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ISSUE 119 / JUNE 2016 / $8.95

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Features Issue 119 / June 2016



21 Architecture is for everybody


he best architecture in the Top of the South features in the 2016 NZIA awards. Helen Rose reports.

32 The Interview: Ian Jack


ombining art and creative design has made him one of Nelson’s iconic architects. Now he’s branching out. By Lynda Papesch.


36 Regional development


t’s all go with regional development in Nelson and Marlborough. Phil Barnes takes a look.

52 Destination Mapua


thriving seaside hub with unique businesses, recreation and leisure activities as Lynda Papesch discovers.


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Columns Issue 119 / June 2016


90 Up & Coming Linda Heath travels between Nelson and Marlborough as hairdressing tutor for NMIT. By Helen Rose



58 Fashion Styling by Kelly Vercoe Photography by Ishna Jacobs

65 Shoe of the Month Strike Autumn Gold with metallics

66 Beauty Sharron Wetere. By Sadie Beckman

67 Wellbeing Introducing our new monthly wellbeing column by Justine Jamieson


68 My Home

A resort-like property in a premier location. By Helen Rose

72 My Garden

Working with natives at Moritaki in Blenheim. By Christo Saggers

74 My Kitchen

Scrumptious Blackberry Clafoutis for cold winter nights. By Nicola Galloway

75 Dine Out

Maxwell Flint enjoys the finer things at Hopgoods

76 Wine

Phillip Reay takes a look back at vintage 2016

77 Beer

A visit to the Golden Bear at Mapua is a must, says Mark Preece



78 Travel

An exciting time to be had in Buenos Aires. By Sallie Gregory

80 Adventure

Get on your bike, says Sophie Preece

81 Boating

Steve Thomas checks out a few promising “boatporn” sites


82 Motoring

Hyundai’s new Tucson has gained impressive new levels of refinement and driveability, says Geoff Moffett


84 Arts

Jacquetta Bell previews Light Nelson

85 Music

Smokefreerockquest hits the stage again. By Pete Rainey


86 Film

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8 Editorial 10 Where do you read yours? 12 Events 14 Snapped 88 Quiz & Trivia


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I want to hear from all of you… your story ideas, your passions and what you are doing in your regions. Tell me so I can tell others.

ello everyone and welcome to my first issue as Editor of WildTomato. One of the aspects of the job that I am extremely excited about is the fact that WildTomato includes both Nelsonians and Marlburians in its 38,000-strong audited readership. Having spent 25-plus years living and working in Marlborough and now almost 10 years in the Nelson/Tasman region, I’m passionate about both provinces. Similarities abound in Nelson and Marlborough – think seafood, wine, adventure, the arts – yet both also have significant differences that make them equally exciting places to live, work, play, indulge and to write about. The people, the places, the politics and the professions all contribute to making each a vibrant, creative region to live in and to celebrate being part of. My vision for WildTomato is to showcase all of the above so that more and more people get to know what a marvellous area the Top of the South really is. And that’s where you all come in. Some of you will know me, remember me or have heard of me from my years at your local newspapers; others will have no idea who I am or what I do. Notwithstanding I want to hear from all of you… your story ideas, your passions and what you are doing in your regions. Tell me so I can tell others. Advertisers are just as important in the equation. Any publication is dependent on its advertisers and readers alike so one way or another make yourself known either to me or to our new WildTomato manager Laura Loghry. We’re all heading into the colder winter months now so there’ll be plenty of time to snuggle up in front of a warm fire with the latest issue of WildTomato. This month we feature the NZIA Nelson/Marlborough Architecture Awards with stunning builds across both regions. I talk to a man who is the Godfather of Nelson architecture, and WildTomato visits the growing coastal village of Mapua. Looking ahead, we have many great events to cover and people to showcase. Events such as the elections later in the year, the Arts Festival, and in Marlborough the opening of the new ASB Theatre, the annual Book Festival and loads more. On the election front it will be interesting to see who stands and what they promise, bearing in mind that the laws governing local and central government politicians often prevents them carrying out idealistic but unrealistic election promises. Stay tuned. Enough of that for now; sit back and enjoy this month’s WildTomato in your favourite relaxation place.



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Do local body candidates reflect gender equality? Dear Editor, Gender inequality persists in all aspects of New Zealand society however equal participation of women and men in political life is one of the foundations of democracy. Local body elections are a key opportunity for women with appropriate skills and experience to be enabled to participate in the governance and decision making that shapes our community.  Recognising this opportunity, the Nelson branch of the National Council of Women (NCW) invites women considering standing for election to the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, Nelson City or Tasman District Council to hear from current and past Health Board and Council members. Women will be able to ask these members why they stood, how they went about campaigning, highlights of the role and key challenges.  Meetings will be held at Constance Barnicoat Meeting Room, Richmond Library Tuesday 7 June at 7.30pm, and at the Memorial Nellie Nightingale Library Meeting Room, Tahunanui on Wednesday 8 June at 7.30pm. Pip Jamieson Vice President Nelson branch, National Council of Women

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Get out of the house and into this month’s top regional events. Fri 3 Humankindness Original Rock & Soul Music Humankindness plays a unique mix of rock, funk, soul, blues and song-writer styles. The band is building a reputation for powerful, inventive live show. Expect hook-laden songs, highwire guitars and hard-driven grooves. THE BOATHOUSE, NELSON

Sat 4 – Mon 6 Ruby Coast Arts Winter Open Studios The Ruby Coast artists are throwing open their studio doors for Queen’s Birthday Weekend. Visit their website for a map of open studios. MAHANA, MAPUA, RUBY BAY AND TASMAN

Sat 4 Grandiose Burlesque The ‘creme de la creme’ of NZ’s premium Burlesque talent, including Candy Villiane — Starlet of Nelson 2016. Celebrating 6 years this year! THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, BRONTE


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Curtain Up!

If you love brass bands then Marlborough is the place to be this Queen’s Birthday Weekend. Up to 7 bands from the Top of the South and West Coast along with special guest bands from Canterbury.

Nelson Repertory Theatre presents Curtain Up, the hilarious story of five women who inherit equal shares in a dilapidated theatre and plan to bring it back to life again. Fast-paced and funny. THEATRE ROYAL, NELSON


Sun 12

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Mt Vernon Grand Traverse

Ceol Aneas Traditional Irish Music Concert Experience the very best in authentic traditional Irish music —'the pure drop'— as traditional Irish musicians gather in Nelson for the Ceol Aneas Festival. The festival highlight is the annual Concert on Sunday. THEATRE ROYAL, NELSON

Sat 4 – Sun 12 Founders Book Fair The annual Founders Book Fair begins Queen's Birthday weekend with a huge variety of second-hand books, DVDs, vinyl records, puzzles and games for sale at bargain prices. FOUNDERS HERITAGE PARK, NELSON

The Mt Vernon Grand Traverse and fun run/walk start at the Redwood gateway carpark. There’s also Kid’s Challenge. WITHER HILLS FARM PARK, BLENHEIM

Thurs 16- Sun 19 Cancer Society Book Fair Winter reading at great prices. All proceeds support the work of the Cancer Society Marlborough. OLD CRT BUILDING, BLENHEIM

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Sun 19 Combined Orchestra Concert The Orchestral Pathway has been created to give musicians of all ages the chance to progress and play increasingly complex music. Schola String Group, Junior and Senior Youth plus Greenhill orchestras will be taking part.

The New Zealand Choral Federation’s festival for secondary school choirs. ASB THEATRE MARLBOROUGH

Thurs 23 Jeffrey Paparoa Holman – Live Poets Society The Live Poets evening kicks off with local musicians, and an open mic session follows, with guest poet, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman. MUSSEL INN, GOLDEN BAY

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From beach and permanent homes to churches and studios, entries in this year’s Nelson Marlborough Architecture Awards presented a creative array of ideas and architecture.

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ach year since 1927, the New Zealand Institute of Architects has held its annual awards, showcasing the country’s highest-quality architecture. Resene Paints has been the proud sponsor and awards partner since 1990. This year 20 entries were put forward for consideration in the Nelson Marlborough Awards. “The best projects we saw acknowledged the stunning views, but also considered other contextual issues — the sun, its path across the sky, the wind, the approach to the home— as well as the rituals, requirements and relationships of inhabitation and the atmosphere of the environment created,” says judging convenor Rachel Dodd. She adds: “The standard of all entries exemplifies the need for architects, as a profession, to continue to be engaged at all levels, and shows society is better for it.”

An ongoing perception exists that architecture services an elite few, but sadly this focus eliminates so much of the important role architecture plays in society, says Rachel. “We are surrounded by the built environment and sure, we may be able to take a break from it by heading into our amazing wilderness, but at some point we return to our urban, rural, and commercial creations. This is where we choose to live, and the challenge is to make sure these spaces are the best they can be for everyone.” As jury convenor for this year’s Nelson Marlborough Architecture Awards, Rachel rightly points out that architecture plays a vital role in how and where we develop our region. “If we design our cities well we can reduce the need for long periods of travel. If we design our buildings well we can help

create environments that are healthy to be in, and this translates to communities that engage people because they want to spend time in them. “The trick with architecture is that sometimes it is the intangible elements that create the wonder. It is very hard to quantify the difference between a space that works and one that doesn’t. Well done, it goes beyond the surface and resonates at a deeper level. “Good architecture has a responsibility to ensure environmental sustainability, and to create spaces that improve our health and sense of culture and identity. By managing this we can ensure there are direct benefits to our economy and our community. So why is good architecture so important? Because good architecture can do more with less, and it is essential for creating an environment we all want to be a part of.” 21






Jury convenor Rachel Dodd gained her degree in 1997, she worked in Christchurch and London before moving to Nelson in 2004. In London she worked on several large scale mixed-use developments, including phase three of the Greenwich Millennium Village. This flagship urban development scheme aimed to set new standards for environmentally sustainable development with emphasis on local ecology systems. In Nelson, Rachel joined Arthouse Architects in 2010, becoming a director in October 2014. She brings with her an appreciation of how good design can create great communities. Her enthusiasm for collaborative problem solving and an inclusive approach to all aspects of her work helps ensure good working relationships between clients, consultants and contractors. Rachel currently sits on the board of the City of Nelson Civic Trust, and is a Council member of the NZIA.

Jon is an architect with over 13 years of experience on building and urban projects in New Zealand, the UK, Spain and the USA. In 2010 Jon was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, studying American historic, contemporary and future urbanism and urban design; sustainable city masterplanning; and urban growth and regeneration strategies and tactics. Jon first joined Athfield Architects Limited in 2000. He has expertise in the design of performance arts buildings, events and their relationship to their wider community, having worked on the master planning of Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington Waterfront projects and the competition-winning scheme for the New Dowse Art Gallery. From 2001 he spent seven years working in Europe, based in London then Spain before returning to New Zealand in early 2012 to work again for Athfield Architects.

Patrick has worked as a Sole Practitioner since moving to Nelson and forming Avery Architecture in 2012. After graduating from Victoria University of Wellington, Patrick has accrued 14 years’ experience working on a broad range of residential and commercial projects. On his return from a year working in Edinburgh, circumstances led Patrick to Christchurch in late 2010, where he joined Wilkie and Bruce Architects. During the subsequent year, Patrick worked on the repair and restoration of several large heritage-listed buildings and as part of a large team establishing various commercial re-build projects. Since forming Avery Architecture, Patrick has focused on residential projects where his underlying objective has been to create humanist architecture that is challenging yet appropriate to its time and place.

After spending much of his working life making jewellery at the Jens Hansen Workshop, in 2007 Thorkild made a decision to explore his interest in furniture making. He has been based at The Centre for Fine Woodworking ever since, where he designs and makes furniture and mentors students in design and process. Thorkild refers to his work as “an amalgam of Danish mid-century furniture design and the tradition of fine woodworking”. He attributes his work ethic and approach to his childhood spent working alongside his father Jens “whose uncompromising style and energy was contagious”. Thorkild describes his approach to furniture making as “a great balancing act between craftsmanship and the natural beauty of wood” and “treading a fine line between traditional methods and the optimal use of raw materials”.

