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Nelson and Marlborough’s magazine /

ISSUE 125 / DECEMBER 2016 / $8.95

Happy festive season Eat, drink & make merry

Our heritage buildings Kitchen design

Christmas fare

Festive fashion

Cocktails full of flavour

Jazz Festival

Havelock Gallery

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Features Issue 125 / December 2016


32 20 Heritage buildings


renda Webb looks at what the future may hold for Nelson and Marlborough’s heritage buildings


25 Christmas fare


ummy treats for Christmas and New Year from the kitchen of Nicola Galloway

32 Festive fizz


ixologist Nick Widley shares some of his favourite cocktail recipes

39 Kitchen trends


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Columns Issue 125 / December 2016



82 My Education Catharine Salmon & Helen Childs talk to Renee Hollis about using art at NMIT to develop nursing students’ empathy



50 Fashion

Styling by Kelly Vercoe photography by Ishna Jacobs

57 Shoe of the Month

Show your shoe style with holes and cutouts

58 Men's Style By Grayson Napier


62 My Home

Take a visual tour through an award-winning eco-friendly home. By Brenda Webb

67 Dine Out

Restaurant reviewer Maxwell Flint has some suggestions on where to dine during the festive season

68 Wine

'Tis the season to be jolly and Phillip Reay offers some options to add to Christmas cheer

69 Beer

The craft beer industry is set to boom, writes Mark Preece


70 Adventure

Make the most of the Marlborough Sounds this summer with an inter-active cruising guide, says Sophie Preece


62 71 Boating

Steve Thomas revisits the glory days of the coastal traders

72 Travel

Alex Gradeen suggests a few proven apps to make travel easier

73 Motoring

The new Kia Sportage comes complete with a whiff of Audi, says WildTomato motoring writer Geoff Moffett



74 Music

Looking ahead to January’s Nelson Jazz Festival with Pete Rainey

77 Film

Reviewer Eddie Allnutt takes a sneak peek at what’s showing in the Show Me Shorts film festival

78 Arts

John Cohen-Du Four checks out Gallery Havelock and finds a worthy showcase


8 Editorial 10 Bits & Pieces 12 Events 14 Snapped 75 Gallery Must-Haves *Apologies to our readers; sadly there was no room for the regular quiz page, My Garden, My Kitchen or the Interview this month

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The utmost consideration should be given to deciding the future of our heritage buildings.

he end is nigh! By that I mean the end of several things. The end of 2016 is upon us with Christmas mere weeks away, it’s potentially the end of the road for various heritage buildings, and it’s certainly the end of life as they know it for many Americans. Love him or loathe him, Donald Trump will be president of the United States of America and with that will come major change, including New Zealand’s relationship with that super power. Enough said on that for now. Closer to home the threat is to our heritage buildings, with several deemed structurally unsound by today’s earthquake standards. The question has become not how to save them, but whether to save them. Not all will be rescued, and recent shakes may mean even less pass the upgrade test now. The utmost consideration should be given to deciding the future of our heritage buildings. We have so few left, they’re all precious and indeed past restoration and rejuvenation efforts have shown how magnificent they can be. Look at the Theatre Royal, the Suter and Melrose House in Nelson, or Oxley’s Rock in Picton. Let’s get creative and don’t consign something to the scrap heap just because it is old and a bit infirm! This month’s issue is packed full of Christmas cheer including what to wear, eat and drink. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, but remember to make it home safely at the end of the festivities, and also to spare a thought for those less fortunate. The shaking and quakes should have subsided by Christmas, but life will never be the same again for the latest quake victims and the damage to infrastructure and property may impact close to home for some of our readers. Nelson has been a bit removed but still close enough to feel the shakes, whereas those in Marlborough have felt the damage more closely. Mother Nature is a powerful force and no-one knows when she will choose to be fractious so the best we can do is to follow the rules for keeping safe. Fix, fasten and forget is the advice of the Earthquake Commission so hop to it if you haven’t already. Once that’s done, it’ll be time to sit down, relax and unwind with the latest issue of WildTomato. We wish you all a happy and safe festive season and lots of great reading. LY N D A PA P E S C H


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Show Me Shorts film festival


ot to be missed is this year's Show Me Shorts Film Festival on December 3 and 4 at Nelson's Suter Gallery Cafe. Check out page 77 for reviews of two of the short films. This year's festival is showcasing 47 superb short films from New Zealand and around the world, at more than 20 cinemas nationwide.


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Wed 7, 14, 21, 28 Nelson Farmers’ Market Rain or shine, the Farmers’ Market comes to Morrison Square bringing local fresh produce and products from the Top of the South. MORRISON SQUARE

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Sun 18 Carols by Candlelight All your favourite Christmas tunes sung and celebrated in true festive spirit. Pack a picnic, bring some warm clothing and share in the Christmas tradition. Candles available to purchase (gold coin) at the event. Cancelled if wet. WASHBOURN GARDENS, RICHMOND

Sat 24 to Tues 10 Jan Tahuna Beach Sculpture Walk Competition & Showcase A showcase of contemporary sculpture by artists from around the country. TAHUNA BEACH HOLIDAY PARK

Get your team together and participate in the 3rd annual Great Backyard Cricket Comp at the Playhouse Café.Starts at 2pm, round robin tournament and then knock out competition. Teams of five, must register ahead of time at the Playhouse. THE PLAYHOUSE CAFE

Thurs 29 to Sat 31 International One Day Cricket The Black Caps play Bangladesh, so get there and support them. SAXTON OVAL

Fri 30 Richmond Market Day Stalls line Queen St, there is entertainment in Sundial Square and a variety of food. SUNDIAL SQUARE, RICHMOND

Sat 31 NYE Countdown Nelson’s New Year’s Eve Countdown at the top of Trafalgar Street is a great evening of music and fun. Join the crowd to welcome in 2017! Festivities start 5pm. Public streets are alcohol free. Zero tolerance to alcohol or underage drinking. UPPER TRAFALGAR STREET


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Marlborough Artisan Market

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Join the Marlborough artisans for their fourth season. Lots of choice for everyone with food, coffee, jewellery, preserves, veggies, art, crafts, woodwork, pottery and more.



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Musical direction by Robert Tucker and featuring the Marlborough Singers. CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, BLENHEIM

Sun 4 Dec Picton Christmas Parade


A fun family event with competitions, floats, crazy costumes and, of course, Santa.

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Mistletoe Market A large selection of stalls with something for everyone - food, gifts, jewellery, clothes ... Once again this year the Marlborough Artisan Market will be included along with the annual Christmas Parade, starting at 3pm. BLENHEIM TOWN CENTRE

Sun 4 Pre-Christmas Peek Marlborough Hospice Fundraising Self-drive tour of eight homes in and around Blenheim, all beautifully decorated for Christmas. SEYMOUR SQUARE, BLENHEIM

Mistletoe market

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Marlborough Farmers’ Market

Marlborough Jazz Quartet

Enjoy the taste of the freshest seasonal fruit, vegetables and produce that Marlborough has to offer. The Farmers’ Market is full of locally grown and sourced food, sold by the producer.

Refreshing, down to earth jazz and evergreens from Tony, Coral, Robin and Peter. Popular so it pays to book.


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Wed 7 Dave Dobbyn Kiwi music icon Dave Dobbyn entertains with a string of his popular hits. ASB THEATRE MARLBOROUGH

Sat 17 SPCA Black and Gold Charity Ball Walk the red carpet; enjoy bubbles on arrival followed by a delicious 3-course meal, then dance the night away. Perfect for your workplace Christmas function, a great night out and supporting a great cause.


Ignite Marlborough See in the New Year in style with a giant party on the stunning Picton foreshore. Free bus transport from Blenheim to Picton and return. Food and refreshment stalls, culminating in a fabulous fireworks display at midnight. This is an alcohol free event except within cafés, restaurants and bars. Starts 7pm. PICTON FORESHORE



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Heritage Buildings

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A number of landmark buildings have been demolished in Nelson and Marlborough lately, including the historic Trathen’s building in Trafalgar St. Brenda Webb takes a look at some that have been successfully rejuvenated, plus asks experts about the role such buildings play in our towns. 20


enovate or demolish. It’s a tricky question that has been on many people’s minds lately with the demolition of Nelson’s landmark Trathen’s building and the former Dalgety building in Blenheim. Heritage buildings have lasting values and should be retained if possible as they provide an important link to the past, say experts. In a perfect world all historic or heritage buildings – or indeed anything with architectural significance – would be maintained and renovated for future generations to enjoy. However, the tightening of regulations in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes has changed that romantic notion and many owners of such buildings find it is more cost-effective to demolish them than bring them up to modern standards. The recently passed Building (Earthquake-prone buildings) Amendment Bill 2016 has major implications for all owners of non-residential buildings that could be classed as earthquake-prone. Owners will be further required to have their buildings assessed and upgraded. Subsequent demolitions of notable buildings are changing the face of Nelson and Marlborough, but not everyone thinks that is a bad thing. Nelson architect Marc Barron says while there is a strong case for retaining and reusing heritage buildings, each must be judged on its own merits. “It’s very dangerous to say anything old must be saved, as you end up with a nonsensical situation,” he says. “On occasions it may be fundamentally

“Most of us are here because we don’t want to live in a large bland city or town that is like everywhere else.” A M A N DA YO U N G , N E L S O N ARCHAEOLOG IST

Melrose House

ludicrous to save heritage buildings, especially those of little intrinsic value.” Marc says that saving heritage buildings allows values built up over time to be retained, and points out that most great cities around the world rest on a fabric of great heritage buildings. “From that perspective it is essential to keep and reuse heritage buildings where possible, but the real value in retaining them needs to be carefully considered.” A great example of a heritage building retained, says Marc, is the recent renovation of the Suter Art Gallery, which comprises a careful mix of new and old and is a project he was closely involved with. Renovated oldies in Nelson include Melrose House, the Theatre Royal, numerous South Street cottages and Fairfield House to name a few. The central area of Nelson is vulnerable when it comes to heritage buildings and Marc cites the recent demolition of the Trathen’s building as an example. “In my mind it was the best building in Nelson with a fantastic facade, and it was a tragedy it had to go, but I understand why.” Retaining heritage buildings requires a considerable input from the community, says Marc. “If we collectively as a community believe we need to retain heritage buildings then there must be some sort of assistance to reduce the burden on the owners.” That burden is what forces many owners to demolish. The Trathen’s building is a classic example. It was assessed a high earthquake risk by the Nelson City Council, requiring extensive and costly strengthening. Similarly, Nelson’s Haven Precinct redevelopment could be stymied by the huge cost – estimated at $7-10 million – of strengthening foundations to today’s standards. Heritage Nelson chairman Alec Woods, who is also a member of the Nelson Historical Society, was impressed by the way the Trathen family handled the demolition of their historic building. “We were taken through the building by the project manager and engineer and it was obvious it had to come down. It had been pulled apart during the Murchison earthquake (1929), put back together and was past saving. Earthquake remediation today would be prohibitively expensive.”

