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Craig Potton explores the Heaphy & Abel Tasman tracks A potted history of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Nelsonâ€™s Jazz Festival celebrates 25 years Golden Bay: more than sun, sand and sea
Blue Lake/Angelus Hut
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Features Issue 114 / January 2016
22 22 Nelson’s two Great Walks
raig Potton explores the wondrous taonga on our doorstep with the fresh eyes of a conservationist and photographer
28 Wild and surprising Sauvignon Blanc
arlborough Sauvignon Blanc has come a long way in the past three decades, generating a multitude of expressions and styles. Sophie Preece finds out why this variety is so much more than a onetrick pony
32 Jazz on the razz
ood, wine, friends, sun – and very cool beats. Jazz in the Park kicks off a festival that sets the tone for summer in Nelson and Richmond. Mike Murphy backgrounds the brave club and the characters who have made it all happen for 25 years
37 Explore Golden Bay
ead over the Takaka Hill for a never ending Kiwi summer of sun, sand and sea. By Jo Richards
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Columns Issue 114 / January 2016
20 My Big Idea Galen King wants to transform the Bridge Street Collective into a community-owned not-for-profit
82 Up & Coming DOC trainee ranger Emma Williams is trying to return the Abel Tasman to former glories. By Matt Brophy STYLE FILE Edited by Justine Jamieson
44 Style News Fashion industry news
46 Summer Men’s and Women’s Fashion Styled by Alesha Pyers. Photography by Ishna Jacobs
55 Beauty A look at local skincare company His + Hers Anti Ageing LIFE
Cooper Gyles is seriously impressed by the Mercedes-AMG C63S Estate
56 My Home
After 40 years abroad Linda Quigley has built a home on Hoddy Road. By Brenda Webb
64 My Garden An oasis among the Wairau vines. By Christo Saggers
66 My Kitchen
Nicola Galloway’s Summer Harvest Smoothie
67 Dine Out
Maxwell Flint is impressed by Daniel Monopoli’s Boatshed Mapua
Phillip Reay meets Kaimira’s new winemaker Shayne Cox
Mark Preece visits craft beer pioneers the Mussel Inn
79 Film After watching Trumbo Michael
Justine Jamieson enjoys herself at Split Apple Retreat
Get off the beaten track at the Blue Lake & Angelus Hut says Sophie Preece
Weather forecasts that will keep you afloat. By Steve Thomas
78 Music Pete Rainey advises on events to get you off the couch in January
Bortnick will be keeping a vigilant eye on the government
8 Editorial 10 Where do you read yours? 12 Events 14 Snapped 80 Quiz & Trivia
Landlords will say they shouldn’t have to shoulder the cost of preserving heritage buildings for the common good, which seems fair enough — we’re not communists after all.
fter 185 people perished in the Christchurch earthquake, the risk of dying in a quake didn’t change, but our perception of that risk changed massively, so we understandably toughened up building regulations. The consequence of these costly upgrades is that landlords are opting to remove rather than strengthen buildings in the CBD. This leaves gaping great holes in our city centres as weak demand for retail and office space doesn’t justify the capital expenditure of rebuilding. Perhaps Nelson City Council should take this opportunity to encourage more people to live in the CBD, as city dwellers spend more money and create a sense of vibrancy within the area. So why not encourage property developers to create new apartments in these gaps by giving them tax breaks and relaxing the costly rules around number of carparks that new property developments must have within the city. After all, one of the points of living in the city is not to have to drive. In response to the possibility that New Zealand’s cities would be demolished, Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith recently relaxed the rules on earthquake strengthening, by dividing the country into three zones of low, medium and high risk, plus extending the time needed for buildings to be reinforced. These changes will reduce the number of buildings that would require assessment from an estimated 500,000 to 30,000, and bring down the total estimated cost from $1.36 billion to $777 million. The new rules leave Nelson in the medium zone, with buildings needing to be assessed within 10 years and strengthened within 25 years. But will it be enough to preserve Nelson’s CBD? I have no particular objection to a building coming down if it is an eyesore, but where the building has heritage value, perhaps there ought to be a requirement to keep the facade of the old building. Landlords will say they shouldn’t have to shoulder the cost of preserving heritage buildings for the common good, which seems fair enough – we’re not communists after all. If we are to oblige landlords to preserve heritage buildings, perhaps they should get some benefit, such as tax breaks on rates. The value of this heritage is hard to quantify, but if you take a look around the world, tourists want to visit beautiful cities and high-income knowledge workers want to live, work and play in cities that have preserved their heritage. I’m worried that while heritage is becoming increasingly valuable economically to New Zealanders, we may be about to take the wrecking ball to it. JAC K MA RT I N
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Get out of the house and into this month’s top regional events.
Exciting racing taking place on the closed streets of Port Nelson! New circuit layout and dirt section for motards. Food and merchandise stalls to keep everyone happy. PORT NELSON, NELSON
Shapeshifter present their genresidestepping combo of stadium rave, electronic soul and bass music, joined by the mighty band of brothers Kora and partystarting Sunshine Soundsystem. Must see live music experience! RIWAKA HOTEL, TASMAN
Mon 4 Jazz in the Park, Washbourn Gardens Relax in the gorgeous park setting and take in the cool sounds of local and national performers. Quirky and original tunes and acoustic swing sounds on this delightful musical journey. WASHBOURN GARDENS, RICHMOND
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Pokororo Arts & Craft Fair This popular fair with locallymade crafts and arts has been running for over 39 years, showcasing interesting stalls in a stunning location. POKORORO HALL, WEST BANK, MOTUEKA RIVER
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MY BIG IDEA
Galen King has a vision for transforming the Bridge Street Collective co-working space into a community-owned notfor-profit incorporated society. P H O T O BY DA N I E L R O S E
So what is your big idea in a nutshell? A co-working space is much more than just a beautiful building with funky furniture and great facilities. A co-working space is a community of people. Having set up and managed the Bridge Street Collective for the past four years, it has become increasingly clear to me that a coworking community is vital for the future growth and development of Nelson.There are many enthusiastic, talented, inspiring people in Nelson who are keen to get more involved in the creative, tech and start-up scene, and I feel that the collective has the best chance of being the centre of this movement if I step aside as owner and transform it into a community-owned social enterprise.
What could we achieve for our community if funding wasn’t a problem? The next step in the collective’s journey is to really drive growth in the community – so we can get more people involved and so we can more directly help start-ups and high-growth-potential businesses. One of the key changes we need to implement is to appoint a facilitator, whose role will involve nurturing and growing the community, and working with members to help develop and grow their businesses – and their connections with one another in Nelson and around New Zealand. But this facilitator role cannot be funded from membership fees – it makes the co-working space too expensive and members don’t all necessarily need a facilitator. This role will require grants and funding to be really successful.
GALEN KING don’t get total ‘buy-in’ of members – as, while we have fantastic support from our members, it is always known that it is someone else’s baby.
Who will benefit? I hope the benefits will be widespread. I believe a successful, vibrant, inspiring co-working community benefits our members (and future members); the wider creative, tech, business and start-up community; and the Nelson region in general – both locally in what we offer here but also nationally, as it will help to attract people and businesses to Nelson.
What is the current situation?
How can Nelson and Tasman get on board?
The Bridge Street Collective has been privately owned until now. The risk with a privately owned business that is totally community focused is that we
As we move to a more open, social enterprise model, the collective will evolve closer to my vision of being more a community than just a space with a
limited membership base. We would love to see others from Nelson (and afar) get more involved with the collective – and with each other. I had always hoped that the collective would become a venue for inspiring meet-ups and events – not just once a month but at least once a week. My hope is that it will be possible before too long to just pop into the collective on a given weekday and know that you will find something interesting happening that you can be a part of. So, if anyone has ideas for meet-ups, events, workshops, book clubs, maker evenings, robot-building lunches, after-school programmes for children, etc., please get in touch. Galen King, Founder & Coordinator @galenking / firstname.lastname@example.org 111 Bridge Street, Nelson 7010 @bridge_st / bridgestreet.co.nz
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NELSONâ€™S TWO GREAT WALKS Craig Potton explores the wondrous taonga on our doorstep with the fresh eyes of a conservationist and photographer.
Photo by Ana Galloway
Top: Weathered granite outcrop on Scotts Beach (Rob Brown) Bottom: Tree ferns line a stream on the Abel Tasman coast (Craig Potton) 22
The Heaphy Track Kahurangi National Park Distance: 82Km Time Required: 4–6 Days Nearest Centres: Collingwood (Golden Bay); Karamea (West Coast) Best time to walk the track: November–April Fitness: moderate fitness required
wo contrasting landscapes are likely to linger in your mind after you’ve walked the Heaphy: one, a high, silent, tussock plateau; the other, a loud coastline where waves reach brashly towards groves of tropical palms and flowering rātā. Most begin the Heaphy Track from Brown Hut at the eastern end of the trail in Golden Bay, and allow between three and five days to reach its conclusion on the West Coast. Setting out from here delegates all the climbing to the first day, leaving the easy wander along the western beaches, with considerably lightened packs, until last. Once beyond the first paddocks and scrubby spurs, the track enters a diverse forest that includes huge old red and hard beeches, rimu and miro, with distinctive mikimiki and toro trees in the under-storey. As the zigzag climb continues, the intimacy of the forest is broken by occasional supplejack tangles and large landslides. The benched track follows an easy grade up the hillside along a route constructed in 1893 to allow packhorses passage through the area. The track crosses streams at regular intervals, and windows in the forest open towards the granite summits of the Lead Hills and Mt Olympus across the Aorere Valley, and beyond to the Dragons Teeth on the Douglas Range. It’s worth starting early the next day before the sun banishes the moody blue cast and low mists that often lie across the Gouland Downs, about an hour’s descent from Perry Saddle. The downs immediately make an impression by their strangeness: the high rolling plateau of open tussock and occasional forest contrasts with the rustling patches of mountain neinei and silver beech. Two hours from Perry Saddle is the old Gouland Downs Hut, with the newer Saxon Hut another two hours further on. Both are good bases for exploring the limestone karst (a Czech term for water-worn) landscape, and also the plants of the area, which reach their flowering best during midsummer. As you move over the downs the track traverses tussock flats where rivers like the Big cut raw into the old peneplain and begin coiling and curling in slow meanders before their sudden descent into mossy beech forest. Near the confluence of the Saxon River and Blue Duck Creek, the geology abruptly changes. Now, on the way up to the Mackay Downs and towards Mackay Hut, the ancient sedimentary rocks of the peneplain are replaced by coarse granite that provides the rest of the track’s stolid bedrock (with the exception of the dramatic limestone landscapes of the lower Heaphy Valley and Kōhaihai Bluff ). Mackay Downs does not provide vistas as expansive as those of the Gouland. Instead the track weaves through a maze of
The upper reaches of the Saxon River on Gouland Downs (Petr Hlavacek)
‘High rolling plateau of open tussock and occasional forest contrasts with the rustling patches of mountain neinei and silver beech.’
