping ground clearance and the impressive ability to wade through 800mm high rivers. The Everest offers one engine, the five cylinder, 3.2 litre turbo charged diesel also used in the Ranger. The Everest may be based on the Ranger, but luxury is at another level. This is a seven seat, leather cabin full of trimmings. There’s voice activated command for everything from audio and navigation to air temperature, and the reversing camera screen is one of the clearest I’ve seen. You can also get a close-up of the tow bar – so handy when you’re hooking up the boat. Incidentally, the side mirrors are wonderfully humungous and so useful when towing – which you’re likely to be doing with the Everest having a braked hauling capacity of 3000kg. A tow bar comes standard with either model – and each also has an electric tailgate. Yes, with its body-on-chassis 72
construction there’s more sway and roll than you get in a car-type SUV and handling is not as sharp. That’s not to criticise the ride of the big Ford and certainly not if you take it off-road where the chassis/suspension configuration comes into its own. You won’t feel any discomfort, however, on a highway run. You will know, though, that you are riding
Three tonnes of towing power, with proper rock-hopping ground clearance and the impressive ability to wade through 800mm high rivers. in a big vehicle at not much short of five metres and, at 1.8m high, you need to lift yourself up into the cabin. Once there you’ll be happy enough. It’s a big, roomy vehicle with electrically powered and heated front leather seats and a panoramic moon roof (in the top Titanium model) and an eight inch touch screen. Rear passengers are well looked after, too, with their own air conditioning controls and face air vents for those in the third row of seats. On the road the big Ford gets up and moving smartly enough for a vehicle weighing over three tonnes loaded. The lugging power of the diesel will appeal to drivers who tow and navigate steep trails. With its 225mm ground clearance and approach and departure angles of 29.5
and 25 degrees, the Everest is up with the best in the class and there’s a hill descent control to keep you to crawling speed. You can also dial up terrain modes for sand, slippery conditions or rock driving. Most drivers, though, will spend more time on bitumen roads and the Everest is no slouch there, with admirable cabin insulation from noise. Other features include park assist, an alert for traffic crossing behind when you are reversing, a blind spot warning when changing lanes and a mode that vibrates the steering wheel if you drift out of your lane. The Everest has lots to offer in the big SUV class but its steepest challenge may be in the price which, at $88k for the top spec model, puts it in competition with the likes of Toyota Prado and Land Rover Discovery. Ford believes that’s not too much of a mountain to climb.
Tech spec Model reviewed: Ford Everest Titanium Price: $87,990 (trend from $75,990) Power: 3.2 litre five cylinder turbo diesel; 143kw@3,000rpm, 470Nm@1,750-2,500rpm, six-speed automatic Fuel economy: 8.5l/100km combined Vehicle courtesy of MS Ford Nelson
Passport to Hell B Y T O M G O U LT E R
here is to me,” observed Walt Whitman, standing aloof in 1900 and gazing into the encroaching century, “something profoundly affecting in large masses of men, following the lead of those who do not believe in Men.” Thirty-six years later — taking breaths between World Wars to sweep up at home before the next big skirmish abroad — Robin Hyde would use Whitman’s words as inspiration and epigraph for Passport to Hell. Passport — re-released this year — has earned a prestigious place in the pantheon of New Zealand war writing. Anticipating the century’s blurring of the lines between journalism and novelisation, Hyde called the book her first novel; however she, and many returned servicemen, staunchly defended the truth of the events depicted, not to mention the sobering realism at the heart of the book’s inquiry into 20th-century conflict. The book recounts the wartime exploits of James Douglas Stark, a career private whose bravery and bastardry had seen him through the Great War and into Mount Eden gaol — upon whose inhumane conditions Hyde was reporting when she came across the former soldier. Deeply distrustful of the ‘unthinking hero-worship’
Passport to Hell: Robin Hyde, Auckland University Press
The book recounts the wartime exploits of James Douglas Stark, a career private whose bravery and bastardry had seen him through the Great War and into Mount Eden gaol. she saw accorded to the soldier’s uniform, Hyde embarked upon a history of Starkie’s war. The resulting document is as vital an exploration as we’ve ever had of New Zealand at war — and at the end of the Anzac-heavy 2015, well worth a holiday read. But in a year when so much of the country’s creative energy has gone toward marking the industrialised bloodbaths of the past, it’s as worthwhile as ever to celebrate the individual creative urge that’s been just as integral in our history. Gregory O’Brien — he of 2015’s wonderful Whale Years — has scarce had time to dust the Kermadec sand out of his shoes before releasing See What I Can See. Subtitled ‘New Zealand Photography for the Young and Curious’, O’Brien’s book provides an impassioned, enthusiastic history and overview of the country’s photography. Bright and coffee-table-shaped, this is a kids’ picturebook for adults, a trip through visual culture augmented by O’Brien’s verbal talent for describing how an image feels. The young and curious will take to it immediately. But anyone who sometimes feels their youth or curiosity waning should find a quick flick-through — or a concerted immersion — will work wonders. 74