Theatre Royal

South Street cottages

Cod & Lobster Brasserie


Fairfield House

“Owners are between a rock and a hard place.” C H R I S K N OW L E S , B L E N H E I M ­H E R I TA G E B U I L D I N G S AV I O U R

The owners recognised the significance of the building and released a 90-page illustrated history, produced an archaeological report and incorporated elements of the past into the new building. “The building may not continue but the story does and that is very important and commendable,” says Alec. While he believes in saving historic buildings where possible, he is realistic about the economics and practicalities involved, particularly with the new legislation coming into force in July 2017. “We are aware of the contribution that heritage makes to Nelson and want to see heritage values protected, however earthquake protection will be a key factor affecting Nelson’s heritage landscape in the years to come,” says Alec. The region has a unique stock of old buildings that give it a point of difference and add character to the town, he adds. “Luckily many are timber, which can perhaps withstand earthquakes better than masonry or brick.” Nelson consultant archaeologist Amanda Young is concerned that Nelson’s character is being whittled away as buildings come down – a far too regular occurrence, she says. “It’s demolition of our streetscape by stealth. We are losing the streetscape that gives us a sense of the past.” As an archaeologist, Amanda’s work involves pre-1900 building and she examines sites to record details of human activity. She has been involved in both the demolition and renovation of many notable Nelson buildings, and is very concerned for those that remain. “We should be doing everything we can to save them for many reasons. One, there is an intrinsic value in heritage 22

buildings. Two, they remind us of the past. Three, they give us all the information about the past we can’t get anywhere else, and four, they provide a sense of place.” Public funding should be available so owners are not financially penalised should they choose to retain rather than demolish, Amanda says. In the case of the latter, the collective good shouldn’t be unduly compromised by one person’s financial gain. “Some of my clients have found that it is actually more cost-effective to put their money into earthquake strengthening than demolish.” Amanda says there is an economic benefit to the region in saving its heritage buildings, which help to create an attractive streetscape. “Nelson is known for its lovely old character buildings and I hate seeing these slowly being knocked down. They help provide the special character of Nelson we all love. Most of us are here because we don’t want to live in a large bland city or town that is like everywhere else.” She says that people are sometimes too hasty in demolishing because it is the easy option or they don’t have access to specialised expertise, while others are perhaps using loose interpretations of the earthquake regulations because they would rather start afresh. In Marlborough, notable heritage buildings that have been successfully rescued include the former Public Trust Building on Queen St, Temple Chambers in High St, St Mary’s Church in Maxwell Rd, Oxley’s Apartments in Picton and the Picton and Blenheim railway stations. They are among 60 heritage buildings registered on the Marlborough District Council’s heritage register for Picton, along with 92 for Blenheim. Restoration of the striking art deco Blenheim Public Trust building, now d’Urville Hotel and Restaurant, took place in 1995 when enterprising couple Chris and Julia Knowles converted it into an upmarket café, restaurant and boutique hotel. It has since become a landmark building in Blenheim but Chris is quick to point out that it was an iconic building to begin with and one definitely worth saving. It was designed by architect William Young and built in the 1920s. The restoration took place well before the Canterbury earthquakes when it was far easier and economical to tackle such a project. Chris says many owners of similarly wonderful buildings today are forced to walk away from them due to the high cost of renovating. “We were lucky in that earthquake and engineering requirements were considerably fewer back then, and also we began with a building that had been built to a very high degree of engineering and strength,” he says. “The first visiting engineer during internal alterations said it was unbelievably strong.” The Knowles recognised the Public Trust as a heritage building and were delighted to be able to save it. “It suited our needs and it proved to be a wonderful exercise for us. We were fortunate it was something we could transform, retain the character and put to use.” Chris says he sympathises with owners of heritage buildings today who often face bills of ‘prohibitive millions’ should they try to bring them up to today’s strict standards. “Of course we want to save these buildings but often it is a case of economics – owners are between a rock and a hard place,” he says.

THIS PAGE TOP LEFT: renovated private home; another heritage building being saved RIGHT SIDE TOP TO BOTTOM: distinctive architectural features in the port; an ornate wooden Victorian facade; echoes of a bygone building era; typical art deco design

The sympathetic restoration of Temple Chambers in High St has also resulted in a much-admired building in the centre of Blenheim. Architect Tim Barton was involved with the project, which saw the old ANZ bank partly demolished and partly rebuilt. “We wanted to save the old building and it was economically viable to do so,” he says. “But it’s not always possible to do so and towns don’t survive on their historic buildings.” Tim says there is value in retaining heritage buildings where possible, but in Marlborough the horse has already bolted. “Most of the buildings had already been demolished before the earthquake regulations really started to bite. A lot of those were functionally wrong – many of the old banks in Blenheim were six steps up as they were built in the days of flooding.” Tim says it is pointless in moaning too much about the loss of heritage buildings, and important to look at the streetscape. Blenheim presents as a pleasant town with a few iconic buildings adding to the character. Market St and Market Pl are similar to streets in European towns, and Blenheim is pedestrian-friendly. “A town is much more than buildings and I think Blenheim has a lot to offer – some lovely green spaces as well as some nicely restored buildings,” he says. “Blenheim’s street pattern is slightly unusual in New Zealand and actually quite good. Streets are so narrow you can look at the shop-windows and talk to people on the other side, and there are lots of corner buildings.” 23

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Xmas Recipes

Recipes as special as the festive season Christmas is a time for special treats and eats; a time to break out family favourites and also to try something new such as these tempting offerings. Try one or make them all. Bon appĂŠtit!


Crispy vegetable platter with bagna cauda

& baked feta with walnuts and honey


This rich and flavoursome Italian dipping sauce is traditionally served warm with a selection of crispy vegetable dippers.

Crispy vegetable platter with bagna cauda Ingredients

1 cup cream 8 large anchovies, drained 4 garlic cloves, squashed and peeled 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard About 100 ml extra virgin olive oil Vegetable dippers – cut into bite sized pieces Bunch of red radishes – trimmed and halved Fennel bulb - sliced Baby carrot – peeled and halved 1 cup olives Directions Put the cream, anchovies and garlic into a small saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for 10-12 minutes until the garlic is soft and anchovies have melted into the cream. Remove from the heat and pour into a blender (or use an immersion blender). Add the vinegar and mustard and blitz until smooth. With the engine running slowly drizzle in the olive oil until a thin creamy sauce is achieved. Pour into a small bowl and serve warm with a selection of vegetable dippers and olives.

When baked, feta becomes soft and oozy. Here it is complemented with local small-batch honey and freshly shelled walnuts.

Baked feta with walnuts and honey Ingredients

400g goat feta 1 tablespoon runny bush honey Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil About 2 tablespoons freshly-shelled walnut pieces Oat crackers to serve Directions Preheat the oven 180°C. Drain the feta and place in a small baking dish. Drizzle with honey and olive oil and scatter with walnut pieces. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the feta is soft and just beginning to colour. Add to the vegetable platter along with oat crackers and serve warm.


Manuka baked salmon with green beans with caper pistou with hazelnuts and hasselback potatoes


For a subtle manuka flavour try this baked salmon dish. The caper pistou utilises garden herbs with a delightful fresh flavour that pairs well with rich salmon. For traditional sides serve with green beans and potatoes, or a large salad bowl for a more summery touch to the Christmas table.

Manuka baked salmon with caper pistou Serves 8 Ingredients

1 cup fine manuka chips 8 x 150g salmon fillets - skin on, pin bones removed 1 teaspoon sugar Salt and pepper caper pistou 4 tablespoons capers, well drained Large handful herbs – parsley, mint, coriander, basil 1 clove garlic, peeled Pinch of salt Juice of 1 lemon or lime About 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Directions Line a large baking tray with baking paper and scatter with manuka chips. Place a rack over the chips and arrange the salmon fillets skin side down on the rack. Scatter over the sugar and season well. Cover with a lid or a tent of foil (not touching the salmon) and bake for 25-30 minutes until the salmon is tender and cooked through. Make the caper pistou. On a board roughly chop the capers, herbs and garlic. Scoop into a bowl, add the salt, and stir through the lemon juice and oil until the pistou comes together. Check taste, adding extra salt or lemon as needed. Place the cooked salmon on a large serving platter and spoon over the pistou. Serve warm with green beans and hazelnuts and hasselback potatoes.

Green beans with hazelnuts Blanch about 800g beans in a pot of boiling water for 2 minutes until al dente. Drain and refresh under cold water. Arrange on a serving platter, drizzle generously with extra virgin olive oil and scatter with a handful of toasted hazelnuts.

