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Nelson and Marlborough’s magazine /

ISSUE 124 / NOVEMBER 2016 / $8.95

Hello holidays!

what to wear, what to do, and where to go

Renovated Trafalgar Centre

Interview Alistair Sowman


Toyota Prius

Men’s style

NZ Fashion Week

Himalayan adventure


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Nelson and Marlborough’s magazine

Features Issue 124 / November 2016


22 22 The Interview: Alistair Sowman


ynda Papesch talks to retired Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman about his 12 years at the top

27 Holiday destinations


hink outside the square these holidays, says Jo Richards

31 The Trafalgar Centre



elson’s Trafalgar Centre remodelling is all but complete. Di O’Donnell takes a look at what’s been going on there

38 Conferencing


nternational conferences would add millions of dollars to the local economy, writes Lynda Papesch





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Columns Issue 124 / November 2016



20 My Big Idea Help is available when making a bid to bring international conferences to New Zealand, says Angela Beardsmore


82 Up & Coming Fiona Ingram talked to Marama Noakes about NMIT’s new Study & Career Preparation Level 4 programme


40 NZ Fashion week


Photo essay by Ishna Jacobs

42 Fashion

Styling by Kelly Vercoe photography by Ishna Jacobs

50 Men's Style By Grayson Napier



68 Travel

Sallie Gregory says aloha to Hawaii

70 Adventure

Adventurous travellers are combining holidays with good works in the Himalayas, writes Fionna Heiton

56 My Home Cutting trends in the new David Reid show home. By Sadie Beckman

60 My Garden


The roses are blooming at Broadgreen, writes Deborah Sax

64 My Kitchen



Steve Thomas discovers Nelson has its very own genius yacht designer

72 Motoring

No more petrol bills; just plug in and go with the Toyota Prius, says Geoff Moffett

Whitebait Asian-style with Nicola Galloway

78 Film

I, Daniel Blake is an award-winner that really makes you think, says reviewer Eddie Allnutt

65 Dine Out

Motueka’s Precinct restaurant is a tasty option, says restaurant reviewer Maxwell Flint

66 Wine

Nelson wineries show off their new releases, by Phillip Reay

67 Beer

Eddyline brews fine pints, writes Mark Preece





Anita Peters talks to Luminate poet Redwood Reider about poetry with a punch

76 Music

In a unique music double, band Alien Weaponry rocks the music world, writes Pete Rainey


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Exciting times lie ahead with Nelson’s newly renovated Trafalgar Centre all but completed, the holiday season looming fast, and numerous creative events on the horizon.

irstly this month I’d like to say a huge thank you to all our loyal readers and advertisers. Thanks to all of you, WildTomato’s audited readership has risen to 39,000. Woohoo! Our small but professional team works hard to ensure that each month WildTomato is an interesting, visual and high quality read, relevant to the Top of the South and to its dedicated readers and advertisers. Long may it continue. Nelson and Tasman voters elected to go with the status quo in last month’s local body elections, with incumbents Rachel Reese and Richard Kempthorne both re-elected resoundingly. Each now has another three years to prove their worth, and a number of ongoing issues to sort out. New blood on both councils may result in new solutions to old problems, but then again it may be the same old, same old, with no real progress. Time will tell on issues such as Nelson’s need for an arterial transport system, development of the waterfront, Tasman’s water problems and the competency or otherwise of those making the decisions. The same may be said for Marlborough where legal eagle John Leggett won a clear mandate from those who voted. Remember change is not necessarily bad. Enough of that! Exciting times lie ahead with Nelson’s newly renovated Trafalgar Centre all but completed, the holiday season looming fast, and numerous creative events on the horizon. Nelson and Marlborough both are exhilarating holiday venues with plenty of mainstream activities and lots of “local secrets”. Traffic across the Whangamoas is a two-way street with many residents from both provinces regularly enjoying short breaks in each other’s backyards as well as making the most of what the regions have to offer during the longer festive season. Think outside the square these holidays and wander off the beaten track to explore some of the lesser-known delights and adventures mentioned in this issue of WildTomato. Our Events Guide is packed full of suggestions too. If you are visiting Nelson then take a good look around and keep it in mind as an international conference venue. All that conference delegates and their partners need is right here, from accommodation to conference venues, dining out to extra-curricular activities. Help is even available to set you on the right path to securing international conferences. The economic value of such events locally is immeasurable, so what are you waiting for? Make your play! LY N D A PA P E S C H


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Morrison Square Fashion Show

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

Showcasing fashion from 18 outlets, to raise money for the Nelson Regional Breast and Gynaecological Trust (NRBGCT). From 6.30pm to 8pm.

Top of the South Film Festival



Sat 5 Fight for Victory 3 A charity event to raise funds for the Victory Boxing Club, Fight for Victory 3 is pitching local Nelsonians against each other in support of this fantastic event. TRAFALGAR CENTRE

Sat 5, 12, 19, 26 The Nelson Market The bustling Nelson Market transforms Montgomery Square into a vibrant showcase of regional arts, crafts, fashion, jewellery, fresh local and organic produce. MONTGOMERY SQUARE, NELSON

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Sat 12 The New Zealand Cider Festival Music, food and the best ciders in the country make a great day out! Cider makers from around the country descendon Nelson bringing with them their finest wares. Musical headliner Greg Johnson will keep things kicking. FOUNDERS HERITAGE PARK

Sat 12, Sun 13 Garden Art Expo Be sure to see Nelson’s biggest garden art event. All pieces locally made, and shown to best effect in the beautiful Eyebright Garden. Vote for your favourite. Most pieces will be included in a silent auction.

Motueka Market


Arts, crafts, food and drink, along with fresh local produce and entertainment, every Sunday from 8am till 1pm.

Sun 13 Tasman United football


Watch Tasman United take on Hawkes Bay in a home game.



Elizabeth Knox and MP Marama Davidson

Sun 13 Among the Roses From 12 to 5pm, an afternoon for ladies of all ages (with their beaus, mothers, daughters, or friends) to relax, snack and sip wine or a rose tea, nestled among this glorious rose garden featuring over 300 varieties of roses, and listen to live music including Avid Opera, La Vida and the Nelson Jazz Trio. SAMUELS ROSE GARDEN, BROADGREEN HISTORIC HOUSE

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Nelson Women’s Centre 20th anniversary gala From 6pm to 8pm with a silent auction and speakers Elizabeth Knox and MP Marama Davidson. Tickets from eventbrite.co.nz/ e/20th-anniversary-gala-tickets TRAFALGAR PAVILION

Fri 18 Top of the South Film Festival This year’s festival is showing 12 short films and is the first year that the festival has been brought to Nelson after its successful debut in Blenheim last year. Book online via Ticket Direct. SUTER CINEMA

Zatori Singles Spring Fling Imagine walking into a room where every single person is single! That’s the fledgling Zatori Singles Spring Fling in Golden Bay. Limited to 40 guys and 40 girls, it’s for 35 to 55 year olds, and there is a strict ‘posh’ dress code. ZATORI, COLLINGWOOD

Fri 25, Sat 26 High Low Fashion Weekend Nelson’s very own Fashion Weekend, High Low will be packed full of New Zealand designers such as Julian Danger, Coop and Wanoa Four. An event not to be missed. BOWATER HYUNDAI SHOWROOM



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WWII Dangerous Skies Exhibition

Marlborough A & P Show

Dangerous Skies are coming to the Omaka Heritage Centre with its new WWII exhibition opening November 1. Featuring stories of aviators and aircraft from World War II the exhibition will take visitors on a historical as well as a geographical journey.

An iconic family event, the Marlborough A & P Show holds a firm spot on the calendar in households all over the Marlborough region. Competitions, field days, entertainment are all included. MARLBOROUGH A&P SHOWGROUNDS


Thurs 3 to Sun 6 Nelmac Garden Marlborough New Zealand’s premier garden event, Nelmac Garden Marlborough, showcases the best the region has to offer with garden tours, garden themed workshops and social events. Visit gardenmarlborough.co.nz VARIOUS VENUES

Fri 4 Top of the South Film Festival The Top of the South Film Festival brings together the best and most promising film-makers from Nelson, Marlborough, Golden Bay and the wider top of the South Island region, as well as some of New Zealand’s most promising actors and actresses, boasting some incredible onscreen performances.

Sat 5 Lloyd Spiegel Australian blues legend Lloyd Spiegel brings burning hot blues to Marlborough in a high energy solo show. ASB THEATRE MARLBOROUGH

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Thursday 17

Stihl Shop Garden Fete

Celtic Illusion

The culmination of the Nelmac Garden Marlborough festival, the fete offers a wonderful assortment of all things garden, including arts, tools, plants, services and landscaping. Food, drink and entertainment included.

An explosive, creative Irish Dance and Grand Illusion force which is quickly growing to be one of the biggest dance shows in the world.


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Marlborough Artisan Market

Sun 6, 13, 20, 27

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

Sat 12 Lights over Marlborough

ASB THEATRE MARLBOROUGH WWII Dangerous Skies exhibition

A fireworks extravaganza, hosted by Whitney Street School as its main fundraiser for the year. Gates open 6pm, with a range of food and entertainment available. Postponement date Sunday 13 November. MARLBOROUGH A&P SHOWGROUNDS


Sat 19 BonaNZa Take four of NZ’s top trombonists - two from the NZSO and two from the Auckland Symphony Orchestra - and you have BonaNZa! This comedic quartet presents the History of the Trombone in a hilarious, entertaining show. ASB THEATRE MARLBOROUGH

Sun 20 The Nutcracker Imperial Russian Ballet Company The Imperial Russian Ballet Company returns to New Zealand to perform The Nutcracker, famous for Tchaikovsky’s music. ASB THEATRE MARLBOROUGH

Fri 25 The Colliers Rural Grape Debate Enjoy great food, wine and entertainment at The Colliers Rural Grape Debate. Watch the Marlborough winemakers battle it out with TV comedian Jeremy Corbett keeping them all in line! MARLBOROUGH CONVENTION CENTRE  13

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For Nelson to attract an international conference, by far the best way is for a local who normally attends an overseas conference to put up his or her hand and say, “Nelson would like to host the next conference.” It’s really just three simple steps: Ask yourself: Have I ever been/do I go to international conferences? If so, consider putting in a bid for that conference to come to Nelson-Tasman. Contact me or the Tourism New Zealand Business Events team direct, and they’ll help you through the whole process, including financial support. What are the benefits to Nelson as a city and a region? An international conference raises the profile of our region, both nationally and globally, as a leader in a specific sector. International conferences often act as a catalyst for professional development and education within a community; they can enhance a region’s research reputation. Plus, there is definitely a financial boost to the economy, as international delegates generally stay longer and spend more than leisure visitors.

NRDA Convention and Incentive Marketing Manager and Domestic Marketing Manager Angela Beardsmore has taken up the challenge of attracting more specific conferences to our region. Today she explains the benefits. P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y A N A G A L L O WAY


Big Idea is to attract larger international conferences to Nelson. For this region, that means conferences with 200-500 delegates. How might it be achieved? An international conference is a gathering that regularly moves its host-country location, and in recent years Tourism NZ has placed increasing importance on bringing international conferences to


New Zealand because of the associated benefits. These conferences are usually organised by associations, often in sectors such as science, medicine and biotechnology. Nelson has recently been selected as one of a few provincial centres to which the TNZ Business Events team is allocating resources, due to our region’s strength in some industries that are more likely to have international meetings (such as sciences and horticulture).