See What I Can See: Gregory O’Brien, Auckland University Press
Don’t let the taxman spoil Xmas B Y M A I K E VA N D E R H E I D E
estive largesse is an admirable and eagerly anticipated feature of many Kiwi workplaces, but what tax obligations should businesses be aware of when sharing the love this Christmas? “More than you might think,” says Johnston Associates South tax specialist Kelvin Scoble. With more than 20 years of experience in tax, accounting, financial management and forensic investigations, Kelvin can easily break down the, for many, perplexing and highly technical world of tax obligations. “Whatever form your celebrations take, it pays to keep both eyes wide open on the issue of tax. Nothing deflates your Christmas balloon more quickly than an after-party tangle with the tax man, particularly if the issues are too glaring to ignore and have to be corrected one way or another.” To avoid this, Kelvin has put together a quick summary that should help you steer clear of trouble or at least signpost where you might need advice. Functions and meals at work or a venue are only 50 percent deductible, and this also extends to any incidental
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costs such as taxis or music. If employees or other guests pay a contribution, this offsets the amount you can claim as a deductible expense, explains Kelvin. The same principles apply in reverse if guests pay the bill but the boss provides a subsidy. Total deductibility is limited to light refreshments like morning teas for staff. The 50 percent limitation applies for all travel within New Zealand, but could increase to 100 percent for overseas trips. FBT (Fringe Benefit Tax) might also apply: “This is driven by fact and circumstance, so talk the detail through with your accountant before committing to something that ends up posing a much larger economic cost than originally thought,” says Kelvin. Gifts of food and drink to clients and business associates are 50 percent deductible, but other types of gifts are usually fully deductible. “Gifts to employees may also be fully deductible but are generally subject to the FBT rules, so there could be an additional tax cost if certain thresholds are exceeded. Gifts of money are wholly taxable in the recipient’s hands because they are deemed
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to be a form of employment income.” Kelvin describes FBT as a “complex beast with sharp teeth and a large bite which devours absolutely everything in the net, not just the value of any benefits above the thresholds for exemption.“FBT applies only to non-cash gifts to employees, including past and future staff and ‘associates’ of staff. If the employee can choose when they receive or enjoy the gift it will be subject to FBT, but only where the value of gifts is more than $300 per employee per quarter, or $1,200 in a 12-month period, or alternatively, more than $22,500 for all staff over any 12-month period. Vouchers and food hampers are examples of the types of gifts that qualify as fringe benefits.” Donations to charities are tax deductible if made to a registered charity. Finally, don’t forget about GST: “If it doesn’t work 100 percent for income tax then it is only partially allowable for GST as well, so make output tax adjustments for any non-deductible expenditure. Ordinarily this is an end-of-year exercise for most businesses and your accountant will pick it up if it drops off your radar.”
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SHOWCASE NELSON W
hat’s happened since we featured Showcase Nelson in May? Over the last six months I’ve been presenting the business proposition to potential investors. We now have 60 to 70% of the funding and sponsors in place. Sunny Side Up will take place on Easter Saturday 2016 (March 26). The line-up is Ryan Edwards, Hobnail, the Feelers, Fly My Pretties, Electric Light Orchestra and Chicago, and we are awaiting the availability of Chris Rea. Contracts are yet to be signed and deposits yet to be paid. We will re-ignite the Taste Nelson Festival after year three, when we’ve displayed our capability and built the critical mass in attendee numbers, but we are seeking to build Taste Nelson into a celebration of regional produce. Showcase Nelson as a company will be directed by a board, which Julian Raine has agreed to chair. We have also made a call to support five local organisations: The Suter Gallery, Nelson School of Music, Nelson Tasman Hospice, Coastguard and the Rescue Helicopter Trust.
What is the long-term vision? Showcase Nelson is a vehicle to attract visitors to the region by staging mediumsized outdoor concerts during summer. Think Annie Lennox, Don Henley, Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, James Taylor, Robert Cray...We plan to offer a mouthwatering mix of international artists and homegrown talent. Beyond year three, we will establish a membership base (friends of Sunny Side Up) capped at 20,000. This reduces risk for investors and lowers our marketing costs. In year four we’ll investigate a five to seven-day music festival, very likely country and honouring Nelson’s own Tex Morton. We also want to investigate the market for more exclusive, fully catered events, for example Adele or Eric Clapton playing for 300 in Moutere. Current challenges? The basics to attract investors are: artists, date, location and ticket price. Right now we remain three to four platform partners short. Naturally we need the funding in place before signing contracts and paying deposits. The other challenge is to keep our world-class team together prior to achieving the funding. Only then can we display our capability to investors, sponsors and everyone across the region.