tussock- and scrub-covered basins enclosed by forested hills on the side of Mt Teddy. At Mackay Hut, the Heaphy Track leaves the rolling downs landscape and begins its long, gradual descent into the forests along the Heaphy River and towards the sea. In terms of the altitude surrendered, the evenness of the gradient, the unbroken mantle of deep-green forest and the hypnotic effects of the track’s gentle and endlessly repeating curves, the route between Mackay and Lewis huts is not dissimilar to the first day. However there are some differences. In the wetter western forests, mosses and ferns are far more common, and rimu and rātā grow more abundantly, as can be expected on the West Coast. By the time you reach Lewis Hut, the stark austerity of the downs has been washed into memory by the luxuriance of the enveloping forest. Heading downriver, the track wends between exquisite avenues of nīkau palms and tree ferns, and massive northern rātā clear the surrounding canopy, festooned in perching and climbing plants. Kiekie and supplejack vines make much of this forest quite impenetrable, and warmth-loving species like kawakawa, rangiora and kōwhai complement the forest’s exotic nature. It won’t matter much what the weather does on the last day from Heaphy Hut to Kōhaihai Shelter because this is a wonderful walk in any conditions. When it’s wild and stormy, the beaches are covered with pulsing, creamy foam and the sea thunders landwards from the horizon in huge sets of waves. Conversely, when it’s sunny and hot and the swell’s not too huge, the ambience is more that of a tropical island. The five-hour walk to the road end across headlands and beaches can be strung out over a whole day in the knowledge that all the streams are bridged and the only major climb is the short ascent over the saddle between Scotts Beach and Kōhaihai Shelter, leaving you time to savour the golden sands, subtropical forest and the unceasing pounding of the surf. 23
North Head on the Abel Tasman coast (Craig Potton)
Beech trees, kiekie vines and tree ferns proliferate in the lush Heaphy forest (Craig Potton)on 24
Abel Tasman Coast Track Abel Tasman National Park Distance: 51km Time Required: 3–5 Days Nearest Centres: Motueka and Tākaka Best time to walk the track: all year Fitness: moderate fitness required
ithin a few hours, whichever direction you walk, are repeating themes of water, sand, rock and forest, and enchanting sequences of small sheltered beaches and shallow tidal inlets. Sculpted granite headlands, green beech leaves against jet-black tree trunks, koru fern forms, and sunrise golds on sand ripples and akeake trunks – all have lifted me to a high state of delight, suggesting that the Coast Track’s greatest impact is not in its overall qualities, but in its details. The Abel Tasman Coast Track is undoubtedly the most popular multi-day track in New Zealand because of its ease (in summer you can do it in trainers or sandals) and its swimmable sandy beaches, fringed in places by lush vegetation and ferns that evoke a semi-tropical mood. The track can be walked at any time of the year, though don’t let its tropical appearance fool you – in winter it gets cold at night and only the hardiest swim. Most people allow three to five days to walk the 51km of track between Mārahau in the south and Wainui Bay in the north. You appreciate almost immediately how much the park differs from all others in New Zealand, simply by the scale of human modification so obvious on the walk from Mārahau over the causeway across Sandy Bay inlet. Here, and elsewhere in the park, whole hillsides of native forest are recovering from a hundred years of clear-felling and fires. Fortunately, soil deficiencies meant the devastation of forests never reached its ultimate conclusion. But by the 1930s about three-quarters of the coastal landscape carried the scars of continual burning, and pines, gorse and other introduced weedy plants had spread. A number of forest reserves already existed, prompting conservationists and community-spirited individuals – most especially the indefatigable Pérrine Moncrieff – to argue for the creation of a national park that combined the reserves with land purchased by the Government. The national park came to be in December 1942, the beginning of an experiment in landscape recovery in which the hopes of the future lay with the natural regeneration that continues today, along with recent efforts by DOC and volunteers to plant native trees and remove weeds. Not until turning the first major headland beyond Tinline Bay do you enter a gully and hillside of mature beech forest and experience the splendour of the tall indigenous trees that will, in time, reclothe most of this landscape. To glance through forest windows and see the grey rain-spotted ocean beyond, with Adele Island silently proclaiming a darker-grey presence, is a compelling reason for walking this coastal stretch in the rain. Trees and ferns gleam, and the blackest trunks contrast with subtle variations of iridescent green. Before the track winds down to the Anchorage Hut and campsite, it cuts over a depauperate hummocky ridge where
Clusters of flowers from the base of a Nikau palm (Craig Potton) Granite rock formations at Watering Cove with Adele Island beyond (Nick Groves)
repeated burnings and virtually non-existent soils have created spasmodic groves of contorted mānuka and kānuka. From these relatively open heights, a magnificent view opens southward of the waterway known as Astrolabe Roadstead between Adele Island and the bays towards Mārahau. The many French place names come from navigator Dumont d’Urville, the second European to visit this coast after Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman. From the ridge high above Anchorage, the view north leads through the park’s central landscapes: a repeating series of crescent beaches, sandbars, shell-strewn estuaries, coves and headlands. Just as the granite beneath your feet defines the vegetation’s limits, when combined with water, granite becomes the main ingredient in the overall shape, colour and texture of the land. The magmatic brew that produced the park’s easily weathered ‘exfoliating’ granite is rich in quartz, feldspar and mica. Large quantities of these sparkling minerals have been eroded into rivers and streams and washed to the coast, where modest currents mass them together to form coarse granite sands ranging in colour from reddish gold to brilliant white. The coastline has evolved into a series of basins carved from more yielding areas of rock between ridges of harder, 25
‘Swimmable sandy beaches, fringed in places by lush vegetation and ferns, evoke a semi-tropical mood.’
Early morning light on Totaranui Beach Nikau palms growing on the Heaphy Coast (Andris Apse)
more resistant rock, resulting in a sequence of curvaceous indentations on an otherwise rugged and irregular coast. A large tidal range (3-4 metres between high and low tides) adds finishing touches, endlessly rearranging large quantities of colourful sands. Anchorage Hut is a good base for a day, or at least a morning, exploring the beaches at Torrent Bay, Anchorage and Te Pukatea Bay, the sculpted headlands in between, and the grainy granite blocks sitting incongruously in the river around Cleopatra’s Pool, a short walk up the Torrent River. North of Torrent Bay, the Coast Track swings inland for several hours, but retains delightful views into several idyllic estuaries. (After the Falls River swingbridge, it’s worth sidling off to Sandfly Bay if you can spare the time.) Bark Bay, where the next major hut is located, has all the features of the larger estuaries, but on a more intimate scale. A waterfall feeds the lagoon from the northernmost stream, and below its silvery threads you will find a place to sit and contemplate the estuary and beyond. From here the track stretches well inland through a patchy forest of regenerating kānuka and mānuka (also a result of many burn-offs), before regaining the sea at Tonga Quarry (the site of a granite quarry 26
used to furnish stone for a number of prominent buildings and structures in Nelson and Wellington) and the wonderful Onetahuti Beach. Almost certainly somewhere on this sandy shore you’ll meet a pair of black oystercatchers strutting confidently on their patch and wishing you a speedy departure up the hill to Awaroa Inlet. A short stroll from Awaroa Hut leads to the open beach and the cutting where the ocean enters the enormous estuary. Time and again, the sunsets and sunrises visible over Awaroa Bay from the vicinity of this cut are profoundly more affecting than any you’ll see on any other Abel Tasman beach. For at least half an hour at either end of a clear summer’s day, golden yellow light bathes the estuary’s deeply incised sand and shell banks. Having negotiated the route across Awaroa Inlet at low tide, the track north of Awaroa sidles slopes that become increasingly scrubby and modified, until gorse dominates as much as native species. There are, however, some brilliant exceptions: Goat Bay (reached after 90 minutes) has nīkau palms and sprawling rātā trees that spray red flowerheads onto the beach; Pukatea Walk (another 90 minutes on at Tōtaranui), a short loop track through dense groves of nīkau and tall buttressed pukatea trees; and the arresting muted starkness of the mānuka and kānuka forests beyond the final hut at Whariwharangi Bay (3-4 hours from Tōtaranui). The most compelling reason to walk beyond the road at Tōtaranui and along the northeastern corner of the coast to Wainui Inlet (and possibly add another night by staying at the historic homestead hut at Whariwharangi) is to see the granite obelisks at the northern end of Anapai Bay and then head along to Separation Point. For me, the entire journey from Mārahau was worth it for the windy afternoon I spent at Separation Point, watching gannets scorch past cliffs of wrinkled granite, and seals playing with the exuberance of puppies in the wind-tossed seas.
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Sauvignon wild & surprising
Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has come a long way in the past three decades, generating a multitude of expressions and styles. Sophie Preece finds out why this variety is so much more than a one-trick pony. 28
avid and I always worried that this was going to be a fad,” winemaker Kevin Judd says of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. “Obviously we were wrong.” Thirty years ago Kevin and David Hohnen made their first Cloudy Bay vintage and David coined the phrase ‘the eyebrow effect’ to describe the moment their Sauvignon Blanc’s “pure intensity” hit the nose and raised the brow of people all over the world. In the decades since, Marlborough has been transformed by a sea of Sauvignon. The variety occupies much of the region’s 23,374ha of vineyard land, accounting for 85 percent of its wine production. Marlborough is responsible for most of Sauvignon Blanc’s $1 billion share of New Zealand’s $1.3b wine exports. Marlborough Sauvignon has continued to evolve, thanks to sub-regional variations, a better understanding of the region’s terroir, a wealth of wine science, and a variety of winemaking techniques. Along with the range of ‘classic’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs being consumed by the tank-load, the world is clamouring for new and alternative styles. Sauvignon is more phenomenon than fad.
A RAPID EVOLUTION
arly this February Marlborough will host the inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration, with key wine influencers coming from around the world for a three-day talkfest on Sauvignon science, styles, market and prospects. Sauvignon 2016 chairman Patrick Materman, chief winemaker at Brancott Estate, says the event is global in focus, but marks something of a coming of age for Marlborough. Brancott Estate (then Montana) produced Marlborough’s first Sauvignon Blanc 36 years ago.In the years since, there’s been massive grape land expansion and discovery of sub-regional variation. There’s also a growing understanding of the region’s terroir, both through seasons of experience and a deep pool of science into the volatile thiol aroma compounds and climatic conditions that make Marlborough Sauvignon unique. “There’s nowhere else on the planet that makes Sauvignon Blanc as expressive as Marlborough,” says Patrick, “and now we are getting a real sense of place.” That familiarity has brought with it a better and broader range of styles, so that Marlborough Sauvignon, in the past perceived as a generic variety, now includes a wealth of expressions. He says Montana’s first examples were fruit-driven and herbaceous. The world took notice, and the region expanded its Sauvignon plantings and moved to a riper, more tropical style. As plantings moved into cooler climates like the Awatere Valley, new styles were brought to the table, and wine companies started to emphasise Marlborough’s sub-regional differences. Patrick says that over the past five years the variety has developed further, with a focus on delivering more textured structure and mouth feel, using lees contact, wild fermentation and oak in various levels. Brancott Estate’s Chosen Rows, which sells for $80, is wild-fermented in large oak tanks and has served to highlight the diversity of style in Marlborough, offer a “halo effect” of prestige to the company’s other wines, and also to improve them. “What we have learned in making Brancott Estate Chosen Rows, we have then applied to many other wines,” Patrick says. The Brancott Estate Letter Series B, for example, is “a very different wine” to what it was five or six years ago. “More complex and more serious.”