Is help available for those interested? Yes. We understand that bidding for an international conference might seem daunting for some. The TNZ Business Events team and Nelson Convention Bureau are here to help. TNZ has people in this country and around the world working full-time on bringing conferences to New Zealand. They have the skills and resources to help anyone wanting to bid for a conference, so a potential bidder doesn’t have to know how to do it initially, just have the will to make it happen. TNZ also administers the CAP (Conference Assistance Programme) Fund, which helps with associated costs such as travelling to present the bid to the conference’s committee. So, Jessica Vandy, the TNZ Business Events Bid Manager who looks after Nelson, or myself as Nelson Convention Bureau Manager, are good places to start. For more information on what Tourism NZ Business Events does, go to businessevents.newzealand.com, then the help-and-support section, or for information about the Nelson Convention Bureau, see conventions.nelsonnz.com/ about-nelson-convention-bureau. I am also delighted to help if you have a national conference in your selected sector that Nelson might bid for.

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Relinquishing the chains of mayoralty After 12 years heading Marlborough local government, former mayor Alistair Sowman decided it was time his life headed in a different direction. Lynda Papesch reports.


he voting is done and dusted, a new mayor is in training in Marlborough, and the former mayor is enjoying a new lease on life. That’s nothing new for ex-Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman; he’s re-invented himself numerous times already during almost three score years and 10. Having devoted himself to the people and region of Marlborough for more than a decade, Sowman decided not to stand for re-election last month and to instead devote more of his time to new ventures. A Marlburian to the core, he was born and bred in the region and can trace his ancestors back to the first settlers there in the 1860s. Those early settlers set up a funeral parlour and today – although not in the family any more – the business still bears the Sowman name. The eldest of three sons born to Geoffrey T Sowman and his wife Rita (nee Ashton), Sowman ‘did time’ in the family business, 22

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working with his parents. “I remember I was considered quite young to be a funeral director,” he laughs. His younger brothers Philip and Terry Sowman also worked in the family business at various times, and, like Alistair, they too still live in Marlborough with their families. Young he may have been, but his time in the funeral business taught him many things that stood him in good stead for his time on council; things like empathy and how to relate to people. “What I learned then had a huge influence in the latter years, especially helping me to understand people.” From tending the dearly departed, he moved to tending garlic, forming Wairau Products in 1970 to grow and export garlic. Self-taught, Sowman built his business up to be New Zealand’s major exporter of garlic, pioneering new markets throughout the Pacific and eventually putting his expertise into working for all of Marlborough’s garlic growers. In the early ‘80s, his life expanded to include a wife and later a family. Thelma was at that time a Marlburian living and working overseas. He met her while she was home on a family visit. “I persuaded her to stay and the rest is history.” The couple’s son Ben now lives on Australia’s Gold Coast – proud parent to their grandson– while daughter Jessie calls Wellington home. In addition to growing and selling garlic, Sowman diversified

ABOVE: From left, Jack Davis, Peter Goodin and Alistair Sowman moonlighting as waiters for Blenheim Round Table, during a Marlborough Sportsperson of the Year function ABOVE RIGHT: Younger days

into valued added products, including a highly successful garlic sauce which he marketed throughout New Zealand. So popular did it prove to be, that the company making the sauce decided to buy the recipe. The move into local body politics came via a gym buddy who was a former mayor herself. “I first stood for council – and was elected – in 2001. “My gym buddy at that time was former mayor Liz Davidson and we often talked local body politics. I also had an uncle who was a former deputy mayor, and with a growing interest in local government I was persuaded to stand.” Aged 54 when first elected, Sowman served three years as a councillor under then mayor Tom Harrison before deciding to tilt at the top job himself. “Back then Marlborough was buzzing with issues such as the damage the interisland ferries were causing to the Marlborough Sounds, and there was a lot of dissension about new foreshore and seabed legislation. “We received a barrage from Government at the time. The then deputy prime minister, now Sir Michael Cullen, was not complimentary either to the council or to Mayor Harrison.” His first term on council was also marked by heated exchanges around the council table. The mayor had his views of the world and councillors often disputed them vigorously. As a result, Sowman was encouraged towards the end of his first term to “put my hat in the ring for the 2004 mayoralty”. He was elected, then re-elected another three times before deciding to stand down this year, ending a local body career as the longest serving Marlborough District Council (MDC) mayor. Former Blenheim Borough Council mayor, the late Sid Harling, served 15 years at the top of what was a predecessor to the MDC. From the outset, Mayor Sowman had a particular style of governance. “I started out being a consensus mayor because I felt it was important to work as a team. Egos had to be left at the door; there was no room at the council table for prima donnas! Consensus is my preferred style of leadership. I am first and foremost an advocate for Marlborough, and I have always tried to do what is in the best interests of all ratepayers and residents – not particular sectoral interests.”

His second term as mayor was spent with three previous mayors all sitting councillors. “People thought it would be difficult to work together, but it worked well. They were all mature local body politicians with a good grasp of what was needed so we all got on with the business at hand.” Council changed during his third term although it was still ‘harmonious’, he says, unlike his last term which was fraught with councillors working for their own ends and having their own agendas and ambitions. That, and his 70th birthday looming in April next year, convinced Sowman that the time was right to put more time into other areas of community involvement. During his mayoralty, he has been a determined lobbyist in the fight to maintain good health services in Marlborough, which has led to him being appointed chairman of the PHO, chairman of the governance group of the Children’s Team in Marlborough and Chairman of Community Law Marlborough. That’s where he plans to focus his future energies. “I’m comfortable – and proud – of what I have achieved during my terms, especially as Marlborough has seen major changes during that time. I am particularly proud that we’ve gone a long way to future-proofing the region. The financial balance sheet looks good, council has low debt and it has prudent management which is always a strong base.” His tenure has not been without controversy, natural disasters and the occasional disappointing result, but interspersed with those have been many successes. “Early on in my mayoralty we had a scare with contamination of the Blenheim water. We bit the bullet at the time and installed a new treatment plant at considerable cost. That proved to be a very good decision.” Looking back he sees a good mix of core projects and social infrastructure having been achieved; projects such as the Picton foreshore redevelopment, Blenheim’s stadium and aquatic centre, the Endeavour Park Pavilion in Picton, the Giesen Centre in Renwick and the $420 million plus Southern Valleys Irrigation Scheme. On the infrastructure success list are multi-million dollar sewerage and storm water upgrades in Blenheim and Picton and Blenheim’s water treatment. Helping to fund the improvements have been ratepayer 23

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Sister city duties in Tendo, Japan; Sorting garlic in the Wairau packhouse; With Ken Rooney, right, of Sowman Monumental, at the unveiling of a monumental stone in Blenheim’s Forest Hills Walk; Celebrating a park the MDC sponsored in its sister city Tendo; With former mayor Leo McKendry (centre) and Koichi Inasawa, cementing ties with Outward Bound in Japan; On a visit to Tendo with its mayoress, and Thelma (right)

assets such as the port company, forestry and residential land. During Sowman’s 12 years as mayor, dividends from those assets have exceeded $60 million, enabling several major projects which would otherwise not have proceeded without expensive loans and rates rises. One highlight for Sowman was the royal visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine in 2014, and the international exposure for Marlborough that accompanied it. He’s also proud of the province’s 2015 World War One commemorations, and its own 150th anniversary celebrations. He’s also exited the mayoralty on a controversial note with dissension over council funding of the new ASB Theatre Marlborough. Strong debate over public amenities is nothing new to him, and, as he explains, if it was up to the detractors in Marlborough there would be no aquatic centre, no stadium


and definitely no new theatre. He also points out that the only ratepayer funds used are $390,000 annually for operating costs, which equates to $18 per ratepayer per year. Capital costs all came from the reserves fund. Overall he believes Marlborough is well positioned to grow sustainably while building a prosperous future. “Council has been ‘extremely careful’ to ensure land and services are steadily coming on stream at a pace which the region can handle. At the same time we have completed a decade of research into resource management issues delivered up through our new Marlborough Environment Plan.” His own future includes serving the community by looking out for its health needs, and hopefully a bit more involvement with cricket and golf. Sowman represented Marlborough at squash and cricket including time as captain of the Marlborough cricket team.“I’m not curling up my toes just yet.”

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he Top of the South is superbly placed with several exciting destinations within easy travelling distance. Wellington and Christchurch are both big city destinations with lots of hidden gems, and both just a quick flight from Nelson Airport. In Wellington you can take a boat trip to nearby Kapiti Island, which is one of the few accessible island nature reserves in New Zealand. Only 68 people may visit the island daily, and only with Department of Conservation permits so plan ahead. Or hop on the ferry to Somes Island, home to many native birds, tuatara and a large blue penguin colony. A trip up Mount Kaukau, the capital’s highest peak, offers a quiet and scenic 20-minute hike to the summit, or how about taking the children to Zealandia, the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary. If Canterbury is your destination, a treat for the senses is the Lemon Tree Café in St Asaph St, Christchurch, where the owner shares her good taste in quirky collectables. While there plan a trip to nearby Lyttelton, where creative locals (bloodied but unbowed) are nurturing new vibrancy amid the rubble. Lake Sumner is located about 100 kilometres northwest of Christchurch with great opportunities for hiking, hunting, trout

fishing, white water kayaking and mountain biking. Just north of the coastal town of Kaikoura stands Mt Fyffe, the only known home of the Marlborough rock daisy and New Zealand lilac. Ideal for hiking and walking, several tracks offer various options including overnight stays. Still in the Kaikoura area, a trip to Ohau Stream is a must. Situated 27km north of Kaikoura, a short 10 minute walk up the stream brings you to a waterfall plunge pool which is home to a colony of New Zealand fur seal pups. Marlborough boasts many hidden gems such as the Long Island-Kokomohua Marine Reserve, established in 1993. A boat trip to the reserve usually lets you view seals, penguins and seabirds, and sometimes dolphins. Make sure you go snorkelling on the reef systems around Kokomohua Islands. Okiwi Bay Holiday Park & Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds is a tranquil location, with great fishing, warm hospitality and accommodation to suit all budgets. Nelson too has many secret holiday spots and things to do, such as in the Kahurangi National Park. Explore its untracked and tracked wilderness filled with high plateaux, alpine herb fields and coastal forests. Importantly it may be accessed via several towns including Motueka, Takaka, Karamea, Tapawera and Murchison, adding even more options for fun and games. The hike through limestone and marble country of the Mount Arthur Tableland is moderately difficult, but worthwhile. Other Nelson/Tasman options include: The pocket park at the Queens Rd/Victoria Heights intersection, Nelson. Take up some fish’n’chips and a bottle of cider on a Wednesday evening and watch the yachts race out The Cut as the sun sets. Magic. Kimi Ora. The health resort at Kaiteriteri welcomes day guests for a reasonable fee. Pools, spa, sauna, and pure indulgence! The Resurgence at the base of Takaka Hill. Moody, primal, heroic (for swimmers), and just minutes off the highway. 27





peak season, Golden Bay is abuzz with holiday-makers swarming around hyped-up honey-pots. But there is a quieter side to this summer playground - and a small detour off the beaten path is usually all that’s required to discover it. Visitors who venture north with only Wharariki Beach on their itineraries may capture some seriously cool selfies but they tend to miss the bigger historical picture. Around the small settlement of Puponga, a once-thriving mining town, the scars of an industrial past have largely been absorbed into the healing landscape. But some visible reminders persist: A few kilometres beyond the tar seal, a sign to Puponga Coal Mine points the way to long-abandoned workings. From the parking area, a short climb through regenerating bush leads to a small plateau where the rusty iron relics of once-mighty machines appear to be growing out of the ground. It’s a rather eerie but fascinating sight. Heading back towards Collingwood, a right turn at Pakawau Memorial Hall puts drivers on the road to a very special destination - Kaihoke Lakes. The limpid waters of this tranquil oasis are flanked by lush stands of nikau palms which help the lakeside retain its secret-paradise vibe even in the height of summer. It’s the perfect spot for a peaceful picnic, but for those wanting to take a dip, the water is warm enough for pain-free bathing yet remains decidedly refreshing – and there’s enough of it for those who want to stay dry and paddle their own canoe. Whatever the choice, it’s a place to quieten the mind before rejoining the holidaying hoards. It’s easy to whizz past the gateway to Milnthorpe Park on State Highway 60 without even realising it. That’s a shame because this arboreal gem, located just south of Collingwood, is a particular treat. Enjoyed by locals - and resident wekas - all year round, the verdant 160 hectare forest is a cool, shady refuge where the silence is broken only by the sound of rustling leaves and the echo of native birdsong. The dense hand-planted woodland is criss-crossed by over 20 kilometres of interconnecting walking tracks, many of which, such as Joe’s Bush, Bob’s Bit and Elise’s Way, are named after the park’s dedicated volunteers. Several paths emerge onto the wide sandy beach where panoramic views of the Bay provide the backdrop for an ocean swim far from the buzz of the madding crowd.