Why does Nelson need Showcase? We aim to close the summer in style with a premium line-up of artists. The event will also be catered by a renowned local restaurateur, and we will have regional wine and beer. We need fresh thinking to put Nelson back on centre-stage. We need to give people reasons to visit beyond sunshine, wine, fruit, seafood and national parks. How can people help? • Like us on Facebook to stay informed with Showcase Nelson. • Keep Saturday March 26 free. Longterm, 60% of attendees will be visitors to Nelson, but for the first three years local support is vital. • We invite enquiries from potential investors to join a closed group opportunity. Only individuals who have a desire to see Nelson prosper and who qualify as a “wholesale investor” under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 will ultimately be invited to invest.
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Mahana, the ultimate winery destination
BY BOB IRVINE
ahana fuses fine wine, cuisine and art into one hedonistic experience. Using certified organic grapes produced from the Moutere Hills and Waimea Plains, winemaker Michael Glover employs minimal-input winemaking combined with both traditional and alternative techniques to produce dynamic, uncompromising wines. A tasting at Mahana Cellar Door, encircled by local and international art exhibits, delivers a rich experience, and the wines achieve perfection when paired with farm-to-table cuisine from Executive Chef Jason Innes and Head Chef Tony Robson-Burrell at the Mahana Kitchen. Mahana offers a striking, modern atmosphere surrounded by sweeping views of the vineyard, the Southern Alps and Tasman Bay. If you want to indulge yourself completely, book a weekend stay at the architecturally impressive Mahana Villa, where you can relax and contemplate one of the largest, privatelyheld modern art collections in the Southern Hemisphere. Mahana has already proven itself as one of the top function and wedding venues in the country. From intimate dinners at Mahana Kitchen to gala events in the jaw-dropping Mahana Cellars, the estate has multiple venues and backdrops to choose from. With their own on-site
coordinator, each function is created completely bespoke for the guests. So where does one find this playground of indulgence? Hint: it used to be named after well-known painter Toss Woollaston and is nestled in the rolling Moutere Hills winegrowing region. A number of happenings led up to the renaming of the estate from Woollaston to Mahana. As many locals may be aware, Toss’s son Philip Woollaston was a founding partner in the company along with majority shareholder Glenn Schaeffer, an American-born hotelier, author, art collector and philanthropist. Glenn recently moved to New Zealand to take a more active role in the company he built and, at the same time, Philip was approaching a well-deserved retirement (though he remains a part-owner). In addition to all of this, winemaker Michael Glover, who has a well-earned reputation as one of the top dozen winemakers in Australasia, was returning to his roots in the Moutere region to head up the 2015 vintage at the estate. The vibrant new logo is based on a large, modern stainless-steel hawk sculpture that can be seen standing guard over the Mahana Vineyard. Glenn commissioned this piece from well-known artist and kaumatua Fred Graham. For Glenn, this
sculpture reminds him, more than any other, of the vineyard and the reason for its creation. He explains: “The hawk is a protector and steward of the vineyard, just as we, the Mahana team, are also protectors and stewards of this land.” The logo is completed by a sun flare motif as a nod to the high sunshine hours in the region. Margaret Kramer, Director of Sales and Marketing, says the new look and name “represent not only who we are as a people, but also capture elements of our core ideology and essence. Dynamic, thoughtprovoking and uncompromising – this is Mahana.”
Contact 243 Old Coach Rd, Upper Moutere Bookings 03 543 2817 ext 8 mahana.nz
Nelson Jazz Festival hits the quarter century
read recently that the ten most hated music genres included techno, poppunk, gangsta rap, emo, country, nu metal and wait for it – smooth jazz. Is that a bit harsh? Since jazz really started as pop music it’s reassuring for those who like it that, despite losing its mass appeal, it still exists. Maybe that’s only just. Yes, as they say – rock music is playing three chords to thousands of people and jazz is playing thousands of chords to three people. I declare a conflict of interest here as I play jazz, but acknowledge that it really is self-indulgent. I enjoy playing, but am not always confident that the audience (if there is one) enjoys listening to it. So it’s kind of remarkable that the Nelson Jazz Club is about to embark on its 25th Nelson Jazz Festival. That’s no mean feat. To keep the energy levels high enough to produce a yearly festival is admirable. To keep it going for quarter of a century is outstanding. To top it off the ‘show’ just seems to get better and better, with people coming from all over the country to both perform and enjoy the festival. It’s not just the fact that it’s based in sunny Nelson at the height of summer 78
(although that’s probably got a lot to do with it), but the great mix of local and out of town acts with a variety of venues scattered round the city seems to work well. I’d like to see a purpose-built outdoor venue in the main street for this festival, and hopefully that’s something that organizers will consider in the future.
