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Features Issue 109 / August 2015
22 Thriving on science
elson’s science and research sector is something of a quiet over-achiever. Sophie Preece finds out why it’s so important to the region’s economy.
27 The interview: Gary O’Shea
ld-school single-sex education is dead, says Nelson College boss Gary O’Shea. His ‘progressive’ model aims to set students up for life.
30 Sharks celebrate their 10th Birthday
he Makos have gone from cellar-dwellers to stars, narrowly losing the Premiership final. Phil Barnes finds them more determined than ever
37 Learning is a lifelong treat
ducation begins with our first breath and ends at the last. The Top of the South is blessed with excellent schools – plus the opportunity to reinvent ourselves at any age.
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Columns Issue 109 / August 2015
20 My Big Idea Rose Renton fought to allow her dying son medical cannabis, now she wants NZ to legalise medical cannabis
82 Up & Coming NMIT photography tutor Will Soward has a holistic teaching philosophy. By Matt Brophy
FASHION & BEAUTY
Contemporary seventies inspired spring fashion. Styling by Justine Jamieson Photography by Ishna Jacobs
54 Glasses Of The Month
Fashionable Eyewear for Men. By Claudia Kuske
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67 Dine Out
Maxwell Flint enjoys classic Mediterranean at Comida
Phillip Reay finds Lawson’s Dry Hills keeps it in the family
Getting to the bottom of stout and porter. By Mark Preece
Trendy with a Twist
Juliet Robinson says beauty is being content. By Justine Jamieson
58 My Home
A Kaiteriteri treehouse bach. By Sophie Preece
64 My Garden
An oasis among the vines. By Christo Saggers
66 My Kitchen
Nicola Galloway’s Mushroom & Fennel Risotto
Ange Pirie flew into the Serengeti for a luxury safari
Find hidden treasures in Marlborough’s Winter Explorer. By Sophie Preece
A commercial fisherman’s story. By Steve Thomas
Geoff Moffett is impressed by the Mercedes B class
Pete Rainey says Spotify will reignite your relationship with music
Writers and the celebrity cult. By Jacquetta Bell
Michael Bortnick is intrigued by Ian McKellen as Sherlock Mr Holmes
8 Editorial 10 Where do you read yours? 12 Events 14 Snapped 80 Quiz & Trivia
Given that our future is entirely dependent on future generations, how we educate our kids is the most important question we face.
ike many people, I have something of a love-hate relationship with education. Being dyslexic didn’t help. If I hadn’t been forced to do remedial reading and writing classes while everyone else was outside playing football, I certainly wouldn’t be editing a magazine today. So massive thanks to that teacher – if memory serves, her name was Fran. And welcome, dear reader, to our Lifelong Learning issue. My most frustrating memory of school was boredom in the two classes I had most aptitude for, English and History. Every time we started a new book I would keep reading it after class, finish it before the beginning of the next class and then spend a term bored out of my brain listening to the class read the book out loud. How to tailor education to the individual is one of the unsolvable conundrums of education, given that we have a national curriculum, and class sizes can only go so low. Overall I do think streaming has to be a good idea. When the UK removed grammar schools the opportunity to rise to the top was removed for so many. Due to an innate desire to chart my own course, I was never a natural student, endlessly butting up against rules and regulations. I was always up to mischief – ah, the stories I could tell. Of course now that I have children I’m worried about them hearing of my shenanigans. Given that our future is entirely dependent on future generations, how we educate our kids is the most important question we face. And it’s the ability of teachers to inspire that most defines what kids learn. I worry that maverick/inspiring teachers are discouraged from the profession by the prevailing culture of political correctness. And as the father of two boys I worry about the lack of male teachers. But considering our feminised education system and society’s current hysteria about paedophiles, I can understand why men are hesitant to enter the profession. We all worry about our children’s education. In fact we worry about our children full stop. Are they doing enough homework or too much? Will they be able to compete with harder-working kids coming out of Asia? Are they happy at school? Will they get in with the wrong crowd, get pregnant ... addicted to P ... end up in prison? Happily, we are lucky enough to live in Nelson and Marlborough, just about the best spot to bring up children that you could imagine. We have low crime, a beautiful, healthy environment and our schools have a fantastic reputation. My limited experiences so far with Montessori pre-school in Richmond and then Hope School have exceeded my expectations. So let’s be grateful for what we’ve got and try to enjoy bringing up our children. JAC K MA RT I N
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WHAT TO DO IN AUGUST
Get out of the house and into this month’s top regional events. Sat 1 International Blues Music Day Nelson’s best blues musicians come together for a night of fantastic blues music with collaborations, solo performances and rocking live bands. THE PLAYHOUSE CAFÉ AND THEATRE, MAPUA
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Something for everyone who wants to experience the creativity and essence of the region at this bustling Nelson icon, a showcase of arts, crafts and produce. MONTGOMERY SQUARE, NELSON
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Marlborough Farmers’ Market Check out the best of what Marlborough has to offer all at one market. Fresh, locally grown and sold by the producer.
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Cathedral Brass Concert
Presented by Nelson City Brass featuring special guests euphonium virtuoso Riki McDonnell and the Nelson Christ Church Cathedral Choir. CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, NELSON
Kelvin presents a series of exclusive evenings to reach out and touch more people. These evenings will simply be Kelvin working with spirit.
Gala Concert Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival This wonderful concert which showcases pieces from all the schools who participate will also feature the All Stars Band which includes top musicians from the festival. MARLBOROUGH FLOOR PRIDE CIVIC THEATRE, BLENHEIM
Rainbow Ski Area Inter-Secondary School Champs Ski and snowboard races open to all secondary schools. Come and see all the action, or better still — join in! RAINBOW SKI AREA, ST ARNAUD
Sat 15 to Sun 16 Mitre 10 Mega Marlborough Home Show Over 40 exhibitors and demonstrations with the latest products, services and trends in renovation, interior design, building and outdoor living. MITRE 10 MEGA, BLENHEIM
Thurs 20 Isla Grant Farewell Tour Isla is an internationally acclaimed artist, whose spellbinding concert features her wonderful hit songs and takes a nostalgic look at her long and successful career. THEATRE ROYAL, NELSON
Fri 21 The Moonshiners The Moonshiners are a motley collection who found they had too much time on their hands waiting for the still to bubble, so they started making music! THE BOAT HOUSE, NELSON
Sat 22 Nelson Civic Choir presents Haydn’s Creation The Creation is one of the most lyrical pieces in the choral repertoire. The wellknown choruses offer joyous comment on the unfolding story: ‘The heavens are telling the glory of God’. OLD ST JOHN’S, NELSON
Sat 22 to Sun 23 Rainbow Retro Atomic Masters Races
Thurs 27 to Sat 29th Nelson Academy of Dance presents Swan Lake Act II & Divertissements Director Gillian Francis presents her very creative and talented students in a programme that includes beautiful choreography, costuming, backdrops, lighting and sound. THEATRE ROYAL, NELSON
Sat 29 Marlborough Artisan Winter Market Shopping delights at a variety of market stalls including the grocer for fresh delicacies — come and join in the shopping mayhem! MARKET STREET, BLENHEIM
Giant slalom and slalom races for those over 21 years — come and have a go! RAINBOW SKI AREA, ST ARNAUD
Tues 25th Chamber Music New Zealand presents Inspired By Bach: Michael Houstoun A sublime musical journey through time with New Zealand’s most revered pianist who is praised around the world for his intense and incisive interpretations. OLD ST JOHN’S, NELSON
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MY BIG IDEA
Why medical cannabis must be legalised B Y M AT T B R O P H Y
Who are you? My name is Rose Renton from Nelson. My son Alex died recently from NORSE (New Onset Refractory Status Epilepticus), a rare condition that is fatal, with no cause of infection or bacteria found. We are a natural-healing family who never had a GP or went to them. Alex was a fit, healthy rep. rugby player from age 14. He presented with flu symptoms before his first seizure at home in the early morning of April 4. CBD (cannabis oil) Elixinol was granted from Health Minister Peter Dunne and the Ministry of Health for Alex as no other drugs the hospital used were working. As a family we would have chosen CBD as a firstline, not a last-line treatment, and believe this should be available for New Zealanders to request in any medical situation.
What is your big idea in a nutshell? The laws around cannabis need to change to allow access for those with medical conditions that it can alleviate. Cannabis has been tested clinically around the world, with incredible healing results for many health conditions that traditional chemical drugs cannot help. The Government is stopping healing and medicine with excuses that no clinical trials have been done here in New Zealand. There have been many trials conducted successfully overseas. We as a nation need to support a change with these laws so doctors are supported by our Government. 20
Who will benefit?
What could we achieve for our community if funding wasnâ€™t a problem? The funding is not being supplied by the pharmaceutical companies to do the trials that the Government wants simply because they cannot patent cannabis and make money from it. These companies do not wish to see people self-healing by growing their own cannabis for medicine or treatment.
What is the current situation? Anyone who uses cannabis as medicine is risking arrest as the law prohibits the use of cannabis in any form. There is a huge underworld of healing in New Zealand using medicinal cannabis products grown locally.
The benefits of changing the laws are huge: hemp is an industry with a potential in New Zealand to create clothing, bio-fuel, building materials and medicine. In our already stressed economy hemp could potentially create thousands of jobs and save thousands of lives and relieve suffering of many health conditions. Conventional healthcare is underfunded nationally, with low staffing and lowquality products. If a portion of New Zealanders choose cannabis as a medicine, our health system would improve for those who want conventional treatment.
How can our region get on board? Tell your own story about cannabis use as a medicine, even if your name is not attached to the article. Stand up and be counted as a supporter of this urgent situation. Without numbers we cannot be heard. My family and I have stood up and the support we have received has been incredible. New Zealanders have a right to choose our own medicine and if that is cannabis then these outdated laws must change. Watch this movie on how the laws were changed elsewhere: druglawed.com
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Thriving on science
Nelson’s science and research sector is something of a quiet over-achiever. Sophie Preece finds out why it’s so important to the region’s economy.
‘There’s some really sexy stuff going on and it’s all down to science.’ B I L L F I N D L AT E R , E C O N O M I C DEVELOPMENT AG ENCY
ccording to a story that does the rounds at Cawthron Institute, a woman was overheard telling her friend that the organisation makes cat-food. That probably gets a smile from scientists who spend their time growing marine toxins worth $100,000 per teaspoon, or breeding disease-resistant oyster spat to future-proof an industry. In its headquarters on Halifax St, Nelson, and at the Cawthron Aquaculture Park 10km up the road, more than 200 scientists, laboratory technicians, researchers and specialist staff work on a myriad of projects, with clients that include Sealord, Meridian Energy, Fonterra and Sanford. Cawthron is New Zealand’s largest independent science organisation and one of Nelson’s biggest employers, paying $1 million a month in wages. It has a national – and increasingly global – economic footprint, and turns over $23 million a year. Hardly chicken-feed – or cat-feed either – but according to the Economic Development Agency’s economic development strategy for 2014-2020, Regional Prosperity, science is not widely recognised for its returns. “The marine and land science and research institutes based in the region work closely with regional industries, and while they are key contributors to the economy both as employers as well as providers of science, they traditionally have not been seen by the public as part of the regional economy,” says Regional Prosperity, which lists promoting the value of science and research as a priority. Agency chief executive Bill Findlater says science and research centres are “fundamentally important” to the region and to the development of Nelson’s traditional industries. “I don’t normally get so excited, but there’s some really sexy stuff going on and it’s all down to science,” he says. “People tend to look on the primary sector as about catching fish and cutting trees down and picking apples, but that’s only part of it. It’s what happened before they catch the fish and what happens after they catch the fish; before they plant the apples and after they harvest them.” The Top of the South has more people per capita employed in research and development than anywhere else in New Zealand, says Bill. They’re with Cawthron, and with Plant & Food Research, a Crown Research Institute with a new fish facility at Port Nelson. They’re with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa), and “with the ever-increasing, added-value natural products sector”. Each has a measurable economic impact, including GDP and salaries, but their larger impact is in the applied research and development, he says. “It’s hard to put a dollar value there because it flows into the industries they work with.” Bill was “hopeless” at science as a schoolboy, “but I see what science and research does and it’s just so fundamental for us”.
