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Cable Bay & Pepin Island Mindful Dancing Plant-based Foods Naiad’s Success Story Falcon Ridge Wines Lush Green Gospel Hot, Steamy Singapore Subaru’s New Forester
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Features Issue 150 / January 2019
32 Nelson’s revamped airport Visitors are flocking to Nelson and its stylish new airport is often the first impression they have of the region. Lynda Papesch looks at the present and future of the airport
38 Cable Bay and Pepin Island
Phil Barnes explores an adventure playground right on Nelson’s doorstep
44 Moving to a mindful beat Dance can ease stress and treat depression. Eddie Allnutt samples a worldwide trend
12 My Big Idea Hannah O’Malley suggests that eating plant-based foods is the way to a healthier you
20 The Interview Picton-based Naiad founder Steve Schmidt tells his story to Frank Nelson
26 Local Connection Mike Ward’s Lush Green Gospel gives insight into one man’s vision for the world
30 Rising Star Futurist Dave Wild explains his philosophies to Britt Coker
94 My Education Horticulture is one of the Nelson region’s growth areas. Trish Palmer asked NMIT graduate Mel Neilson about her experience 4
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Columns Issue 150 / January 2019
49 Spread your wings and fly Nelson’s stylish new airport proved a perfect backdrop for our fashion shoot. Styled by Sonya Leusink Sladen with photography by Ishna Jacobs
56 Fashion Showcase Race-day fashion tips from Sonya Leusink Sladen
58 My Home A Nelson house renovation where colour sets the scene. By Brenda Webb
64 Interiors Designer Rebecca O’Fee offers suggestions for cool interiors
66 My Garden Traditional Maori treatments have their place alongside modern drugs, Brenda Webb hears
68 Our History Britt Coker delves into the history of Wakapuaka Cemetery’s motto
70 Health New columnist Dr Cindy de Villiers explains why a good dose of the sun is healthy
72 My Kitchen Scrumptious summer ice cream from Madame Lu’s kitchen
73 Dine Out Reviewer Hugo Sampson finds beautiful-looking, fabulously flavoured, fresh, classic dishes at Hopgood’s Restaurant
74 Wine Falcon Ridge combines wine with nature in a new project, writes Sophie Preece
75 Brews Renaissance’s new Marlborough Flyer Lager is an easy-drinking allrounder, perfect for summer, says Mark Preece 6
84 Art John Cohen-Du Four unearths a treasure trove of fresh art that’s fun and funky
76 Travel Singapore is hot, steamy and vibrant, Justin Papesch found
78 Sports Champion runner Sarah Biss is now guiding others to pile on the pace without risking injury, Phil Barnes reports
86 Music Music reviewer Pete Rainey takes a look back at 2018 and things to come
87 Film Head along to the film festival and check these out, says reviewer Eddie Allnutt
80 Motoring Geoff Moffett finds Subaru’s latest Forester a sharp weapon in the hugely competitive mid-sized SUV market
82 Books Stimulating readings for the holiday season, compiled by Renée Lang
Editor’s letter & contributors 10 Noticeboard 12 My Big Idea 14 Snapped 85 In the Gallery 88 Events
appy New Year and what a great start it is with WildTomato celebrating its 150th issue this month. As always, the issue is jam-packed with great articles and columns, dynamic photography and creative advertising. More than two-and-a-half years have passed since I took over from owner Jack Martin as editor, and it has been a privilege to be part of the team ensuring the continuing longevity of our unique lifestyle magazine. What helps to make WildTomato so special are its people stories, its unwavering dedication to quality, its positivity and the loyalty of its readers and advertisers. Looking ahead and planning the next 150 issues is going to be fun, so don’t forget to let us know if you have any story ideas. Email email@example.com. On another note it is a giant step forward for New Zealand’s producers now that parliament has finally passed the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Act enabling Kiwis to identify where their fruit and vegetables come from. This means we will be able to make more informed choices about what we buy, and be able to better support local and national producers. Supporting Kiwi companies, especially our own locally based ones, will help to ensure jobs, community funding and more money flowing through our economy. This issue is full of local people, local places and local events. A key article is about Nelson’s revamped airport which now stands as testament to the vision of many. Obviously its development and expansion is an ongoing project, yet already it is a spectacular showcase for Nelson Tasman. Often an airport is a visitor’s first impression of an area and rest assured Nelson Airport will leave a lasting impression for all the right reasons. Many of you will still be in holiday mode, and possibly looking for things to do. Nelson Tasman and Marlborough have so many exciting options and are popular holiday destinations. Take the Abel Tasman National Park for instance with its golden beaches, scenic walks and artisans, and Marlborough’s Queen Charlotte Track. They’re but two of many attractions luring people to the Top of the South. Turn the pages and keep reading for more people and places inspiration. LY N D A PA P E S C H
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Sunshine in a bottle
o the Chia Sisters – Florence (left) and Chloe Van Dyke (right) – who recently became the first juice company in New Zealand to manufacture through solar power. Last year when the brewery where they bottled their range closed, they turned the situation into an opportunity, buying it and lining its roof with solar panels. The move gave them the ability to extend their range to simple freshly pressed New Zealand fruit juices including orange, apple, feijoa and boysenberry, all under their new label, Bottled by the Sun. This is the latest addition to their growing nutritional range, Chia, made from hydrated chia seeds in natural juices, and Awaka, their sparkling coconut water range infused with roots and fruits. Keep it coming Chia Sisters!