Hasselback potatoes Preheat oven to 180°C. Wash 12 potatoes (allowing 1-2 per person) leaving the skins on. Make small cuts along each potato about 1mm apart without going right through so the potatoes hold together. Arrange snuggly in a baking dish, scatter generously with salt and smoked paprika and dot each potato with a knob of butter. Bake for 1 hour until the potatoes are golden and tender. 29

This. Is. Pavlova. Perfection. The caramel sauce has a hint of sour astringency from the pomegranate molasses to balance the sweetness of the pavlova. The key is to weigh the egg whites (as they can vary) and use the same weight of sugar to get the perfect balance of crispy meringue outside with a light marshmallow-like center.

Persian inspired Pavlova with pomegranate molasses caramel sauce 6 egg whites, at room temperature - weigh them Pinch of salt Golden caster sugar - same weight as egg whites or approx. 200g 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon corn flour or tapioca starch pomegranate molasses caramel sauce 1/2 cup muscovado or brown sugar 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses 150 ml cream Pinch of salt To serve Thick Greek yogurt or whipped cream 500g punnet strawberries, halved 1 pomegranate, seeds removed Handful pistachios Sprinkle of ‘Fresh As’ raspberry powder Edible rose petals (optional) Line a baking tray with baking paper. Preheat oven to 140°C. Using an electric beater or stand mixer whisk egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes. Slowly add the sugar one tablespoon at a time mixing thoroughly between each addition. Continue beating the meringue for 10 minutes until glossy. Add the vinegar, vanilla and corn flour/tapioca and mix briefly. Spoon the meringue onto the baking sheet into a rough 25cm round. Pile it high as it will sink and spread a little as it cooks. Place in the oven on the middle rack and turn heat down to 120C. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes then turn off the oven and leave to cool completely inside the oven.


Make the caramel sauce. Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat gently until dissolved. Cook for 6-8 minutes until the syrup is golden. Remove from the heat, add the molasses and slowly stir through the cream. Return to the heat and bring back to a gentle boil. Pour into a serving jug. To serve, spoon the yogurt or cream over the pavlova, scatter with halved strawberries, pomegranate seeds, pistachios, berry powder and rose petals (if using). Drizzle with caramel sauce. Use a large spoon to scoop portions of the pavlova onto plates and serve drizzled with extra caramel.

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Christmas Negroni

Fizz up your festivities P HO T O G R A P H Y BY I S H NA JAC OB S

Nick Widley, co-owner and manager of Nelson’s Cod & Lobster Brasserie, can often be found behind the bar flinging bottles around and creating classic and boundary-pushing cocktails. This month he shares his suggestions for Christmas cheer.


elebrating Christmas in New Zealand is easily associated with hot summer days, fun on the beach, barbecues and the traditional mid-afternoon nap. The temperatures are high and the days are long and


far from the traditional Northern Hemisphere picture of snowmen and sledging – and yet the perceived Christmas beverages are still mulled wine and egg-nog. I would like to introduce you to a lighter, more upbeat version of the Christmas aperitif, still using traditional flavours such as cloves, spice, orange, red fruits, cream and chocolate that summon up Christmas cheer and can be enjoyed all year round, especially if combined into a refreshing alcoholic beverage. I started experimenting and creating cocktails after training as a

chef in Britain, putting my knowledge of flavours to good use behind the bar to concoct my own unique creations. After moving to Nelson, I was able to open my own cocktail bar. Earlier this year, fellow bartender Pete Coates and I got through to the final of 42 Below Cocktail Earth Cup in Queenstown by creating a cocktail using sustainable methods. Here are a few of my favourite drinks to create for friends and family this Christmas. You will need a few simple tools for creating great cocktails at home: a cocktail shaker, tea-strainer, mixing glass, mixing spoon and good solid ice.

Nelson’s Blood

Manuka Brewski 50ml Manuka 42 Below vodka, 25ml Creme de Cacao Dark 4 drops of dark chocolate bitters 3 drops of vegan InstaFoam

Nelson’s Blood 50ml Pusser’s Navy Rum 60ml cranberry juice 15ml Solarno Blood Orange Liqueur 30ml lime juice 10ml egg white

Method: Shake together and pour over 90ml of house-made ginger beer in a wooden drinking vessel. House-made beer: Create a syrup by boiling fresh ginger in coconut water and leaving to steep. Strain and then heat again and mix with coconut sugar. Cool and store. This is then mixed with CO2-charged coconut water to order.

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Manuka Brewski

The Source of all Ginger

Method: Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake hard and strain using a teastrainer into a chilled highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cherry and a peel of orange.

Christmas Negroni

The Source of all Ginger

Reid Alexander

15ml Malfy Lemon Gin 15ml Navy Strength Gin 30ml Campari 15ml Averna 15ml Angostura Amaro

50ml The Source Gin 20ml Domain De Canton Ginger Liqueur 10ml Soda & Co Old-fashioned Lemonade Syrup Fee Brothers Old-fashioned Bitters

45ml The Reid Single Malt Vodka 30ml Crème de Cacao White 30ml cream 3 drops of Fee Brothers Chocolate Bitters

Method: Add all ingredients into a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir 20-30 times until the drink is chilled. Strain into a chilled rocks glass and top up with ice. Rub the peel of a lemon around the rim of the glass and tie in a bow. Garnish the drink with lemon.

Method: Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass and add one large cube of ice, or two smaller ones. Stir until the ice has melted into the drink. Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir 20-30 times until the drink is chilled. Strain into a fancy glass and serve straight-up. Garnish with a slice of ginger.

Method: Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake hard and strain using a tea strainer into a chilled martini glass. Grate raw cacao and nutmeg onto the top of the drink.


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Tempting treats for the festive season

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rom gourmet goodies to relaxing getaways, fine jewellery to unique arts and crafts, and from small yet exquisite to totally over-the-top, Nelson and Marlborough offer it all. Both regions are blessed with an abundance of sun, sea and successful creative ventures that make it so much easier to cater for all types, tastes and even budgets. Many residents are of an older age with their children having flown the nest, so Christmas/ New Year is a time to indulge themselves a little... or a lot!

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Nelsonians love their coffee and Sublime Coffee offers a variety of great products for coffee aficionados. Check out the V60 and paper filters for purity and simplicity or try the Chemex or Aeropress coffee makers for distinctive flavours. They’re also great for camping. For ceremony and show from your coffee, try a Siphon. Sublime’s range of home espresso machines offers bang for your buck from the Domobar Junior to the handmade in Florence, La Marzocco Linea Mini. 211 Haven Road, Nelson ph 0508 SUBLIME, sublimecoffeeroasters.co.nz


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Devoted to wellbeing, Erban Spa Nelson is a boutique day spa, located just steps away from Nelson’s city centre, offering a wide range of luxurious spa and beauty treatments. Treat yourself or a friend to organic New Zealand spa treatments including hot stone massage, facials, spa packages, couples’ treatments, nails and a full beauty menu within a serene and relaxing day spa environment. Stockist of Environ and Antipodes skincare range, Erban Spa Nelson is open late nights and Saturdays. 14 Nile St West, Nelson, ph 03 548 7972,  erbanspa.co.nz

Jens Hansen

Jens Hansen offers a range of jewellery perfect for treating yourself this holiday season. Visit Nelson’s only internationally recognised jewellers in our workshop or online. View the wide range of distinctive handcrafted designs available, or get something made especially for you in time for Christmas. Jens Hansen designs are known the world over and come with a lifetime workmanship guarantee. 320 Trafalgar Square, ph 03 548 0640, jenshansen.co.nz

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The staff at Moxini love Christmas, ensuring their customers are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting something special for themselves, friends or family. Moxini has a great range of gift ideas in store, catering to a wide range of tastes. It also has fabulous imported Christmas decorations that are very stylish and a bit different. And if you still can’t decide, there is always a popular Moxini gift voucher, so head instore soon. 12 John Wesley Lane, Richmond, ph 03 544 1515, Moxini.co.nz

Rimu Wine Bar

Dad doesn’t always want soap-on-a-rope for Christmas, so how about treating him to a great bottle of wine from Rimu Wine Bar at Mapua Wharf. Showcasing the largest range of fine Nelson wines locally, plus some favourites from around the world, Rimu Wine Bar offers all its wines by the glass and by the bottle. Open daily from noon till late, Rimu Wine Bar also serves wood-fired pizzas, gourmet platters, craft beers and premium spirits, and also has an off-licence. Shed 4 Mapua Wharf, ph 03 540 2580, rimugrove.co.nz

The Green Collective

Going Green this Christmas? The Green Collective creates a variety of unique, eco-friendly gifts for those friends who are looking for reusable sustainable products. Get the warm fuzzy feeling by selecting a gift that is kind to the earth and your wallet this year. By being creative and original, you will delight your family with a thoughtful gift they can use again and again. Available at selected stores across Nelson and New Zealand, wor visit their website for the full range. thegreencollective.co.nz

RED Art Gallery & Café

RED is a gorgeous art gallery, design store and café in Nelson. This unique and quirky gallery stocks contemporary New Zealand artworks, beautiful design products and delicious organic coffee and food. All products can be easily and affordably shipped around the world. RED is a space where people can come to be inspired, socialise and relax in a friendly atmosphere and has an online store where you can shop at your leisure.  1 Bridge Street Nelson, ph 03 548 2170, redartgallery.com





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Little Boutique

Oh la la! Spoil her at Little Boutique where there’s so much choice, from pretty lingerie sets, quality nighties, pyjamas and robes to the largest selection of swimwear and resort wear, kaftans, boho beach dresses, beach towels and even cute beach pillows. If you need help, pop in and ask the friendly staff. They’ll even gift wrap for free and in case you get it totally wrong they will pop in an exchange voucher for you. 51 Bridge St, ph 03 548 3943, littleboutique.co.nz


Lochmara Lodge

If you really want to treat yourself, then plan a luxury escape to picturesque Lochmara Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds. Set right on the water’s edge in Lochmara Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, the Lodge offers a waterfront restaurant, exceptional accommodation, bush walks, kayaks and - new this season  – an Underwater Observatory. With boat access only (Lochmara can easily arrange) from Picton, you will be enjoying a magical Marlborough Sounds escape in no time. Come for the day or stay a night or two. Lochmara Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, ph 03 573 4554 lochmara.co.nz