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Duncan Bay house by Irving Smith Architects

This year’s award winners:


Commercial Architecture

Upper Queen Street, Richmond, by Irving Smith Architects

Enduring Architecture

Awaroa Bach by Athfield Architects


St Andrews Church, Motueka, by Irving Smith Architects


Harden Reese House by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects Duncan Bay House by Irving Smith Architects Holliday House by Redbox Architects Pearson Bach by Redbox Architects Split Apple Rock House by Matz Architects Torea Studio by Tennent + Brown Architects

Housing – Alterations & Additions

Chisnall Alterations by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects Tata Beach Family Bach by Redbox Architects

Housing – Multi Unit

Sussex Mews by Box Design

Detail of Upper Queen St by Irving Smith Architects


Torea studio by Tennent + Brown Architects

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Tata Beach Family Bach by Redbox Architects Holliday house by Redbox


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Split Apple Rock house by Matz Architect


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Jerram Tocker Barron Architects


Top right: outdoor living area Above, top to bottom: approach to entry, kitchen Below: outdoor dining area

elson-based firm Jerram Tocker Barron Architects took home two awards in last month’s 2016 Nelson Marlborough Architecture Awards. In the Housing category, judges were impressed with the Harden Reese House, describing it as “simple yet elegant”. “A steep and difficult site has provided a springboard for the creation of a home that opens up to capture north-facing views while maintaining a level of privacy from neighbouring properties. “Within the well-detailed interior, a beautifully finished stair accentuates the home’s verticality over three levels, and cleverly placed timber joinery provides partial separation between the kitchen and living spaces. This is a simple and elegant home,” the award citation reads. An environmental design response nestled into a hillside, the home cleverly combines concrete and timber in a contemporary design which results in a warm interior environment. Simon Hall of Jerram Tocker Barron Architects adds that the house utilises a high level of concrete for thermal mass to regulate the internal environment. Located on a steeply sloping Grampians Hill overlooking Nelson to the north and views of the Grampians to the east, the house is built over three levels. “Our client’s vision was to create a home which is a joy to live in and nothing too complicated, with the house needing to speak to the site and relate to the Grampians and integrity throughout with no ‘disappointing rooms’,” says Simon. The three levels allow for vehicular access and garaging at the lower level. The mid-level provides for the living areas, study and master bedroom and access to a flat outdoor landscaped area. The top level provides for further bedrooms and access to the upper garden area of the site. The cladding is a combination of cedar-faced band-sawn plywood and a specialist paint finish called liquid iron. This complements the vegetation on the surrounding hill to help the building to recede into the site. Interior joinery is designed to complement the exterior elements, including the use of gabbon and radiata timber finished in various stains. A central joinery unit in the main living area provides partial separation between the living and kitchen dining areas. In addition to the use of high thermal mass, environmental design considerations include stack ventilation over the two stories, and vertical louvres to provide shading and privacy. 27

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Above: view from the street Right, top to bottom: dining and living area extension, deck and living area extension, ensuite, lounge


the 2016 Nelson Marlborough Architecture Awards, the Chisnall Alterations by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects gained one of two awards (including a Resene colour award) in the Housing – Alterations & Additions category. “A simple, cedar ‘wrap’ over the existing exterior, which connects the original house with a new living area, is one of a series of strong moves that create a welcoming and functional family home,” says the judging citation. Judges felt that architects Jerram Tocker Barron showed a great understanding of the Building Code, astutely providing (or avoiding) specific elements. “An outdoor deck, linking a new bedroom and living area, was cleverly worked to achieve the functionality of an outdoor room. This is a good example of how small but well thought through interventions can produce a meaningful result”. Architect Simon Hall of Jerram Tocker Barron says the clients’ vision was to extend and alter their house to better meet the needs of a modern-day family of 4; their basic extra requirements comprising an extra master bedroom and living space. Set on the north-eastern side at the base of the Grampian foothills in central Nelson, the house enjoys vistas to the north and east over surrounding urban area. The expansion included a master bedroom wing with its own ensuite and privacy from the remainder of bedrooms in the house, and the separation of the living and dining areas to create two living areas, one for the teenagers and one for adults. At the same time the extensions ensured the northern aspect benefits and surrounding views are maximised. Several other minor design changes also helped improve the aesthetic and functionality of the building. Simon says the dining room was extended to provide the additional sitting/living area, which book-ends the terrace with new decking. This is turn adds visual warmth to the outdoor space, which was also mimicked with new gabion plywood soffit. “Visually the living area reads as an extruded glass box to maximise views and light, with a strong steel frame with a cedar screen used to contrast and soften the exterior appearance. The screen wraps at the back door of the house to provide privacy to the back door an enhance the main entry.” He says that overall this project demonstrates that a series of small considered interventions to an existing building can have a significant impact and modernise the function and aesthetics of the building. 29


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Above: Holliday House Left, top to bottom: Pearson bach, Tata Beach family bach interior and exterior

Redbox Architects


elson’s Redbox Architects won three NZIA Nelson Marlborough Architecture Awards this year. Two awards were for new homes —the Holliday House and the Pearson Bach— and the other for a housing alteration and addition to the Tata Beach family bach. The light-filled Holliday House, described by the jury as “a lovely response to the clients’ brief”, was praised for the way it sits ‘quietly but confidently in its rural setting’. The architects designed grouped shed-like forms for the Holliday House creating a welcoming home that is planned to easily accommodate extended family members and guests. “The exposed, pitched-cedar-batten ceiling and macrocarpa trusses, along with cedar display shelving, bring visual warmth into the home. These elements have been subtly highlighted with wellplaced lighting to ensure the feeling of warmth continues into the evening. The house sits quietly but confidently in its rural setting, and is clearly a delight to its owners,” the judges say. A “questionable location” made the architects work hard for their award for the Pearson Bach. “Addressing the challenges of a south-facing, sub-alpine lot, this building arranges itself around a central courtyard that makes the most of magnificent views over the lake,” the jury says. “The orientation means that interior spaces capture any available sun, and the layering of textures and materials, such as cork and cedar, along with the rich, folded ceiling planes create a warm and welcoming refuge.” With the Tata Beach project, judges noted “a generosity at play here”. “When on the beach the house signals to you, gesturing you to come and occupy, and a generous spatial relationship with the neighbours and the street has also been achieved,” the citation reads. “Extensive use of cedar, exposed macrocarpa trusses and plywood ceilings have helped in the crafting of this welcoming house. Informal spaces, including a new paved outdoor courtyard and external storage cupboard, exemplify the ideals of easy holiday living and demonstrate a clear understanding of beachside bach living. The brave and productive re-use of a utilitarian building has created a gathering space that lovingly expresses the idea of family holidays by the water”. 31



choolboy holidays at Tahunanui were architect Ian Jack’s first experience of Nelson and the Tasman region and all it has to offer. When the time came he had no hesitation in making it home, although not before he’d enjoyed several years seeing a fair amount of the world. Born in Wellington, he also grew up there, attending firstly Karori School, then Scots College. While he enjoyed school— “I wasn’t the best student”— it was to a large extent Ian’s afterschool and holiday activities that shaped the man he became. “My father was a supplier of woodworking tools and I was fortunate that he allowed me to blunt his chisels making trolleys and the like. I was always interested in building. While still at school I built a canoe, for instance, and successfully took it down the Whanganui River.” From his father Rob, Ian developed a love of wood, construction, a hard work ethic and also a love of fishing. From his Scottish mother Kathleen’s creative side of the family he inherited some ability at art. Family life for the Jacks was not always easy. Dad Rob became disabled from an early age so he was not able to be involved in physical activities but “he was very determined and always found a way to do what he wanted”, recalls Ian. His father’s business started with sharpening saws. “He employed a saw doctor and a man with a bike who would pick up the saws in the morning then deliver them back sharpened in the afternoon.” 32

Wellington born, he has made Nelson his home since 1974, stamping his mark on the Top of the South’s commercial, residential and industrial architecture. By Lynda Papesch From small beginnings W & R Jack Ltd (aka Jacks) in Wellington grew to be the largest woodworking machinery supplier in New Zealand. His father spent his small leisure time fishing and boating, and in 1961 built a family bach at Lake Taupo. The treasured memories of family holidays there later lent Ian impetus to build a bach at St Arnaud, shared with brother Robin and his wife Jenny and old friends from Wellington days, and then eventually his own bach in the Marlborough Sounds: “my place to relax”. A vocational guidance evening at Scots College put architecture in the spotlight as a possible career option. “I doubted my academic ability but was encouraged by my parents to go for it,” he remembers. “A combination of being interested in making things and having some small proficiency in drawing made it a good choice.” Ian started his architecture studies at Victoria University, followed by four years — 1966 to 1970 — at architecture school in Auckland, culminating in a Bachelor of Architecture degree plus some valuable lessons in life. “Auckland University then had the only School of Architecture in the country so I was forced to leave home, which was a timely change. Auckland at the time was such a vibrant place. Tim Shadbolt was in full cry at Albert Park and the city was buzzing.” Architecture school proved highly stimulating, made the more so by the regular studio visits from fully fledged architects only too happy to share knowledge with the newbies.

The big OE

“Once I graduated it was back to Wellington. To help ease the path at university I had signed on for a cadetship with what was then the Ministry of Works. That meant I was bonded to the Ministry for four years after I obtained my degree. I lasted six months!” Deciding the Ministry was “not the right environment for me,” Ian instead paid off his bond and went to work for the Wellington architects Gabites Beard, Alington and Edmondson. During his tenure there the firm was involved in several notable projects which Ian was also part of. “One of the partners (Bill Alington) designed the Upper Hutt Civic Centre offices and Massey University halls of residence at the time, and I was lucky to have him as a mentor.” That was a great two years, says Ian, but by then he’d also developed the travel bug. “I was flatting with an English friend and we were both captivated by South America so off we went. We spent three months bumming our way through South America and the West Indies enroute to London.” Backpacking at the time was still relatively new and many of the places they visited had not yet become regular tourist meccas. “We found and hiked the Machu Picchu Trail, for instance, before it became known to tourists. We climbed over 14,000 ft passes, camped amongst old Inca ruins and didn’t see a single other person in four days on the trail! It was simply amazing.” Once in London Ian found a flat and a job with a firm of architects, and met his wife-to-be Pam. “She was looking for a flatmate, and I turned up. I think I was selected from 15 applicants because I said I could fix the leaking taps.” London in those days was “like suddenly arriving on a Monopoly board”. The excitement soon wore off however and after six to eight months wanderlust set in again so Ian approached the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and asked if they had any suitable overseas postings available. “They did and it was in Bermuda so that’s where Pam and I headed.” The couple married in Bermuda and found “a nice little slave cottage” to rent. It was, says Ian, an idyllic lifestyle: a friendly ex-pat community, perfect climate, two good incomes and no income tax. “We managed to live on one income and saved the other.” While Bermuda was a great lifestyle for a couple of years, Ian had always aspired to own his own architecture practice and he had always planned to do that back in New Zealand. The time was right to head back home.

of the projects he undertook were Council jobs. Among those early projects were parks and reserves amenities buildings including a pair of pavilions for Nelson’s Botanic Reserve. “When I presented the plans to Nelson City Council I was told by one vociferous councillor that they were only fit for the rubbish bin. I decided then and there that my architecture career would long outlast his Council one.” Nevertheless, the Council adopted the plans and the pavilions still stand today. “I’ve enjoyed a long and happy relationship with Council since then,” says Ian. Two years after arriving in Nelson, he notched up a first for the region, building a pole house overlooking The Cut. The year was 1976, and it was his own residence, a first own home for himself, Pam and their family-to-be. Ian designed it and naturally helped build it.

