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Seasonal superfood recipes to revitalise you Marlborough’s sustainable winemakers The Interview: Pete Rainey A look at Nelson's health care providers

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Features Issue 116 / March 2016

22 The Interview: Pete Rainey



usician, teacher, impresario and Nelson councillor Pete Rainey talks to Jack Martin about his vision for Nelson and whether he will run for mayor

26 Message in a bottle


he wine industry is cuddling up to Mother Nature, creating better wines and a legacy for the future. Sophie Preece talks to some lightfooted Marlborough companies who are driving change.

32 Superfood



hree of Nicola Galloway’s favourite seasonal recipes that taste great and will supercharge your health

36 Health care special


profile Nelson’s top health care practitioners who will empower you to live long and healthy lives


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Columns Issue 116 / March 2016




20 My Big Idea David Trotter plans to negotiate the Wairua Warrior Obstacle Course in an all-terrain wheelchair. By Jesse Clifton

82 Up & Coming Lynn Anderson has set her sights on an NZ Diploma in Business at NMIT. By Matt Brophy

STYLE FILE Edited by Justine Jamieson

46 Style News


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48 Women’s Fashion Earthy autumn style. Styled by Aleisha Pyers and photography by Ishna Jacobs

53 Beauty Profile Sadie Beckman interviews Nelson Plastic Surgery’s Kathy Basalaj

55 Men’s Fashion Comfortable new season menswear attire

57 Interior Products Brand new stylish interior products LIFE

58 My Home

Spectacular in the Sounds. By Phil Barnes

64 My Garden

No compromises at Upton Oaks. By Christo Saggers

66 My Kitchen

Nicola Galloway’s plum & hazelnut madeira cake

67 Dine Out

Over in Marlborough Maxwell Flint admires Arbour’s attention to detail



68 Wine

Phillip Reay visits a truly boutique winery, Marlborough’s Staete Landt

69 Beer

Mark Preece says home-brewing is up there with the best



70 Travel

78 Music

Sallie Gregory gets up close and personal with crocodiles in Darwin

72 Adventure

The Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs in Blenheim. By Sophie Preece

Pete Rainey pays tribute to David Bowie

79 Film

Concussion exposes the risk of brain damage in American Footballers. By Michael Bortnick

73 Boating

Steve Thomas says Nelson Council needs to think big at the Nelson marina

76 Motoring

Geoff Moffett finds the Ford Mustang V8 GT Fastback unleashes his inner cowboy


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You want a rounded person who has experienced life fully and who wants the job out of a sense of duty rather than personal profit.

oliticking for Nelson’s next mayoral election in October is in full flow. I interviewed Pete Rainey for this month’s magazine and found him as entertaining, intelligent and full of ideas as ever. And though he remained coy on the subject of whether he’s going to run for Mayor, there is no doubt he would like to challenge Rachel Reese. The big question is whether Brian McGurk and Pete Rainey both run for Mayor, which might split the vote and allow Rachel back in, or whether they decide between the two of them who is going to run and then back the chosen one. In order to become Mayor of Nelson you have to appeal to at least two of Nelson’s three tribes: traditional, conservative Nelsonians who trace their lineage back to the original settler ships; the retired/Grey Power vote; and finally the hippy/green/socialist vote. So what are the ideal characteristics of a Mayor? Well, I think you want someone who is inclusive rather than divisive, and focused on the big picture rather than bogged down in the details. You want a rounded person who has experienced life fully and who wants the job out of a sense of duty rather than personal profit. Most important, I think, is that they decide which big projects they want to do and have the personality to get the electorate to support those projects. Then they have to actually get them done. In some ways it doesn’t matter which project is chosen — doing anything is mostly better than doing nothing — but in terms of bang for your buck, the gondola project wins for me. From what I hear it is the executive rather than the councillors who are holding things up. All the Council needs to do to make this project happen is provide $100,000 to complete it to investment-ready stage — though I think they should actually become a cornerstone investor. Pete Rainey supports the project. Then there is the knotty question of how to get traffic off Rocks Rd and turn it into an epically beautiful seaside boulevard. Pete supports beautifying Rocks Rd but is against building the Southern Link. Not quite sure how you can get traffic off one route without putting it on another, but there you go. Perhaps the biggest project of all is amalgamation — after which all other projects become more do-able thanks to combined resources. Pete feels that will be legislated by the Government within 10 years. The interesting thing is that Tasman residents voted against amalgamation despite having far more to gain due to their massive debt, while Nelsonians voted for amalgamation despite knowing that their debt would be combined with TDC’s. A clear case of turkeys voting for Christmas. JAC K MA RT I N


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Where do you read yours?

Dear Editor, I would like to add a further dimension to Roger Youmans’ February letter regarding Tasman not landing on New Zealand. It was thanks to Tasman that Cook knew it was here. For example, there was a 1691 chart in the Begg brothers’ 1969 200th Anniversary book, James Cook and NZ, giving the latitude sufficiently accurately for Cook to use in following his orders to search for the Great Southern Continent after his Venus observations in Tahiti. Two facts support that Cook expected land to be near. On Sept 30, 1769, he promised to the first person to see land, one gallon of rum and the naming of a place on land after that person. If the observation was at night, then two gallons of rum. Secondly, from Vol 1 of J.C. Beaglehole’s Journals of Captain James Cook, Parkinson, an artist on Endeavour for Banks, recorded that Cook “apprehended” land must be close. Only a week later, on October 7 at 2pm — about 700 nautical miles further on — a sighting was duly made by 12-year-old Nicholas Young. Hence the cape name of “Young Nick’s Head”. Isn’t it appropriate that our country’s name is in Dutch?   Peter Foster Collingwood

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Get out of the house and into this month’s top regional events. Fri 4 to Sat 5 Gary McCormick and Tim Shadbolt Live! Come see the best storytellers in the country; almost 100 years of performing between them (probably an exaggeration, a little less but close!). THE PLAYHOUSE CAFÉ AND THEATRE, MAPUA

Sat 5 to Sun 6 NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show From clinkers and classic sail boats to steam launches and seagulls, a huge range of boats and their owners come together for two days of classic boating, display, talk and the odd race. LAKE ROTOITI, ST ARNAUD

Sun 6 Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Want to have heaps of fun with your friends and get a Champion’s Medal in the BIGGEST Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon series in the world? Be part of this year’s event! TAHUNANUI SPORTSFIELD, NELSON


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Design and construct your own trolley, and enjoy the thrill of this family-friendly derby. Or come and cheer on your favourite drivers! COLLINGWOOD ST, NELSON

Welcome to MarchFest, a celebration of music, food, fun and, of course, proper beer. A great day out for local beer lovers, eclectic music lovers, beer geeks, home brewers and the kids! FOUNDERS HERITAGE PARK,

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Featuring the amazing musical talents of Jason Kerrison, (Opshop) and the iconic Jordan Luck (The Exponents) and his acoustic trio, this is a show not to be missed! ASB THEATRE, BLENHEIM

Fri 18 Sprig & Fern Summer Harvest Fare Sundial Square comes alive with great entertainment and stalls celebrating our rich harvest of local food, wine and beer. Come on down to enjoy a relaxing evening with your friends. SUNDIAL SQUARE, RICHMOND

Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival This iconic event, now in its 12th year, is bringing you more seafood, more stalls and more entertainment than ever before. Be prepared for a new revamped fun- filled family day out! HAVELOCK DOMAIN, MARLBOROUGH

Sat 19 NZ trio in concert New Zealand’s foremost piano trio captivates audiences from all walks of life, injecting this versatile musical genre with their trademark sense of vitality and passion. ASB THEATRE, BLENHEIM

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Omaka Flying Day

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Enjoy a great day out with aerial and ground displays of heritage aircraft. Talk to the experts and get up close and personal with these awesome flying machines! OMAKA AVIATION HERITAGE

Award-winning musician, multi-instrumentalist, mentor and theatre performer, Jon Toogood will perform some of his favourite songs, solo and acoustic.



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Rainbow Rage The Rainbow Rage is a 106km mountain bike adventure ride and race. The scenery is spectacular and it is rideable by most with a reasonable level of fitness. RAINBOW SKI FIELD ROAD, RAINBOW STATION

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The Stand-up Comedy Tour This is what happens when you put a Samoan-Welshman on stage with an EnglishAustralian, a Russian and two Kiwis (one who thinks he’s American). Need a good laugh? Be there. THEATRE ROYAL, NELSON

An Evening with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Sun 27

Legendary soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will perform in a very special recital. Experience the lyrical beauty and sublime artistry of one of the world’s great and beloved voices.

Enjoyable family fun for everyone! Arrive by bike or travel by ferry from Rabbit Is, or carpool as parking is at a premium for this annual extravaganza.



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David Trotter Overcoming obstacles are day to day experiences for those with physical and mental disabilities, but David Trotter and his trainer of seven years, Wairua Warriors Club President Greg Witika, have plans to negotiate the 2016 Wairua Warrior Obstacle Course Race with the aid of a specially designed all-terrain wheelchair - the Trekenetic K-2. BY JESSE CLIFTON

What’s your big idea in a nutshell? We came up with the idea to have David participate due to his interest as a spectator at last year’s event. David sat cheering competitors on as they climbed over the last obstacle, an A - framed wall just before the finish line. You go through a world of emotions when you take on an obstacle race, from the fear of the unknown, struggle and frustration, through to relief, joy and elation as you finally make it through. Which is not unlike what David deals with every day. Since that day we have trained hard and teamed up to raise funds to purchase the Trekenetic K-2. Once purchased, the wheelchair will be on permanent loan to The Wairua Warriors OCR Club and be made available by appointment to the public for future races and events.

Tell us about the Wairua Warrior The Wairua Warrior is an obstacle course race set to challenge your strength, endurance and mental attitude. It will be held in the beautiful rural setting of Happy Valley Adventures on Cable Bay Road, an ideal location with undulating terrain, a river, a host of natural and man-made obstacles, and lots of mud! Twenty plus obstacles range from ropeassisted climbs to barbed wire crawling, to sand bag carries, climbing walls and tyre drags.

The Trekenetic K-2 wheelchair and your race plan? The Trekenetic K-2 is perfect for our race, it’s manufactured from Formula 1 technology so it’s extremely lightweight, 20

durable and built with multi-terrain use in mind. Most importantly it allows us to keep David safe and comfortable whilst he is in the chair. Wherever possible, David wants to tackle as many obstacles as he can, so a team of four will be alongside to push, pull and lift Dave around the course.

How does the community benefit? Not only will the wheelchair will be available for future events with the club, but for our community, David’s story is one of inspiration. The race has become a metaphor for David’s lifelong determination to continually push through barriers and overcome obstacles. If David can do it with the challenges he faces, so can we.

How can the community get involved? You can help by donating to our ‘Givealittle’ page or by registering for the Wairua Warrior Race - challenge yourself $2 from every paid registration will go toward the cause. David’s story and a video of him in training can be found on the Givealittle account. Kindly donate through givealittle.co.nz (search ‘david+trotter’) Register for the race at wairuawarrior.co.nz More information: Greg Witika greg@wbcs.co.nz

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Musician, teacher, impresario and Nelson councillor Pete Rainey talks to Jack Martin about his vision for Nelson and whether he will run for mayor

Which is your favourite? Probably Goldfinger. They’re all good, some better than others. My favourite person is Connery. Do you find those old movies incredibly slow? They’re very slow, but still fantastic. And interestingly, the kids, who are 9 and 11, they perceived that they were slow, but they started really getting into the fact that they could identify the characters, the plots and stuff, and they absolutely loved them. Amazing that they would be interested in simple old cheesy James Bond movies. Can you explain that? At Government House, Pete receiving his MNZM in 2013


hat motivates you? I guess a desire to contribute. I’ve always had quite a strong sense of community and community involvement, which comes from my mum and dad. Both have been very community-focused over the years, and we as kids from an early age were involved a lot in the community. What did they do? Dad was a lawyer. He was very much community-focused, particularly with the Nelson School of Music. He was involved for many years as chairman of the board and head of various fundraising efforts. Mum had a busy time looking after four sons. What was it like growing up in Nelson? Nelson is Arcadia now, but it was even better back then. Life is getting more complicated, and although there are lots of things about life these days that are great, things were simpler in the ‘60s. Do you have a TV at home? Hardly watch it, and interestingly in the last year I’ve noticed I’m not watching broadcast TV at all. Sometimes the news, but I’m enjoying online content. What do you watch? I dabble in Netflix, watching some series. I’m particularly enjoying Arrested Development. Over summer my boys and I were away a lot on holiday while Phillipa worked, which is as it should be — don’t put that in! — and we watched about 12 James Bond movies in a row, night after night. 22

All those plot lines are eternal: love, death, betrayal. I could certainly do with a DB5 with machineguns from time to time. When dealing with Council members? No, I’d probably use one of those things that come out from the wheels; those spinning blades. Can you describe your personality? I’m an enthusiast. I get enthusiastic about projects and people and things, and over the years I’ve enjoyed putting things in place; creative things. I’m essentially a creative person, and have had plenty of failures in doing that. Any particularly magnificent failures? Glenn Common [Rockquest co-founder] and I put on a rock concert in Hamilton during the Rugby World Cup. We were convinced there was money to be made because there were two Cup games in close proximity. It was a spectacular failure. What do you think of the idea that large-marquee events like the Rugby World Cup have a flow-on marketing effect. You don’t get people at the time but later … I’m not sure. Certainly one of the things that sold us as a Council to develop Trafalgar Park and the Saxton Oval was the flow-on effect afterwards, and it could well be years for that to bear fruit. One could assume that a lot of people come to Nelson now because they’ve noticed it a bit more because of the big sporting events. I hope that’s the case because a lot of money went in there. I always think of the Sydney Opera House. Prior to that the world didn’t think of Sydney in a cultural way whatsoever. That’s interesting, and the other interesting thing about the Opera House is that Sydney-siders hated it at the time. It’s often the way that people need to be led.