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Nestled in a green-velvet setting, Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre has been earthquake-strengthened and revamped into a glossy arena for celebration. This landmark venue is also now safe enough to handle the footstamping and cheering of ardent fans for decades to come, writes Di O’Donnell. P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y A N A G A L L O WAY


hen Nelson was announced as a venue in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, thoughts turned to the Trafalgar Centre. Nelson was clearly growing in popularity as a destination for national events, but was the building appropriate as it stood? The following year ’The Hanger’ – nicknamed for its distinctive curved roof – was deemed inadequate and more improvements were planned. During this investigation Nelson City Council was faced with worrying reports that culminated in the decision to close the building in December 2013. Councillors had to decide whether to pull the Trafalgar Centre down and build elsewhere, or to refurbish and strengthen it. In 2014, Mayor Rachel Reese announced that the Trafalgar Centre would be saved. Now she’s excited to see the strengthening and improvements to the centre nearing completion. “This building is one of Nelson’s most recognisable. It has hosted a huge array of events for over 40 years and with the work that has been carried out, it can continue to be one of our best venues for another generation.


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“The development that is happening in the surrounding Rutherford Park in conjunction with the project looks set to transform the space. It hasn’t been used to its full potential in recent years but the landscaping and improvements will make it feel like an extension of the popular Maitai Path,” she says. “I thank all those involved in the project who have been working so hard to bring us a safer, updated and more attractive Trafalgar Centre, which will be a drawcard for many local and national events in the future.” The site and building raised challenges for the refurbishment team. Andrew Irving, from Irving Smith Architects, says the way we think about earthquakes and how buildings respond to them is constantly progressing, so the need for strengthening to meet the present code was not surprising. Nelson City Council was very clear about needing to meet legislative requirements. Global engineering firm Arup applied leading-edge technology to deal with the site issues, identifying the main risks and remedying them. Their innovative solutions made the subsequent structural solutions more achievable. The combined expertise of all the parties involved has resulted in a building that meets and exceeds current requirements. The Trafalgar Centre had its beginnings in the 1960s when the Jaycees annual holiday carnival made a record amount of money. Member Brian Mills proposed that a sports stadium be built. The final concept was designed by Alex Bowman, a Nelson architect with strong modernist leanings. The completed Trafalgar Centre was opened in February 1973 at a cost of less than $650,000. A building of the 1970s, it was applauded for its functionary style. For the next three decades the centre was the venue for numerous events, including sports (home for the Nelson Giants), music, theatre, conferences, ceremonies and awards nights, 32

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competitions and festivals. It hosted the Wearable Arts Awards from 1990 until 2004. When the Majestic Theatre burnt down in 1996, the centre also became a home for the performing arts and other cultural events. In 2009 the southern side of the building was extended. Architect Brian Riley, of Arthouse Architecture, designed what he called a ‘pragmatic’ upgrade that would provide the necessary additions within the budget allowed. Over the last few years the City Council, Irving Smith Architects, Gibbons Construction, Downer, Opus Project Management and various other local contractors have been working hard to bring back the events centre for the community. Irving Smith Architects approached this project with respect for Alex Bowman’s vision. Inspired by his original drawings, showing Trafalgar Park in the background, they felt his initial concept was to include the existing green spaces so that both assets could be linked. Andrew Irving says they wanted to renew this good example of ‘Kiwi modernist’ architecture. As with any renovation project (albeit on a grand scale), challenges arose. “There is the layer of what is expected, and in this case, layers of what wasn’t,” Andrew says. The southern extension by Arthouse was less than 10 years old and the priority was to focus on existing elements worth keeping, plus look for


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the design opportunities. Detail aside, the existing components were in good nick and the Glu-Laminated Timber Arches, as an integral feature of the building, were kept. Providing a full-length hallway integrated the building by linking the two ends. The northern addition is a planar design, sympathetic to the original modernist pavilion, achieving an open, multi-use space. Separating the roof and floor with as much glass as possible allows the public to see what’s going on from the park and Maitai Walkway. A big factor for the architects was to connect that walkway with the southern end of the building. “It’s been a massive step towards developing these valued community assets even further over the next 100 years,” Andrew says. “It is another jewel in the necklace of spaces that connect Nelson and Tahunanui Beach. That it can be easily accessed and used was an important part of the concept. “It has been a challenge, with plenty of frustrations, to develop this area as a community asset for the next 50 years. We are stoked to have had the opportunity to start a process where Rutherford Park will be the asset it deserves to be. It has been a great experience and learning process for us.” 34

Gibbons Construction General Manager Shane Trent says “bringing together the people with the right expertise is paramount in delivering any project, particularly one as complex as the Trafalgar Centre.” Gibbons were invited to the table promptly as part of the ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) process so that their expertise and experience would help to ensure that the structural solutions being developed were the best for the project. Dividing the project into four distinct areas – the main hall structural upgrade, the southern extension structural upgrade, compliance works (bringing the existing facility up to modern standards) and constructing the new northern building – enabled each area to be considered in isolation but to be constructed concurrently or in a carefully programmed sequential manner. “Getting the centre open for the Giants was a major milestone for the community,” says Shane, “and we are proud to have gotten it across the line, albeit just in time – there were a few late nights in the lead-up to the opening game.” One of the biggest challenges for Gibbons was strengthening the building while respecting the existing centre. They were able to install structural bracing to the main arches without having to remove the entire roof and reinforce the other areas. Shane says the project, although challenging, has been very interesting and extremely rewarding for the Gibbons team. “Being part of a dynamic ECI project team has been a real pleasure and highly motivating for all our staff. As members of the community we are proud of what has been achieved. The Giants played a full season and there have been numerous other events held at the centre, all whilst we were working away behind the hoardings. This has given the project a real ‘live’ feeling and underlines for us the importance of this facility to the Nelson community. It’s been great and we are delighted to have been a part of it.” Hans-Peter Froeling, from Opus Project Management, says the team worked really hard to deliver this challenging

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project within the approved budget and timeframe. Nelson Giants director Steve Fitchett says the Trafalgar Centre (TC) is ‘home’ for the Giants and its size and proximity to town suits them. They really appreciate the efforts made by so many people, in particular the Council and the other users of Saxton Stadium, who have all made it possible for the Giants to continue playing in the NZNBL while ‘home’ was redeveloped. “The Giants were desperate to return to the TC this year and while the TC was not fully ready, the supporters and team were very happy to make it work in 2016,” says Steve. “The efforts of Gibbons Contracting and the cleaners were amazing. A building site for six days a week and then available to play on the seventh day is not easy. I am not sure the city really realises how much has been done in there, and in a short timeframe. On the Wednesday before our first game a local painter leaving the building commented to me, ‘I don’t know why you are even thinking of playing on Saturday. It will not be ready’. It was ready.” Steve says they are “looking forward to fully utilising the finished facility in 2017, and the design changes that have been made, especially the insulating of the north wall and the new foyer, will be fantastic for our sort of operation.” The newly refurbished Trafalgar Centre, only a five-minute stroll from the city, will have much to offer as a multi-use venue. The new northern extension is a wonderful light-soaked space, suitable for mid-scale events, opening onto the surrounding gardens and waterways in Rutherford Park. The main arena is ideal for large events and the Council says it is a “big space for big ideas”. Ali Hamblin, NCC Communications Adviser, says the revamped Trafalgar Centre is already generating a large amount of interest from conference, trade show, concert and event organisers nationally, and a number of bookings have already been made for 2017. 36

SITTING ON A FAULT-LINE The unique skyline in Nelson of hills and mountains that rise like giant steps has been formed over millions of years by the active Waimea-Flaxmere Fault System. This vertical uplift in the earth’s crust is bringing older rocks to the surface and is a visible reminder of this country’s susceptibility to earthquakes. Local geologist Mike Johnston says: “The angle a fault lies in regards to the stress direction in the earth’s crust in New Zealand is important in deciding the amount of energy released in an earthquake and the extent to which it can cause damage. Nelson is at right-angles to the stress direction so ruptures on local faults are shorter, occur less regularly and release less energy. This means severe seismic shaking will be far more localised.” Dr Johnston says liquefaction causing land settlement requires three things: a high proportion of sand, water saturation and enough seismic energy to allow the sand to become momentarily a fluid. In Nelson, saturated sand deposits are restricted to a few coastal areas, including some reclaimed land, and are relatively thin. Nelson’s most notable earthquake damage includes the 6.7-magnitude shake of February 12, 1893, which brought down chimneys and ceilings, cracked walls and shifted the spire of the Cathedral about a metre out of plumb. More than 100 people were injured. The 7.8 Murchison earthquake of June 17, 1929 again damaged roads and buildings. A tower toppled at Nelson College and falling masonry crashed onto dormitory roofs. In the Nelson/Buller region as a whole, 17 people died, mostly in landslides.