Who: Ian Jack What: Award-winning architect Favourite music/CD: Esbjorn Svensson Trio (EST) A book I really enjoyed: The Worst Journey in the World, by Apsley Cherry-Garrard Favourite food: Fresh fish off the BBQ Favourite travel destination: Utah Favourite outdoor activity: Annual tramping with old friends Favourite form of relaxation: A day’s fishing in the Sounds

Nelson beckons

Still in Bermuda, Ian wrote to architect firms in various New Zealand areas, finally accepting an offer from Nelson firm Rotman White & Hay, arriving in 1974 to the province he now calls home. “They had a big backlog of work and I was familiar with Nelson,” he explains. “I spent many of my school holidays exploring the region. I had an uncle, Ernest Farquhar, who lived at Tahunanui and I was a regular visitor. From those early visits Ian developed a life-long love of the Nelson/Marlborough outdoors and associated activities, tramping in the Nelson Lakes National Park and Kahurangi mountains with friends, exploring the back country long before cycle trails were invented, and learning to appreciate what nature has gifted the Top of the South. Despite his past architectural experience he was still “young and green and feeling my way” when he arrived in Nelson. Some

Set in a new subdivision in Malcolm Place, the house had a prickly start. “The sections were $20,000, which in those days was an horrendous price. They were all overgrown with gorse and scrub. I brought my slasher and hacked my way through to the top of the cliff overlooking The Cut. Then I saw the view. I loved it… it still inspires me every day.” When the 1000 square metre section was still for sale six months later Ian and Pam put in a cheeky offer and bought it for $13,300. He then set about designing and building what was the first stage of their home. Two sons, several expansions and a few decades later they still enjoy living there, although Ian admits in hindsight that if he had to do it again he would make some changes. It was intended as a three-year stepping stone at the time. “I didn’t dream that we would still be in the house 40 years later. I didn’t do a master plan, which would have been helpful.” 33

Standing alone

The couple’s elder son Matthew was born in 1977 while the first stage of the house was still under completion. Younger son Sam followed two years later. Having his own home also gave Ian a space from which to set up and run his own practice. He is the founding principal of Ian Jack Architects Ltd, which is Nelson’s oldest established architectural practice operating today as Irving Smith Architects Ltd. “I started off working from a bedroom at home and when work started to build up we bought a cottage in South Street. We did that up, then helped convince the Council to make it a heritage street.” The practice eventually outgrew South Street too and new offices followed along with increasing staff and an increasing profile in residential, commercial and industrial architecture. “Initially I was concentrating on residential design but then opportunities arose to become involved in commercial projects.” One of those was the Alpine Lodge at Lake Rotoiti. From there demand grew until the practice employed 10 staff. By then Ian found himself tied up with admin work while others did the design work he so much enjoyed. Over time he took in two partners, got back to grassroots and the accolades and awards flowed in at a steady rate, both nationally and regionally. TOP TO BOTTOM Ian with the late Danny Boulton at French Pass Out in the boat with granddaughter Holly Ian and whanau


Urban development

Back in the early 1990s his longstanding concern over the impact of urban development on heritage led Ian to prepare (on commission) design guidelines for the Nelson City Council. His approach was to blend the preservation of existing heritage while encouraging sympathetic new development which will in the future also merit heritage status. Still a member of the Nelson City Council urban design panel, he is also an elected fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects Along the way his interest in art deepened, often finding a creative outlet in his design work. Many of Ian’s projects reflect his strong interest in the relationships between architecture, urban design, landscape and art. They include the foreshore redevelopment of Nelson’s Wakefield Quay and several prominent inner city buildings. The award-winning Nelson Visitor Information Centre Taha o Te Awa at Millers Acre involved a collaboration between art and architecture to form a northern city gateway and riverside precinct. “One of the aspects I love about Nelson is the abundance of arts and crafts that are here, many examples of which have found a place in my home. Early on I got to know potters Royce McGlashen and John and Anne Crawford and designed studios for both of them.” Art has become a family passion, with Pam developing her own interest in painting with oils while Ian infuses his artistic bent into his building designs. “I’ve always been attracted to integrating art into my buildings. Art and architecture enhance one another and lift the spirit. Wherever possible I encourage my clients to incorporate art in their projects from an early stage.” Ongoing commitments to contextual architecture have brought Ian’s practice numerous national and regional design awards, including more recently Irving Smith Jack’s revolutionary new Arts & Media Centre at NMIT. The first of several pioneering timber buildings for the practice, it has also been the catalyst for a change in direction.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Builders fitting XLam CLT floor panels to a Port Hills house Preparing an XLam panel for the CNC processor Ian with brother Robin at XLam Pochin house designed by Ian

The future

In 2014 Ian retired from the firm he founded, and again went out on his own, running a small solo architectural practice, but mainly to devote more time to the company XLam NZ Ltd, established in 2011 with his brother Robin. “About five years ago I was talking with a client who is into sustainable construction, and with Robin, who still owns the firm Dad started in 1946 which imports high-tech wood processing machinery from Europe. Robin knew about Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) in Austria and Germany and I became interested too. I’ve always designed in wood; I love it as a material. XLam takes it to a whole new level.” Simply put, CLT is made from boards glued together in layers to make very large structural building panels for floors, walls and roofs. “It’s European technology which has been used over there for about 25 years. It’s like building with a pack of big wood cards instead of having to construct frames. The end result is a quick, precise and ultra-strong build.” The brothers, along with substantial Australian partner Hyne Timber, have their own Nelson production factory with 25 staff in Beatty Street, while the Australians are now commissioning a second XLam factory over there to service increasing demand. “In Nelson we use locally grown radiata pine which comes in from timber mills as rough-sawn boards. We measure the strength of the boards and put them through a computer-controlled docking saw that cuts out bad knots and weak spots. The wood is then finger-jointed together into boards up to 15m long, put through a planer, then placed in vacuum presses in layers for gluing. There are usually three of five layers, glued together in opposing directions for strength. After the glue has cured, panels are lifted from the presses by crane and trimmed exactly to size by a large CNC processing machine which carries an automated toolkit. Most of the equipment has been sourced from Germany by Jacks”. Ian believes XLam CLT is an important construction

medium of the future, thanks to its lightness (one fifth the weight of concrete), versatility, strength and also the quickness of erection. Pluses in New Zealand include an abundant wood resource, an acute housing shortage, a need for better building quality, safety imperatives in earthquakes, and the growing importance of sustainable construction. “CLT started in Europe and is gaining momentum in the UK, Canada and USA. The government is incentivising CLT in Japan. To date though XLam is the only manufacturer of CLT in the Southern Hemisphere. “In our first three years of production XLam has supplied panels for over 150 building projects, including some in Australia”. Now Ian assists XLam with product development and provides independent construction advice from his long experience as an architect. His is a hands-on role, pioneering the use of CLT in New Zealand, backed by his extensive knowledge of building construction and product performance.

Family time and travel

Although still leading a busy work life, Ian makes regular time for tramping, fishing and periodic travelling, along with quality family time at the Sounds bach. There are now three grandchildren to enjoy: Matthew and Jenn’s Holly (5) in Nelson, and Sam and Sarah’s Hannah (5) and Lachie (3) in Auckland. Catching up at the family bach in the Marlborough Sounds also provides an outlet for boating and fishing, while occasional overseas ventures cater for Ian and Pam’s wanderlust. Later this year the couple are heading off to Europe for some hiking, and to visit the international architecture exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Architecture is never far from the surface for Ian. “It’s been a constant source of inspiration. I feel very fortunate to have spent my working life doing something I love with people I enjoy — and being paid for it. Maybe in some small way I will leave a footprint in Nelson. I hope so.” 35

Building & construction Developing the boom Top of the South BY PHIL BARNES


large increase in people moving into Nelson and Marlborough is driving a boom in property development. This development is particularly evident in the demand for housing, the number of new subdivisions and new commercial/industrial developments springing up in the region. The housing boom seems to be driven by a combination of low interest rates and people from the main centres and overseas attracted by the lifestyle and properties at comparatively low prices. Builders, developers, architects and real estate agents spoken to generally report being busier now than they have ever been. GJ Gardner Homes Nelson managing director Graham Vercoe says the company is busier this year than in any of the previous 16 years he has been with the firm. “The demand is certainly out there but we are certainly able to meet that demand.’’ Graham says the lack of available building land can sometimes be a problem, so his company started developing its own subdivisions. “At times we’ve not had enough sections but at present we are doing well. We have about 65 sections available.’’ Graham says despite the high demand they are very much aware that they need to build homes that are affordable. “Our livelihoods depend on it.’’ The boom has had a considerable impact on property prices. According to Quotable Value’s latest monthly statistics, the average QV price of houses in Nelson has increased a massive 9.5 percent, from $417,548 in April 2015 to $$446,291 in April this year. In the Tasman district the average price has increased 6.9 per cent from $417,548 to $446,291, while in Marlborough the average price has increased 7.1 per cent from $375,951 to $350,959 over the same period. While some say price increases are driven by demand outstripping supply, the Tasman District Council’s

communications advisor, Chris Choat, says this is not the case in Tasman. “We have 1000 sections out there ready to be built on.’’ Demand for housing has spread across both the high and low end of the market. New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty sales associate, Sharron Wetere, whose company specialises in the high end of the market, says they are seeing increasing numbers of competing offers for houses and this pushes prices up. “While the higher end of the market doesn’t have the same ‘heat’ as the lower-priced homes, there has been a significant rise in both the levels of inquiry and the number of higher-priced homes that have sold recently.’’ She says 60 percent of buyers are still from the Nelson area. “We have about 20 percent overseas investors and the rest are predominantly from Auckland and Christchurch.’’ The chair of the Nelson Marlborough branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, Stephanie Phillips, returned to Nelson after a 15-year absence because of the region’s strategic positioning for strong growth. “Auckland has had a dramatic inflation in property prices, while we have had dramatic deflation in airfare costs. “I have had a steady stream of new work, most of which is upgrading existing homes to facilitate easier living; outdoor rooms, living integrated with food prep and dining.’’ She says people have a higher expectation of housing standard these days and generally people are upgrading to that. “It is a reflection on the buoyancy of the local market that a relative newcomer like me has had a steady stream of work. “I know my colleagues are similarly busy and by the reflection of the NZIA awards last week there was a range of projects, large houses, restorations and commercial developments.’’ Because of the limited land available in Nelson, the major growth is currently in Tasman. One example is the massive Richmond West Development which comprises land on both sides of Lower Queen St and stretches to Three Brothers Corner and McShane Rd. The subdivision contains 450 sections and work started on the first stage in April.


One of the hottest spots for development is Mapua. The $1.2 million Shed 4 development at Mapua Wharf opened in December and now houses seven businesses. Consent was granted last year to Adventure Leisure Properties to build a boutique hotel within the grounds of Mapua Leisure Park, although there are no immediate plans to build. Major subdivisions in the area include the 80-section Mapua Rise development on Mapua Drive, and the 42 lot Aporo View subdivision near Tasman village. Mapua Inlets are developing 15 sections on a subdivision near the Mapua Domain. 36

Meanwhile, developer Alan Trent’s company Harakeke plans a massive $150 million development between Mapua and Tasman village, comprising 130 rural residential allotments, 55 apartments, some commercial apartments, a possible medical centre, a walkway, green space and 12ha of productive land. The application was due to be heard by the council in late May.


The attraction of moving to Nelson and Marlborough is easy to see. Former Marlborough Express editor Brendon Burns, who now works in communications says people can still buy a reasonable home in Marlborough for between $300,000 and $350,000. In addition people can move to a province with high sunshine hours, new attractions and work opportunities. For example Marlborough’s ever-expanding wine industry expects to have nearly 30,000ha of vines planted in the province by the end of next year. This represents over two thirds of the total of vines nationwide and marks a six-fold increase from 1994. Amber Clark moved to Marlborough from Auckland with her husband and two young children in December, sick of the traffic and high house prices in Auckland. They’d previously visited family in Marlborough, enjoying it so much they too made the move. After selling up in Auckland, the couple bought a property with four bedrooms and a study set on 6.5ha, including a vineyard, 15 kilometres from Blenheim. Amber says the property was cheaper than their former three-bedroom house in an average Auckland suburb.

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Sixty percent of buyers are still from the Nelson area." S H A R R O N W E T E R E , N EW Z E A L A N D S OT H E B Y ' S I N T E R N AT I O N A L R E A LT Y

Marlborough’s new developments include Blenheim’s recently-opened $23 million ASB Theatre and a proposed $4 million library in Picton. The Marlborough District Council’s Boulevard on Taylor subdivision already has 150 houses built with potential for a further 150 homes. Meanwhile work started on the 21ha Omaka Landing subdivision in New Renwick Rd in April. The subdivision, owned by Colonial Vineyard Ltd, will eventually provide 215 sections, developed in eight stages. Developer Mark Davis says all but one of the first 37 sections has been sold. Titles are expected to be available by September. Marlborough’s Chamber of Commerce is pleased with the regional growth and feels the province is ideally placed for growth to continue. “Marlborough is one of the best resourced provinces in the country for growth. This includes infrastructure, recreation and business,’’ says general manager Stephen Gullery. He adds that part of the chamber’s role is to assist local government in creating an environment where investment is encouraged and to help achieve this they need businesses to be able to establish, grow and diversify within the region. “Industrywise, acquaculture and tourism are both primed for more growth and I see potential for both. Marlborough with its natural beauty is a drawcard now and in the future. We see top restaurants opening, specialising in local produce with world-class menus. Technology-based businesses are increasing as those involved seek a balance between business, family and recreation.’’