How about a massive sculpture for Nelson? That would be great. That concept to do one on Haulashore Island was just fantastic. What are your hobbies? Playing music. Dabbling in jazz and playing various other bits and pieces. My other main hobby is getting to Rotoiti, generally focused around boating and classic boating. Do you read much? I’m reading a lot online nowadays — more than I should. I have an iPad. I like reading the Sydney Morning Herald. Any authors; any books? Not in particular. I feel a bit remiss because I should be reading more. And obviously you’re mad about music. Any particular music heroes? I’m not mad about music. I’ve been a musician for a long time. Grew up in a musical family, did a music degree, sang in the Cathedral choir, did a whole lot of things that were very musical so I was immersed in music-making. I’m not necessarily mad about it. I enjoy participating in it and could exist without it but I very much enjoy modern technology, and get involved in things like Spotify, Bluetooth speakers and such. I lean towards the American music scene, whether jazz, country, alternative bluegrass or whatever. I also love classical music, choral music especially. What would be your perfect weekend? My favourite all-time activity is cooking. My perfect weekend would be cooking for two dinner parties, one on the Saturday night and one on the Sunday, with the ultimate ingredients and time to do it. What would you cook? You go out and see what’s available. One of the joys of living in Nelson is the abundance of good ingredients, just when the asparagus has gone it’s only a few more weeks and feijoas start coming round the corner. And wine with that? I used to drink a lot of wine when I was younger — before kids, when I could afford it. Now, if it’s wet and has a certain percentage of alcohol in it, I’ll drink it. I certainly prefer whiskey — it’s the thinking man’s drink. I enjoy Nelson wine very much. We’re beginning to produce really good aromatics. I enjoy the beer scene, but I just wish it wasn’t quite so expensive.

After university? I came back up to teach in Nelson in 1990. I got the job as Head of Music at Nelson College for Girls, and taught there for six or seven years and amused myself with music-making in Nelson. You didn’t want to carry on as a teacher? No, teaching’s not really for me. I’m not a great detail guy. I did enjoy working with kids but to be a teacher you’ve got to be a systems person. What made you enter politics? An increasing frustration with what was happening in this city in regards to some of the infrastructural spending, and the attitude of the Council regarding arts infrastructure in a city that has a reputation as being artistic. The performing arts centre would be one of those things? Yes, but certainly not the driver. I’m philosophical about a performing arts centre now. It’s something the city would benefit from but I’m not going to die in a ditch about it. Can you describe your personal politics? I guess left-of-centre. On everything? Not at all. I come from a family that was immersed in business in Nelson so I very much believe that it’s good to be able to make things and sell them and have a business. Economic prosperity leads to social wellbeing and all those other things. But yes, I’d say I lean left-of-centre, especially at the moment. Because John Key is in power? I’m tremendously impressed with how he’s kept going for such a long time. A lot of things are going extremely well, and they’re not to do with the National Party, and it certainly is pretty amazing the amount of things they’ve done that would generally have pissed a lot of people off over the years and that they’ve gotten away with. Any particular thing? I don’t think they’ve been truthful with the electorate. I was particularly aghast leading into the last election, not just because of the Nicky Hager book, but the kind of stuff that was going on was just outrageous and they just absolutely got away with it. More so than in previous years? Probably not, but they were adopting a model used overseas in America and the UK. In saying that, there’s a whole bunch of things that are good, but generally the tone of the current Government is to pass a lot of stuff that previously was under their wing onto local government and onto individuals.

What did you do before returning to Nelson? I was at university for a long time because I did doctoral and postdoctoral work. Actually that’s a lie — I took eight years to do a threeyear degree. I was particularly bored by university and took a hell of a long time to do a degree, and took years off in between. Where was that? At Canterbury. Then I stayed and did a teaching diploma, then taught at some Christchurch schools before I came back. I taught at Christ’s College and at Hornby High, which couldn’t be more diametrically opposed. What do you think of private schools? I went to a private school (Wanganui Collegiate) and then went to Nelson College. The most important thing is that kids are engaged and they’re happy. We’ve got some fantastic state schools and I understand why some people would want to send their kids to a private school, but I don’t see the point.

With sons Ned and Charle and partner Phillipa Pattison


Do you mean welfare? Not just welfare. There’s a whole range of things in society that previously the Government would have taken care of that have either gone or been passed onto other agencies or other levels of government to deal with. Would you take your political career further to solve those problems? No. I enjoy living in Nelson too much. What’s it like being a local councillor? I really enjoy it. You have to have a fairly thick skin, but it’s people’s undeniable right to slag councillors off. That’s okay — you don’t go into the job to win friends. Well, you do once every three years. What are your thoughts on the gondola? It has the potential to make a huge difference to this region. From what I hear it’s the executive rather than the councillors who are holding it up? Well, it’s tricky for me because I’m conflicted around the Council table from talking about it because my brother is the chair of the gondola society. I just think we have a risk-averse Council administratively, and I’m not going to criticise anybody at all because that’s their role to be risk-averse. They feel it’s their responsibility to safeguard ratepayers from potential economic disaster, and to a certain extent I agree with that. But there’s a level of involvement with a project like this that would trigger private investment and private enthusiasm. It would be so easy to get there. Rocks Rd? I’m an absolute enthusiast for doing more on the waterfront. It’s one of the great tragedies of the city that the port company has been able to snaffle so much of the interaction between the land and the water. That’s why I pushed extremely hard for the purchase of the Anchor building and the surrounding land. I’m very excited by the prospect of the cycling and walking promenade around the waterfront. And the Southern Link? You need to be rational as to why you’d build it, and at the moment there’s no rationale to justify it. Just to say that it would relieve congestion is not enough. Just to say it would transform the waterfront, without saying how, is not enough. Just to say it would trigger economic prosperity for the region without being able to justify that is not good enough. Surely removing the state highway would reduce traffic on Rocks Rd? Would it? One of the problems that happens worldwide is if you build more roads you get more cars. But if you remove the state highway you can slow down traffic on Rocks Rd. You could do that now. Heavy traffic numbers in NZ are dropping. Your article in the last magazine where the Mayor and the local MP were waxing lyrical about the waterfront and the Mayor was saying it was one of the most undeveloped waterfronts in the country, well I completely agree. But why would you not invest in the waterfront as opposed to a road one valley over? So, for instance, if you had $60m to spend on a road, why would you not spend $2-3m on an underpass at Nelson College, and $3m on sorting out a free-flowing solution at the Tahuna intersection. Maybe even a bit on public transport and then $30-40m into the waterfront and promenade. That would unlock the potential of the waterfront as opposed to just shifting the road and hoping it was going to work. Saying that it 24

will unlock prosperity for the region is just rubbish. How would it do that? By making Rocks Rd beautiful? It’s beautiful already. Essentially the Southern Link project has halted progress on the cycle-walkway. Why don’t we go ahead and design the promenade now? Another arterial route isn’t going to happen quickly. It has to be a justifiable proven case, then it has to be consented, then potentially it got to go through the Environment Court. Then those who are supportive of it have to satisfy their colleagues around the Cabinet table that it’s a good idea, and then you’ve got to take into account that there will be opposition to it. What are your thoughts on the Waimea Dam? It’s crucial to the region to get a justifiable long-term solution to cropping on the plains. It’s important for Nelson City to support the dam or an alternative but a lot more needs to be done to prove the case, and it doesn’t have a hope in hell of getting through until the Councils are amalgamated. Do you think amalgamation is going to happen? Yes, within the next 10 years, and I think it will be legislated by the Government. We’re a small community and we should work together, and the dam is an example of that, but if you go the other way, there are other regional projects that people in the TDC just don’t want to know about, like the Suter, the School of Music and the Theatre Royal. Of the $24m cost of those three projects, Tasman put in around $100,000. You can’t tell me the people of Tasman don’t have an artistic bone in their body just because their councillors don’t deem it necessary to assist artistic things that have a regional focus. Why do you think Tasman Council is that way? In a nutshell, they’ve under-rated for a long time, it’s caught up with them, and subsequently they have had a massive debt issue. Why do you think Councils like New Plymouth, Wellington, Invercargill and Marlborough have done lots of things, and Nelson perhaps hasn’t? A contributing factor could be that we are geographically isolated and haven’t been part of the mainstream in NZ in lots of ways for a long time. So Nelson’s gone its own way … that’s filtered down right through to local government so there’s been an attitude that this will be good enough, and that’s come back to bite us on the bum. Will you run for Mayor of Nelson? Well, I’m certainly not going to announce it through your esteemed magazine. It’s something I think about from time to time. There is a series of interesting things that make a successful Mayor. I haven’t necessarily seen that mix yet in the last few Mayors. Which things have been lacking? I don’t want to criticise anybody in particular, but to tick as many of the boxes as possible is a tricky thing to do. You need to have a Council that will follow you and be inspired by you to work together, and you have to have a clear vision that is articulated well. What do you think of Kerry Marshall’s mayoralty? I have a lot of respect for Kerry. He stepped into that role perhaps a little grudgingly after having stepped out of the mayoralty in Tasman. One of the criticisms was that there was a fair amount of talk, as opposed to getting things done. This was the Hands Up group, which you were part of? Yes. But in saying that, I wasn’t a natural Hands-Upper.

TOP: At Rotoiti late 1960’s, Richard Rainey on trumpet with sons from left: Jo, Tom, Pete and Bill, With brother Tom in Christchurch 1985 BOTTOM: Backstage at Opera in the Park with Australian Trumpet Maestro James Morrison, Playing violin with Django Schmango, church steps NYE

Would a natural one be more right-of-centre? Yes, but we generally agreed there needed to be change and that some of the old school who’d been ensconced in Council for some time needed to go. Some of them haven’t gone and are still influential. What did you think of Aldo’s term? I have a lot of admiration for Aldo in his enthusiasm for doing things. He had a very good ability to pull a thing together. Aldo’s downfall was that he didn’t pay enough attention to bringing the community with him, or perhaps didn’t take into account that the community wouldn’t move as fast as he was. Then Rachel’s term? Rachel had difficult circumstances to have a group of councillors who very clearly wanted Aldo to get in. She pulled things together pretty well and despite us having some major differences, we’ve generally got on well. She’s a hard worker, and time will tell how people perceive her mayoralty … I don’t think it’s unfair of me to say that the pace of change has slowed in the city. It’s been a slower set of outcomes than I would have wanted. Do you think Nelson has a higher percentage of naysayers than other places? Yes. People come here to sit and relax in the sun. It’s hard to get enthusiastic about issues when you’re enjoying a place like this. That doesn’t mean to say it’s necessarily the right thing. What would you change about Nelson? I’d like another 15-20,000 people. But in saying that, unbridled growth is not a good thing. Are your parents still around? Yeah. My dad’s generally not enjoying being in The Wood retirement home. He’s in full care and he’d much rather be at home. My mum’s still at home and getting by, which is good. What do your brothers do? Joe is in Nelson, representing Trade and Enterprise. Bill was

a lawyer and barrister and is living in Wellington working in corporate change management. Younger brother Tom is Head of Creative Industries at the CPIT in Christchurch. He’s a fine jazz musician. Do you have a motto or any sort of principles you live by? The only way you’ll truly find success is if you stick to it. It doesn’t always work, obviously, but I’m proud that I’ve stuck in there with things like the Rockquest competition or the Classic Boat Show, and it is probably going to shape the way I feel about Council. Anything else you want to talk about? My aspiration for this city is to deliver on its uniqueness because that is the true pathway to economic prosperity. As a region we can’t sell logs to China forever. We’ve got to produce more added-value stuff and one of the attractors to added value is to get people to want to live here. They don’t want to live in a town with no trees and a K Mart. They want to live somewhere that’s interesting and unique. So you’re going to run for Mayor? One or two people saying that is one thing, but 8000 people saying that is something else. You won’t know unless you put your hand up. No, and everyone says you can’t stand for mayoralty and Council because you’re admitting there’s some chance you’re not going to get the mayoralty. If anything it’s the opposite — it’s the prima donnas who just stand for Mayor or nothing. That’s what I personally think, but I certainly haven’t made any decision. If you’re a true servant of the town you’d be saying, ’If you don’t choose me for Mayor, I’m happy to continue as a councillor’. I’m not sure the general voter sees it that way, but we’ll see. 25

Sustainable Winemaking

The wine industry is cuddling up to Mother Nature, creating better wines and a legacy for the future. Sophie Preece talks to some light-footed Marlborough companies who are driving change.

