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Nelson and Marlborough’s magazine /

ISSUE 132 / JULY 2017 / $8.95

Award-winning Architecture NZIA Nelson & Marlborough Awards

Our biggest issue ever! seriously good reading

Interview Kay Chapman Redwood Valley Home

Endangered Birds

Toyota C-HR

Winter Wellness

Rockies Train Trip


New Zealand’s Finest Congratulations to all the wineries selected for the 2017 Fine Wines of New Zealand list. An initiative between six of New Zealand’s leading wine experts and Air New Zealand, aimed at celebrating and showcasing the very best of what New Zealand’s wine industry has to offer.

A special congratulations to the Nelson and Marlborough wineries that have been selected in this year’s list.

SPARKLING Nautilus Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV Deutz Blanc de Blanc Vintage 2014 Quartz Reef Vintage 2012 No. 1 Reserve AROMATICS Felton Road Dry Riesling 2016 Felton Road Block 1 Riesling 2016 Misha’s Vineyard “Limelight” Riesling 2014 Framingham F series Riesling Kabinett 2015 Johanneshof Cellars Gewürztraminer 2015 Te Whare Ra Toru SV5182 2016 Prophet’s Rock Pinot Gris 2016 Dry River Pinot Gris 2016 Greystone Pinot Gris 2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Astrolabe Province Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Saint Clair Reserve Wairau Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Brancott Estate Letter Series B Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Tohu Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Sauvignon Blanc 2016 CHARDONNAY Kumeu River Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay 2015 Sacred Hill Riflemans Chardonnay 2015 Dog Point Chardonnay 2014 Felton Road Block 2 Chardonnay 2015 Villa Maria Keltern Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 Vidal Legacy Chardonnay 2015 Clearview Reserve Chardonnay 2015

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Features Issue 132 / July 2017

22 The Interview: Kay Chapman


bout to launch her own app to assist employers deal with staff problems, Nelson employment law specialist Kay Chapman is a multi-faceted, multi-skilled businesswoman. Lynda Papesch finds out more about what makes her tick

32 “I believe that to service businesses we need to continually try to make things as easy as we can.” K AY C H A P M A N , P. 2 2

26 Endangered birds


he recent report ‘Taonga of an Island Nation: Saving our Native Birds’ released by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is a timely reminder of what we risk losing. Matt Winter expands on three threatened species in the Top of the South

32 NZIA 2017 Nelson Marlborough Awards


uildings for bullets and balls, art and education were the winners in the recent 2017 Nelson/ Marlborough Architecture Awards. Compiled by Lynda Papesch


43 Winter wellness


inter has many charming facets: hot soups, a crackling fire and beautiful frosty mornings to name a few. What is less charming are the colds, aches and pains that plague us more. Maike van der Heide explores our options for staying well





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20 My Big Idea Nelson Mountain Bike Club member Rachael Gurney is part of a major exercise to rid the trails around Nelson of wasps. She explains more and calls for volunteers to help next season


98 My Education Jess Shirley was a part-time photographer when she began studying for NMIT's Arts and Media degree. Now she’s teaching the photography programme, she tells Catherine Russ FASHION

57 Fashion

Styling by Kelly Vercoe Photography by Ishna Jacobs

63 July Style

Adding winter chic to your wardrobe may be as simple as investing in a few choice pieces


68 My Home

Michael Voerman and Yvonna Hofsteede get a huge buzz every morning when they wake and stroll through their Redwood Valley home. Brenda Webb discovers what makes their home so special

74 My Garden

Sophie Preece finds out what motivates gardening great Fergus Garrett, a guest presenter at Nelmac Garden Marlborough in November

78 My Kitchen

Baked apples with gingernut crumble is a tempting winter dessert from the kitchen of WildTomato chef Nicola Galloway

79 Dine Out

Top notch and good value is the verdict from reviewer Maxwell Flint for The Boat Shed Café on Nelson’s Wakefield Quay



80 Wine

Contract winemaker Patrick Stowe from Rimu Grove casts a wide shadow, says wine writer Phillip Reay

81 Beer

The humble pub crawl has been taken to the next level by Lonely Planet’s new travel book, Global Beer Tour. Mark Preece explains


82 Travel

If you enjoy renowned travel experiences, you can’t go past the Rocky Mountaineer to inhale the mountain air and let nature take your breath away, says Amanda Radovanovich

84 Adventure

The timing couldn’t be better for a cycle and walking trail from the Marlborough Sounds to Christchurch as part of the quake damage re-build, Sophie Preece discovers

85 Boating

Steve Thomas tells readers why middle-aged white guys are so at home messing about with boats

86 Motoring

Toyota has entered a new adventurous phase with its C-HR mini-SUV, a car that is far from the staid but steady and so-reliable vehicles its reputation has been built on, says Geoff Moffett


88 Arts

Grace Wiegand is a little-known Nelson artist, yet she has won national awards for her digital artwork, and has a blossoming career ahead of her. John Cohendu Four tells us more

90 Music

Music columnist Pete Rainey extolls the joys of live music, amid fears of the potential dangers associated with large stadium gigs

91 Film

The film My Cousin Rachel is certainly worth a look, but strictly for adults with time on their hands, says reviewer Michael Bortnick

92 Books

A selection of local and new releases, compiled by Lynda Papesch


8 Editorial 10 Bits & Pieces 12 Events 14 Snapped 89 Gallery Must-Haves 93 Quiz & Trivia


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If you’re looking to build or renovate, check out these pages to see who our best architects are and what they’ve accomplished.

oohoo! Our July issue is a bumper one, having reached 100 pages. That’s a great testament to WildTomato’s readers and advertisers, especially our long-term supporters. In an age where print media is supposedly dying out, it’s good to know that some of the finer things in life still matter. Personally, while I am an avid news junkie, magazine addict and book-reader for life, I also frequently go online for my fix too. That said, for me nothing beats the crisp feel of paper as I turn the pages, soaking up the colour, the texture and even the smell of the printed word. Relaxing in front of the fire in winter, with a magazine hot-off-thepress is sheer luxury! WildTomato has grown steadily since its inception, to become a much-loved, well-read part of life across the Top of the South so a big thank you to all of its readers and advertisers. In the latest issue I talk with Nelson employment law specialist Kay Chapman about her life, her job and a new app she has developed to help employers. Further on there’s plenty of stimulating reads for people of all interests, including a huge feature about the 2017 NZIA Nelson Marlborough Awards. If you’re looking to build or renovate, check out these pages to see who our best architects are and what they have accomplished. Our small feathered friends have been in the news recently with serious concerns about the future of some species. Several endangered bird species inhabit the Top of the South and it would be a shame to lose even one. Marlborough writer, photographer and bird enthusiast Matt Winter backgrounds some of the at-risk birds in this issue. Of course some birds fly north for the winter and some of our readers also head for warmer climes. One option is to board the train for the ‘Rockies’ and you can read all about that on our Travel page, courtesy of seasoned traveller Amanda Radovanovich. Also in this issue we take a look at how to stay well in winter with healthy eating, exercise and a few boosters along the way, plus we shine a spotlight on the new Toyota CH-R SUV, described by our motoring reviewer as ‘daringly different and distinctive’. All the usual columns are there too, so pick up your copy now or go online to wildtomato.co.nz and settle in for a great read. LY N D A PA P E S C H


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Dear Editor, After six months of increased traffic on State Highway 63 following the Kaikoura earthquake, it is becoming increasingly obvious that we will be seeing significantly more fatalities on this road unless urgent action is taken. As a tow truck driver, mechanic and adjoining landowner at St Arnaud, the evidence to support this is glaring. Twenty-five years as an airline pilot and licenced aircraft engineer have equipped me well with ts the understanding and management of risk, inciden close and ts inciden of r numbe The ts. acciden and calls since November is already staggering, and these are only the ones that we hear about anecdotally. The road is now so busy, so badly damaged, so narrow, so winding, so uneven and thus so dangerous that I can see no other course of action other than to further reduce the speed limit. I suggest 70kph, but 50 would be truly responsible. I anticipate some be objections to this proposal, and expect them all to s. on economic ground I have no wish whatsoever for this issue to become a political one in the electoral process, but inevitably it will, and indeed should, if it is not responsibly addressed. Winter is not coming; it is here! Richard Osmaston, NZ Money Free Party


Freelance concept developer Kerry Jimson, Nelson Provincial Museum chief executive Lucinda Blackley-Jimson, and Nelson Museum collections technician Phillipa Hamilton with the three awards (Photo: Alexander Hallag / AH23Photography)

History proves a winner for Nelson Provincial Museum


he Nelson Tasman region certainly punches above its weight in talent and creativity. The ‘Exhibition Excellence’ winner in the Social History category of the ServiceIQ Museum Awards for its popular and innovative exhibition Murder at Maungatapu – Crime and Retribution, the museum was also a finalist in two other categories. Although Murder at Maungatapu has finished its run, visitors can still experience it online with a virtual tour created by local digital innovators Relive360. To take a virtual tour visit the website nelsonmuseum.co.nz/previous-exhibitions




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Thurs 6 to Sat 15

Yellow Yellow Exhibition

Broadway Unplugged Duets

Les Miserables

An injection of visual vitamin C, ‘Yellow Yellow’ is an exhibition by Lee Woodman that combines thread and fibre worked to produce artefacts that conjure memories of childhood stories, while thread in its simple form is scanned to produce imagery which embraces the properties inherent within.

Grab a friend and register at nelsontheatrix.co.nz to sing some of your favourite duets from the shows! Starts 7.30pm.


Sat 1 to Mon 31 100 Years of Motoring Visit one of Australasia’s largest private car collections in an exhibition that showcases 100 Years of Motoring. Housed next to the National WOW Museum, this eclectic, world-class private collection celebrates the art of motoring, reflecting changing times, trends and technology. NELSON CLASSIC CAR GALLERY

Sat 1 to Sun 16 Together An eclectic mix of work from nine new members of the Nelson Suter Art Society who share a love of nature, the landscape and patterns and forms within the environment, ‘Together’ has been curated to showcase the diversity and unique style of each artist. SUTER GALLERY

Da Vinci - Robots & Machines


Sat 1 to Sun 13 August Da Vinci – Robots & Machines One of the first recorded designs of a humanoid robot was made by Leonardo da Vinci in around 1495 AD. Nelson Provincial Museum is showcasing Da Vinci’s genius with an interactive exhibition of some of his most groundbreaking technologies. NELSON PROVINCIAL MUSEUM

Sat 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 The Nelson Market The bustling Nelson Market transforms Montgomery Square into a vibrant showcase of regional arts, crafts, fashion, jewellery and fresh local and organic produce.


Fri 7

Isel Twilight Market Stallholders from throughout the region offer delicious street food, fresh produce, quality crafts and live music. ISEL PARK

Eight musicians from the Nelson/Tasman region will perform to raise funds to support the education of children in NW Nepal. Starts 7pm. intimetrust.org. FAIRFIELD HOUSE

Charlotte Yates with Show Pony


Johnny Cash Tribute Night

Thurs 6, 13, 20, 27

Fundraising Concert for Nepal

Mimosa Duo performs in Nelson for the first time. A swinging Australian guitar and violin duo, Mimosa has been performing together for eight years. From the Sydney Conservatorium, they initially embraced classical music until ‘stumbling’ into the world of gypsy jazz. Their show is a mixed bag, from classical music to gypsy jazz with a few spin balls in between. Doors open 5pm.

Wed 5, 12, 19, 26

Rain or shine, the Farmers’ Market comes to Morrison Square bringing fresh local produce and products from the Top of the South.

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Nelson Farmers’ Market


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Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production of Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables is a global stage sensation. Set against the backdrop of 19thcentury France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption - a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

favourites. Starts 8pm. Also July 13 Boathouse Theatre, Blenheim and July 15 Mussel Inn, Onekaka.

Steve K brings you songs and stories of the man in black. Dinner from 6pm, show starts at 8pm. THE PLAYHOUSE

Fri 14 Hobnail Blue Skies Tour Sensational fresh material from Hobnail as the band embarks on a national tour in support of its new album Blue Sky Songs. Known for its unique blend of folk and Celtic, country and rock, Hobnail will perform material from the new album and also past classic

Top singer-songwriter and recording artist Charlotte Yates teams up with multiinstrumentalist Show Pony (trumpet/violin/vocals) to showcase songs hot off the press from Charlotte’s upcoming album release, Then the Stars Start Singing, alongside many loved favourites from her extensive back catalogue in a sizzling two-set show. 8pm start. THE BOATHOUSE

Fri 28 to Sat 29 David Upfold Comedy Hypnotist Direct from Auckland it’s New Zealand’s best comedy hypnotist. Show starts at 8pm. THE PLAYHOUSE

Sat 29 The Greatest Magic Show in Nelson Get ready for an hilarious night of comedy, magic and juggling at the recently refurbished Suter Theatre. One night only and fun for all ages. 7pm start. THE SUTER THEATRE

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Sat 22

Marlborough Charity Ball

Marlborough Artisan Winter Market

Hop aboard the Orient Express for the second Marlborough Charity Ball, fundraising this year for Plunket and Active Dads. Tickets can be purchased via marlboroughcharityball@ gmail.com or from SBS, Plunket and Boys’ College office.

Special winter Artisan Markets highlighting the best of Marlborough art, crafts, food and produce. New location and open whatever the weather! Starts 10.30am.


Fri 28 to Sun 30


Thurs 6, 13, 20 Whale Watching Tour 2017 Fundraising for Nepal

MARLBOROUGH Sun 2 Black Grace As Night Falls A poetic and optimistic ode, As Night Falls is the latest production by Black Grace, the sensational New Zealand dance company, fresh from its recordbreaking US tour. As Night Falls is Artistic Director Neil Ieremia’s latest evening-length work, a signature blend of European classical and Polynesian vitality set to the timeless and passionate sound of Antonio Vivaldi. ASB THEATRE MARLBOROUGH

Sun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Marlborough Farmers’ Market Enjoy the taste of the freshest seasonal fruit, vegetables and produce that Marlborough has to offer. The Farmers’ Market is full of locally-grown and sourced food, sold by the producer. A&P SHOWGROUNDS

Thurs 6 Rhys Darby Mystic Time Bird Rhys turns to the world of ancient mysticism in search for some answers. This path unravels some daunting

prospects as he discovers his past life story as a trapped bird. Starts 8pm. ASB THEATRE MARLBOROUGH

Fri 7 to Sun 9 Marlborough Home & Garden Show 2017 The Marlborough Home & Garden Show is packed with all the ideas and information that you need to transform your surroundings. See massive show-only specials, preview the hottest trends, enter the draw to win a fabulous show prize, source accessories for a new look, listen to free daily seminars, or simply turn up and prepare to be inspired. 10am to 5pm daily.