Bill Findlater of the EDA and Cawthron Chief Executive Charles Eason
Exporting science More than 90 percent of Cawthron’s science and research services are exports from Nelson to the rest of the country, bringing much-needed employment and investment. In addition, the science institute is exporting high-tech analytical services and products to the rest of the world, accounting for about 30 percent of its revenue. For example, last year Cawthron signed a global distribution agreement with the world’s leading chemical supply company, Sigma-Aldrich, for marine toxins developed from algae at the institute. The purified toxins, which can cause illness, paralysis or death, are used as reference standards in labs around the world when measuring shellfish for safety. Cawthron chief executive Professor Charles Eason says that success story was about joining the dots. With 20 years of food safety research, Cawthron has become a global leader in the analysis and understanding of natural toxins in the environment. From there, scientists began to deliberately produce the toxins and earn high export dollars. Such developments, along with multiple industry partnerships, have seen Cawthron’s turnover grow $5 million in the past three years, from $18 million to $23 million. Even more significant, and certainly less measurable, is the value of science and research to primary industry. Collaborations with the likes of Kono, New Zealand King Salmon and Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd in research, hatchery and facilities in Cawthron’s Aquaculture Park are improving the sustainability and value of the companies’ individual sectors, and working toward the industry goal of $1 billion in annual revenue by 2025. Meanwhile, Cawthron’s Coastal and Freshwater research, which brings in almost half its revenue, has a major impact on local and central government sectors, as well as industry. For
This page Aquaculture scientist Kevin Heasman at an open day at Cawthron in 2014. A similar event held in July this year drew more than 800 people (top) Robin Dunmore (below) Opposite page Cristina Armstrong and Javier Atalah with their children (left), Jo Thompson’s year 13 workshop (right), Paul McNab (below)
example, irrigation contributed an additional net farm-gate contribution to GDP of $2.17 billion in 2011/12, and Cawthron had a key role in many of therecent major irrigation proposals throughout the country, including Waimea Plains, Ruataniwha, Central Plains, Hurunui, Hunter Downs and Wairarapa. “We regularly operate on both sides of the debate, whether it’s for the irrigation proponents or environmental advocacy groups,” Cawthron Freshwater Group Manager, Roger Young, says. “Our focus is on providing independent, impartial and robust scientific advice and evidence to inform the debate and ensure wise decision-making around the use of our most precious natural resource - water.” Bill says that beyond the economics, science organisations give the region a more cosmopolitan outlook. “People tend to think of Nelson as being isolated, but it’s not. There are people from all over the world who come here and work. Likewise, our scientists are going all over the world to work. And that reflects back on the social community.” The science organisations employ people “in different types of jobs and in more meaningful jobs”, he says. “People with qualifications have something to aspire to. Our young people have things to aspire to. They don’t have to leave the region to go into these jobs with meaning.” While there are staff from more than 20 different countries at Cawthron, there are also plenty of locals in the mix. The Cawthron Natural Compounds team making those expensive marine toxins, for example, is made up entirely of Nelsonians. They and their imported counterparts bring more than money to the top of the South, says Charles Eason, who believes Cawthron makes a real difference to Nelson’s social landscape. Staff and their families are involved in art societies, sporting groups and community trusts all over the city, he says. And in a region with a relatively high elderly demographic, an influx of young families makes a big difference. Dr Paul McNabb from Cawthron Natural Compounds is not sure about scientists adding vibrancy, suggesting that as a “bunch of nerds” that tend to be quietly spoken and not that self-promoting, they’re almost the antithesis of that. However, he says having a flexible work culture does enable staff to take on voluntary roles, albeit fewer than Cawthron’s “old-timers” recall. Paul helps organise the Holland Hustle each May, motivating Cawthron staff to don their shorts and run 5km, with 82 staff and a bunch of their dogs along for the run this year. 24
The event began as a farewell to retired scientist Pat Holland, a marine biotoxin specialist who was a stalwart of the “Cawthrun” lunchtime running group, which attracts up to 20 runners every day.
Energetic lunchtimes Marine ecologist Robyn Dunmore jokes that they should call it the Cawthron Institute of Sport. With a compass clasped in one hand, a dog lead in the other, she’ll take Tui for a jog at lunchtime, setting off in the second tier of the “Cawthrun” group, which musters about 20 runners daily. Robyn says more than 15 dogs might come to work on any given day, left in the open boot of a car to invite the pats and chats of passer-bys, or tethered in a favourite spot on the grounds. “They love it because they’re with you and they are quite happy to sit there.” It also inspires their owners to get out and go for a run at lunchtime, torn away
‘We’ve both got fantastic jobs and an employer that is superflexible with families.’ – CRISTINA ARMSTRONG, C O M M U N I T Y E D U C ATO R F O R C AW T H R O N
by Rewarding Active Cawthron Employees) as a “wellness initiative” over summer months, with staff rewarded one RACE point for every 10 minutes of exercise, and prizes every month. Last summer that spawned lunchtime soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, aerobics and tai chi, along with the daily Cawthrunners. With that much enthusiasm, you can’t help but get involved, Robyn says. In her spare time she’ll be out with her dogs or horses, or rogaining, orienteering, biking Nelson’s trails and kayaking. And invariably at events in town, whether sporting, cultural or community focused, a bunch of Cawthron people will be there, she says.
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from computer screens and multiple reports, but returning rejuvenated and refreshed. “It’s a good time to catch up and vent your frustrations of the day.” Robyn was born in the United States to a Kiwi mum and an English dad. The latter’s engineering work took the family all over the world, leaving Robyn with what she describes as a “mongrel accent”. She has lived in New Zealand since she was 18, finished her PhD in Kaikoura and came to Cawthron in Nelson eight years ago. Her work involves assessing anthropogenic (human-caused) effects on the marine environment. Soon after she arrived, Robyn noticed that everyone at the institute was passionate about something. “Riding the trails, or hunting or it might be golf, but everyone is actively engaged in sports or arts or whatever. Every time you talk to people they always have some sort of passion.” Those activities are supported by their workplace. Cawthron established The RACE (Revolution Against Carbon Emissions
On a cold afternoon at the Victory Community Centre, warmed by glowing lanterns, happy families and pumpkin soup in paper cups, Javier Atalah and Cristina Armstrong, along with their children Sami, 5, and Alma, 3, prepare their lanterns for a candlelit walk up the Railway Reserve and a hangi back at the school. The Chilean marine ecologist and Spanish-Kiwi community educator both volunteer at Victory and treasure the “enriching” community they live in. Sami goes to school with a “huge variety” of nationalities, including refugees from South-East Asia and Cawthron kids from far-flung corners of the world. Cristina’s father hails from Kaikoura and her mother from Spain. She grew up in Madrid but moved to New Zealand as an adult, and was working as a snorkelling guide in the Leigh Marine Reserve north of Auckland when she met Javier, who was studying for his Masters on a scholarship at Auckland University, and was doing his fieldwork at the Leigh Marine Laboratory. When his Masters was finished, the couple went to Dublin, where Javier did his PhD and Cristina her Masters in botany and 25
Aquaculture Park spawns returns
S TOP Freshwater scientist Dr John Hayes, at work in the Travers River ABOVE Aerial overview of the aquaculture park
environmental biology. After a few years working in Dublin, they decided to bring Sami, then 6 months old, back to New Zealand. Nelson shared top spot with Whangarei on their wish-list, and when they both found work at Cawthron Institute, everything fell into place. “We’ve both got fantastic jobs and an employer that is superflexible with families,” says Cristina. Javier is part of Cawthron’s Coastal and Freshwater Group biosecurity team and Cristina works in community education, taking science from the labs and into schools and beyond, through the Science and Technology fair (run by Cawthron), the Celebrate Science festival and Year 13 workshops. They love life in Nelson, with Abel Tasman on one side and the Nelson Lakes on the other. They can cycle to work in 10 minutes, and it takes about as much time to get to the beach or the river. The small community is friendly and safe. On this chilly evening, cradling lanterns, children and cups of soup, there’s nowhere they’d rather be.
trong links between primary industries and production-focused science help export sectors stand out from the rest of the world, says Cawthron Institute chief executive Professor Charles Eason. “We believe research must have an outcome – at least in the longer term – which works in the real world and delivers tangible results for the industries and organisations we work with.” The Cawthron Aquaculture Park at Wakapuaka, 10 minutes north of Nelson, is an example of how collaborations between research institutes and industry companies can yield the best results, he says. “These partnerships ensure our research has line-of-sight to market, and provides our industry partners with the cutting-edge research and technological advancements that will help them stand out and take on the world.” Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd, New Zealand King Salmon and Kono have co-invested in research, hatchery and facilities at the park, in order to improve the sustainability and value of their individual sectors, and the Sanford subsidiary SPATnz opened the Greenshell mussel hatchery and nursery there in April. At the opening, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said the hatchery had the potential to contribute nearly $200 million a year to New Zealand’s economy. Charles says that aligns Cawthron’s work with the core principles it has had since being established in 1919, with a focus on research that contributes to New Zealand’s economic growth and the preservation of its special environment.
The Interview Old-school single-sex education is dead, says Nelson College boss Gary O’Shea. His ‘progressive’ model aims to set students up for life. Bob Irvine reports. P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y A N A G A L L O WAY
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it or lose it, says Nelson College Headmaster Gary O’Shea, who has taught in and run schools from Hong Kong and Niue to the United States, before gravitating to New Zealand’s oldest boys’ school. He also has qualifications in the biology of learning. Good brain-power is all about making connections, he says. “It’s a living organ. It’s like the benefit of exercise. Your oxygen levels, your blood flow, the general feeling in the rest of your body impacts on the brain.” Without mental exercise, “connections get lost. The brain loses the ability to form memory networks if it’s not being used. “It’s critical for the whole body as well because the brain’s getting all this information. If the brain’s not in a good active state of taking stimuli, absorbing knowledge, of decision-making, then those skills of adaptation, of communication, start to get lost. You’re not able to synthesize through complex issues then. You’re not able to pick up on relationship clues — the behavioural things going on around you — and you become more monosyllabic, more simplistic in the way you view your decisions. “Everything becomes black and white, not grey areas. You are mentally unable to have thought patterns that address grey areas. You make absolute statements … They say as you get older you become more conservative, but that’s just because you become more simplistic in your view on particular issues.” The straight-talking educator has never shied from controversy. He made national news earlier this year by castigating the action of St Bede’s parents in taking the rowing court case as “inexcusable, infantile and reprehensible”. He is just as resolute in his job to prepare young minds for adulthood. Gone is the authoritarian teacher cramming facts into reluctant students. Modern education is ‘Failure is part of exploring … about “a positive climate of knowing just how far you where you create an can push yourself.’ atmosphere of respect”; G A RY O ’ S H E A where the old Three Rs of reading, writing and arithmetic sit alongside the new Three Rs of resilience, respect and responsibility. That involves replacing the stick with a carrot; dismantling the weak ‘absolute command’ structure in favour of a climate where teachers point out the pathways, and students set out to explore. Self-confidence and trust are the vital foundations to that curiosity. “It’s actually about relationships. We need as many adults as possible to make a personal connection with a boy. I address every boy I pass in the corridor every day. I hold the door open for kids. It’s very powerful that you’re not just a faceless cog walking around, and that nobody knows you. It’s really critical, the power that adults have to just make them feel good.” And of course, any exploration is about pushing boundaries, which invites failure. “I often tell the boys, ‘We’re a school that has cushion boundaries. We expect you to bounce against them. We don’t have barbed-wire boundaries’. “When a boy feels — and they can never articulate it — but when they feel valued and respected and cared about, then they take risks. They’ll ask tougher questions; they’ll push themselves to try and get an Excellence, because even if they fail, there’s an atmosphere of support. There’s this culture that doing your best and failing is not something to be ashamed of.” Once you establish a pathway of reward, of feeding their 28
passion, it stays with students for life, says Gary. Boys from 13 to 17, however, are “extremely fragile”, so he stands before the assembly and voices his own fears of stuffing up a pronunciation or otherwise embarrassing himself in front of 1200. “We are all desperately afraid of failure; women are far less afraid of failure, and we have to understand that. “Failure is part of exploring; of looking where you want to be; of knowing just how far you can push yourself. Even at nearly 60, I still have those same fears ...” That gender difference underscores Gary’s belief in singlesex schools, because articulate and multi-tasking young girls simply wipe the floor with their taciturn boy classmates in a mixed setting. “I’ve never been a fan of single-sex education, and particularly ‘traditional’ boys schools, which to be honest, around the world now are gradually being dismantled.” In England, only Eton and Harrow still exclude girls, he says. The crucial factor in a school’s success, though, is not gender mix, but attitude. Nelson College is a ‘progressive’ boys school. “We are adapting and changing, and we are much more relationship-orientated, much more diverse in what we offer.” That includes trade training in automotive engineering, building and fine furniture, among others. Such hands-on satisfaction helps to keep 93 percent of the students at Nelson College until they are 17. When the national policy on trades training excluded secondary schools, the college built its own trade centre, with financial help from the Gibbons family. Gary has no time for elitist notions surrounding academia,
and the pigeonholing of practical skills as “cabbage class”. “What’s really strong here is that trades pathway boys are not second-class citizens… and that’s why I don’t like the term academic. We’re talking about education. They’re all educative courses. To my mind they’re all academic.” In a flexible curriculum at Nelson College, a future classics professor might complement his love of bookwork with equally gratifying dovetail joinery. Likewise, the school honours board, which celebrates students’ national success, will salute a salsa dancing champion or a hotshot go-karter alongside the more cerebral speedsters. That wide focus extends to ethnicity. Nelson College has built a marae in the middle of the school — not on the fringes, Gary emphasizes — and in 2009 decided that all boys should learn the haka. Initially timid groups of European boys now bawl out their passions in a vigorously contested inter-House competition every year. The Nelson public received a spinetingling demonstration of the power of a college mass haka on the Church Steps during the Rugby World Cup 2011. Boys of any culture need a tribe, Gary adds. The college aims to provide a venerable one. “If they feel they belong; if they feel they are cared about; if they sit in a hall surrounded by 150 years of Old Boys, that’s very powerful because you are now part of this giant 150-year tribe.” Gary must ruffle feathers amongst colleagues with his staunch advocacy of segregating boys during those early “fragile” years. He believes the ideal model is single-sex until 15, then coed for the final two years of secondary schooling. And that higher
average leaving age of 17 protects youths from the potential harm of pitching into the adult world too G A RY O ’ S H E A soon, with its temptations of cars, girls, alcohol, drugs and choosing the wrong ‘tribe’. In school, the peer support is stable and robust. Outside, vulnerable teens will latch on to similar people who are at a loose end. The “pastoral care” of teachers and other staff can only do so much for boys who arrive carrying heavy family ‘baggage’, “but we can create an anchor for those kids.” Gary was himself a boarder from ages 7 to 18, so school ‘anchors’ were a feature of his childhood in England. As for the legacy when boys leave Nelson College, “If what we do establishes passion, and particularly curiosity — if you are talking about lifelong learners, it’s about curiosity — If they take from their five years of school that hunger to know more, to listen to other points of view, the happier you will be because you are going to be able to relate to more people. “Some people say I’m idealistic, but you shouldn’t be in this job unless you are an idealist. Unless you believe every kid deserves the best opportunities, but also that you create a culture and a climate within 1200 boys where diversity is respected, where the boy who leaves is compassionate; where he has walked in others’ shoes, and sees us not as the enemy; not as people who were trying to change them and make them into something that they don’t want to be. “Our job is to open doors for them.” ‘Our job is to open doors for them.’