‘There’s nowhere else on the planet that makes Sauvignon Blanc as expressive as Marlborough.’ PAT R I C K M AT E R M A N , B R A N C OT T E S TAT E
Kevin Judd and Nigel Sowman Kevin Judd (photo Jim Tannock)
THE EYEBROW EFFECT
or Kevin Judd, the evolution of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has been a personal journey, from the pioneer days of Cloudy Bay to the highly acclaimed wines of Greywacke. In the 1980s, when he first tasted Sauvignon Blanc fruit from Marlborough, Kevin predicted it would have a major impact, particularly in Australia, “where you strive to get just a little bit of that intensity”. In 1985, he and David Hohnen bought fruit from Rapaura, made their first vintage in Gisborne and created a wine that became synonymous with Marlborough. Kevin says they had little idea of how to control the types of aromatics they were getting, but suspected the future of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc lay not in dense canopy and very intense flavours, but in a less obvious expression of the aromatics. They planted their own vines in 1986 and experimented with canopy management, using different trellising systems and leaf plucking to produce lower crops of leaner, riper fruit with less green, vegetable characteristic. Kevin has moved even further in that direction with Greywacke, the label he began in 2009 after leaving Cloudy Bay. “I’m trying to get ripe fruit and as little green as possible, but maintaining that herbal edge, with lots of weight and texture.” The result is not an overt style, he says. “It’s got enough acid to be crisp, but it’s not acidic. And it’s got some palate weight from the concentration of the fruit. It’s a subtle style – not a show wine.” He points out that there are many highly successful Sauvignon Blanc makers in Marlborough who love shadier canopies, sweaty characteristics and higher levels of methoxypyrazine. That “divergence of style”, along with an understanding of sub-regions, has been one of the developments of the industry over time, ensuring Sauvignon Blanc for a myriad of tastes. Amongst them is a growing corner of alternative expressions of the variety, including Greywacke’s Wild Sauvignon. Kevin’s first wild-ferment, barrel-aged Sauvignon was at Cloudy Bay in 1992, a style that would eventually become Te Koko. “It was an experiment, partly because of James Healy. He suggested we ferment some chardonnay in 1991 with wild yeast, which I thought was a dumb idea, but I agreed to it anyway – and boy, was I wrong.” They were so amazed by the result that they decided to experiment with Sauvignon Blanc the following year. He says David Hohnen assumed the craze for Sauvignon was a fad, and that they should keep an open mind and look for another style. “This seemed like a potentially good way to go.” These days Marlborough has a range of alternative
Simon Hooker (photo: Sophie Preece)
Sauvignons, including Mahi’s Boundary Road, Seresin’s Marama, Dog Point’s Section 94 and Te Koko. Each is different, depending on the fruit, levels of malolactic fermentation, new and old oak used, and level of solids in the juice, says Kevin. “They have more individuality and more personality. The fruit is as important as in the classic style – you could argue more important – but there’s a lot more influence from the winemaker.”
oscoe Johanson, Giesen’s Brand and Hospitality Manager, says many people don’t realise how successful Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has been, nor the extent to which it shines a light on the region and New Zealand as a whole. About 40 percent of all the white wine sold in Australia is Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, with the top three producers all Marlborough labels, he says. Giesen is one of them, after more than 15 years in Australia, its most important market. The “wave” travelled from the eastern beaches of Sydney, where the “trendsetters” got a taste for it. He believes the hot weather and penchant for great food and outdoor dining make Australia the perfect market for classic, thirst-quenching, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. The flagship style then opens doors for other Marlborough wines, and by extension other New Zealand producers. Sauvignon Blanc even boosts other products, including tourism, Roscoe says. “Marlborough has a really powerful connotation for the consumers.” The market for premium Sauvignon in Australia, including barrel-ferments or single vineyard wines, is also growing. Ironically, higher-priced wines became more popular during the tough times of the Global Financial Crisis because people were eating at home but choosing to drink more expensive wines as a result, he says. Giesen launched its August Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc in 2010, with about 800 cases at AU$40 a bottle. “People were laughing and saying it wouldn’t sell, but we sold out in four months,” says Roscoe. Since then they have invested heavily in a premium programme, and watched that segment of the market thrive. Roscoe is on the committee organising Sauvignon 2016, and says the event is about ensuring Sauvignon Blanc continues to evolve around the globe. “It has huge significance for not only Marlborough, but also the New Zealand wine industry. Having many of the wine industry’s key influences in Marlborough is exciting. We can really show off our unique region, wines and people.”
LIFESTYLE WINES Another evolution of Sauvignon Blanc is the move towards lower-alcohol styles, in response to market demands. Lifestyle Wines is a seven-year research programme being led by New Zealand Winegrowers and co-funded under the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Primary Growth Partnership (PGP). Its aim is to position New Zealand as best in the world for high-quality, lower-alcohol and lower-calorie wines. Nineteen companies are involved in the project, most of them
from Marlborough. Simon Hooker, NZ Winegrowers’ General Manager of Research and Innovation, says Lifestyle Wines is an example of the outcomes-based research being done in our wine industry, with results that can be practically translated into the vineyard. “New Zealand does extremely well in integrating science and industry together seamlessly, which is opposite to the model of many countries, where they seldom meet in the middle.”
DIVERSE PICKINGS Sauvignon Blanc has a myriad of expressions, born of soil, site, climate, vine management and winemaking, says Brian Bicknell of Mahi. “It sounds a bit hippy but one of the million things I love about wine is that it naturally expresses its place. Sauvignon is a great variety to show its site.” He says Marlborough is very fortunate to have the conditions to make distinctive wine, but cannot rest on its laurels. “We can’t have Marlborough just being associated with straight-up fresh and fruity wines. We have to show the complexity and levels of interest in our industry, and move more of our wines into that classic status.” Three strong styles add diversity to Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and within them plenty of subtleties. The first and strongest is the fruit-forward Sauvignon that markets clamour for. “But there is also diversity within that style – with differences evident if it comes from the Awatere, from the Wairau, picked early, picked later, fermented cool, aiming to emphasise thiols, whatever.” Then here’s a growing section of what he calls an “intermediate” Marlborough
style. “Great fruit, a little bit of barrel, a little bit of wild, and for us no-press wine. It’s dry and, to me, a bit of a layered style. A style that expresses the essence of Marlborough, while having some levels of winemaking complexity in it.” Finally, the third string of complex Sauvignon includes his Boundary Farm, a wild-barrel ferment. It comes from a north-facing clay slope at the eastern end of the Wairau Valley, where there’s warmer conditions and riper fruit, which is handpicked. Not all wild-ferment Sauvignon is picked riper, but Brian likes the way it gives palate texture and weight to balance the wild yeast characters. The fruit is carefully sorted and whole-cluster pressed with no additions, before going straight into the barrel, still murky. “After six to nine days the wild native yeasts from the vineyard will start the ferment, so instead of one yeast you have several.” The result is a wine that’s more textural and complex. And because it is low-cropped from a single site and is influenced by wild yeasts from the vineyard, “it really comes from this place”. For Brian, the time and effort are made
Brian Bicknell (photo: Kharen Hill)
worthwhile by imagining a diner at a top New York restaurant ordering a bottle of Boundary Farm. “It’s come from a little part of Marlborough and we’ve mucked around with it as little as possible so it should be a real expression of this place.”
‘James Healy suggested we ferment some chardonnay in 1991 with wild yeast, which I thought was a dumb idea, but I agreed to it anyway — and boy, was I wrong.’ KEVIN JUDD
One of this yearâ€™s bands from Wellington, Shaken Not Stirred
Food, wine, friends, sun â€“ and very cool beats. Jazz in the Park kicks off a festival that sets the tone for summer in Nelson and Richmond. Mike Murphy backgrounds the brave club and the characters who have made it all happen for 25 years.
One of the earlier Fairfield Jazz in the Park events
JAZZ ON THE RAZZ J
azz is in the mood for a party. Nelson’s much-loved Jazz Union in the hope of finding work and was introduced to the in the Park at Fairfield on New Year’s Day 2016 starts band Rupert was in. They became good friends. Rupert returned celebrations of a quarter-century for the festival that puts a to Nelson in 1983 and Al followed towards the end of the decade. skip in the holiday season. During those few years, the Sun City Big Band had been Over the following days cafés and bars around Nelson formed and included Andrew Leachman, Chris Baillie, Doug and Tasman will be jumping with music, building to a ticketed, Hill, Adrian Kingsford, Ian Nicholas and Bill Rainey. Bill was one 25-year Celebration Day of jazz and food at The Honest Lawyer of the main instigators along with his wife Lucy, who conducted Hotel on January 3, then the traditional finale with the second the band. The band was later sponsored by Beggs MusicWorks, a Jazz in the Park at Washbourn Gardens in Richmond on Monday longstanding supporter of the Nelson Jazz Club. January 4. Although the Big Band was an incorporated society, it did The festival line-up is the usual mix of homegrown and not include all the local jazz musicians, and the Nelson Jazz imports, including Wellington City Shake-Em-on-Downers, Hot Co-operative came into being in 1982. Some of the regulars had Club Sandwich frontman Andrew London’s new combo, River attended the annual South Island Residential Jazz Festival and City Jazzmen from Christchurch, locals Bourbon Street Beat came home with the idea of presenting an “unofficial” local (who have festivals in New Orleans and California on their CV), event during November and December of that year. ‘Jazzamatazz’ top-flight cabaret from Katrina and the Swing Men, plus rock and was anything but second-string. It included luminaries such blues from The Amazing Vandini Brothers and Coyote Blues. It as vocalist Malcolm McNeill; Pacific Eardrum featuring Dave also wouldn’t be a festival without the Nelson City Jazz Club Big McRae, who had played piano with the Buddy Rich Big Band; Band. Australian trad-jazz combo The Graeme Bell Allstars; and the The audiences are a similar blend of locals and visitors, local Mainstream Jazz Quartet. thousands of them picnicking in the sun while soaking up Andrew’s long spells away at sea limited the time he could the music. For the Nelson Jazz Club, it’s been an impressive devote to his love of jazz. Nevertheless, in October 1984, he journey from the first festival, launched on New Year’s Eve 1991 called a meeting to propose the formation of a Nelson musicians’ and going through to January 5, 1992. club that would include all musical genres. Indicating plenty of confidence, organisers Such diverse enthusiasts found it difficult ‘Jazzamatazz was anything to agree on how to progress the group. previewed it in the Nelson Evening Mail as the “First annual jazz festival”. Topping However, in January 1985, Radio Fifeshire but second-string. the bill were the Al Leonard Band (with sponsored a concert in Fairfield Park, It included luminaries such and later that year Lucy and Bill Rainey guests Stu Buchanan and Pete Rainey); the as vocalist Malcolm McNeill.’ organised the revival of the Sun City Big Stu Buchanan Band from Christchurch; and the Bill West New Orleans Band Band, which had lapsed. from Wellington. Renowned Auckland During the next few years, the Big Band saxophonist Brian Smith would play on the last night. The and other combinations of local jazz musicians performed at newspaper reported that “The festival will build on the success of various events. When Al arrived, he brought enthusiasm and the the Nelson Jazz Club, which began earlier this year. It now boasts organisational skills to make regular jazz performances happen more than 100 members.” round town. Jazz bands performed regularly at Hotel Nelson, on In fact, local jazz traces its fellowship to decades beforehand. the Trafalgar/Hardy St corner now occupied by the museum, and Musicians knew musicians who knew other musicians. People at Club Horatio in Halifax St. With Hotel Nelson earmarked for came and went, with a few core players taking a central role. demolition, the musicians moved to The Royal. By April 1989, Fortunately, some of those mainstays are still with us, including jazz was back on the corner of Trafalgar and Hardy Sts, upstairs club life-members Andrew Leachman and Rupert Winter. at Traffers. Regulars the Al Leonard Band was essentially a Andrew, a well-known saxophonist and retired sea captain, rhythm section with Rupert on drums and other musicians recalls a group of jazz musicians (himself included) playing invited to join as guests. Out-of-town musicians were flown in lunchtime jazz on the Cathedral Steps as part of International thanks to support from Air New Zealand. Of course, other bands Music Day on October 1, 1980. Some of that remain well-known also featured. Traffers Gaffers included Andrew and jazz club in the Nelson music scene: Richard Nunns (flute), Jeff Maurice stalwarts Jak Karaitiana and Adrian Kingsford. (trumpet), Bryan James (baritone saxophone), Tony Radner Traffers soon became Kacey’s and the Al Leonard Band (guitar), Peter Clark (drums) and Tom Rainey, usually known for included then-Nelson School of Music resident tutor Matthew his excellent keyboard playing, on bass. Brown on keyboard. Whenever Andrew was home from Rupert, originally from Dunedin, had arrived in Nelson a few skippering the research ship Tangaroa, Al would put an ad in the years earlier and played drums in a band or two before heading newspaper announcing that “the captain is back” and Andrew back to Australia. There he played in and managed the Kiwi would join the band as guest saxophonist. Andrew and Rupert band Skyliners, who performed five or six nights a week, mostly both remember the venue being packed with as many as 140 at the Sydney City RSL. He met Al Leonard, an American who punters. Club membership grew to around 250, with more than had started his career as a trombonist with the Benny Goodman 200 of those being non-performing ‘associate’ members who Orchestra and was part of the orchestra that backed Elvis Presley followed and supported the musicians. in his last 40 shows. Al had approached the Australian Musicians’ In 1991, Al and Rupert formed what would become one 33