A fantastic opportunity for a limited number of people to fully immerse in a whale experience during an annual migration, see and feel the history, see conservation in Urzila Carlson action and go out to sea in a boat looking for the migrating giants travelling on the surface close to the shore.


Marlborough Book Festival An annual weekend of wonderful writers, curious audiences and beautiful Marlborough locations. The festival brings contemporary authors to intimate venues in and around Blenheim, including three wineries and a cruise on the Marlborough Sounds. Visit the website marlboroughbookfest.co.nz. VARIOUS VENUES


Sun 16 Bastille Day Celebrate the French national day at Clos Henri from 11am to 3pm! For the 9th consecutive year Clos Henri celebrates the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14th July 1789 with a French atmosphere, fine wines, French food and a little rustic French music as well as a unique air show. CLOS HENRI VINEYARD

Home & Garden show


Sun 9 to Mon 10 Sleeping Beauty The classic story of Sleeping Beauty – a ballet in three acts. Performing for the last time in Blenheim before launching his professional career, Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson will dance the role of Prince Florimunde, accompanied by students from DANCE on grove. ASB THEATRE MARLBOROUGH




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Founders Book Fair Founders Heritage Park, Nelson P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y A N A G A L L O WAY

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2 Mothers Day event The Granary, Nelson P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y A N A G A L L O WAY

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2. Anneke McKeown & Lainee Hermsen 3. Natasha Schwarz 4. Rachel Eggers

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WASP BAITING W hat is your Big Idea? The big idea here is simply to try to rid the trails around Nelson of wasps! Nelson Mountain Bike Club (NMTBC) staff and members have been working in conjunction with Nelson Nature to install wasp traps, pre-bait, bait the traps and finally remove all traces of the work from the area. In January and February of this year a keen group of members of the club volunteered to carry out the task using upwards of 600 bait stations over 30km of trail around the Fringed Hill area! These traps were set out at 50m intervals along the entire lengths of popular walking and cycling trails. The purpose of this work is to attempt to eliminate wasps within a 200m radius of each bait station, therefore providing relief for all trail users.


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What are the benefits? Wasps are a pest that can ruin a family walk, a tramp, a trail run or a cycle ride. The fear of getting stung can often deter people from venturing into the bush at certain times of the year. Wasps are also predators of insects and wildlife so in addition to making the trails a nicer place to be in the summer for people, less of these little beasties will inevitably improve insect numbers and encourage more birds back into the area. Monitoring of the area of Fringed Hill after the baiting was complete showed excellent results from the project with all monitored nests disappearing after the baiting was carried out. NMTBC Trail Manager Ben Pointer says: “The project has been a real success although there are still a few wasps about as our coverage of the Nelson area was limited to those 600 stations. I am looking

forward to next year, carrying the momentum forward to make the city wasp free!� How can people help? The Nelson Mountain Bike Club is already planning to be involved with this project in the summer of 2017/2018. With more people involved they will be able to tackle more trails and different areas of the city next summer, which will have a bigger impact on the wasp population as a whole. This is a really exciting initiative and one that is easy to get involved in; all you need is a big rucksack, some free time and the willingness to get out on the trails. Who do they get in touch with? To become involved just email NMTBC at info@nelsonmtb.club and let the club know you can help out next year.

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From tomboy to Supersize business entrepreneur, Nelson-based Kay Chapman has always followed her own path. Born in the shade of Paeroa’s big brown bottle, she ventured into the army, then to London and back. Lynda Papesch follows her new trek into an HR app.

KAY CHAPMAN Blazing a trail in staff relations Photo by Dean Purcell



hen Chapman Employment Relations was one of three winners nationally in the BNZ’s Supersize SME programme, founder Kay Chapman saw it as a huge plus for employers throughout the country. The judges selected her firm because of the way it is using new technology to expand the business, especially via its development of a specialist employer app. Company director/ owner Kay views the app as a vital tool for businesses once it is rolled out later this year. Its development is a reflection of the needs of clients she has already helped. Helping employers is Kay’s specialty, and it is a huge growth industry. Established in 2011, Chapman Employment Relations provides employment law and human resources advice exclusively for employers. It has offices in Nelson and Christchurch, with another soon to open in Marlborough. Growing demand for the company’s services helped to drive the app development. “There is a lot of fear and misunderstanding around the area of employment legislation and I’m working hard to take that burden off our clients in the easiest way possible,” Kay explains. The app is unique, she adds, and will save businesses time and money, in addition to providing peace of mind by ensuring they’ve met their legal obligations. “The interactive nature of the app allows them to complete some employment relations tasks themselves. This means they can know they’ve ticked the boxes for what they need to do and then come to us for advice for their more complex issues.” Kay says it is exciting to be able to offer clients this service. “I believe that to service businesses we need to continually try to make things as easy as we can. If we can simplify employers’ obligations while at the same time making it less expensive, then we’re really able to give the best service we can.” While clients will have to pay to access the app 24/7, they will then be able to undertake tasks themselves, whenever they need to. The prize for the company is mentoring over three months to help the business go to the next level; something Kay is looking forward to, although having had experts challenge her has already proved invaluable. “I’m hoping that with the launch of the app and the honing of my business I’ll be able to see the company grow significantly within the next 12 months.”

Rural roots

Although a 23-year veteran of employment relations, Kay found her way into the industry by chance rather than early foresight. Born in Te Aroha, she grew up on a farm near Paeroa, ‘under the sight of the big L&P bottle’. The third-born of four girls, she remembers an idyllic childhood running round the farm. “Poor Dad – there were five females in the house and only one bathroom,” she laughs. “I was very tomboyish, into everything.” Growing up in rural New Zealand in the 1960s and ‘70s ensured Kay and her sisters experienced many freedoms not readily available to young people today. That and the fact she was ‘unruly’ – a claim her mother made and she hotly disputes – helped to shape her into a strong, determined young woman from an early age. Educated initially at Netherton School, Kay then attended Waikato Diocesan School for Girls in Hamilton as a boarder and ‘loved every minute of it’. Notwithstanding, she gained her University Entrance and left at the end of what was then the sixth form. “I went to Waikato Polytech to study for a New Zealand Certificate in Electronic Engineering. I have no idea why I chose this field of study, and I did very poorly.”

Sisters: Karen Tyrrell, Kay Chapman, Linda Humphries & Denise Tyrrell

“I believe that to service businesses we need to continually try to make things as easy as we can.” K AY C H A P M A N

Her next career move was to join the army. “I loved officer cadet school; being outside; every aspect – that is, until I graduated.” Quick to point out that this was 30 years ago, Kay says she was quite naive and did not realise how sexist the army was then. Had she known she would never have joined. “I eventually came to the realisation of exactly how sexist and very insular the army was. I couldn’t join the corps I wanted to, and then I found that I did not like taking orders from others.” Adding to that was the drinking culture of the time. “Every Friday night I had to go along to the mess and was expected to drink [alcohol]. I wasn’t allowed to leave unless I asked the commanding officer and he gave me permission, or until he left first. I really resented this.”

The big OE

After almost three years, Kay left the army when she could and headed off on her big OE. She initially planned to travel with a friend, who ‘pulled out’, so she carried on solo and spent a good five years exploring. “I’d already bought my ticket so off I went. The IRA was the big issue then, but it didn’t stop me.” Using London as her springboard, Kay took on a variety of jobs – in bars, nannying etc – to work her way round Britain. “When I went over there I was still very naive. I remember flying over the terraced houses in London and I could not believe they looked just like Coronation Street. I had no idea people actually lived in houses like that, with no gardens, and so close to each other.” She became engaged to an Irishman she’d met in Scotland, and returned home to New Zealand with her fiancé. “This time I went to Waikato University and studied for a BA majoring in Chinese, but after two years we moved back to the UK and I finished my degree via correspondence.” Kay’s return to Britain also kickstarted her move into human resources, or ‘personnel’ as it was then called. “I’d applied to a hotel a couple of hours out of London to be restaurant manager and was unsuccessful, but they contacted me and asked if I would 23

TOP TO BOTTOM (CLOCKWISE) David Chapman and daughter Chontelle; the Nelson office; Lottie the dog out kayaking at Cable Bay; with proud parents Margaret and Ron Tyrrell at officer cadet school

be their personnel manager. I said ‘Yes’, then went to the library and took out a book to research what a personnel manager did.” The next step was a move into general management and her own hotel to look after, followed by a job in HR at the Heathrow Hilton. In the meantime, Kay separated from her husband. The Millennium/Copthorne group beckoned and she moved to working at the 825-room Copthorne Tara in Kensington, London. “It was massive, and came with a huge ‘family’ of staff. I had chefs throwing knives and all sorts of cultural issues amongst staff, especially ongoing tribal conflicts among the African workers. Sometimes we had to separate the different tribes to separate floors to avoid conflict. “One incident that sticks in my mind is when a room attendant died on-site and I had to deal with it. But the most disturbing thing that happened is when one of the London bombings happened in 1997 in a gay bar. It was a nail-bomb and one of our staff lost three limbs. Dealing with it was horrendous.”

Return to New Zealand

Continuing to climb the corporate ladder, Kay moved to the company’s head office and became HR Manager UK/Europe for the Millennium/Copthorne group. She’d met her current husband, Englishman Dave Chapman, marrying him in medieval style in a castle in Wales in 1999, and by then was ready to come home. “I’d been overseas more than 10 years.” The couple had previously holidayed in New Zealand, visiting one of Kay’s sisters in Nelson. “We fell in love with it and decided to move here.” Move they did in 2001 with no jobs, ‘just the clothes on our backs’ and some money in the bank. “We had been really fortunate with the housing price cycles in the UK and I remember looking on the Internet at properties for sale in the Nelson region. I could not believe what we could buy for our money. Of course, at the time the exchange rate was about three-to-one in our favour. “We found a lifestyle block at Hira and built on that.” Kay joined NMIT as HR adviser for a couple of years, then moved to the Employers and Manufacturers Association, which is where she started to specialise in employment relations. “I see my role – then and still – as the employer representative; sometimes as a conduit for communication, other times as more.” During her seven-plus years as a consultant with the association, Kay found she particularly enjoyed the problemsolving side of the job and the psychology of employment disputes. “By understanding the psychology, you can arrive at a resolution more easily.” Then she was ready to go out on her own. “A week before Christmas in 2010, I decided to contract directly with one client. There was no big game-plan, no marketing etc, just a singular contract. I left EMA, and previous clients started tracking me down via my husband. Suddenly I had three clients and it escalated from there.”

A growing business

These days her staff numbers seven, including five employment relations consultants. Kay is studying towards a post-graduate diploma in dispute resolution and her employer app is progressing. Business is booming. “In the time I’ve been specialising in employment law, the propensity for employees to challenge employers has grown significantly, especially during recessions or downturns in the economy. When there’s a good employment market, employees can usually find another job fairly easily, but during 24

“I eventually came to the realisation of exactly how sexist and very insular the army was.” K AY C H A P M A N

recessions when jobs are scarce they are more likely to take on their employer. “There’s also the perception that if an employee takes a personal grievance, they will make a lot of money. You read about the big awards in the media, but what you don’t see are all the cases where no award is given.” Employer/employee problems are becoming increasingly common in all types of industries and often prove expensive to resolve. That’s where Kay and her team come in. Her special app will soon be an option too. “My ethos is to have employers educated so they don’t make fundamental errors from the start.” The best advice she has is for employers to build good relationships with their staff, and if an issue arises, deal with it during the early stages. “Know your staff and know your business. The worst thing to do is let an issue fester.” Usually the first question she asks employers is what they’ve said to an employee to deal with an issue. An employer might not be able to deal with a specific issue on their own, but they need to know there are processes and ways to address staff issues. A major factor in disputes is the human aspect, Kay adds. “The law is the law, however every employee is different and that is where knowing your workers comes into the equation.” Seeking help from a company such as hers may be intimidating and scary, especially for small businesses contemplating the firm’s hourly charge business model. “They want to know how long it will take and that’s not a question that can be readily answered. “That’s where the app comes in. One of the initial drivers for its development was to get information out to employers in such a way that they’d know what the cost will be, i.e. by pricing it via an app for a fixed price for set hours. This provides surety in terms of cost for potential clients.” Looking ahead, Kay says that technology will change types of jobs, but some form of human interaction will always be needed,

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Kay and Chontelle tackling the Gordon’s Pyramid tramp in December 2016; Kay and Chontelle on the Wangapeka Track; Chontelle crossing a flooded river on the Wangapeka Track

hence an ongoing requirement for services such as hers. Not to mention that she loves what she does. “I love helping employers and I have a fantastic team here. And I love Nelson too.” That love includes the great outdoors where Kay – still a tomboy at heart – spends much of her spare time. She also works with the elderly and Age Concern – awarded a National Dignity Award in 2013 for her work with them – but for relaxation and recreation it is tramping, kayaking, gardening (with natives) and family time. Husband Dave is national sales manager for marine and aviation safety specialists Survitec, and teenage daughter Chontelle completes the family dynamic. Cable Bay is home, on a bush-clad slope with the estuary at the bottom – plenty of scope for outdoor adventure, and lots of birdlife. “We have weka – dozens of them – and if we don’t keep the door shut they make their way inside, much to the annoyance of our dog. Then there are the fantails, bellbirds, wood-pigeons, pukeko, a flock of spoonbills and more, including numerous stingrays in the bay. It’s a great place to be. A good life/work balance.” 25

Endangered Birds


The recent report Taonga of an Island Nation: Saving Our Native Birds, released by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, is a timely reminder of what we risk losing. Matt Winter expands on three threatened species in the Top of the South.



he Nelson/Marlborough region is home to several species of rare and endangered native birds. Their numbers are on a knife-edge due to predation, habitat loss and human disturbance. The fernbird, New Zealand dabchick and rock wren are three such birds that are struggling to maintain themselves.