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SHARKS CELEBRATE THEIR TENTH BIRTHDAY In just three years the Makos have gone from cellar-dwellers to stars, narrowly losing the Premiership final. Phil Barnes finds them more determined than ever.
airytales don’t come much better. After six seasons in the Now we have 13 to 15 guys who are playing Super rugby so that ITM Cup, the Tasman Makos had finished bottom of the makes a massive difference.” league, were twice threatened with being culled from the Head coach Kieran Keane, often known as KK, who is about competition and suffered huge financial losses that threatened to start his seventh and almost certainly last season with the their very existence. Makos due to his likely move to the Chiefs next year, talks of the Then in 2012, despite limited resources compared with “very strong bonds” that have formed between the players, his the bigger unions, they staged a stunning turnaround to reach the team and staff during that period. semifinals. “It’s been really fulfilling as a coach and person working The following year the Makos won promotion to the ITM within the Makos’ environment with these people. I’ve had a Premiership after winning the Championship in a recordtruckload of fun and collected some lifelong memories, plus there breaking season culminating in that 26-25 win over Hawkes Bay. isn’t a better job in life than seeing my players develop and be That year the Makos scored 40 or more points in five matches and successful on and off the field. My players’ success is what makes twice broke their record for a match: 57-14 against Manawatu and me truly happy and I get huge enjoyment from that.” 64-8 against Waikato . In terms of salvaging the Makos’ dire financial position, Fullback Marty Banks came from Buller to immediately Tasman Rugby Union Chief Executive Tony Lewis says it break the Tasman points-scoring record. Five tries, 29 was a combination of being prudent by cutting unnecessary conversions and 29 penalties gave him a total of 170 points for expenditure and also finding ways of boosting their income the season. through sponsorship and by increasing crowd Last season, far from struggling as a numbers through providing an attractive ‘There isn’t a better job in newly promoted side, the Makos beat the ‘match-day experience’. life than seeing my players mighty Canterbury twice. They also defeated But above all, he says, the passion of the develop and be successful Otago, Wellington and Waikato, and drew people in Nelson and Marlborough made on and off the field.’ against Auckland at Eden Park. the difference. “Without the support of the Their form took them right through people we have in this region, we wouldn’t be – K I E R A N K E A N E , H E A D C OA C H to the final, where, in at tight game at New here at all. From Nelson Pine right through Plymouth, they eventually went down 36to our smallest sponsor, everyone is very 32 to Taranaki. Had it not been for some focused on making sure the Makos brand is over-ambitious play during extra time in their earlier clash with here to stay.” Taranaki at Trafalgar Park, causing them to lose 30-31, the Makos Marketing Manager Les Edwards agrees. He says that when may well have had the psychological edge to win the title. approaching people and businesses to sponsor the Makos, he is And they achieved all this while also getting their finances overwhelmed with the enthusiasm people show in their desire to in order and making a profit in four out of the last five seasons. help. “Even after that 2011 season when we came bottom of the Today, as the Makos prepare for their 10th anniversary season, it league, people still wanted to support us next season because we seems incredible that instead of contemplating survival, they are played such an exciting brand of rugby.” now talking of winning the Premiership.
Comeback kings So just how did the club create such a turnaround and is it possible to take that success even further? One of the Makos’ favourite sons, former captain Andrew Goodman, who was a foundation member, says in the early days different coaches had their own approaches, but the continuity of having Kieran Keane and Leon MacDonald at the helm since 2010 has been hugely beneficial. “And there’s always been a very good culture at the Makos. The boys have always been really tight.” He says one of the major differences in today’s set-up is the number of players who have come in from elsewhere who are also playing rugby at Super XV level. “In the early days the team comprised mainly club players.
The foundation years The early days were so very different. Forming the side was an ambitious idea. The Nelson Bays and Marlborough unions were forever in the lower divisions of what was then the National Provincial Championship, and lacked the resources and population to rival the unions in the main centres. So in December 2005 the two provinces amalgamated to form the Tasman Rugby Union, aiming to take care of all levels of rugby in the Top of the South and to form a professional flagship side, the Tasman Makos. Problems surfaced right from the start. To meet New Zealand Rugby Union requirements, the fledgling TRU had to pay for a huge upgrade of its Blenheim ground, Lansdowne Park. Trafalgar Park in Nelson also had to be revamped before it could be used at
first-division level. On top of this, the union had to meet the bills for the staff of two unions and what was then a large squad of 55 players. Understandably, the new team was far from successful on the park. The Makos won just three games in their first season and two in their second. These collective problems meant the union lost $553,000 in its first season. In an effort to reduce the bills, the union halved the number of contracted players and introduced a salary cap. However, ongoing debts forced the TRU to sell Lansdowne Park to the Marlborough District Council. It had been the Marlborough union’s prize asset and the sale understandably upset many Marlborough members, who wanted to withdraw from the TRU. To make matters worse, the NZRU announced that same season that it proposed to cut the number of Division One teams from 14 to 12, meaning the Makos were highly likely to be dumped. They were eventually granted a reprieve provided they sorted out their finances. This involved a last-minute rescue package by Nelson Pine Industries, the Crusaders, and the Nelson and Marlborough District Councils. The dramas were not over. In the fourth season the NZRU decided again to cut the number of teams – this time to 10. A Save the Makos campaign culminated in a petition that attracted an impressive 14,000 signatures. Such huge support from fans for not just the Makos but all the provincial unions persuaded the NZRU to change its mind and the Makos survived to fight another day. From there the team’s fortunes slowly improved. So just how did they do it? Les Edwards says that although the Makos came last in 2011, this actually served as a catalyst to their progress. “There were a lot of really close games that season and people loved our style of ‘shark attack’ rugby where we were known for showing speed and skill under pressure. So people were still keen to sponsor us because they loved our attacking rugby. Then in 2012 we started investing in the team by bringing in more players from around the region.” Tony Lewis takes up the story: “We had to keep to the budget and balance the books as much as possible, but we also started to grow our revenue through sponsorship and providing a ‘matchday experience’.” By this Tony means the union worked attracting spectators by making home matches much more than a game of rugby. Part of that is the RWCA Tasman Makos’ Kids for Free programme. He says it is expensive for a family to attend a game by the time they’ve also paid for their children and possibly bought them snacks, programmes and souvenirs, so the club got together with chartered accounting firm RWCA to sponsor an initiative that meant children under the age of 13 can attend games for free. Tony says about 1000 youngsters took up the offer last season. RWCA partner Manoli Aerakis says the company has been part of the region for more than 60 years, so it felt that getting 32
children along to ITM Cup games was important. “It’s our way not only to support the Makos but to give something back to the community. Part of the offer is that kids are accompanied by an adult, which then lends itself to a great day or evening out as a family. This year we are kicking out 30 rugby balls at each Nelson home game and have a free Makos jersey give-away in conjunction with More FM.” This kind of community support for the Makos humbles Tony Lewis. Last season the average attendance for home games was 6000 and he says the union is “over the moon”. “A successful team will always attract crowds and we have been lucky over the last two seasons because not only have we had a successful team, but we have played most of the games in the afternoon when we have had really good weather.”
The upcoming season The club is now busy preparing for this season, which kicks off with an away game against Waikato on August 14. So is it realistic to think in terms of winning the Premiership? “That’s the plan,” says KK. “We have no major changes from last year and it’s great to have a settled squad. But a lot of things need to align for that to become a reality. For example, our Super players who are currently battling injury would need to bounce back to fitness to help lead our charge. Basically we need our core group of players to hit form at the right time as this will be vital to our success.” KK says they now have 29 contracted players in their ITM squad, and contingency plans are in place if the more established players are unavailable due to injury. Should additional players be needed, the Makos will promote players who are performing well for the Nelson Griffins or Marlborough Red Devils. “We think there are a few local players, who you could deem as development players, who are ready to step up. It’s a horsesfor-courses approach with development players. If they play in a position we need depth in, then they may well get a crack at the ITM Cup and I’m sure they will do well. “Our intention is always to try and fill our squad with players from within our local club competitions. If the talent is not putting its hand up in local rugby, we will look at outside options. But it’s important to note, the last thing we want to do is set our local guys up to fail. If we believe they are not up to ITM Cup level, we will not throw them into the fire.” The positive feeling about this season stretches throughout the Makos’ camp. Andrew Goodman says the Makos have had an unbelievably successful last two years and since the bulk of the squad is back together again, it’s entirely possible for them to go the whole way this time and win the title. Tony Lewis is more succinct: “We hope like hell we have recruited a squad that will win the championship, and that the crowds will get behind them and have a lot of fun, and we can give them the success they’re after. If we concentrate on those things then everything else takes care of itself.”
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LEFT: Rochelle Steer, Head Teacher at Waverley St Kindergarten in Richmond RIGHT: Gareth Edwards teaches at St Josephs in Nelson
Learning is a lifelong treat
Education begins with our first breath and ends at the last. The Top of the South is blessed with excellent schools – plus the opportunity to reinvent ourselves at any age. Bob Irvine reports.
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ormal education, for most, starts at preschool. Kindergartens are the prep-school for a lifetime of education, says Rochelle Steer, Head Teacher at Waverley St Kindergarten in Richmond. Table or sandpit play is an exploration of Maths and Science. Storytime lays the path into English – and strengthens the core muscles used in sitting. Painting and drawing develops the hands that will hold pens and tap keyboards. Rochelle, a 20-year veteran, loves the flexibility of a kindergarten. Freed of a directive curriculum, she might spend extra time with a child developing his or her ideas into a small book, or quell the noisiest spirit with a gripping story from an established author. She was drawn to teaching because “children were just drawn to me. I’m a bit of a clown. I’m quite loud, I suppose.” Parent Charlotte Bass scoffs at the modesty: “Ha — you’re incredible.” The kindergarten would be mortified to lose her. Charlotte, who has shepherded son Harry and now daughter Edie through Waverley St, also appreciates the relaxed environment. “It’s child-led learning.” Teachers open the door to knowledge a little wider, but “they never push children”. She likes an inclusive policy that allows parents to join the team. Charlotte put her hand up to serve on the committee. She considers herself fortunate to be able to work part-time, spending more hours with her children during those fleeting early years. The youngsters, meanwhile, make friendships at kindergarten that will ease their transition to school. Parents commonly forge friendships amongst themselves too.