One of this year’s bands, The Wellington City Shake Em On Downers
of Nelson’s mainstay bands, Bourbon Street Beat, which as the name indicates, has a New Orleans flavour. The line-up included Al (trombone), George Jury (clarinet/alto saxophone), Bryan Jenner (trumpet), Brian Smythe (piano), Rupert (drums) and Phil Knight (bass). Rupert remains the only founding member of the band, although Ian Nicholas, who took the trombone position when Al returned to Australia a few years later, is another longstayer. By August 1993, Kacey’s patronage was fading and the club moved to the Victorian Rose every Tuesday evening, launching 19 years of support from that renowned Nelson venue through five different owners. In November 1994, with legal input from club keyboard man Brian Smythe and accountant Robin Whalley, 15 musicians and supporters signed the application for the club to become an incorporated society. Not long afterwards, the Sun City Big Band society was terminated and members helped to form the Nelson Jazz Club Big Band. With incorporated and charitable status, the club could apply for grant funding to assist with presenting the annual Jazz Festival, the third of which was about to be launched. The 1994/95 event featured Wellington band C.L. Bob, Nelson’s Bourbon Street Beat and Cool Jam. Computer Kantuta, the creation of Nelson Polytechnic contemporary music course director Paul Clayton, joined the line-up for the New Year’s Eve cabaret finale. With the festival well-established as a popular annual event and the success of the club’s bands and regular evening performances, the Nelson City Council proposed a Jazz in the Park event during the fifth festival. On New Year’s Day 1996, following the now-familiar format of jazz in the street, nightclubs and bars, plus a concert at the Nelson School of Music, about 5000 people enjoyed nearly three hours of jazz in the Botanical Reserve, with the Blue Spring Quartet from Christchurch, Nelson’s Cool Jam, local singers Neeltje and Margaret Kingsford, and the festival’s star, Australian flute, clarinet and saxophone player Don Burrows, 34
who had performed with Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Buddy Rich and others. The event was a huge success but it was decided that Fairfield Park would be a better venue, forming a natural amphitheatre as it does, and the 1996/97 festival set the pattern that remains to this day – the Fairfield Park concert launches the festival during the New Year weekend. Initial organisers Rupert and wife Gabrielle kept the reins for 12 years before handing the event on to a new guard. During the heady days of ready sponsorship prior to the global recession of 2009, support from Woollaston Estates, Port Nelson, The Radio Network (now NZ Media & Entertainment) and others, along with grants from the Canterbury Community Trust, Nelson City and Tasman District Councils, meant bands from Australia and even the US could be brought in. Budgets are now much smaller, but the club continues to present a festival that is full and varied. It has also shifted back towards its roots by showcasing local talent complemented by four or five out-of-town bands from throughout New Zealand. As well as delivering the festival, the Nelson Jazz Club holds an annual Youth Jazz Competition and maintains the Nelson Youth Jazz Orchestra. A monthly social jam evening for club musicians and supporters takes place at The Honest Lawyer Hotel in Monaco. Funds for the festival are raised through charitable and municipal grants, fees paid by performance venues and donations collected at the Jazz in the Park events. It’s an impressive venture for such a small club. Bad weather is a constant worry. The club does not accumulate funds from the festival other than a small float to seed the next one or to hedge against the inevitable cancellation of some park events. And as with all such local initiatives, the festival would not happen without the hundreds of voluntary hours contributed by club members and other supporters. So as you enjoy your picnic at the park gigs, raise a glass to them all.
The Original Bourbon Street Beat Band
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Wellington group Andrew London Trio, also performing this year
EXPLORE GOLDEN BAY
BY JO RICHARDS
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hortly after Abel Janszoon Tasman anchored his 200-tonne fluyt Zeehaen in Golden Bay on18 December 1642 , the first cross-cultural encounter between Māori and Pākehā took place. Sadly, it didn’t end well for either party, but nowadays visitors from all over the world are warmly welcomed by their hosts into this hip and happy melting pot of cultures and lifestyles. Rather than cruising in on a square-rigger, most modernday explorers drive up and over Marble Mountain. It’s a long and winding road, but here it’s all about the destination, not the journey; as the foot eases off the gas and the steep, twisting descent into the Takaka Valley begins, the magic happens. By the time the final bend recedes in the rear-view mirror, the spell is cast; thoughts are straightened, stress levels decimated and muddled minds reset to holiday mode. There really should be a ‘Welcome to paradise’ sign at the bottom of the hill. It might be a perfect playground, but not everyone in Golden Bay is on holiday: tourism and hospitality workers put in long shifts to cater for the vast influx of summer visitors. From iconic cafés to seaside campgrounds and artisanal shops, Golden Bay is full of quirky destinations. It’s also packed with some of New Zealand’s most stunning landscapes. No wonder holidaymakers dream of joining the artists and alternative lifestylers in building a permanent pad in paradise. But nowadays, there’s no need to unplug and take the hippy trail; with Golden Bay’s improved connectivity, canny professionals have realised they can work as well as play here. Nelson-based mortgage-broker Anna McClure is one of those taking the plunge – she’s relocating to the Bay in the New Year. Although it’s a recent decision, Anna admits it’s been a while in the making. “It’s something I have pondered for some time, but the opportunity has arisen sooner than I thought.” For the first few months, Anna will be working as a ‘loan ranger’ without a traditional office. “I operate with a laptop, mobile phone and a car.” The finance expert believes that working on the move will be a positive benefit for customers. “It’s easier for clients if I go to see them.” Although she is an independent operator, Anna is one of 100 New Zealand-based advisers who enjoy the backing of Loan Market – a large organisation that provides access to more than 15 banks, including all the big names as well as specialist lenders. Cheap borrowing, maturing savings and the government’s HomeStart grant are driving the growth in the housing market, according to Anna. “Interest rates are at a record low, and after a few years’ saving, couples are able to take up to $40,000 from their KiwiSaver.” Anna acknowledges that affordability is an issue in Golden Bay where jobs are often seasonal and wages are subject to a ‘sunshine tax’. But when she crunches the numbers for first-time buyers it often reveals a realistic prospect of home ownership. “They are surprised how much they can afford,” she says. It also helps that Anna’s services come free to her clients. The mortgage-broker clearly loves her work. “It involves my two favourite things about banking: meeting customers and solving problems.” And she especially enjoys the results. “I really get a lot of satisfaction getting people into homes.” Golden Bay real estate agent Billy Kerrisk is a whizz at putting buyers into new homes, but her speciality is getting sellers out of their old ones. “My focus is on helping people who really want to sell, so that they can get on with their lives.” Billy’s focus has helped her sell houses fast despite the slow
market. Just like the gold-rush fever that gripped the Bay in the 1800s and gave the region its name, Billy says the residential property boom of the early noughties quickly turned to bust. “The number of annual sales since 2008 has been about half that of 2003.” Shadowing the steep drop in transactions, prices also stagnated, but Billy says signs of recovery are there and when it comes, her healthy market share will deliver a good slice of the action. Her high profile has not gone unnoticed by fellow agents. “When colleagues from Ray White visit the Bay, they all say, ‘Your signs are everywhere!’” She is clear about what she offers buyers and sellers. “Honesty, integrity and helping them make an informed decision.” And she believes hard work is the key to her success. “You can’t do this part-time – and you need passion and commitment.” And back-up: in Billy’s case that means the highly professional Ray White organisation, the enthusiastic Takaka team and her endlessly supportive husband Beef. Billy says it’s a wonderful feeling, when a sale goes through. “When you see the vendor’s joy, it’s great – it’s a time for celebration for them.” For anyone looking to mark such a major event or simply celebrate another day in Golden Bay, there are few places better than the Mussel Inn. Almost equidistant from the extremities of the Bay, the iconic watering-hole is at the centre of the community’s craft beer and live music scene. Owners Jane and Andrew Dixon built their bush café from nothing around 20 years ago. Their pioneering approach is reflected in the wholesome menu and the real ales that are brewed at the back of the pub – tasty tipples that include the famous Captain Cooker, Dark Horse and Golden Goose lager. As well as serving refreshment for locals and travellers, the pub is a magnet for musicians. “Music was always a part of what we wanted to do,” says Jane, pointing out that they host live gigs throughout the summer. The small venue attracts some big names. “We’ve recently had Anika Moa, Don McGlashan and Hollie Smith.” Although most go unnoticed in the busy buzzy atmosphere, the pub has hosted many life-changing moments. “Every now and then we get orders for T-shirts from people who met their husband or wife here years ago – something we never knew had happened.” You can’t blame punters from getting carried away by the Mussel’s mellow mood. In the evening as the summer temperatures dip, the inner glow from the delicious food, fine ales and good company is warmed further by the embers of the open-pit fire. It’s no surprise that Jane can’t imagine herself anywhere else. “It’s our home and our life – it’s what we love to do.” Just along the road from the Mussel, Golden Bay Kiwi Holiday Park offers a home-away-from-home on its leafy 5-hectare beachfront campsite. Management duo Leigh Johnson and partner Wayne Palmer are just entering their fourth summer season, but Leigh is still in raptures about their workplace. “We love it. It’s a privately owned park with a lovely beach and no public access.” She also delights in the company of her temporary residents. “In what other job are you working with such relaxed, happy people?” Leigh says the site caters for all types of campers, from outdoor purists who want to pitch a simple tent, to couples seeking the luxury of a beachside villa. “We have powered and non-powered sites, standard cabins, ensuite cabins and five-star 37