Message in a bottle Marisco vineyard


early 100 percent of New Zealand’s vineyard land has been accredited by industry standards group Sustainable Winegrowing NZ, and a target of 20 percent organic has been set for within five years. The wine industry is growing greener every day, and some local vineyards are leading the way. A culture of change The story of sustainability at Brancott Estate is a long one, of endangered eels and native falcons, protected wetlands and native plantings, organic vineyards and eco-wineries. It’s a story being written by people with a passion for conservation, the environment and the land their wine is made from, says Tracey Marshall, Sustainability Partner. “So many of our measures are driven by staff. For me it’s really a matter of keeping up with what they’re doing, and that’s what our integrated environmental management system supports – continuously moving forward.” Some of the 300 measures taken over


the past nine years are huge, like the major reduction in waste, water and energy use at the winery. Others are small, like a group of ground staff at the company’s Triplebank vineyard who questioned why they were always mowing a border area. “They planted it in wild flowers, which cut labour costs and fuel costs, while supporting the vineyard ecosystem by

‘Sustainability is not what we do, it’s how we live on the land.’ A N TO N R A S M U S S E N , M A R I S C O

attracting bees and other insects.” All of Brancott Estate’s vineyards are certified Sustainable under criteria set by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. The company portfolio includes 118ha of Biogro-certified organic vineyard and more than 26ha of native plantings. Beyond its vines and wines,

Brancott Estate is the major sponsor of the Marlborough Falcon Trust, which is working to restore the native karearea population. Since 2010, $1 from the sale of every bottle of the organic Brancott Estate Living Land range has gone to the trust, tallying up to more than $500,000. The trust’s breeding aviary is on a Brancott Estate vineyard, and in 2014 the company built another small aviary at its Heritage Centre, to give visitors the opportunity to learn about the falcons up-close and in flying demonstrations.   The company partnered with Conservation Volunteers last year and has given nearly 1000 staff-hours planting natives and controlling weeds in Marlborough’s Para Wetland, while also continuing its restoration of the 10ha Kaituna wetland, which is one of the largest remaining spring-fed wetlands in Marlborough and home to native birds and the threatened New Zealand longfinned eel.  Tracey says Brancott Estate’s conservation and environmental

efforts are nowhere near completed. “Winemaking is so connected to the land, and as pioneers of grape-growing in Marlborough we have a real responsibility to ensure that we protect and look after that land.” Hands off and holistic Studying microbiology gave Sam Weaver a healthy respect for biodiversity, so when it came to planting Churton in 1999, he and wife Mandy let nature influence the design. The couple eschewed the typical straight-lined north-south rows and instead followed the land’s natural contours, planting Pinot Noir up and over rolling hills. They focused on low water use and careful environmental management, later converting to organics and then biodynamics. Sam studied microbiology at London University before moving to winemaking, and believed the land’s true expression would be hidden if he carved it up with diggers, drenched it with water and muffled it with chemicals. He says the “agrichemical revolution” frequently leads to problems being solved with solutions that simply create more problems, whereas biodynamics seeks a balance of fungi, bacteria and plants. At Churton he uses compost, manure from cattle raised

on the property, and plants that attract beneficial predators or enhance the soil. Facelia, for example, hosts the hover fly, a predator of leaf roller caterpillars, while clover boosts nitrogen production. It’s about letting the site express itself, Sam says. After years of trying to justify his work to naysayers, research is now justifying it for him. Last year Nature published a paper on “regional microbial signatures” by Sarah Knight, a Research Fellow from Auckland University’s School of Biological Sciences. The paper outlines the influence of regional yeast populations on a wine’s aroma and flavour. That’s just one study showing the vital interplay within the vineyard ecosystem, says Sam. “It’s very seriously relating the idea of terroir to your unique biology, and unique microbiology in particular.”

TOP LEFT TO RIGHT Pernod Ricard New Zealand Marlborough winemaker Jamie Marfell and Marlborough Sustainability Partner Tracey Marshall at the Brancott Estate Heritage Centre, which was the first Marlborough cellar door awarded Qualmark Enviro Gold

Following nature’s lead After 12 years as a conventional viticulturist, Kurt Simcic started taking a more holistic view of vineyards. That was eight years ago, when a handful of Marlborough wine companies were organic, and biodynamics was considered the realm of fringe-dwelling greenies. These days Marlborough has 76 organic vineyards, with a combined planted area of 1045 hectares. More than 6 percent of New Zealand’s total vineyard land is

certified organic or biodynamic, and many more wine companies are dipping in their toes by planting beneficial crops between rows, using organic sprays and reducing water use. Kurt is the organic/premium viticultural manager for Giesen Wines, a large producer that sees a clear link between the care of the vines and soil, and quality of the wines. Those wines cost the company more because of shoot thinning, bunch thinning and colour

Sam Weaver of Churton New Zealand Winegrowers sustainability general manager Philip Manson says 95 percent of the country’s vineyards are accredited under Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand, and another 6 percent of vineyard land is certified organic or biodynamic BELOW LEFT TO RIGHT Kurt Simcic at Giesen Wine’s innovative organic Ridge block Sustainability is how we live on the land, says Marisco’s Anton Rasmussen Adam McCone of Spy Valley Wines, where green decisions are smart decisions



Spy Valley area wetland vneyard

thinning, as well as lower crop levels that are handpicked. However, the result is better wine that expresses the land it comes from, says Kurt, emphasising that the value of organics is in the wine, rather than the certification on the label. The company has converted some blocks to organic, and started from scratch at its Ridge block in 2010. “Most people would plant and develop conventionally and then go through a three-year conversion to make it organic. This one was that way from day dot.” At Ridge, Kurt targets a “tiny yield” of 1 to 1.1kg per vine, because there are more than 5500 vines a hectare. “All our premium fruit is cropped around that 5-6 tonne a hectare. We get the flavours we want and the fruit concentration that gives you something special in the wine.” He sows oats between rows in spring, to put organic matter back into the ground and to ensure a root system that works on the soil and keeps it friable. He also adds plants like clover, to fix nitrogen, and flowers that attract beneficial insects. On some blocks, such as the Clayvin vineyard, he plans to bring in biodynamic tools as well, with special sprays, as well as chickens and cattle, to be introduced this year. Organic Winegrowers New Zealand is aiming for 20 percent of vineyards nationwide to be organic by 2020, and 28

Kurt says as more companies become involved, more products and innovations are developed. “It’s a very cool industry and in New Zealand we are extremely innovative. We are the ‘new world’ of wine, and companies are looking at so many different new things they can do.” Good taste, good numbers Spy Valley Wine takes a pragmatic approach to sustainability, says viticulturist Adam McCone. “It’s easy to make the decision to do something if it makes our wine better or, like the solar panels, it makes good environmental and economic sense.” Spy become something of a sustainability champion in 2013 when they installed 211 solar panels, creating a 52Kw power system that significantly reduced their carbon emissions. In the first year they produced 90,988 kilowatthours, which is more than a fifth of their annual power consumption. Meanwhile, they are increasing energy efficiency, with blown bulbs replaced by LEDs, motion sensors installed to ensure lights are only on when needed, and power meters to measure each department’s use. Other environmental measures include producing their own nitrogen for winemaking and bottling, energy efficient tractors, sheep in lieu of mowers in winter,

and minimal irrigation, with two of the vineyards irrigation-free. In the winery, a single hot wash to clean tanks has reduced water use to half a litre for every litre of wine, well below the industry standard of 3-4 litres of water per litre of wine. “We’ve also gone down from using 2000 litres of caustic soda a year to not even using a single 200-litre drum.” Beyond the wines and bottom line, the company is working with the Marlborough District Council to restore a stunning wetland on its Hillocks Rd vineyard, which was weed-smothered when the company bought it in 2012. A huge effort has seen weeds cleared, pests trapped, native seedlings planted and a return of native birdlife to the waterway. “Pukeko are flourishing,” Adam says. “There used to be five or six, and now they’re almost rampant. And tui return every spring and summer. It’s quite a buzz when you see them.” Green thumbs Anton Rasmussen thinks of himself as a gardener amid the vines, making the most of what Mother Nature has laid down. Marisco’s viticulturist says the company’s philosophy is based on legacy, which means protecting “what Mother Nature has carved out for us”, and ensuring the business is sound for future generations.

Magie at Marisco Churton vineyard moon rising

‘It’s easy to make the decision to do something if it makes our wine better.’ A DA M M C C O N E , S P Y VA L L EY

“The legacy is about family and community.” Owners Brent and Rosemary Marris task their employees with the role of caretakers, advising them to “slow down, take a deep breath, look at the land, and ensure we do right by it”. That means planting plans often yield to established trees, and buildings are designed to settle in, not stand out. Gabion baskets on the exterior of the winery contain river stones from the land, and sheds are embedded into banks, with grass planted on top. Noxious weeds have been cleared from the edge of the Waihopai River, and trees planted to enhance the diversity. Meanwhile, native falcon Maggie keeps a watch over the vineyard and helps to control the bird population. The karearea was adopted by Marisco 10 years ago and is an integral part of the falcon recovery programme. Working to enhance nature, rather than disrupt it, will yield greater long-term results, says Anton. “Sustainability is not what we do, it’s how we live on the land.”

Closing the circle Sustainability consultant Nick Meeten says New Zealand’s wine industry needs to prepare for a ‘circular economy’ that eliminates waste of any kind. “There are changes afoot in our major wine markets that producers here would be foolish to ignore.” The Smart Alliances consultant says that globally a widespread sustainability transition is ramping up in intensity. “Packaging is a hot topic, and anything that is used only once and then dumped – such as single-use glass wine bottles – is likely on the way out.” Nick wants producers to start thinking about future trends and preparing for change. That could mean forgetting the branding value of a bottle’s shape and colour, which is being dismissed as “unnecessary bling”. Instead, bottles might be

standardised in shape and colour so they can be reused by all producers. He also believes reverse logistics could become an industry standard, so empty bottles are returned to producers for reuse. “Or maybe wine will be transported in bulk and bottled close to the point of consumption, with bottles being reused within local cycles.” Nick predicts that in future wine might be dispensed by retailers directly into bottles provided by the consumer or, even more radically, “dewatered” into concentrated syrup then rewatered again prior to consumption, so transport volumes are minimised. That’s a lot of change for the wine industry to swallow, but he believes it’s time to look at how global trends will affect us. “Forewarned is forearmed, as the saying goes.”



Through local business get-togethers, these three Nelson women have made their mark professionally – but have also become good friends. They believe that networking and making solid, more ‘casual’ connections with other businesspeople in the region is the key to business growth in a smaller city. Socialising/networking – it’s just killing two birds with one stone really, isn’t it?


van Vugt

Regional Partner


grew up in a milking shed.” Olivia van Vugt, farm-girl from Reefton, had a long journey to look back on as she recently headed a financial division for a multinational company in London with 1000 employees. That upbringing also shaped her for a new role as Nelson Regional Partner with accounting dynamo RightWay. “My parents taught me that you don’t get anything unless you work for it, and that family values are very important.” This people focus, combined with topnotch experience – she has also worked for Deloitte – is what RightWay came looking for when they tracked her down a little over a year ago. Olivia had returned to New Zealand, and Nelson, for family reasons, spending more time with her recently widowed Mum while picking up in-house accountancy work and fending off enticements from her old firm to fly back. Then her cellphone rang. The vibrant new kids on the block, who favour Steve Jobs-style t-shirts over white collars, have grown big – from four to 75 staff in less than five years – by thinking small (business, that is). Such energy coupled with a customer-first mindset opened Olivia’s eyes with excitement. She agreed to become Nelson Regional Partner. Many Partners, like her, are sole-charge, backed by group support that is effortless thanks to ‘cloud’ accounting and a uniform Xero platform. Olivia recalls with a laugh a Xero Conference presentation last year on how accounting firms will look in the future. The RightWay team turned to each other and said, “But we do that already.” She loves the satisfaction of sitting 30

down with business owners, giving them valuable time out, to look at the big picture, define goals and set out a roadmap to get there. “I’m a massive fan of whiteboards.” RightWay staff then take care of the day-to-day accounting, while Olivia ensures her clients are looked after – setting up regular meetings to chart progress on the journey, whether it’s preparing to hand over the business to offspring, boosting profits or managing curly tax provisions for builders or plumbers. The emphasis is on current and future business performance, rather than just looking back retrospectively at what your accounts said last year. She loved the buzz of corporate acquisitions, but “this work has so much more purpose because it matters. It’s about people and it matters.”