Both Rochelle and Charlotte take pride in the New Zealand Kindergartens’ policy that no child will be turned away. Teacher aides support children with special learning needs. Even the tiny fee of 30c an hour per child is a ‘donation.’ The organisation has responded to community needs by bringing in a school-hour day, and offers school holiday programmes in Motueka, Richmond and Nelson City. Charlotte says when a child leaves Waverley St, he or she adds a feather to the korowai, or cloak, so a little piece of them remains behind. Young Edie will certainly miss it. “Sometimes on a Sunday she’ll say, ‘Can I go to kindy today?’” As for lifelong learning, Rochelle herself sets the example as she puts the finishing touches to a Masters in education.
Midlife career change
At St Joseph’s School in Nelson, Gareth Edwards is just starting his career – in his mid-40s. Amidst a solid working life in financial services, he was haunted by a desire to go Primary teaching. He finally signed up for three years of training college — and found a third of the class about his age, leaving their comfort zones, like him, to take a new direction. No regrets for Gareth. He loves kids, and is confident that he will be in front of a classroom until he retires. This is his first year on the job, and he chose St Jo’s after an “awesome” placement while in training. The full range of ages up to Year 8 allows him to stretch young minds in his favourite subject, Maths, drawing on computer programs as an interactive, fun reinforcement of the 37
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class lessons. He says children at risk of forgetting also need to know how to to develop people access primary and secondary as people.’ sources on the Internet — while MARK BRUCE-MILLER challenging the veracity of that information. Year 8 student Eve Munro, a ‘digital native’, is right at home in the BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices) climate. Each classroom also has six computers. Gareth says his biggest rewards in the job are “seeing the kids going through the process of learning and discovery.” When a child reaches that eureka moment — ‘I’ve got it’ — to Gareth, “that’s like gold”. He is a non-Catholic in a Catholic school, but appreciates the values and spiritual aspect to St Jo’s. “It’s important for us that kids are not just learning on the academic side, but it’s the life skills as well.” At intermediate age, children are interested in world events, so the school-day start with a prayer for those in strife. “It’s good for kids to acknowledge what’s going on outside themselves.” A brace of sports, arts, music, dance and drama enthuse students, staff and parents. “We try to incorporate these into the curriculum as well so it brings just a little bit more spice and fun and engagement for the kids.” School camps take them to Wellington, Marahau (summer) and Hanmer Springs (winter). Eve says they can nominate friends to share a dorm with. She lives within walking distance of St Jo’s, so those friends also find it easy to get together on weekends. The St Jo’s gala is one of Nelson’s best, an indication of “great parents and great staff”, says Gareth. The school has just 15 classrooms. “I like the fact that I can walk round the playground and kids know you by your name.” That small size also means more leadership opportunities for staff. Mentoring is fostered in Year 7s and 8s as well. Once a week they join “buddy classes” with the younger students. Eve says they might read stories to their ‘buddies’, “or do other fun stuff”.
Big can be beautiful
Waimea College is the biggie in the Top of the South, with more than 1500 students and 180 staff, but it retains a friendly atmosphere thanks to good communication and support among young and older. Students have a direct access to the entire teaching staff at the start of each day through the morning briefing, says Economics and Accounting teacher Yvonne Daly. Waimea College Students Nikau Webster, Katie Ditzel and Nandini Prasad
Mark Bruce-Miller is manager of Whenua Iti Outdoors in Lower Moutere
That can be floating an idea, sharing successes or even giving a small performance. Yvonne had taught in a school of 2000-plus back in the UK so was not put off by Waimea’s size when, after a holiday taste of Nelson, she knocked on the door and asked about a job. “I feel flippin’ lucky to be here,” she says after 14 years at the school. In fine scholarly fashion, she canvassed the staffroom to peer-review that opinion, and fielded praise for strong teamwork among the teachers and support staff, good resources and systems, the freedom to experiment in their teaching, “down-to-earth, stunning students”, and beautiful grounds. One of her Year 13 students, Tom Berryman, reflects a broad approach to learning. He has his eyes on a business career — at an early age, Dad clued him up about mortgages and other financial realities of life. Tom supplements that with English and a special focus on drama, especially Shakespeare. “I’m leaving my options open,” he quips. The school’s Leadership training was rigorous, involving submissions, speeches and finally two elections, yet he found it “incredible — challenging, but so useful”. Waimea has a Student Council, plus ‘Captains’ across all disciplines, not just sport, as well as Student Ambassadors. Leadership responsibilities start with Juniors in Year 10. Like St Joseph’s, older students take on mentoring roles with their younger peers. Student success is acknowledged in Attitude awards to supplement the usual certificates and prizes. Teachers and students mix freely in fun events such as the mid-winter dip in the school pool and a lip-syching contest for popstar wannabes. Extra-curricula activities also include Theatresports, a ‘Brain Space’ tutoring group, Chess and Gaming. Waimea’s size is an asset to Tom. “Because it’s such a big school, your family, past and present, have been here, and everybody you know has been here.” The ‘classroom’ can also be huge. Waimea is part of the World Challenge programme, dispatching small groups of students to Costa Rica, Thailand/ Laos and Vietnam. Classics students went to Rome, music and drama students travel to national competitions, and Yvonne’s trainee number-crunchers are off to Wellington soon for a taste of high finance. As with all trips, part of the learning process is fundraising for the privilege. The college is undergoing a change at the top. New principal Scott Haines has pledged a steady hand on the rudder set by his 12-year predecessor Larry Ching. In a collegial touch, Scott is a former Waimea student — as is his wife Kelly. The Waimea family may be large, but the bonds are strong.
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Learning in the wild
Whenua Iti Outdoors, in the Lower Moutere, has been running courses for young people since the 1980s, reinforcing social, leadership and life-skills to sit alongside the formal curriculum. “With all the pressure on to succeed in traditional subjects, we are sometimes at risk of forgetting to develop people as people,” says manager Mark Bruce-Miller. Schools from throughout the Top of the South send their students for camps that involve activities like tramping, sea-kayaking, caving, mountain-biking, rock-climbing and waka ama. Younger students learn basic water and bush safety — extracting yourself from a rip, or crossing a river — and Year 8s, in that vital transition from Intermediate to Secondary School, gain insights into leadership. Many of the courses for secondary students are residential, which Mark says makes them richer experiences. Students must cook, do other household chores and learn to respect their teammates. The traditional school model doesn’t work for everyone, he says. Learning in the outdoors is more hands-on, yet strong social skills are just as vital as academic qualifications in the adult world. Whenua Iti also runs Government-funded courses, two of which are in partnership with the Top of the South Trades Academy. It has just launched a Manaaki Tāpoi course, designed to celebrate the Maori culture in our region and allow students to appreciate how much tourists cherish their experience of that culture. Instruction takes in five marae region-wide, plus guest experts. A total of 28 students have christened the new venture. In its normal menu, Whenua Iti Outdoors can cope with groups of up to 80, managed by a staff of nine full-timers and six contracted part-timers. First order of business for the teenagers is to hand over their cellphones. A full-on timetable of adventure activities soon breaks their digital addiction. One of Whenua’s biggest assets is that it sits on the doorstep of a world-renowned playground in Abel Tasman National Park. School groups from as far as Dunedin have travelled in for a cocktail of learning and fun in this spectacular setting.
to tap into the experience of their peers. ‘How-to’ clips on the Internet have their place, but are no substitute for the depth of learning acquired through hands-on experience or having your thinking challenged, David says. And since each student learns in a different way, delivery can be tailored to individual strengths. Amongst the explosion of free information, NMIT aims to use its expertise in how learning happens to combine this wealth of access with the guidance and structure necessary for student success. Social interaction with other students is also “critical” to successful learning, David adds. And a constantly changing hightech approach can end up confusing learners. Blending new and old is the key. Future mechanics will always have to get their hands dirty, but the new Engineering block on the Nelson campus, for instance, has the video gear to project an engine strip-down onto the big screen for students to catch every detail. For marine industry trainees, state-of-the-art simulators teach how to steer a huge ship or deal with engine problems far more cheaply and in much less time. This new variability also opens tertiary education to a wider audience. Remoteness is no barrier, and instruction can be slotted around raising a family or keeping the day-job that pays the bills. David also cites our more fluid working lives. The current maxim is that today’s young graduates will have three careers before they retire — he reckons he is already on his fourth.
‘Classroom’ turned inside-out
A revolution is underway in course delivery at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. Students no longer troop in for set lectures. Flexibility is the buzzword: in timing and location; in course components; in studying remotely online; in blending technology and traditional learning, says David Sturrock, Flexible Learning Team Leader. The venerable NMIT — it turns 110 next year — is in the midst of a youthful three-year review of all its courses, which range from English for foreign students, to building and automotive, nursing, engineering, hospitality and business. “Our task is also about job readiness, but this process ensures we develop learner’s core skills as well as their discipline knowledge.” The menu is always changing. David says the Blenheim campus now offers a Viticulture and winemaking degree, as well as a diploma. Likewise, an Aquaculture degree and postgraduate diploma recognise the other new primary industry kid on the block. Both programmes entail field and lab work, which can be blended with class time or online study to suit individual students. He says new styles of teaching also come into play. So-called ‘flip’ learning involves shifting the traditional lecture online or in video tutorials. Students are set progressive tasks. Class time is for tutors to check progress and hone direction, and for students
David Sturrock, Flexible Learning Team Leader at NMIT
An evening treat Waimea College has a night-life. It is now the only secondary school in Nelson still offering Adult Education classes, after Nayland pulled the plug last year. The line-up includes the standard computing and technology, cooking, health and wellbeing, home and garden etc. You can learn to sing, play the ukulele, tackle new languages – Te Reo, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese and Signing – and even suss out the pitfalls in making a will or property agreement. Jo says some Nayland tutors have migrated to Waimea, expanding the programme. Most fees are about $100 for a 10-week course, and start as low as $40. The classes are designed to be non-profit.
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Bridge St Collective
Harnessing the power of many Vibrant – that’s the best way to describe the atmosphere at Bridge St Collective. From the moment you walk through the glass doors into the ‘reception’, a.k.a. cafe, there’s a good vibe; a buzz here, and it’s not just the great coffee. Through another set of glass doors and you are amidst the Collective – people from all walks of life and career paths, now co-workers, using an open-plan workspace.