Even blokes need to treat themselves and that’s easy with a visit to Gustaves. Nelson’s leading menswear retailer, Gustaves stocks an amazing collection of exclusive brand clothing including Polo Ralph Lauren, R.M.Williams, Gazman, Ben Sherman, Lacoste, Calvin Klein Jeans, Rembrandt, Baksana sleepwear and robes, and Cambridge. Owners Gus and Mary Beullens have over 50 years’ combined experience serving the Nelson region with high profile international and New Zealand designer men’s clothing. 243 Trafalgar St, Nelson, ph 03 548 9300, gustaves.co.nz 36

Darby & Joan

Based on the wharf in the sunny coastal town of Mapua, Darby & Joan has a great selection of new and vintage furniture, stunning European bed linen, George and Edi candles and room sprays, floor rugs, cushions and throws, towels, local pottery and artworks. If you are looking for something unique for yourself or your home or maybe for someone else then a visit to Darby & Joan is a must to make your house your home. Shed 4 Mapua Wharf, ph 03 540 3620 facebook.com/DarbyandJoanmapua

Benjamin Black Goldsmiths

Treat your special someone to a gift they will treasure forever. Benjamin Black Goldsmiths create exquisite handcrafted jewellery that lasts for generations. Every piece is handmade using traditional gold and silversmithing techniques, for the highest quality workmanship. The popular Classic Drop Earrings are priced from $390 and are available with a range of beautiful gemstones. Talk to Benjamin and the team about creating a bespoke piece, or view the studio collection. 176 Bridge St, Nelson, ph 03 546 9137, benjaminblack.co.nz

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hinking about a new kitchen? Tired of the old one? If you live in the Top of the South then you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to kitchen design, accessories and workmanship. The kitchen is often described as the heart of every home, and many homeowners know what it is like to enjoy a beautiful, functional and well-designed kitchen that also reflects their personalities and lifestyle. Good design is crucial to achieving this. When building a new home, the kitchen can be one of the hardest rooms to pull together successfully, especially with design, kitchenware and accessories trends constantly changing. That’s where it pays to call in an expert or work with local companies. Let them do all the hard work – that’s their forte after all, and they have plenty of pictures to show what they can achieve. Local kitchen designers and architects – often working together – create functional, comfortable and inspirational kitchens for their clients, with the added advantage that they are often only minutes away for consultations. Fiona McNeill is the interior designer at Jerram Tocker Barron Architects (Nelson), an award-winning practice that prides itself on designing beautiful contemporary architecture and interiors that are client and context-focused. “This ensures every project is unique and provides variety in our work,” she says. As part of JTB’s process, kitchen design starts at the same time as the overall house. “This ensures that both the house design and kitchen design work seamlessly together, and avoids any constraints on the kitchen design at a later stage,” says Fiona. Marlborough kitchen designer Jenny Burrough believes that a kitchen’s ‘social function’ within a home is unquestionably part of an architectural methodology. “I think kitchens are like throwing a stone into calm waters and watching the ripples expand. The kitchen design should create a similar process throughout the home, starting as the pivotal point of the style and décor.”

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Jenny, who operates Blenheim-based JBD Interiors, focuses around lifestyles and home environments while designing for her clients. “The new or renovated kitchen should fit seamlessly into their home, complementing the existing or new-style living spaces,” she says. Her advice is to use a specialist in the field. A kitchen designer, she says, “is able to create a desirable, personal and functional space, integrating the kitchen into the style and architecture of the home. Good design is crucial to achieving this and in creating an aesthetically pleasing and functional kitchen with the best use of space.” Nelson’s Connie Charlton (Connie Charlton Design) agrees that kitchens have become an increasingly important focal point 41

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for families, adding that open-plan kitchen-dining-living rooms are now the norm. Her main focus is the notion of ‘work-flow’, and after 21 years’ experience in the business, she strongly believes that the role of a kitchen designer is to create kitchens that people love being in and love cooking in, so she concentrates on functionality, in tandem with pleasing aesthetics. “As a kitchen designer, you need to be able to include as many items on the client’s wish list as is practicable, to achieve a fabulous, functional kitchen given the space you have to work with, ensuring that the kitchen works well with the surrounding spaces.” Fiona McNeill adds that kitchens now often have a direct connection to exterior living spaces, as well as being constructed of increasingly high-quality materials ‘that reflect and integrate with the architecture of the house’. Technology, materials and style are in constant evolution, and combining quality products with good design can be challenging, but “with a wider palate of kitchen materials, including composite stones, ceramics, metal and timbers, exploring new design opportunities for clients is inspiring,” says Fiona.

With kitchens opening into living and dining spaces as well as to the outdoors, “our current designs now include an emphasis on longer and increased benchtop space with less overhead storage, inclusion of walk-in pantries and sculleries, full-height cupboard walls and the use of innovative draweropening mechanisms,” she adds. Jenny Burrough believes that clients are more adventurous now and prepared to invest more in the most-used space in their home. “More people are comfortable entertaining and socialising in the kitchen area nowadays. Integrating the kitchen into the style and architecture of the home, creating connectivity between the kitchen and living spaces, has become a standard.” She adds that contemporary kitchen styling is more linear – most appliances are hidden behind doors or in large working pantries, more organic materials and colours are used, silent drawer and door systems are now a standard feature, and induction hobs have become more popular than gas hobs. “Technology has moved on,” she laughs. Connie Charlton says adding online inspiration to the mix can be a mixed blessing. “Clients have so much more access to ideas online, but it can be overwhelming and confusing. I see my role as guiding them to the best solution. I design kitchens to last, using the best-quality hardware and materials that the budget can manage. If it works as part of the house and is stylish, then it is less likely to be replaced in a hurry.” Multi-award-winning designer Morgan Cronin has seen the role of the kitchen change greatly during the past decade, from a service room for providing meals to being the social hub of the home. Morgan, winner of the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association 2016 Supreme Kitchen Design of the Year award, sees kitchen design as being ‘a lot like fashion’, with so many unique looks that can be achieved using various materials. 43


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“In New Zealand we are spoilt for choice with so many fantastic designers,” he adds. “I personally use a lot of wire-brushed veneer, mostly oak, which provides a more natural look and feel. I also use planked veneer for a more random aesthetic.” The importance of function and design in the centre-point of the modern home is undeniable. “Good design can transform a space, making it appear larger, providing more bench space, more practical and accessible storage solutions and letting in natural light,” says Morgan. For Jenny, ‘good design does not date’, whereas ‘trend is often outdated and currently being thrashed’. Designing for the client and what works best in their home should always be the most important trend, she says. Keeping up with the latest kitchen technology and design is essential. Jenny admits to attending the Eurocucina Kitchen Show in Milan for inspiration and motivation. Fiona takes her inspiration from the surrounding context like the landscape, or existing building heritage. She finds a kitchen is often where this inspiration can be best expressed ‘with consideration of the detail, finishes and fixtures’.Looking to the future, Jenny Burrough believes kitchens will be smaller, smarter and a lot more efficient with energy use and reducing food waste. Preparation and table-top areas will have integrated, hidden induction coils, ingredients placed on the worktop surface will be analysed, and recipes will be shown on a touchscreen. All refrigerators will have touch-screen grocery order lists as a standard feature, and splashbacks will become touch-screen, she says. Fiona McNeill’s vision includes kitchen appliances further integrated into the joinery, including lighting and fridges. “Materials will be harder-wearing with the use of thin ceramics, and more emphasis should and will be given to the use of natural, non-toxic materials and environmentally friendly products.” The hub of our home has a very promising future. 45


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‘Importance level 3’ earthquake requirements which is greater than is specified for a building of this type,” says Lloyd. The engineers Andrew Melvin King-Turner and architects Irving Smith Jack created a great design and the project was expertly managed by Martin Hay. The building contract was let to Kidson Construction Limited, part of Scott Construction Group, and the Wensleys appreciate the superb input of all those who were involved in the project. The Wensleys are also the owners of Mount Campbell Communications, based on Quarantine Rd in Annesbrook. Lloyd has been operating Mount Campbell Communications in Nelson since 1986 and offers highly specialised mobile radio service, advice and technical support. Over the years, Mount Campbell Communications has also established major communications facilities at numerous sites around Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough. This includes Mt Campbell, West of Motueka, where a 63 metre tower broadcasts digital television and provides mobile communication and other networks across the top of the Nelson and Tasman districts. Another interesting project was Lloyd’s restoration of the Brooklyn Power Station behind Motueka, which was first built in 1934 but was washed out in 1976 and disassembled in 1982. In 1989, Lloyd and Chris bought what remained of the power station and began putting it back together.


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A real estate asset - meeting and exceeding your expectations BY SADIE BECKMAN P H O T O A N A G A L L O WAY


ith a high-flying international background in finance and a philosophical approach that values decent ethics, Gill Ireland is a real asset to those looking to sell or manage an investment in commercial property. Part of the Bayleys real estate team in Nelson, Gill provides a full marketing and sales service to commercial property investors who want to sell, as well as offering management services to owners. Calling a spade a spade is, she says, part of the secret to her success, with clients continuously pleased with her ability to meet and exceed their expectations. “My business philosophy is to listen to what the client wants and to be straight-up,” says the Londoner who spent a number of years working in international financial markets around the world, before leaving her most recent position in Singapore and settling in Nelson in 2012. “I have always worked in a sales and marketing role as I enjoy meeting different people on a daily basis and finding the right solution for them.” After joining Bayleys in 2013, a company she chose due to her opinion that they are front runners in real estate and have ethics that align with her own, Gill quickly built up a strong base of contacts and clients who appreciate her hardworking approach, experience and results. “Property has always been of interest to me and my favourite part of the job is, as always, meeting client expectations,” she says. “My main point of difference is my financial and international background coupled with the strength of the Bayleys brand.” Gill handles many different types of commercial properties, including retail, industrial and accommodation businesses. As part of the Bayleys team she also works to take the hassle out of managing commercial properties for owners. “It’s becoming increasingly onerous for people to manage their own commercial property,” she says. “I can offer a management service that takes all the

difficulties out of owning their investment.” Since her arrival in Nelson, Gill’s name and client base has gone from strength to strength, building a solid reputation in the local market amongst owners, investors and commercial property developers. Her past experience and knowledge has enabled her to continue achieving positive results that are testimony to her level of expertise. While Gill may be used to working in the commercial field, she is also passionate about her local community. Supporting organisations such as local sports teams is something that has earned past accolades, and she is instrumental in Bayleys’ continuing sponsorship of Tasman United Football Club among other things. The business itself supports communities throughout New Zealand via The Bayleys Foundation which provides assistance to many local schools, sports teams and not-for-profit groups - a strong part of the company’s culture and value

system, and one of the main things that attracted Gill to it in the first place. “Being part of my local community isn’t just important to my work, it’s essential to me as a person too,” she says. “My experience of moving to the Nelson region and becoming part of the community has been such a wonderful experience, and something I’ll always be immensely grateful for. “I hope to carry on the steady growth of my client base both nationally and internationally and to build on the properties under management, as well as being a proud member of the strong local Nelson community.”