“One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” LOU REED
Out of town acts include the Wellington City Shake Em-on-Downers (described as ‘hot Dadaist swing’); this swinging septet will serve you up a spicy gumbo of musical treats. Shaken not Stirred was a big hit at last year’s festival and this six piece returns to deliver its mix of jazz blues and lounge grooves, led by the intrepid Damian Forlong. Front man for frequent Nelson visitors, Hot Club Sandwich, Andrew London returns with his own trio and
some quirky new original songs that poke fun at some of New Zealand society’s obsessions and taboos. My old mates from Christchurch, Swing 42, appear on the bill with guest guitarists from Nelson and Wellington. They are an acoustic swing band that plays music in the style of the famous ‘Quintet of the Hot Club of France’. The River City Jazzmen, based in Christchurch, is a sextet of musicians who focus on the best of the Dixieland standards. Performing together for over six years, they have, in a former incarnation, twice visited Nelson as Red Hot & Dixie. Local acts include the Nelson Jazz Quartet, my own band Django Schmango, the Nelson Big Band, Chris Baillie and Out on Bail, The Amazing Vandini Brothers, Coyote Blues, Katrina and the Swingmen, and the subject of my last column Humankindness. So get out and enjoy this celebration of 25 years of the Nelson Jazz Festival. A big thanks to the Nelson Jazz Club and to the host of core funders and sponsors who have made this festival possible. Never forget what Lou Reed said … “One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.”
Join us for a feast of jazz and blues held in stunning locations around the region Visit www.nelsonjazzfest.co.nz for event details
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Industries proved to be the catalyst for my development as an artist. Object Design (textile, jewellery, sculpture) made a huge impression on me with tactility emerging as a key element of my work, then and now. I graduated in 2014 with a BA — my eyes, and mind, are more open than ever.
I understand your textile artwork has even gone abroad. What can you tell me about its travels and fame? My final graduation work, ‘nineteen thousand words and counting’, (machine-stitched panels featuring stream-of-consciousness made visible with invisible monofilament thread), has exhibited at Objectspace Gallery in Auckland. It received Best in Show 2015, and is currently in the U.K at the Knitting & Stitching Show, (London, Dublin and Harrogate). It’s empowering to be part of a group of NZ textile/ fibre artists participating in this hugely prestigious event for the very first time.
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Chrissie Cleary is rising ever-higher in the world of textile art, moving from ‘the classroom’ to ‘the gallery’ in a few short years. Find out more below. What does your art mean to you? Making art is my way of relating to the world, understanding what it means to be human, delving into the Human Condition, learning and growing as I go. My work may be ‘all about me’ but it could also be about anyone; it is both personal and universal, each piece referencing our ever-shifting, precarious place in this world. Viewers may hopefully be intrigued by what they recognise in my work, who knows. 82
Is your artwork crafted with a simplistic design, or one laced in intricacy? My work involves combining simple individual processes in order to create a visually complex whole; photographic image, text, machine-stitch, material layered with hidden meaning. The controlled unpredictability of ‘freeform machine-stitch’ features strongly in my work. Repetition, line, texture, I play with whatever comes to mind.
When did you first embark on this creative journey? Was it always in the headlights? Over the years I have toyed with creativity in numerous forms. Enrolling in 2011 as a mature student with NMIT Creative
Being a highly curious person has led me to surprising and satisfying outcomes. It’s encouraged me to experiment with unusual material, play with different textures, seek strange combinations and be free of expectation. It’s made me want to continually push my work, just to see where it finally ends up.
What happens next for Chrissie Cleary? Will you go on to fill the world’s most prestigious galleries? Exhibiting at Tate Modern or MOMA would be fabulous, but will only ever happen in my wildest dreams! Here in the real world, Waiheke Community Art Gallery has kindly invited me to take part in their summer 2016 exhibition, shortly after which I will be jointly exhibiting at Woods & Co Gallery, Upper Moutere. Also on my agenda is the ‘Changing Threads Contemporary Fibre Art Awards’ at the Refinery ArtSpace and possibly ‘Light Nelson’. 2016 is setting up to be quite a year!
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