ver the years, we’ve had many different types of businesses, including graphic designers, web developers, entrepreneurs, landscape architects, architects, photographers, writers, geologists, engineers, consultants, accountants and more,” explains founder Galen King. As he describes the environment, however, it’s clear that the Collective is so much more than just a workspace. “Working amongst other people is stimulating and inspiring. Many people see the Collective as a building or a space. To those who ask, I will explain that it’s much more than that; it’s a community and it’s about the people.” Visiting the Collective, that energy is immediately apparent, and it’s something that Galen wants to build on, with a number of initiatives, including Wednesday Morning Tea, planned to nurture the community environment. “I attended a Waldorf School (Steiner) as a child and grew up in a family where community was a big deal. My mother had an expression that our house had rubber walls, meaning there was always room for someone else to come visit or stay. I guess this has spilled over into my ethos for a work environment. “Nelson has a lot of freelancers and small companies who operate out of home offices. Many people say they love their 42
home office but it can be extremely isolated working from home. Getting out and working from a co-working space – even just once in a while – can provide enormous motivation and encouragement for people working from home. “Being a small town, too, it can be difficult to develop any kind of culture in the industries we work in. This can be similarly challenging in small companies and organisations. Working in a co-working space gives people the opportunity to be part of a fantastic culture with fantastic people.” From open-plan desks to self-contained offices, the Collective offers a lot. There’s different membership plans, from single-day rates to permanent part-time and permanent fulltime options with 24/7 keycard access. All spaces provide the flexibility of 30-days’ notice, which, Galen says, is a huge benefit for small companies. “Many of our members work from home and only come into Nelson periodically. We have a lot of members who drop in for a day here and a day there, and permanent membership doesn’t suit them. On the other hand, having a permanent, dedicated space is essential to more established businesses who need a base to meet clients and colleagues. “We hear from many of our members how beneficial to the
“It’s a working space with a creative buzz in the air.” – O L I V I A VA N V U GT, R I G H T WAY A C C O U N T I N G
success of their business the Collective has been, not just in the immediate community, in the energy it gives them, but the professional impression it gives to their customers and clients and the exposure they get by being part of the space.” Catching up with some of the ‘Collectivites’ solidifies that view. “It’s an atmosphere that complements our ideas in terms of design given the different approaches people take,” says KeniDuke Hetet, of Cube Architecture. “Having other designers give their input into your work, or even listening to the website guys talking about their field, creates a great learning environment and definitely helps you to grow. “There’s a broad range of skills in the Collective, so that’s been interesting. I’ve learnt heaps from a guy who’s in the marketing field, and he’s given me ideas around how our website should work and what areas to target in terms of promoting your business. All over a few cups of coffee.” Olivia Van Vugt, of Rightway Accounting, agrees. She has a permanent space three days a week at the Collective. “It’s a dynamic environment,” she explains. “Offers flexibility, and smack-bang in town so a convenient meeting spot. It’s a working space with a creative buzz in the air. We all get on and do our own thing, but it’s great to have other people to chat to, to share ideas with. I am also a huge fan of the cafe out front – yummy coffee and food on tap.” As the first co-working space of its kind in Nelson, the Collective not only creates camaraderie but also has the ability to open doors, says Galen. “I believe that by working together in the region, we can be stronger nationally and internationally, because there are
some incredibly talented individuals and companies here in Nelson. But many of them don’t know the others exists and we are often working in isolation. “I hope to see a greater sense of collaboration and working together in the professional creative industries in Nelson, whether it be graphic designers, web developers, writers, photographers, architects, accountants or whatever.” When asked what he would say to those a bit unsure about whether to use the Collective, Galen is straight to the point. “Well, first up, I’d say come and try it out. We’re happy for people to trial a space. We used to offer a day’s free trial but have realised that for people who haven’t worked in a shared space before, it can be overwhelming. We now offer up to a week for people to trial the space to get a feel for the vibe and get used to it if it is something new for them.” More options will soon be available. Galen says they’re now expanding into the next building. “The intention is to provide additional spaces for larger teams as we know there are many four- to six-person teams in Nelson who would benefit greatly from being part of the Collective, and we just haven’t been able to cater for them up until now. We will also be expanding the common areas – the members’ lounge and kitchen – and meeting/event spaces so we can better cater for functions and presentations.” As always, it’s about growing that sense of community and helping people to thrive in Nelson. “We hope through all of this to grow and develop the wider community also – so it’s not just about our immediate community inside the four walls of our building.” 43
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he Bridge Street Collective co-working studio offers desk spaces, offices, and meetings rooms to rent with casual and permanent membership options. Open weekday from 9am to 5pm.
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hris Chisnall is a graphic designer specialising in brand identity, marketing and corporate communication, websites, packaging and signage. Chris has developed brand and creative execution for a range of businesses and organisations in both Nelson and nationally, often teaming up with other talented people such as strategists, writers and web developers. Chris loves the community feel of the Bridge St Collective, whether it’s collaborating on projects or just working alongside like-minded professionals. Chris Chisnall Design | Ph 021 048 0526 | chrischisnalldesign.co.nz
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ube Architecture is a small architectural practice and one of the original members of the Bridge St Collective. It has a range of work that varies from high-end architectural homes in the residential sector to light commercial buildings, restaurants, and bars. Their design ethos is one that employs sound design fundamentals and sustainable and energy efficient principles. This approach results in buildings that respond well to the environment while being comfortable and easy to live and work in. Cube Architecture | 021 811 931 | email@example.com | cubearchitecture.co.nz
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Coffee and co-working
he Bridge St Collective café team make some of the best coffees in Nelson. Open weekdays from 8am to 4pm, the café caters to members of the co-working space and the many regulars who drop in each day – for their daily fix, to get some work done on the free wi-fi, for team meetings, or to meet friends and clients. The café produces fresh cabinet food daily for tasty, inexpensive lunches, and has become world famous on Bridge St for delicious muffins, scones and other baked treats. The Bridge Street Collective Café | 111 Bridge Street, Nelson | open 8am-4pm weekdays
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Play hard, party hard South Island Master games are an annual excuse for those over 30 to kick up their heels both on and off the field.
es, it’s time for those keen for a good time and a welcome break from work to sign up for the NZCT South Island Master Games. And what better place to hold the nine-day festival than in sunny Nelson. This year’s games, which run from September 26 to October 4, are expected to attract 2500 competitors from all over New Zealand and from Australia. They will have a choice of 45 different sports in a programme designed to cater for everyone, from seasoned competitors set on putting in top performances and winning medals to those out to prove to family, friends and work mates that they are not yet over the hill and to the not-soserious there to party as much as play. Netball and football are again set to be popular team sports, with touch rugby, 46
cycling, tennis, running and walking events, golf and badminton also sure to attract good numbers. Indoor rowing is always competitive and age group records could be under threat on the athletics track. Adding to the mix are activities like Twilight 400 — a mix of mini golf, ten pin bowling, table tennis and smallbore shooting - disc golf, dodgeball, card games and a quiz night which are designed to be fun and get a wider range of people involved. As well, this year sports like tennis, smallbore shooting, badminton, table tennis, netball and duathlon have added social grades to make the event accessible and attractive to more people. Rita Merriman, events manager at Sport Tasman, which is organising
the Games, says they are so much more than sport. “They are as much about camaraderie and enjoying some time out as playing hard on the field.’’ To keep things fresh, three new sports — waka ama, stand up paddleboarding and indoor triathlon— are being offered. “Nelson is blessed with fine weather, sheltered waters and a beautiful beach and we want more people to get into the water and perhaps try something they haven’t done before,’’ she says. Those wanting to give waka ama a try will be supplied all the gear including a team if needed. Anyone can take part in the Games. “There are no qualification criteria. You don’t have to belong to a club or be nominated. You just have to be old enough and for most sports that is 30 years.’’ Sport fees have been kept affordable, ranging from $5 to $45 with most averaging around $20. All the money goes directly back into the local sporting community, which expects to benefit by about $70,000. Fifteen of the sports including archery, athletics, basketball, cross country, football, indoor rowing, netball, the 5 and 10km run/walk, softball, table tennis, touch, ultimate, volleyball and the quiz night will be based at the internationally acclaimed Saxton Field. Modelled on the Olympic Games Village, Saxton Field will be the hub where the main action happens, with more than 60 per cent of participants playing at least one sport there. It is also where competitors will go to register and check in, buy merchandise, refuel and rehydrate at the bar and café, dance the night away at the themed parties, receive their medals at ceremonies and get them engraved, check results, explore the trade expo and access physiotherapy and other services. With an estimated 3500 participants, supporters, volunteers, media, sponsors and Games staff passing through, it will be a busy place. As Merriman says, “the more people we have at the Games Village, the better the vibe.’’ To cater for so many people, The Shed Bar & Café — situated in a marquee run by award winning Smugglers Pub & Café — will provide a wide range of food from team platters to snacks and full meals. There will also be drink specials, happy hour every day and live music. With surveys showing that more than half the people who attend the Games are
there for fun, the entertainment at Saxton Field doesn’t stop there. Merriman knows that the key to getting people to keep coming back is to give them an experience like no other so is promising an exceptional social programme. It includes three party nights with the themes Shipwrecked, Human Zoo and Mexican Fiesta. “We want everyone in fancy dress on the dance floor.’’ To make it easier for people from Marlborough and further afield to get to the Games, Budget and Thrifty will do deals on rental cars and vans while Interislander is offering a 10 per cent discount to all participants. Among a host of accommodation providers, Tahuna Beach Holiday Park and Monaco Resort are offering good discounts. Merriman stresses the Games aren’t just for competitors, but their partners and friends also. “There is a special supporters package which gives you access to all the sports venues, a competitor pack with goodies, a handbook and most importantly an accreditation badge with access to all the social functions and live music.’’
There is also plenty for people to do outside the Games village, such as tours of the region’s many wineries and craft breweries, art and craft galleries, Nelson’s famous Saturday market, a newly opened classic motorcycle museum, the WOW museum, a great range of restaurants, Tasman’s Great Taste Trail and many other cycleways. For those able to stay a little longer, the Nelson Arts Festival starts on October 14. For more on what else is going on go to itson.co.nz. In the meantime, Merriman is urging people to get organised now, saying there is no better place to go for a road trip with mates than Nelson. “Dust off your trainers and get active, decide what you and your teammates or work colleagues want to do, maybe try something new and get your entries in. “If you spend your weekends on the sidelines cheering on your children and grandchildren, this is your chance to get out on the field.’’ “It’s going to be an unforgettable event and one you’ll want to come back to.’’ For more information or to register go to simasters.co.nz
The South Island Master Games has received sponsorship funding for this year’s event from the Nelson Events Marketing & Development Programme, which is funded by the Nelson City Council. The programme’s objective is to stimulate Nelson City’s economy in the shoulder and off seasons by bringing in new spending through visitors coming to Nelson for distinct events. This event has also received significant funding from the New Zealand Community Trust.
Fast Facts What: NZCT South Island Masters Games When: September 26 to October 4 Where: Saxton Field, Nelson Who: Anyone 30 years and older Cost: $65 plus sport fees Registration: simasters.co.nz Registration deadline: August 31 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 03 546 7910 Added attractions: Three themed party nights: Shipwrecked, Human Zoo and Mexican Fiesta.
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name is Juliet Robinson and I have just entered my 50s. My partner Mark and I have been together now for 11 years. He understands me well, we make each other laugh and he is my McGyver as he is an incredibly talented, practical person. Our ‘family’ is completed by Driscoll, our beardie/border collie who I love completely, plus our cat Little Puss and two pekin ducks, Thelma and Luigi. I started my business Quinovic back in 2004, providing consulting and management services to clients who need expertise, advice and a sound strategy around renting their home. It is not a 9-to-5 business and I often meet clients outside of usual office hours. Sometimes the pressure of employing staff and knowing
you are directly providing them and their family with an income can be challenging, not to mention the known vagaries of property management, dealing with two parties who often want different outcomes. For me beauty comes from within. After a stressful day, half an hour in the spa and an early night work wonders for me. Beauty to me is someone who oozes confidence in herself (or himself ) and is content with who they are, as we can often be too focused on what others think. My daily beauty regime consist of cleansing, toning and moisturising. In summer I also apply a second SPF moisturiser. I don’t have any real favourite skincare except I use a great natural product made with bee pollen extract. It’s a leave-on mask and it
really nourishes my skin. The bonus is it’s made locally. I also absolutely love Mac make-up and I could not live without my bright Mac lipsticks. I, like most of us, have a lot of black in my wardrobe but a bright lipstick really lifts me and brightens my day. My mother’s one tip, which her auntie passed on to her, was “Always wash your make-up off before going to bed” — although I can’t say either of us have always followed this regime, especially after a late night out. My only advice to others would be to protect your face with high SPF protection. We have extremely high rates of skin cancer in NZ and prevention is so easy. I also use a fine spray bottle to apply my toner. It’s like a refreshing mist on your face — good coverage and no waste.
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Juliet likes to wear her hair with volume and texture. She had washed her hair the night before and left it to dry naturally, which gave me a great foundation to work from. I added in some curl with the new ghd Platinum to still keep it natural and textured-looking while adding an element of smoothness and reducing some of the frizz. I then used the L’Oreal Techni. Art Wildstyler Next Day hairspray at the roots, teamed up with a little backcombing for added matte texture and to ensure the volume lasted throughout the day. Then I finished off with L’Oreal Techni.Art Fix Design Non-Aerosol hairspray for extra hold. This product is great as it doesn’t leave any visible residue on the hair.
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Juliet loves a bright lipstick and minimal but stand-out eyes, so for lipstick, I went with the brightest coral we could find, starting with a Ko Cosmetics gel-based lip liner in Take Me and adding Cailyn’s tinted lip balm in Sunburst over the top. For her eyes, I chose Ko Cosmetics’ Malt eyeshadow in the crease, which is a really good natural shadow tone, and then used Ko Cosmetics’ Desert Sand on the lid and as a highlight. I also used these two colours as a contour and highlight on the cheeks – same principles as on the eyes, Malt went in the hollow of the cheeks to create a natural shadow and Desert Sand went on the cheekbones as highlight. As Juliet is naturally high-coloured in the cheeks, I was careful not to add too much blush. I added a nice natural blush called Flushed by Ko Cosmetics.