Cover photography by Ishna Jacobs and styled by Sonya Leusink Sladen
Contributor spotlight M A DA M E LU ’ S
My Kitchen (page 72) Hi there! We are Chels and Lu, the two sisters behind Madame Lu’s Kitchen, a bespoke cooking school opposite Haulashore Island. We love to reacquaint people with the kitchen – the heart of the home. We hope you’ll find our fresh and flavoursome recipes beautiful enough to try at home. We are oh so very lucky to live in Nelson with its abundance of gorgeous local producers and will be introducing you to our friends throughout the year.
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Photography Every time I go on a photo shoot I get excited! What I’m going to shoot, what lens I will use, what composition I’m going to capture. Photography is my passion and I’m very fortunate to call this passion my career. After graduating in England, I went straight to London and worked for a marketing real estate company. I knew then I had a love for interiors and architecture and was lucky to shoot luxury homes all over London. I moved to New Zealand in 2014 and haven’t looked back since. The property is certainly different from the old bricks in England, with beautiful old villas to modern architecturally built homes. I feel very privileged to call this land home.
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Dragonflies for fresh water
ouise Douglas Jewellery is donating $5 for each of its special dragonfly pendants sold, to help New Zealand Forest and Bird in its freshwater campaign. Dragonflies are considered the sentinels for freshwater conservation as a dragonfly’s larvae can only survive in clean water. Each elegant dragonfly pendant is embellished with a single teardrop of mystic blue topaz, as a reminder that freshwater is one of the most threatened habitats on earth. Visit www.louisedouglas.com
New destination berry shop
asman Bay Berries opened its new destination shop in McShane Rd last month. Oppsite Eyebright, the new shop features fresh berries and a range of berry products including fresh fruit ice creams, relishes, chutneys, berry powder and Pic’s new boysenberry jelly, which is made with Tasman Bay Berries’ fruit. “We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone to the new shop,” says Maree Holland, owner of Tasman Bay Berries. “It’s going to be a real attraction for locals and visitors and we can’t wait to share it with everyone.” For more information visit www.tasmanbayberries.co.nz
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ast month’s Christmas food and drink special featured the wrong photograph with one of the Cod & Lobster Brasserie and Bar’s cocktails. Here’s the cocktail again with the correct photograph.
Message in a Bottle Ingredients: 40 ml Kraken rum Bar spoon of Pic’s smooth peanut butter 25 ml cream 25 ml Crème de Cacao 4 dashes of chocolate bitters Method: Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake really hard for 10 seconds. Double strain into a mini milk bottle in a chilled mug filled with ice. Garnish with some powdered cinnamon (flame if desired).
NCMA student numbers hit a high
he Nelson Centre of Musical Arts (NCMA) has proven so popular that registrations have been double its initial 2018 target of 250. Late last year the 500th student enrolled at NCMA; the highest number of enrolments the Centre has seen since records began. Students aged from five to 95 enjoy a diverse range of options including free beginner classes for primary school-aged students, group classes in guitar, ukulele, improvisation, choral singing, flute, percussion and strings.
MY BIG IDEA
Embracing The Better Base The Better Base supports people in looking after their health and the environment by making it easier to eat plant-based foods. Founder Hannah O’Malley explains more … What is your big idea? Leading a plant-based lifestyle is one of the most effective things we can do on a daily basis to look after the environment and our health. With a growing global population our current food system isn’t sustainable - so in future we’ll be eating more beans than beef! Our air, climate, waterways, land, forests, oceans and wildlife would benefit in a big way if we reduce our consumption of animal products. The Better Base aims to make it easy for people to eat more delicious plant-based meals by providing recipes, support, challenges and courses.