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Above: Langdale Grove Below: Three Ridges


Home Living Solutions

Planning & building your next home


ome Living Solutions is on a mission, with Simon Collett We will be seeing more of them. Home Living Solutions offered and partners blazing a trail to get there. “We’re a one-stop a row of seven apartments in its Three Ridges development in shop... that house on that section, and it will cost you ‘x’ Stoke – and they sold in a blink, “all off the plans”. amount of dollars," says the local franchise co-owner for both "Nelson City Council have been very good" to work with on Jennian Homes and Milestone Homes. “For the client, it’s a very that project, says Simon. easy buying process from what it has traditionally been." Smaller sections and no-maintenance gardens are other Land-and-building packages are nothing new from signs of the changing way we now want to live, he adds. The group-home builders, but Home Living Solutions is taking the quarter-acre section is a relic. Today’s home-owners – particularly streamlining of what can be a fraught process to a level not active babyboomers – don’t want to be mowing grass when they seen in New Zealand before. The ‘umbrella’ company began can be out mountainbiking “and enjoying themselves and doing as a partnership between Simon and Andrew Spittal of Ching stuff”. Contracting – a couple of Nelson-born and bred lads pooling Simon has seen all these changes coming during frequent their skills. It has now expanded to Graham Vercoe, also Nelsontrips to Australia, surveying the market trends. Home Living born and the G.J. Gardiner franchisee with more than 600 homes Solutions is a response to that demand for more efficient, hassleto his credit. Civil engineering contractor Gary Donaldson was free home-building. a latecomer to Nelson at the tender age of nine, but the others Simon might have set out initially to secure the land overlooked that for the sake of his extensive land development needed for his companies’ stability, but he and partners soon and business expertise. found themselves taking the group-building concept to the next Home Living Solutions became a dream level – which even extends to partners in mortgage team of expertise and buying power, which is financing and property management for investors "A dream team transforming the way Nelsonians ease into a new who want to rent their Nelson foothold. (Auckland of expertise and home. Subdivisions are springing up rapidly around wealth is already surfacing here, he notes.) buying power." Richmond and Stoke, the sites a hive of diggers, The one-stop shop spread its wings wide in a SIMON COLLETT builders and subbies’ vans. Entire neighbourhoods very short time. Witness the rollcall of Home Living are rising in one go – which is quick for the new Solutions’ projects on the go: residents and means they are not subjected to Three Ridges, 64 lots off The Ridgeway in Stoke. drawn-out disruption around them. Mount Richmond, off Hill St, a boutique subdivision at 11 They have already benefited financially from this new, sections. efficient method of building. Simon says a number of“middleLangdale Grove, accessed from Wensley Rd in Richmond, men" are cut out of the process because buyers go direct to the its 53 lots cosying up to facilities in the big Olive Estate lifestyle builders, and once those buyers have chosen their preferred village behind. area, they can leaf through four large portfolios of homes from Carmello Grove further down Wensley, another boutique Jennian, Milestone and G.J. Gardner’s Classic and Express ranges. offering of 15 sections. In common with the others, it boasts views All budgets find options, and the permutations of style, size, to the western ranges and those Nelson sunsets that take the materials and layout runs into the hundreds. breath away. Beyond that, buyers have the opportunity to tweak designs to In all, HLS has a running total of more than 140 sections their own unique needs – the touches that transform a house into under development. And this is just the beginning. In the a home. Jennian and G.J Gardner even have their own teams of planning stages are the 50-lot Exeter Estates near Nayland architects to deliver upmarket bespoke designs. College. Prices are agreed upfront – with healthy competition among Home Living Solutions is establishing a formula: affordable the three brands – and the preferred builder swings into action, building sites, often in established areas and close to schools calling on trusted subcontractors. The buyer is spared what in and shops, combined with an easier construction process. It’s a the past could be a stressful process of project-managing their formula that has found a ready market. house build. Home Living Solutions aims to manage it all via The four local lads ended up showing the national players its preferred builders, right up to the point of “handing over the how it can be done. Simon, for one, has innovation is in his keys”. genes – he went out on his own from the moment he finished his Simon adds that the building options extend to apartments, building apprenticeship. Now only just in his 40s, that drive to with tilt-slab concrete construction – slightly dearer but quieter find new ways of doing things, and deliver the best solution for and more fireproof. Apartments in the midst of suburbia are his customers, is undiminished. common overseas but still something of an innovation in Nelson. Watch this space – it could be the site of your next home.


Above left: The Jennian show home. Above right: Milestone Homes show home Below: The Classic show home from GJ Gardner


Working for you SIMON COLLETT Simon was born and raised in Nelson. After leaving Waimea College he attended Nelson Polytechnic, completing a carpentry course before working as an apprentice builder locally. Upon completing his three-year apprenticeship, Simon founded his own business at the age of 21. Between the ages of 21-26, he built up Simon Collett Builders Ltd to achieve 20 new homes per annum. His next step was to get involved in the housing company structure, and become both builder and businessman. With support of wife Kylie, Simon joined the Jennian group in 2001, and purchased a site to complete a show home. This was a great success. “I hold the record for the most homes sold over a year with the Jennian group and my Nelson-based franchise holds the most franchise awards in Jennian’s 35+ year history.” Simon now operates Jennian Homes Nelson from a custom-built building, including a selection centre at 6 Champion Road, Richmond, and also owns and operates a separate building brand, Milestone Homes (founded 2008). ANDREW SPITTAL Andrew is a born and bred Nelson boy, completing his secondary education at Waimea College. Rugby was a big part of Andrew’s early years, representing Nelson at a national provincial level.

Andrew initially qualified as a butcher’s apprentice before working at the Nelson Freezing Works for seven years. During this period, Andrew worked for Neil Ching Drainlayers during the off-season, eventually opting to work fulltime as a drainlayer and completing his drainlaying qualification. In 1994, he bought into the business then subsequently, along with his wife Deborah, became the sole owners of the now Ching Contracting Ltd. Over the last 20 years the business has been transformed from what was essentially a residential drainage business into Nelson’s largest specialist drainage and water reticulation specialist. GRAHAM VERCOE A local Nelson lad, Graham spent his early years moving between Stoke and Richmond, where he attended Waimea College. Graham entered the industry through an apprenticeship in Carpentry & Joinery with local firm W.E Wilkes, completing his 4000 hours by mid-1979. Marrying in November that year, Graham shifted to Sydney for what turned out to be a two-year stay. During his time in Sydney, Graham worked on various building projects within the residential field and founded his own building company. He moved back to his hometown in October 1992 and spent eight years buying property, redeveloping the sites and converting one house into three or four

Home Living Solutions is a syndicate of four local Nelson lads who set out to create affordable new homes in the Nelson region. town houses. In late 2000 Graham purchased the Nelson/Tasman GJ Gardner Homes franchise. During the last 16 years the company has built hundreds of homes. GARY DONALDSON Gary moved to Nelson aged 9 and spent his early years in Stoke. On leaving high school, he trained with NZPO, becoming a skilled telecommunication linesman. During the early stages of his career Gary spent time in both Australia and New Zealand. It was during this time Gary met his wife, Lynley, with whom he spent eight months travelling the world. Returning to Australia, the pair married and had their first son, Luke. They returned home to New Zealand in 1988 where Gary joined forces with old school mate Gary Adcock to form Adcock & Donaldson Contracting. He spent the next 22 years growing the business then in August 2012 took full ownership of the contracting company, which was rebranded to Donaldson Civil in early 2013. The company has gone from strength to strength since the change in ownership.


The Kitchen (Photo by Luke Marshall)

The Bridge Street Collective


elson’s urban development evolved to a new level with the arrival of The Bridge Street Collective five years ago, and today it is still unique. An award-winning co-working space in central Nelson, the Collective was established in 2011, but is currently undergoing a major refurbishment to take it to the next stage. A new café and improved co-working space are among the changes, along with future development of the laneway next door. Still the only co-working space in the city, the Collective works by renting out open-plan desk spaces and self-contained offices, with casual and permanent membership options available. A meeting room is also available to rent … by the hour or the day. The new Kitchen café is open to members and the public and is a favourite amongst many Nelsonians with its


Award-winning urban development sets the bar high fantastic coffee, freshly-made food, great ambiance and free Wi-Fi. Key elements of a successful coworking space don’t just include the building and its location. Essential to success is its community; an aspect that can’t just be created overnight. “It takes time to nurture and develop,” says founder Galen King. “Our community is vital to the growing success of the Collective.” General Manager Jen Stewart adds that because the Collective is a co-working space, management is always thinking about the relationship between physical space and human behaviour. “How can we foster productivity? How do we create a space that invites community? What effects do the aesthetics of a space have on human performance and wellbeing? “We’re always tinkering with our layout and design, always listening to our members and finding ways to incorporate their feedback. At a micro level, you could

say we’re an ever-changing experiment in urban design.” She adds that whatever shape the proposed laneway development next door ultimately takes, it will be an expression of the same principles that already guide the Bridge Street Collective: “A belief that the built environment is foundational to fostering the kind of community we want to inhabit here in Nelson. That is, a community that celebrates our interdependence on each other as a strength, and uses it as a springboard to help individuals dream bigger, innovate and grow.” Collective member Keni-Duke Hetet of Cube Architecture is helping to develop its ongoing architectural design. “I first walked into this building after Galen [King] bought it. We walked down here and had a look through it,” he recalls. “The inspiration for the Bridge Street Collective started there, with a discussion


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The Bridge Street Collective has not only been instrumental in helping me find work in Nelson after moving here from Auckland, it has helped me to establish a great network of people in my industry by offering a central meeting point for groups such as the Nelson web meet-up. S T EWA RT K N A P M A N

on the look and feel of it, and how it should operate.I proposed the idea of the open plan, and the cafe, as well as the idea of exposing the bones of the building, to actually see it working; that’s why we see all the steel and the trusses etc.,” says KeniDuke. “I’m really stoked with how things are turning out.” The laneway project has been a long process, but the Collective is 'nearly there' regarding the final design, which he is helping to develop in terms of the architectural aspect. “We had always intended to push some community initiatives, and the idea of the outdoor space came from that. It’s an exciting next stage.”

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The idea of creating a co-working space came about when founder Galen King was a freelance designer. “I always felt kind of lonely and isolated in my work. I have always felt that we do more work as creatives when we have the chance to collaborate or share ideas with people around us. In addition, we have the opportunity to inspire or be inspired by our studio mates,” he says. “The funny thing is that I had never even heard of a coworking space when I started this and it was two years from opening before I even visited another one. It’s been an interesting journey sort of figuring things out as we go.” “The strength, support, and loyalty of our community has been key to the growing sustainability of the Collective.” Galen had attempted to set up something similar in Takaka when Lucid was based in Golden Bay; but there simply weren’t enough people over there. “When we moved back to Nelson at the end of 2009, I had the vision from the outset to find a space large enough to eventually develop a shared co-working space.” “It took about two years and the Bridge Street Collective was born in September 2011.” Galen looked at several “spaces” on the outskirts of Nelson CBD before deciding on Bridge Street. “I am very grateful that we ended up with a space right in the middle of town.” “For members, it’s great being accessible to clients and customers; for the space, it’s nice to have a pubic presence for attracting new members; and for the city, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that having a community venture like this in town inspires and motivates people and businesses and brings vibrancy to the CBD.” The next stage of his vision - to develop the empty section next-door into a laneway incorporating play areas for children, spaces for retail and eateries, communal meeting/event spaces, and more offices – is already under way so watch that space.


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iverWalk Apartments developer Kent Inglis has lived on Ajax Ave beside the Maitai for the past five years, which is a statement of confidence in his vision and in the prime inner-city location. “Two minutes’ walk to the movies on a Sunday night — that’s the attraction,” he says.





