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any things influence footwear fashion in different eras, but at present it seems to be holes and cutouts. Whether they appear in high fashion heels, lace-ups or flats, holes are BIG … and small and square and triangular … in fact, in almost every possible form one can imagine. The modern shoemaking technique of lazer cutting allows for basically any shape or design. Metallic leathers look great with cutouts but designers have thrown the book and the colour palette at the look for this season. Of course, any summer shoe with ventilating holes must be a winner anyway.

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Welcome to the new men’s style column. My passion is men’s fashion, and each month I will take you through some of the latest products, showcasing what our local retailers have to offer, and passing on a few tips along the way.

Sunnies style


lasses are one of those accessories that can take your outfit from ‘Yeah, that looks alright’ to ‘I’m killing that look’. Think Top Gun and the attitude a simple accessory has on the way you walk and talk. I mean, who doesn’t want to look as badass as Tom Cruise? Well you can … with these cool sunglasses. They will cost you more than the local market variety, but with glasses – lenses and frames – you get what you pay for. And check out the detailing on the frames!

Colours and interesting patterns



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the warmer weather is just around the corner (hopefully), now is the perfect time to pick up on what your wardrobe might be missing. The colourful hues and interesting patterns from some of the shorts at Hogeys will take a plain outfit and inject life into it. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to shorts in the summer because your outfit should reflect the environment i.e. fun and relaxed. Make sure, however, that you team an interesting pair of shorts with a plain or low-key shirt.

ummer shirts equate to lightweight fabrics and summer colours. When looking for a new shirt to match some chinos I had just bought, I found this shirt from Ralph Lauren at Gustaves in Nelson. The quality of these shirts can really be felt, and there are so many cool designs to select from. I own a couple of Ralph Lauren shirts and can vouch that with that brand comes quality you can trust, along with on-style designs and expertly tailored garments that will endure.

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Classic straw hat


classic straw hat is a must this summer and not only for the sake of appearance. The wide brim gives enough shade to the face while also not being over-the-top like a sombrero. The natural straw gives the hat a classic look in addition to durability and the comfort that you should expect from such a hat. You now have no excuse for a sunburnt face this summer, although I would advise not matching this particular headgear with anything too formal as it would look decidedly out of place!

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match your new shorts, I have found some snazzy looking sneakers from Taylors...We Love Shoes. Called ‘Fashion Sneaks’, they’re not your usual runners, but are shoes that can be worn with just about any summer outfit that you might throw at them. Going to kick around a ball at the beach? Fashion Sneaks. Going out for dinner afterwards and have only a pair of chinos? Fashion Sneaks. They will become your new best friend this summer so pick some up before they are gone. Available at Taylors...We Love Shoes

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Marlborough venue rich with history BY SOPHIE PREECE


he Rangitane Cultural Centre is an architectural gem on Marlborough’s landscape, with its contemporary black cedar façade around a light-filled spacious interior. But this award-winning wedding, convention and community facility is far more than a building, say those who have spent time within it. Designed as a contemporary meeting space for the entire community, Ukaipo is named for the Māori word for nurturing, mother, or source of sustenance, and marries aspects of a traditional marae with the best of modern design, creating a space with beautiful form and superb function. Matthew Campbell, president of the New Zealand Archaeology Association, says Ukaipo is an example of living history. The association held its annual conference at the venue this year, with 130 delegates, along with Rangitane representatives on hand to assist throughout the event, whenever required. Matthew says as well as representing New Zealand and local history, with its

“The building’s cultural link was one factor in their decision to use it ...”


displays of traditional carvings, important artefacts, and references to the repatriation of Rangitane ancestors to the Wairau Bar, the conference centre proved a modern, well set up venue with all the facilities they could require. Ukaipo was also the perfect wedding venue for Lauren and Rik Palatchie, who held their ceremony across the wide wooden deck and sweep of lawn, surrounded by stunning native gardens. Eight men issued a wero challenge to

Richard Wallace, the bride’s father, and a karanga was issued to Lauren and answered by her cousin. “We just loved it, and so did all of our guests,” she says. The building’s cultural link was one factor in their decision to use it, but they were also drawn by the modern lines, sunlit rooms and picturesque setting, all of which meant there was little for them to organise for a “stress free wedding”, she says. “And the size was perfect because we had over 100 people and they can cater for

a lot bigger than that. And they have all the linen, all the chairs, all the tables, all the cutlery and everything you need.” The Rangitane Cultural Centre was a winner at the Nelson/Marlborough Architecture Awards in 2013, with judges commenting that Ukaipo ‘exemplified the community-building role of architecture’. The architects used extensive windows and wide doors to give the building plentiful natural light, ensuring a warm and bright interior in the large central space, with capacity for up to 200 people, and in the two fully-equipped meeting rooms. The commercial kitchen was designed by two Marlborough chefs, to ensure it has everything a function might need, and works for self-catering groups and professional caterers. The bar is also set up for easy use. Ukaipo sits upon the Grovetown site given to Rangitane by the Crown after a large tract of land was taken from the iwi under the Public Works Act in the 1950s. When its Waitangi Tribunal claim was settled in 2010, based on a vast area of land promised as reserve under the Treaty of Waitangi, but never delivered, Rangitane used the opportunity to build a facility for the entire community. The beautiful wooden floorboards


in the entranceway were reclaimed from the old Grovetown Hall formerly on the site, and are surrounded by internal glazing embossed with the signatures of every member of the tribe present for the settlement of Rangitane’s Waitangi Tribunal claim. Beyond there is an apology from the Crown, issued after the settlement, says Judith. “It is to remind us where we have been and all of those things that are important to us.” Below the apology is a photo from the repatriation of Rangitane ancestors removed from the burial sites at the Wairau Bar in the mid-20th century and returned home over the past decade. That’s another precious aspect of New Zealand’s history and vital

part of Rangitane being able to move forward, says Judith. For her the building represents a move from grievance to settlement and an evolution of the iwi’s relationships with the wider community, all of whom are welcome here. “What this place is, and the vision behind it, is that it will contribute to the social, cultural, political and economic benefits of Rangitane and the people who live within our rohe. And it has done that.”

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“We were not building a house to satisfy our ego. We were building a living space to serve us as a family and to make us feel free"

1 Large sliding doors to the north maximise spectacular views over Tasman Bay and harvest sun energy



reating a warm, liveable and functional eco-home to maximise views and sunshine were key aspects in the design and build of this sustainable award-winning Tasman hilltop home. “We were not building a house to satisfy our ego. We were building a living space to serve us as a family and to make us feel free and enable us to enjoy it,” the owner says. “It was important to get the rooms to work in regard to sunlight, view and practicality. It was also clear that the more straightforward the room layout, the cheaper the whole house would be.” Built by eco building company Hybrid Homes, the 212sq.m. house sits on a near-14,000sq.m. section with spectacular sea and valley views, therefore layout was critical, especially the placement of rooms. Keeping the space simple and functional was paramount. Another important factor was having a warm house – the Austrian owners were shocked to see how far behind New Zealand’s building standards were regarding insulation. “New Zealanders seem happy to freeze during winter, burn large amounts of cheap firewood or pay enormous power bills to keep warm,” the owner says. Right from the start using the sun to warm the house was high on the priority list, courtesy of a well-insulated


concrete slab, large windows to the north, smaller to the south, optimising eaves and having the best available double-glazed, gas-filled and thermally-broken windows. Exterior walls in the house are thicker than standard regulations. The owner was definite that the design followed a favourite quote: “The shape of the building should be primarily based upon its intended function and purpose.”After studying three design concepts by Hybrid, the owners opted to go with the original plan they had submitted and are delighted with the result – a warm, open and totally liveable and functional house. Hybrid Homes’ general concept is to plan the entire house down to detailed specs in advance, according to the owner. During the building process the family rented a neighbouring house, which allowed them to watch progress and also to set up the garden layout and plant dozens of trees. “We enjoyed having no responsibility throughout the building process, especially given the fact that we were new to the country and didn’t know anything about how such projects are approached in New Zealand,” the owner says. Completing the eco-theme, rainwater is collected and stored in four buried concrete tanks, while waste is disposed of through a constructed wetland system.