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Delegates not only attend the conferences with their partners, but statistics show that many extend their stay or return on holiday, growing a region’s visitor value even further. Just what the actual value is varies, but Auckland for instance grew its international conference revenue by more than $14 million between 2010 and 2011. For the year ended June 2015, Tourism New Zealand reported a new milestone with 58 international conference bids for the year, valued at $97 million, demonstrating the strong interest in New Zealand as a conference destination. The range of events that New Zealand attracts is broadening to include medical, scientific and industrial conferences across a wide range of fields. The financial rewards vary from an estimated economic value of over $470,000 for a 250 delegate conference in Wellington, to an estimated economic value of around $412,000 for a three-day, 300 delegate conference booked for Christchurch in 2018. Estimates are that international conference delegates spend around

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NEW ZEALAND FASHION WEEK New Zealand’s must-watch fashion week is held annually during late August at the Auckland Viaduct Centre. WildTomato‘s fashion photographer Ishna Jacobs took her camera to capture the action this year.


first glance, the runway schedule of this year’s New Zealand Fashion Week seemed pared back with some of the usual big names (Zambesi, Nom*D and Kate Sylvester) opting out. After first wondering about the future of what is arguably our greatest fashion showcase, I soon surmised that this no-show from some of NZ’s greats meant more room for the next generation of fashion designers to grab the spotlight, and they certainly did. Whilst still having a good showing of K Road stalwarts, represented by the gothic punch of JimmyD and the delicate layering of Lela Jacobs, these seasoned designers were joined by Massey graduate Julia Palm who punked up the runway, and of course Federation clothing. The latter has during the last year jumped some life hurdles and came out roaring, proving that the NZ fashion industry is as robust as ever and ready to roll with any challenges that might come its way. For me, New Zealand Fashion Week is a creature with wings of glitter, a seething gossamer underbelly that belies its real strength and a mouth that breathes hairspray. Everyone has a job to do; bloggers’ elbows nudge at every turn and who you know is of utmost importance. The more cheeks you kiss the greater your ranking and potential for after-party invites. Then there are the photographers, in numbers surpassing any royal baby announcement. I can’t wait until next year when I can once again survive the city diet, lurk in the shadows and capture the subtleties of working alongside some of New Zealand’s fashion greats. NZFW'16 photographic exhibition at The Hollow tea store 144 Bridge st, Nelson (on until 30th Nov) 40


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

Dressy and casual

Pick a classic

hoes say a lot about a person so make sure you don’t neglect them when building your wardrobe. These boots caught my eye while scanning over the different options Taylors has for men. The reasons are because of the dark tan they display naturally, and the general quality of craftsmanship seen with the stitching and construction throughout. The dark tan colour allows you to match it equally well with a suit or more casual attire such as jeans, while their robust construction ensures many years of wearing.

he classic Ralph Lauren Polo is a must-have for the warmer months ahead. The polo can be worn and mixed with just about any outfit you choose, thanks to its timeless stature and the clean, fresh, on-trend colours it is produced in. Whether teaming with casual shorts and sneakers or a sports coat and chinos (pictured), you can guarantee the polo is up to the task; making it one of the most versatile fashion investments every man should make.



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Timeless elegance


he Nixon watch is a truly elegant timepiece, worthy of most discerning men. The watch face is clean and simple yet it has hints of gold to match other accessories you might happen to be wearing. The great thing about this type of watch face is that it is a timeless investment which will last you for many years to come. An added bonus is that the Nixon looks great with just about any outfit. Available at Hogeys, Nelson


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Versatile chinos


quality pair of navy blue chinos is one of the best investments a Kiwi bloke can make in his wardrobe. I’m sure, like me, you have moments where you have that stand-out dress shirt but can’t seem to match it to jeans or slacks. The navy chino comes to the rescue in times like these as it is right between jeans and dress slacks on the scale of formality. Dress them up with a shirt, or dress them down with a T-shirt.

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ummer is coming quickly and so are some really cool-looking dress shirts. If you’re keeping the bottom half of your outfit low key and want to add in a little personality and fun to your outfit, then this screen-printed shirt from Cutler & Co is just the trick. Nelson Tailors Menswear has one of the best selection of shirts I have found, with quality a key factor across all the ranges and price points of the shirts it stocks. Available at Nelson Tailors Menswear, Nelson




Working together to protect our water quality B Y S A N D R I N E M A R R A S S É & J A C Q U I E WA LT E R S


ater quality is a pressing issue for communities around New Zealand. One of the contributing factors to diminished water quality is fine sediment. Sedimentation is a natural process in which sand, silt and clay, transported in the water, come to rest on the riverbed, forming a solid

layer. While sediment in our waterways is a natural occurrence, levels that are too high can cause harm within natural ecosystems. Human land use activities around waterways, such as road construction, farming, urban development and forest harvesting activities, can suddenly increase

the amount of fine sediment that enters the system and have detrimental effects on water quality and the plants and animals that live there. Nelson Management Ltd. (NML*) invited experts from around the country to come together to discuss sedimentation and its relationship to forestry activity,

RUNOFF Surface flow of water RIPARIAN ZONE Riparian vegetation minimises runoff and stabilises the stream bank STREAMBED EROSION Soil movement due to wind and rain

Habitat for fish and bugs HYPORHEIC ZONE Where stream water interacts with groundwater

Surface Water Infiltration

SEDIMENTATION Groundwater Flow Image: Cawthron Institute 52

Sand, silt and clay cover the streambed and clog the hyporheic zone


“We try to reduce the connection between our earthworks and the streams.” ANDY KARALUS, NELSON MANAGEMENT LTD.

ahead of its upcoming Environmental Management System review. NML extended an invitation to attend the workshop event to a wide range of agencies including Ngāti Toa o Rangatira, Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman District Councils, universities, Cawthron Institute, the Ministry of Primary Industries, science institutes, Fish & Game, other forest owners and the company’s own contractors, and Crown Research Institutes such as Landcare Research, Scion and NIWA. NML’s Estate Value Manager Andy Karalus says the company is aware of sedimentation concerns amongst both specialists in that area of environmental management and the wider community, and initiated the workshop after reading media coverage that conflicted with the company’s monitoring results. “The coverage was pointing the finger at forestry as being responsible for excess sediment in coastal waterways,” says Andy. “I compared this with the freshwater monitoring that we do in catchments, which shows pine plantations generally deliver high quality water, and couldn’t reconcile the two. We decided to get everyone in the room together and see if we could learn something.” NML contracted an independent facilitator to guide discussions at the workshop with the aim of developing joint priorities for further work informed by a varied group of opinions – from forestry industry proponents and critics of forestry alike. Workshop attendees were invited to contribute to the agenda beforehand, present to the group and collaborate on potential solutions. The workshop was held over two days and included field trips to some of NML’s active harvesting sites, presentations from attendees, group discussions and Q and A sessions.

What impact does geology and land type have?

A major topic at the workshop was geology and land type and its implications for sediment production in forestry harvesting sites. “As part of our planning

ABOVE Golden Downs forest. Photo: Ishna Jacobs LEFT The group gathers near Tapawera to hear Dr. Les Basher, geomorphologist for Landcare Research. Photo supplied

process, we look at our landscapes and do a risk evaluation based on geology,” says Andy. “Granite-rich areas are considered high risk, relatively unstable country prone to wash erosion, so we put a lot of effort into managing our earthworks in that area. But when you look at it from a freshwater point of view, granite areas produce heavy grains and they deposit quickly, whereas in Moutere gravel areas the high clay content stays in suspension in the waterways for longer and leaves a bigger footprint. We change our focus depending on land type and try to reduce the connection between our earthworks and the streams.”

High-intensity storm events

High-intensity storm events in the upper catchments can contribute greatly to slope failures in both conservation and forestry land. Large slope failures are often the focus of media attention. Dr. Les Basher, a geomorphologist for Landcare Research, presented to the workshop group at a site near Tapawera where an extreme rainfall event occurred in 2010. “Events like that are uncontrollable if you are going to harvest trees in areas where high-intensity storms occur,” says Les. “One big issue the forestry industry faces is assessing the risk of these events and making decisions about acceptable levels of risk. Forestry clearcuts always look bad to the public and often the mess in the waterways is directly attributed to forestry activity but it’s not as simple as that. “There is a short-term impact from harvesting but the land and waterways

“Forestry clearcuts always look bad to the public and often the mess in the waterways is directly attributed to forestry activity, but it’s not as simple as that.” LES BASHER, LANDCARE RESEARCH

recover after a few years. What’s reported in the media are often the bad stories, and public perception focuses on the messy look of forestry sites. However, many people are unaware of the work behind the scenes that forestry companies do to mitigate risk, and how beneficial forests are for the 25 years when the trees are growing and protecting the land from erosion,” says Les. Les has identified some important areas for further work. “There is a need to better formalise risk management. This is something we’re working on at a national level by trying to establish frameworks underpinned by scientific data, in order to quantify the factors that go into a risk management matrix.”

What impact does forest harvesting have?

A key discussion point for the workshop was which harvesting 53


just a strip. In my experience, buffer zones should be related to the slope of the land and the size of the water body. When you’re getting down to mid-slope of a metre-wide stream then, in my opinion, there should be at least five-metre buffers on each side to minimise runoff and maximise bank stability. This is contentious because riparian systems generally aren’t recommended to protect against sediment movement: it’s all the other benefits they bring, such as shade, corridors for native wildlife and habitat for birds. “Usually sediment movement in forest systems is all about roads and mass slumping during or following harvest, in which case small riparian zones aren’t going to help much at all; instead it’s all about controlling that water flow around roading mainly during harvest times.” practices generate the most sediment. Research indicates that, aside from major landslips due to storms, the most sediment generated from forestry sites is via roads, skid sites (the areas where machinery moves and processes logs ready for transport) and tracks. Managing the areas where disturbed soil can gain access to freshwater is an issue that is being monitored and constantly improved. Nicky Eade, an environmental scientist for the Marlborough District Council acknowledges that there is a lot of attention focused on best practice management of these areas, including avoiding, remediating and mitigating the effects of soil disturbance. “These are the types of things that councils control through rules and standards, and monitor in the field,” says Nicky. “Where forestry sites are in close proximity to sensitive receiving environments, there is not a lot of margin for error before adverse effects can occur. Larger companies like NML may have robust planning and operating systems in place, and good long-term relationships with competent contractors, but this is not always the case in many harvest situations, and without close monitoring and supervision, major non-compliances can and do occur.”

Freshwater ecology

Joanne Clapcott, a freshwater ecologist for the Cawthron Institute presented on freshwater ecology threats and resilience. Joanne raised the issue of riparian buffer zones as sediment control measures, which created a great deal of discussion. “This is very context dependent; for example, for steep streams it would be pointless having buffer zones because you would need the whole hillside to be planted, not 54

Our precious estuaries

Leigh Stevens, marine ecologist for Wriggle Coastal Management does important work monitoring sediment in estuarine environments. “Most of the sediment problems in estuaries come from the upper catchments. We do a lot of work assessing catchments to estimate how much sediment is coming off different land use types. In terms of the workshop, I was really interested in exploring how much we understood about what was coming into the catchment from forestry as opposed to other land uses. “The stick is always pointed at forestry because it’s such a big industry and spatially it covers a lot of land. You only need a small contribution from a large area to create a big problem at the bottom. By contrast, very small areas, such as residential developments, can contribute a large amount of sediment if there is heavy rainfall and this can have the same impact as a small amount of sediment from a large area.”

Showing it like it is

Leigh was impressed that NML took workshop participants to see a harvesting site while it was raining heavily. “It was a really brave thing for NML to open up its activities to scrutiny from a range of agencies. It was probably the worst possible time that they could’ve actually shown it to anybody, but they weren’t scared by that. Their approach was to say ‘we think we’ve done the best we can and this is what it looks like, and if you’ve got better ideas, tell us.’ “We don’t often get access to those areas – we can read the reports and make our own conclusions based on what other people have said and done, but getting on the ground and actually seeing it in action – you can’t beat that! “The thing that really did surprise

me was seeing the standard of operations that NML are putting in place compared to other forestry areas that I’ve looked at. I realised that there is a massive disparity in the way different operators conduct their business. For me, as a local, it’s really heartening to see a company that’s doing a really good job, and operating in an open and environmentally progressive way compared to others around the country.”