FERNBIRD Fernbirds (or matata) are fairly widely distributed but in patchy, localised areas. They are mostly absent from the southern North Island (apart from Waikanae Estuary) and Canterbury, and can live up to 1000m above sea level. Fernbirds are far more often heard xx than seen, and prefer dense, scrubbytype habitats, often on the edge of wetlands. Their behaviour of keeping to thick vegetation, reeds and grasses has earned them the nickname ‘mouse-bird’. Although fernbirds are notoriously shy, they can also be quite curious, unable to resist poking their noses out of the scrub to investigate new or foreign noises and objects in their territory. Physically, fernbirds are small, long-tailed songbirds that are streaked predominantly brown above and pale below, which is heavily streaked and spotted with dark brown. Their most distinguishing features are a relatively long, barbed, tattered-looking tail, and front-on, an inward ‘part’ in the feathers that runs the length of the chest. Adults of both sexes look the same as juvenile birds, and at maturity will weigh around 35 grams and reach about 18cm in length. During late spring and summer, fernbirds will breed, nest and raise their young. A typical clutch size is three to five eggs, which are laid in a deep, woven, feather-lined nest of fine grasses and sedge leaves in dense vegetation usually less than one metre above ground or water. Both parent birds will incubate the eggs (which takes around 14 days) and care for the young. Being a ‘multi-brood’ species, fernbirds can raise up to three clutches per season. Protein is the name of the game when it comes to their diet. Caterpillars, flies, beetles, moths, spiders and other small invertebrates make up practically all of their menu, supplemented occasionally by fruit and seeds. Most of their prey is caught by simple and frequent foraging among leaf litter. They commonly hold up leaves with one foot while inspecting the underside for prey.

LEFT PAGE: A curious male rock wren trying to work out if the photographer is a danger, Karangarua Valley, South Westland TOP RIGHT: An adult bird posturing and fluttering its wings at the start of the breeding season, Gillespies Beach, South Westland BOTTOM RIGHT: A classic fernbird pose. Gillespies Beach, South Westland

Fernbirds are a potential indicator of wetland health because they are dependent on the presence of high-quality and ecologically diverse habitats and rich food supplies. The population of fernbirds in any given wetland area has in some cases been the deciding factor in the decision to protect these habitats. Major decreases in populations and distribution in the mid 1800s and early 1900s were caused by habitat clearance and drainage by humans, as well as predation by introduced mammals such as rats, stoats and cats. The fernbirds’ habit of constructing nests so close to the ground does them no favours where predators are concerned. They also have a ‘gamey’ smell that makes them easier to track down by predators with good noses. As a keen wildlife and bird photographer I have managed to find

several locations where fernbirds exist in the Nelson/Marlborough region. In Marlborough, the tidal flats at the head of Mahakipawa Arm in Pelorus Sound have a couple of family groups of four to five individuals, while the Wairau lagoons are known to hold low numbers. In Nelson, the tidal river and estuary flats in the Cable Bay area have small, localised groups, but the Sandy Bay/ Marahau estuaries provide probably the best chances of sightings. Over the hill in Golden Bay, you could see fernbirds in any of the river and coastal estuaries. On a number of occasions I have found them when out looking for other species of birds, and once even found a few birds on Knuckle Hill above the Whanganui Inlet on the Kahurangi coast. These birds were at about 500m above sea level. 27

NEW ZEALAND DABCHICK The dabchick (or weweia) is a lovely little bird of the grebe family. About half the size of a mallard duck, they live on similar ponds, lakes and wetland areas as the mallard, but often go unnoticed among all the other waterfowl. Dabchicks have a couple of interesting evolutionary characteristics and behavioural traits that make them quite unique. Their diving ability is almost legendary – they can swim down to four metres and stay under for up to 40 seconds. Naturally, these sorts of aquatic capabilities involve evolutionary adaptations. For example, they have evolved with large, powerful lobed feet set well back on their body to propel and steer themselves in the water. They also have a submarine-like ability to change their buoyancy, by adjusting the angle at which their dense, waterproof feathers are held against the body. Dabchicks have a quite rotund body, brown-black on the upper parts and slightly paler underneath, with white under-feathers. The head is dark but glossy, streaked with swept-back fine silvery feathers, and the eyes are a pale yellow. The powerful, thick legs are olive-grey, with yellow on the inner side and edges. Both sexes are alike and in the breeding season the front of the neck and breast turn to a rich, rufous-red colour that makes them look striking. Juveniles, on the other hand, come into the world with irregular, heavy black-brown horizontal striped markings on a white background. They retain these stripes on the head and neck until adult plumage develops. If you’re into figures, mature birds are about 28-30cm long and weigh 230-250gm. Territorial breeding displays begin in June and July, with egg-laying during August to February. Elaborate courtship involves preening, rearing, head-turning and shaking, plus ritualised displays of diving and ‘pattering’. A breeding pair will nest well away X from other birds on freshwater lakes and pools, anchoring the nest to aquatic vegetation or building it in a small cave, partly under-water. The two to three bluish eggs take about 22 days to incubate (a job shared by both parents) and the young birds fledge at 35 days old. The adorable, young, striped chicks ride on the backs of their parents for up to four weeks. Often all you see is a couple of tiny heads poking out from the parent’s feathers. 28

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: An adult New Zealand dabchick on Lake Killarney, Golden Bay; a parent and two chicks on Taylor Dam, Marlborough ; a juvenile dabchick showing the striped head and neck. Taylor Dam, Marlborough

“The dabchicks’ diving ability is almost legendary – they can swim down to four metres and stay under for up to 40 seconds.” As is the case with so many of our native birds, huge drops in population were caused by extensive wetland drainage, reducing the availability of natural habitat. The ever-declining quality of our water is another major factor in the dabchicks’ current low numbers. On a bright note, however, since the 1940s more artificial habitat has become available in the form of farm dams and stock water supplies. All our endemic birds evolved with no mammalian predators and dabchicks have probably suffered more than most because they nest close to shore. Rats also like to live near water and are good swimmers so dabchick nests and eggs are particularly vulnerable. Nature also has a bearing on how well the dabchick fares. Because the nest is attached to something it doesn’t have a lot of buoyancy and as such is easily swamped by even a small rise in water levels. Of course, not all those water level

fluctuations are caused by nature. Nests on lakes are vulnerable to disturbance by boats, jet-skiers and water-skiers. Although the New Zealand dabchick used to be widespread in the South Island, it declined through the 1800s and 1900s until becoming almost extinct there as a breeding species in the 1940s. Only recently have they made a bit of a comeback to the South Island. In 2012, a pair was recorded breeding on Lake Killarney in Takaka (and have done again in subsequent seasons) and in 2015 a pair successfully bred near Blenheim. I have also seen and photographed dabchicks on Lake Elterwater near Ward in Marlborough, as well as on a private farm pond in Golden Bay. Lake Elterwater has been known to dry up during bad summers. Dabchicks are surprisingly strong fliers and will cover long distances when required, so keep your eye out for new sightings in the Nelson/Marlborough region when the lake is parched.


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ROCK WREN The rock wren is one of only two New Zealand wrens that have survived from the once six known species. (The rifleman is the other). Another of the piwauwau’s claims to fame is that it remains above the bushline throughout its life and is therefore our only truly alpine bird in New Zealand. Trampers, hunters and alpinists are the most likely people to encounter rock wren and because numbers are so low and patchily distributed, they often go undetected. Few bird species frequent the harsh alpine environments so if you do see a small bird hopping around on rocky terrain well above the bushline, chances are it’s a rock wren. We don’ fully understand how they survive the harsh climate above the treeline all year round, but they probably continue to forage on rocky bluffs where snow has not collected and amongst large boulder fields. It has also been suggested they may semi-hibernate. Rock wren are most common within the Southern Alps from Fiordland, through South Westland and Mt Aspiring and Mt Cook National Parks. Smaller localised populations exist further north in Arthurs Pass, Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi National Parks. At around 10cm long and weighing in at a mere 16-20gm, rock wren are tiny.


They have virtually no tail, very long legs and toes relative to their body size, and rounded wings. Males are a dull green above and grey-brown below with yellow flanks. Pale tips on the secondary feathers usually form a row of pale spots on the lower back when perched. The female is slightly plainer and mainly olive-brown in colour. One of the best ways to know if you have found a rock wren is to watch its actions when stationary. A wren will bob up and down vigorously, often with flicking wings. Spring and summer will see the birds nesting and raising young. An average clutch size is three and only one brood will be reared each season. Nests are constructed at ground level within a natural cavity such as rocks or the base of flax bushes, and are fully enclosed apart from one small entrance that is downfacing to prevent rain and moisture from entering. One of the rock wren’s favourite nest-lining materials is the feathers of birds such as kea and weka. Wrens dine mostly on insects. Moths, moth larvae, flies, beetles, scale insects and spiders are gleaned from within alpine vegetation and foraged for beneath rock crevices and overhangs. Occasionally, especially when food is scarce, fruit from several Coprosma species are eaten, and even nectar from flax flowers. The rock wren’s natural habitat is

alpine basins, but these, of course, are disjointed across the country, making it difficult for birds to spread to new areas. This is why the wren distribution is so patchy. They are also very poor fliers so they don’t tend to move between areas. The piwauwau has a couple of liabilities, survival-wise. Nesting on the ground and in cavities or holes means that once a stoat or rat has found and entered the nest, the occupants have no escape. And the oldest-known wren made it to just five years. Being short-lived is a limiting factor as far as breeding potential is concerned, and as single-brooders, they’ve also got it tough. The Nelson/Marlborough region really only has two rock wren areas: the Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks. I have only encountered rock wren in South Westland despite keeping my eye out on many local trips to the high country. Department of Conservation staff at St Arnaud and Takaka are the people to see about rock wren. They should be able to advise on more defined areas within the parks where the birds may be found.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A male rock wren with a kea feather to line the nest. Karangarua Valley, South Westland; a female rock wren checking the photographer out, Karangarua Valley, South Westland; a rock wren nest at the base of a flax bush, Karangarua Valley, South Westland

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NZIA Awards

Ruby Bay house by Parsonson Architects Photo: Paul McCredie



Buildings for bullets and balls, art and education were the winners in the recent 2017 Nelson/Marlborough Architecture Awards.


eflecting a wide diversity of styles and uses across the Top of the South, the 2017 local awards were presented at Nelson’s Suter Art Gallery–Te Aratoi o Whakatū. The Suter Gallery was not just the venue for this year’s awards – it received a Heritage Architecture Award, a Public Architecture Award, a Resene Colour Award and the People’s Choice Award. Buildings for recreation, art, education 32

and exhibition were acknowledged, along with several houses, reinforcing the area’s reputation for high-quality, architectdesigned homes that sit comfortably in the local landscape. Awards convenor Richard Carver says this year’s awards highlight both the variety of work that architects undertake in our regions as well as the skill, passion and attention that they lavish upon their buildings. “In each case, the 10 winning buildings have been well thought-through and carefully resolved by their architects. They admirably meet each client’s brief and are placed with great care on their respective sites.” Carver was impressed with Te Matira, a house designed 40 years ago by Nelson

architect Ian Jack, which received an Enduring Architecture Award. “As good architecture does, this house has aged gracefully and become better with time,” Carver said. “My fellow judges and I hope that all this year’s award winners enjoy similarly long futures.” Carver was joined on the judging jury by Motueka architect Gabrielle Bell, Wellington architect Judi Keith-Brown, and Nelson landscape architect Luke Porter. The New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) runs the New Zealand Architecture Awards programme to promote high quality design and raise awareness of the difference good architecture makes to the country’s towns, cities and communities.

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Jury convenor Richard Carver is a Nelson-based, registered architect with a first class honours degree in architecture and a bachelor of building science. Richard is a registered architect with 34 years’ experience in New Zealand and overseas and was a founding director of Redbox Architects in Nelson. He has worked on a wide variety of projects in New Zealand and London. This included working for Nellist, Blundell & Flint (London 1981-1982) and a challenging seven years working with renowned Wellington architect Ian Athfield (1985-1991) before setting up his own practice in 1999. These diverse experiences have shaped what Richard strove for in his work.

A sole practitioner in a small boutique office in central Wellington, Judi Keith-Brown is involved with all her clients’ projects from beginning to end. After graduation, she worked in private practice for more than six years before seven years teaching fourth year design at the School of Architecture. The year 2007 marked her return to private practice. Since then she has worked on numerous projects from new houses, to the restoration of a Grade A listed historic building in Scotland to public housing and now mainly works on residential projects in Wellington and in Hawkes Bay. Inspired by modernist, Scandinavian and Japanese influences, she also likes working with the proportions and simple planning and detailing of Victorian villas and cottages and the modernist houses of the 1960s and 70s.

A landscape architect practising since 1999, Luke Porter specialises in large-scale master planning and urban design. Luke has practised in a number of large design firms in London and Australia, Christchurch and Queenstown, developing extensive experience in urban design, master planning and residential design. He has worked with a range of clients including corporates, local bodies, government departments and private clients. Notable projects such as Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Pacific Pines on the Gold Coast, the Boardwalk in Brisbane and Millbrook, Queenstown, have enabled Luke to develop expertise in the full range of landscape design. Experienced in project management, environment court evidence and visual assessment, he is currently on the Queenstown Lakes District Council Urban Design Panel and Secretary of the NZILA.

Initially working in geology in New Zealand and Australia, Gabrielle Bell started retraining in architecture in 1991, graduating from Victoria University in 1996. She began working for Min Hall Architects, moving to several other companies locally and in Wellington before setting up an architecture practice in Motueka. Her favourite part of architecture is the time spent with clients working on solutions and designs that improve their everyday environment. Achieving this with a beautiful and elegant form is very satisfying. She also loves being a principal in her own business as it allows her to work directly with the client. Gabrielle has applied her architecture skills to numerous residential projects including new and alteration work, and is also experienced in educational and commercial buildings.