2 3 2. The large and open kitchen, dining and living rooms are the focal areas of the house 3. A large compressed bamboo kitchen island is the hub of the house 4. The exterior is clad in locally sourced Lawson cypress, stained and oiled 5. Eaves are optimised to maximise sun in winter and clever design provides sheltered outdoor areas 6. Clearstory windows line the wide hallway providing natural light






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Jester House Café


elsonians will soon experience the return of the sun-seekers as relatives and acquaintances arrive for the holiday season. While it is always good to see friends and family, I am reminded of the saying, ‘Visitors are like fish – after three days they begin to go off’. So what to do with them? Here are some suggestions that provide entertainment, food and a welcome relief from repeated conversations and interminable barbecues. If your guests have an artistic flair, or the husband is a motor-head, then the WOW Museum and Classic Car museum is an excellent combo. Attached to this complex is a delightful wee café. They don’t have a huge selection but almost everything looks to be made on the premises. The muffins are out of this world and the coffee, from L’affare, is excellent. It is light, bright and good value. Of course, you must go to Mapua. There are a number of excellent eating choices but for me fish‘n’chips are the go here. The Smokehouse makes the best in Nelson. They usually have a selection of fish to choose from. If they have turbot, go for it. The chips are the nice, crunchy ones. You can even eat your fish‘n’chips at Rimu Wine Bar across the road and posh up the meal with a fine tipple. If your guests are considerate enough to bring their young children – joy oh joy – then I would recommend Jester House Café down the road in Tasman. There is room to run around, eels to feed and it’s quintessentially Nelson – slightly alternative, but with top-notch food and service. Now if the guests want to shout you a meal, then Mahana is an absolute must. Have a wine tasting and enjoy the beautiful restaurant and tuck into some

Taste treats for visitors BY MAXWELL FLINT

seriously good food. Actually, if the guests aren’t paying, go anyway – it’s worth it. If you are in Blenheim, then think about a visit to Brancott Estate Heritage Centre. It’s a low, uber-cool building sitting elegantly on a small hill. You park at the bottom and they come and give you a lift to the restaurant. Book yourself into a sauvignon blanc wine-tasting, then pop into the restaurant for lunch. A couple of French chefs in the kitchen are producing some smart food. Try the King Ora salmon, with preserved lemon creme fraiche and roasted caper berries. Your lunch will last forever because the view consumes you while you

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consume the food. The Vineyard Kitchen at Saint Clair Family Estate is a great place for lunch. It’s constantly getting good feedback. The seafood laksa is worth having a go here – Marlborough seafood with a good dose of lime, coriander and chilli. They suggest you pair it with their viognier and they are right – it works. Set amongst the vineyard, it’s a restaurant that you’d expect in Marlborough. No ratings for these places. They are all good. Hopefully not so good that it will convince your visitors to make a repeat visit next year.


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A pick-me-up for St Nick B Y P H I L L I P R E AY


anta has become more sophisticated and I have reason to believe he would appreciate a nice bottle of wine when he emerges from the chimney, rather than the traditional offering of beer. So what to leave a hirsute, corpulent trespasser? After such an exhausting journey, a bottle of something sparkling would be a good pick-me-up. Te Hana Rose NV, from Gisborne pinot noir grapes, displays great strawberry flavours and is very reasonably priced for a wine of this quality. I also love the bottle design. After flying over all those sauvignon blanc grapes, Santa is bound to be curious about their taste. Lawsons Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2015 displays all the flavour notes expected of a sauvignon blanc but also with slight use of oak and specific yeast to give it a textural quality. Santa comes from Northern Europe, so he might like a taste of the old country. A wine with an Alsace DNA is Johanneshof Cellars Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2014. This is Christmas cake in a bottle – all marzipan, raisins and fruit with a wonderful, unctuous texture. The big man will love it. To match those ruddy Santa cheeks, Brightwater Vineyards Lord Rutherford Pinot 2014 would be a great mix. This beautifully made wine displays typical cherry notes, yet it’s savoury and complex. Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a decent chardonnay. For Saint Nick we need a generous wine, and Matua Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 is a suitable choice. This wine has a great

concentration of flavours, with minimal handling and a little bit of wild-barrel fermentation. They use both old and new barrels and allow it to rest on the lees for 10 months. This wine has it all. Judging from Santa’s size, I suspect he has a sweet tooth, in which case the Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Noble Riesling Botrytis Selection 2015 should have the old boy in seventh heaven. Full of sweet fruits, this wine has a nice citrus back-note that stops it from being cloying. Also, the smaller 375ml bottle will stop Santa from becoming too merry

to drive his sleigh. All these wines are award-winners, so if Santa chooses not to drink them they would make an excellent accompaniment to your Christmas dinner. If you would like to give Saint Nick a wee nightcap, then leave him a couple of shots of Hans Herzog Grappa, made from Montepulciano grapes. Made from the wine pressings and with 42 percent alcohol, this will help to get Santa going. Merry Christmas everyone. Ho, ho, ho.

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Craft beer poised to boom

Rob Simcic



ew Zealand’s craft beer industry could follow the the little guys can never do – a gateway beer – and the little guys same trajectory as wine if it taps into its naturally come in behind that and create alternative revenue streams for unique attributes, says beer banker Rob Simcic. ANZ’s them, like Lion doing that with Panhead and Emerson’s.” For Marlborough Commercial and Agri-manager co-authored the those who want the numbers to back up their pub banter, here New Zealand Craft Beer Industry Insights paper released in are some of the stats from the ANZ report: August this year, as well as its predecessor in 2013. What we’re drinking: With more than 1500 unique beers to Rob says the $40 million value of beer exports last year choose from, New Zealanders consume a whopping 282 million was similar to the value of wine exports about 20 years ago, and litres a year – similar to the previous year. A growing proportion there are other parallels between the two sectors. “Just as New of this beer is in the 5%+ ABV bracket typical of craft beer. Zealand has created uniqueness around Value-added growth: With 168 craft its sauvignon blanc wine industry, then breweries in New Zealand (up about 57 on arguably we can do a similar thing with our last year), annual growth of craft beer sales “...the brewers 'add value' Nelson Sauvin, Riwaka and newly released has increased 35% and they now account to hops by creating and Moutere hops.” for 15% of all beer sold. exporting top-quality, That uniqueness creates a point of Taking our country from good to great: unique craft beer.” difference in the marketplace, enabling Earnings from 5%+ ABV beer have risen producers to set their own prices. “So as from $1m in 2010 to $4.5m in 2015. Our hop growers increase supply to local craft brewers, our exports top three export markets are Australia ($2.2m), Britain ($0.4m) grow as the brewers ‘add value’ to hops by creating and the United States ($0.3m). What’s the future? In order to and exporting top-quality, unique craft beer.” Rob says brewing keep up with growth, the ANZ analysis suggests at least 200ha is also similar to the wine industry in that there is a general of hop plantings are scheduled for development over the  next acceptance that the small players need the big ones, and three years, increasing domestic production nearly 50%. Value is vice versa. “It’s sort of a shark-and-remora type symbiotic further added to New Zealand’s unique hop varieties by Plant & relationship. The big guys can open up a market at a price point Food’s science-based propagation programme.

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arlborough Sounds boaties and visitors will have a whole new view of the waterways this summer, with the launch of an interactive cruising guide. The Marlborough Cruising Guide is a freely available app and website that provides users with a set of maps, including nautical charts, as well as mooring, heritage and conservation information, plus marine safety messages. Harbourmaster Luke Grogan reckons it puts Marlborough ahead of the game when it comes to New Zealand’s marine guides, and will inform the boating community as well as visitors travelling through the Sounds. “A map interface gives you a nautical chart on your phone and you can move around and zoom in to select a bay and find out a bit more, even with no cell phone coverage.” The guide is linked to Marlborough District Council (MDC) mapping databases, so provides up-to-date information on navigation, marine farms and moorings. It will also invite feedback from the boating community, says Luke. “There will be avenues through which they can both receive information from the harbourmaster or other organisations, but also contribute to that pool of knowledge of what’s going on in the Sounds.” He says the information is moderated by experienced users “so the community can trust the messages the app conveys”. The app has been developed by the MDC, but Luke intends it to represent various organisations, with input from the Department of Conservation on marine mammal protection, conservation projects and cultural and historical features, and Government advice to users on fishing regulations. The project makes use of drone photographs, which Luke says provide a ‘great visual tool’ to represent a bay for people visiting a location for the first time. It also uses live footage from cameras erected in the Tory Channel area following the January grounding of a cruise ship. “That showed how serious it can be as a waterway, and we wanted to provide as much information as we could to assist people,” says Luke. Cameras are now being considered for other strategic spots, so skippers can 70

Sounds cruising goes high-tech BY SOPHIE PREECE

assess conditions before setting out. The cruise guide may also use roving cameras, to show boaties what’s in store for them, while also helping to encourage safe boating behaviour, says Luke. Meanwhile, another MDC project is also about to change the way we see the Sounds, with one of the country’s largest multi-beam surveys to take place from June next year. The survey is a joint project between Land Information New Zealand and the council, which

has budgeted $1.5 million over two years towards mapping 43,300ha of the seabed. Luke says the project will offer a high level of detail and reveal valuable information on eco-sensitive areas. The app and survey are just in time to tap into the growing interest in the Marlborough Sounds, says Luke. “We think it’s just dawning on the rest of the world how incredible this place is. We want to be able to showcase it and protect it at the same time.”