beach houses.” Irrespective of accommodation choice, all campers share access to the smooth sands and family-friendly waters of Tukurua beach. “It’s very flat and very safe swimming for kids. There’s even a stream for people who don’t like the sea – lots of littlies play there.” Understandably, a summer stay at the campground has become annual fixture for many South Island whānau. “One family has been coming for 39 years – there are four generations now.” The laid-back feel of the camp has even tempted weary overseas travellers to break their military-like itineraries. “A German family booked in for one night, and the next day the dad said, ‘I’m having a rest from driving’. They stayed for six nights.” It’s not unusual. Once campers pass through the gate and onto the campground, Leigh says the effects of their journey are soon forgotten. “The moment they drive in, the stress is gone.” From the benign beachfront at Tukurua, the massive dunes and spectacular sand storms of Farewell Spit shimmer on the horizon, but they are only a short bus ride away. Farewell Spit Eco Tours has been escorting parties along this 30-kilometre stretch of windblown, constantly shifting moonscape for around 70 years. Manager Paddy Gillooly says a visit to the remote spot provides a very special experience that transcends the physical senses. “It’s what you see and smell and hear, but most of it is about what you feel.” Having driven up and down Golden Bay’s biggest ‘beach’ for three decades, Paddy has seen and felt more than most. “I’ve seen giant squid and loggerhead turtles. And I always get a kick out of sunrises and sunsets.” One of the regular sights from September to March is the vast flocks of migratory shorebirds that spend their summers feeding on the intertidal flats. “Thousands of godwits fly eight days non-stop from Alaska.” Paddy believes it’s a pretty big deal keeping a substantial enterprise going in “a little town at the end of the world” and puts it down to the collective efforts of a great team. “We have five drivers with over 100 years’ experience between them.” The six buses in Paddy’s fleet take quite a pounding from sand and salt water, and require constant maintenance to keep them in tip-top condition. “We have three guys working on them full time.” A trip to the spit brings people into intimate contact with the natural world, sometimes in unexpected ways, according to Paddy. “You can’t get any closer to nature than sand in your undies.” While not questioning the value of the great outdoors, Swami Karma Karuna, director of the Anahata Yoga Retreat, believes it’s equally important to explore inner space. “There is no noise in the world. There is no peace in the Himalayas. Both are within you.” As well as providing spiritual guidance, the Anahata offers a fascinating insight into Golden Bay’s famous alternative lifestyle. Its surroundings aren’t bad either. Perched high above the valley floor, this oasis of calm and contemplation sits peacefully amongst native bush and commands breath-taking views over the Bay. Karuna outlines the Anahata philosophy, which has been developed over its 20 years. “For us, yoga is not just about touching your toes. Here we have a holistic programme of stretching, breathing, mantras, deep relaxation and meditation.” She believes yoga should be woven into every patch of life’s tapestry. Consequently, several of the retreats lined up for 2016 will teach a range of practical skills with a yogic twist. “We’re 38
TOP TO BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT On tap: Craft beers are brewed at the back of the iconic Mussel Inn “My focus is on helping people who really want to sell”, says Golden Bay real estate agent Billy Kerrisk The vibrant and spacious Wholemeal Café Management duo Leigh Johnson and partner Wayne Palmer are entering their fourth summer at the Kiwi Holiday Park
running a classic Permaculture Design Certificate course, but with the integration of yoga.” Participants – many who come from all over the world – can choose their level of immersion into the yogic lifestyle, from a toe-dipping one-hour individual session to a ten-day dive into the deeper and more esoteric aspects of yoga. However deep they go, Karuna says her students are prescribed techniques to stay balanced, grounded and centred long after they leave. “It’s not just about the experience here; we provide simple tools to help cope with the pressures out in the busy world - little ‘yoga capsules’ they can take instead of aspirin.” If unchoking your chakras is not your cup of green tea, then consider casting a line at Anatoki Salmon. Sited a few minutes’ drive from Takaka, the well-known angling attraction is dedicated to fishing, food and fun for all the family. “It’s for everyone. You don’t need a licence, you don’t need experience, you can be
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TOP TO BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT Anahata Retreat: Perched high above the valley floor, this oasis of calm and contemplation sits peacefully amongst native bush and commands breath-taking views over the Bay Nelson-based mortgage-broker Anna McClure is bringing her expertise to the Bay in the New Year General manager Dan van der Eijk says fishing at Anatoki Salmon is for everyone Laid back management: Paddy Gillooly has driven the buses at Farewell Spit Eco Tours for 30 years
any age, we’re open all year round and you don’t need to book,” explains general manager Dan van der Eijk. Visitors are guaranteed to bag a fish. “There’s a 99 percent catch success rate, but we help out – there’s always a way.” Soon after landing their catch, the punters can taste the fruits of their leisure in the lakeside café. “They catch the salmon and within an hour they can have it smoked and then eat it for lunch. Or they can take it away.” Dan says that while most customers are locals, overseas visitor numbers are growing. “Sixty percent are from Golden Bay or Nelson, and about 85 percent are Kiwis, but there’s a noticeable increase in the Asian market – more people from China and Malaysia.” This trend is reflected in the menu preferences. “Sashimi is getting more popular – we serve it with wasabi and soy sauce.” The business is responding further to this market trend by printing Chinese translations on key signs and publicity material. Apart from a few tweaks, Dan doesn’t see much point in messing with their successful ‘catch, smoke, feast’ formula, but he is planning to increase the feasting factor a little. “We don’t want to change the basic concept, but we would like to see the café expand.” If he needs any advice, then Dan should probably have a chat with café guru Wayne Green, owner Takaka’s Wholemeal Café. Now in its 26th year, this ‘downtown’ watering-hole is the expression of Wayne’s personal vision: “It’s my concept of a café.” It’s an evolving concept, too, Wayne admitting that his creation remains a work in progress. “I feel I’ve been putting the finishing touches to it for years.” The ongoing labour is more 40
about balancing the ecology of the business than improving the fabric of the building; over the years, Wayne has aimed to “close the circle”, by reducing waste, recycling food scraps and establishing organic vege gardens to source his salads. As well as growing greens, Wayne now belts out jazz and blues on Friday nights. “I started singing this year – a bit of Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. It’s ambient background music for diners.” The songster is also happy to sing the praises of his loyal staff. “I have a great team.” Many are long-term employees and, like his customers, find it hard to leave. The current head chef, Mike Rimu, recently resumed his duties after 14 years in the USA, closing a different kind of circle. “He was my first ever employee.” The colourful café is special space long cherished by locals from across the entire spectrum. “It’s where suits meet bare feet,” says Wayne, who believes that, while not all customers are on the same page, they are happy to be part of the same story – just like Golden Bay as a whole. The café’s communion of farmers, artists, bankers and greenies is living proof of the owner’s concept. “As far as cafés go, it’s doing what a café should do.” Like many businesses in the Bay, Wayne’s creation is owned and is run by people who care passionately about their business, love the area and want to share both. It’s not surprising that after discovering these little nuggets, it’s hard to say goodbye to Golden Bay – the place is designed to bewitch. But when it’s time to go, don’t look back as you reach the top of the hill, or you might fail to break the spell and turn the car around. It’s been known to happen.
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elissa Richards is a firm adherent to the philosophy that beauty is all about striving to be a better person on both the outside and the inside. Tired of all the hype and claims many other skincare products trumpet in their advertising, yet rarely deliver, Melissa decided to pursue a range that actually showed results, had active ingredients, was natural, wasn’t tested on animals and not overpriced. Alongside husband Paul, they started their business seven years ago, building it on a foundation of solid relationships, trust, honesty, integrity and kindness, says Melissa. “We have developed 18 different products to suit all types of skin,” she says. “I wanted a unique range that is delivered personally to customers with the best understanding approach from our sales team, as well as wanting it to be as natural as possible. Melissa’s focus on customer support is, she says, extremely important to her and her business, but the products also speak for themselves. Cleansers, toners, scrubs, serums and moisturisers suit even the most sensitive of skins and deliver proven results, she says, and if the number of glowing customer testimonials on her website, including one from entertainer Tina Cross, are anything to go by, Melissa’s confidence in her products is certainly not misplaced. With such a self-explanatory business name, it’s obvious what His + Her Anti Ageing is all about, but Melissa says it’s also important to look at your lifestyle holistically if you want to put your best face forward, so to speak. With a busy family life, as well as owning other companies with her husband, she knows first-hand that a hectic life can affect health and beauty. Diagnosed with lupus two years ago, Melissa realised she had to slow down a bit. Avoiding too much sun and getting more sleep has helped, but she says it is surprising how hard it can be to rest when you are overtired. Quality
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nutrition such as vitamins and minerals from juicing fresh fruit and vegetables is another trick she has up her sleeve, alongside staying hydrated, as well as cleansing, toning, using serum and moisturising with a sunblock. While Melissa loves all the products His + Her Anti Ageing stocks, she says there are two in particular she couldn’t live without. “The first is my His + Her All-In-One Cream, which is a day and night cream in one. It’s incredibly rich, so it’s perfect for my skin,” she says. “The other would be ATX Anti Ageing Mask, which helps
combat fine lines and is really popular with my clients as an overnight, leaveon mask.” As well as using her products to achieve your best skin, this busy yet inspiringly balanced lady has a few words of wisdom for anyone wanting to be at their most beautiful. “I really think that beauty is all about trying to be a better person, and having that show in your face, words and actions,” she says. “That in itself is what actually makes someone beautiful in my eyes - finding a way to be a happy person no matter what the circumstances of life are.” 55
There’s nowhere like home BY BRENDA WEBB
Flicking through a WildTomato magazine, Linda read an article about environmentally aware builder Russell Campbell from Inhaus Developments. She knew immediately she had found the right builder for her project.
hen it came to building a house on land that had been in the family for many years, Linda Quigley wanted to make sure it was the best. “I knew what I wanted and made sure I surrounded myself with people who helped me achieve that,” she says. “I didn’t want anyone who didn’t share my passion and vision.” The result is an eye-catching home on an elevated Hoddy Road site that maximises rural and sea views and captures all day sun. “It’s the most beautiful house I’ll ever live in,” says Linda. Linda bought the 6.9ha block from her parents before heading overseas almost 40 years ago. “The land had been in the family for a long time and I always intended to live here,” she says. “I came back three years ago and set about building, but first I needed to find the people to help me achieve my dream.” Flicking through a WildTomato magazine, Linda read an article about environmentally aware builder Russell Campbell from Inhaus Developments. She knew immediately she had found the right builder for her project. Russell’s colleague, designer Hugh Grant, was able to visualise her ideas and concepts and put them on paper. “Both Hugh and Russell were fantastic – I can’t speak highly enough of them,” she says. 56
Linda’s input was always encouraged and she was able to have a couple of walls moved and window placement and size altered after the frames went up. “I was so pleased to have found Russell as he was so open to my ideas and any changes throughout,” she says. The 201sqm cedar-clad home sits on an undulating landscape, including a 1.5ha Pinot Noir vineyard, with exceptional rural and sea views and is built to maximise both views and sun. Having lived in warm houses in the UK, Canada and US Linda was determined her house would be extremely cosy. Underfloor heating and double glazing were mandatory and internal walls have extra insulation. Solar panels reduce power bills and Linda sells surplus back to the grid. The house has intriguing features such as the American white oak walls that have been sandblasted and oiled and the honed granite benchtops in the kitchen and laundry that are much softer on the eye than polished. Linda kept to a neutral colour scheme throughout using Resene Soapstone with colour-matched lightweight linen curtains. The timber cabinetry in the bathrooms adds warmth and texture while the honed concrete walls in the master bathroom provide interest.