I’m a massive fan of whiteboards

With a ‘Work hard, play hard’ philosophy, Olivia is also loving the accessibility of playgrounds such as Golden Bay, Mapua and the vineyards of Marlborough. Between times on the weekends, she has become a mentor with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters programme, having as much fun as her 8-year-old ward when they chuck leaves in a stream for races. “I’m very grateful for my upbringing and I know that not everyone gets that chance in life.” Olivia is also donating her skills to the Nelson Regional Breast & Gynecological Cancer Trust. She might have her head in the virtual clouds, but this farm-girl has her feet firmly on the ground. RightWay Limited Nelson, New Zealand 027 964 1980 olivia.vanvugt@rightway.co.nz rightway.co.nz


Nicki Malcolm

Business owner


New Zealand Home Loans - Nelson Bays 03 970 2953 or 021 511 147 nicki.malcolm@nzhomeloans.co.nz nzhomeloans.co.nz

ou see them once, sign on the line, and pay them monthly for the next quarter-century. The standard mortgage looks like a dinosaur to Nicki Malcolm, of NZ Home Loans. She provides a holistic financial stewardship to go with that loan, and the mechanism to pay it off faster, saving a small fortune. ‘Financial wellbeing for life’ starts with a meeting, often in the client’s home, where goals are established. ‘Do you want to travel? Start a family? Buy a boat? How fast do you want to pay the mortgage off?’ Not questions a banker will ask. A plan is then set using debtnav, software that allows clients to track their repayments daily. Nicki will see them again in two months, then four, then annually to check progress. With a revolving credit type set-up (with a declining balance), where all household income helps to reduce the interest payments, and with no daily transaction or monthly service fees – the principal soon shrinks away. “It’s not about a cheap interest rate. It’s how quick you pay it off,” says Nicki – advice commonly offered by financial experts yet seldom heeded. Not surprisingly, “most of our clients come through recommendations – we don’t do much advertising at all”. The model made compelling sense to Nicki, who jumped at the chance to take a second Nelson franchise for the fast-growing company, which now has 80 franchises and 19,000 clients nationwide. She is based in the NZ Home Loans office at 530a Main Rd, Stoke, but her ‘workplace’ is where the client wants it to be. ‘Square-box banking’ would never appeal to the former PR manager who helped to mould the Nelson Giants into national basketball champions. The big mortgage players had better watch out.

Jacintha Atkinson

Associate Solicitor


he dress may be casual at Richmond Law, but the advice is always sharp. The firm prides itself on providing quality legal service without the fuss – accessible and jargon-free. “It’s a great team, more like a family,” says Jacintha Atkinson, who relishes the collaboration with the senior partners and team at Richmond Law. Jacintha has more than seven years’ experience, specialising in property and commercial law, but she and the firm also handle all other legal work short of criminal and family law. The Southlander came north for the opportunity to build on her experience – and for the sunshine and beaches, to be honest. Jacintha enjoys guiding her clients through what can be complicated transactions, “making it easy for them”. She appreciates how scary it can be coming to see a lawyer and prides herself on communicating with clients in “plain English”. The overall aim is to make the process as stress-free as possible. The care is encompassing. For instance, a house buy might be a timely chance to review wills. For an older couple, the move from their family home to a retirement village is a good opportunity to discuss Enduring Powers of Attorney. The client contact throughout their life changes is what Jacintha loves about her job. Richmond Law is happy to accommodate clients who want to know costs upfront, says Jacintha – though it’s not always possible to assess the hours involved with complicated cases. Jacintha sees the value in building a strong network with other professionals, and particularly enjoys collaborating with other Women in the Region. Richmond Law is located at 2 McGlashen Ave, just across from the Mall.

Richmond Law 2 McGlashen Ave, Richmond 03 544 7949 jacintha@richmondlaw.co.nz richmondlaw.co.nz


Healthy Recipes

Three of Nicola Galloway’s favourite seasonal recipes that taste great and will supercharge your health



I named this a lite green smoothie because it is not what I would call a purist green smoothie containing whole bunches of leafy greens. Rather a large handful of freshly picked greens and herbs from the garden. And I like my smoothie a little sweet so I use orange and kiwifruit, while a true green smoothie may only contain a little juice or no fruit at all. The avocado and coconut oil lend a velvety smooth texture and creaminess to the smoothie.

Lite Green Smoothie

serves 2


1 orange, peeled 1 kiwi fruit, flesh scooped 1/2 perfectly ripe avocado, flesh scooped Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon Handful spring greens; miner’s lettuce, watercress, rocket, spinach, silver beet etc. Small sprig fresh mint 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil Approx. 1 cup coconut water or filtered water

Directions Put everything in a food processor including 1 cup coconut water and blend for about 1 minute until smooth. Check the consistency adding extra coconut water or water if needed to thin. The idea with a nutritious smoothie like this is to drink it slowly so some of the enzymes in the mouth mix with the smoothie and assist in its digestion. I like to sit down and relax for 10 minutes sipping my smoothie before the busyness of the day begins. Enjoy!


This makes a large cake that is best shared with friends. Any extra cake slices can be frozen and enjoyed as a frozen treat on a hot day.

Blueberry jelly layer cake

16-18 slices

Ingredients for base 1 cup raw hazelnuts 1 cup raw desiccated coconut 1/2 cup pitted dates (if very hard soak in boiling water for 10mins and drain) 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil Pinch of unrefined salt 1 tablespoon good-quality cocoa powder 1 tablespoon cocoa nibs Ingredients creamy layer 1 cup cashews, soaked 3 - 4 hours Approx. 3/4 cup creamed coconut (see note) 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil, softened if needed Juice of 1/2 lemon 3 tablespoons raw honey 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder Ingredients for blueberry jelly 2 cups fresh blueberries 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon honey


NOTE Creamed coconut is the thick creamy part of a can of coconut cream. Use a natural brand without the addition of emulsifiers so it separates well. At least 4 hours before making the cake, put a can of coconut cream into the fridge upside-down. When ready to use open the top of the can, tip out the milky liquid (reserve for using in a curry or smoothie) and scoop out the thick coconut cream (creamed coconut) at the bottom of the can. Depending on the brand you will get approx. 3/4 cup per can; use all of it, the more the better. 34

Line the base of a 20cm spring-form cake tin with baking paper and lightly grease the sides with coconut oil. Make the base. Process the nuts and coconut into a coarse meal. Add the remaining base ingredients and process until the mixture holds together when squeezed. Press firmly into the prepared cake tin, using a spatula to smooth. Chill while preparing the creamy layer. Drain and rinse the soaked cashews in a sieve and place into the clean food processor bowl. Add the creamed coconut, coconut oil, honey, lemon juice and vanilla and process until silky smooth. This will take 2 - 3 minutes, stopping several times to scrape down the sides. Pour over the base and chill for at least one hour to set. For the blueberry jelly layer, blend the blueberries, lemon juice and honey until smooth. Pour evenly over the creamy layer. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour to set. To serve, slice into thin wedges and eat immediately. Keep any extra cake chilled as it will start to soften at room temperature. Consume within 3 days, or freeze cake wedges and eat within 2 weeks.

The humble cabbage is possibly the most underrated superfood around. It is rarely out-of-season, easy to find and can be used in numerous ways all year round. But slaw is really where cabbage shines, and with a little loving massage first to soften up the tougher fibre it will make digestion so much easier.

Superboosted slaw

serves 2


1/2 large cabbage, thinly shredded Generous pinch of sea salt 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced - I use a mandolin 8 Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced - I used a mandolin 1 orange, skin removed and cut into small cubes 1/2 cup chopped slow-roasted hazelnuts (or other nuts - walnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds) Perfectly-ripe diced avocado to serve Dressing Juice of 1 lemon Juice of 1 orange 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon raw honey Pinch of salt 1/4 cup olive oil

Directions Place the thinly sliced cabbage in a large bowl and add the salt (about 1/4 teaspoon). Use your hands to scrunch and massage the cabbage strips until they soften and reduced in bulk by about half. This will take about 2-3 minutes. Toss through the sliced fennel, Brussels sprouts, chopped nuts and diced orange. (At this stage you can store the salad in a covered bowl in the fridge.) Combine the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Dress the salad just prior to serving and scatter with diced avocado.

Nicola Galloway writes and photographs the award-winning food blog Homegrown Kitchen, and is the author of three cookbooks. A trained chef and nutrition consultant, Nicola is passionate about sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for wholesome cooking, and has been presenting cooking workshops around New Zealand for over 10 years. She lives in Nelson with her family on an urban 1/4 acre with heritage fruit trees, large veggie gardens and 6 happy chooks. 35

H E A LT H C A R E S P E C I A L Dr Gill Harker, Dr Vivien Edge, Dr Mike Mawdsley, Dr Rob Riley


High quality effective medical care


friendly and welcoming centre staffed by an efficient team providing high quality and effective medical care.’ That is the aim of Rata Medical – a new amalgamation of practices that combines the skills of Drs Rob Riley and Mike Mawdsley with those of Drs Gill Harker and Vivien Edge. All of the principle doctors have been in practice in Nelson for many years. Dr Joanne Tooby is also on hand as an associate doctor. “Rata Medical has been in existence for a year and the amalgamation has given us a good mix of very experienced doctors – two male and three female – and we work very closely with our nursing team and the receptionists,” says Mike, one of the principal doctors. Continuity of care, which can be lost when practices amalgamate, is important according to Mike, so this is high on the priority list. Rata Medical is a new and purposebuilt general practice providing a range of care, with doctors having special interests 36

in sports medicine, sleep medicine, occupational health, minor surgery, acupuncture and care of the elderly and palliative care. Providing a welcoming environment and continually improving services is key, as is keeping contact and communication with patients. Rata Medical has 5500 people on its books and is currently enrolling new patients. Larger medical centres and combined practices are the way of the future according to Mike, who spent his early years working in the UK, as did some of the other doctors at Rata. “It’s hard to be a sole practitioner these days, mainly because of the need to keep up with IT and the need to run a modern and efficient business,” he says. “We are after all a private enterprise. With all the financial and physical restraints, I cannot see solo and small practices being sustainable in the future.” Patients at Rata Medical are encouraged to see the doctor of their choice as well as having the option to see

the experienced nursing team for some issues such as cervical smears. There is also a dedicated nurse on triage to answer queries and point patients in the right direction. Nurses are becoming more and more skilled as they are meeting increasing demands from patients. Mike says Nelson is attracting high quality doctors from all around the world. “Nelson’s not a bad place to be. I’ve been pretty impressed with the medical care here – we have an MRI scanner, cardiac stents are now done here and there is a lot of surgery going on, meaning that fewer people are being flown around the country.” “We are fortunate as Nelsonians to have such good services on our doorstep.”

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Kerry Lineham


Caring is a vital part of the cure


is traditional care in soothing surroundings. Large enough to have the best facilities and expertise; small enough for the personal touch: the best of both worlds. Nelson/Tasman’s only private hospital, Manuka Street Hospital has a rich history. From small beginnings as a ‘workroom’ for local GPs who weren’t permitted to use facilities at the public hospital, the Hospital, which is Ministry of Health certified, is now a joint venture between the Nelson-based Manuka Street Charitable Trust and Southern Cross Hospitals Ltd, offering state-of-the-art facilities and leading specialists in most surgical fields – orthopaedic, general, endoscopy, gynaecology, urology, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), oral and maxillo-facial, plus both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. The specialists are wellsupported by a very experienced team of personable and friendly anaesthetists, whose role is to make the surgical experience as comfortable as possible. The standard of nursing care is so important. “It makes a real and positive difference when you are well taken care of” says Kerry Lineham, Manuka Street Hospital’s Clinical Nurse Manager. The Hospital handpicks its staff not only for their clinical ability but also for their caring and friendly manner. Manuka Street

Hospital is a workplace of choice for nurses and there is a wealth of experience in the ward and surgical team. “We hardly need to advertise as there are constant enquiries about positions; when we do advertise, we are usually inundated”, notes Kerry. Care is personalized as much as possible as nurses on the ward are assigned a maximum three or four patients each, allowing more time to meet patients’ needs. Continuity of care is maintained from day to day, so your nurse becomes a familiar face. It matters. Kerry says patient satisfaction surveys often come back with praise for individual nurses. Patient satisfaction equals job satisfaction, which probably helps to explain the long tenure of many nurses. The Hospital offers a relaxing environment with hotel-like surroundings; each of the 17 private, individual rooms has ensuite, television and heatpump, comfortable furnishings, Sky TV, phone, internet access, daily newspapers and restaurant quality meal service. Patients commonly stay from one to four days and the focus is on early recovery, early mobilization and a planned return home with post discharge follow-up. And for most patients, there is the ability to choose when to have their surgery so that the whole process is convenient and stress-free. Manuka Street Hospital performs around 2500 procedures a year, in three

high-tech theatres. Half of the procedures are day-surgery, with patients recuperating in reclining chairs or recovery beds. Refreshments and a telephone are available. A separate lounge, with tea and coffee, is available for family and friends. Patients are back home by nightfall. The Theatre Suite is managed by Karen Tijsen; Karen has theatre nursing experience in Sydney and London. “It’s a privilege to work in my home town, being able to provide a first-class surgical experience for the local community in a great facility, and work alongside my team of dedicated theatre nurses, and an amazing team of specialists.” This is a sentiment shared by the General Manager, Margaret Gibbs. “As a hospital we strive to provide a friendly, caring service with an excellent outcome for our patients. We believe in team; together, our entire staff is committed to ensuring that your patient journey, from admission to discharge, is dedicated to excellence. Stay with us and see for yourself”.