This year’s award winners: Education

Nelson College Commerce Centre by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects

Enduring Architecture

Te Matira by Ian Jack Architects

Heritage Architecture

The Suter Art Gallery – by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects and Warren and Mahoney Architects

Interior Architecture Kaikoura Museum by Pearson & Associates Architects


One Storey House by Irving Smith Architects; Bronte Road House by Arthouse Architects; Ruby Bay House by Parsonson Architects

Small Project Architecture

Bach with Two Roofs by Irving Smith Architects; Apartment 37 by Arthouse Architects

Public Architecture

Bullets & Balls (Nelson Cricket & Nelson Rifle Association Practice Facility) by Irving Smith Architects; The Suter Art Gallery by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects and Warren and Mahoney Architects

Resene Colour Awards

The Suter Art Gallery by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects and Warren and Mahoney Architects; Ruby Bay House by Parsonson Architects; Kaikoura Museum by Pearson & Associates Architects

People’s Choice

The Suter Art Gallery by Jerram Tocker Barron and Warren and Mahoney Architects


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THE SUTER ART GALLERY By Jerram Tocker Barron Architects and Warren and Mahoney Architects P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y : PA U L M C C R E D I E


he Bishop Suter Art Gallery, built in 1899, was strengthened and extended with a café, foyer and theatre. The jury described the work of Nelson architects Jerram Tocker Barron and Wellington firm Warren and Mahoney, working in a joint venture, as a ‘triumph’ and praised the way the two heritage buildings were retained and organised in the new layout. The oldest continuously occupied public art gallery in New Zealand, the Suter’s extensive reconstruction replaced all of the existing building, except for the theatre and the Grade 2 listed ‘Original Gallery’, which was fully restored to reveal the original roof trusses and external fabric, and was seismically strengthened and brought up to modern gallery standards.

Top right: The new public foyer has a dramatic window facing Bridge Street Bottom left: The façade of the original gallery has been restored and has been made visible from inside the public foyer

Officially re-opened last October 2 by the Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy, the gallery is a tribute to architects past and present. Jerram Tocker Barron Architects partnered with Warren and Mahoney Architects to create an enhanced international-calibre arts facility for the region, while Scott Construction Ltd handled the building side of the project. “This was an exciting opportunity to develop a modern gallery for the region, whilst retaining a heritage building and context that has been cherished by generations,” says Marc Barron, director of Jerram Tocker Barron. A comprehensive assessment of the existing turn-of-thecentury buildings was undertaken before design work began. Community engagement was vital to the success of the upgrade and the architects consulted with stakeholders including the Queens Gardens Preservation Society, iwi representatives and the Urban Design Panel. The resulting development is sensitive to the NZ Heritage Places Trust Category II listed building, connects to its immediate environment, and has strong cultural engagement. Occupying a tight triangular section, the original gallery and a theatre designed in the 1980s, act as bookends on the site. “Our key design strategy is the central public entrance and foyer that links all areas, with an open forecourt which gives a setting to celebrate the original gallery,” says Barron. A new foyer and internal walkway that now links the two existing structures contains a series of galleries on the west side, while to the east retail spaces and a café overlook a freshwater eel pond and the Victorian gardens. Two key frontages in the modern addition combine basalt stone and zinc cladding in a form that snakes its way through the site. To the west, the frontage takes its design cue from the 1899 gallery. “The zinc is folded into shapes which identifies with the original building’s gable end,” says Barron. To the east, the zinc-clad addition steps in a ziggurat form along the edge of 37



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TOP TO BOTTOM: The elongated foyer is the centrepiece of the redevelopment, linking the galleries, theatre and café; a raised forecourt provides space at the entrance that showcases the restoration of the original gallery; views overlooking the Queens Gardens and eel pond provide a beautiful backdrop.

the eel pond to create spaces for a walkway, planting and sculpture gardens. Towards the south, the upper level of the new building terminates in office space for staff and an outdoor terrace. The project required inventive solutions with the technical challenges of sympathetically marrying old and new. New foundations were required for seismic strengthening and, in a contractor-led initiative, the original timber floor was released and lifted to the ceiling - and then repositioned. In establishing The Suter as a regional arts centre equipped for the 21st century, larger exhibition rooms with better proportions were designed to accommodate more significant artworks and provide an appropriate venue for the display of international collections. “The exhibition capacity has increased by more than a third. Just as importantly, there is now a humidity controlled storage vault and proper curatorial areas,” says Barron. A dedicated education room will accommodate school visits and a regular programme of evening art classes run by the Nelson Suter Art Society. In the new foyer, seven tōtara columns are representative of iwi groups within the region. Nelson artist Robin Slow interpreted the individual designs put forward by each iwi which were then sandblasted in deep relief into each column. It is hoped that this reinvigoration of a significant cultural asset for Nelson will become a community focal point and a tourist attraction. “The redevelopment has taken a facility that was already well-used and well-loved, made it more relevant for today’s needs and equipped it for the future,” says Chris Pyemont, associate at Jerram Tocker Barron Architects and the site architect. The project successfully connects two buildings that are 100 years apart while presenting a strong architectural solution that stands on its own merit. “It has been a privilege to continue the legacy of a very strong arts exhibition scene in the Nelson area,” says Ralph Roberts, principal of Warren and Mahoney. The jury also commented on the careful material and colour selection, showing respect to the existing building features and providing a suitable backdrop for the display of art. The ‘Nelson Red’ used on the Victorian trusses is also used on the exterior, working in with the greys of the cladding and looking almost like a McCahon painting, resulting in a Resene Colour Award. The redevelopment is significant not only for the gallery but for Nelson City itself. Nelson is a recognised national centre for arts, craft and culture and this project enables the Suter to represent the rich cultural history of Nelson and its people. 39


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TOP TO BOTTOM: North Eastern façade view; main building elevation as viewed from the school courtyard; entry foyer stair and screen

elson College Commerce Centre, a school building shaded and distinguished by ‘origami-like’ folded metal cladding, won Jerram Tocker Barron Architects another architecture award. “This is a simple and elegant building that provides a new, clean-lined teaching centre for commerce,” the jury said. In this project the client’s vision was for a new modern commerce teaching centre incorporating modern learning environment principles to teach and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. The centre is comprised of two specialist classrooms, two standard classrooms, leadership and seminar rooms and staff facilities. The site was the old boys’ bike lockup; the last remaining flat portion of Nelson College which is formed by a series of terraces and sits at the base of the Grampian Hills. A large oak tree to the west of the site and native beach trees to the east have been retained. Several drivers dictated the resultant architectural design. These included utilising the flat portion of the terraced site with a building over two storeys with some localised contouring, strengthening pedestrian circulation and linkages around the site with new paths and steps including to the gym and upper field, and maximising the northern orientation for quality daylight and solar gain. Additionally, the college wanted a modern architectural expression to inspire students and differentiate the building from others in the school with spaces to foster collaboration, learning and innovation. The preference was for an expressed lightweight LVL timber frame structure with a high level of prefabricated elements from local Nelson sources. Simon Hall, principal and director at Jerram Tocker Barron Architects, says that while the exterior of the building is simple and efficient, it is articulated with the sculptural folded sun screens, and generous canopy which signals and shelters the entry. The structure of the building is a response in part to poor ground bearing conditions, with a lightweight structure minimising foundation works, while the expressed structure adds visual warmth to the spaces, he says. Environmental design considerations include a high level of wall insulation, cross ventilation to all teaching spaces and northern orientation with folded sun screens to minimise glare and overheating from the western sun. 41


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well-executed refurbishment of an existing apartment, this project uses a restrained selection of materials, finishes and details to greatly enhance the space. “Like the inside of a jewellery box, each space has been carefully thought about and designed, working with the limited palette of materials – oiled oak floors, planes of white, and thin, bending straps of steel. What started as a minor alteration to a stair has transformed the apartment into a contemplative and calm space for viewing the ever-changing views of the port area,” the jury reports. As with many alterations, this project began with the goal of changing one small feature of the existing space. The initial brief was to improve the stair which inserted itself awkwardly into the main space of the two-level 120m2 apartment, creating a visual interruption and spatial disconnect, says Arthouse Architects director David Wallace.  “The opportunity to transform the stair into an elegant sculptural piece became the catalyst for the brief to evolve into a complete overhaul of the entire apartment.  “The clients are self-proclaimed minimalists with a keen interest in the aesthetic and technical aspects of design as well as a sharp eye for detail.  The goal was to simplify and unify the spaces through the thoughtful application of an elegant, quiet palette of materials and lighting in order for the space to become the contemplative backdrop for viewing the bustling activity of the port.” He says that the exercise was a valuable lesson in how subtle changes to surface, intersection and detail can transform the experience of space.  “Scott Construction executed the project beautifully.  “Cronin Kitchens had been engaged to re-design the kitchen prior to Arthouse’s involvement and the seamless integration of their contribution is due to the collaborative spirit of all involved.” David Wallace and Helena Alexander believe that the success of the project is marked by a sense of belonging – as if the current iteration of the space represents the way it has always been. The Arthouse project team comprised David Wallace, Helena Alexander and Brian Riley.

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TOP TO BOTTOM: New stairs beautifully crafted to define the living spaces; view to new kitchen; oak flooring links the spaces



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ronte Road House, by Arthouse Architects, was praised for its sheltered outdoor spaces, meticulous detailing and strong connections with nearby landmarks. “A close collaboration with the landscape architect has achieved a house that is nestled well into the landscape,” the jury said. Arthouse Architects director David Wallace says the clients, relocating from Christchurch, had a simple, clear brief. “They wanted a single level building that could hardly be noticed because it would be as one with its setting. The 7016m² section is surrounded by neighbouring vineyards and captures beautiful views as it rolls gently down towards the Waimea Estuary. Within the site previous owners had created a flat linear building platform which helped to generate our design response.” He says that the concept looked at creating a strong axis and allowing view sightlines through the house from the entry area out to the estuary. This strong linear axis is counterpointed by the softer landscaping that curves around and builds up against the building to nestle the house to the site. Off this main axis of the house, wings were formed to provide spaces for sheltered courtyards to counter the prevailing winds on the site. The layout ensures the house works for the two owners along with their two dogs, but can also comfortably accommodate extended family and friends by opening up a secondary bedroom wing. A simple palette of concrete, timber and glass was used to create a crafted house. Built by John Harris Builders, the main living areas draw the exterior inside by using walls of glazing capped by plywood soffits to frame the views. Wallace says landscaping was another integral part of the design process, with Rory Langbridge Landscape Architects being engaged at an early stage to develop the outdoor areas.  The Arthouse team on the project comprised David Wallace, Rachel Dodd, Helena Glover and Nick Reeve. Working with them were structural engineer Craig Thelin and landscape architect Rory Langbridge.

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t’s all very well being good at putting together the materials that make a house, but while Kennedy Construction are indeed experts in this, they are an example of a building company that actually looks beyond it to the conceptual level of creating an environment - one that enhances the lives of their clients in ways they may not even have imagined yet. That’s because the main point of difference with this family-owned business is an unrivalled expertise in total project management - including building, earthworks and landscaping. How we live, and fit in with the natural environment, the design, functionality and aesthetics we want from a house or building project - all of these aspects are as much a part of the foundations as the concrete, metal or wood beneath our feet, according to the philosophy of this successful, sustainability-focused building company. Managing Director Neil Kennedy says taking stock of the whole picture, from design right through to completion, is a holistic approach that demonstrates the company understands their clients want the best - which is exactly what they will get. “In the building industry, reputation counts for everything. Long-term success demands integrity, efficiency, excellence in

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“With no corporate hierarchy our clients find us easy to talk to and appreciate that the lines of communication are always wide open,” says Jane. “You will always know where you stand with us.” And it’s not just the clients Kennedy Construction looks after. Their staff and contractors are known for their positive attitude and strong work ethic - something that happens when workers feel valued. The company works with subcontractors, suppliers and clients as well as other experts such as designers and architects - the latter being an industry Kennedy Construction have concentrated on pairing with, as they notice an upward trend in the architectural market. Laird explains this relationship-building adds to the scope of expertise the company can offer. “The company is developing in terms of the type of projects we can undertake, however, we cater for a complete spectrum of budgets,” he says. “Whether it’s your first home, or your 15th, our aim is that you’re still going to achieve that dream.”

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Bolster those seasonal shields Winter has many charming facets: hot soups, a crackling fire and beautiful frosty mornings to name a few. What is less charming are the colds, aches and pains that plague us more. Maike van der Heide explores our options for staying well.


the old cliché goes, we are what we eat, and nutrition plays a huge role in keeping us well at any time of year. But it may come as surprise that actually, the vitamin many Kiwis are low on in winter isn’t harnessed just by eating. Emily Hope, a Marlborough-based nutritionist, says research shows many people are lacking in vitamin D, increasing their risk of infection during winter. To raise those levels, people simply need to get outside more and

expose at least some of their skin – hands, face and arms if it isn’t too cold – to the sun. “The sun is the major source of vitamin D. Food provides only a small proportion.” Emily says foods that do contain the seasonally elusive vitamin include oily fish, egg yolk, fortified milk and mushrooms – especially mushrooms that have been exposed to the sun. People with darker skin need more exposure to sunlight to make enough vitamin D during winter.

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“Canned tomatoes contain higher levels of lycopene than raw tomatoes, increasing their nutritional value and providing vitamin C to absorb other helpful vitamins.” E M I LY H O P E , N U T R I T I O N I S T


Mum was right after all – eating your greens is crucial in providing other essential vitamins. However, putting together a balanced meal in winter can be challenging when tomatoes cost the earth, the lettuce growing in your garden has stalled entirely, and avocados – well, we won’t go there. Emily says we can add nutritional value to winter stews and soups by being a bit clever about what goes into them. These sorts of hearty meals are as nourishing as they are comforting because liquid from the cooked vegetables, full of water-soluble nutrients, is retained in the sauce. For this reason, Emily warns against over-cooking vegetables and then throwing away the green water, not only because limp, brown broccoli is entirely unappealing, but because so much of their nutritional value is literally washed away. People tend to skimp on vegetables in winter, she says, which is exactly when we need the extra immune support. “In winter we crave hearty meals like soups, stews and bangers-and-mash but they can often lack colourful vegetables. These vegetables have a range of things such as antioxidants that help our immunity by increasing white blood cells.” Plentiful and affordable vegetables include spinach, silver beet, pumpkin and canned tomatoes, which can all be worked into a soup or stew. The canned tomatoes, says Emily, contain higher levels of lycopene, an antioxidant, than raw tomatoes, increasing

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their nutritional value and at the same time providing vitamin C within a meal to absorb other helpful vitamins. Colourful foods not only look tempting, but support against infection and provide vitamin C, which promotes iron absorption, which in turn provides energy and immunity. On the list of options are beef and lamb, organ meats, mussels and oysters. Plant-based foods include green vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes. However, says Emily, avoid the temptation of eating your meal while cosying up with a pot of tea because, as wonderful and warm as that sounds, tea and coffee prevent our body from absorbing iron, so aim to wait at least an hour before having a cuppa. Winter vegetables don’t need to break the budget, and Emily suggests finding budget-friendly vegetables at farm-gate sales and buying as seasonally as possible, then looking for ideas on how to use those vegetables in different ways. “There’s enough inspiration around,

such as The Homegrown Kitchen, for people to try different things. The wholesome, seasonal approach to food is economical and family-friendly.”