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Kaiteriteri treehouse bach BY SOPHIE PREECE
1. The stained vertical cedar weatherboard cladding was chosen to mimic the form of the kanuka tree trunks 2. A striking entranceway 3. Simple lines in a small space
a steep site, amid a stand of kanuka, sits a small house with a subtle footprint. The black-stained cedar exterior, in tall narrow slats, emulates the slender dark trunks of the grove around it, in a conscious mimicry of nature. This beautiful 97sqm Kaiteriteri holiday home, sitting on poles and camouflaged among the trees, is aptly named The Treehouse. And for architectural designer Tony Karsten, it’s evidence of how design can make the most of an unlikely site and create a space that’s sensitive to its surroundings. It’s also evidence of how good design can work within tight parameters. “Spaces don’t need to be big,” he says. “When they are well designed and configured they are practical and usable.” In this case that means creating atypical impact in typical areas, like the large floor to ceiling sloping window at the entrance, and a dining table that merges with the kitchen island. The two bedrooms, bunk room, kitchen and dining room are a few steps down from the living room, with the split level helping delineate spaces and ensure the house hugs the contour of the land. Meanwhile, views from every room celebrate the bush beyond, connecting the home with its habitat. The Treehouse was designed for Wellington couple Maria and Ken Lilley, who frequently spent lovely days away with their family at the Summer House, their holiday home at Kaiteriteri. They planned The Treehouse as an overflow space for friends and family, but when Ken was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident mid process, it became more practical to use it as a holidayw rental. Maria says the couple wanted something that was unobtrusive and merged into its surrounds, and the final product does just that, “nestled right into the bush”. And it’s certainly appealing to people
visiting Kaiteriteri —as she has done since she was a child—with The Treehouse now booked out over summer months. It’s also impressed the design field, taking out the ADNZ (Architectural Designers NZ) regional competition for its class of buildings less than 150m2. That’s a perfect outcome, but Tony says when he and Ken met on the site more than three years ago, they knew the steep gradient on erodible land was going to be a challenge. “We had to scratch our heads to decide whether it was worth doing.” Because the land was prone to slipping and any earthworks required a resource consent, no concrete has been used, with driven timber piles instead. That reduced the impact on the soil structure, and enhanced the sense of being at one with the kanuka grove. Tony insisted they remove as few trees as possible during the build, and went with the digger to ensure nothing was felled unnecessarily. That was about both land stability and aesthetics, allowing him to create a house that’s essentially camouflaged by the native stand. He says the beautiful outcome of the build was largely thanks to the support of the Lilleys, who were on the same wavelength when it came to The Treehouse, and didn’t interfere with the vision. “We design lots of nice houses but it requires the right relationship between the designer and home owner for them to truly reach their potential.” 4. A split level helps delineate spaces, and allows the house to follow the contour of the land 5. A house among the trees 6. The interior feels fresh and spacious 60
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Oasis among the vines BY CHRISTO SAGGERS
reat gardens are seldom public places. This one is. Woodend Gardens is tucked away at the end of cute country lane in the heart of Marlborough, yet just a stone’s throw from Blenheim. Owners Margaret and Brian Herd tend this oasis amongst the vines with the help of three part-time gardeners. The gardens are open to the public by appointment, on Garden Marlborough tours and for private functions such as weddings and ceremonies. As a landscape designer I am thrilled to see such beauty in my own backyard, and so should you if you get the chance. As you enter you know you are in for a treat. This generous traditional garden is formal and structural. It is well-balanced and a sympathetic colour palette blends the individual species well to create a grand garden that is full of separate areas yet still ultimately one garden. The property is steeped in local history. The majestic ‘spinney’ of mixed eucalyptus trees creates a microenvironment that could house hobbits, dwarfs and other magical creatures. It’s a spiritual place, cathedral-like with an awe of the uncertainty. The rest of the garden is more juvenile — adolescent perhaps, having 64
been established in 1990 by Colin and Eldred Boyce. The large agapanthus that line either side of the long driveway are suitably impressive enough for me to argue that they could not possibly be weeds to others. They have great winter
“It’s a spiritual place, cathedral-like with an awe of the uncertainty.”
form and bright vibrant summer colour — the perfect, easy-care plant if ever there was one. Woodend has been transformed into an exceptional venue —the main garden can comfortably cater for 100-plus on its expansive lawns. There are a number of ‘blow your mind’ structures that are
simple but oh so effective. The ‘never-ending’ wisteria-clad pergola stretches away to the horizon. The Formal Wedding Avenue is spacious yet intimate. Cherry blossom trees create an avenue that guides the eyes to a romantic fountain that is the setting for the words ‘I do’ —weather depending, of course. At the opposite end of the avenue is a weatherproof pergola that features as a great family area but also where guests can hide from a spontaneous downpour, making it the perfect location for a garden wedding. There is much more to see than I can possibly describe, but I’ll give it go. The spring bulbs and irises start the gardening year at Woodend. As spring evolves towards summer the gardens abound with azaleas, camellias, clematis, rhododendrons and wisteria. Summer itself is a joyous affair with operatic birdsong and the scent of roses in the air. Summer flowers last all season, with the autumn colours creating the final curtain to the ‘play’ of a gardening year at Woodend. For those of us romantics who hold gardens as special places of peace and beauty, Woodend is a must-visit destination.
Johnston Associates South — backing the Makos all the way BY NELLIE TUCK
ohnston Associates South Chartered Accountants are proud partners of the Tasman Rugby Union and are backing the Tasman Makos for success in the upcoming season. “This partnership is a great fit for us. We’re pretty keen on our rugby in the office, but more importantly we see a natural affinity between ourselves and the Makos,” says Johnston Associates South Director Ben Douglas. “Not only was Johnston Associates South founded within a year of the Makos’ first game in 2009, but the Makos value their fans and supporters above all else, like we do our clients.” The accounting firm prides itself on forging strong relationships with its clients and developing a personal touch. Each client is assigned two accountants and by getting to know how the business ticks and what the goals are, Johnston Associates South aims to help their clients grow their business, and ultimately their profits. “Building relationships with our clients helps us to understand where they would like their business to be. Our passionate and forward-thinking team at Johnston Associates South are always on the lookout for new ways of working, to make it that much easier for our clients,” says Ben. “Value for money is an important part of what we offer and we are consistently looking for ways to streamline costs without compromising the services we offer.” The firm’s personal touch is working too, with 30 percent growth in the business last year. “It’s great to see both the growth of our firm and the success of the Makos, which have gone hand-in-hand really, and as a local business supporting a local club, it’s a really good feeling.
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“Building relationships with our clients helps us to understand where they would like their business to be.” The Makos are known for valuing excellence in rugby throughout the region, and we feel the same way about fostering business excellence throughout Nelson and Marlborough. It’s what we do.” Like a sports team, Johnston Associates South has specialists working in different areas, with the ability to offer advice and information on corporate governance, company structure and strategy, accounting systems evaluation and implementation, and debt management. The team also has a Business Consulting Division, offering clients the services of a Virtual Chief Executive
Officer and Virtual Chief Financial Officer on a part-time basis. In addition, they offer business analysis and forecasting, plus ensure compliance and tax reporting are up-todate. “It really is a complete 360-degree approach to business consulting, working with our clients to achieve the best results. We’re with the Makos all the way too,” Ben adds. The Johnston Associates South Chartered Accountants logo sits proudly below the number on the back of each Tasman Makos jersey this season.
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Mushroom & Fennel Risotto B Y N I C O L A G A L L O WAY
like my risotto thick like porridge with lashings of grated parmesan melted through it. Homemade risotto is nothing like the store-bought kind, which is often overly salty and stodgy. In this variation I have used fennel and wild dried mushrooms for the perfect winter flavours. I have sourced locally harvested Neudorf Mushrooms that are small batch dried. They are available in small packets from selected retailers around the region. However, fresh brown button mushrooms could also be used. Simply slice thinly and sautĂŠ in a little butter or olive oil until golden.
Ingredients: 10g dried wild mushrooms, approx. 1/4 cup 1 litre vegetable or chicken stock 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon butter 1 onion, finely diced 1 fennel bulb, finely diced 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed 1 cup Arborio risotto rice small glass white wine 50g butter 50g grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving handful microgreens and fennel fronds to garnish Method: Place the dried mushrooms in a jug and cover with 1 cup hot water. Set aside to plump up. Bring the stock to a gentle simmer in a saucepan. Heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan over a low heat. Add the onion and diced fennel bulb, and sautĂŠ until soft. Add the garlic, crushed fennel seeds and rice, and stir for a minute until the rice is translucent. Add the wine and stir until absorbed. Strain the mushrooms and add the mushroom soaking water to the rice, stirring until absorbed. Pour in a ladle of the hot stock, stirring to prevent sticking until the liquid is absorbed. Continue adding ladles of stock one at a time until the rice is al-dente, about 20-25 minutes. It is important to frequently stir the rice as this helps massage the starch out of the rice to create a silky consistency. Note, if the stock runs out before the rice is cooked use boiling water from the kettle. In the last few minutes of cooking fold through the rehydrated wild mushrooms. Remove from the heat and stir through the butter and parmesan cheese. Serve garnished with microgreens and fennel fronds, and extra grated parmesan.
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Classic Mediterranean at Comida BY MAXWELL FLINT
or those old Nelsonians who can remember, there used to be a grocery shop in Bridge Street called Blacks. As a younger man, I was very impressed by the shop assistants who were men of an indeterminate age wearing longish aprons. Most impressive was the fact they sold terribly exotic food stuffs - anchovies, pasta and coffee beans. Grand matrons would ring up and the assistants would assemble the groceries and I think would even do deliveries. It was Nelson’s Fortnum and Masons. Times have changed. I went to a Smack and Slave supermarket the other day where the girl in front of me was still in her pyjamas, and I had to pack my own groceries.
There is a shop in Collingwood Street that reminds me of Blacks. It’s Prego, a Mediterranean outlet that has wonderful foodstuffs. Tins of big anchovies, Iberian ham, all manner of pasta, a fantastic smell and I didn’t see anyone in slippers. Attached to Prego, and run by the same owners, is a café restaurant called Comida. It is a damn good restaurant. Thankfully Comida has kept things nice and simple. The dining room is flanked by large windows and has an understated clean white appearance. There is a completely open kitchen providing entertainment for the diners. I wonder if chefs like open kitchens? When they burn themselves do they shout ‘oh dash’ or ‘golly gosh’?
The menu at Comida is nicely small and has food with a Mediterranean influence. Full marks to whoever created the wine list; it’s a good mix of local and overseas. Mrs F and I started with the bruschetta $12. Three generous offerings of chicken liver parfait with prune and Armagnac, prosciutto and goat’s cheese, and creamed beetroot and feta. This was really tasty and went well with a bottle of Gisselbrecht Pinot Blanc. Mrs F tucked into pork belly, rolled and stuffed with apple and dates on watercress $29. Apart from the fact that it wasn’t on watercress, it was actually simple and delicious. It was roast chicken for me, filled with prosciutto and camembert with potato gratin and green beans $28. This is an old classic dish and the reason it’s classic is that it works. It was comforting and delicious. All the dishes were of generous proportions, in fact so much so, we didn’t have a dessert. I was mightily tempted when I saw a zuppa inglese go out to another table. It will have to wait to another day. Comida serves well-cooked classic Mediterranean combinations. It’s not trying to be too smart or pompous and I liked it, as did Mrs F. It’s one of those places that could easily become your local ‘go to’ restaurant — an undiscovered wee gem.
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Keeping it in the family B Y P H I L L I P R E AY
he ‘Family of Twelve’ is a cluster of wineries that have banded together to help gain some traction with overseas marketing. I am not sure how the wineries became members of ‘The Family’, but I suspect it was by invitation only as it is made up of most of the best familyowned wineries in the country. Although it makes perfect economic sense, I have a natural loathing of exclusive groups. The French perfected this with the 1855 classification of Bordeaux wineries, ranking each winery in stratified levels. To be fair these ‘Family’ wineries haven’t used this grouping to try and set themselves apart; it is used as it was intended, for pure economic reasons. One of the siblings in this family is Lawson’s Dry Hills from Marlborough. I spent a very enjoyable afternoon with Barbara Lawson who, with her late husband Ross, started this vineyard and winery in the early 1980s. Barbara is one of the pioneers of the wine trade in Marlborough and an enormously engaging and down-to-earth woman. I am sure she would be appalled at the suggestion Lawson’s Dry Hills was part of some exclusive sect. Of course, Lawson’s Dry Hills is in the upper echelon of wineries, not through any self-promotion, but through the quality of its wines. As one of the first Marlborough wineries a great deal of work, guts and pain went into establishing Lawson’s Dry Hills. Tragically in 2009, Ross Lawson passed away after a fight with cancer, and a year later Barbara was also diagnosed with this pernicious
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illness. Thankfully Barbara has got on top of it and still remains an integral part of the winery. Although Barbara is still involved in the overseas marketing, she has sold her interest in the business. Some of the workers at Lawson’s Dry Hills also have a share holding. But it is their wines, especially the aromatics, that have forged their reputation. The most famous is their Gewürztraminer. I teach wine at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and if I need a good example for my students of classic varietal characteristics, I can’t go pass this vineyard. The 2012 Gewürztraminer is lychees in a bottle. It has incredible, intense flavours and is a typical Gewürtz. The same can be said for Pinot Gris — my favourite. It’s packed with flavour and has a distinctive nose of pears. The Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is a poster boy for Marlborough Sav Blancs. It absolutely characterizes the Marlborough style but is more rounded and elegant than most. There is a clever unoaked Chardonnay that has a wonderful balance
“Lawson’s Dry Hills is in the upper echelon of wineries, not through any selfpromotion, but through the quality of its wines.”
of malolactic fermentation and acid. A top wine. The more classic, serious reserve Chardonnay will cellar beautifully. While the Pinot Noirs are well made they exhibit that green stalkiness that seems to be a hallmark of Pinots from Marlborough. The Pioneer Pinot Noir 2012 was the best of the bunch and is still a young wine. It will be interesting to see how it develops. Lawson’s Dry Hills was the first winery in Marlborough to adopt screw caps. Some people believe screw caps trap the varietal flavours more than cork. If so, it’s no bad thing for Lawson’s Dry Hills, because their wines burst with flavour.