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Jane Thorn (receptionist), Nicky Douglas (co-manager) Denise Glover (nurse)


Specialised care, expert knowledge


ith eight doctors, six nurses, six receptionists and two practice managers, Nelson Family Medicine provides a comprehensive yet personal service to its more than six thousand patients. Most of the doctors and many of the nurses have a particular area of interest or speciality. Together they provide the usual healthcare services plus a diverse range of other services including preventive health, travel medicine, sports medicine and aviation, maritime and other occupational medicals. Nelson Family Medicine is one of three practices in the area providing New Zealand immigration medicals and the only one providing Australian immigration medicals. Nelson Family Medicine is also one of a handful of practices caring for refugee patients. Nelson is one of the centres for refugee re-settlement and the practice works closely with the Red Cross. Practice manager Sharon Brinsdon admits it is a challenge. “There are language, cultural and economic barriers to be overcome, and many families have been through unimaginable trauma before getting here,” she says. Nelson Family Medicine feels this is a humanitarian contribution it can

make to help in the world’s refugee crisis. So far, patients have come from Bhutan and Myanmar. Sharon, a former GP herself, says staff members at the centre are hand-picked for their personalities, strengths and areas of specialty. “We have a great team of diverse people,” she says. “We recognise that one doctor will suit one person better than another therefore we allow people to choose and even switch between doctors, or go to another for a second opinion. Everyone works part-time so they are always fresh.” New arrivals to the centre include Dr Simon Harbinson, Dr Hilary Burbidge and Bridget James. Simon Harbinson replaces the long-serving GP David Low. Before moving to Nelson, Simon ran his own busy practice in Scotland and worked in West Australia. His areas of specialty are minor surgery and dermatology. Hilary Burbidge is also new, although she has been one of the centre’s most popular locums in recent years. Her area of specialty is care of the elderly, although she enjoys patients of all ages. Hilary holds a post graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine and splits her time between Nelson Family Medicine and the hospital’s ED and AT&R departments.

Bridget James joins the experienced nursing team which will miss Jodie Humphries who is soon to go on maternity leave. Other doctors are Andy Dawson who has an interest in travel health as well as maritime and occupational health. Shaun McKenzie-Pollock has aviation and sports medicine training in addition to his core GP work. Their highly skilled female medical workforce includes Drs. Dorren Kirkaldy, Pippa Harrison, Jenny Cooper and Rachel Davidson. Collectively they cover all aspects of women’s and child health as well as mental health. All doctors are recognized Specialists in General Practice with the College of General Practice. The practice is in the Health@132 ‘one stop health stop’ at the corner of Collingwood St and Selwyn Place. In their efforts to be environmentally aware, they generate power via roof-mounted PV cells. Staff and patients are fueled by the delicious fare at Broccoli Row. 03 546 8911 132 Collingwood Street Nelson nelsonfamilymedicine.co.nz




Guiding you back to one hundred percent


ith a committed team of skilled therapists, the Richmond Physiotherapy Centre delivers an effective, efficient, professional and patient-centred service. Director Helen MacDonald says the two senior physiotherapists have 80 years of experience between them, working alongside young and dynamic staff, both male and female, with a variety of interests. “We are like body detectives – after listening carefully to your story and asking questions to get a greater understanding of your problem, we then check out and test all the moving parts to ascertain what is causing the pain,” she says. “We then develop a plan with you to guide you back to 100 per cent.” Richmond Physiotherapy has a strong philosophy of promoting selfmanagement with education a key component of all therapy sessions. The Centre implements the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy – an internationally recognized assessment and treatment approach for spinal and peripheral patients. It is the only McKenzie accredited clinic in the top of the South Island. “I often tell patients that they are with me for a 30-minute session today and with themselves for the other 23 and a half hours,” says Helen. “What they do in that time will make or break anything I can do in 30 minutes.”Therapists have a dedicated interest in exercise and rehabilitation, utilizing the gym at Lower Queen Street and pool and gym facilities at the Richmond Aquatic Centre. Staff pride themselves on being up with the times and undergo continuous training, including post graduate university courses and in-house mentoring.

“We are like body detectives...”


Richmond Lower Queen Street Health 03 544 0327 richmondphysiotherapy.co.nz

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Chris Adams

plastic and reconstructive surgeon


Wellington Plastic Surgery Institute Level 6, 186 Willis Street, Wellington Specialists@132, 132 Collingwood St, Nelson 04 801 7642 enquiries@wpsi.co.nz wpsi.co.nz

lastic and reconstructive surgeon Chris Adams, who specialises in aesthetic (cosmetic) and reconstructive breast surgery and the surgical management of melanoma, visits Nelson twice a month. He consults privately from Specialists @132 in Collingwood St and has regular private operating lists offering outpatient surgery through The Rutherford Clinic and inpatient service through Manuka St Hospital. For the past 12 years he has been the visiting plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Nelson Public Hospital and he is currently the clinical director of the Wellington Regional Plastic Surgery Unit based at Hutt Hospital. Chris graduated from Otago Medical School in 1990 before training in plastic and reconstructive surgery in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington. In 2001 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Australasian Surgeons (FRACS). After completing his training in New Zealand, Chris spent two years in the UK where he completed fellowships in aesthetic surgery, breast surgery, hand surgery, microsurgery and burns surgery at hospitals including the Wellington Hospital in London and Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. In addition to breast and melanoma surgery, Chris offers a full range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures including non-melanoma skin cancer management, hand surgery (especially for Dupuytren’s Disease) and post-traumatic (ACC) reconstruction. His practice is based at the Wellington Plastic Surgery Institute (WPSI) in Wellington. The Wellington Plastic Surgery Institute offers comprehensive plastic surgical care including advanced plastic surgery nurse specialists to support Nelson patients. WPSI is an affiliated provider for Southern Cross patients.

Koru Ultrasound

Haidee Janetzki, Alyson Hobbs, Lynn Crossland

a non-invasive, safe option


ltrasound is a non-invasive and safe form of taking diagnostic images of inside the body. Koru Ultrasound’s Director Alyson Hobbs says clinicians are increasingly using ultrasound as a diagnostic tool. “Ultrasound is a completely different technique to x-ray as it has no ionising radiation and therefore is safer,” she says. “For example, breast ultrasound at Koru can be used for women outside of the government-funded breast screening age, or for those women known to have dense breast tissue. All breast ultrasounds at Koru include a density grading.” Alyson studied at Edinburgh University and did her post graduate in London after which she worked as a clinical specialist in the UK for 10 years. At Koru she works as an ultrasound specialist alongside Australian Haidee Janetzki who was awarded NZ Sonographer of the Year 2015. The three main focuses of Koru Ultrasound are ultrasound for pregnancy (free), ultrasound for sports injuries through ACC (free) and ultrasound for men’s and women’s health. “We are doing more and more symptomatic testicular scans, particularly in young men – often it’s just a simple cyst but ultrasound is a very effective way to find out,” she says.The ultrasound specialist can give a verbal report that day, and that is followed up by a radiologist’s verified report within 24 working hours. “Having a full and accurate verified report is the first step that can help with management of the patient,” says Alyson.

31 Oxford Street Richmond 03 541 0050 koruultrasound.co.nz




Boosting people’s confidence with smiles


aving a perfect smile is a huge boost to a person’s confidence. And today’s modern techniques mean that even the worst teeth can be repaired giving greater confidence, teeth that work properly and a wonderful smile. Nelson Prosthodontics can achieve all of that thanks to its two highly-trained specialists, Andrew Cautley and Hamish Milmine, who offer specialist skills and understanding. Both trained as dentists before doing extra study to become specialists with expertise in prosthodontics which involves implants, crowns, veneers and bridges. They are both recognized as experts in their field. Andrew has successfully run his independent prosthodontic and dental practice in Nelson for more than 20 years while Hamish worked as a dentist for 10 years before retraining. Both are dedicated to giving people confidence through better teeth. Prosthodontics is like limb prosthetics where a person is given a new hand or leg, but on a miniature scale. It restores the mouth to how it was, or often better, enabling people to have that perfect smile. These new teeth are also functional, meaning the mouth works properly and you don’t have to be picky about what you eat. 42

People sometimes confuse prosthodontics and orthodontics, but the former includes restoring the mouth with implants, crowns and veneers while orthodontics is more about straightening the teeth. Having imperfect teeth may have come about through an accident or birth but these days there is technology available that means even the worst cases can be remedied. It may involve just one tooth which has been knocked out and needs to be replaced, or a complete rebuild in the case where a person has had an accident or lost teeth due to decay. There can be a stigma around bad teeth which means people with broken and crooked teeth can often lack confidence in social situations. With the technological advances being made it means that anyone can benefit from having good teeth. The days of replacing teeth with dentures are almost over with people today moving towards crowns, implants, veneers and sometimes complete rebuilds. It may be that someone with a

They are both recognized as experts in their field.

Gabi Dunning, Claire Hobson-Snell, Hamish Milmine, Lisette Cautley, Andrew Cautley

few teeth missing has a partial plate but many people are choosing options such as implants rather than dentures these days. With every case being unique, Andrew and Hamish develop a treatment plan beginning with a complete examination and consultation that gives a baseline from which to start. After that initial consultation, Andrew and Hamish come up with a treatment plan which will present a patient with their options. The examination takes into consideration gum health and the kind of treatment that is appropriate for the patient. With the material technology advances being made there are so many options available. ‘Nelson Prosthodonitcs is situated in Collingwood Street and is the only specialist prosthodontic practice in Nelson. They get many referrals from general dentists, and referrals from former patients, but are always happy to take self-referrals too.’ 38 Collingwood Street, Nelson 7010 03 539 4255 nelsonprosthodontics.co.nz



Top surgeon close at hand


hen Auckland-based plastic surgeon Dr Greg Taylor was asked eight years ago if he would consider working in Nelson, he did not take long to reply. Nelsonian Kathy Basalaj had pinned him down at a conference. Kathy, a medical/cosmetic tattoo specialist, knew there was a solid demand for Greg’s expertise in Nelson, but everyone who needed such work had to travel to one of the major centres. “When I asked Greg, he said, ’Yes, find me somewhere to operate and we’ll do it’.” So Kathy did. Eight years on, Nelson Plastic Surgery is meeting the demands of Nelsonians, and Greg, who carries 30 years of experience, has 20,000 patients registered between his Nelson and Auckland practices. Last May, Nelson Plastic Surgery moved into its own purpose-built rooms at 105 Collingwood St, which means many procedures can be carried out on-site. This not only ensures surgery is more affordable, but patients can enjoy the

modern surroundings of the new clinic designed by Kathy. These include two comfortable recovery rooms and a warm, welcoming space with sweeping views over the Grampians, city and the sea. The second-floor rooms are the first port of call for anyone needing specialist plastic surgery by Greg and his team, be it for cosmetic or medical reasons. Greg specialises in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and has a particular interest in local anaesthetic, day-stay facial surgery – a cosmetic surgery breakthrough he was largely responsible for over a decade ago. He is backed by a tight-knit, highly experienced team. Kathy still carries out medical/cosmetic tattoo specialist work and is also practice manager. Practice nurse Fiona Wilson assists Greg with local anaesthetic procedures in the clinic, as well caring for the patients post-surgery. She also manages the administration and reception. Stacey Power is a registered aesthetic nurse and national trainer of the stem-cell treatment platelet-rich

plasma, and also offers a range of cosmetic injectables. Procedures performed at the clinic under local anaesthetic include blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), minor liposuction, ear surgery, scar revisions and other minor reconstructions. Procedures performed at nearby Manuka Street Hospital under general anaesthetic are tummy tucks, breast reduction/lifts and augmentation, rhinoplasty(nose) and otoplasty(ears). Face/neck lifts are under local with sedation. Pre-and post-treatment care are very important to Nelson Plastic Surgery. Kathy says practice nurse Fiona is the friendly, knowledgeable point of contact for all patients, who are always welcome to call with questions or see her face-to-face. “All of our procedures involve a pre-operative consultation, so we can discuss your expectations and discuss our ability to meet them. The process of the surgery will then be carefully described. We promise your needs will always be paramount with us.”

Stacey Power, Greg Taylor, Kathy Basalaj, Fiona Wilson

105 Collingwood St, Nelson 03 548 1909 nelsonplasticsurgery.co.nz



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Sun clips are back


yewear designer Garrett Leight brings back the sun clip-on sunglasses. “With frames and sunglasses styled after iconic characters and style icons like Arthur Miller, Allen Ginsberg, Mickey Rourke and Hunter S. Thompson, Californian eyewear designer Garrett Leight invokes past generations to create his classic looks. Model ‘Hampton’ sports a classic frame with chestnut colouring and a matching acetate folding sun clip – for those who have their own original style, and don’t always like to be noticed ... they kind of just have this originality.” Garrett Leight glasses, style Hampton, available from Kuske

Bronzed goddess


Seventies Summer continues into autumn, with a folksy, tribal, military style still apparent in this season’s styling. Some of us – i.e. me – are screaming at the renaissance of a few of the looks: long denim skirts and turtleneck sleeveless sweaters. I thought these would have been laid to rest on the sitcoms of Seinfeld and Friends, but nope, looks like they are going to be rocking the streets of Nelson and Blenheim in the coming months. Like any brand new trend, though, sometimes it takes a bit to adapt to the new kids on the block. This autumn is filled with folksy prints and multiple asymmetric panelling, in earthy-warm colours of pumpkin, chestnut, beetroot, tomato-red and grape teamed with khaki green, navy or denim. The hemline is long, mid-shin or ankle for skirts, and the trousers are getting wider – except the jeans, with Kiwis refusing to give up their figure-hugging skinny denims. I urge everyone to think of the bigger picture when shopping, be sure to support local retailers. What seems to be saving a buck or two by jumping online to offshore stores is doing nothing for our local economy.