2 1. Linda Quigleyâ€™s dream home sits on undulating land with stunning rural and sea views 2. Built to maximise the views and sun, the cedar-clad house features lots of shady pergolas 3. Contemporary living is at its finest, taking open plan living to the next level
4. Outdoor living is a strong feature with plenty of welcoming spots to sit 5. The elevated land gives gorgeous views over the estuary 6. Planting has been chosen to thrive in Nelson’s climate
When it came to landscaping Linda chose Ollie Sage from Sage Landscaping “because I liked the name” and is delighted with his sympathetic layered approach and use of plants which can survive the heat and dry. Having lived several years in Australia, harvesting rainwater was a priority with house water going into two 23,000 litre tanks, filtered via a UV light system, and garden water from the garage and farm shed roofs into a separate 30,000 litre tank. Brother Patrick Maisey was also a huge help and his wife Christine Bosjick’s works feature through the house. “It really was all about surrounding myself with good people – this whole project would not have been possible without them,” says Linda. 58
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An oasis among the vines BY CHRISTO SAGGERS
hilst roaming the Wairau plain on a hot, dry windy spring afternoon I discovered an oasis amongst the unwavering canopy of Vitis. Like a vegetative iceberg it soared above the flat dull rows of Sauvignon Blanc that surround and imprison it. The entry is so unimposing that if you blink to stop the dust scratching your eyeballs, you might well miss the small Versailles style wrought iron gate that invites you in to a wonderland beyond. Once you are lucky enough to pass through the vintage gate you are immediately overwhelmed by the colour of the garden. A few paces on and you get bowled over by the perfume. These cottage gardens are an eclectic mix of all things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, but I’m not entirely sure that God made them all – I’m sure Helen and Clyde had a part in their being. The gardens at Walnut Block were originally established over a century ago and through the decades they have been tended by the owners, some with defter touches and clearer vision. All that hard 64
graft is clear to see in the quality of the current gardens. To try to create just such a cottage garden from scratch you’d be daft, but if you have the enchanting presence of the mature trees encapsulating the garden, like the giant rhododendrons and camellias, you could succeed in recreating this fabulous garden. When Helen and Clyde bought the property, known previously as Glenrose and which had hosted over 75 garden weddings, it was in great shape. A completely useless but interesting factoid is that the rhododendron grove at Pollard Park, Blenheim, was created from rhododendrons gifted to the people of Marlborough from this garden. Even without these precious specimens the garden is sheltered from all winds yet is open and spacious on the inside. The garden, Tardis-like in nature, is host to expansive lawns that allow the garden to be enjoyed from every angle, from up close and from far away. The Sowman family, who lovingly (half of the time) tend their garden, make
the most of their idyllic environment. The kids play outside whenever the iPad is flat! Clyde, a gnarly mountain biker, has created a circuitous track for the kids through the gardens that quickly makes them forget about the wonders (or evils) of technology, for a while at least. Walnut Block produces some of the finest local wines and there is no better place to sit down and enjoy a bottle with friends, so I wonder where they can find time to cherish the huge varietyof plants that all require different regimes to keep them at their best. Sadly this garden is not open to the public but if you choose to stay in one of Walnut Block’s awesome cottages you may be invited to have a self- guided tour. As a landscape designer I cast my critical eye over every garden I visit and I am more than happy to report that I would not change a single thing about this garden. It is romantic and nostalgic, colourful and perfumed, spacious and intimate and a great example of an English cottage garden far from the madding crowd that its namesake has become.
Once you pass through the vintage gate you are immediately overwhelmed by the colour of the garden. A few paces on and you get bowled over by the perfume.
This smoothie is an ode to our January garden – white-fleshed peaches and blueberries are in full swing along with tomatoes, beans, zucchinis and basil. Most evenings I wander the garden, basket in hand, harvesting what will become our next day’s meals. Although there is nothing quite like eating a sun-kissed peach straight from the tree, the juicy flesh is also perfect for a summer smoothie. The addition of the avocado adds a wonderful creaminess without using imported bananas to thicken. Serves 2 Ingredients: 2 juicy peaches, stones removed and chopped 1/2 cup blueberries or other summer berries Half a perfectly ripe avocado 1 cup hazelnut milk or water 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract Method:
Summer Harvest Smoothie B Y N I C O L A G A L L O WAY
Place all the ingredients into a blender and blitz for one minute until completely smooth. Pour into two glasses and drink immediately.
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The Boat Shed Mapua BY MAXWELL FLINT
he Monopolis are expanding. They don’t exactly have a monopoly on waterfront dining, but their new Boat Shed Mapua, together with their Nelson operation, is as close as you can get to the water and still remain dry. It’s in the café building at the Mapua Leisure Park. I had to remind myself it was a leisure park, because as you enter, the multitude of ‘verboten’ signs gives one the impression you are entering a high security area. I am not sure whether we had to sign in at the guardhouse or not. Mrs F and I grandly sailed past and since I didn’t hear sirens and no dogs were released I assumed it was ok. This restaurant is set in a spectacular position. Sitting right on the Mapua channel, it overlooks Rabbit Island. Not much has changed out front since the café’s last incarnation, but the kitchen has been transformed. Daniel Monopoli has put in a massive rotisserie chargriller that could grill whole flocks of chickens in one ‘fowl’ swoop. The inside dining area is relatively small. However, there is a large outside dining area and also dining capacity on the roof - not to mention the takeaway window to service the campers. Yes, this kitchen is going to be busy. As you would expect the menu is very much in the style of their Nelson operation. The menu offers several small dishes to share, with a number of grilled dishes. One knows that with Daniel’s food you are getting the absolute best quality product and it hasn’t been mucked about with. Mrs F and I started with asparagus bruschetta with ricotta, chilli
and mint $4 and fresh straccino bruschetta with prosciutto and rocket $4. Both were excellent - grilled asparagus, mild straccino cheese and good Italian prosciutto. We then set about having a series of shared dishes; crispy pork belly with cumin salt, red onion and coriander $14.50 the first to mention. This pork belly was one of the best I have ever had. Simply irresistible. We also had goat’s cheese, roast beetroots, avocado, beluga lentils, walnuts and rocket $12. It was a good combination, with the lentils adding a savoury element to the dish. Added to the table was a dish of fried haloumi with pomegranates, apple, rocket, chilli and mint $14.50. Just enough heat with the chilli and the mint really complemented the cheese. Could have had more mint perhaps. Completing the main course was a delicious dish of BBQ John Dory with sliced potatoes, fennel bulb, chipotle, red onion, coriander and lime $14.50. The skin on the John Dory was cooked perfectly and was fantastic with the chipotle. Surprisingly there were only chicken wings on offer at lunchtime - even
with the grilling beast in the kitchen. It is early days for this restaurant but I would like to see a better selection of more substantial dishes. A decent fish stew or a whole grilled fish perhaps. We shared an indulgent twice-cooked chocolate soufflé $12. All was complemented by two decent glasses of Gruner Veltliner and two coffees. Perfect! I understand that at certain times of the year the park is clothes optional. Fear not, dangly bits are not allowed in the restaurant as it is too upsetting for the waitresses. I’m sure hot soup and bare bums are not a good mix. The Boat Shed Mapua is in a wonderful setting and is a wonderful restaurant.
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Kaimira winemaker achieves balance B Y P H I L L I P R E AY
recently spent an enjoyable two hours with the new winemaker at Kaimira Wines, Shayne Cox. Shayne is a bit of an old hand at this winemaking business having spent thirty odd vintages at his own winery in Auckland and various wineries in the North Island and overseas. In talking with Shayne the word ‘balance’ popped up several times. Not only balance with his wines but also balance in his lifestyle. Shayne is a refugee from the madness of the Auckland property explosion and traffic nightmares. His home in Wakefield is a stone’s throw
away from Kaimira Wines, situated just outside Brightwater. No traffic jams here. The only jam Shayne has to contend with is the one that he spreads on his toast. Shayne started in September this year so he hasn’t had a full vintage yet but he has already put a new red blend together from existing wine stock. Kaimira is an interesting winery producing intriguing, quite complex wines on one hand, and also wines that are amongst ‘the also rans’. Wines that I have not liked in their youth have developed into quality wines.
It is a nicely developed Riesling — restrained but with harmonious fruit and a hint of the classic aged, kerosene overtones.
The Brightstone Riesling 2009, Kaimira’s second tier label, is an example of this. It is a nicely developed Riesling - restrained but with harmonious fruit and a hint of the classic aged, kerosene overtones. At $10 a bottle it was an absolute steal. Kaimira sell off their old stock each year so for the bargains alone it’s well worth visiting the winery. Getting back to the red blend that Shayne has put together - it’s a mix of Merlot, Syrah and Petite Verdot. The wine is called Hui Whero (red melding in Maori) and I think it is a cracker. It’s a 2014 and just been bottled so is still quite tight and shy, but it has all the qualities to suggest it will develop into a really good food wine. The Merlot gives it a soft, tannin richness with the Syrah adding some dry character and Petite Verdot adding some perfumed, almost floral, notes. Another intriguing wine is the Pinot Blanc 2012. This is a wine that has almost everything. It’s closer to a Chardonnay than a usual New Zealand Pinot Blanc. There is almost a vegetative nose to it, reminiscent of a white Burgundy but with a distinct lemon note. The oak and lees stirring has given it complexity and character and I am a fan of it. The Pinot Noirs seem to display a stalkiness and slight ‘over-extracted’ taste. They aren’t bad wines at all but, for me, they are not as good as the Syrah blends. I am a Gewürztraminer nut and the Kaimira 2014 is a good aromatic, semisweet example (24 grams of residual sugar). It would be great on the dinner table with some blue cheese and nuts. If you want an elegant refined Methode Traditional then Kaimira’s vintage 2009 June is just the ticket. It is not a big yeasty number, it is surprisingly subtle considering it has been five years on the lees. It is very good and I recommend it.