In winter, many of us tend to retreat inside, seeking warmth, comfort and often relief from aches and pains brought on by the cold. Seeing a chiropractor may be the answer to some of these qualms. Dr Adam Mokhtar and Dr Chelsey Liew, from Nelson’s Loveday Clinic, say that at this time of year they often see people feeling ‘a little bit under the weather’ and complaining of the seasonal blues. Even if the problem isn’t entirely clear to the patient, who just feels generally unwell, it’s still important to get checked and, if necessary, ‘adjusted’, the pair say. “Having a really healthy and functioning nervous system can improve your immunity,” says Chelsey. “It’s also making sure the connection between the brain and the body is 51

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“Most of the transference is through touching an object – wash your hands regularly.” B R I A N P OW E L L , P H A R M A C I S T

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functioning well, and when that happens, the whole body improves, and you can feel better.” Chiropractic treatments can affect the whole body, not just the spine, in a positive way, and can help to reduce stress. Patients are often surprised at what a treatment can achieve in terms of their feeling of well-being, and the relief it can provide for winter joint aches, Chelsey adds. Adam says another common winter problem arises from sports such as rugby and netball, which cause their fair share of injuries. “Concrete is still pretty hard in the wintertime.” Dr Andrew Morgan, an emergency medicine specialist with the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, says hospitals often see an influx of acutely ill people during winter, and the pressure on emergency departments is exacerbated by these winter sport sprains and strains. With both Nelson and Wairau Hospitals already reporting a shortage of beds this season, Andrew says the best thing for these types of injuries is to ‘rest, elevate the limb and apply ice to the injury’. More often than not, that will ease swelling and pain. Another, perhaps surprising, concern is that according to DHB figures, about 670 people aged over 50 are hospitalised each year in NelsonMarlborough after a fall. One way to avoid this injury is to make sure the outside of your property is safe by raking leaves and clearing moss off pathways and decks – and while you’re there, you can increase that all-important vitamin D intake.


These days, people have plenty of options when it comes to healthcare, from acupuncture to aromatherapy and osteopaths, and for winter ailments, of course, there’s also the pharmacy. Poswillo’s Pharmacy owner Brian Powell, of Blenheim, says his business can be a stepping stone before the GP. Seasonal ailments that his staff can often help with include coughs and colds, congestion, dry skin, cracked lips, eczema and hay fever, ‘which seems to be perennial now’. Some pharmacies also offer flu shots – free for those over 65, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions. Brian says pharmacies also provide

the normal over-the-counter relief such as painkillers or decongestants, but also preventive advice and products such as herbal and olive leaf products or immuneboosting vitamin C. He warns people to seek advice before taking over-the-counter medication, as some people inadvertently take paracetamol along with a cold and flu tablet that already contains this ingredient. “They may not realise it’s already in there, and that could harm your liver.” People should be sensible and take their own preventive steps during cold and flu season, he says. If someone in the household is sick, clean handles, benches and have alcohol hand-sanitisers available. “Most of the transference is through touching an object – wash your hands regularly.” Brian says staff will not hesitate to refer someone to a GP if they suspect a more serious problem, and will even book appointments for people who are hesitant about doing so.

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“Food is meant to make us feel better, and a lot of people forget that.” E M I LY H O P E , N U T R I T I O N I S T


Staying healthy in winter means enjoying what the season has to offer. And although healthy eating is an important part of that, Emily says there’s no reason to avoid the odd winter treat, particularly home baking. Just don’t eat a huge slice of cake before dinner so you miss out on your nutritious casserole, she says. “Food is meant to make us feel better, and a lot of people forget that. It’s fuel and it becomes us and makes you feel better. Sometimes we’re so busy we forget to reflect on that.”


Experts advise drinking at least eight glasses of water each day and this includes the winter months. If cold water is unappealing, then try boiled water with a slice of lemon. The moisture will also help make mucous membranes, including those in your sinuses, more resistant to bacteria. And don’t forget to moisturise your skin to protect it from the harsher elements. Regular sleep is vital to staying healthy so make the most of cold, wet weekends to tuck up snugly inside, sleep late and rest up. If you’re run-down you’re more likely to get sick. Winter is also a good time to quit smoking. Smokers are far more susceptible to upper respiratory infections which are more prevalent in the colder months. Seek help and enjoy clean fresh air at the end of it.


Mould is one of the modern-day nasties and not something anyone wants in their home or workplace. Mould can trigger nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, respiratory infections and worsen asthma and allergic conditions. Don’t just spring clean, winter clean too and regularly, and if you have a mould problem deal with it. One simple solution is to mix one litre of water with half a cup of bleach and use this to scrub away any mould. Wipe the surfaces but don’t rinse them. 54

Spice up your meals Healthy winter eating ideas from nutritionist Emily Hope: Free-range eggs with onion, garlic, chopped pumpkin and a can of chickpeas, with steamed broccoli and scattered almonds. Chicken curry with rice: Add peas, broccoli and frozen green vegetables. Pumpkin soup, adding cannelloni beans before you blitz it to make it thick and creamy. Bangers-and-mash with broccoli and carrots cooked with butter, lemon

juice and sesame seeds and perhaps some home-made onion gravy. Slow-cooked beef cheeks: Chop in carrots, swede and spinach, letting the liquid from these vegetables become part of the sauce. Pizza topped with a variety of vegetables. Options include making parsley pesto (especially if you have it growing in the garden), or use a cauliflower crust.


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wo young chiropractors have created a unique and successful fusion of the old and the new at Nelson’s oldest chiropractic practice, the Loveday Clinic. Dr Adam Mokhtar and Dr Chelsey Liew both bring a modern approach to chiropractic health that is backed by the latest research and developments, but they also have had the benefits of learning proven, more traditional methods from those who came before. Adam, who grew up in Nelson, completed his Bachelor of Chiropractic in Auckland before returning to his home town mid-2015 to begin work at the Loveday Clinic, a chiropractic and natural health centre on Collingwood St. He worked for the Loveday Clinic’s then-owner, John Loveday, before the two switched roles when Adam bought the business in August last year. John had owned the practice - which was originally opened in the 1970s by Dr Robert Clifford - for 17 years. Adam says his time with John was extremely valuable as he merged modern chiropractic techniques which he learned during his degree with his mentor’s experienced approach. “He’s had 44 years of experience, and he mentored me to take over the clinic.

From him I basically gained an extra degree. Now, what we do is 100 percent mixing the old with the new, and we’re still continuing to seek cutting-edge information by attending various seminars and conferences. To give the best to our patients, we need to keep on learning.” Chelsey joined her partner Adam in November last year, a week after completing her Bachelor of Chiropractic degree in Auckland, just in time to see John work out his last days.

“To give the best to our patients, we need to keep on learning.” One of the first changes they made at the Loveday Clinic was to digitise their records, a departure from John’s handwritten patient notes, which has streamlined the system ‘for our amazing chiropractic assistants Joan and Michelle, as well as for our patients’. Joan has been at the practice for eight years and Michelle for almost one year. “They help us help the people we serve.” Adam, 27, says he is proud that he and Chelsey, 23, are able to continue the Loveday Clinic’s strong reputation for proven, effective treatments, so early in

their careers. “We’ve taken over a business that’s been here for about 50 years or so, so there’s a lot of people who come in because they know it works.” While some patients come in to have specific injuries or issues looked at, others come in for what Adam calls ‘maintenance and wellness care’. “They all say, ‘I’m just here for a tune up’, and that is actually very important. By looking after the spine and the nervous system, we make sure they’re functioning and healing correctly.” Adam says that as a health professional, valuing the individual needs of each patient is key to helping them achieve the health and wellness they deserve. That means not only performing chiropractic adjustments, but also supporting and educating patients about what’s going on in their bodies and why. “It’s about taking a holistic approach to health and wellness.”

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he multimillion-dollar upgrades currently being implemented at Kaituna Sawmill near Blenheim are a resounding endorsement for the sawmill’s engaged and committed team. Kaituna Sawmill is the wood processing asset owned by Nelson Forests Ltd (NFL). NFL itself is owned by Global Forest Partners (GFP), an investment company based in the USA. The sawmill provides 65 full-time equivalent roles. Kaituna produces some very innovative, high-quality timber products for an extremely competitive global market but, for a number of years, the sawmill has struggled to achieve consistent, year-round energy production using its existing wood-drying technology. Unpredictable drying conditions made managing production consistency 64

and quality of output from the mill challenging. The bottom line was that the sawmill needed to upgrade its plant, but such an upgrade comes with a hefty price tag. Four years ago, it was clear to General Manager Darrell O’Brien that changes were needed. A LEAN* approach was already being applied to operations within the business, and O’Brien decided to take this one step further and implement a LEAN programme

“A quantum leap in production capability was required” DAR R E LL O ’ B R I E N , G E N E R AL MANAG E R

that focused on the sawmill team. Every year since then, six employees from the sawmill have been sent to Japan to learn more about LEAN and how its principles can be applied in their roles and the working environment in general. At a cost of $20,000 per person to make this trip, this is no modest undertaking. “As a result of LEAN thinking, the team here have provided 700–800 Kaizen (improvement ideas), most of which have been implemented,” says Darrell. “These ideas have made a compounding, tangible difference to our operation and we have been able to see the benefits of these low-cost improvements. However, we had arrived at a point where a quantum leap in production capability was required. The way to do this was by introducing new processing technology.” At the same time, Projects Manager


“The new kiln has meant that a fresh approach is needed” SHANE JOHNSON, D RY M I L L M A N A G E R

Bryan Phillips and Darrell O’Brien himself were visiting other sites in New Zealand and Europe to investigate alternative plant with a view to proposing large-scale improvements at Kaituna. “When we sought a significant investment from GFP to bring the sawmill up to a competitive and consistent standard within the rapidly changing global marketplace, we weren’t sure what kind of reaction we would get,” says Darrell. “However, having seen what the people at the sawmill had already achieved, GFP believed in the team’s commitment to the business and its ability to deliver a measurable return on their investment.” Since receiving the green light for the project, which is known as Project Emerald, a state-of-the-art Polytechnik 4MW biomass-fired energy centre and a Windsor continuous drying kiln (CDK) have been installed and commissioned. Phase two of the project, set down for later this year, will involve the installation of a new Wienig planer sourced from Germany, and upgrades to the green mill side of the business, such as a new horizontal saw. In total, the project scope represents a $15 million investment. Only weeks after the commissioning of the new energy centre and kiln, it is clear that GFP’s faith in the team at Kaituna is being rewarded. Dry Mill Manager Shane Johnson is particularly noticing the positive change in his area of operation, which traditionally struggled to maintain a

ABOVE Dry Mill Manager Shane Johnson (left) and Kaituna Sawmill Projects Manager Bryan Phillips LEFT General Manager Darrell O’Brien looks at the Polytechnik energy centre BELOW Product comes out of the Windsor continuous drying kiln

consistent production flow, especially during the winter months. “The new energy centre burns wet and dry fuel and runs at a constant temperature,” says Shane, “which gives us the ability to plan more accurately and to manage our product flow. “Products are coming out of the new kiln at a consistent dryness and as a result they’re a lot straighter. That means a huge reduction in deviation in the boards. It used to be that around 10 percent of a run wouldn’t be straight enough to go through the planer accurately, possibly 30m3 in a batch, now it’s less than 0.5m3, or around 12 to 15 boards per run. In an industry where getting maximum value out of each log is crucial, improvements such as this are

hugely significant.” Work flow has also markedly improved. “With the new kiln, we can accurately predict when the product is going to come out. It takes an hour to set up a planer, but with such a consistent and predictable flow of wood, those changeovers can be planned for and set up ahead of time. Previously, we would open the kiln and it would take four to six hours for the timber to cool down so that we could plane it. Now it’s already gone through the cooling-down process when it exits the continuous drying kiln and we can run it straight through the planer.” The new kiln has meant that a fresh approach is needed, says Shane. “I’ve been working for this company



Polytechnik engineer Marcin Maczollek (left) and Boiler and Kilns Team Leader Don Boon

for 15 years and we’ve been set in a way of doing stuff because we’ve had to. Now it’s a new beginning and we’re starting to get our head around it. It’s only taken us probably a month of trial and error.