Healthy fisheries

Jacob Lucas, regional field officer for Fish & Game New Zealand presented to the group on the effects of sediment on trout fishing and environments. Fish & Game is also a member of NML’s Environmental Improvement Committee, and through this group has input on forestry best practices and operating standards for the benefit of fisheries. “My interest was to speak with the group and make them aware of the importance of maintaining healthy trout fisheries, both recreationally and commercially,” says Jacob. “Many of our trout fisheries have a high proportion of exotic forestry in their catchments, which can have impacts on trout and their

“The stick is always pointed at forestry because it’s such a big industry and spatially it covers a lot of land.” LEIGH STEVENS, WRIGGLE COASTAL MANAGEMENT

habitats, both at a site and catchment level. “These effects can affect smaller tributary streams where spawning takes place, or larger waterways. For example, the effect of sediment deposition during August to November, when trout fry emerge from gravels, can have a huge impact on the population in subsequent years. “The forestry industry, in particular harvesting, is highly visible and therefore catches the eye of the general public. This occurs on site, where scarred evidence from harvesting practices are obvious, and downstream. Being part of NML’s Environmental Improvement Committee has made me realise that some forestry companies are doing all they can to ensure environmental damage is minimised both in the planning, and harvest and post-harvest stage. It’s reassuring to see NML and their contractors take their stewardship role very seriously. They really want to do the best they can for the environment and the people that use it, and this integrity comes through in the focus of their staff.”


“Where forestry sites are in close proximity to sensitive receiving environments, there is not a lot of margin for error before adverse effects can occur.” NICKY EADE, MARLBOROUGH DISTRICT COUNCIL

On the ground Hayden Barnes of Endurance Logging, one of NML’s harvesting contractors, is an example of how that care for the environment is put into practice. Hayden says that the planning process itself is crucial to sediment control around harvesting sites. “We come together to plan roading, skid site building and harvesting, six months ahead of operations,” says Hayden. “This means that the soil is much more stable and hard and there is less loose material sitting on the surface to be stirred up by machinery moving around. Skid sites are built with what is known as a ‘pocket bench’ down the hill, slightly off the landing. This acts like a ledge and catches slash and waste that the crew has to move off the landing to make way for machines and logs and prevents it from going all the way down the hillside and potentially into waterways.” The logging method Hayden uses is fully mechanised and set up with a Tractionline winch-assist machine, which is attached via two wire cables to the felling machine down the slope, and operated via a wireless remote. Using these innovations in harvesting technology can mean less ground disturbance. “This is because the machine moves around and fells trees, placing them in a position where they can be picked up by the cable-operated grapple and pulled upslope without the tree digging into the soil. This method reduces the ground disturbance caused on ridges, which is a big contributor to bare soil and sediment. Also, the machine can be much more exact about how and where a tree falls, avoiding waterways with accuracy. How the crew operates on the landing is also an important factor; for example, taking care to direct muddy water towards the cutover and not towards channels that connect to streams. We have a responsibility to make sure that water getting to streams is clear and managed correctly.”

ABOVE Hayden Barnes of Endurance Logging with the Tractionline machine. Photo supplied LEFT NML’s Estate Value Manager Andy Karalus examines a site in the Golden Downs forest. Photo: Ishna Jacobs

Where to from here? The workshop had many positive outcomes, including improvements that are already being implemented in NML’s operations. Key learning and next steps from the workshop have been taken to NML’s Environmental Improvement Committee, and a three-year follow-up plan has been drafted for implementation. In terms of the wider industry, Peter Weir, Chair for NZ Forest Owners’ Association Environment and Resources Committee, and Environment Manager for another forestry company, Ernslaw One, remarks that he was impressed by the shared management approach adopted by NML and its contractors, and their innovation in low-impact harvesting systems where, for some, cost could become a prohibitive factor. “We witness sediment generated by movement of wheeled machines and log trucks on landings during and immediately after rain, and agree that low-level chronic sediment discharges do impact fresh water,” says Peter. “The workshop did well to open up debate on that.” The need for an integrated, national source of data for tracking sediment was highlighted at the workshop. Dr. Les Basher from Landcare Research is compiling a database that documents sediment yields from forestry blocks in New Zealand and overseas that will be accessible to all parties. Les anticipates that this will provide a crucial planning tool for forestry operations in the future.

[*Nelson Management Ltd. is the management company for Nelson Forests’ 78,000 hectares of forest in the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions. More than 600 people are employed across the Nelson business, and the company harvests 1.1 million m3 of timber sales annually. Seventy percent of the logs harvested are processed by local mills into products for the domestic and export markets.]

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New show home sets a high benchmark 1 BY SADIE BECKMAN


ny architect worth their salt will tell you that one of the key aspects of successful contemporary house design is a simple floor plan with good flow between indoors and outdoors. Once you have this vital aspect worked out, the rest falls into place, as it has with this David Reid home in Nelson’s beautiful Marsden Park, a new development just a few minutes’ drive from town. Open-plan living and dining is functional and practical, and this single storey property has it down to a tee, without losing the home’s heart - created here by a stylish fireplace with chimney and feature bookshelves, recessed, like the television, for a smooth, clutter-free look. The eye-catching black and white kitchen is a real standout feature of the property, and the ‘boring’ bits, such as laundry and even a scullery, are contained in a separate utility room, perfect for maintaining aesthetics without compromising on practicality. Huge double-glazed doors lead out to expansive Garapa hardwood timber decking, meaning a seamless transition from inside to outside and extending living space dramatically, although at 209 square metres, the house already has plenty of space for a variety of living configurations. Three bedrooms plus a study create enough sanctuary for a large family or guests, while the fully tiled bathrooms, built-in wardrobes and high-end fixtures and fittings elevate this house to a home with a spot-on blend of simplicity and luxury. The modern decor is stylish and unique without being over the top. Pops of yellow, most noticeably the front door and the feature tiles in the bathrooms, make for a sunny, warm vibe, while aspects such as the kitchen’s island benchtop with sink, and the Ravani Newtech vanities in the bathrooms have the clean lines and zero fuss of modern minimalist design, highlighted by the clever LED lighting design used throughout the house.


Flooring is polished concrete as well as a luxurious but hardy carpet, the former adding extra warmth to the house as it retains and releases the sun’s heat, allowed in through the substantial windows, perfect for extra comfort in the summer months, but for cooler days the Hydronic underfloor heating system, as well as the beautiful Escea DL1100 gas fireplace, means this house will never be chilly. Externally, the drive-through garage provides extra parking and enough storage for a trailer or small boat, and with launching facilities around Nelson always just a short drive away, this will be an appealing prospect to boaties who want to be able to pop out easily for a bit of fishing. Orientated to make the most of the Nelson sun, in the aptly named Sanctuary Drive, the property features a range of eco credentials that fit with David Reid Homes’ philosophy of offering options for homeowners that allow a build to ‘tread lightly on the land’, considering everything from the materials their homes are constructed out of, to the energy efficiency of the appliances installed. An example here is that the house is future-proofed for the potential installation of solar panels, and planter boxes are already in place for growing vegetables, an activity that should perhaps be thought about and encouraged for every new build these days. With such a lot of attention to detail, not just aesthetically and functionally but environmentally too, this home - designed by Paul Richards with interior by Melissa Richards - ticks a lot of boxes. Hopefully, the holistic approach to planning and building demonstrated here is something that will become not just commonplace but standard throughout the home-building industry, helping create efficient and comfortable living spaces with less impact on our increasingly overstretched environment.


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rom the writings of Shakespeare to Cleopatra’s petal-lined boudoir, the rose has enjoyed a long cultural and mythical history. The word ‘rose’ supposedly originated when Flora, the Goddess of Flowers, in pain upon being struck by Cupid’s arrow, was unable to say the word ‘Eros’ properly and instead pronounced it ‘ros’. Samuels Rose Garden, a shrine to the world’s favourite flower, lies adjacent to historic Broadgreen House in Nelson, and on Sunday 13 November will be the venue for Among the Roses, from 12pm to 5pm. Among the Roses is an afternoon for women of all ages (with their beaus, mothers, daughters, or friends) to relax, snack and sip wine or a rose tea, nestled among more than 300 varieties of roses while listening to live music. The garden is named after SJ Samuels, the nurseryman of the homestead’s first owner, Englishman Edmund Buxton. Samuels, a keen rosarian, donated the rose stock and bud wood and undertook the budding with his wife Rima. In 1901 the Langbein family purchased the property, adding orchards and exotic varieties, such as camphor and loquat, obtained during their many travels. Fine specimen trees remain from this era, including chestnuts, holly, rhododendrons and camellias, as well as a magnificent wisteria. The property has been owned by the Nelson City Council since 1965 and the gardens open to the public since 1968. Kate Krawczyk, Horticultural Parks Team Leader for Nelmac, leads a small, dedicated team who maintain and improve Nelson’s higher-specification parks and gardens, including Anzac Park, Isel Park, Miyazu Gardens, Melrose House, Church Hill and Queens Gardens. Although there is no ‘typical’ day in the Broadgreen showpiece, it’s an exacting schedule to maintain Nelson’s largest rose garden. “Forward planning is essential,” says Krawczyk. “We try to plan ahead as much as possible, depending on the seasons, the weather and the way things are growing. Our main tasks are deadheading during the flowering season, weed control, pest control and general tidying. “Turf edging is a surprisingly important task in keeping the garden crisp and neat. We edge every bed at Broadgreen and the hard surfaces twice a month during the growing season. Winter pruning takes the whole month of July, and part of the yearly routine is also an annual dose of slow-


A rose by any other name

release fertiliser. “We try to keep spraying to a minimum. We do a winter clean-up spray just after we finish pruning in July of copper sulphate and mineral oil to control fungal spores and dormant insects. In the summer we do a fungus and insect control spray once a month from October to February.” Among a collection of 3000 roses there are 30 ‘species roses’, including Souvenir de la Malmaison (1843), which commemorates Josephine Bonaparte’s seminal rose garden in France. Two varieties – City of Nelson and Rima – do not exist anywhere else in the world. Krawczyk explains: “In order to preserve them, local rose-grower Tasman


Bay Roses propagate them to create more. We will be planting two new beds at the front of the house, with information panels, in the coming year to highlight the uniqueness of these roses.” While some people favour colour over fragrance, the garden’s spectacular collection is sure to delight every rose aficionado. In particular, the fragrant aromas of the David Austin English roses transport you down memory lane, back to your grandmother’s garden. “I love so many of them, I can’t choose just one favourite,” she adds. “Ivey Hall and Serendipity are awesome performers – both strong and healthy yellow roses that stand out. Paddy Stephens has great colour and vigour. Sylvia is lovely and strong.”

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A new face in brand design at HotHouse BY JA M E S C R OW L E Y


ill Fletcher brings strategic expertise from England’s Lake District to Nelson. HotHouse Communications may be Nelson’s largest full-service design agency, but they are never content to rest on their laurels. Which is why they’ve brought Will Fletcher all the way from England to add his international acumen to their strategic branding offer. Will, his Kiwi wife Suse and their young daughter Milly have been in the region less than two months, but already they’re feeling right at home. “Nelsonians are just so friendly and laid-back,” says Will. “We’re loving it here, especially how very close to nature everything is.” A keen mountain-biker, Will is planning to explore the region up-close and personal – “when I get the time”, he laughs. So what exactly is strategic branding? “A brand can be almost anything, from products and businesses, right through to people and places” says Will. “And every successful brand has a truly great story to tell.” But brand alone is not enough if it isn’t put to good use strategically. “Within today’s

infinite spectrum of communication, it’s more important than ever that brands tell their story in a clear and consistent way.” A brand that engages people emotionally at every level will be a brand that they keep coming back to,” Will explains. “Strategic brand design is all about discovering those unique stories behind a business, product or place. This narrative is then distilled into a strategic methodology for all communication with customers, in order to deliver a competitive advantage.”