How does it work? The Better Base is an online platform that gradually introduces to a new way of eating and the majority can’t believe how filling, delicious and fun it is! For those wanting to start slow, there’s a Free 7 Day ‘Eat Better Challenge’. A tree is planted for every sign up and hundreds have been planted so far! To take the hassle out of meal planning there’s also a 12 Week Subscription ‘Ridiculously Good Recipes’. For more support, the ‘FutureProof’ online course is perfect. Doctors, athletes, chefs, parents and other plant-powered people have created an inspiring, informative programme.
What are the benefits? A shift towards a more plant-based population could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, water pollution and species extinction. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics state that vegetarians and vegans are at reduced risk of health 12
conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and certain cancers. Most people who adopt a healthy plant-based diet will also gradually achieve a healthy weight.
Is there scientific evidence to support it? Absolutely! In 2006 the United Nations published a report titled Livestock’s Long Shadow which presented how animal agriculture was a leading driver of a range of environmental crises. Furthermore, a recent study by researchers at Oxford University found that a plant-based diet could reduce a person’s food-related carbon footprint by 73%. Healthwise, the World Health Organisation supports a shift to a ‘nutritious diet based on a variety of foods originating mainly from plants, rather than animals’. Many studies demonstrate the health benefits of an unrefined plant-based
diet including the recent BROAD study conducted in Gisborne, NZ. The plant-based group experienced significant average weight loss of 12kg over 6 months, 10kg more than the control group.
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Floating their buoyant boat Naiad has almost become the generic name for rigid-hulled inflatables, thanks to the skills and hard work of Picton couple Steve and Jenny Schmidt. Frank Nelson profiles a global success story. P H O T O G R A P H Y PA U L PA L M E R
ir and foam would seem unlikely materials when it comes to creating firm foundations, but Steve and Jenny Schmidt have built a successful global business based on exactly those elements. By combining two other key ingredients – Steve’s innovative design skills and 30-plus years of hard work – the Picton couple have created their unique boat-building company, Naiad Design. Their niche is rigid-hulled inflatable boats that provide a safe and relaxing ride in even the most rugged weather. Steve coined the phrase ‘four-wheel-drive of the sea’ because Naiads, like today’s upmarket 4WD vehicles (or ‘café tractors’), provide gutsy performance wrapped in a comfortable, smooth, protected shell.
“I still remind people we drive around on air-filled tyres, so air is better – and virtually unsinkable.” S T E V E S C H M I DT
“It’s all human-oriented. A boat should be designed to move somebody somewhere to do something – as simple as that.” Naiad achieves all this and more by designing boats that ride on pontoons filled with air, occasionally foam and sometimes a combination of the two. “I still remind people we drive around on air-filled tyres, so air is better – and virtually unsinkable,” says Steve. “Foam is more expensive but more rugged and requires less maintenance, though it is not so forgiving. The military like the foam because if somebody fires a lot of bullets into it, it still maintains its buoyancy.” The pontoons themselves comprise a hardy inner tube and a tough exterior lining made in Israel using a blend of PVC, a synthetic plastic polymer, and polyurethane. This covering is expected to last between five and 10 years even under constant assault from saltwater and ultraviolet sunlight. When materials do eventually wear out, or if the boats are accidentally damaged, Naiad can ship replacement pontoons worldwide to ensure customers are back on the water quickly. And when you look at the types of customers the company has, you can see why that rapid response is so appreciated.