“You have to keep the gear in to keep up with the industry or else you get swallowed up” DON BOON, B O I LE R & K I LN S T E AM LE AD E R

“There are some really good minds working here that have nutted it out. The problems we used to focus on aren’t there anymore. It’s a real game changer. It’s enjoyable to have change like that, especially when you’re like me and you’ve been in a business for so long. It’s nice to have change. It makes it a bit more diverse so you’re not stuck in a rut. You’ve got something new to think about every day, which is good. It’s a challenge.” Boiler and Kilns Team Leader Don Boon agrees. Standing beside the impressive and beautifully designed Polytechnik energy centre, Don almost seems astonished to find himself in such a setting after 28 years working at Kaituna. “When I first saw it, I thought ‘Heavens, an old codger like me, hell, 66

how am I going to get my head around this?’ It’s still a learning curve, but it’s brilliant, aye!” Don is acutely aware of the responsibility he and his team have to make the new technology pay its way. “Now they’ve given it to us we’ve got to make it pay. We’ve got to make it work, and we do. That’s what it’s about. I’m very proud of it. To me this is what we should have had 10 years ago. You have to keep the gear in to keep up with the industry or else you get swallowed up.” Projects Manager for Kaituna Sawmill, Bryan Phillips, has managed the project in-house and has the relaxed smile of a man who is seeing what he has envisioned producing benefits. “Bryan has done a stunning job of planning and executing the projects,” says Darrell. Bryan explains that the energy centre itself will result in a saving of $500,000 per annum in fuel because the sawmill can now produce all the steam energy it requires using wood residues from its own sawmill operation, rather than having to buy in non-renewable oil and other fuel. The continuous drying kiln also results in a 30 percent energy saving compared with the previous batch kilns. “We had carefully researched other operations for years,” says Bryan. “We wanted a solution that reduced emissions and provided the energy output we needed. We’ve replaced a 4.7MW boiler with a 4MW boiler but it’s producing more energy. There were two

tonnes of refractory bricks in the old steam boiler compared with 90 tonnes in the new boiler.” One measure of how efficient the new boiler is can be seen in its ash production. “In two months of operation we’ve had about one and a half ash bins,” says Bryan. “Previously, there was about a wheelbarrowful every day.” For many people, like Bryan, who have been working at Kaituna Sawmill for a number of years, the improvements they are now seeing have been longanticipated and are deeply satisfying. “If you don’t keep up with technology you’re not going to survive in the long term,” says Bryan. “I’ve looked forward to this for a long time. Customers will notice a change.” “This project is an investment in our people and it provides commercial viability of our business into the future,” says Darrell, “and the ongoing success of this business is directly important for the local community.” The sawmill team won’t be resting on its laurels, however, even when the next phase of the project is complete. The search for continuous improvement is a constant at Kaituna Mill. “Since I’ve been here we haven’t stopped,” says Darrell. “When we complete this project, we will have the satisfaction that we’ve got through the upset


ABOVE Kaituna Sawmill BELOW Boiler and Kilns Team Leader Don Boon looks at the furnace in the Polytechnik energy centre

conditions that projects like this bring and we’ll feel great about the improvements, but we won’t be taking a big breather and feeling like it’s all over. We’ll be focusing on driving the business consistently and looking at the next improvements for the operation of the business. “That’s the way business is, really. You’re constantly looking to improve. In

any business, if you sit on your laurels and don’t put yourself out there, you just come to a stop. We need to remain very focused on our capabilities and opportunities to improve and the ideas that come from our people. Engagement, training, and people wanting to be here, they’re very important in our business, and to me.”

KEY IMPROVEMENTS: A Polytechnik energy centre burns wet sawdust and shavings and produces energy more efficiently and with lower emissions, and will save $500k per annum on fuel costs, including eliminating the need to buy $200k per annum of non-renewable oil. A Windsor continuous drying kiln provides more consistent and predictable drying, and produces timber that is straighter and easier to plane (reducing wear and tear on planer blades), with a greatly reduced number of rejected boards. *LEAN is an approach to manufacturing and business processes that originated at Toyota in Japan. The approach looks to limit “waste” in processes and increase value by identifying and implementing often small but inherently valuable and measurable changes within a business.

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ichael Voerman and Yvonna Hofsteede get a huge buzz every morning when they wake and stroll through their Redwood Valley home. “It’s a real joy to live in. We couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome,” says Michael. Designed by David Jerram, of Jerram Tocker Barron Architects, and built by Foothold Developments, the house, which was finished in 2010, is the culmination of copious amounts of planning. Six years on, the couple say it continues to exceed their expectations – and they would happily go through the whole process again using the same team. Plans for the house began while the couple were living and working in Singapore. The design process alone took more than two years, involving lots of emails and telephone calls. Yvonna says they’ve been fortunate to live in a number of houses of varying style, “so we had firm ideas about what we wanted. Using an architect elevated our house-plan dreams into a home.” Michael says they presented David with a scrapbook full of ideas, sketches and photographs, along with an extensive written brief. “Given our design aspirations and expectations, we really needed the skill of an architect to shape the final outcome, and somehow he managed to tie everything together.” The house is designed to maximise views and light, and to link the indoor living spaces to sheltered outdoor areas. A feature is the covered veranda, which is accessed from all the living areas. The layout is open and flows from one area to another, which means sunlight floods the house. With its angled roofline, horizontal cedar weatherboards, schist cladding and extensive use of glass, it looks as if it was finished yesterday. “That was our intention – we wanted a timeless design,” says Yvonna. “We were influenced heavily by European styles but hope we’ve created a contemporary New Zealand home that will still look classic in 10 years.” When it won a best home award in the WildTomato 2011 architecture awards, judge Sir Michael Fowler commented that the house sat particularly well with the landscape.

“He really liked the way it blended in, and that was key for us too,” Yvonna says. “We wanted to connect with the outdoors and that’s why we went for one level.” The schist, used inside and out, came from Otago and the couple credit stonemason Michael van Dillen for sourcing the stone and its precision-laying. The floors are American oak, finished with oil rather than polyurethane. Colour is used daringly throughout the house as the couple say they enjoy the contrast, particularly orange and green – and even purple in their bedroom. Michael says they’ve lived in a lot of houses with plain colour schemes and poor lighting. “We felt 69


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Central Otago schist is a feature in the living room Elegant finishing touches add rustic charm The eye-catching granite island bench in the light-filled kitchen American oak timber floors add warmth and character Recessed shelving allows mementos to be beautifully displayed






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that injecting some quite strong and warm colours made for daring contrasts.” Lighting was done by Stephanie Millar and is a key feature in the house. “Great lighting really enhances the look and feel of furnishings and feature walls,” Michael adds. With the design process taking so long, the couple felt they had the house they wanted and therefore there was little to be changed during the build, for which they were on site. “I wanted to be here for the build and we arrived after the foundations were laid and we were on site most days,” says Michael. “We felt we had a very good level of involvement but also had a great project management and build team. We’d definitely build again with the same team.”




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olly Parton and Great Dixter may seem like an odd couple, but Fergus Garrett turns to the country singer to describe the illusion of effortlessness in his worldfamous Sussex garden. “She said, ‘It costs a lot of money to look this cheap’,” laughs the man who guides Great Dixter’s multitude of borders, meadows, walled gardens and ponds. “It’s the same with the garden. It is the most difficult style of gardening to make it look natural.” Dixter is an extraordinary garden in perpetual motion, where various ‘rooms’ are planted in vibrant seasonal layers, with nature’s patterns mimicked by ornamental plants. Placements are not equidistant and ‘naturally’ shift from low density to high, the odd weed is judiciously introduced and an occasional plant jumps the path, in a beautiful homage to both nature and gardening. That translation of the wild is just one of the subjects Fergus will cover when he visits New Zealand in November as a highlight of the Nelmac Garden Marlborough programme. As well as managing a multitude of gardens, Fergus and his team grow plants from seeds and cuttings, make their own compost, change the large and flamboyant pot displays at the front door of the historic Great Dixter house every fortnight, and constantly explore new possibilities. He says they are always learning from their experiments, 74

and ‘bringing new stuff to the horticultural table all the time’. That’s a service to gardening, and ensures they never get bored growing the same plant year after year. As an example, Fergus talks of pairing the red Ladybird poppy with white Orlaya grandiflora, which may be successful, but is one of ‘umpteen’ possible partners for the poppy, including sky-blue Cynoglossum and sunny calendula. “Each time you do that you learn something about how you handle those plants, but actually you are creating a new picture, which is quite exciting,” he says. “If we were just maintaining that garden, with perfect stripes on the lawns and perfect hedges, and making sure the roses were disease-free, that’s perfectly valid and great – but it doesn’t keep the artistic juice flowing.” Chemical sprays have been little-used at Dixter over the past 20 years. “We are as rich as any wildlife reserve in Britain, and in fact richer in many ways,” says Fergus. “We have an integrated management system for biodiversity and for targeting those rare species that are throughout the garden, whether it’s 400 species of spiders or whether it’s 500 species of macromoth or the 17 of the 22 species of bumblebee in the UK, and so on and so on.” That allows Dixter to embrace conservation and ecology at the same time as it celebrates gardening, bringing those two worlds closer together. “When you talk to an ecologist and you

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ichelle Robinson and Maree Boyce love the beautiful things in life. Being the Nelson representatives for personalised gift company Recognise & Reward means they can indulge in their passion at any time. Recognise & Reward is a one-stop solution company that specialises in providing beautifully wrapped and packaged gifts to customers – personal as well as corporate clients. The gifts range from pre-selected gift boxes and bottles of wine to personal items such as diaries and photo frames. Complementing the gifts is an extensive range of company-branded merchandise such as pens, notebooks and umbrellas and apparel including casual, sportswear and uniforms. Michelle was impressed by the beautiful presentation of the gifts when she first heard of the company. She met company founder Angela Pile and after a discussion she realised there was an opportunity for her to become part of the brand in Nelson. “I have always loved beautiful things,” she says. “I previously owned a hairdressing salon and I guess I like making people feel good.” Michelle was keen to work with

Maree Boyce so the pair teamed up to run the Top of the South arm of the company. “We wanted a business that was something we would enjoy doing and this really is a one stop gift shop,” says Michelle. Recognise & Reward provides a huge range of products and was set up by Angela Pile and Gary Adam who both had long careers in the corporate world. The pair came to understand that regular contact with clients and staff was important, but often people were too busy to provide a gift, or unsure about the appropriate gift to say thank you, so they set up Recognise & Reward. Customers can browse online, choose an appropriate gift from a huge selection and nominate the recipient. The gift is then sourced, beautifully gift-wrapped and delivered. Clients are encouraged, and most do, to make direct contact to talk through gift options – this personal engagement is a key point of service difference that Recognise & Reward offers. For Maree, the opportunity to be involved was huge. “I have an absolute eye for the niceties of life and there was plenty of appeal for the products and the way they are presented,” she said. It’s a new role for her after 37 years

in administration. “It’s an open window for us,” she says. “Big companies often look after their staff members at the end of the year with a bonus, and people need to be recognised and rewarded for their work then and during the year, and that’s where we come in.” Michelle and Maree say presentation is key and the company prides itself on hand wrapping gifts, complete with ribbon and a personalised note. As well as providing gifts to businesses and the corporate world, Recognise & Reward has a gift registry to take the pain out of buying a wedding, engagement or even a birthday present. The recipient can browse a range of gifts and make a wish list that can be shared with friends and family. Michelle and Maree are very excited about the future opportunities with their new venture.

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Baked apples with gingernut crumble Baked apples are possibly the quintessential winter dessert. The key to getting the ‘gingernut’ flavour for the crumble filling is to use a dark sugar as it contains molasses to add a burnt caramel-like flavour. Dark muscovado or brown sugar both work well in this recipe. I would also recommend using a good old-fashioned cooking apple. Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Russet (my favourite) are ideal for baking, as their flesh melts and softens beautifully in the heat of the oven. Check out the farmers’ market stalls for heritage apples, asking the growers what they recommend for cooking.


Ingredients 6 Granny Smith apples (or other variety suitable for baking) 1/4 cup dark muscovado or brown sugar 50g cold butter 1/2 cup rolled oats 1/3 cup desiccated coconut 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Pinch of salt Serves 6 Directions Preheat oven to 180°C. Wash the apples and use an apple corer to remove the cores, leaving 1.5cm-wide holes. Run a knife around the belly of each apple so the skin can break cleanly during cooking, rather than burst. To make the crumble filling, place the remaining ingredients in a food processor and pulse a dozen times to create a lumpy texture that holds together when squeezed. Pack the crumble mixture firmly into the apple cavities and mound any extra on top. Pack the apples snuggly in a baking dish and cover with a lid or baking paper. Bake for 35-45 minutes until the apples are soft – use a small knife to check they are tender throughout. Note: the cooking time will vary depending on the apple variety used. Serve warm with runny cream or a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.



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am always surprised that in Nelson the cost of a meal at a ‘top’ restaurant is roughly the same as the cost of a meal at mid-range or ho-hum establishments. In bigger cities or overseas, if you want to try top-shelf restaurants, you usually have to get permission from your bank manager. Mrs F and I, on a filthy, wet night, chose to celebrate her birthday at the Boat Shed Café on Wakefield Quay. The rain was of such biblical proportions that we both looked like drowned rats when we entered the restaurant. I even contemplated removing my trousers as I dripped onto the floor. The interior of the Boat Shed has such a welcoming and almost homely atmosphere that I soon forgot my soggy state. I have admired Daniel Monopoli’s food

style for some time. It is down-to-earth, super-fresh with simple combinations, and beautifully cooked. No puffery or overly clever posturing with his dishes. It is honest food. I started with seafood soup consisting of John Dory, mussels, cockles, potatoes and cream ($20.50). Starting with a chowder-type soup can be a risk. I’ve had ones that were like fish-flavoured wallpaper paste and left me completely full. This was not one of those. It was delicious, yet enough to leave room for a main. The birthday girl had pan-fried haloumi with apple, cucumber, pomegranate, spiced yoghurt and za’atar ($14.50). She described it as ‘fabulous’. Mind you, after a pre-restaurant bottle of Perrier Jouet champagne, I think

everything was fabulous. It did look good, though. My main course of lamb rump with grilled eggplant, hummus and spiced yoghurt sauce ($32.50) was cooked perfectly. The effervescent Mrs F had duck breast with pea puree, crispy prosciutto, orange, spiced figs, endive and cress ($35.50). Not relying entirely on Mrs F’s critiquing abilities, I tried her dish. It was a great combination, cooked, as only duck can be, pink. An enviable dish. The wine list here is top-notch. Not huge but very well thought out. Complementing the food at the Boat Shed is the service: professional, organised and unobtrusive. It is friendly without the ‘Hi-guys-my-name-is-Bradare-ewes-ready-to-order’ type of overcasualness. Glasses were changed, bottles presented, tasting portions offered. Thank heavens for some correct service. If you can’t make up your mind, try ‘Trust the chef’ – a series of dishes chosen for you, designed to complement each other. The Boat Shed Café is a quality Nelson restaurant and, considering the food, ambience, service, wine and views, it represents excellent value for money. For roughly the same price as a number of other restaurants in town, you will dine in an establishment where the staff, both front-of-house and in the kitchen, really care about what they are presenting. My only suggestion is perhaps they could stock a pair of complimentary trousers for overly waterlogged guests.