Getting to the bottom of stout and porter
“A stout was the strongest of porters – that’s where the name came about – the bigger alcohol ones.”
BY MARK PREECE
ave Nicholls touches a bottle that sits at the edge of a roaring fire to check the temperature of his handiwork – 500mls of Moa Imperial Stout. It seems about right to Moa’s head brewer as he removes the crown cap with a knife handle and pours a dark, silky smooth beer into a tall flared glass. “I like my big stouts warmer. About 8-11 degrees - and slightly cooler for the 6% porters - definitely not straight from the fridge.” We’re in an uninsulated musterers’ hut on Muller Station, where the sub-zero conditions make a fridge seem relatively balmy. It’s the end of day one of the Molesworth Goose Shoot, and a stunning night at Junction Hut on the shady side of the Acheron Valley, as Dave regales us with his version of the history of stouts and porters. “Porters were one of the original dark beers, often with a smoky flavour borne from the kilning of malts over oaken fires, resulting in tastes completely different from the modern porters,” he says. “A stout was the strongest of porters – that’s where the name came about – the bigger alcohol ones.” The breweries moved to a tax-free haven in Ireland in the 1800s after the British government began taxing malt to pay for the Napoleonic war effort. There was even a story based in the early 1800s of a million-litre brewery wooden storage vessel which collapsed, killing about nine people in a flood of porter, he says.
Dave likes his porter in the lower alcohol range at 6%, clean with no astringency, and malt driven, with dark malts standing out. If you’re not by a roaring fire in a cold shed on a cold station, let your porter or stout sit on the bench for a few minutes to warm up, in order to release more flavour. Here are some of Dave’s picks: Moa Imperial Stout 10.2% ABV They say: a very strong, upfront and rich beer hopped to over 100 IBUs. Aged with French oak, this beer not only displays coffee, mocha and smoked cedar characters but also some sweet and savoury notes. Renaissance’s Elemental Porter 6% ABV They say: a rich, full bodied brew with plenty of dry, dark chocolate and roasty malt flavours which gradually give way to a cleansing hop-driven finish. Effective accompaniment for dark chocolate, coffee or berry-based desserts, blue cheese and barbecued meats. Emerson’s London Porter 5.0% ABV They say: pours a deep brown colour with reddish tints, and the aroma is toasty with a hint of sweetness and some earthy hop notes. Firm-bodied, but not heavy, with a creamy texture, the dryish palate is full of roasted malt, coffee-ish notes and a sustained bitterness. 8 Wired’s The Big Smoke 6.2% ABV They say: the beech smoke mingles beautifully with the rich, dark roasted chocolate flavours of the porter. Pairs well
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The Maasai and the migration BY ANGE PIRIE
we touched down on a tiny airstrip in the middle of the Serengeti, gazelle scattered left and right into the bush. I had finally arrived in Africa! East Africa is my favourite safari destination — the vast herds of wildebeest, leaping Maasai warriors and the soaring slopes of Kilimanjaro will never fail to take my breath away. I may have a hankering for true wilderness, but do insist on some home comforts. My arrival at the safari ‘camp’ was heralded by a chorus of welcome songs from the staff, citrus scented cold towels and a chilled fruit cocktail. My vast canvas tent was decked out with a proper bed and snug duvet, and a teak chair on my ‘deck’ that was perfect for G&Ts at sunset. Definitely not the camping of my childhood. All that aside, I had come to Africa to see the animals. Each day began with an early wake-up call, hot chocolate and a quick snack before heading out in a 4x4 70
with an expert guide and tracker. Just as we were rousing ourselves for the day, the animals were making the most of the cool morning air. The pressure was on to spot ‘The Big Five’ game — lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. In the bad old days of hunting these were the animals most difficult to hunt on foot. Even now they can be elusive, but for the expert and instinctive skills of our tracker, whose keen eyes spotted spoor (tracks) and fresh droppings that led us to even the shyest — the leopard. It’s such a thrill to see these beautiful creatures up close in their natural wild environment, indescribable. We were also lucky enough to experience the annual ‘Great Migration’ in action, with wildebeest and zebra moving in vast herds, almost single file, to the fresh feeding grounds in the north. Quite a spectacle, and truly one of the wonders of this world. I also headed north to another camp by the Grumeti River, where the tents
featured amazing al fresco showers complete with pink fluffy towels! The main lounge area here overlooked the river, home to a huge bloat of hippo, as well as the giant Nile crocodiles. Needless to say I confined my cooling dips to the camp’s swimming pool. Next it was on to the Ngorongoro Crater, a veritable ‘Garden of Eden’ with its prolific wildlife - home to a permanent population of more than 30,000 animals in a mere 260 sq km. Interestingly, a pack of hyena over 100 strong dominates all other predators in the crater. It was here that I also had the opportunity to interact with the local Maasai tribe, who are integral to the success of the crater’s ongoing preservation. I experienced my first Maasai ‘Guard of Honour’ ceremony, with over 50 traditionally dressed Maasai armed with flaming torches, chanting as they leapt into the air, defying gravity, generating gasps of wonder all round. This was East Africa at its best.
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Find hidden treasures in Marlborough’s Winter Explorer BY SOPHIE PREECE
Phoebe James, 4, at the Wairau Lagoons in last year’s Winter Explorer
arlborough is full of hidden corners and undiscovered treasures, says the organiser of this year’s Winter Explorer. “There’s certainly a few more that I would like to find and check out,” says Mel Greenwood of Sports Tasman. “This is a way of getting people out with their families to have a look, and to stay active over winter.” The Marlborough Winter Explorer invites teams of all ages to take on the challenge of finding and exploring 10 walkways and reserves throughout the region. Last year’s inaugural event attracted more than 500 participants, who visited the likes of the Wither Hills, Wairau Lagoons and Robin Hood Bay, answering three quiz questions at each. The event was such a success that it’s on again this winter, and has been replicated in the Spring Explorer in Nelson, Summer Explorer in Kaikoura and Autumn Explorer in Buller. Michelle James took her three daughters (then aged 4, 6 and 8) out exploring last winter, and discovered the Wairau Lagoons, which she didn’t know were sitting just minutes from the Blenheim centre. 72
“Winter in Marlborough, while it’s cold, is usually glorious.”
“It was hilarious,” she says of the missions. “My 4-year-old managed with a really long walk one day, and then we had short walk and she moaned and groaned every step she took.” The Riverlands Trail was an easy find, given it is near the girls’ school, but the Taylor Dam visit was the family’s first. “And it was nice to take them out to the Wither Hills - I go all the time, but don’t take the kids with me.” Michelle was really pleased to see the invite again this year, “to remind us to get out and explore in the winter and to get us out in the weekends. Winter in Marlborough, while it’s cold, is usually glorious.” Karen Bull says for her family, last year’s competition was a great excuse to get out of the house over the weekend. They did five out of ten, and knew most of the spots. “I’m hoping this year we’ll do all ten, or maybe start with the five we haven’t done before.”
All team members go into the draw for a raft of spot prizes, which this year include a family night away at Lochmara Lodge. Mel has no doubt there are enough hidden corners to keep the event fresh for many years. “We intend to keep on changing the different spots and maybe going a bit further afield. There’s still a lot of Marlborough to cover. And we’re open to suggestions, if people want to tell us about their great spots.”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW The Marlborough Winter Explorer is free to enter. Visit at least five of the sites and submit answers before August 31 to qualify for a spot prize. Each team member will get one entry in the draw, but if you succeed at all 10 sites, each registered member will get two entries into the draw. There’s a prize for the best ‘selfie’ taken at one of the sites. To register your team go to sporttasman.org.nz
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Gone Fishin’ BY STEVE THOMAS
stroll down Nelson’s fishermen’s wharf at the end of Vickerman Street followed by a snack at the Anchor Bar & Grill is a great way to spend a lazy Sunday morning. Many of the old trawlers stretching their lines in the cool winter sou’westers have some great tales to tell. One of my recent excursions down to the wharf got me thinking of the 39 foot trawler Joy Maree and her crew’s struggles battling a huge storm while under tow from the Chatham Islands back in 1969. But that’s another story… Fast forward to 2015 and the Joy Maree is still going strong. Proud owner Darren Oliver loves the sea and commercial fishing. His story too is one of struggle. Darren first went fishing as a deckhand based in Golden Bay. He was 15. At 21 he was a qualified skipper. He learnt from some of the biggest names in the industry of the day; Buzz Falconer, Ivan Thompson and Peter Holmwood. In the mid-1980s government regulations and the introduction of the Quota Management System (QMS) saw many exit the industry, Darren included. He came ashore and got involved in the furniture industry. It wasn’t until 2010 that a mid-life crisis hit. It was a time to head back to sea. Darren picks up the story. “I learnt that Ngai Tahu iwi were looking for boats
Fishing boat fleet at Fishermens Wharf, Port Nelson on a crisp winter’s morning
to fish their quota. With great support from Talley’s we put a package together. The Joy Maree was the perfect boat to fish the quota. I bought the boat, took six months’ leave from my furniture job and away we went. The plan was to get up and running successfully then hire a skipper and crew to take over. It was bloody hard going though.” Darren speaks a foreign language to me. There is QMS, TACCs, DVs and ACEs then MOSS. Let’s call it COMPLIANCE language. I think you could easily lose the will to live learning it. Compliance is a serious issue though. Darren has a good example. “I approached Maritime NZ to re-schedule a routine vessel inspection as part of our annual survey requirement. No big deal, we thought. I was told I could apply along with a $500 fee. There is no guarantee you will succeed and you don’t get your $500 back if your application is declined.” This, on top of increasing costs for fuel, maintenance and insurance not
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Darren first went fishing as a deckhand based in Golden Bay. He was 15. At 21 he was a qualified skipper. to mention the real difficulties in sourcing reliable and skilled crew, is pushing operators to the limit and beyond. So where to for Darren? He’s decided after nearly six years with the Joy Maree to call it quits. He says the financial return is just not there anymore. Not when you take into account the stress and the hours needed to keep your head above water. The Joy Maree is now back for sale and Darren has returned to the furniture game. A new adventure. Question. Is there another Darren out there waiting to take the plunge? Answer. It’s hard to say. One thing’s for sure though. The Joy Maree is ready for a new adventure…
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Merc’s impressive B BY GEOFF MOFFETT
the Mercedes alphabet of wonderful specimens, it is the B that often misses out on the accolades. Some see it as a bit staid, a car for the blue rinse set. Throughout its renowned history Mercedes has mostly produced cars which combined superb function with style and presence. The B, though, is the model that doesn’t stand out in the styling stakes. It’s tall and boxy, although you might argue that MPVs aren’t supposed to be sexy. But, and this is a big but, the latest B is a car that’s strong on function and it’s easy to understand why people – mostly older people – want to own one. As a premium MPV, there’s little to beat it for spaciousness, carrying capacity, high technology and all-round ease of use. And it has the Mercedes badge with all the in-built quality features that implies. The impressive functionality starts when you open the door. With a low floor and high seats, it’s a delightfully easy car to get in and out of. Behind the wheel – and in any seat, front or rear – there is bags of room. Headroom is extraordinarily good and even long-legged people will have a comfortable journey in the back. The Mercedes is trimmed to the sort of standard you’d expect and the seats are excellent, with good thigh support and with the optional heating, a delight to climb in on a cold Nelson morning. With the rear seats down, there’s 488 litres of boot space in this MPV and 74
there’s a neat feature that enables you to raise the boot floor for a fully flat space, or lower it to make way for taller cargo. The B also includes a flat pack crate in the boot which morphs into a container to stop your shopping sliding about. The B is full of useful little touches. There are small storage compartments under the front seats and flip down tables for back seat passengers. On the road, the B200 performs well. I drove the AMG Line option with lowered suspension and 18 inch alloy wheels. Added to the front and rear aprons, side sill panels and twin pipe chrome exhausts this option does make the B
As a premium MPV, there’s little to beat it for spaciousness, carrying capacity, high technology and all-round ease of use. look a little more aggressive. It’s a decent handling car and firm riding in this spec. There can be no complaints about the lively performance with the 1600cc turbo charged petrol engine producing good power and driving smoothly through the dual clutch seven speed automatic gearbox. Driven normally, it is a delightfully smooth operator. It has no pretensions of being a sporty ‘driver’s’ car but if you use the gear paddles, the conservative looking B revs willingly and has a nice exhaust rasp under full
throttle. That’s not what most B owners will do, however. They will enjoy refined, highly competent A to B motoring with the security of Mercedes technology including Blind Spot assist which looks out for cars you might not see in your mirrors and warns you accordingly, and Collision Prevent Assist too which warns of a likely rear-end prang. Park assist makes tight parking spots a breeze and there’s satnav, and excellent LED headlights for comfortable night time driving. The B is not cheap and it can become even more expensive if you start adding some of the tempting options. But it is a wonderfully functional, cultivated and spacious MPV which should become a faithful family favourite, and there’s the undoubted advantage of wearing the three pointed star.