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aving a footwear fetish, nothing makes me happier than seeing the new-season shoes from Kathryn Wilson, my favourite shoe designer. Again she hasn’t disappointed with this goddess of a shoe. A little lace-up brogue is a must for this season. These are so versatile that you can afford to spend a little more because you will wear them to work, lunching on the weekends, or with a metallic finish, you can wear them out to parties or dinner. This particular brogue is a quick way to smarten up even the most casual jeans and sweater. This multi-texture of suede and new metallic copper-coloured leather will look great teamed with new-season colours of khaki, or will create interest with basic monochromatic outfits. Mandy Brogue, bronze and black, $329.90, available from Tailors… We Love Shoes

Feeling fruity – Contemporary handcrafted ceramics


hese oversized handpainted apples, pears and cherries could liven up any contemporary living area. Available in traditional colours or the occasional silver. Sculptor Selma Calheira was born in Ibirataia, Brazil, in 1958. Growing up in the countryside of Bahia has influenced her work with clay, painting and organic pigments. Inspired by the exotic opulence of Brazilian nature, she creates her brilliant and unique collection of ceramic sculptures on an abandoned cocoa plantation. After 38 years at her craft, Selma manages the Cores da Terra Studio, providing jobs for more than 100 disadvantaged men and women. She has achieved international success and has exhibited in Paris, New York and Geneva. Now available in Nelson at Moxini Interior


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Autumn drops to shops


ith our first downpour of rain, shops are forced to clear out summer sale stock and are starting to hang the first autumn/winter drops. Get in quick because most stores only stock minimal numbers in new-season garments.

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“I love this quote from Confucius: ‘Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it’.”



Beauty is a positive attitude K

athy Basalaj deals with concepts about beauty every day. The medical and cosmetic tattoo specialist and paramedical skin technician spends all her working hours helping others to define their beauty and its link with self-esteem and confidence, from designing eyebrow shapes to camouflaging scars and carrying out reconstructions. But what does beauty mean to her personally? “Beauty to me is a smile that lights up your face, and happy sparkling eyes along with a positive attitude to life. My philosophy is that everyone has their own beauty – it’s not always how you look but how you are. On a more superficial level, I think it’s glowing skin, healthy hair and body, and making an effort to wear clothes that make you feel good.” As someone who grew up with brothers and an outdoorsy lifestyle, Kathy

didn’t get around to thinking about her ideas of beauty until a little later, but when she did, she became inspired by stories of one of the most legendary woman in history, Cleopatra. “I’ve always had a fascination with all thing Egyptian. Cleopatra had an influence on me and I loved the way she wore her make-up. One of the first things I bought when I went to Egypt was their kohl eyeliner.” Now an expert in tattoo eyeliner application, alongside many other treatments, Kathy was first drawn to her current field after receiving a badly done eyeliner job some years ago. “I thought, ‘There has to be a better way’. Then, as now, the training available to do this was only over a few days at the most, which seemed crazy to me. I began the search for a good teacher and

eventually did an apprenticeship over a period of a year with a tattooist, doctor and artist. I still travel regularly to update my training.” With 19 years’ experience behind her, Kathy gets the most kick out of her work helping people with self-esteem issues. “This is what drives me and makes my job so much fun and rewarding, whether it is from giving someone beautiful eyebrows to frame their face, recreating a nipple or areola after breast reconstruction surgery, or guiding someone through the surgery process to improve something that can be life-changing for them.” She is also a ‘walk the talk’ person, having tried out many of the treatments herself. “I couldn’t live without my eyeliners and I certainly try all the beauty treatments and create my own.” “ I have spent many years exposed to the elements, skydiving, skiing and windsurfing, and I believe with great skincare treatments a lot of damage can be corrected. I am sure I will be lining up for surgery as I get older. It’s not something I would have considered before but because I see all these great results it becomes appealing.” Kathy also offers some less drastic beauty tips, including never going to bed without cleansing and moisturising the skin, and using a decent facial sunscreen every day, without fail. “My favourite products are DMK. I have been using them for years and can’t find anything superior. They are a pharmaceutical grade with great active ingredients based on botanicals, and they really do work. I am a great label reader and researcher – it’s very interesting to know exactly what the ingredients are in skincare and how they work.” As well as checking out the ingredients in her products, Kathy also seems to have identified all the right ingredients in life for people to feel positive about themselves. “Look after yourself inside and out, appreciate what you have and be happy,” she says. “I also love this quote from Confucius: ‘Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it’.’” 53

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No compromises at Upton Oaks BY CHRISTO SAGGERS


hese days most novel experiences are underwhelming. Perhaps it is because my hair is losing the battle against those pesky greys, or perhaps I’ve had a life full of good things. You wouldn’t be alone in thinking that most things you buy are made in China and most manufacturers cut corners to make maximum profit. Nothing could be further from the truth at Upton Oaks in Marlborough. The one underlying theme here, be it with their inspirational garden or the impeccably restored cottage nestled amongst the formal gardens, or the exquisite handcrafted indoor or outdoor furniture brought to life by owners Dave and Sue Monahan, is quality. I don’t mean your run of the mill 5 - star quality — this is the stuff we dream of. When I’m rich and famous (or when the kids have left home) I’m going to get some custom - made furniture for myself. Many of my landscaping clients have dining tables or garden seats and I’ve always been jealous — they are flawless. The garden here at Upton Oaks, which is open to the public by 64

appointment, has been designed and built entirely by Dave and Sue. The amount of research required to pull off a masterpiece like this is unimaginable. As a professional landscaper, I get to build gardens of this stature only on rare occasions, so I know what’s involved — and it’s daunting. Over the years, Sue has added gardens bit by bit, but you’d never think it. You’d think that some world -famous designer and a team of expert gardeners and builders had descended upon this 1.5 - acre property near Blenheim and transformed it with an artist’s brush. Sue accepts compliments modestly but in reality it takes a very special person with artistic flare, vision for the future and strength of will to see a garden of this exception to fruition. Picture the grandest traditional gardens the world over and then tone them down for a real person  —  someone who gets up every day and improves their lot — and what you end up with is Upton Oaks. It’s been hard work but the results are outstanding. This is not a royal palace — it’s better because it demonstrates what is possible

The amount of research required to pull off a masterpiece like this is unimaginable

with passion and vision. There is so much to describe at Upton Oaks that this short piece of praise cannot deliver justice and it would be a gardening crime to try. In a sentence or two, I could say that the renovated villa is nestled amongst formal knot gardens, herbaceous borders and with focal points at every turn. Mature trees create microclimates for shade gardens to thrive protected from the harsh summer sun. The symmetry of the knot gardens and formal hedging is juxtaposed with a myriad of spring, summer and autumn colour. This is a garden you must visit —  it will inspire you. All you budding gardeners need to enjoy Upton Oaks and it really will help you realize your dream. Not only can you visit the garden but if you are looking for a romantic getaway, you can stay at the delightful cottage. If you want more — and you will — you can even have your wedding ceremony performed here in the garden. If that’s not enough, commission Dave to make you a one- off piece of furniture that will surely deliver fond memories for a lifetime.



Plum & hazelnut Madeira cake B Y N I C O L A G A L L O WAY

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Ingredients 100g soft butter 1/3 cup muscovado sugar plus extra for sprinkling 3 free-range eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3/4 cup white flour* 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup ground hazelnuts or almonds 10 omega plums, halved *gluten-free: use 1/2 cup buckwheat flour + 1/4 cup tapioca flour Directions: Preheat oven to 180C. Line and grease a 20cm spring-form cake tin. In a mixer or food processor blend together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Stop several times to scrape down the sides. Combine flour, baking powder and ground hazelnuts together in a mixing bowl. Pour over the egg mixture, gently folding together until well combined. Pour into the prepared cake tin. Arrange the fruit on top pressing into the batter and sprinkle with a little extra sugar. Bake for 40 minutes until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Remove from the tin and serve warm with yogurt or cool on a cake rack. This cake keeps well for several days in a cake tin.



Dessert … was so good it was almost addictive and possibly should be banned.


professionalism and attention to detail BY MAXWELL FLINT


friend once told me if you want to find out if the restaurant’s any good, go and look at the lavatory. Obviously it’s a little odd to ask to check the loos before you decide to dine, but the theory is if the facilities are of a high standard it shows professionalism and attention to detail. In the case of Arbour restaurant in Marlborough, this theory is spot on. The loos at this restaurant are very salubrious  —  as is the restaurant. There is a lovely feel to the dining room, the colour palate is all blond and silver with accents of yellow and olive. There is a light chandelier thing that looks like Thomas Edison designed it  —  all glowing filaments and bulbs — it’s quite cool. The menu is not huge, of which I approve. You are able to buy three -course, four - course or five - course set menus if you don’t wish to go a la carte. I went for the four -course set menu for $85. The

wine list was very good, with a really good selection of local, New Zealand and overseas wines. They also have a little black book that lists vintage and fine wines, all of which seemed to be very reasonably priced. While waiting for my courses I noted there was no salt or pepper on the table. I am sure you can get them if you asked but it does show the confidence of the chef. He obviously feels the food is correctly seasoned. The first offering was smoked hapuka with a 64 degree slow poached egg with sweet corn and braised leek in a curry broth. I liked the idea of this dish, but somehow it didn’t gel. The sweet corn was slightly too al dente, and the poached egg and hapuka was lost in the curry broth. When you order the set menus you don’t know what you’re going to get so there is always an element of surprise, but this also means you don’t know what

wine to order in advance. Luckily the professional and delightful wait staff can guide you in the right direction without revealing the next course. Dumplings, stuffed with smoked mushrooms and peas was a simple but simply moreish second course. Course number three was sliced beef sirloin with local mushrooms, garlic jus and pea puree. Although this was perhaps not the most imaginative of dishes, it made up for it by the quality of its execution. Deceptively simple but honestly delicious. I am not a sweet man on any level, and Mrs F can attest to this, but if the dessert served to the table by the chef was this good in all restaurants, I would be a changed man. It looked like a road accident and was even described by the chef as ‘a black forest crashing into a rocky road’. There were blueberries, cherries, blackberries, brownies, chocolate and vanilla mousse and buttermilk snow all separate but positioned in a bowl. This was so good it was almost addictive and possibly should be banned. I must remember the loo theory for the next restaurant. One of the first things I will do is have a shifty look around the loos. That doesn’t really sound right does it, but you know what I mean.

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Staete Landt a genuine boutique winery B Y P H I L L I P R E AY


is a tantalizing dream  —  owning a boutique vineyard, enjoying the fruits of your ‘estate’, a rustic lunch with friends set on a long table among the vines. Such a halcyon scene is unfortunately often quite removed from the reality. The truth is the small vineyard or winery owner is probably working so darn hard they have precious little time to enjoy it with friends. The corporatisation of almost everything has meant boutique vineyards, (producing ten to twenty thousand cases), struggle to maintain market share. Since it is difficult for them to compete on price, it is quality and marketing nous that keep them afloat. Following the recent rationlisation of the wine industry, the market place has become even more dominated by the big players and moneymen. You’d be surprise how many well - known wine brands are just that, brands. They have no winery or

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vineyard; they are just a marketing name to sell the wine under. To me this means it is even more important that the New Zealand wine industry cherishes and maintains the boutique winery sector. These invariably owner - operated wineries work extra hard at improving quality and are often experimenting in new styles and techniques in an effort to carve out a market for themselves. They are an essential part of the R & D arm of the New Zealand wine industry. Ruud Maasdam is just the sort of boutique winery owner that New Zealand needs. A native of the Netherlands, Rudd initially did his training in Holland. Yes, Holland does have a wine industry. He completed the practical element of his training in New Zealand. Owner of Staete Landt winery (pronounced plain ‘state land’ with no need for any German inflection) Ruud is a quality -driven, hardworking winery owner who has given back to the industry through his continual involvement in wine industry organisations. Being in Marlborough, Staete Landt’s main stay varietal is Sauvignon Blanc followed by Pinot Noir with also Riesling, Chardonnay and Viognier. He naturally makes a typical Marlborough Sav under his ‘Mapmaker’ label but he also likes to push the boat out with his Sauvignon Blancs, or as he put it, “you have to be close to the edge of the ravine”. Over the ravine is a Sauvignon Blanc that is unrecognizable as a Marlborough Sav. The Staete Landt ‘Duchess’ Sauvignon Blanc 2014 was described by Rudd as ‘at the bottom of the ravine’. I disagree. This is still a Sauvignon Blanc that displays the Marlborough freshness but it also has a wonderfully subtle richness to it. I loved it and even bought a bottle  —  and I am not a great Marlborough Sav fan. If you like Chardonnays, then try Staete Landt ‘Josephine’ Chardonnay 2013. It’s an excellent example, displaying a clever use of oak with beautifully balanced acidity and fruit. The Viognier 2013 didn’t quite ring all the bells for me. Again, a well -made wine but perhaps

“To me this means it is even more important that the New Zealand wine industry cherishes and maintains the boutique winery sector.” R U U D M A A S DA M

lacking a richness or unctuousness that is a hallmark of a great Viognier. But there is no doubt that Staete Landt ‘Palladan’ Pinot Noir 2013 is a hell of a good wine. A beautifully extracted wine, not over - worked and I highly recommend it. I urge you to support our boutique wineries like Staete Landt, they are excellent value for money and without them New Zealand, and our wine industry, would be a much poorer place.