Glory days of coastal traders BY STEVE THOMAS


recent drive past the now-empty Anchor Foundry Building on Haven Rd brought on a sudden bout of nostalgic recollection. The building looks a bit sad all-round, but in its heyday it was a humming hive of activity. The Anchor Shipping & Foundry Company Ltd was a Nelson institution from 1866 right through to 1986, when its final re-incarnation, Anchor Dorman Ltd, was controversially liquidated by its parent company, the Perry Dines Corporation. At its peak around 1930, the ‘Anchor Company’ boasted a fleet of 16 ships. She boxed way above her weight. And it wasn’t just freight that saw the company through hard times. Prior to the First World War, the company started three nightly return passenger ferry services between Nelson and Wellington. The Nikau, Waimea and Ngaio continued this service right up until 1953, when mounting financial loses its their demise. But what became of the hardy coastal trading ships that were the lifeblood of our small communities for well over 100 years? I was just a young kid but I clearly remember the Totara charging through The Cut into Nelson in the 1970s. She had five distinctive ‘pill-boxes’ on deck. These would have housed the deck crane operators. The Totara, 198ft (60.3m) long, was built in Holland and first arrived at the Port of Auckland in 1957. She spent most of her life carting coal from Westport and

Greymouth to North Island ports before being transferred to the Nelson-Onehunga bulk cargo run in the early 1970s. She made her last New Zealand run in April 1978 before being sold to Singapore and renamed Pacific Bold. She sadly ended her days around the turn of the century – sold to steel shipbreakers in Mumbai. Another regular caller to Nelson for many years was the ex-auxiliary schooner Te Aroha. Originally built in 1909 at Totara North by T.M.Lane & Sons, this scow plied her trade into many of the shallower-bar harbours around our coast, including Milnethorpe, Collingwood, Hokitika and Little Wanganui. She made regular runs between Nelson and Wellington across Cook Strait. My now-departed Dad was solecharge engineer on the Te Aroha for a few years in the 1950s and once told me that

in rough conditions the hull planks would open up so wide you could put your hand through the gap. Consequently, the enginedriven bilge pumps worked bloody hard. Te Aroha was the last ship to trade out of Mapua, finishing her cargo-carrying days in 1976. I believe she’s still afloat in the Bay of Islands but recent reports suggest that without extensive restoration work, her days may be numbered. The last true coastal trader to call into Nelson was the Titoki. She was withdrawn from service in 1982. These ships now belong to the past. Waitapu and Milnethorpe wharves in Golden Bay still show signs of what once was. There’s also a great history display at the Mapua wharf shed – well worth a visit to show the kids how the world used to look.

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echnology has revolutionised the travel experience, with smartphones, tablets and computers making booking and travel so much easier. Screeds of amazing travel apps are available and it can be overwhelming choosing the best to download. As a Canadian woman with an insatiable travel bug and a penchant for research, I’ve taken it upon myself to list seven amazing apps so that planning and booking your next trip will be a breeze. TRIPIT – TO PLAN YOUR TRIP The inconvenience of hurriedly rifling through heaps of emails for flight confirmation or event booking disappeared once I discovered TripIt, my pocket travel agent. Once connected to your email account, it gathers confirmation emails for transport, accommodation and events, and creates a single, convenient itinerary. Complete with dates and times, it updates when there is an Internet connection, so the itinerary is always ready to go. The travel agent of the future.

The app-happy traveller BY ALEX GRADEEN

Technology has revolutionised the travel experience. No longer do we need wrinkled paper maps to desperately pinpoint where we are. Gone are the days when we sent postcards home to friends and family, planning specific times to call them from our hotel phone.

SKYSCANNER – TO GET YOU THERE Skyscanner is a popular app with luxury travellers and backpackers alike. This app compiles flight information (and deals) from hundreds of airlines, and displays prices across thousands of flights – from glamorous airbuses to budget planes. Conveniently, there are weekly and monthly chart views, allowing price comparisons over time. A must-have app. MAPS.ME – TO GET AROUND Easily one of the most convenient, detailed and practical map apps that I have seen, MAPS.ME has the added bonus of also working offline. Just download the map of the place you will be visiting, and it’s ready when you arrive. The maps are reliable and are updated by travellers, for travellers. Even offline, MAPS.ME can identify your location and provide directions. GOOGLE TRANSLATE – TO CHAT WITH THE LOCALS Nothing beats Google Translate, with more than 100 languages, as a useful tool for help with day-to-day words. Whether bargaining at a market or struggling with a menu, this pocket translator is the perfect companion. Google Translate is made even more convenient with its quickworking and uncomplicated interface. 72

BOOKING.COM – TO FIND YOUR HOME FOR THE NIGHT Travelling through Europe, I found booking accommodation quite troublesome. You never know what you’re getting when you randomly choose. Booking. Com is quick and easy. You can book hotels, motels and apartments online. Making an account facilitates the process, and you have access to special deals. This app features detailed descriptions of all properties, and includes guest reviews, photos and videos. Researching and booking has never been easier. XE CURRENCY – WHEN YOU’RE AT THE MARKET One of my preferred and most frequently used travel apps is XE Currency. Why? This is the go-to app for quick and accurate

currency conversions. Not only can the currency of the country you’re visiting be bookmarked for easy conversions, but the app also has real-time updates of rates. Whether you’re at a market in Thailand or a restaurant in Costa Rica, you will quickly find the value of the product you’re buying. TRIPADVISOR – TO FIND OUT WHAT TO DO When it comes to pinpointing the nicest hotel, the most delicious restaurant or the best attractions in the area, TripAdvisor can’t be beaten. The app is certainly worth downloading. It’s a reliable, crowdcontributed guide that includes reviews, photos and videos of establishments worldwide, from tailors in Hoi An to bars in Venice.


“The Sportage feels as good as it looks, with assured handling and high levels of refinement. You won’t feel like the poor cousin if you pull into the golf course in this.”

Sportage steps up again BY GEOFF MOFFETT


nuggle up close to the new Kia Sportage and you’ll catch a whiff of Audi. The Kia’s new ‘GT-line’ terminology is not a world away from Audi’s ‘S-line’. Both denote top-spec models, and perhaps that’s no coincidence. After all, Kia’s design chief, the man who has re-defined the image of the Korean auto-maker over a decade, is Peter Schreyer, who last worked with Audi. I’d be stretching it to say that the handsome 2016 Sportage is in the league of the upmarket European with the fourring badge, but it is certainly getting there in terms of quality and refinement – a far cry from the old Kia days when its rather cheap-and-nasty offerings were a faint imitation of Japan’s quality products. The story of Kia being rescued from bankruptcy in 1997 by fellow Korean company Hyundai is well-known, and today, the ‘rescuer’ has to compete blow for blow with the company it saved and in which it retains about 33%

ownership. Hyundai brought well-earned respectability to South Korean car-making and Kia is following hard in its footsteps. The last new Sportage was a breakthrough model for Kia, and this new generation goes a step further with quality of product, overall finish and technology. It is one good-looking SUV with its curvy rear and sharp creased front, mesh grille and striking light design with quad LED fog lamps. The 19-inch alloys, front and rear skid-plates and twin exhausts add to the GT-line’s presence. Yes, the old awkward-looking Sportage and Sorrento days are well gone and that’s largely due to Mr Schreyer’s determination to lift Kia’s image. The Sportage feels as good on the road as it looks, with assured handling and high levels of refinement. You won’t feel like the poor cousin if you pull into the golf club carpark in this. The Sportage packs in a lot of equipment, too, with LED side indicators and front fog lamps for all

models, 7inch colour touchscreen, cruise control, reverse camera, parking sensors, Bluetooth and remote keyless entry. All but the LX model have leather seats. The GT-line specs are even more impressive. There’s two-tone leather, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, high-beam assist, bi-xenon HID with washer lights, those quad ‘ice-cube’ LEDs, dual exhaust pipes, electric front seats (heated and cooled), D-shaped steering wheel with paddle shifters, panoramic sunroof and remote opening tailgate (also on the LTD). Another neat feature is the wireless smartphone charger. Just put your phone down on the console pad and it starts charging. Rearseat passengers get a rear power outlet. Sportage buyers have plenty of choices of spec, with 2-wheel-drive vehicles available in LX, EX and LTD level but only with the 2.0-litre petrol engine. You can choose from the 2.4-litre petrol or the 2.0-litre diesel in 4WD. The diesel has a diff lock.

Tech spec Model reviewed: Ki Sportage GT-line Price: $54,990 Power: 2.0-litre petrol, 114kw @ 6200rpm, 192Nm @ 4000rpm; 2.4-litre petrol, 135kw @ 6000rpm, 237Nm @ 4000rpm; 2.0 diesel turbo, 136kw @ 4000rpm, 400Nm @ 1750-2750rpm Fuel economy: From 6.4 l/100km (diesel EX 4WD) to 8.5 l/100km (2.4-litre petrol) CO2 emissions combined: 169 g/km (diesel) to 199 g/ km (2.4 petrol) Vehicle courtesy of Nelson Kia



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Jazzfest opener switches to Founders BY PETE RAINEY


he 26th Nelson Jazz Festival kicks off on Tuesday January 3 with its traditional ‘lie on the grass and soak up the sounds’ gig, this time at Founders Park. This relaxed outdoor event features a mix of sets from some of the acts appearing around the city during the festival’s four-day run. This first show starts at 4pm with gate sales only, and at $10 a head (kids 16-and-under free) the line-up of five bands is a bargain. The afternoon’s headline act is Reuben Bradley’s new show Sing Sing Sing, which features his trio plus three great young singers; Moira Jones, Lauren Armstrong and Katelin Little. Fresh from sellout shows at the Queenstown Jazzfest and the 74

Martinborough Festival, they play hits from all eras of jazz, swing, bebop, cool jazz and some modern funky stuff as well. The event cover charge would be worth it for this act alone, however the list also includes the Nelson Big Band, The Tom Rainey Organ Quartet, as well as Gypsy Swing outfit Django Junkies featuring Reuben Derrick (clarinet), Leigh Jackson (guitar), and Auckland singer Caro Manins. TROQ, as my brother Tom likes to call his new quartet, features the man himself on Hammond organ (his happy place) with three young musos joining him to whip up a frenzy; guitarist Brad Kang, who was in town recently backing Adrienne Fenemor; Tom’s son Jimmy on saxophone; and Jo McCallum on drums.