“Strategic brand design is all about discovering the unique story behind your business.” WILL FLETCHER, BRAND DESIGNER

While new to Nelson, Will has worked in New Zealand before, spending four years in Auckland working on top domestic and international brands like DB, Lion Nathan and Pernod Ricard. Prior to this he’d spent

four years in Sydney working with such global giants as BP and FedEx. “Back in England before we left, I was doing brand work for an award-winning local company, Hawkshead Brewery. Funnily enough, their head brewer was a Kiwi, and he told me a lot about Nelson’s hops and great craft beers. Let’s just say it further whet my appetite,” Will laughs. So now in Nelson, how does he see his knowledge adding to the HotHouse mix? “Nelson offers an exciting variety of branding opportunities, all bound by a sense of creativity that seems unique to the region,” he says. “I’ll be looking to harness that creativity, and use my experience to help deliver the vast potential in local business, at national and international levels. And there’s no better way to discover the true essence of a brand than to be right here in Nelson, living and breathing it.”

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Dressing 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon palm sugar 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, chopped 3 tablespoons water Salad 1 Chinese cabbage, thinly shredded 2 carrots, thinly sliced 4 radish, thinly sliced Large handful roughly torn herbs coriander, mint, Vietnamese mint 1 red chilli, chopped Approx. 150g whitebait 2 tablespoons flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds 1 tablespoon butter lime wedges to serve Serves 4 as a starter, or 2 as a main with added noodles.


Vietnamese-inspired whitebait salad


Although whitebait fritters are a firm favourite, I decided to mix it up a little with this recipe. I love Vietnamese noodle salad so experimented with South-east Asian flavours for this sprightly spring dish. It is a wonderful combination of crispy pan-fried whitebait with an intense flavour hit from the dressing. The key is to have the salad and dressing prepared, then just prior to serving flash cook the little fish and serve immediately while they are hot and crispy. This recipe makes enough for a starter for four, or add vermicelli rice noodles to make a more substantial dinner for two. Method:

Combine the dressing ingredients in a jug, stirring well to dissolve the sugar. Toss the salad ingredients together in a bowl and arrange on a large serving patter. When ready to serve scatter the flour, salt and sesame seeds on a plate, add the whitebait and toss to coat thoroughly. Heat a heavybased frying pan over a high heat; add the butter and once foaming add the whitebait. Quickly panfry for one minute until the little fish are opaque and crispy. Spoon the whitebait over the salad and drizzle over the dressing. Serve immediately with lime wedges on the side.



word ‘precinct’ conjures up visions of a large area, perhaps a suburb. The Precinct restaurant in Motueka, despite its name, is one of the smallest restaurants I have been in for some time. It is a tiny wee enclave – six tables only inside – with intelligent decor amid the hodgepodge of design that makes up the main street of Motueka. Outside dining is available, from where I suspect the profit will come in summer. Everything is new, crisp, clean and well thought-out. I am in favour of small menus where the chef can focus his or her talents. Precinct’s menu certainly achieves that. With three starters, (I don’t consider bread a starter) and the mussels not available, five mains and two desserts, the dinner menu is positively economical. To be fair the restaurant is open all day so there is a much wider selection if you include lunch and breakfast. Mrs F and I had to take a table at 6pm as it had other bodies occupying it at 7.30pm. Double-booking the tables is an encouraging sign – a hint to its popularity. Mrs F ordered the American-style beef, bacon and aged-cheddar slider ($14) and I went with Salt and Pepper Squid ($14). Sliders seem all the rage at the moment and this mini-hamburger did contain some very good beef. I couldn’t see any bacon but this was apparently mixed in with the beef. My squid had been cut correctly and was curling in, but unfortunately wasn’t crispy. It tasted fresh and was tender but didn’t have that Szechuan pepper zing to it. It was accompanied by a large amount of good-quality salad and paprika aioli. My main was angus beef fillet with agria potatoes, smoked paprika aioli and slow-roasted cherry tomatoes on a generous bed of mixed salad ($28). The beef was cooked absolutely to my order, medium rare, and had a great

Small yet impressive caramelisation – all crisp and sweet. The agria potatoes looked to be lost in action ,til I discovered them hiding under the salad. The dish of the night for me was Mrs F’s pan-roasted lamb loin with a green pea risotto, broccoli and toasted almonds ($32). The lamb loin had a little bit of fat on the top to give it added flavour. Unfortunately Mrs F cut all the fat off and put it aside in the mistaken belief that probably it would go straight to her hips. What rubbish – the boffins have decided fat’s our friend again. Besides, I don’t think there is any room left there. This was a really good dish. Good contrasting flavours with a creamy, fullflavoured risotto. Unfortunately, the only dessert selection was a brownie, which I don’t like,

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and a lemon poppy seed cake, which is also not my favourite, so I settled for an espresso. I was impressed with this restaurant. The service was excellent and the wine list well thought-out – although in keeping with the place, not large. Precinct lends weight to the adage, it’s not the size that matters, but how you use it.

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Jewels in a mixed bag B Y P H I L L I P R E AY


elson’s new wine release tasting was held at the Boathouse recently. Local restaurateurs and hospitality professionals, as per usual, enthusiastically supported the trade tasting. Although I tried manfully, given the time constraints, I couldn’t taste all the offerings from the wineries that took part. The 2016 vintage was a testing one and this was reflected in the wines. I felt the sauvignon blancs on offer presented a mixed bag. On the downside they seemed, as a rule, to lack concentration, but there were exceptions. Middle EarthVineyards’ Sauvignon Blanc was pretty good, displaying a crisp green fruit taste with good acid balance. Another impressive sauvignon blanc was Riwaka River Estate’s Resurgence. This wine displayed more tropical flavours and was beautifully balanced. In fact, I was really impressed with all the Riwaka River Estate wines. Set in the foothills of Takaka Hill, this boutique vineyard produces tiny amounts of wine but what they do produce is top-notch. Mahana brought along its 2013 Clay and Gravels 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, which the winemaker thought was perhaps too early for it. I would have to agree. This was a beast of a wine and probably needs at least another year to settle down. It’s a challenging wine. Pinot gris is an enormously popular wine now and there were some good examples on show. For me the best value for money was Vista’s Pinot Gris 2015. Great concentration, for a very sharp price. Again Middle Earth produced a decent pinot gris but the wine they really should be proud of was their 2016 rosé, which is produced from pinot meunier grapes, a variety more associated with champagne. I am not a great fan of New Zealand rosé but this one was pretty damn good. It had excellent fruit concentration with a little bit of weight. If you see a bottle of this wine buy it, because it is sold out at the winery. For me Middle Earth was the surprise winery of the tasting. All their wines were well-made and a decent quality. This is a


“It had excellent fruit concentration with a little bit of weight. If you see a bottle of this wine, buy it, because it is sold out at the winery.”

winery to keep an eye on – it’s been under my radar for too long. Patrick Stowe from Rimu Grove seems to have a hand in almost a third of the wines on show. He is a contract winemaker and has a distinctive style, and his own winery wines are high-quality. There were three standout wines for

me. Richmond Plains Blanc de Noir 2016 is an excellent wine with great flavour balance, tasting like a cross between a sauvignon blanc and a pinot gris. The best wine I tasted was the Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noir 2012. This wine has been maturing for four years in the winery and boy does it show. Moreish and delicious, with wonderful soft tannins, this is well worth its reasonably elevated price. The other wine I could have stolen was Blackenbrook Chardonnay 2014. This is a powerful, rich wine just now coming into its own. Perhaps not a standout vintage tasting this year but there were jewels scattered amongst the offerings.


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Fine ales in a calm eddy BY MARK PREECE


he acclaimed outdoor lifestyle in the Top of the South lured Mic and Molley Heynekamp here nearly two years ago. So it seems fitting that their Richmond brew-pub, Eddyline Brewery and Pizzeria, is named for a phrase related to river kayaking. “We like to think going into a brewpub is a lot like crossing an eddyline into an eddy,” says Mic. “When you cross the eddyline in a river, you go from the wild water to a nice calm spot to re-group and scout out your next move, much like you do when entering a pub and find the calmer waters of your life.” Mic began home-brewing during his university days in New Mexico in 1991. He and Molley opened their first brewery and pub in 1999. On their first trip to New Zealand they noticed an absence of brew-pubs. Mic says Golden

Bay’s Mussel Inn, “making good beer in a great little environment”, bucked the trend back then, when a lot of New Zealand breweries were tucked in industrial areas. “They didn’t have a tap-room or easy way to enjoy their beer at the brewery. That’s one thing we found missing, and we’ve always associated good times with tasty food and great beer. That’s how we started.” They set up the brewery and pizzeria six months ago, after some debate over the name. The original ‘Hoppy Kea’ was ditched in favour of keeping the name of their Colorado brew-pub, Eddyline. Mic and Molley plan on releasing a Hoppy Kea IPA, brewed with all-New Zealand hops, to raise funds to support kea conservation efforts. Their whole family gets involved with the project.

Mic likens the spirit of the kea to New Zealanders: “They’re tough as nails, really smart and a great fun personality, so we really latched onto it.” So whether your next hectic mission is in the bike parks, Buller River or just a day in town, why not cross the Eddyline to enjoy a wood-fired pizza and a few of their great brews: Kaiteriteri Pilsner, ABV 5.3%. They say: ‘Brewed as an authentic Czech pilsner using authentic Bavarian yeast and German malt. This crisp lager has a full malty mouthfeel balanced by German Tettnanger and Saaz hops with a nice and crisp finish.’ Crank Yanker IPA, ABV 6.3%. They say: ‘A classic American IPA. We have over six different malts in this beer with five different hops to create a very balanced yet bold IPA.’ Pozzy Pale Ale, ABV 4.7%. They say: ‘Upon coming to New Zealand we kept hearing folks referring to finding a ‘good pozzy’ and going to find a ‘pozzy’ to hang out at. We realized that when we were in a good ‘pozzy’ we always wanted our pale ale. Brewed to have a nice crisp finish but with lots of hops to keep it interesting.’ Roaring 40s Porter, ABV 6.6%. They say: ‘A big and burly porter which has complex flavours starting with caramel sweetness and finishing with dry roastiness, all balanced by the generous hop schedule.’ Eddyline won a gold, three silver and four bronze medals in the 2016 Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards last month. - Editor