Karl Summerfield (left), one of the organisers of NZHC, at Moa Brewery with his Manuka Smoked Lager ‘Nuka’, made for serving at Marchfest 2016. Andrew Bayley looks on

“It’ll be a huge weekend of brewing, socialising and learning.” MIKE STRINGER

Home   brewing up there with the best BY MARK PREECE


someone announces they’ve baked a cake at home, the assumption is that it’s good, says Nelson’s Mike Stringer. But if they announce they’ve home - brewed a beer, “there is a reasonable chance people think it’s dodgy and brewed in the bath”. That’s simply not the case, he says. Home — brewers have access to similar ingredients and processes as commercial craft - brewers, and the results are comparable. “It’s getting easier and easier to get hold of the ingredients, and the hobby is booming as a result.” In celebration of how far things have come, Mike and two friends have established the inaugural Home -brewers’ Conference on March 18 to 20, coinciding with Nelson’s annual craft beer festival, MarchFest. “We’re expecting people will make a weekend of it and come for a tour and a brew competition on Friday,

attend MarchFest on Saturday, and the conference on Sunday,” says Mike. “It’ll be a huge weekend of brewing, socialising and learning.” There’s a whole lot brewing over the weekend, including a regional tour on Friday March 18 taking in hop farms, craft breweries and local sites of interest to those who love a good beer. (The tour sold out so quickly that they pulled together a second one.) That evening Brewmania kicks off, which will determine the champion home — brewer of the festival. Each brewer enters three beers, and everyone judges the top three brewers. Organisers claim the event is “loosely based on a cross between an Olympic qualifier and a WWF Smackdown”. Chaos will reign, they suggest. Brew nerds will also come across plenty of home -brew suppliers at the event, with Gladfield Malt, the Grainfather,

Hauraki Homebrew and Brewshop all offering great products and advice to both novice and seasoned brewers. The next day dawns on MarchFest, a decade — old celebration of music, food, fun and good beer. MarchFest attracts more than 3000 people each year, keen to taste the new launches that the event is known for. The Home -brew Zone will feature a live brew - off by five VIP brewers: John Palmer, Mike “Tasty” McDole, James Spencer, Chris Colby and Andy Sparks. On Sunday it’s back to the conference. A Sunday Brunch amid the company of other home -brewers and conference speakers will be followed by seminars. The event has attracted a range of high -powered talkers, including overseas experts Doctor Chris White (White Labs), who specialises in yeast, and John Palmer, world -renowned author of How To Brew. Mike Cheer, a brewer for Harrington’s Brewery in Christchurch, who will also run a workshop, says the conference has “probably the most solid line - up of speakers ever assembled on NZ soil”. They’ll be joined by some of New Zealand’s great craft beer names, including Pete Gillespie from Garage Project and Nelson’s own Hop Federation brewer, Simon Nicholas. Yeast management and tasting beer to detect off -flavours are just some of the subjects to be covered in the one — day conference, says Mike. “We hope to make the event an annual fixture for home -brewers nationwide.”

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Darwin, croc heaven BY SALLIE GREGORY


entioning that I come from Darwin draws the inevitable questions: Oh my god, it’s bloody hot there, isn’t it? Aren’t there crocodiles everywhere? Is that close to Uluru (Ayres Rock)? The answers are yes, yes and no (unless 2000km is close to you). Anything else you need to know? It’s been flattened twice – once by Japanese air raids during World War Two and again in 1974 by Cyclone Tracy. It’s tropical and it’s cosmopolitan and it’s the gateway city to Australia’s largest National Park, Kakadu, which is half the size of Switzerland and home to amazing 20,000-year-old Aboriginal rock art. In a nutshell, Darwin is a vibrant and multicultural city unlike any other place in Australia, and it should be on your Must Do list. So where do you start a Darwin itinerary? Well, it’s hot and you need to cool down and Darwin is famous for crocodiles, so … what better place to start than Crocosaurus Cove. Located right in the city centre, Crocosaurus is home to Australia’s only crocodile dive, the Cage of Death. Yep, that’s right. Get up close to some of the largest crocs on the planet, and smile at a crocodile when the reptile handlers feed the stars of the show, such as Chopper, a chicken wing or 70

Exploring Kakadu properly involves at least three nights in the park to fully appreciate its awesomeness.

something equally delicious. Plenty of other activities are on offer here, including holding a baby crocodile. Allow a few hours to explore and learn more about the snakes, lizards and other cool reptile critters of the ’Top End’ of Australia. If crocs aren’t your thing, head out to the Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery. NT is home to some of Australia’s most respected Aboriginal artists, and the gallery showcases fine examples of their work. While here, learn how Cyclone Tracy devastated the city – on Christmas Day – or see the replica of legendary Sweetheart, the 4.9m crocodile famous for attacking boat motors in the local rivers. Oops, there’s that ‘c’ word again. The dry season (May-Oct) in Darwin is as close to weather perfection as you’ll find anywhere on the planet. It’s between 2132 degrees every day and you’re lucky to see a drop of rain for the best part of the season. Head to Mindil Beach for the famous sunset markets. Take a few “coldies” in your daypack and grab yourself some of the unique food on offer from the market stalls– road kill, anyone? Then sit down and relax on the beach to enjoy one of the best sunsets Australia has to offer. Take in some great local entertainment and finish off with a fresh lime juice, with lots of ice and a splash of syrup, from one of the juice stalls. More of a movie buff? Why not enjoy a balmy evening under the stars at the Deckchair Cinema? If you’re lucky, you might even catch Crocodile Dundee on the big screen. No evening in Darwin is complete without a cold beer at one of the vibrant bars, pubs and live music venues along Mitchell St. Pick of the bunch is Monsoons. Every night is Saturday night at this Darwin institution. You’re likely to find yourself dancing alongside a local or a backpacker, or cheering on a “crab” during the weekly crab races. There is also much to do out from Darwin. Even if you’re short on time, you must put at least one national park on your list. Exploring Kakadu properly involves at least three nights in the park to fully appreciate its awesomeness. Otherwise, head to Litchfield National Park, two hours from Darwin. It’s jam-packed with sensational cascading waterfalls, swimming holes, giant termite mounds and great rainforest walks. A day at Litchfield provides lots of “oohh-ahh” moments. It’s a little bit Outback, a little bit tropical oasis – much like the Top End. Sometimes the waterfalls will be closed – that’s right, those pesky crocs again. Make sure you always read the signs before swimming in any of the waterholes or beaches, and all rivers are out of bounds. You’ve been warned. That’s Darwin. It’s different, exciting, unique. It’s not pretentious and isn’t trying to be something it’s not – which is quite refreshing these days. Darwin has something to offer everyone, and if you can’t find what’s on offer, there will be a local at a watering hole (of both varieties) to help you out. 71


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take-offs were short and the landings tight at the fourth annual Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs in Blenheim last month. Sixtytwo pilots showcased the skills required for using Marlborough’s remote rural airstrips, with some planes in the air after just seconds of run-up, and landing within inches of the target line. The precision landing and short take-off and landing (STOL) competition is held annually at Omaka Airfield, courtesy of the Marlborough Aero Club and major sponsor Dave Baldwin of the Bulls Flying Doctor Service. Aero Club president Craig Anderson says it’s about fostering safe flying with high skill-levels. “Really, the distance is not the big thing. It’s about trying to encourage people to fly safely and with a high level of skill. Whether you’re one metre or ten, they’re all fantastic efforts.” Those efforts were rewarded by a large audience that oohed and aahed, gasped and cheered as planes took off 72

and landed. That same audience brings a lot of pressure, says young pilot Jack Griffith, who won the Precision Landing section of the competition last year. His technique for landing is to set up for the painted target line from a long way out, and keep as stable as he can in approaching it. “You draw a line from your head to the line you want to land on, and try to fly the whole way down on it.” This pilot has just 150 pilot hours beneath his belt, so was one of the least experienced on the field. But his father took him on his first flight, from Paraparumu to Hokitika, when he was three weeks old, and he’s grown up with flying in his blood. And his vehicle has plenty of experience. The 1962 Cessna 185, nicknamed Nana, has done more than 18,000 hours of flying, many of them as a Mount Cook ski plane and more recently as a top dresser. The winner of this year’s Heavy

Jack landing in “Nana”


“You draw a line from your head to the line you want to land on, and try to fly the whole way down on it.” JA C K G R I F F I T H

Touring Plane STOL category was Scott Madsen, flying in the Healthy Bastards for the first time. His best of two landings came down right on the line and he stopped 33 metres later. “There’s always a bit of luck to get it over the line and then stop as soon as you can,” he says. His best take off was 48m, giving him a total winning score of 81. Scott’s plane is a 1959 Cessna 180B, which is regularly used to check on his mussel farms in the Marlborough Sounds, and to visit far flung destinations. “It’s a great way to get around,” he says.


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all do it. All of us in our sleep and many of us in the daylight hours while wide awake. Some are vivid and some are cryptic. Some you forget straight away and some linger on for days. I could go on but let’s spill the beans. I’m talking about dreams. I’ve recently become a fan of an American blogger, entrepreneur and best-selling author James Altucher. Altucher made a fortune as a hedge fund manager and quickly lost the lot funding various website investments. Among other pursuits, he now ekes out a living writing books, his most successful, The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth, has sold millions worldwide. To cut a long story short, the message is we have now moved out of the information age into the idea age. We should all have at least 10 ideas a day, write them down and ‘let them have sex with each other’. Ideas will be the new currency so we all need to develop an ‘idea muscle’. But how do we separate dreams from ideas? I’ve been practising hard lately. This leads me back to boating, at long last! On a recent visit to Brisbane with Australian business partners, I visited a fantastic boatyard, aptly named ‘The Boat Works’. Located on 223 acres of Coomera riverfront, Boat Works provides A-grade boatyard and slipping facilities catering

Dreams or ideas? BY STEVE THOMAS

My lingering thought is; we’ll stay small until we think cleverly. First up, Council, Port Nelson and the community need to agree on a strategy for the marina.

for everyday runabouts to large multihull catamarans and luxury yachts. Boat Works also services more unique vessels including game boats and houseboats, from boat lifting right through to sheds and storage options. It’s a hub. All the trade services are located on site; sailmakers, riggers, engineers, painters, electricians – you get the picture. Safe to say Boat Works is attracting luxury boats from all around the Pacific that all require ongoing expensive maintenance. Back to Nelson I come and the idea (or is it a dream?) starts to form. Here at the marina we have fantastic service providers, just the same as they have at Boat Works. The thing is they all work independently, scattered far and wide, doing their own thing. We have a big piece of vacant, undeveloped Council owned

land on Akersten Street. We have visiting cruising yachts and a 500 berth marina overflowing with boats that require ongoing maintenance. Q. What’s missing? A. A facility like Boat Works to take proper advantage of the need. My idea muscle tightens and I hear the alter ego saying ‘who pays, white elephant, Nelson is too small’. My lingering thought is; we’ll stay small until we think cleverly. First up, Council, Port Nelson and the community need to agree on a strategy for the marina. That’s in the pipeline as this issue goes to print. The ball’s in Council’s court waiting for the return move. I’ve heard it said ideas may be a dime a dozen. Execution is the key to making something happen in the real world. Maybe we should execute before the idea becomes just another dream. Just an idea. 73


“It gave me great exposure to the different aspects of forestry as well as the different careers available.” SHANNON BURNETT

Nurturing young foresters B Y J A C Q U I E WA LT E R S

Scholarships give a leg-up to forestry students that not only enriches the industry, but can lead to surprising directions.


elson Management Ltd (the management company for Nelson Forests Ltd) has been providing scholarships to tertiary students since 2000, supporting a total of 16 so far (usually more than one student is supported annually, in different stages of their tertiary studies). Many recipients have gone on to find rewarding employment in the forestry industry, fulfilling a variety of roles throughout New Zealand. Others have received a leg-up to related careers overseas. Shannon Burnett, former student and NML employee, is now a spatial analyst for Wellington City Council, but


believes her scholarship was a valuable stepping stone for her career. “The work experience I gained as part of my scholarship with NML was an important factor that led me towards my current career,” she says. “The varying roles that I was involved in during my time with NML meant that I was introduced to all sides of the business and was given the freedom to work out what I enjoyed. “I enjoyed helping out with the GIS and spatial management side of things.  Not every job sends you up in a plane to take aerial photos of the forests!”  After graduation, Shannon worked as a Technical Forester within NML’s silviculture team. “A move to Sydney two years later made working directly for a forestry company difficult, but my experience in the GIS and spatial

aspects of this role made it an easy transition to a GIS Analyst. I worked for an Environmental and Engineering Consultancy in Sydney for five years and while I was there I also furthered my studies, completing a Masters of Spatial Information at the University of Sydney.” Shannon moved back to New Zealand in September last year.   She says she would recommend a career in forestry, and that the most valuable part of the NML scholarship was gaining experience in the real world while she was studying.  “It gave me great exposure to the different aspects of forestry as well as the different careers available.”  Women have been well-represented as scholarship recipients over the years. The first scholarship recipient was Kiriana Rogers, daughter of Bim Rogers, the Executive Assistant to NML Managing Director Lees Seymour, and one of the four current recipients is Forest Engineering student Georgie Holdaway. Scholarship winners receive $4000 per annum for up to five years, with $2000 paid when the student enrols and $2000 when they successfully complete their studies each year. NML also provides work experience during university holidays. “Our scholarships provide funding and work experience for up to four Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Forestry Engineering students at any one time,” says Jenny van Workum, NML’s Human Resources Manager. “Whenever learning opportunities within the Company’s operations become available, whatever the time of year, scholarship students can undertake a range of practical training focused in four key areas: harvesting, silviculture, roading and sawmilling. “This allows the students to truly understand the theory they are learning in their university classes because they are actually working out in the field,