“The cost of freighting in air from Auckland is ridiculous, when we’ve got perfectly good air here.” A N D R EW D I XO N
Pioneers of craft beer BY MARK PREECE
you’re selling beer in a remote corner of the country, you might as well be making it too, says the founding brewer, now general dogsbody, behind the Mussel Inn. For the past 20 years Andrew and Jane Dixon’s iconic Golden Bay pub has been coming up with its own range of beers, tempting many to make the long journey over the Takaka Hill. It’s a hill that can make business difficult and expensive, which is why Andrew started brewing his own beer in 1995, “well before the craft beer scene”. These days The Mussel Inn has a “stable of beer for drinking … and some weird beer to satisfy the geeks out there,” and he has recently made moves to further reduce his dependence on others, by installing a new blow molder to make their riggers on site. “The cost
of freighting in air from Auckland is ridiculous, when we’ve got perfectly good air here,” he says. It’s also why he prints his own beer labels for seasonal releases, affectionately referred to as ‘shonky’ by Mark A’Court from Nelson’s FreshChoice. Without the luxury of a municipal drain to deal with waste, the Mussel Inn recycles its spent grain and yeast amongst the apple orchard which produces some of the apples and feijoas they use for their cider. To celebrate their 20 years of brewing, he and his brewer Reuben Lee have released the Golden Retriever Bouncing Golden Ale. “It’s reasonably hoppy, an easy drinker, kind of fruity, with a tail that wags and more bark than bite,” says Andrew. “Think of the animal, it’s all happiness.”
The stable: Captain Cooker Manuka Beer ABV 4.4%. They say: the Mussel Inn flagship - a red brown beer flavoured with the freshly picked tips of the Manuka tree. Golden Goose Lager ABV 4.4%. They say: a hoppy golden easy drinking lager. Made from 100% Canterbury Pilsner malt and 100% local hops. Dark Horse Black Beer ABV 4.4%. They say: dark and roasty and not too dry. A solid and dependable performer pulls away strong at the finish. Pale Whale Ale ABV 6%. They say: a classic IPA of the old world style with the fruitiness of NZ hops, big body - long tail. For the beer geeks: Heat Rash Chilli Beer ABV 4.4%. They say: Golden Goose with a chilli added to the bottle. The older the hotter. Usually available after the Easter chilli harvest. Served with the chilli for those who can hack it. Monkey Puzzle Ale ABV 10%. They say: an extra strong ale - Belgium style ale full of … everything. Ya don’t mess with the Monkey! Lean Lamb ABV 5%. They say: farmhouse style barrel-aged sour beer. Golden Retriever Bouncing Golden Ale ABV 5.2%. They say: bringing it all back home to celebrate 20 years of brewing at the Mussel Inn! To celebrate 20 years, I think I’ll fetch me one.
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A thoughtful retreat BY J U S T I N E JA M I E S ON
estled away in native manuka bush at the start of Abel Tasman National Park is a treasure of luxury called Split Apple Retreat. Many a celebrity and wealthy businessperson has stayed in this secluded gem, and my partner and I were about to join the most privileged by being treated to a weekend of absolute bliss. After pulling up beside a Mercedes in my modest Mazda, we were greeted by the owner of the retreat, Lee Nelson. This man is the true essence of zen — just being around him calmed my media-deadlineracing heart. As we carefully jumped from stone to stone, not wanting to mess up the beautifully raked pebbles, we arrived at the grand entranceway of this beautifully designed, Japanese-inspired building. The open-plan living rooms and kitchen flow together, but are separated by split-level stairs. There are no doors in the main areas, creating a tranquil, inviting living space. Lee has spent much time in Japan and bows to the Japanese way of life. He has collected many pieces of art, ancient and modern. In fact, when the architect set out to design the retreat, he was given the dimensions of each piece so that the retreat would mould and complement Lee’s art collection. After a tour of the complex, we were shown to our room, the Fuji. Rich timber walls create a warm feel. The open-plan, 70
elegant ensuite was complete with a large tiled His and Hers shower plus a huge bath, all looking out to the beautiful sea view of the Abel Tasman. A large kingsize bed took pride-of-place in the room, emphasised by a huge wall mirror. The bed was made with the softest linen you could imagine, and the room was fragranced by the jasmine vine on the private balcony. Lee’s background is as a doctor of nutritional medicine and his wife Pen is the culinary artist who prepares every meal at Split Apple. What sets this retreat apart from any other is the thoughtfulness of the food. All meals have a low GI and use anti-inflammatory ingredients. Pen chooses to cook all dishes dairy-, wheat- and refined sugarfree, and the flavours of the cuisine are never comprised. The dishes not only look like beautiful works of art in their presentation, with delicate edible flowers and array colour in every dish, but the taste of every meal was out of this world. Pen explains that she cooks simple meals and lets the flavours of the ingredients speak for themselves. Every ingredient used makes a positive contribution to wellness. Some of the food pairing is not traditional, but every flavour in our meals matched perfectly, and meshed beautifully with Lee’s other love, wine. As a bonus of our stay, we
were treated to a cooking lesson from Pen, helping to create the entree and dessert for the night’s meal. Pen holds regular cooking classes for locals, so keep an eye on the website or call them for the next available date. Or you can buy the Split Apple Thoughtful Food Cookbook, which is full of health-conscious recipes and expert nutritional information on the ingredients used (the book comes free with the cooking class). Lee and Pen tailor every guest’s experience to their own personal tastes. Honeymooners could stay in their private space, or health-conscious guests like me can pick Lee’s brain for expert knowledge in nutrition and meditation. The resort offers a range of massage treatments, including deep tissue, reflexology and aromatherapy. It also provides acupuncture and facials using natural anti-ageing products. Personal trainers are available on request. Split Apple also has an infrared sauna, steam room, outdoor spa pool, infinity swimming pool and an outdoor shower. The idea of a retreat is that you are cared for in luxury. Not only were our needs met, but thanks to the knowledge gained, I was inspired to live a healthier life. I walked out of there in absolute bliss from being around these beautiful people. Split Apple is an experience hard to beat.
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Off the beaten track BY SOPHIE PREECE
Department of Conservation staff see some of the best spots the Top of the South has to offer. Here are some top tips for tramping off the beaten track this summer. Jaine Cronin - Community Ranger Nelson Lakes National Park BLUE LAKE On Jaine’s must-do list because she’s heard such amazing things about this gem in the heart of the Nelson Lakes National Park. The crystal blue lake has some of the clearest waters in the world, with consistent visibility of 70 to 80 metres. Because of that purity, and because of the cultural significance of the lake to the people of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, you may not swim. But sitting at its edge, taking in a truly magical place, is memorable without the cool dip. Four days return. ANGELUS HUT This fantastic spot ceased to be a best-kept-secret when the Lonely Planet recommended it to travellers. It deserves the high praise they heaped upon it, with a beautiful lake in an alpine bowl dwarfed by craggy peaks. Here you can take a dip in the smaller lake, although you’ll need to brace
yourself first. Jaine says the effort of walking in along the exposed Mt Robert ridgeline makes the rewards of the alpine environment and stunning outlook all the richer. Two days return. CUPOLA HUT Veer off the Travis-Sabine circuit to find Jaine’s favourite spot in the Nelson Lakes. The plants and creeks you pass on your way remind her of childhood fairy tales. “If you believed in fairies, that’s where they’d live.” Three to four days return.
Mark Townsend – Operations Manager Motueka/Nelson DOC Kahurangi National Park KIWI SADDLE HUT Mark says one of the best things about the Wangapeka Track — an east-west traverse of the Kahurangi National Park — is the amazing side trips that remain undiscovered by many. Kiwi Saddle Hut is one of the first of these, on the tops by Mount Patriarch.
Until recently trampers had to ford Kiwi Stream, but now a “beautiful new safe suspension bridge” gives trampers peace of mind when it starts raining, says Mark. The hut is a great base for exploring, with cut tracks to the base of Mt Patriarch, so those with navigation skills can climb to the top. Alternatively, and also only for those with navigation skills, you can walk the Luna Ridge and down to Stone Hut, on the Kiwi Luna Circuit. Three days. SPLUGEONS ROCK SHELTER “The most stunning place to hear the dawn chorus.” With three walls and a blind on the front, which you pull up to be exposed to the elements. Timing wise, this is two or three days, or as a longer walk through the Karamea. VENUS HUT “The trout are like torpedoes and the water is crystal clear, emerald green.” Enough said really. Venus is on the wonderful Karamea, Leslie, Wangapeka circuit, which is a week long walk through a “semi wilderness area”. For more information on these walks, go to the DOC website www.doc.govt.nz 73
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Weathering the storm BY STEVE THOMAS
you suffer from maritime weather OCD, as I do, I have sympathy for your loved ones. You could offer up the following reason for your affliction. It’s a captain’s worst nightmare. Losing your boat at sea to a storm. That’s exactly what happened to Captain Robert Baldwin. His near-new brig ‘Delaware’ sailed from Nelson early on a spring morning way back in 1863. The weather conditions were good but soon after leaving port a huge easterly gale swept across Tasman Bay accompanied by heavy rain. After blowing out a jib in the lee of Pepin Island, Captain Baldwin decided to drop anchor and ride it out. The anchor let go and the windlass broke. A second anchor was dropped but the brig continued to drift and soon struck rocks 200 metres from shore. And so began the legend of Huria Matenga and local Maori as they bravely helped save all but one of the crew, first mate Henry Squirrel. But that’s another story … Only three years earlier, naval captain and former Governor of New Zealand from 1843-45, Robert Fitzroy, published his first predictions of future weather in the Times of London, coining the name ‘weather forecasts’. At about the same time as the Delaware went aground in 1863, Fitzroy
You can spend hours gliding your cursor over a world map being mesmerised by the flow of wind arrows around the planet. It beats Star Wars hands down! published the ‘Weather Book’. His theories provided a model for weather that were later recognised by forecasters around the world. Sadly, he committed suicide in 1865, probably due to the lack of support and criticism of his theories from fellow mariners. Fast-forward 150 years. We casually pick and choose from the huge array of weather forecasting tools we have available to us. Ok, we’ve lost presenter Jim Hickey, but if you jump online, the Interweb more than makes up for Jim’s retirement. I was recently introduced to a great site – windyty.com. Developed and launched in 2014 by a guy named
Ivo, a pilot and kite surfer from the Czech Republic, it’s simply brilliant. On top of forecasts, rain maps and temperatures there’s a fantastic live chart with wind graphics showing direction and speed. You can spend hours gliding your cursor over a world map being mesmerised by the flow of wind arrows around the planet. It beats Star Wars hands down! The other ‘go to’ site is metvuw. com. Produced by Victoria University this site would have to rate as the most consistently accurate forecast service. These guys get it right time after time, offering a range of maps looking 10 days ahead. Time warp back to 1863. Maybe the British Admiralty should have ‘checked out’ Robert Fitzroy’s theories more seriously? If his system of raising storm warning cones at major ports had been adopted earlier, maybe the Delaware would have stayed in port on that still morning of 1863? But that was then. Now, our own National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), has named its new super computer after Fitzroy. I’m pleased we Kiwis are often the best at recognising historically important contributors in meaningful ways. Long may that continue.