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Aloha, times seven clouds They say Hawaii is never a bad idea, and I would have to agree. What’s not to love about an island state famous for sunshine, surfing and pina coladas? BY SALLIE GREGORY


hile most visitors, myself included, will spend most, if not all, of their time on Oahu, Hawaii is made up of seven islands and each offers a completely different experience from the other. Oahu is home to Waikiki. You can easily lose a week here, soaking up the sun, drinking cocktails and bobbing in the ocean on a blow-up surf ring. Hiring a surfboard or SUP, or joining a sunset cruise, are as simple as turning up on the day and finding the closest hire outlet or catamaran. There is no need to book (we were there in peak season and could still do most things last-minute) so stick to island time, relax and make it up as you go along. Oahu is also home to the North Shore and Sunset Beach, recognised as some of the world’s best surf breaks. If you’re game to drive on the right-hand side, book yourself a Mustang convertible and cruise round the island (allow at least six hours with a few stops). You’ll end up spending as much time with the roof up (hello – sunburn) but it’s a very ‘cool’ way to explore the island and see how vastly different Waikiki and Honolulu are from anywhere else in Hawaii. The east coast has some great beaches – Kailua and Lanikai were some of my favourites. Enjoy a cold beer at Buzz’s Lanikai after your swim. Further to the north, grab a bite to eat at one of the many food 68

trucks selling garlic shrimp. Haleiwa, just north of Sunset, is also worth a stop. Back in Waikiki, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. The food is both typically American and typically Hawaiian. Think fish and seafood done every which way, with buffalo wings, cheeseburgers and fries on every menu. You can’t go wrong at Hula’s or Duke’s at the Outrigger Waikiki, and for something really special, head to Roy’s Restaurant for your Hawaiian celebrity chef experience. When it comes to cocktails, you’ll learn that it’s never too early for a pina colada. A delicious drizzle of fresh strawberry sauce added to this coconut delight becomes a crowd favourite, the Lava Flow. In fact, add a float of dark-rum on top of the original and you’ve got Trouble. Yes, that’s what it’s called. Highly recommended. I’m very partial to shopping on holiday, but with the current exchange rate and the high-end stores on the main shopping boulevards, there wasn’t too much to go crazy on. H&M, Urban Outfitters and all of the surf brands were within a stone’s throw of all of the major hotels. My advice: head to Ala Moana shopping centre for more range (but still very high-end), or better still, seek out the discount outlets where there are at least some bargains to be had when travelling on the New Zealand dollar. While we didn’t explore the Big Island (an active volcano is currently spilling lava into the ocean – an amazing sight, I’ve been told), we did head over to Maui, a quick 35-minute flight from Honolulu. Maui is beautiful. It’s got everything you could ask for in an island holiday, without the crowds of Waikiki. We stayed in the tourist hub of Ka’anapali, but after the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, it seemed deserted. The waters are crystal-clear, sea-turtles swim 15m from the shore and there are some great restaurants and shopping to be found at Whalers Village, just near the Westin Hotel. For a night to remember, head in to Fleetwood’s on Front St (yes, that Fleetwood) in Lahaina, about 20 minutes from Ka’anapali. Enjoy superb dining at the rooftop restaurant (bookings essential) from sunset, and take in the sunset ceremony performance held each night. We were lucky enough to catch Mick Fleetwood playing with Willie K that evening, so while our pockets were empty, our hearts and souls were full. Like many island destinations, your Hawaiian holiday can vary depending on your mood. It’s not all razzle-dazzle. Budget accommodation is available, and camping along the beach is plentiful. There is history, waterfalls, hiking and adventure too. While I didn’t purchase a ‘Just Mauied’ t-shirt on this trip, if you’re looking for the ultimate romantic destination, Hawaii is very hard to beat. For me, it was the perfect way to celebrate turning 40. Who knew – it turns out I do like Trouble after all. (The cocktail, that is).

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A Nelson charity helps to fund its work in Nepal by organising unique local-knowledge tours to the region. First Steps Himalaya founder Fionna Heiton explains.


the monastery comes into view, our group falls silent, awestruck with its splendour. Clinging miraculously to a sheer 1000m cliff, Taktsang monastery, also known as The Tiger’s Nest, is one of the world’s most sacred sites. Renowned yogi Milarepa is supposed to have meditated here, and one of Bhutan’s most revered figures, Guru Rinpoche, is reputed to have flown in on the back of a tigress. From our vantage point, the gilded roofs gleam in the morning sun. The only sounds to be heard are prayer flags flapping in a gentle breeze. Our final ascent takes us inside a labyrinth of temples adorned with ancient murals. Crimson-robed monks chant prayers and pilgrims prostrate under the warm glow of flickering butter lamps. Later, we attend a tshechu, a colourful and dramatic Bhutanese festival performed by monks re-enacting ancient rituals in elaborate costumes. Afterwards, one of our group, Sandra, describes the 10day Bhutan tour as ‘life-changing’, leaving her ‘filled up to the brim’. “Words can’t really express the journey we shared together in this wonderful country.” This tour is just one of a range of unique Himalayan travel experiences organised by Beyond the Clouds, the fundraising arm of Nelson-based charity First Steps Himalaya. Established in 2008 to support early education for rural Nepali children, First Steps transforms run-down classrooms into stimulating learning environments. Since Nepal’s devastating earthquake in April 2015, First Steps has also been rebuilding classrooms using natural, earthquake-resilient, earth bag building methods. All profits from Beyond the Clouds journeys help First Steps Himalaya to further its work. “These unique adventures in Nepal became so popular that we introduced a wider range of tours to Bhutan and Tibet,” says Fionna. “Now travellers can trek to remote communities surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery. They meet locals, experience warm hospitality, learn about fascinating traditional cultures and explore ancient monasteries and traditional villages. Our yoga journeys offer opportunities to deepen


Journey beyond the clouds yoga practice surrounded by stunning vistas, magnificent forests and rushing Himalayan rivers.” Beyond the Clouds supports sustainable tourism, staying in ecofriendly hotels wherever possible, and all journeys are accompanied by local guides, ensuring economic benefit to local people. “Bhutan is fast becoming a top travel destination. It’s like stepping into a storybook where monasteries are mainstream and traditional culture thrives.” Fionna, a seasoned traveller, aims to

ensure that Beyond the Clouds’ clients have the best experience possible, with every journey meticulously planned. New journeys in Tibet are now being planned for 2017 for the really adventurous, she says. “Locked away on the remote Himalayan Plateau, Tibet is a traveller’s dream with spectacular untouched scenery on a gigantic scale, and vast empty plains dotted with nomads’ tents and yaks.” For more information, visit beyondtheclouds.org.nz


Wrighty — Kiwi yacht design genius BY STEVE THOMAS


doesn’t matter whether you’re a sure-fire salty seadog or a committed landlubber, you would surely feel a bit jealous of a man who’s been able to feed the family by messing about in boats. Kiwi boat designer Alan Wright has been doing just that for 50 years. Time-warp back to 1966. John Lennon has proudly proclaimed The Beatles ‘more popular than Jesus’, and Country Calendar debuts on our TV screens. With a growing family to support in Auckland, Alan Wright decides to train as a technical teacher and secures a job as a boatbuilding tutor at Auckland Technical Institute. Motivated by a challenge from one of his students, he produces his first keelboat design and two years later the 22ft 6in Variant yacht is born. More than 260 were built in timber and fibreglass. Alan follows up this design with other hugely popular yachts: the Tasman, Nova, Monarch, Tropic, Tracker, Marauder, Nerissa, and the famous Lotus models, the 9.2, 9.5 and 10.6m. The Lotus 9.2 is my personal favourite. First launched in 1975, the ‘920’ quickly impressed. Appealing to the eye, with tons of room for the family below decks, the 920 is just a fantastic all-round

yacht. Around 160 have been built, some in timber but mostly in fibreglass. Over the last 20 years I’ve seen a number of 920s bought and sold in the Nelson marina. They’re an ideal yacht for Tasman Bay conditions and make an excellent club racer. Alan didn’t design them with speed in mind – they’re a wee bit fat aft. The 920 is safe and easy to sail. Light on the helm and heaps of fun, it is perfect for first-time yacht buyers. These days you can pick up a tidy example for around $50,000, but they’re sought-after. Don’t listen to the doom-and-gloom merchants who say the boat market is flat. Well-proven designs that are wellpresented and priced right are selling. The 920 falls well and truly into this category. Alan’s recent history? Not one to hold back due to advancing age, he hooked up with South African migrant and yacht designer Angelo Lavranos, producing a

range of highly regarded motor-sailing catamarans. Alan understands where the boat market is heading. On a recent visit to Gulf Harbour Marina on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, I was sitting in the marina café enjoying lunch. A poster promoting Alan’s new book, Wrighty, displaying his rugged facial features, caught my eye. A moment later, I looked up to see the man himself sit down at the next table. Very spooky. It took me a while but I managed to build up enough courage to interrupt his lunch, introduce myself and shake his hand. A hand that first drew many of this country’s best yacht designs. A nice moment. I highly recommend Alan Wright’s autobiography, compiled by Bev Head. It’s a great read. You can source Wrighty from Bev herself bevjhead@gmail.com

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Plug-in, zero petrol BY GEOFF MOFFETT


ar buyers who want to make a contribution to cleaner air and minimise the burning of fossil fuels have a small choice of options in New Zealand when it comes to plug-in electric/hybrid cars. The latest offering from Toyota, the Prius PHV, is actually not a new car at all. Instead, Toyota NZ, which couldn’t source the new plug-in from the Toyota factory in Japan let alone at a price that wouldn’t be prohibitive here, is offering buyers used offerings from Japan. These aren’t your usual pig-in-a-poke cars off the vast auction floors of Tokyo or Yokohama, but instead come under Toyota’s carefully selected Signature Class programme. Hybrid/battery technology is still expensive in NZ, and especially without the subsidies offered by some countries. The car I tested is typical of the used cars Toyota is importing – a 2014 model with perhaps 10-20,000km on the clock. Depending on the specifications,


it will cost you from about $40,000$45,000, which is a lot for a two-yearold smallish car. But think how much you’ll save in petrol. You’ll get about 26 kilometres of battery life out of your Prius plug-in, which means city residents can drive with little need of petrol. Of course, if you want a Sunday drive or to go to Christchurch, the 1.8-litre petrol engine kicks in, but you’ll easily get there and back without going near a fuel pump. The other big benefit is that your car will produce zero or very low carbon emissions. It’s simple enough to charge the lithium-ion batteries stored under the back-seat. If your home has a 15amp mains system, you can plug in with the 4.5m cable stored in the boot compartment. Batteries are charged in 90 minutes, so you can head off back to town, straight past the petrol station. If you don’t have the 15amp home outlet you can have one installed.

Batteries are charged in 90 minutes, so you can head off back to town, straight past the petrol station.

Charging stations are gradually starting to appear round New Zealand (Bowaters has its own) and it seems inevitable that you will at some stage be able to find a city outlet to power-up while you’re at the movies or having lunch. As a driving experience, the plug-in Prius is the same as the hybrid, which is available new for about $48,000. The PHV is a roomy, comfortable car with decent performance. All you have to get over is the feeling that this is something very different. And a Prius does look that way, especially inside with its two-tiered bulkhead dash and with all the techno read-out from its second-floor instrument panel. Bar graphs and arrows move this way and that, delivering an amazing array of information, including how economical you are being. You’ll want to know this, being a hybrid owner. Not only will you be told how much petrol you have saved by driving on the batteries, but you’ll even get a month-by-month economy read-out. Even the entry level PHV L model has keyless start, colour touch-screen and air-conditioning. The G model has leather seats, cruise control, radar cruise control and keyless entry. Whichever used car you choose will come with lots of backup. Toyota provides a five-year warranty, including for the batteries, as well as five years free WOF and a five-year AA Assist membership.