The Boat Shed Café Cost: $160 for two, 2 courses each with a good bottle of wine Value for money: Food: Atmosphere: Service:

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Winemaker casts a wide shadow B Y P H I L L I P R E AY


ou may never have met Patrick Stowe, or even heard his name before, but if you drink Nelson wines it would be a fair bet you’ve come in contact with him, or at least his wines. Apart from being the owner of Rimu Grove Winery and Mapua’s Rimu Grove Wine Bar, Patrick is a contract winemaker. He makes wine for as many as 20 clients. Some are wineries and some just smallvineyard owners who want their vines to produce wine for their own personal use. Born in the United States, Patrick is from Napa Valley, where wine is the number one industry. His family originally had vineyards, so wine was very much part of his upbringing. He made his first wine when he was 16 using his girlfriend’s parents’ winery and producing a Zinfandel red wine that, legally, he couldn’t drink because of his tender years. Patrick originally considered a medical vocation but the lure of soccer meant he couldn’t devote enough time to his studies. So he moved sideways

into the pharmaceutical business. However, his first love is wine and after a backpacking trip to New Zealand in 1990 he decided to buy some land in Tasman and go into the wine business. As partner Barbara says, “Patrick went from drugs to alcohol.” Thank goodness he did, because he now makes some excellent wine for his own label and others. I think I know enough of Patrick’s winemaking style that I can detect when he has had a hand in a wine. His wines are usually very expressive of varietal flavour, especially in riesling and pinot gris. That winemaking style is most evident, of course, in his own label, Rimu Grove. The quality of the fruit is the most important thing to him. All Rimu Grove fruit is handpicked and low-cropped. He manages the canopy of his vines to ensure his fruit gets to optimum ripeness and fruit concentration. Once he has the fruit quality, Patrick’s winemaking technique is relatively noninterventionist. As an example, the Rimu

Grove Chardonnay is pressed and placed into a barrel where wild yeast starts the fermentation. He then allows it to go through natural malolactic fermentation, a bit of clarification, and the wine is complete. By not messing with the wine, you allow the grapes’ varietal flavour and terroir to shine through. A great way to see this is to go to Rimu Grove Wine Bar in Mapua and ask for their tasting tree – a small metal ‘tree’ that holds tasting glasses. You apparently start at the top and drink your way down. I had a selection of Rimu Grove wines on the ‘tree’; all top wines but for me three were outstanding: The 2014 Riesling is in the German style with fantastic acid balance and the classic green apple notes. The 2012 Pinot Gris has to be one of the best I’ve had from Nelson; classic pears in a bottle. But his 2015 Synergy Pinot Noir is just incredible. Still young, yet it has all the bells and whistles needed to be a great wine now and a knock-out wine down the track.



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Beer, there and everywhere BY MARK PREECE


he humble pub crawl has been taken to the next level by a new travel book, Global Beer Tour. Lonely Planet scoured 33 countries in five continents, handpicking their top breweries from each, including Renaissance and Moa Brewing in New Zealand. The book follows Lonely Planet’s classic travel guide style, with a simple heads-up to the local lingo, like the Kiwi abbreviation of ‘Cheers bro’ – ‘Chur’, and instructions on keeping your beer cold in a chilly bin (pronounced ‘chully bun’). Lonely Planet discusses each brewery in detail, then adds other things to do nearby, such as The Mussel Inn, Abel Tasman National Park and Omaka Heritage Aviation Centre in the top of the South Island. The global brewery tour is broken by a page or two devoted to ‘marriages made in heaven’ when it comes to beer and food matches. One example is salt and pepper squid with Anchor Steam. “It’s the ultimate Vietnamese beer food: crispy, starch-battered, fried squid with chilli, coriander, five spice, white pepper and salt, and settling the palate with an ice-cold Anchor Steam to slice through the grease is a genuine summertime pleasure,” they say. To settle your stomach between countries, there’s a couple of pages on hangover cures. The usual suspects are mentioned: Berocca and hair of the dog, and even a Polish remedy, pickle juice. My favourite is introduced with the notion that ‘some hangover cures work on the principle that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’. They recommend you slam down the prairie oyster – a raw egg dressed with salt, pepper, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce – so that it stays put. If you’re not heading overseas on a global pub crawl, the Lonely Planet team have picked the top five brews of each country. Here are their picks for New Zealand: 8 Wired’s HopWired I.P.A., 7.3% ABV. They say: “Hopwired was one of the first, true ‘new world’ IPAs made exclusively with unique NZ hops. Although there is plenty of malt sweetness, this beer is all

about the hops. Punchy, aggressive, New Zealand hops that all add up to create wonderful, tropical flavours and aromas.” Renaissance’s Elemental Porter, 6.0% ABV. They say: “Brewed in the modern ‘robust’ style, Elemental Porter is a rich, full-bodied brew with plenty of dry, dark chocolate and roasty malt flavours that gradually give way to a cleansing hop-driven finish.” Garage Project’s Death From Above, 7.5% ABV. They say: “Have you ever tried a Vietnamese mango and chilli salad? If you haven’t, you might be missing out on a life-changing experience. A fusion of American-style pale ale and South-East Asian flavours of mango, lime, Vietnamese mint and chilli. This a beer of harmony, not of conflict.”

Epic’s Hop Zombie, 8.5% ABV. They say: “Hops have taken over the world. Permeated the senses of the minions. Hop Zombies now roam the streets. Lupulin ichor oozing from ravaged legions. Gorging, gouging, masticating. Salivating over insane hop flavours and aromas. The time is nigh. No more festering away in hopless oblivion. Join the Hop Zombie Revolution.” Tuatara Brewing’s Tu-Rye-Ay Midnight Rye I.P.A., 7.5% ABV. They say: “We’ve taken a classic American pale ale and added some backing singers to create a beer with a darkly roasted, robust body. Rich chocolate and caramel malts mixed with spicy rye and Amarillo hops.” 81


All aboard for a stunner B Y A M A N D A R A D O VA N O V I C H


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Golden opportunity in quake rebuild BY SOPHIE PREECE


he timing couldn’t be better for a cycle and walking trail from the Marlborough Sounds to Christchurch, says Coastal Pacific Trail working group member Cynthia Stoks. She is part of a cross-sector, cross-region team who are adamant the rebuild of State Highway 1 between Blenheim and Kaikoura after last November’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake makes the trail’s development a no-brainer. “This is the opportunity for now. It’s economic recovery, it’s leveraging on the work that’s being done for the rebuild, and it’s good for the people of the region to know there is something to look forward to. That’s why we are doing this with urgency.” The working party, which will soon morph into a trust, represents the Marlborough and Kaikoura regions, but is also liaising with Hurunui District which is making good headway with its own Heartland Cycle Tour. Cynthia says five districts are working together to provide a seamless trail between Ship Cove in Queen Charlotte Sound and Cathedral Square in Christchurch. Sank MacFarlane, who owns The Store in Kekerengu, says the trail will provide ‘an enormous opportunity’ 84

for small townships along the way, as well as farmers who can diversify into tourism activities. Riding the Central Otago Rail Trail at Easter, along with his partner, two children and 3000 other cyclists, gave him insight into the extent of those opportunities. Along the way he saw the enormous impact the track has had on the rural areas it traverses, along with the wider province. “Some of these small towns would have disappeared off the map many years ago if the trail hadn’t been established.” Instead, accommodation was full, pubs and cafés were packed and the region was humming. That’s the kind of boost Marlborough’s East Coast communities need following the earthquake, Sank says. “There are a lot of people who lost their jobs and livelihoods and this will create jobs and opportunities for people.” He also sees flow-on benefits for Picton and Blenheim, at the beginning or end of the journey. Sank says the Coastal Pacific Trail is a definite silver lining to the earthquake’s destruction, as it could never have gone ahead otherwise on the winding and narrow Kaikoura coastline road. “It would have been far too

dangerous, so that was the key thing to starting this up.” The group has lobbied the government for consideration in the rebuild plans, and has applied to the Marlborough District Council for funding to get started. The course of the trail has yet to be determined, but the group plans to incorporate ‘offshoots and day-trips’ so that cyclists see far more than the main track, and do far more than cycle. “Instead of just cycling through Seddon or Ward or Kekerengu, you might actually stop and spend a day there or two days there, and do some activities,” Sank says. “After the earthquake, it’s a shining light for some people. There is potentially some opportunity and not all doom and gloom.”

“Some of these small towns would have disappeared off the map many years ago if the trail hadn’t been established.”


A boat fit for royalty BY STEVE THOMAS


was told recently told by a rather mouthy millennial that middle-aged white guys (like me) are out of touch with reality. Why so? Well for starters, the impulsive millennial said, middle-aged white guys enjoy silly, mind-numbing TV programmes like Top Gear. I will admit to that. I have a soft spot for this show and its middle-aged white-guy presenters. Apart from being funny, they are slightly crazy. Each episode, the chief middle-aged white guy, Jeremy Clarkson, would introduce their crash-helmeted anonymous test driver, The Stig. It always started with the phrase, ‘Some say’. “Some say that he lives in a tree, and that his sweat can be used to clean precious metals. All we know is that he’s called The Stig.” Excellent. The French have an ageing middleaged but not very funny white guy by the name of Bernard Arnault who’s done rather well in life. I suspect he’s not a big Top Gear fan, but like the show or not, he certainly would admire their rating success. Mr Arnault is CEO and chairman of the largest luxury goods conglomerate in the world today, LVMH. The company has 60 subsidiaries, all trading individually – Louis Vuitton, Moet, Chandon, Hennessy, Christian Dior, Tag Heuer to name but a few. You get the picture. Big dollars. So, we steer this onto the subject of boats. Mr Arnault has an eye for opportunity. In 2008 he purchased a majority stake in renowned English boat brand Princess Yachts. It cost him a cool £200 million. Some might say Mr Arnault was crazier than a dog in a hubcap factory

but he saw a good opportunity and took it. At the time, Princess Yachts employed about 2000 staff at its base in Plymouth. Today the company is expanding further, recently investing £55 million in a new range of luxury boats while taking on 100 extra staff. Safe to say the luxury boat market is booming. Back in Nelson, we are also seeing the top end of the market showing signs of growth. A recent visit to Allspec Marine’s yard on Akersten St confirmed this. Big boats were undergoing big refits. Owner Malcolm Coffey raced round the yard, cell phone in one hand and tape measure in the other. It was all go. His big project nearing completion just happened to be, surprise surprise,

a Princess 55 motor yacht. It’s been a big refit job. The boat’s owner, a Nelson businessman, bought her in Wellington last year. She was in a pretty run-down state. Allspec Marine installed two new Cummins diesel engines, fully repainted the exterior and remodelled the interior saloon, master forward cabin and galley. Standing beside this fine-looking vessel with Malcolm and hearing him describe with pride in his voice the work being done was very cool indeed. With launching-day fast approaching, you felt a sense of excitement and achievement all in one. Perhaps Mr Arnault should be invited to see the result? Middle-aged white guy heaven.

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Toyota dares to be different

This is a fabulous unit to use (with sport mode too) and along with the sharp, very predictable handling of the car, it will put a smile on the face of enthusiastic drivers.



oyota has entered a new adventurous phase with its C-HR mini-SUV, a car that is far from the staid but steady and so-reliable vehicles its reputation has been built on. At last, here’s a Toyota with real presence; daringly different and distinctive. What’s more it packs a surprisingly small – 1.2 litre – but impressive engine. C-HR stands for ‘coupe high-riding’ and that’s a neat enough summary of a car that looks ready for action, standing still. There are shades of a Paris-Dakar rally car with its aggressive stance and raised rear but, inside, it’s a revelation with its smart design, roominess and an equipment-laden tick-list. The fast-growing small SUV category is new territory for Toyota but it has arrived with a hiss and a roar with this little beauty, which stands out with its high stance, 18in alloy wheels and sharp styling incorporating a diamondshape theme. Not everyone will like the

twin rear spoilers (on roof top and hatch lid) but I reckon they lift the C-HR a notch above the competition. The step into the cabin is easy (a selling point for older buyers), the views are elevated and the seats are superbly comfortable and supportive. Here’s where you’ll start to notice the Toyota’s equipment levels, and they’re impressive. There’s a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, audio streaming and phonebook access, navigation, LED auto headlights, auto wipers, daytime running lights, reversing camera and six-speaker sound. The safety systems also stand out, with dynamic radar cruise to keep your distance from a car in front, lane departure warning, rear traffic alert and a pre-crash system that alerts of imminent collision and will apply braking force if you don’t. Headroom is excellent and, in the back, there’s a surprising amount of legroom, aided by the design of the front

seats so you can get your feet under them. The back seat folds down 60-40, giving a large flat area for your bike or golf clubs. The C-HR feels ready for action, but what about this engine of ‘only’ 1200cc? You’ll soon get your answer as the turbo-charged unit winds up. It may lack the outright power of some rivals but it is a gem of an engine, free-revving and well-matched to the continuously variable transmission (CVT). But if you want more instant urge, you can use the manual mode of the 7-speed sequential shift. This is a fabulous unit to use (with sport mode too) and along with the sharp, very predictable handling of the car, it will put a smile on the face of enthusiastic drivers. For just pottering about the CVT is excellent and noise is well suppressed from the engine bay. In both normal or Eco mode you’ll be bypassing a lot of petrol stations. For a small car, the C-HR is an amazingly relaxed cruiser on the open road. The all-wheel-drive version I tested gives a lot of driver assurance if the road is damp. In true Toyota fashion, the car has the reassuring feel of a very well bolted-together vehicle – but now you get distinctive style to go with it.

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Toyota C-HR $37,990 (FWD), $39,990 (AWD) Power: 4-cylinder, 1200cc turbocharged; CVT, seven-speed sequential transmission; 85kw @ 5200-5600rpm, 185Nm @ 1500-4000rpm Fuel economy: 6.5l/100km (AWD, combined), 6.4l/100km (FWD) Vehicle supplied by Bowater Toyota



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A passionate artist you’ve never heard of BY JOHN COHEN-DU FOUR


race Wiegand is a little-known Nelson artist, yet she has won national awards for her digital artwork. She’s undertaken commissioned illustrations for New Zealand and overseas clients. She leads art workshops and art camps for students. During this Northern Hemisphere summer she will be in the U.S. attending a six-week intensive at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. Oh, and one other thing – Grace is just 17 years old. The gifted Year 13 student at Nelson College for Girls is devoted to her art. In 2014 her budding talent was acknowledged when Grace was accepted into The Pinnacle Programme, sponsored by Hyundai NZ for gifted 15 to 18-year-olds. With only three Stage One intakes per year, usually awarded for sporting prowess, it was a major achievement. “Pinnacle has given me amazing personal growth experiences, like going on the Spirit of Adventure, and time with notable NZ advisers like Bernice Mene and Toni Street,” says Grace. “It also facilitated my connection with a local mentor, painter Sally Barron. Sally’s introduced me to the wider world of art, and art history – she’s really extending my thinking.”