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Such lock-up-and-leave convenience found ready buyers for the apartments being developed on part of the site of the old AA Motels between Halifax St and the river. Construction of the six-apartment Irving Jack designed complex is imminent, with four units sold and one to be occupied by Kent, his wife Michelle and son Cam. The remaining apartment will not be marketed until closer to completion. Kent, whose background is in aquaculture management, found the design process the most challenging part of his first residential build. “We were mindful of keeping all the units on one level” to appeal to babyboomer (and older) buyers. “They sold very quickly.” He also fielded plenty of interest from out of town, without advertising. Such locations are not cheap, “but we offer value, and the location is first-class”. Residential development was “an interesting exercise”, but Kent is keeping his options open for the future. He also does aquaculture consulting work for an American based NGO and manages other property investments. Meanwhile, city attractions such as the movies, shops, cafes, Saturday market, sports and events at Trafalgar Park are a stroll from the front door, amid the idyllic park-like setting of the Maitai Walk.















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handier location for a home is hard to imagine. Mapua’s latest subdivision has a rural aspect but is an attractive, relaxed and convenient spot to live, with all of the village’s services and amenities within easy walking distance, says spokesperson Sarah Glazebrook. Mapua Inlets is a 15-section development in the heart of Mapua. It is located at the end of Iwa St that is bordered by the estuary, the bowling club and the Domain. Stroll across the Domain to the tennis courts, shops, cafe, pub and professional services. Turn down Aranui Rd and you find the community church and school. All of these are less than a kilometre away from the sections. Locals will attest that Mapua is hard to beat, and the crowds who want to live there, or just flock in at weekends for boutique shopping, bike-riding and a coffee or pint of craft beer, would echo the sentiment, says Sarah – who has called the village home since 1992. Being located at the middle of Tasman Bay, away from the hills, Mapua is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand,


which has helped to make it one of the boom areas of the Nelson region, blessed with the small-town joy of watching kids dive off the wharf, while just a skip away from city amenities – yet light-years away from city stresses. The bike trail has had a big impact, turning the Sunday drive into a Sunday ride for hundreds crossing from Rabbit Island on the ferry to visit the new cafes and outlets at the wharf. Mapua Inlets sections are priced from $223,000 and will be build-ready with geotech reports when title comes through in October. The whole sites are raised and compacted for future peace of mind so houses can be placed where they wish on the section, though within the usual Council-set boundary restrictions, of course. Services will be to the boundary, including town-supply water and fibre-optic cable. All but four of these generous sections face a 16m-wide drainage reserve on their northern boundary that will be grassed and planted to encourage aquatic life and native fish. The sections that do border the reserve will include a metre-wide strip of native shrubs. Earthworks have begun at the subdivision, extending the end of Iwa St. The developers have chosen not to include ‘builders terms’, meaning that purchasers can employ the builder and house company of their choice. The 2000-strong village boasts professional services such as legal, medical and dental that are usually the preserve of much bigger towns. It also possesses a strong community spirit epitomised in projects such as a ‘do-it-ourselves’ library and the popular Easter fair, the latter funding the large, successful primary school and playcentre. All of that and the Leisure Park are a stroll away from Mapua Inlets. Sarah says the subdivision – developed by her brother Bill – has generated keen interest from those wishing to live in a pretty little town boasting sea, estuary and mountain views, a vibrant artistic flavour and a family-friendly heart. Selling sections is a new venture for Sarah, but she can provide all the technical details, and her local knowledge puts any professional to shame. Mapua sells itself in a sense. A walk round the neighbourhood is all it takes. You can reach Sarah on 0272 414 262 or visit the website mapuainlets.co.nz

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ince the Nelson/Tasman region’s earliest days, Mapua has been an important spot on the coastal map for business, living and recreation. Today it is a thriving seaside village with a resident population of just over 2000, offering an abundance of things to see and do. During the summer months, especially the holiday season, visitors flood the coastal village literally non-stop. Some set up camp during the week prior to Christmas, ready to move in before the festive turkey is properly digested. From noon on Boxing Day until well into February, there is a steady stream of traffic— pedestrian, cyclist and vehicular — flowing in and out of Mapua. As a district it is booming, according to the local business owners, partly thanks to the main vehicle thoroughfare bypassing Mapua and the adjoining Ruby Bay, and largely due to the efforts of the business owners themselves. Vibrant, unique, boutique and creative, Mapua’s businesses are as much an attraction as the area’s recreation and leisure activities. The wharf and extended waterfront are home to many attractions and eateries with the most spectacular views of Tasman Bay, the Waimea Inlet, Rabbit Island, and the Richmond Ranges any time of the year. Many members of the small yet active business community are part of the Mapua District Business Association, whose brief is partly to encourage positive development. Association coordinator Janet Taylor says the group was founded [in 1992] to provide a single forum for small businesses to relate to each other, to other local associations and to lobby Council on a range of issues affecting our area. The area is home to numerous artists, many of them members of Ruby Coast Arts. Check out the website rubycoastarts.co.nz or visit the area during Open Studio weekend


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on June 4, 5 and 6. The extended Mapua/Ruby Bay community works hard keep the village feel of the area alive, strenuously resisting what it sees as undesirable change. “No McDonalds for us,” says one resident. Sympathetic residential developments get the thumbs up, as do desirable commercial projects such as the new Shed 4 at Mapua Wharf. Opened just prior to Christmas last year, Shed 4 has already added to the attraction of Mapua as a destination to live, work, relax and play. Among the thriving new businesses is Patrick Stowe’s Rimu Wine Bar. Selling upwards of 45 of the region’s wines plus a variety of craft beers, pizzas and platters, the bar is a popular meeting place both days and nights. Shed 4 is also home to several boutique retail outlets such as Kete, Alberta’s, Architect Studio, and Darby & Joan. Cathie Gould of Kete offers an array of gourmet locally produced and crafted goodies. She views her business as offering an environment in which local producers can showcase what they offer to locals and visitors alike. I want to encourage local innovation and creativity,” Cathie explains. “I’m blown away with the quality of what is available.” Cathie says Mapua is already an established destination and she’s keen to keep it that way. She estimates about one third of her customers are international tourists, one third domestic tourists and the remaining third locals. “Many people just pop out from Nelson or over from the West Coast for a visit.” Simone Wenk of Architecture Studio Mapua is another Shed 4 lessee. Eco-friendly architecture is the basis of Simone’s work ethos and she loves working in such an eco-friendly environment. “I have such a beautiful view; I work where other people holiday and it is so inspiring.” Simone has seen several developments since she arrived in Mapua in 2009. “They were just working on the waterside park when I first arrived and then on Shed 4. Now there’s lots of subdivision work happening. I just hope it doesn’t get too big and lose that village feel, which is one of the aspects that makes it so desirable to live and work in.” Staying small will also, Simone believes, help keep the feeling of community that exists amongst those who do live and work in the village. Darby & Joan owner Sue Jones agrees small is good when it 54

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H to pizza to fresh fish and chips beachside. The Apple Shed Café has long been part of Mapua’s café culture, starting out as The Mapua Smokehouse. Current co-owner Mandy Pearcy worked there in the old days, then when it became The Apple Shed under new ownership, before finally — along with Shelley Robinson — buying it. Mapua has really gone ahead in the last five years, she says. “It’s always been a busy little place, but now, with all the new boutique shops, there’s more reason to visit.” The Apple Shed uses locally produced wines, beer, ciders and food products where possible, and in turn locals support it during the leaner winter months. “It should be on everyone’s bucket list,” says Mandy. Harcourts Mapua Real Estate agent Wendy Perry has found that “everyone loves to live in Mapua. It’s a real community — friendly, safe, fantastic weather.” Mapua born and bred, Wendy and the whole Perry family have a history with Mapua going back over 80 years and she can think of no better place to reside. “The café culture, the relaxed vibe, easy access to many biking trails and the beautiful scenery that the Tasman district is renowned for. There is a real village feel to Mapua — people buy here to experience a feeling of belonging. They like to be part of a caring community where neighbours quickly become friends. It’s a bit like a step back in time, but there is easy access to Nelson and Richmond and Motueka, so you are spoilt for choice for larger town amenities.” 56

usband and wife Mike and Karen Walters operate Kereru Gallery in Mapua as an outlet for their work and that of selected others. Mike is an award-winning, classically trained jeweller with 18 years’ experience and Karen is a highly trained designer and sculptor. Together their skills combine to produce exquisite hand-made pieces which are unique, contemporary and fresh, yet refined and masterfully crafted. Karen creates stylised, abstract forms using native timber, shifting between wall, freestanding and hanging pieces. Mike designs and crafts high-end jewellery as well as working on repairs, remodelling and commissioned pieces. They also exhibit work from a ‘hand-picked’ selection of approximately 30 talented NZ artists whom they represent throughout the year. Sculptures, jewellery, paintings, ceramics and cast glass form cohesive exhibitions within Kereru’s purpose-built modern gallery on Iwa Street in Mapua. Nestled close to the picturesque Mapua Wharf, Kereru Gallery always exhibits 40 percent local works within its three exhibition spaces. Its on-site jewellers’ and sculptors’ workshops can be viewed by the public. What makes Kereru Gallery different are the unique artists it features, showcasing works unable to be viewed elsewhere, and all quality goods, at reasonable prices. “We believe in artwork in the home,” says Karen. “It’s so uplifting. We are a boutique gallery so we don’t cater for the masses, but we do offer an ever-changing range of fresh and uplifting visual stimulation.” Mapua is the perfect place for their gallery, they say. “We wanted to be in a beautiful environment to make beautiful things.”

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grandmother gains the credit for teaching Sharron Wetere how to appreciate both inner and outer beauty. The busy real estate agent and businesswoman says she remembers the way her grandmother’s hair was set perfectly with rollers, her clothing well put together and her makeup shades subtle and sophisticated, yet she always took care of her large family, raising them to be kind and thankful for what they had. “My grandmother was always happy and thinking of others. She was extremely busy, keeping the house by herself, spending quality time with her children and grandchildren. She also worked in a haberdashery, but she always managed to be beautifully or appropriately dressed,” says Sharron. “I remember her winter shades of lipstick, and I was lucky enough to have had most of my clothes tailored by her.” Thanks to that influence, Sharron’s own beauty ethos is not just about dressing to look beautiful, but also about being happy, healthy and feeling good. “You can look beautiful coming into a room happy with big smiles, but if you appear uptight, angry or depressed people pick up on that and feel uncomfortable around you,” she says. “They won’t think of you as looking beautiful even if you have made every effort to look good.” Having the right mind-set, she explains, is vital. “The most beautiful people are happy people. We can’t always be happy, but if we remind ourselves of all the things we can be happy or thankful for, you can turn around that feeling pretty quickly, so don’t sweat the small stuff.” Sharron has a busy lifestyle, working face-to-face with people from all walks of life on a daily basis. She thrives on it. “I love my job,” she says. “I help people or facilitate making their dreams come true. I love meeting people and most of my clients become friends.” With such a busy work life, Sharron makes the most of her downtime, keeping both body and


mind healthy and active. “My family are my biggest hobby,” she explains, and with a five-month-old daughter and a 20-year-old son, she and fiancé Julius are certainly kept busy on the parenting front. “I like to get outdoors as much as I can and go walking, golfing or fishing, as well as getting involved in community projects and trying to travel somewhere new at least once a year.” And what are the products that go with her in her beauty bag? “Cleansing and moisturising with sun protection added are important,” she says. “A favourite of