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Improve your vision with LASIK eye surgery BY SADIE BECKMAN


re you reading this page while wearing glasses or contact lenses? If so, you may well be one of the many people that LASIK eye treatment can help. Anyone with vision issues knows that glasses and contacts can be a hassle for various reasons, and for some they can be detrimental to life choices and careers where excellent vision is a must. Imagine not having to worry about using them anymore, and seeing the world around you clearly with your own eyes, all the time. Waking up in the morning and seeing the alarm clock without scrabbling around to find your glasses, or reading street signs easily might seem like luxuries to many people, but the incredible technology of LASIK (Laser-In-Situ Keratomileusis) eye treatments can correct your vision permanently, so you’ll probably never need glasses or lenses again. Fendalton Eye Clinic in Christchurch is a leading centre for correction of vision issues using the world’s most advanced technology in High Definition LASIK™ eye surgery, being the only all-laser LASIK provider in the South Island. The painless procedure typically restores the ability to see without glasses or contacts within 24 hours, and offers greater accuracy and more

superior results than any previous methods. Fendalton Eye Clinic is also the only centre in the South Island with a purpose-built, state-of-the-art laser eye surgery theatre and is headed by Dr. David Kent (MBChB, FRANZCO, FRACS), one of Australasia’s leading LASIK specialists, with over 22,000 LASIK procedures to his name. Dr Kent uses the Schwind Amaris 1050RS, the most advanced excimer laser available to provide the fastest treatment time and the safety of seven-dimensional eye tracking to perform individualised, tailored treatments for every single patient to meet the exact needs of each person, and each eye. But what does LASIK eye treatment actually involve? Basically, the eye is numbed with anaesthetic drops, then a thin flap is created and raised on the surface of the cornea, allowing laser correction of the deeper corneal tissue beneath, before the flap is put back in place and reseals itself. Multi-dimensional tracking removes any worries about eye movement as the equipment is so responsive. Some providers may still use an instrument with a minute oscillating blade to create the flap, but at Fendalton Eye Clinic with HD LASIK™ you can be sure you are getting the latest technology and

expertise, with the entire procedure carried out using specialised lasers - no blade or cutting is involved, so it is painless, fast and extremely effective. Many patients are surprised at how quick and easy their treatment actually was, as well as the level and quality of follow-up monitoring and care they received at no extra cost. So who can HD LASIK™ treatment help? The expert staff at Fendalton Eye Clinic offer free laser assessments throughout the South Island, including in Nelson, to establish whether the procedure is right for you, but most people between the ages of 20 and 60 who suffer from long or short sightedness, with or without astigmatism, can benefit from the technological advancement HD LASIK™ offers. Contact the clinic directly on 0800 4 LASIK (0800 45 27 45) to find out when the next free screening session will be offered in your area, or check out their comprehensive website providing information on all aspects of the technology, physiology and procedures at lasik.co.nz

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Poetry with a punch

Redwood Reider at the welcome ceremony at Luminate 2015. Photo: Amanda Senior



emergence of Luminate on the New Zealand festival scene in 2008 was a significant time for American poet and activist Redwood Reider. Having performed at poetry slams in California, her involvement from the first event on Takaka Hill paralleled her own rising profile. Now she is integral to the festival’s world-famous eco-culture. “I feel like I’ve evolved as an artist while Luminate has evolved as a festival,” she says. “There’s been a lot of overlap there.” The first Luminate was fairly organic and Reider, then relatively unknown, plucked a random drummer from the audience to accompany her. Now she has a more public face and works with world-class musicians onstage and in the welcome ceremony, focusing energy to unify people and create a feeling of community. Reider is a skilled wordsmith, not only of poetry but also many articles (often controversial), an award-winning book,


Dreaming the Biosphere, and three albums of poetry recorded to music. She is most well-known as a powerful performance artist. Audiences are invigorated by her delivery of gutsy and often brutal messages barely diminished by an infectious smile and sense of humour. Reider now performs at other festivals, events and ceremonies nationwide. Luminate’s focus on holistic environmental initiatives and sustainability fits well with Reider’s own beliefs. “The crew have held this vision and integrity strongly throughout,” she says. “They are hard-working, dedicated people who love each other and love the scene. The other amazing thing making a difference is Luminate being alcohol-free. I’d never been to a festival like that before.” After the first Luminate, which drew around 500 people, there was no evidence that anyone had been there, says Reider. Numbers have now risen to the thousands, “but it’s still the same afterwards – you have to actually look hard to find any rubbish. And the crowds are always so

upbeat and open-minded and fun; they share the same values around living well and together on the earth.” Reider clearly loves performing here, combining and challenging those ideas with her own. “There’s something powerful about poetry; about breaking the regular rules of the ways we speak that allows them to hit a different side of our brain, tapping into the spaces between the words and the spaces within people, saying things that resonate … “I want to interact and challenge people. My performances range from intimate to political, and usually both at the same time. Some of my poems have ecological themes. They are often about the spiritual journey of trying to be sane people in this world … environmental issues, medicinal cannabis, LGBT issues, dancing, swimming in the ocean – all the good things.” Luminate, Feb 1-8, 2017, Canaan Downs, Pikikirunga luminatefestival.co.nz, redwoodreider.org





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All-conquering in te Reo BY PETE RAINEY


few weekends ago I flew to Auckland to help with the national finals of two music competitions, Smokefree Pacifica Beats and Smokefreerockquest. It’s always an exciting weekend, with lots of nervous and excited musicians accompanied by lots of equally nervous and excited friends and family. This year yielded an interesting result – for the first time the same band won both competitions. That may sound a bit unusual, but it gets even more interesting: They are extremely young – two 14-year-olds and a 16-year-old. They perform almost exclusively in te Reo. They are a heavy metal band They are called Alien Weaponry and they are from Northland. Comprising Lewis de Jong, 14 (guitar/ vocals), brother Henry, 16 (drums), and Ethan Trembath, 14 (bass), Alien Weaponry were not just the first band to win both competitions, they were the youngest band to win each, and the only 76

metal band to win Smokefree Pacifica Beats, which focuses on music unique to Aotearoa and the South Pacific. “There’s a lot of firsts there,” said dad and band manager Neil de Jong. Alien Weaponry entered four songs across the competitions, three of which were in te Reo Maori. Henry and Lewis spent their early years at a kura kaupapa Maori immersion school. “At Pacifica Beats, in between songs they also speak mostly Maori,” said Neil. One of these songs, Ruana Te Whenua (The Trembling Earth), was a tribute to the de Jong brothers’ great-great-greatgrandfather, who died in the Tauranga conflicts at Gate Pa in 1864 while defending his home territory against the British. The judges were Jeff Newton from NZ On Air, Edge musical director Reagan White, Dave Munro from Eccles Entertainment, and musicians Anika Moa and Evan Sinton from MAALA. Newton said the judges couldn’t fault Alien Weaponry, who he described as a

band that was beyond their years. “They believed in their identity as a metal band. Their use of te Reo was impressive. There’s not really anything else like this in the world at the moment.” Alien Weaponry are from Bream Bay College and Otamatea High School, and have now had over 100,000 views of the live version of Ruana Te Whenua on Facebook. They’ve picked up more than a thousand new Facebook fans in the week following their success alone. Band members say the highlight for them was Moana Maniapoto Jackson giving them a mention in her induction into the Music Hall of Fame speech at this year’s APRA Silver Scroll Awards. I’m excited that the competitions can produce this kind of result, but even more excited that young Kiwis have the confidence to meld together te Reo and heavy metal. I am sure we will hear plenty more from this dynamic young band. facebook.com/AlienWeaponry/ videos/1198381583568402/

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I, Daniel Blake Directed by Ken Loach Starring Dave Johns, Hayley Squires Drama 1h 40min BY EDDIE ALLNUTT

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irector Ken Loach scooped up the most prestigious award, the Palme d’Or, at Cannes this year. Not bad for an octogenarian. This stalwart of British TV and film is like a pair of leather boots – he gets better with age. Let’s hope he doesn’t retire yet, but this despairing indictment of a drama, I, Daniel Blake, would be a fitting swansong as it’s one of his best. Dave Johns, who is essentially a standup comedian, restrains his humorous side in a powerful portrayal of Dan, the main protagonist. This isn’t to say that Dan doesn’t have a humorous side, but due to the given circumstances, it dries up faster than a creek through a dairy paddock. Dan is a Newcastle lad with a Geordie accent to prove it. He’s neither hooligan nor scrounger, just the archetype of a dogged, 50-year-old, working-class hero who has never shirked a day’s hard toil at the joinery factory. However, he is laid low by a serious cardiac arrest and his physician declares him unfit for work – rightly so, too. Dan is now reliant on British state welfare, but they have other ideas and are intent on grinding him down because they won’t have to cough up. Dan is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea as he’s obviously not supposed to work, yet he has to be an active job-seeker to receive any type of benefit. Technology is not his forte either and you might experience a few melancholy-tinged giggles as he tries to come to terms with the rigmarole of seeking work in today’s online environment. It’s a fictional story, but based on research and interviews by screenwriter Paul Laverty. The impersonal service and bureaucracy on display feel real, and maybe you’ll relate to it personally in one way or another. “Where’s the nearest pair of scissors?” you might end up asking yourself in an endeavour to help poor Dan cut through it. A relative unknown, Hayley Squires, plays the part of Katie, a bonny single mum with two kids. To scrimp on state costs, she’s been relocated from swanky London to an ‘igloo-esque’ council flat in Dan’s ‘hood. He befriends her in a chilling scene as they’re both pitted against the same red-tongued demon. Squires’ acting is top-notch and she’s definitely one to look out for in the future. A few might see the ending coming early, but that doesn’t detract from the quality of the film. Now back to Ken Loach and Cannes. It’s not the first time he’s won the Golden Palm, putting him in the same company as the likes of Francis Ford Coppola of Apocalypse Now fame. In fact, only seven other directors have won the award more than once, and they don’t include Scorsese, Tarantino or our very own Jane Campion. This most sought-after award began in 1939 when it was originally called the Grand Prix du Festival. Loach first won in 2006 for The Wind That Shakes the Barley. If he keeps on fighting for what’s socially correct, I wonder if he might just make history with a hat-trick?

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Fiona Ingram is the co-ordinator for the development of new study and career preparation Level 4 programme at at NMIT. What is NMIT’s Level 4 Bridging Hub programme about? It’s a new, innovative approach that allows flexibility and options for students entering tertiary education. They will all do two core courses covering academic study skills such as reading, writing and maths. These courses include digital literacy, computer skills, communication and study skills. Students can then choose from a range of six general tertiary options to lead them into studying nursing, counselling and social work.

Why offer a programme such as this? This programme allows people – from school-leavers to older people – wanting to change career paths a chance to get NCEA levels two and three. For older students it allows them to ‘get to grips’ with current learning systems they’re not familiar with, such as computer skills.

What benefits does this course offer school-leavers? It allows school-leavers without NCEA levels 2 and 3 to study in an environment that may suit them better than secondary school. This course creates a safe learning environment, and class numbers are small so teachers are able to give learners more attention.

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Why do older people do this programme? Many people in their 40s and 50s want a career change. Some have been in mundane, minimum-wage jobs for much of their working lives. A programme like this offers them the qualifications they need to advance into diploma or degree study. Older students learn well as they are willing to put the time in. This inspires the school-leavers on the programme.

What is your background in education? Well, when I left school I did not know what I wanted to do. Because I was a bit of a ‘jack-of- all-trades’, I trained as a primary school teacher. I also studied music and dance. I taught English as a second language in Germany and London. I am excited about how education practices are changing to better suit the ways we actually learn and I really like helping others to discover their potential and see their future as a positive thing.

How did you end up working at NMIT? I actually started here as a volunteer. I relieved for a time and then began teaching here. I also teach English to international students, which is very rewarding. Teaching and learning throughout your life – that’s what it is all about.



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