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How Spotify reignites your relationship with music BY PETE RAINEY
It seems impossible that a company could set up a system that provides such great service for such a small amount of money.
almost seems too good to be true. For a little over $10 a month, Spotify provides access to all the music you could ever dream of. How could this be? It seems impossible that a company could set up a system that provides such great service for such a small amount of money. Worldwide, more than 75 million people seem to agree. This musicstreaming phenomenon has been spectacularly successful, and in a relatively short period of time. Until recently, the main competitor to Spotify has been Pandora, which functions a bit differently. On Spotify you can choose the songs you want to play, and when you want to play them. Pandora, on the other hand, is a radio service that doesn’t let you choose the specific songs you want to listen to, but instead allows you to create a ‘station’ based on artists, songs or genres you like. You can’t control what comes up next, although with the premium service you can skip songs. This is great if you want to discover new music. Both systems offer premium services that are free of advertising, or if you want to pay a little less (or nothing at all) you have to put up with some ad content. On Spotify Premium you can download the songs and play them on you mobile device when you’re offline (great on car trips when you’re beyond cellphone coverage). Given that you can download the equivalent of around 300 albums a month, that’s a hell of a lot of listening. So while Pandora helps you discover 76
‘new’ artists, Spotify replaces older digital music services like iTunes. The latter has been around since 2003, and quickly became the biggest music retailer on the planet, contributing to a complete change in the industry worldwide. Apple seemed to resist providing a streaming service for some time, but obviously the success of Spotify was beginning to convert the 500 million or so iTunes account holders around the planet, and lo and behold Apple Music was launched in late June. The Apple platform seems to provide a mixture of the benefits of both Pandora and Spotify, and given the company’s dominance with iTunes, it will no doubt rise to become the number one system in time. When you contemplate how this digital music content revolution will impact our lives in New Zealand, things start to get interesting. The income that musicians receive from selling their recorded music has dramatically reduced. CD retail sales are drying up, if not already officially dead. Vinyl, although undergoing a resurgence, is only a tiny part of the market, and when was the last time you saw a cassette tape? It seems normal now that the only place you can buy recorded music in most towns and cities in New Zealand is the Warehouse. The ‘record shop’ is a thing of the past. This changes things for musicians both in this country and around the globe. Stars are able to benefit easily
from the streaming services (even taking into account extremely low returns from each ‘play’ of their track) because they reach high numbers of consumers. Local musicians will never get a high return from exposure of their songs on streaming services, and therefore must look to other ways to create real returns from their efforts. This means getting in front of audiences by touring. An increase in live concerts is fantastic if you’re keen to ‘get up offa that thing’ and venture out (especially in deepest winter). After all, there is nothing better than actually being there and experiencing music being made. Kiwi artists have responded and tours are sprouting up left right and centre. This is great if your town is set up to accommodate the resurgence. There are a host of small-scale venues across the Top of the South, with the only real glitch being in Nelson, which still lacks a dedicated small to medium-sized gig space. A room that could hold up to 200 people, set up properly for live music and positioned right in the centre of town would be ideal. The provision of larger venues able to host bigger national and international touring acts is something with which both Blenheim and Nelson continue to struggle. Brushing aside all of the issues associated with larger venues, what is apparent is that digital music has changed the scene permanently, and that musicians —whether local, national or international — are touring the country and are coming whether we are ready or not.
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Writers and the celebrity cult B Y J A C Q U E T TA B E L L
’ve got a celebrity Prime Minister, you can be famous for reading the weather and a bunch of B-listers have been making fools of themselves on Dancing With the (so-called) Stars. What is it that drives our celebrity culture? When I was a nipper the Woman’s Weekly was all knitting patterns, handy hints and readers’ amusing stories about ‘Mere Male’. Now it’s breathless speculation on who’s pregnant, who’s in recovery and Kate’s latest pix of Charlotte. Is wanting someone famous to look up to a by-product of the widespread ditching of the Lord Jesus as a role model? Whatever the reason, celebrity status is now well-established in the world of publishing. It’s not enough to just pen a masterpiece, you have to get onto the festival circuit and present it. The upside of this is that writers (unlike the weather girl or ‘Shorty’ stars) usually do have something worth saying, hence the growing popularity of writers’ festivals. They feed our desire to see famous people in the flesh, and they give us something to ponder. Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers has been part of Nelson Arts Festival (October 14-27) for over a decade, and this year delivers a mix that includes two books with celebrity culture as a theme. In Starlight Peninsula Charlotte Grimshaw revisits the well-heeled Auckland set familiar from The Night Book and Soon. The main character, Eloise, works for a crusading current affairs presenter with a penchant for suits and superlatives. Together they go to the tacky mansion of German Internet pirate Kurt Hartman. He’s huge, with a black jersey ‘the size of a duvet’, but turns out to be intelligent and empathetic. Eloise is a vulnerable and flawed character who’ll keep you page-turning as she deals with her marriage break-up, her self-absorbed mother and with finding the truth about how her investigativejournalist boyfriend died. Stephanie Johnson goes right to the
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It’s not enough to just pen a masterpiece, you have to get onto the festival circuit and present it.
heart of the celebrity status of authors in The Writers’s Festival, a follow on from The Writing Class. Her Oceania Festival is a hotbed of literary and romantic intrigue, with plenty of insightful comment on the publishing scene and on contemporary New Zealand, from pornography to paua poaching. The fiction line-up also includes Patricia Grace with Chappy, her first novel in 10 years; Gavin Bishop’s Teddy One-eye fills the children’s slot, but is a nostalgic charmer for all baby-boomers; and acclaimed first time author Anna Smaill is here with her dystopian work, Chimes. Geoff (Pork Pie) Murphy discusses A Life on Film with Wallace Chapman, Gerard Hindmarsh gives us the lowdown on Kahawai - The People’s Fish, you can have a laugh about daughters with Michele A’Court, adoption is on the agenda with Elspeth Sandys and poets Bernadette Hall and Marty Smith will read at the lovely Mahana Vineyard. There’s a workout for the brain with two dynamic Thinking Brunches: Mind the Gap looks at the widening gulf between rich and poor in New Zealand; while What’s News? delves into the media world, post-Campbell and the Fairfax restructure. The Nelson Arts Festival programme is out, tickets are on sale, and for the best bargain this side of The Warehouse, get yourself the Readers & Writers’ concession for a mere $90 to all author sessions. More info at nelsonartsfstival.co.nz
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BY MICHAEL BORTNICK
Mr. Holmes Drama, Mystery Directed by Bill Condon Starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linny, Milo Parker 104 minutes | PG
have never been a big enthusiast of the Sherlock Holmes stories. What little I know is this: He was fictional. He smoked a briar pipe and sported a cloak and deerstalker hat. His sidekick was Dr Watson. Holmes had a logical Spocklike mind and enjoyed cocaine. He could reason out all the events of a crime just by sniffing an empty wine glass. And he always got his man. That’s the entire accumulation of my knowledge on the subject. The new film, Mr. Holmes, sheds fresh light on the character and proves many of my assumptions to be untrue. Apparently, there is no pipe, cloak or hat. And it turns out he knows all there is to know about bees. Director Bill Condon has wisely employed the talents of one of his favourite actors in the title role. Ian McKellen is the best element in a pretty darn good film. Nothing McKellen has ever done has been bad, but this could be his absolute best work. It’s 1947. Holmes, now 93, has been retired for 30 years. He resides in the Sussex countryside with his widowed housekeeper, Mrs. Munro (Linny) and her precocious son, Roger (Parker). Sherlock now generally keeps bees and tries to figure out a way to stave off the effects of aging on his mind. He is beginning to lose memory and has obtained exotic plants from Japan and royal jelly from his hives to freshen his mind. He needs his sharp intellect to write the story of his last case, the one that forced him to retire just after the First World War. We learn he was hired by a concerned husband to stalk Ann, the beautiful but melancholy spouse, who has been acting up of late. Perhaps it might have something to do with the two miscarriages he so conveniently disregarded? Whenever Sherlock’s brain is able to recall facts, we find out, through flashbacks, how Holmes handled his job and why the result of his work caused him to retire forever. Back at the Sussex cottage, he develops a growing relationship with Roger. By training him about the care of bees, they form a steadfast bond that both need in order to survive. I cannot express much negative criticism about Mr. Holmes. The acting by all is top notch. The cinematography of the English countryside is stunning. Period costumes and settings are flawless. It is also fun to play detective as we obtain new clues from little details as they are revealed. My only problem is that it moves a bit slowly and often very little happens. Plus some true Holmes devotees may not enjoy witnessing their hero in such a physically weakened state. Nobody wants to watch their Superman wearing Kryptonite bedroom slippers. Michael Bortnick has left the theatre to tend the hive.
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Will Soward B Y M AT T B R O P H Y
What age were you when you first took an interest in photography? I first remember picking up an old ‘Zenit E’ and feeling captivated by the possibility that I could freeze moments in time. I guess I was about eight or nine, but it wasn’t until I was in my early twenties that I found ‘chemical processing’. I later specialised in photography for my degree at West Wales School of the Arts and loved every second of it.
Have there been any major mishaps or challenges in the time you’ve been in the industry?
How much time do you set aside for your personal projects, (outside teaching of course)?
There’s always something … always a drama somewhere. The important thing to remember is that we have a choice, we can adopt, shape and even ‘cherry-pick’ the best tools to get it right.
As much as I possibly can! I’ll set myself a project that will take me anything from six months to a year to shoot, that way I can invest more thought and explore every avenue of a subject.
How quickly did you grasp it all? And were there any areas of photography that never grew on you? I guess overall it was a five year investment. There’s nothing about photography that opposes my enthusiasm; using a lens to capture the world around you is hugely engaging and I’m always learning.
Can you describe the values found in teaching all this? And what are the most rewarding aspects of being a photography tutor? Firstly, the value I have in teaching is entirely directed by the value gained by the student. Folk come to an educational institution to learn both a specialist subject and something about themselves. Being a facilitator of that learning is hugely rewarding.
Classes today are sometimes purely online, as opposed to the traditional face-to-face style of learning. Which do you prefer to teach, and why? What we need to understand is that there is no right or wrong way in the classroom or online. What matters is understanding how we learn. Having the luxury to choose really means nobody gets left behind. As a tutor I embrace ‘online’ and ‘classroom’ because no two learners are the same.
Who are your personal role models and for what reasons? I have so many. If we’re to be specific to photography then Gregory Crewdson, Lorna Mattocks, Huw Davies, William Eggleston and Don McCullin are my heroes. It’s important to me to be as agile as possible when it comes to being inspired by new things.
Are there any words of wisdom that you could say for any budding photographers out there? Don’t think great photography comes from using the newest equipment. Sure, get a good enough DSLR and a nice lens, but don’t think that you can’t get a great picture without using the latest Canon fullframe-whatever. Look for the light, colour, expression, character, line, shape, texture and shoot it. You get better with every photo you take; just keep shooting.
Is your future ripe for change? Do you plan on going elsewhere or doing something else, or are you comfortable where you are now? At this moment I’m captivated by teaching and my own personal projects. Ten years from now I like to think I’ll be someone totally different!
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