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Your stomach should not rule your heart


ore people are slowly becoming aware that constant taking of pharmaceutical medication such as anti-inflammatories, anti-anxiety and antibiotics can be very harmful to the body. With long-term use they can damage the liver and stomach. I believe this has been the case for me. I decided to try and reverse this damage, and to treat my many intolerances to certain foods and fragrances by undergoing the ancient holistic therapy of acupuncture. Suffering from crippling gut pains and poor skin, I was told by a doctor that I was intolerant to almost everything under the sun, which meant cutting out most of my favourite things or finding alternative solutions. What cheese? No blue vein? Being a gourmet foody, this was a nightmare. I realised that I had to find a way to be able to eat these things; my stomach wasn’t going to rule my heart. The body is a magnificent machine and the majority of us were born with the amazing ability to heal ourselves. The basic idea of acupuncture is to work with the body’s own ‘chi’ or energy force to help make


every part of our body work in harmony – strengthening our body to have the ability to heal itself. I went to John Black, a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). I had heard others had great results and I believed anyone who learnt the Chinese language in order to fit in and train in traditional Chinese hospitals must be extremely passionate and knowledgeable about what he does. In my experience the difference is Western medicine figures out the condition then offers a treatment, while Chinese medicine is more individualised and looks at the vast number of things that could be affecting a certain reaction in/on the body. A TCM practitioner can also learn much about what may be out of balance by looking at a client’s tongue and feeling their pulse. Food and cosmetic intolerances, in a basic explanation, usually means your liver is hyperactive, treating things as if they are a threat to the body and sending out signals that create symptoms such as cramping, or skin or bowel reactions. John’s diagnosis on me in Chinese

medicine terms was dampness of the spleen and a disturbed liver. This affects my stomach working in harmony with these organs, resulting in very poor digestion and bumpy skin texture. Deficiencies in these organs can also affect your emotional states — a poor spleen can mean you’re susceptible to stress and a poor liver can mean you’re prone to anger or depression, and vice-versa, these emotional states can affect your liver and spleen. My treatment was a series of acupuncture sessions to calm the liver, strengthen my kidneys, clear dampness from the spleen and activate my blood. Although I could see physical results straight away, the first treatment did result in a day of things getting worse in the stomach and bowel department. Over the coming week things started to improve and it was becoming clear that my digestion was improving. After a month of weekly treatments I was getting in balance including my skin and other areas clearing, such as cellulite — that’s what every woman wants to hear, right? Praise my new saviour John Black. After continual fortnightly treatments for four months I am eating all the things I wasn’t supposed to, without discomfort but in moderation of course! I believe regular acupuncture visits are extremely beneficial to keep in balance and as a preventive measure, and having my organs working well has meant better immunity for me also. Acupuncture can be a slower method of treatment because you are training your body to work out its own balance, but with perseverance you can see your conditions heal completely or enable longer periods without discomfort. You don’t have to live with constant pain or deprive your life of things that you want — there are alternatives.


The tongue is a reflection of the whole body. Acupuncturists will look at its colour, its coating: is it slippery, greasy, furry, thick, thin etc; does the tongue body have splits or spots. For instance, a big cut down the middle of the tongue can suggest digestion problems at a glance. John Black treated an 85-year-old man with severe itching on his back; he was diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis and a dermatologist said there was no cure. He had a thick brown line down the centre of the tongue suggesting severe constipation, which the patient confirmed. Targetting the constipation with acupuncture, his skin condition cleared within days.



Contemporary Victorian grandeur 1. Magnificent bay windows and French doors afford superb views and easy access to the outdoors 2. A shapely heated saltwater pool adds to the resort-like feel of the property 3. Looking down from the second storey across the garden to The Cut







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ne of Nelson’s iconic Victorian mansions, Walcott House as it was known when it was built by Colonel Walcott, circa 1885, was one of Nelson’s early grand houses. After 10 years of renovations it continues to be one of the city’s finest. Bought by its current owners in 2003, the two-storey Victorian grand dame sits majestically on 1500m2 of lush, resort-like grounds overlooking The Cut. At 400m2 the house has plenty of space for family and friends alike to entertain or relax in. Having undertaken several heritage renovations previously, the owners fell in love with the “lovely old house” because it had such a charming holiday feel about it. Living in the house is like being on holiday every day, is how the owners describe it. “It’s such a serene house, calm and tranquil, spacious and incredibly private, and with the amazing views and all day Nelson sun. It’s quite a sanctuary. ” Renovation projects have included adding modern features such as ducted central heating, surround sound indoors and out, double glazed windows and a master chef-quality kitchen, whilst retaining its colonial heritage with huge bay windows, an elegant rosewood staircase originally shipped over from England, 14 ft-high ceiling, and four fireplaces. The end result is a subtle, sumptuous blend of heritage and modern luxury. From the five-car parking bay, visitors are greeted at the front entrance by a seasonal show of colour from geraniums in tubs on stone columns covered in climbing ficus, espaliered white camellias and a French climbing rose with soft creamy pink flowers. Steps lead up to the covered porch and an original halfglassed door with side and top lights. Inside the impressive entry hall, some of the stately Victorian architectural features immediately become apparent in the high, original timber ceilings, deep skirting boards and the breathtaking staircase.

Walking from room to room is like gliding on clouds; the thick plush carpet throughout the house was brought in from America after the homeowners came across it in a friend’s home. The home comprises five bedrooms, two with ensuites and two with French doors opening onto the upstairs terrace overlooking the bay. An upstairs office with 360-degree views and bathed in all-day sunshine also opens onto the terrace. “We previously had a home in Nelson and a holiday home in Golden Bay. Now we have a holiday home all year-round in Nelson,” the owner laughs. With formal and informal living rooms, a music room, a guest bedroom, and a rumpus room all with French doors accessing the private back deck, it’s a stroll to the back gardens and lawn and the magnificent heated saltwater swimming pool and cedar hot tub. Splendid original kauri fireplaces feature throughout the house, including in two of the bedrooms, reminders of the Victorian age, while stylish contemporary redecorating with paint, lighting and luxurious window treatments contrasts beautifully. The main living room, dining room and modern kitchen have large bifold doors that peel back for easy flow onto the front terrace which is designed for maximum privacy— fabulous for enjoying drinks and dinner with family and friends on balmy Nelson evenings. The terrace leads off into expansive gardens, studded with magnificent specimen trees, full of bird life, seasonal colours and scents, with a lush lawn for picnicking, sitting in the sun or a game of croquet. With all that there’s definitely no need to holiday anywhere else. Anyone interested in this property should visit www.bayleys.co.nz and contact Nina James on 021 293 7725, email nina.james@bayleys.co.nz



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Moritaki the Forest Waterfall BY CHRISTO SAGGERS


oritaki is so enchanting you could imagine the fairies fighting over this magical microcosm of native flora and fauna. Formality has been thrown aside and nature has been encouraged to dominate. This by no means should give the impression of an unkempt wilderness left to its own devices – nothing could be further from the truth. This is impeccably clever design by Hiro Yoshida, a Japanese landscape artist, as that is surely what he is, and a close friend of the owners Andrea and Peter 1 Forrest. Hiro cannot take the entire claim for this stunning garden as the Forrests’ were left to choose all the native plants themselves – and how well they have succeeded. The garden tells the story of an exciting journey around New Zealand’s flora map. Moritaki — meaning ‘the forest waterfall’ — lives up to its name although it is located on a suburban street on the outskirts of Blenheim. The architecturally designed cedar clad house was completed in the late 1990s and then the fun began! Not even 20 years later Andrea and Peter have transformed this sheep paddock into an award-winning festival of native plants, making it so much more than a garden. The journey starts at the street entrance where one is greeted by the finest and largest domesticated examples of Pachystegis insignis (Marlborough rock daisies) that I have seen. From here the garden envelops you with a controlled and structured format that guides you, with ever-increasing wonder, around the Forrests’ forest. Avid fans of native plants must book a tour with Garden Marlborough to appreciate it but I’ll try to encourage you with my simple words and images. What is undoubtedly masterful is the use of native ground covers to not only help suppress weeds but also to create the real feeling of nature. Moritaki 72

is so successful because of the way the Forrests’ have managed to capture the entire natural forest and compress it into a condensed area. I love the relationship, from the groundcovers up, past the rocks, water and low ferns, grasses and shrubs to the mid-size shrubs such as Chordospartium stevensonii (weeping broom), astelia, hebe and flaxes and onwards to the sky past the trees. The way the garden is layered both horizontally and vertically is exceptional. The feeling of space is exaggerated by the clever positioning of the house in the SE corner of the section allowing for the plantings to frame the section. The large irregular expanse of fine green grass, which was a lawn tennis court, balances the forest and feels like an open glade. The now mature trees block any sense of the neighbouring rooflines. Totara, Rimu, Beech, Titoki, Kanuka, Wineberry, Rewarewa and many other species thrive with the help of some added water. The centerpiece of the garden in my mind is the water feature, which bubbles and gurgles its way from natural setting through the forest floor to the pond, the only obvious man-made feature. Here you can most easily see the Japanese influences. This is my favourite style of native garden. The design is Japanese in essence but it is the clever choice of native plants and hard work that have pulled all elements together to make this garden worthy of any hardback garden book that adorns coffee tables across the country. My top tips: Mix the gravels – the white and the grey turn two lesser materials into a much better one – they are better together! Choose plants that don’t overcrowd each other so you give them the best shot. Use ground covers as much as possible, they are like a living carpet.



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This gorgeous dessert cake has a custard-like texture and is studded with tart blackberries. During autumn we harvest bowlfuls of blackberries from our thornless bushes and freeze any excess for adding to winter baking. They are like a warm summer kiss on a cool winter’s night.

Serves 8 Ingredients: Approx. 2 cups frozen blackberries 4 free-range eggs 250 ml milk 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste Pinch of salt 1/3 cup white flour or ground hazelnuts Icing sugar for dusting Directions: Generously grease a large tart dish with butter. Arrange the berries in a single layer in the tart dish and set aside to defrost for 30 minutes. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and salt. Slowly add the flour, whisking as you go to avoid lumps, into a smooth thin batter. Set aside until the berries are slightly thawed. Preheat the oven to 190C. Pour the custard over the berries and bake for 30 minutes until just set. It is okay if the middle is a little wobbly but not runny. Serve warm or cold with a dusting of icing sugar. Will keep in the fridge for several days.





great reputation breeds great expectations. The continual accolades afforded Nelson’s Hopgoods restaurant must sit like a sword of Damocles over it. Every budding amateur cooking show critic will be interrogating the food. So it was with a beady eye and diagnostic disposition that Mrs F and I prowled into Hopgoods for dinner. No clutch of gongs or framed awards was going to sway Mrs F. No, she can sniff out an over-seasoned consume at 20 paces. We were completely ‘headed off at the pass’ by a most charming French maître d’hôtel. The beauty of a French accent is that it can make the recital of the periodic table sound romantic. This was just the start of what can only be described as textbook service. Drinks were ordered first. In this case it was an excellent bottle of Neudorf’s Maggie’s Block Pinot Gris. While I was falling in love with the maître d’, I did manage to order our food without making a complete fool of myself. The first thing that came to the table was a complimentary amuse-bouche of smoked Ora King Salmon with pickled vegetables, and a great little mouthwaterer it was too. Mrs F ordered a twice-baked, blue cheese soufflé with beets, apple, cranberry and walnuts ($22) and I had crayfish Mezzaluna (filled pasta in a crescent shape) with scampi, tomato, zucchini and fennel ($24). Both these starters were faultless. The soufflé was offset by the sharpness of the apple and cranberry, with texture provided by the walnuts. The rich crayfish pasta and scampi were brought in line by the slightly acidic tomato sauce. Mains of slow-cooked lamb rump with the Irish potato dish, colcannon, accompanied by carrots, lentils, bacon and salsa verde ($37) and for Mrs F a

Textbook service from iconic restaurant main-sized starter of roast pork belly, celeriac, pear, chestnut puree and prunes ($37). We ordered side dishes of fried broccoli and crispy fried potatoes, both $10. You don’t really need the side dishes as the mains are a decent size but they sounded so good. Once again the mains equalled the starters’ quality and were just delicious. The lamb was cooked slightly pink — quite a difficult task for slow-cooking — and the pork belly was meltingly succulent with the crispy skin. Even though you don’t need it, you must order the fried broccoli — it comes with anchovy cream. The wait staff continually poured the wine and topped up the water. This used to be normal restaurant etiquette but so ‘café-ised’ has New Zealand service become, this simple task is becoming a rarity. We were so beautifully complete