Kang has recently moved back home to New Zealand after a spell in the States, where he was part of the world-renowned One O’Clock Lab Band, and McCallum is fresh from a tour of the US and Canada with Tami Neilson. Also putting in an appearance at the festival are New Zealand’s leading contemporary jazz group, The Troubles, led by John Rae, a drummer hailing from Edinburgh and one of Scotland’s best-known and loved jazz musicians. John has had a career playing drums and composing alongside some of the world’s best, as well as leading his own groups of Celtic-inspired jazz. The distinct sound of The Troubles is in no small part due to the unique lineup of the group, which includes a string quartet plus Kiwi jazz legend Patrick Bleakley on acoustic bass. Bleakley is the anchor of the group and has a lifetime of experience playing with New Zealand legends, from Blerta to Jonathan Crayford. The Troubles have featured some of New Zealand’s finest jazz musicians, including Roger Manins, Tim Hopkins, Reuben Derrick and Jeff Henderson. Catch them at the Boathouse on Wednesday Jan 4. If you want to experience a New Orleans-style party then head to Fairfield House on Thursday the 5th to lap up The Richter City Rebels. They have a sound that blends RnB, soul, hip-hop, jazz and funk with the heart and soul of New Orleans brass band music. Trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone and percussion join forces to bring the ultimate Mardi Gras party to the Nelson Jazz Festival. This nine-piece band has an allstar line-up whose energetic show has recently headlined at events such as the Wellington Jazz Festival, Tora Tora Tora, Taranaki Arts Festival, National Jazz Festival and CubaDupa. There’s plenty more on offer, including the Jelly Rolls, Flounder, Boogie Train, Chameleon, Not Too Dry, The Nelson Youth Collective, Bourbon St Beat and the Coyote Blues – at venues around Nelson, including lunchtime gigs at 1903 Square, and late-night jams at East St Café from 9pm each night. If you still have an urge to get on down after all of that, then join Grant Smithies for a night of Jazz Dance Vinyl classics at Devilles on Friday the 6th. For more information go to nelsonjazzfest. co.nz or contact Paul Gilmour, Jazzfest director, at mrpaulgilmour@gmail.com



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Russel Papworth, Bulrush panel wall art, Forest Fusion, Mapua wharf 03 540 2961, $580 Steve Fullmer, Three Dog Heads, clay, Fullmer Gallery, Tasman 03 526 6765, $125 each Jens Hansen, Vibrant Apple Tourmaline, Red Gold Ring, Jens Hansen Studio, Nelson 03 548 0640, $10,499 Jane Smith, Stella the Schnack, digital portrait, Chocolate Dog Studio, Mapua 03 540 2007, $240 Marilyn Andrews, A Walk in the Garden, mixed media on canvas, Marilyn Andrews Gallery, Nelson 03 548 9400, 150cm x 90cm, $6,000 Samantha Robinson, ceramics, Red Gallery, Nelson 03 548 2170, from $46 Bill Burke, The Iris Garden, oil, Bill Burke Gallery, Nelson 03 546 6793, 110cm x 90cm Roz Speirs, Over the Sea to Skye, Art@203, Nelson 027 500 5528, $295



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CONCERTS The Troubles The Boathouse 7pm Wed 4th Jan Richter City Rebels Fairfield House 7pm Thurs 5th Jan Lizard Kings Doors Tribute The Playhouse 9pm Tue 3rd 9pm Wed 4th Jan Late Night Jams East Street Cafe 4th, 5th & 6th Jan from 9 -12pm Free gigs in cafes and bars around Nelson.

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Spring Jam New Zealand, Animation, Comedy Directed and written by Ned Wenlock Produced by Georgiana Plaister 6 minutes

Spring Jam


pring Jam is just one of the hand-picked flicks on offer at the Show Me Shorts 2016: Highlights Sessions. On 3 & 4 December at the Suter Galley Café, it’s a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see the best of both homegrown and international talent, while ensuring that this film festival keeps on returning to the Top of the South. Spring Jam is a charming anecdote about a randy spiker with ‘short antler syndrome’ who’s trying his darnedest to entice a hind. This short mightn’t have you roaring with laughter, but it’ll provide plenty of chuckles, along with giving a sense of nationhood courtesy of the quirky Kiwiana and icons from the bush that are on display. One part of the short you might find ‘Roadrunner-esque’ as our quasi-stag gets himself tangled up with a hunter who’s shacked up in a caravan listening to reverb-laden instrumentals reminiscent of The Shadows. Another part is for enthusiasts of native birdlife, as there’s a baker’s dozen on display to identify. When these feathers sing in harmony, it is even more melodious than a Beach Boys chorus. This quick-flick deservedly won the Lightbox Best Film Award this year. Apart from this accolade, it’s full of precise artistic animation with oodles of intricacies, so it pays to keep your eyes peeled. You’ll just love it for its good old Kiwi ingenuity too.

Die Badewanne (The Bathtub) German, Comedy Directed, written and produced by Tim Ellrich. 13 minutes

This comedy is sure to tickle your fancy as three brothers get into hot water, both literally and figuratively. At first glance Die Badewanne comes across as a simple short, but it actually runs deep with complex psychology within the trio of characters. The onesetting shooting style is evocative of Hitchcock’s Rope. Niklas, Georg and Alex unite for a

Short & spectacular BY EDDIE ALLNUTT

Die Badewanne

family soirée to celebrate Mum’s birthday. As a surprise gift for her, they decide – one of them begrudgingly – to emulate an old photo of themselves in the bathtub. Not much has changed over the decades, it seems, apart from the belly and the ego of the eldest. The same spinach-smoothiecoloured tiles are still remnant on the bathroom walls. A German comedy – isn’t that an oxymoron? The cliché that Germans don’t have any should be dispelled by the time the 13 minutes have unspooled. The tone is jocular, but be aware that it’s German humour – different in a mock-serious way.

It’s subtitled so we don’t pick up on all the slang nuances in the background, but we do hear ‘scheisse’ at times to get the gist. Die Badewanne won Best International Film at that Lightbox Festival. German director Tim Ellrich said he was proud to win an award from the other side of the world, and it qualifies his short for the Oscars. The original snapshot looks like Mum might have taken it with a daguerreotype, and now the siblings could well be using a DSLR on the tripod. I guess if they do manage to merge in the tub, Photoshop will replicate the rest?



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Excellence abounds in Havelock arts showcase BY JOHN COHEN-DU FOUR


avelock is primarily known for its green-lipped mussels, century-old mailboat service to the Sounds, and collection of food-stops for travellers between Nelson and Blenheim. Thanks to a plucky little art gallery that recently celebrated its second anniversary, the township is also being recognised as a centre for local artwork of surprising quality and variety. Gallery Havelock, situated on the main drag, was set up in 2014 as a charitable trust, its aim being to celebrate the diversity and excellence of the area’s artists. “That – and actually surviving our first year,” laughs trustee and gallery director Brett Avison. “Thankfully, we had real support from the outset, with all artists committed to sticking with us the entire year, knowing it was an establishment period facing the seasonal challenges of winter trading.” Virtually all those initial artists remain in the stable of 14 artists exhibiting today. “Of course, it’s a two-way street,” says 78

Brett. “Our charitable trust status enables us to provide them with a professionally run gallery space for a peppercorn rental plus a very small commission on works sold. It’s a much better deal than traditional galleries can offer.” A dedicated team of volunteers help to keep the gallery open and visitors informed, seven days a week, year-round. The wide array of work on display features everything from oils and watercolours to mixed-media, sculpture, bone and stone carving, woodwork, ceramics and more. What stands out immediately you enter the bright and airy premises spread over two floors is the sheer quality of the work on display – this is not your usual small-town showcase. “We’re punching so far above our weight, it’s unbelievable for a little place like Havelock,” says Brett. “We have unmatched seascapes by Colin Wynn, NZ’s official naval artist, and carved, inlaid wooden chests and bowls by master shipwright and boat-builder Lionel Jefcoate. We’ve a treasure-trove of Maori

master-carvings by the late Norm Clark, and the observational humour of Val Griffith-Jones’ paintings and textiles. There are greenstone carvings by Clem Mellish – recently named a Marlborough living treasure – and breathtaking large-scale cultural portraits by Rebekah Codlin.” “I could go on and on,” he says, “because every artist we represent is at the top of their game.” Some 30,000 visitors to date attest to Gallery Havelock’s growing reputation as one of the Top of the South’s creative hotspots. “Many people call in when passing through town,” says Brett, “but increasingly we find art lovers, particularly from Nelson and Tasman, are making us a great excuse for a day out.” “And being a charitable trust, we’re thrilled to be able to disburse profits back to our local community. We’ve already supported the MenzShed, Fit’n’Free Outdoor Gym and St John Ambulance, amongst others.” As arts stories go, you’d be hardpressed to find one with so many winners all-round.


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Art enhances empathy in nurses BY RENEE HOLLIS


NMIT lecturers Catharine Salmon and Helen Childs have collaborated to produce research on facilitating the development of nursing students’ empathy. Salmon is an artist and a Principal Academic Staff Member in the School of Arts and Media, while Childs is a nurse and Senior Academic for Health and Fitness. Tell us about your research into using art to develop nursing students’ empathy? Catharine: The paper Circles of Compassion: Arts and Nursing – the stimulation of compassionate awareness, was co-authored by myself and my colleague Helen Childs. I was the artist and patient and Helen’s perspective was as a nurse-educator. Our meeting point was an arts-based research project inspired by my personal experience of compassionate care from a hospital nursing team. At the heart of this creative project was the reassuring, empathic and caring nurses who had inspired me while I was actually in hospital. I began my first piece for the eventual exhibition then.

Tell us a little more about the exhibition. Catharine: It was titled Touching the Unthinkable, which explored the ‘voices’ of health teams, other hospital patients and visitors, linked by the treatment of breast cancer. For some time, Helen had been using art practices to facilitate students’ understanding of themselves, the patient experience and the centrality of 82

compassion as part of a nursing pedagogy. We discovered that many of the inspirational hospital nurses had previously engaged with art as part of their education. As well, new students developed significant insights from the exhibition. Together we identified what we have termed the ‘circularity’ of compassion – if compassion is enhanced in students and sustained in practising nurses, it is then experienced by the patient/recipient.

Has your research been published? Helen: It will be very soon. We presented our research for the first time at the Australian Nurse Educators Conference in Auckland in 2015. In July 2016 we spoke at the New Zealand Interprofessional Health Conference at Auckland University of Technology. We’ve both received positive feedback from other members of the healthcare team, which is extremely encouraging. Catharine: This November I’ll be sharing our research at The Annual International Arts and Health Conference at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

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