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BY COOPER GYLES
ver the last few years, estate cars and SUVs have been grabbing an increased share of the car market to accommodate changing family needs. I guess by the time the three kids are tied into the back seat and all the holiday tricycles, bikes, kites, backpacks and the kitchen sink are loaded, there’s little room for dad’s clubs… the golfing kind of course. So there is every good reason for investing in these family movers. But consider this for a moment. Two of Europe’s highest-regarded manufacturers have other ideas about what the concept of an estate car can mean within different socioeconomic sections of this growing market. I’ve just ended a week with a Mercedes-AMG C63S Estate and, following my time with it, I would actually question whether it fits in the ‘family wagon’ realm at all. Clearly there are levels upon levels of sophistication in this market. This vehicle is unquestionably targeted at luxury owners, with absolute performance as the primary selling point, coupled with the edict that every Mercedes car ranks at the top end in safety provisioning. Equipped with ‘Intelligent Drive’ safety technology to keep the family or golfing foursome perfectly safe in almost every driving circumstance, the C63S is clearly a market leader in this respect. Radar ‘proximity assist’ provides for literally every unforeseen potential, including ‘vehicle ahead detection’, ‘speed management’,
‘lane drift correction’, ‘blind spot assist’, ‘backing visual’ and hands-off ‘auto park’. We decided to take the kids out with us to review the gleaming white C-class family estate. I instructed the three noisy ones on the back seat not to take their shoes off the foot carpets and scratch the beautiful black upholstery, because this car isn’t your Mr Average get-about. The interior is superb, with body-hugging seating, refined stitched belt lines, brushed stainless highlights and black ash open-pore wood finishing, two sun roofs and even an analogue clock. I pushed the ‘go’ button, and what I heard explode from the back was a savage lion growl of a highly tuned V8 engine. This was certainly not what I expected of my estate wagon. Off we went. My partner was enjoying the luxurious attention when, as I moved to overtake, suddenly… wham, she and we were thrown back into the snug racing seats with the g-force of a launching F16 fighter. This car is a greyhound, with a furious 0–100km/h acceleration of just 4 seconds flat and a top speed — I’m told — of around 290km/h, although in retail mode this is limited to a mere 250km/h. While the car sports rear-wheel drive and a 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 375kW and 700Nm of torque, together with seven-speed paddle ‘Speedshift’ and 19-inch wheels, every aspect of its design typifies just two things: total comfort and astounding performance. The ability to transfer this
car when entering the gates to the golf club from a moderately docile estate wagon to a full-on race mode, rip-snorting, ear-popping supercar is a masterful engineering feat. Three clicks to the ‘performance’ option are all it takes. In ‘race’ mode, every facet of engine response, suspension, steering and, yes, that snorting exhaust tune as well, is dynamically reset. I could not fault a thing frankly. As there are so many management options available with the C63S, the dashboard is equipped with a management screen. Some commentators don’t like this, but I believe it works very well and found it impressive. The other masterpiece is the ‘HUD’, which is used in jet fighters. This ‘heads-up display’ projects speed, revs and gear selection out from the window as a hologram and is viewed above the front of the car. It’s brilliant, because your eyes are kept exactly where they are should be — on the road. My only reservation: don’t let your 17-year-old testosterone-enriched son borrow it! Price: around $167,000 including GST
Summed up Design: Performance: Fuel economy: Comfort/equipment: Overall:
Get off the couch in January BY PETE RAINEY
you haven’t noticed, you’re in the the Eagles with a helping of soul and middle of a hot dry summer here blues as well. If you’re quick you might catch in Nelson and Marlborough – El Nelson Summer Festival, January 8, Six 60 at the Riwaka Hotel — Nino is seeing to that. Get your mind off the 15 and 22, provides us with entertainment fresh from a stint in the States drought, head out and enjoy a live gig this on the dunes at Tahunanui with mixing it with Pharrell Williams January. If you’re quick you might catch Beach Beat, featuring local musicians. Six 60 December 28 at the Riwaka Hotel Evolve Festival, a celebration of health fresh from a stint in the States mixing it with Pharrell Williams. and well-being, runs from Friday 22 till Sunday 24 January at A couple of days later at the same venue get your reggae Founders Park and includes local acts Hardy St Brass Collective, on with Katchafire, the Black Seeds and Sons of Zion ringing Samba De Sol and Australian cutting-edge global sacred bass in the new year. Katchafire have become a global roots reggae exponent Deya Dova. phenomenon. The all Maori reggae band bring their pure classic The Nelson Buskers Festival brings our beautiful streets alive sound to music lovers worldwide, delivering one of the most over four days January 28-31 with action-packed, mind-blowing authentic reggae shows around today. shows, featuring award-winning street performers from around However, the standout Riwaka gig will see Shapeshifter and the world. Kora take to the stage on 2nd January. Arguably two of the best If you feel the scene is saturated with contemporary bands live acts in New Zealand at present, this gig will sell out. then relax with Russian born classical crossover singer Yulia at Kora brothers Laughton, Francis, Stuart and Brad began the Playhouse on 30, 31 January. playing together in the early 1990s in a band called Aunty Beatrice, Another Wellington band, the Richter City Rebels, plays which won the 1991 Rockquest competition. Fairfield House January 31 – this time a modern progressive A day later the same venue will get a dose of the Feelers. This brass band in the New Orleans second-line style! Should be fun. iconic band has gone from busking on street corners to becoming Christchurch jazz fusion duo Radius performs January 12 at pioneers of the Kiwi music industry. Formed in Christchurch 1993, Le Café in Picton and then on January 22 at Nelson’s Boathouse. founding members James Reid and Hamish Gee are now joined by I have probably saved the best to last with Fiddle Pie’s Old Andy Lynch (Zed) and Clint Harris (Opshop). Time Country Music & Dance Variety Show. Playing the Mussel If you want to experience a big brassy Wellington band, get to Inn 27 Jan, Moutere Inn 28 Jan and the Wairau Valley’s Dharma The Boathouse on Friday 8th January for Newtown Rocksteady, Bums Club Fri 29 Jan – Fiddle Pie is Flora Knight(The Eastern, who have been bringing the sound and values of the original NZ), Cornelia Overton(US), Sean Donald(CAN), T. Claw(US), Rocksteady movement to festivals, events and established New Burdock(US), and Hannah Johnson(US). This group of rowdy Zealand venues with a generous dose of soul and a solid helping young musicians brings forth an epic array of traditional of skank since 2007. American string band tunes, called square dances, classic country Nelson’s talented covers maestro Paul Madsen takes over buckle shiners and jokes cornier than Illinois in the summertime. the Playhouse January 8 and 9 delivering the hits of Queen and Check out details for most of these gigs at www.itson.co.nz 78
Trumbo Biography, history, drama Directed by Jay Roach 124 minutes Rated R BY MICHAEL BORTNICK
ave no doubt, America is the home of the brave and the land of the free, where all citizens enjoy the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Ok, they had slavery, prohibition, and interred Japanese citizens during WWll. I suppose we could also include the War on Drugs. And right up there on the list of embarrassing American atrocities against its citizens is the House Committee on Un-American Activities (1938-1975). This government gang was set up to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens suspected of having ties to communism. Thousands of Americans suffered dearly from its wrath in the post-war era. Almost none of the accused actually committed any crimes. The major evil-doer turned out to be picture shows. Since the government feared the influence of films, they forced studios to sack open-minded commie writers. Those writers could save their skins if they elected to reveal the names of their socialistic American peers, most of whom were usually their closest friends. Dammed if they did, dammed if they didn’t. The Hollywood blacklist was instituted after ten writers and directors were cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to testify to the scoundrels of the HCUA. Studio executives fired the artists, the so-called Hollywood Ten. Among the group was Tinseltown’s top screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo. The brilliant new film Trumbo tells this story. Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston nails the title character in all details. He is strongly supported by John Goodman, Diane Lane and comic Louie C.K. in his first film appearance. Helen Mirren is outstanding as vile gossip columnist and hat aficionado, Hedda Hopper. That woman was a world-class bitch and Mirren made me despise her even more. Trumbo ultimately went to prison for a year, but due to the blacklist he was not approved to work. So he continued writing scripts, employing friends to appear as the writers. This was known as using a front. (A good primer to catch up on how the blacklist worked is Woody Allen’s The Front). As a blacklisted writer, Trumbo wrote Oscar winners Roman Holiday, The Brave One, Exodus and Spartacus. Finally, Otto Preminger and Kirk Douglas bravely defied the HCUA and put Trumbo’s name in the screen credits. This was the beginning of the end of that discomforting period in American history. This exceptional film uses archival footage and outstanding make-up techniques to bring historical characters to life. In addition to Trumbo are Edward G. Robinson, John Wayne, Louis B. Mayer and Jack Kennedy. Most New Zealanders will not be familiar with this sorry chapter of American history but the film clearly teaches an important lesson. As an expat, I knew the story all too well and still find it extremely embarrassing. This is a marvellous film for intellectual audiences who understand the importance of keeping a vigilant eye on government. Michael Bortnick has left the theatre to pursue some happiness.
SISTERS (R16) 7th Jan Saturday Night Live’s Tina Fey & Amy Poehler re-team for this comedy about two sisters who attempt to throw one last house party.
THE BIG SHORT (M) 14th Jan Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt lead this true story about the four outsiders who predicted the global economic meltdown of 2000.
THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI 28 Jan Explosion-triggering, flagwaving account of the sixmember security team that went to the aid of Americans trapped in the embassy in Benghazi in 2012.
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What activities and tasks does a trainee ranger perform? So far we have covered chain sawing, firefighting, scrub bars, plant identification, quad bikes, computer processing, snow skills, working with helicopters, working with chemicals, to name a few. I have worked in the Abel Tasman and in the Kahurangi ranges. I have been involved in track maintenance including scrub cutting, culvert clearing and windfall clearing. I’ve also done track gravelling, step building, toilet cleaning, gorse burring/burning, general fix-it jobs and various other work since I started four weeks ago!
Emma Williams is a trainee ranger for DOC, situated in the Abel Tasman. Emma works hard to conserve our country’s natural heritage.
Where have you come from and where has your course taken you? I moved from Christchurch to Richmond in June after being accepted into the NMIT Trainee Ranger programme. The course runs for a full year and is designed to prepare us for a career with the Department of Conservation, or something similar. During the summer, each student goes out on work placement. I was lucky enough to be placed at DOC Motueka with accommodation in Marahau.
How does one become a full ranger, and how long does it take to ascend from trainee ranger? A full ranger would be someone with a permanent, long-term or even short-term contract with DOC. After the course finishes in June some of the trainee rangers are offered two year contracts. If everything goes well and their position remains necessary then they may be offered a more permanent job. Some trainees are even offered jobs where they work during their summer placement.
What is the ratio between hands-on work and study? And are there any major challenges regarding either of them? During the course it’s almost half and half but for my placement it’s all hands-on work. The office work and physical work varies depending on what sort of ranger you are employed as, (leadership/ management roles often require a lot of organisation and paper work). Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, so someone who is confident with different types of machinery may find it challenging to learn computer processing skills, (required for management roles), and vice versa.
Are your family and friends also involved with DOC? Nope, I just love the outdoors and so this course seemed perfect for me!
What about your greater ambitions; do you hope to work elsewhere in the world or does NZ tie the proverbial knot? At this point in time I’m pretty keen to work in New Zealand, for DOC, but I would love to have the opportunity to go travelling in the future. 82
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