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Challenging wine vintage B Y P H I L L I P R E AY


intage 2016 in Nelson and Marlborough provided some heartstopping moments for winemakers and viticulturists. Things started well, in fact almost too well. An excellent set saw vines groaning with heavy fruit bunch weights. This sounds great but all this extra fruit, if allowed to mature, dissipates the grapes’ fruit flavours and can lead to thin wines lacking in body and depth. In order to avoid this, most growers rapidly started to drop bunches. In some cases up to 50 percent of the bunches hit the dirt. Even with this culling it will still be a big harvest. The nightmare for every winemaker is rain at harvest time. Nelson suffered the worst of it with up to 200ml falling in two days. I chatted with several winery staff to find out how vintage was for them. Michael Glover from Mahana actually experienced some fruit shortage. As the dry conditions started to bite, Mahana dropped a lot of fruit to help de-stress the vines and as a result will experience as much as a one-third reduction of volume for its sauvignon


blanc. However, what fruit they did get, Michael is very pleased with. This was echoed by other vineyards regarding sauvignon blanc. Vintage 2016 will be an excellent year for the savvys with more tropical flavour notes coming through. The pinots at Mahana look to be more elegant this year; a cooler fermentation, good acids and fine tannins point the wine to a more restrained pinot. Mahana still had its reisling and some pinot gris on the vine the first week in May, so expect to see some concentrated aromatics under its label. Blackenbrook’s Daniel Schwarzenbach echoed a similar story. The looming rains around harvest time meant a frantic pre-rain pick to ensure that if it went all belly up there would be at least something to sell. As it was the rain was torrential but short-lived — over 200mls in two days. As with other vineyards there was a potentially huge harvest in terms of quantity. The long, but not necessarily hot, summer provided Daniel with fruit that had great acid sugar balance. His montepulciano was still on

the vine first week in May so that will be a red wine to look forward too. Stu Marfell of Vavasour wines says vintage in Awatere looks to be good, particularly for sauvignon blanc. The Awatere, as a district, probably had the best vintage out of Nelson and Marlborough, evidenced by fewer problems with bunch sizes and no real rain issues. Vintners didn’t experience the big bunch weights of Nelson and the Wairau so the pinot noir has achieved excellent ripeness and concentration. Predictions are that the pinots are going to be generous wines. In summary, the 2016 vintage fared remarkably well despite the untimely rains. It looks to be a stellar year for sauvignon blanc. The pinots will be a little restrained; a more elegant style, apart from the Awatere, which look to produce bigger wines. For the late ripening varieties particularly the reds and aromatics, this could be a very good vintage considering the Indian summer we have been having. Good without being great. Savvy fans look to be in for a treat.


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Mapua’s Golden beer BY MARK PREECE


’ve just finished a perfect kiwi camping experience in Kaiteriteri. The weather has been amazing; we’ve caught some exhilarating downwind runs on our surf skis, interspersed with numerous laps and crashes on the mountain bike park. Now it’s time to head home, but on the way, we follow the sound of music to its source — the Golden Bear Brewery. “Right after we opened some kids wanted to play music one day,” says Jim Matranga, brewer at Golden Bear Brewery. “So I said, ‘we’ll give you a taco for lunch and you play music’. I watched the people and they just kept turning up and drinking beer, and I thought ‘I have an idea’. Now we’ve had music every Friday

and Sunday night for years.” It’s this sort of eye for an opportunity that brought Jim to Mapua to brew beer. He arrived in New Zealand back in 1994, and bought some land in Haast with his then girlfriend and now wife, Anne. After celebrating their purchase with three awful beers from as many bars, a bartender finally explained to Jim that two main brewers dominated production in New Zealand. “All I need to do is learn to make beer and I can rule the world down here,” Jim decided and so the ex-cabinet maker moved back to Los Angeles and spent 10 years learning to brew, starting in a friend’s garage, “where most brewers learn”. He finally returned to New

Zealand in 2005, and opened Golden Bear Brewing on Mapua’s waterfront in 2008. Golden Bear produces a range of beers which is constantly changing. That’s important to meet the market, says Jim. “By not having labels and bottles, and instead producing beer in kegs, we get the opportunity to experiment.” And that’s the most fun thing about brewing, he says. “I don’t want to be producing the same thing over and over, and that’s not what our customers want either — they want novelty. A lot of brewers choose the mass market, and I never want to go there.” You might not have caught big waves, or sweated up a thirst on the mountain bike trails, but just 30 minutes from Nelson, here’s some of what Golden Bear has to offer: Body Czech Pils, ABV 5.0%. They say: a clean lager aroma that is crisp and bold on the pallet finishing with lasting bitterness from Czech Saaz hops. Kiwa Oyster Stout, ABV 5.1%. They say: a rich roast flavour with finish of saltiness from the live oysters added before end of boil. 2015 Brewers Guild of New Zealand silver medal winner American Wheat, ABV 4.1%. They say: an American style wheat beer, dead clear and a pale straw colour. It’s mild on the pallet and smooth drinking. Daily Ale, ABV 3.0%. They say: a fruity beer with pronounced hop flavour and light aroma. For a low-alcohol beer, this has plenty of flavour. Feel the Bern, ABV 7%. An American-style IPA in support of the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign, or anyone else who goes up against Trump!

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BUENOS AIRES Photo booth fun at La Boca


ne of my favourite things about Argentina is that it is Europe with a Southern Hemisphere vibe. They celebrate Christmas during summer; they love Rugby and enjoy sharing great food and wine with friends. With my best friend in tow and an agenda of exploring all that Buenos Aires had to offer, I was impressed by its history and its passion for… well, just about everything. While my history of Argentina didn’t extend much further than Madonna’s rendition of Eva Peron in the film Evita, I was reminded of Eva’s influence throughout my travels. From artwork on city building to cemetery tours and museums named in her honour, Peron is very much a figure of intrigue and historical significance. Recoleta Cemetery currently sits at #15 of almost 600 sights to explore in Buenos Aires according to TripAdvisor. While I hadn’t planned on incorporating a cemetery tour during my time in this amazing city, sourcing a local guide and having the history of Evita and many other amazing personalities that have been laid to rest within the expansive cemetery was an interesting way to get a better understanding of the country. Buenos Aires is home to many different neighborhoods. It is certainly worth doing your homework before you leave if you are planning on basing yourself in the city for an extended period of time. Transport within the city is pretty straightforward so finding accommodation (in our case an apartment via airbnb) close to the metro stations made 78

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navigating the city relatively stress free. My picks for a mix of local and tourist hot spots are La Boca, San Telmo and Palermo Soho. La Boca will see you tick off the mandatory colourful artist streets by the water (tip: don’t wander too far off the well-beaten tourist track) while San Telmo is home to gorgeous cobbled streets and laneways and the best markets in the city. Palermo (Soho & Hollywood) is a trendy hot spot where you can take your pick of great bars and restaurants producing both local and international cuisine. Malbec (a red wine variety that has found its home in Argentina) features on the menu like a good Marlborough Sav Blanc. As does steak. If you’re a vegetarian you might want to do some research before you go! Popular dining options include Restaurantes a puerta cerradas, which translates to closed-door restaurants. These are extremely popular in Buenos Aires and are by reservation only. They serve a set tasting menu in the home of the local family. While they range in quality and professionalism it’s a great way to get an insight into local lifestyle and meet fellow diners. Argentinians mingle, eat late and party later. Don’t peak too early! If you want to minge with the locals and enjoy the nightlife, save your energy, sleep in the afternoon and head out around 11pm. It’s worth it – you’ll find that your broken Spanish is passable after several cervezas at 2am!

La Perla Restaurant de Caminito at La Boca

The majwestic Iguazu Falls

While dining and shopping certainly tick my boxes on a short city break, we used BA to explore both Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay (only a short ferry trip across the Rio de la Plata from the city and well worth an overnight stay) and as an opportunity to head north and experience the wonders of Iguazu Falls. If you decide to add Iguazu Falls to your itinerary, make the effort to see them from both the Argentinian and Brazilian side. It gives you a great perspective of their size and grandeur, as does taking a boat to the base of the thunderous falls and getting soaking wet. Ladies, don’t bother with the hair straighter that day — you’re going to get wet! Like any great city and when exploring a country the size of Argentina, it’s hard to capture everything in 10 days, but if you’re looking for something that’s both different yet with an essence of the familiar, that’s welcoming and exciting, then BA makes for a great getaway and great base in which to explore extraordinary natural beauty. TRAVEL TIPS: Take $US with you. The exchange rates are much better than pulling out local currency from the ATM. Learn some basic Spanish. You’ll be appreciated for trying and it’s a great way to meet the locals. Pickpockets exist. Keep you eye on your bags and use common sense in busy areas. 79


Chris Mildon, left, with Silvan Forest owner Rick Griffin. Photo by Grant Stirling

On your bike!


Top of the South approach to mountain bike trails is creating world-class routes in Marlborough and Tasman, says the chair of the Mountain Bike Trails Trust. Chris Mildon says in the past trail developments have happened in isolation, with clubs, councils and Department of Conservation (DOC) area offices concentrating on their own back yard. But there’s been a shift in thinking over the past few years, and the region’s tracks and trail networks are far better for it. “Trying to take a broader Top-ofthe-South approach is providing a lot of new energy into this space. People come to ride trails. They don’t really care where they are. While there needs to be recognition of different land ownership, the trail network really knows no boundaries.” Chris is busy with the development of tracks in Marlborough and Nelson, both as a track designer and auditor, and through the trust, which works with organisations like DOC and councils to get robust planning in place, so networks are aligned. Those organisations don’t want to have to work with 20 different groups. “They want to work with a couple 80


of players with the knowledge and grunt to drive this on their behalf. That’s where the trust fits in.” Recent work includes new tracks in Marlborough’s Wither Hills Farm Park and Victoria Domain, managed by the Marlborough Mountain Bike Club, with support from the Marlborough District Council and the trust. Chris was involved in the design and build of those projects through his business Tasman Trails Ltd, which merges his vocation as an engineer with his passion for mountain biking. Meanwhile the trust provided machinery, “which meant we could build three times as much trail for the funding they had available”. The trust has also done a great deal of work in the Nelson area, which has been transformed since Chris moved there 16 years ago and found a few mountain bike tracks through forestry land, but nothing else. “Now Nelson is recognised as one of the world’s best mountain bike destinations.” Late last year the International Mountain Bicycling Association gave Nelson accreditation as one of only six Gold Level Ride Centres in the world. That status covers the network of trails

“Now Nelson is recognised as one of the world’s best mountain bike destinations.” between the Hira Forest in the Maitai Valley, Nelson’s Brook and Marsden Valleys, Silvan Forest and Richmond, Rabbit Island and the Kaiteriteri Mountainbike Park. The accreditation was a welcome reminder of all that has happened in the past 20 years, says Chris. “We’re so close to it we often don’t see it, so to have that validation is quite important for what’s going on here.” The Top of the South is also rich with potential when it comes to DOC estate, and “there’s a heap going on there”, says Chris. There are already trails on existing tramping routes, such as Wakamarina, Whites Bay and Nydia, and plans to make others more mountain bike friendly. DOC is embracing the concept with enthusiasm, he says. “They are very supportive of anything that gets people out into the conservation state, whether it’s on foot or bike.”




njoying an outdoor lunch at the fabulous Anchor Bar & Grill, I overheard an obvious Kiwi diner exclaim “Strewth, what a wonderful Indian summer we’re having”. Too true. While salivating over a rather nice fillet of Terakihi I reached for the iPhone to quickly google the origins of the phrase. Intriguing. Wikipedia describes the phenomenon as “a period of unseasonably warm, dry weather that sometimes occurs in autumn in the Northern Hemisphere”. The native Americans apparently were the original source of the phrase. Germany has “Altweibersommer” (old women’s summer), Russians have “babje ljeto” or grandma’s summer, while France and Spain prefer a biblical approach, “St Martin’s summer”. No mention of us Southern Hemispherenarians (is that a word?). Bollocks to Wikipedia. I propose we have our own version. A “golden summer” maybe (referencing our wonderful beaches) or better still, a “piki matiti” (long summer)? A “cousins’ summer” maybe? This would fit in with the European theme but with a much more youthful approach. I won’t suggest a national referendum – apologies to John Key. Back to Google – where would we be without it? While the cool winter winds keep us tied to the dock we boaties can waste away many an hour surfing the interweb. Boatporn is one of my favourites. No, it’s not what you think. Scantily clad bodies are not featured. Wel-proportioned and the finest boats are. The boatporn site can be found on Facebook  and aptly describes itself thus: “Eye candy for boat addicts, boat builders, sailors, dreamers, and lovers”. Brilliant. Another great Facebook page is the Australian Cruising Helmsman Magazine site. (facebook.com/CruisingHelmsman). Here you can read about research indicating that residents with a view of the water are less stressed. Really? The study, co-authored by Michigan State University’s Amber L. Pearson, is the first to find a link between health and the visibility of water, which the researchers call blue space. Fascinating stuff. “Increased views of blue space is significantly associated with lower levels of psychological distress,” said Pearson, adding “However, we did not find that with green space.”  This proves that mindless surveys and trivia can be fun but also suggests that universities are finally losing the plot. I suspect Donald Trump may have these guys on his hit list? I also get a giggle from captaincurtsgadgets.com. The home page sets the flavour“Imagine ... Step off the dock onto your freshly buffed yacht. All systems go; generator purrs, the cabin cool and comfortable, engines start right up.  Slide into gear and away you cruise. Freedom! Reality .... one disaster after another. Can’t get the canvas unsnapped; battery dead.  Frustration and costly maintenance bills are the reason so many boats never leave their slips.  Well it doesn’t have to be that way.  A few simple tips will help you keep your boat running and looking great. Climb aboard!” But the Oscar would have to go to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Facebook page (facebook.com/mymaritimemuseum). Located close to Washington USA, the museum lives and breathes boating history. Boat romantics will not be able to tear themselves away from the screen – at least until summer comes around again and we can create our own history or a decent term for a lingering summer.  