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Much of Grace’s success is due to her endless enthusiasm for art. “When I applied for the Rhode Island course, which is highly competitive, I had to supply a 250-word précis about myself,” she explains. “So I just told them how it is: that art is everything to me; the gut-wrench of an existential crisis and the heartbeat of falling in love. It’s the most sublime part of this world, of life itself. I crave being immersed in creativity, and believe my full potential will be unleashed through art.” Grace is fundraising half of her course costs, further proof of her determination. “The course is in the U.S.A. so the fees are high,” she says, quickly adding, “the other half is thanks to Mum and Dad.” While comfortable with traditional painting forms, Grace focuses on the modern digital art platform, her tool of choice being Photoshop. “It’s just so easy to access,” she says. “Once you have the programme and tablet, away you go.” She finds digital art ideally suited to her current illustration artwork and sees it as the way of the future. “Art is always going through a process of change. This is just the next step.” Ironically, being young and gifted has presented Grace with one unexpected problem: the well-intentioned careers advice she often receives. “A lot of people still believe art is not a ‘real’ job, and that for me, as dux of my school, a career in creativity would be a waste – something better suited to a hobby. “But I believe creativity uses the most thinking – you come up with everything yourself.” So where to next for Grace? “I’m still figuring out what I want to do with my art. I’m hoping to organise a Nelson Youth Art Exhibition for Year 9-13 Nelson/Tasman students later this year. Beyond that, I’ve been looking at the Victoria College of Art in Australia – it’s got a very good reputation for experimental art.” Wherever Grace ends up, it’s a safe bet that the art world will sit up and take notice. If you’d like to support Grace’s Rhode Island fundraising, visit: givealittle.co.nz/cause/gg2ri








Bill Burke, Lupins, Cardrona Valley, oil, 1.6m x 1.22m, Bill Burke Gallery, Nelson, 03 546 6793, billburke.co.nz

2. Charisse Papworth, Stainless Steel Pod Earrings, Forest Fusion, Mapua wharf, 03 540 2961, forestfusion.com 3. 9 carat yellow and red gold star fish pendant with a large fresh water pearl from Benjamin Black Goldsmiths, 176 Bridge Street, Nelson, 03 546 9137, benjaminblack.co.nz 4. Steve Bellamy, Graham’s Point, acrylic on canvas, Atkins Gallery, Nelson, 03 545 6010, atkinsgallery.nz, $1,600 5. Jane Smith, Now, bring me that horizon‌. Oil painting, approx. 40cm x 30cm, Chocolate Dog Studio, Mapua, chocolatedogstudio.nz, 03 540 2007, $240



6. Kathy Williamson, Snout Track IV, Acrylic, Detour Gallery, Blenheim, detourgallery.nz, 021 254 2489, $1,150



Live music a precious joy



Manchester bombing has had repercussions music experience, and if the multiple sellout gigs being mounted worldwide, not just from those condemning by Ed Sheeran are anything to go by, there is a real demand. the loss of life, and the horrific ease with The news that Wellington is considering building a large which the suspect was able to access the perimeter of the venue is good for all who live in central New Zealand, but the venue and detonate his device, but also the impact on a new Top of the South in particular needs medium-sized venues generation of young music supporters who must now question to accommodate live contemporary music, not just from a every stadium gig as being potentially dangerous. production point of view, but also from management who ‘get it’ Of course, this impact flows on to all and are happy to encourage all genres. large entertainment gatherings, whether Promoters need to come to the party they be music, sport or even religious and start taking risks on small-town New “... shrug off those inclinations events. It is encouraging, however, to Zealand, as well as tailoring their events to towards huygge, leave your see how the human spirit prevails and an audience who may not want to go to a Milo and slippers behind, to see musicians return to venues in gig that starts at 10.00pm. support some local gigs...” defiance of cowardly terrorist activity, Gigs that start earlier in the evening such as the band Eagles of Death Metal, are becoming more popular worldwide, who returned to the very same Bataclan and understandably as the pressures of theatre in Paris that had seen the most horrific massacre of 89 modern living play out on a generation who want to work hard people in November 2015. and fit in entertainment as well. The attraction of a live event is an enduring one for young Getting people out of their homes and away from their people, but it is also something that waxes and wanes, in my screens is hard enough without the prospect of a worldwide experience. There is no question that the live music industry trend towards hygge (pronounced hoo-ge). This is a Danish and is under real threat in this country as venue operators find it Norwegian word to describe a quality of cosiness and comfortable hard to wade through walls of compliance, and a generation conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being of young Kiwis grow used to getting their kicks from a small (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture). We all screen centimetres from their noses. need to feel comfortable about experiencing live performance, That is sad because the live event is an essential rite of so shrug off those inclinations towards hygge, leave your Milo passage for young people that needs to be encouraged. In and slippers behind, support some local gigs, and get out and regional New Zealand especially, youth find it hard to get the live take in a live performance. 90


My Cousin Rachel Drama, mystery, romance Directed by Roger Michell Starring Sam Claflin, Rachel Weisz 106 minutes

The Journey 13 July | M - Offensive language | 1hr 44min



nglish author Daphne Du Maurier wrote romantic novels, like those of the Bronte sisters. Her most famous was Rebecca, which I’m guessing is about a woman named Rebecca. Another novel, oft translated into film, is My Cousin Rachel. It’s about a young man who falls in love with his older, widowed cousin by marriage. I was never attracted to my cousin. Her moustache put me off. This story would be in the genre of gothic romantic murder mystery and it goes like this: Phillip Ashley, orphaned as a child, lives with his unmarried, benevolent cousin Ambrose on an English country estate. For nearly 20 years, life is pretty good for all. Then Ambrose is forced to Italy for health reasons. While there, he meets Rachel, very possibly a gold-digger, but a fine figure of a woman. Ambrose is smitten and marries her. Before he can say, ‘This tea tastes funny, dear’, Ambrose is dead of a brain tumour. Phillip, quite naive and sexually inexperienced, gets himself to Florence as he suspects foul play. Instead, he falls for the older Rachel like any dumb, horny 20-something would. So much for revenge. Next thing you know, she is living at the English estate, which Phillip is soon to inherit. Even though clearer heads advise him to cool his jets, the drooling young man gives cousin Rachel an enormous allowance. As expected, she overspends, but her debts are always covered by the lad. And that’s not all. On his big legacy day, he signs everything over to her. Everything, including a massive bag of family jewels. At this point I knew he was a moron. Whatever happened to the pre-nup? Of course, he asks her to marry him, but she surprises us and says no. Ouch! The moping Phillip soon finds some notes that again indicate she is a poisoner, or at least a witch. And who is this Rinaldi, the swarthy Italian adviser she keeps hanging with in private? Might he be her true lover and accomplice? Evidence continues to mount that she is slowly poisoning Phillip. What is in that tea? What to do, what to do? The central question in the film becomes, is Rachel guilty or innocent? The cinematography is luscious and colourful. The dialogue is rich, as are the settings and costumes. Sam Claflin and Rachel Weisz perform well in the main roles, although Ms Weisz might be a bit long in the tooth for this part. The film, at nearly two hours, drags at times, but the intrigue keeps us hanging in to see what happens next. All I can say is it ends in a cliff-hanger. My Cousin Rachel is certainly worth a look, but strictly for adults with time on their hands. * Michael Bortnick has left the theatre to shave his cousin’s moustache.

The Journey is the gripping account of how two men from opposite sides of the political spectrum came together to change the course of history. In 2006, amidst the ongoing, decadeslong conflict in Northern Ireland, representatives from the two warring factions meet for negotiations. In one corner is Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall), the deeply conservative British loyalist; in the other is Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney), a former Irish Republican Army leader who has devoted his life to the cause of Irish reunification.


20 July | TBC In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.

Paris Can Wait

20 July | PG - Coarse language | 1hr 42min

Anne (Diane Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Married to a successful but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with her husband’s business associate (Arnaud Viard). What should be a sevenhour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humour, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne’s senses and giving her a new lust for life.

Hampstead 27 July | TBC

From the Oscar-nominated writer of ‘In the Bedroom’ comes this romance tale about a widow (Diane Keaton) who is introduced to a man (Brendan Gleeson) living largely in nature. When developers want to destroy his home because of the land he lives on, she helps him fight to maintain his unique way of life.

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Journey into New Zealand’s longest and deepest caves C O M P I L E D B Y LY N D A PA P E S C H


ew Zealanders as a collective share a deep connection with the outdoors. Our rivers, forests and mountains are part of our national identity but our caves are less well-known and often misunderstood. Though nearly every corner of the country has been explored and mapped, exploration beneath our land is still in its infancy. Due for release mid-month on 17th July, Caves: Exploring New Zealand’s Subterranean Wilderness takes readers on a journey into New Zealand’s longest and deepest caves, through one of the world’s most dangerous cave dives, and prospecting for a totally new kind of cave on a South Island glacier. Authors and photographers Marcus Thomas and Neil Silverwood share their passion for caving with well-researched narrative and dramatic photos – it’s as close as you’ll get to real caving without getting your socks wet. Caves are places of mystery where few people dare to venture. They are also a valuable resource both for science and recreation and they hope that by sharing their knowledge and experience in New Zealand’s caves, they may inspire others to enjoy and protect them. This book is the first of its kind for New Zealand and no effort has been spared in its making. It is for both cavers and non-cavers alike, to inspire and showcase the true beauty of caves and


the mettle of those who explore them; to bring to light the fascinating wonderland we are only just beginning to discover beneath New Zealand. Marcus Thomas is a full-time graphic designer, as well as writer and photographer based in Wellington. He has spent a lifetime exploring New Zealand’s underworld and been at the forefront of exploration in the longest cave system, Bulmer Cavern. When not adventuring, Marcus spends his time bringing up a family and encouraging them to explore in the outdoors. Neil Silverwood hails from the West Coast and is a professional photographer specialising in photography of places many would consider too difficult or dangerous. Assignments have been as varied as capturing New Zealand’s wildest canyons to skiing in war-torn Afghanistan. Neil regularly shoots for a range of magazines both within New Zealand and around the world including regular contributions to New Zealand Geographic. This project to photograph the diversity of New Zealand’s cave systems is his most difficult to date. Caves: Exploring New Zealand’s Subterranean Wilderness Marcus Thomas & Neil Silverwood WHIO Publishing Distributed by Potton & Burton

In August 2010, a New Zealand soldier died in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan. In retaliation, the New Zealand SAS led a raid on two isolated villages in search of the fighters they suspected were responsible. This book presents authors Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s controversial interpretations of those and subsequent events, including allegations of a cover-up. Hit & Run, The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the Meaning of Honour Nicky Hager & Jon Stephenson Potton & Burton Publishing

Nelson-based David Briggs’ debut novel, The Direction of Our Fear, is set on the Kapiti Coast and advances the possibility of a terrorist attack in New Zealand, exploring the way such an event would overshadow the lives of ordinary people. The story follows three potential victims, whose lives briefly intersect as they travel together on the morning commuter train to Wellington. The Direction of Our Fear David Briggs BMS Books



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Down 01. UK currency units 02. Icily detached 03. Media tycoon, press ... 04. Pencil-mark remover 05. Used close-up lens 06. Sings alpine-style 10. Region 11. Sinister 12. Train carriage 13. Over again 14. Weaving apparatus 15. Terribly sad 16. Hotter 17. Votes for 18. Off course 19. Teamed (with) 20. Consent

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Find all the words listed hidden in the grid of letters. They can be found in straight lines up, down, forwards, backwards or diagonally. Theme: CINEMA

Anagram WORDFIND ANAGRAM Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Marmoset, Orang-utan, Tamarin Mystery word: LEMUR
















Unscramble the letters of the phrases to make five words relating to the theme, each starting with the given letter. The letters in the shaded squares will spell out another word relating to the theme. This is the mystery keyword. DRAIN MAN HURT SKI IT MEANS EVE SASH PIN RANG ME


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Who has influenced your photographic style and direction? There are so many – Miss Aniela, Gregory Crewdson, Annie Leibovitz, Alex Stoddard and New Zealand photographers Yvonne Todd, Jono Rotman and Nelson’s Storm Tuiva all inspire me with their creativity.

Is there someone you’ve always wanted to photograph?


I always have ideas on the go, including photographing centenarians, intellectually and physically challenged people, convicted criminals, drug addicts – a range of people within society. I’d love to photograph an albino person and travel around the world with my camera.

What’s in your camera kit? Body: Canon 5DM3. Lenses: Canon 50mm 1.4, Canon 100mm f2.8L macro, Canon 135mm f2L, Canon 17-40mm f/4L and a Canon 600ex-rt flash with a battery pack.

What’s your favourite lens? My Canon 50mm 1.4 – a prime lens (fixed focal length). Fixed focal lenses sacrifice zoom for quality so I use my feet as zoom. It’s on my camera 80 percent of the time because it’s the most versatile lens for me and what I photograph, which is mainly portraiture.

Tell us about the trickiest photo shoot you have been involved with? It was a self-portrait where I wanted to re-create a photograph of a model with an octopus as a wig – tentacles dangled down the sides of her face like hair. I put my name down at a fish shop and a few months later received a call to say they had one for me. Half-naked with an octopus on my head, I tried not to dry-retch from seawater-infused ink that trickled down my face onto my lips.

How easy has it been to make the transition from NMIT student to tutor? I love my job and work in a field I’ve been passionate about since childhood. What I enjoy most is the supportive environment. On my first ‘teaching’ day it felt strange to walk through ‘staff only’ doors that I had walked past for four years. My job allows me to share my experience with students and learn from them. It’s a two-way street I’m privileged to be part of.

Any advice for someone wanting to study photography and video at NMIT? Come along and chat with us in creative industries. I’m happy to talk with anyone about photography and video. I was once told you don’t need a degree to be an artist. That’s true, but a degree opens doors that would otherwise stay closed. NMIT’s not only a place of learning and upskilling, it’s a place to network with industry. 98

Jess Shirley had worked as a part-time photographer when she began studying for NMIT’s Arts and Media degree. Since then her freelance career has blossomed and now she’s teaching the photography programme. She talks to Diploma in Writing for Creative Industries student Catherine Russ about her work and influences.

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