OPPOSITE PAGE Danielle Inglis LEFT Georgie Holdaway (top) Kurt Maliietoa (bottom) RIGHT Scholarship recipient Nathan Sturrock undertakes a time and motion study at Fraser Logging’s sites

grounded in the day-to-day realities of the forestry industry.” Two former scholarship recipients currently work for NML, one of whom is Technical Forester Danielle Inglis. Present scholarship recipients and the stage they are at in 2016 are Kurt Malietoa (year 4), Nathan Sturrock (year 2), Georgie Holdaway (year 2) and Christoph Riedel (year 3). KURT MALIETOA Kurt is a third-generation forester. His father has worked for Nelson’s Kelly Logging for more than 15 years. Kurt recalls visiting Dad’s worksite as a kid and being able to sit in the cab of the machines. “That was what got me interested.” He is keen on the harvesting side of the business and loves being outdoors. Kurt is about to start his fourth year of study towards a degree in Forest Science from the University of

Canterbury. He enjoys the small classes at university, which means everyone gets to know and work alongside each other. There are also field trips every week. Kurt says the holiday work experience with NML gives him the chance to apply theory in the field. During the 2015-2016 summer break he worked on two harvesting projects for NML’s Chief Operating Officer David Robinson and evaluating stream quality alongside NML’s Planner Heather Arnold. In previous years he worked on various office-based tasks and with harvesting and forest inventory crews. GEORGIE HOLDAWAY Georgie’s physics and maths ability led her to study engineering at the University of Canterbury. She has completed her intermediate year and is now studying Forest Engineering,

whichis a cross between forestry science and civil engineering. “I really enjoy working outdoors and I’m really looking forward to combining civil engineering and forest science.” Georgie knew a few people who work at NML through her involvement in scouting but it was time spent out in the field in 2014 that drew her to forestry. She has just spent her first summer working with NML writing out licences for cattle grazing, water-testing streams and working on NML’s roading network with Forest Information Officer Jasmine Snowsill. “I was surprised by how many women are working here when I started,” says Georgie. In the longer term she is keen to work in environmental engineering and hopes to contribute towards climate change solutions, bringing her knowledge of forestry to the task. 75


Ultimate Pony ride BY GEOFF MOFFETT


six-month waiting list is no deterrent for buyers wanting to get their hands on the new Ford Mustang. With the famous pony on its grille and the addictive growl of the five-litre V8 warbling a symphony through rear exhausts, the latest version of one of the world’s most recognisable muscle cars is putting a lot of smiles on faces. That’s a huge grin on the face behind the wheel, a thumbs-up from the guys on the street corner as you pass by, and one massive smile on the faces of Ford salespeople. Some will see the sense in buying the four-cylinder turbo version (great value at $58k), but nothing compares with the thrill of the V8. In Nelson, about two out of every three people who take the demonstration drive have signed up for the Mustang, mostly the V8. And why not. At around $75k, the V8 GT Fastback Mustang is a bargain if you like your thrills American style and not too subtle, especially in the version with go-fast stripes down bonnet and boot. The Mustang name is loud along the door bottoms, and acceleration comes in great V8 gobs. You sit low and look out over a bulging bonnet like a fighter pilot. It’s a car to suit a young man about town, or to make a middle-aged man feel very young, and it’s hard to keep a self-satisfied look off your face as you wheel around town and then hit the open road like a cowboy on 76

his long-legged, frisky steed. But for all its macho looks and V8 rumble, the Mustang is a doddle to drive. Ford has unashamedly evoked images of the past with this all-new model, plonking a sign on the dash that says “Mustang since 1964”. Back then it was a phenomenon – 100,000 sold in the first 12 weeks. Millions more have followed, although the Pony periodically lost its way, getting fat and ugly as it strayed from its speed and power origins. The latest iteration, though, has taken the Mustang right back to its hard-charging, aggressive roots. It looks superb, especially in profile – a wilful quarter-horse willing you to loosen its reins. The Mustang is a blast to drive, cornering flat and hugging the apexes, and just keeps giving pleasure as its 530Nm of torque accelerates with a bass bellow out of the bends. It’s firm riding as you’d expect – and even firmer in Sport+ or Racing mode when the car becomes a fidgety thoroughbred. But just ambling along in drive with the music on and an empty road in front, it’s very easy to live with (and room in the boot for your South Island trip). The Mustang comes with few options. Everything is included in the price (including a choice of six-speed auto or manual gearbox) except for stripes and different wheels. For your money you get limited-slip diff, keyless entry, heated and cooled electric seats, GPS, voice activation for a host of functions, 8” colour

touch screen, nine-speaker sound, and a “Pony projection puddle lamp” that’s pure Hollywood. As well as the V8 GT Fastback, you can have the wind-in-your-hair delights of convertible Mustang motoring for another $5k. The four-cylinder version is $58k. For the money, it’s no wonder people are clamouring to join the Mustang queue.

Tech spec Model reviewed: Ford Mustang V8 GT Fastback Price: $74,880 (V8 Fastback), $79,880 (Convertible), $57,880 (2.3-litre Fastback) Power: 5-litre V8, 306kw @ 6500rpm, 530NM @ 4250rpm, six-speed manual or automatic (with paddle shifters); 2.3-litre, EcoBoost twinscroll turbo, 233kw @ 5600rpm, 432Nm @ 3000rpm. Fuel economy: V8 Fastback, 12.6l/100km combined (auto); 13/1 (manual); 2.3 litre Fastback, 9.3l/100 km. Vehicle courtesy of MS Ford Nelson

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avid Bowie’s death was one of those rare ’Where were you when...’ life moments. For me, the news of his passing rounded off a very spooky set of circumstances: I’d got up the morning before the Facebook chatter started filtering through, and searched Bowie on Spotify and played him for an hour or two while getting the kids ready for another summer stunner. The next day he was dead. I just couldn’t believe it – I hadn’t purposefully listened to Bowie for years. What prompted that? Some kind of premonition, I guess. I’d always held a kind of resentment against anyone who said they loved Bowie, because for me he never played a strong role in my youth. Or so I thought. I recently took a solo road trip from Rotoiti to Pohara and back. It was an opportunity to listen to Bowie’s last album, Blackstar. His 25th and final studio album was, as most will know, released two days before his death. Was this the ultimate act of serendipity or a monumental PR coup? I guess we’ll never know. What we do know is that the album skyrocketed to number 78

one in the UK and the US almost instantly. Inevitable I guess. It deserves those accolades. I love Blackstar. There is an element of dark spookiness that is very engaging, and a flippant disregard of musical boundaries that is really intriguing. As the album ran out while I tootled down the verdant Motueka Valley, I flipped Spotify into following Bowie generally, and revelled in his back-catalogue with a growing awareness that Bowie’s songs had indeed been a part of my life after all, and that not only did I know all these songs, but I loved them. As I wound over the Takaka Hill I was singing songs I hadn’t sung for years, enjoying them way more than I thought I would. I was on my way to play trumpet in Mojo Funk for a wedding in a hot room at the top of the Pohara Boat Club. The gig went okay. The band almost outnumbered the crowd, and the dancing grew in intensity along with the decibel reading and the temperature until we knocked it on the head around midnight, having finished with Dan Kendrick’s stunning rendition of James Brown’s Get Up Offa That Thing.

Mojo Funk had played its final set. We were now Mojo defunk. The idea for forming a funk band had been kindled a decade or so earlier on another road trip back from a Rockquest gig in Invercargill. Heading towards Dunedin, Glenn Common and I were listening to Blood Sweat & Tears along with Earth Wind & Fire. Before long the inspiration became perspiration and the band was underway. It’s been a great 15-odd years pretending to be able to play trumpet during plenty of very memorable gigs, and all the while enjoying being part of a group that had nothing to do with jazz, and a whole lot to do with dance music. I guess breaking up also gives us the opportunity to reform – which we probably will at the drop of a hat. Calling it quits was especially poignant given that Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire bandleader, had passed away only a couple of days earlier. So to anyone who has ever been to a Mojo Funk gig, thanks for supporting us. We hope you enjoyed it – we certainly did. To those who never heard us, I suggest you listen to Earth Wind & Fire. They’ll be around forever.


Concussion Biography, Drama, Sport Directed by Peter Landesman Starring Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks 123 minutes Rated PG-13



ince I was a child, I have always avoided getting injured, never participating in any sport where a helmet was required. When playing basketball, under no circumstances did I venture near the hoop, but chose to shoot from the outside. In the end, golf became my game and so far, touch wood, I have evaded injury to anything but my ego. Gridiron football is vital for many Americans, often it is a reason to live. The USA has 32 professional teams and their fans hunger for hard-hitting action. Often, those hits are to the head and the helmet is not enough protection. Players have stated that if you are worried about concussions, you are in the wrong business. In 2002, forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu of Nigeria performed an autopsy on player Mike Webster, who died at the age of 50 of a heart attack. As a result of additional and expensive research, which he paid for himself, Omalu discovered and named a disease specific to football players. He called it Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and getting the NFL and its fans to recognize the danger became the challenge of his life. Concussion is the story of this struggle. Starring Will Smith as Omalu, this is an important film for all of us, especially parents of children in youth sports. Smith is outstanding in what could be his finest role. He is well supported by Alec Baldwin and Albert Brooks as fellow pathologists. The science was precise and it was undeniable that repeated blows to the head created excessive damage to the brain. But football is a big deal, employing hundreds of thousands of people and producing billions of dollars in revenue. The best answer was a cover-up and denunciation of Omalu. He, his family and his colleagues were ridiculed, threatened and pilloried to avoid damaging the sport. Meanwhile, players regularly kept dying of atypical brain disorders. Dr. Omalu has said, “I wish I never met Mike Webster. CTE has driven me into the politics of science, the politics of the NFL. You cannot go against the NFL. They will squash you.” To prepare for the role, Smith and director Peter Landesman witnessed the real Dr. Omalu performing several autopsies. Smith’s Nigerian accent is thoroughly credible and his calm, intelligent demeanour in the face of adversity is a characteristic worthy of emulation. As of today, over 87 dead players have been diagnosed with CTE, with one as recent as last January. CTE can also afflict players of hockey, soccer and even rugby. Recently President Obama has said, “I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you, if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football.” This excellent film hits the nail on the head. Parents and their kids should see this film to prevent becoming all brawn and no brains. Michael Bortnick has left the theatre to purchase a new golf helmet.

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LYNN ANDERSON How would you describe the world of business and commerce? Are there any major challenges or obstacles? Huge; there are so many options out there. Have fun, be a good ‘team person’ and make sure you always give credit to the person who first came up with the idea. Stagnating businesses are a challenge. For any business, employee training is both a necessary and important expense.

Before NMIT, where had you previously studied? And how have the institutions compared? I did my science qualification at Wellington Polytechnic Institute quite some time ago so it’s a bit difficult to compare, but the tutors at NMIT have all been brilliant; very approachable and inclusive. I did a couple of papers at Massey University too. The lecture sizes were a lot bigger and you don’t get as many opportunities to make sure you understand. I think the NMIT style of learning with smaller classes and the ability to speak up suits me better.

Do you have any guidance or ‘helpful hints’ for those willing to follow in the same path?


Lynn Anderson has a wealth of passion and experience in the world of business. Currently, her sights are set on the NZ Diploma in Business at NMIT

and pandered to my love of cooking and meeting people. Everything has been fun. I look back on my former working lives fondly!

What can you tell me about your career history in this field?

Was it always a lifestyle you wanted? For example, when would you say the passion first bloomed?

Like many people my age I’ve been through many different areas, starting in science as a lab technician. Overall, I’ve mainly been in the customer service and sales areas. I worked for British Airways for 12 years in lots of different roles and they had superb ongoing training courses. When we moved to Nelson 11 years ago I worked in admin for the wonderful kitchenware shop, Baku, (in Richmond), which had cook schools

I have a passion for meeting people, for learning and solving problems. My husband and I have a stall at the Nelson Market which we both enjoy. I do the paperwork for this and wanted to learn more about developing the business. I have loved mathematics, and doing a ‘Quantitative Analysis’ paper with NMIT tutor Stuart Stephenson this year reminded me of that.


Keep learning and do the things you enjoy. Life’s short so make sure you choose something that keeps you challenged, and ask questions if you need to clarify something! Don’t let the work bullies or grouchy people affect you. Let them know their bad day is not going to spoil your good one. One of the selfcorrecting things I often say to myself is “Don’t ignore the niggle”, but periodically I forget that, (to my detriment).

Lastly, what are your plans for the future? There is something on the horizon with tiny houses, teaching about the ketogenic diet that I use and using my business qualifications to help other people with small businesses, (something I can do from home).

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