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Tucson’s star return


yundai’s Tucson is back – and how! The Korean auto maker has reintroduced the Tucson to worldwide markets, including New Zealand, replacing the ix35. It’s a welcome return after Tucson’s absence since 2009. The all-new model is now setting standards for other makers to match in the medium SUV market segment and even giving its bigger sibling, the Santa Fe, a challenge as buyers run their rule over their new car options. No, it’s not as big as the Santa Fe, not quite as luxurious and doesn’t have a seven seat option. But it has picked up many of the family features of the bigger Hyundai – including its striking good looks with the deep grille, sculptured bonnet and sharp swage lines. Appearances aside, though, the Tucson has gained impressive new levels of refinement and driveability, placing it on a different level to its predecessor. Plenty of model choices exist, too, with 2 litre petrol variants (two-wheel drive only), a 1.6 litre turbo-charged petrol with all-wheel drive and a 2 litre turbo-charged diesel, also AWD. All but the 1.6 litre petrol have six speed gearboxes; the 1.6 turbo has a seven speed dual clutch transmission. All models are available in three levels of spec. Even the entry models are well equipped with features like hill start, brake assist, daylight running lights, LED fog lights, heated side mirrors, 7-inch touch


screen audio system and Bluetooth. The diesel Elite I drove has leather, electrically operated front seats (heated front and rear too and lumbar settings for the driver), proximity key opening, auto wipers and headlights which brilliantly illuminate the roadside you are turning towards. You also get a bunch of advanced safety features including a blind-spot device (all cars should have them) and another alert mode to help in lane changing. If you love the torque of a diesel engine – and need a tow vehicle with a gutsy 400Nm of torque – you’ll go for the model I drove. It’s sweetly matched to a six speed auto transmission and delivers easy power – and some real go for overtaking if you hit the sport mode switch which changes throttle, steering and transmission response. On the highway the Tucson is mightily impressive with its quietness and poise. Hyundai touts its efforts in chassis development and it shows on the open road with its smooth, pliant ride. It’s carlike too in its ease of entry and exit, and the cabin is light and airy with good headroom front and rear. Rear seats split 60/40 and flatten to provide a sizeable 1,478 litres of space with a wide tail opening to load bulky cargo. Going up-market does come with a price – and you could end up paying well over $65,000 for a fully specced, top of the line AWD diesel (a price which would get you into a base diesel Santa Fe). However,


for more modest budgets, the petrol 2WD Tucson starts at $39,990 and it still looks the part. The Tucson won’t look out of place in the more salubrious suburbs – especially when it’s accessorised with a nudge bar, running boards, roof rack and 19inch alloy wheels. Tucson’s SUV rivals will be nervous with the Hyundai’s combination of handsome looks, power, space and comfort and confident, quiet ride. It’s a family hauling package that’s hard to beat.

Tech spec Model reviewed: Hyundai Tucson 2.0R CRDI AWD Elite Price: $56,990 (AWD diesel starts from $51,990; 2 litre 2WD petrol from $39,990; 1.6 litre turbo petrol from $47,990) Power: 136kw @ 4,000rpm, 400Nm @ 1,750-2,750rpm (diesel); 130kw @ 5,500rpm, 265Nm @ 1,500-4,000rpm (1.6 turbo petrol); 121kw @ 6,200rpm, 203Nm @ 4,700rpm (2 litre petrol) Fuel economy: Fuel economy: 6.4l/100km (diesel); 7.7 l/100km (1.6 turbo petrol); 7.9l/100km (2.0 petrol auto) Vehicle courtesy of Bowater Hyundai



Light Nelson art at its accessible best B Y J A C Q U E T TA B E L L


love just about everything about Nelson, including that it’s just 35 minutes away from Wellington. Even a home-head like me occasionally craves the bigger city buzz. I always check out the City Gallery when I’m in the capital, even though I’ve got a patchy record of coming away stimulated, elated, inspired and impressed or walking out feeling confused, perplexed and possibly stupid. Even if you’re familiar with the concepts of post-modernism, conceptual art and so on, there’s some puzzling stuff out there in the big world of the arts in the 21st century. This is one of the major pluses of Light Nelson. It’s definitely art, it’s even cutting edge with its lasers, apps and maps. But it’s accessible to all, from nanas in their woolly hats to toddlers round-eyed like possums in their backpacks. If you come away feeling puzzled it can only be at why we didn’t get on to this whole concept sooner. Light Nelson started as the brainchild of John Paul Poochin and a few 84

chums back in 2013, and delivered us the unforgettable experience of walking over the Chinese bridge in the Queens Gardens through a fine mist, laser-lit with rainbows. In 2014 it was bigger and brighter with visually stunning installations such as Fleur Stewart’s illuminated sheep and the Manawatu Arts Centre’s flying neon horse. Light Nelson is back again from July 8-12 and the organising team has made changes to improve the experience in a whole lot of ways, from closing off Hardy Street, through to a one-way system for a better flow. It has also commissioned two anchor projects that lift the game in terms of the event’s artistic status. Local boy made good, 2015 Arts Laureate (now Dunedinbased) Daniel Belton is bringing two works. The first, OneOne, has intrigued audiences in Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, Bangalore and Prague with its digital cinema projection and sound of taonga puoro (Maori musical instruments) – this will

show in the NMIT Johnny Cash theatre. Auckland artist John Baxter (whose credentials include the AV content at the Rugby World Cup opening) is bringing his Interactive Earth, a two-metre fibreglass globe, with the continents and oceans projected on to it from all sides. Using a remote, visitors can control the fate of the Earth by manipulating nature, development, control and chaos. Then there are the 40 installations from individuals and groups, mainly local, but some from out of town. I’m especially keen to see Camplight, where the Nelson Burmese community is weaving LEDs into ceremonial banners that will surround a ‘campfire’ of musicians playing the instruments they made in the refugee camps from whatever waste materials they could find. Light Nelson is one of my favourite local events. It comes just when you need a mid-winter boost, so wrap up the family, invite your friends, get downtown and see Nelson in a new light.


Smokefreerockquest an enduring talent pool BY PETE RAINEY


hen I started teaching high school music in Christchurch in 1986, most music rooms had a few faded John Denver posters, some badly drawn diagrams of mother minim and her family, and a relatively scummy bucket of recorders disinfecting in Jayes Fluid over in the corner. Today’s young musicians can record a track, edit and mix it, shoot and edit a video and then release it to the world pretty much all from their phones. Smokefreerockquest has kept pace with these technological advances as well as the associated social change in young people’s lives. This is just one factor that contributes to the event’s longevity, but couple that with the enduring desire of young people to want to write songs and get on stage and sing them, and there seems to be a rosy future for young contemporary musicians in Aotearoa. This year marks the 28th year of SFRQ, and its somewhat younger sister event SmokeFree Pacifica Beats, and as coproducer I’m really proud to say we have had SmokeFree (The Health Promotion Agency) and The RockShop on board most of that time. They are more than just sponsors;

their understanding of the value of the event is crucial to its success. They have collectively participated in one of the most enduring arts sponsorships in New Zealand ever. As well, Greymouth’s Tai Poutini Polytech runs a music production arm, called MAINZ, in Auckland. Over the years it has produced more than 400 live events for us. This is a great example of the energy and enthusiasm the events create. However, the events tell the story of more than just students. The involvement of many committed and passionate teachers around the country is essential to the success of Smokefreerockquest. Their ongoing support is phenomenal — not just with music tuition, but also with the encouragement, motivation and the pastoral care needed to help kids negotiate the challenges that come with joining a band, and performing their own original music. This has huge impact. Parents and teachers in departments other than music can see the benefits that being in a band brings; children learn to cooperate, to negotiate around their differences, to express their thoughts and emotions in words, to front up on time, to promote

themselves and their ideals. Right now the Smokefreerockquest experience is being offered to the students of 2016. We already have over 700 entries for Smokefreerockquest and SmokeFree Pacifica Beats. Our three on-the-road teams will deliver over 30 events right around the country. Georgia Nott from Broods says entering the event was the start of their music success. She and her brother Caleb were members of the Nelson indie rock band The Peasants, national winners of Smokefreerockquest in 2011. Georgia says the contest introduced them to producer Joel Little and manager Ashley Page. To quote Georgia: “We seriously would not be in the amazing position we are in right now if Smokefreerockquest didn’t exist. It was and always will be one of the best things we ever did.” Broods’ success is both inspirational and aspirational but Smokefreerockquest’s enduring success lies in the impact it has on the hundreds and hundreds of entrants right round the country. The heart of the event is that it is live, nationwide and all original music. These three factors make it unique and I’m sure will see it endure for another 28 years!



City of Gold

Biography, Documentary Directed by Laura Gabbert Starring David Chang, Roy Choi,  Jonathan Gold  96 minutes Rated R



a conservative estimate, there are well over 20,000 restaurants in Los Angeles. Many are the pricey 5star types where you must book weeks in advance. Soft white linen cloths protect the high-quality table. There are classic cutlery and fresh flowers and also a good chance that the waiter is dressed better than you. The platters are beautifully 86

presented albeit with diminutive portions. Add a few glasses of wine and one might escape the joint $500 lighter in the wallet. One reason these places are so popular is the restaurant review, written by some food hack who really doesn’t understand any more than you, but knows his way around words and grub.

A positive review will guarantee years of profit. This brings us to Jonathan Gold, a Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic who currently writes for the Los Angeles Times. Although he covers all types of cuisine, Gold often chooses small, ethnic restaurants for his reviews. Born in Los Angeles, he worked briefly at a Kosher restaurant owned by Steven Spielberg’s mother, Leah Adler.  A few hundred corned beef sandwiches later, he became a food critic. His work is profiled in the 2015 documentary film City of Gold, which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.  Gold is a down-to-earth guy, driving around his ancient blue Dodge pick-up truck, trolling for cost-effective victuals. Obese, slovenly, unattractive and lovable, he has little ego to speak of. This unexpected visage only enhances the film, and it is darn good already. It seems that he’d rather visit and review food trucks and authentic holesin-the-walls as opposed to a posh French restaurant. This robust raconteur can write about a taco as if it were a truffle— not because he embellishes, but because he gets to the heart of the experience of social sharing found in the food’s tasty essence. One of the film’s funniest scenes is of Gold’s brother Mark, an environmentalist, taking him to task for supporting sushi restaurants that sell blue-fin tuna. “Jonathan is eating everything I’m trying to save,” he sighs. Gold concentrates on real-people food, family-run places that may have had their first incarnations as sidewalk stands opened by newly arrived immigrants; simple establishments that never expected reviews or white people, but were, rather, there to serve authentic food to their own constituencies. You don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy this film. Just watching Gold bounce around from food truck to street cart to falafel shop is like watching a marathon where one stops for a nibble every five miles. The movie is rated R for some offensive language, but should be a fun outing for all sorts, especially those who don’t have a fat wallet. Michael Bortnick has left the theatre to grab a quick meat pie.


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Are there any inspirational industry figures you look up to? My most inspirational figures are the students that I have taught. Those students who have passed through the course and are now out there doing wonderful things, winning awards and being creative. What advice would you share with someone hoping to study or work in hairdressing? Go for it. If hairdressing is your passion then it is important to do it. Remember there are lots of avenues in the industry for hairdressers … cruise ships, movie sets and more. We try and expose our students to as many options and opportunities as possible.

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