The go-to boats
Naiads, which range in size from 2.5m to 23m, have become the go-to boats for coastguards, police and other rescue services, for tourism operators such as whale-watch ventures, for divers and fishermen, and for pilot boats negotiating busy waterways and harbours. Steve says Naiad has built about 60 percent of New Zealand’s coastguard boats, starting with Wellington and including the new marine ambulance moored in Picton and used by Coastguard Marlborough. This unique boat, which Steve designed, is built like a replica of an ambulance so medical personnel know where to find everything they need when called out on marine
emergencies. With its three powerful outboard motors, the boat can travel at up to 95km/h and reach anywhere in the Sounds within half an hour. Naiads have also earned kudos as America’s Cup chase boats, beginning with Sir Michael Fay’s New Zealand campaign at San Diego in 1992. “We designed a radical hull,” says Steve. “We knew they were chasing the yachts around in quite rough conditions at times and wanted a soft-riding hull.” This was the first 12.6m chase boat to be built. Three years later the sight of television commentators Peter Montgomery and Jane Dent reporting from TVNZ’s Naiad during New Zealand’s victorious KZ7 cup campaign, again in San Diego, was a major coup for the brand. More recently, Oracle had four Naiad chase boats at San Francisco in 2013 and again in Bermuda in 2017, but as far back as the mid-1990s the prestigious yacht race had catapulted Naiad onto the world stage. “We were well and truly on the map,” says Steve, “and that America’s Cup exposure helped us get into tourist boats.”
Above: Steve Schmidt watches as naval architect Simon Haughton works on a future Naiad project Below: This 10.5m Naiad is used by the harbour master on Lake Taupo Opposite Page: Steve and Jenny Schmidt, the founders and owners of Naiad Design, at the company’s headquarters in Picton
Also sitting up and taking notice were well-heeled clients looking for ultra-detailed and customised Naiads for use as tenders on their super yachts. Graham Hart, described as New Zealand’s richest person, owns three Naiads, while wealthy Americans and Australians have also accessorised their yachts with Naiad tenders. First registered in 1979 and originally built only in New Zealand, an estimated 15-20 percent of Naiads are still manufactured in this country – at Tory Channel Contracting in Picton, and by other subcontractors in Tauranga, Whangarei and Auckland. Licensed overseas partners produce boats in such far-flung locations as Alaska, China, Australia, both coasts of the United States, Singapore and Croatia. Australia produces the most boats, while the biggest Naiads, mostly 23m pilot-boats, tend to be made in China. At its design studio on Wellington St, Picton, the company employs about 10 staff, including three naval architects and other design engineers. Steve is the chief designer and joint owner along with Jenny, who manages worldwide customer service, and John Cowan, who joined the business in 2005.
A multimillion-dollar international business hardly seemed on the cards in the mid-1960s when Steve dropped out part-way through a science degree at Victoria University and headed overseas with his high school sweetheart Jenny, who was by then working as a cartographer. 21
“About 200 people applied, 30 were accepted and only three got through without failing.” S T E V E S U RV I V E D I N T E N S E D E S I G N T R A I N I N G
Steve’s qualifications at this stage were less formal but included a killer practical streak, insatiable curiosity about how things work, and a questing mind always asking ‘Why?’, ‘How?’ and, importantly for a budding designer, ‘Why not?’. The pair headed for London, where Steve worked as a car mechanic and also had his first brush with design, attending evening classes at the Brixton School of Building, which was to prove an important stepping stone into the Sydney School of Design once the couple reached Australia. Steve spent four years at the design school, which offered an intense learning environment, with about half the lectures from teaching staff and half from industry professionals. “It was pretty tough,” he remembers. “About 200 people applied, 30 were accepted and only three got through without failing.” “Steven was top every year,” says Jenny proudly. He credits that to his gap year. “The other kids wanted to party; I was prepared to spend time and get the projects done.” The course was called interior design but Steve says it was more like interior architecture. “That suited me because it was about spaces and how they operate, as well as materials. We had to design and build chairs and lights and all sorts of great things. It was a superb general design course and I really found my passion there.” He took that passion into his first business, designing exhibitions, which he ran as Steven Schmidt Design for three years. By then, in 1976, with Jenny now pregnant with the first of their two sons, the couple headed home to New Zealand. They both loved the Marlborough Sounds and had previously bought just over two acres of bush in Fence Bay, a boat-only access spot right next to Mistletoe Bay, where they built what Steve believes was the first pole house in the province. As it happens, that house was partly funded by their earlier OE. While in London they bought a second-hand, convertible E-Type Jaguar for £600, which they later sold in Sydney for $3500. That was enough to pay for half their first home, a $7000 terrace house, putting them firmly on the property ladder. Steve designed and built the Sounds house and has since designed several others, proving that his creative skills are by no means confined to boats. 22
Commuting by prototype
Rigid-hulled inflatables had been around in England for about decade before Naiad and since he needed to commute between Fence Bay and Picton while building the house – and was a keen diver – Steve decided to build one. What might be considered the 2.9m prototype Naiad used a plywood hull, an airtight swimming pool liner and a PVC cover. “We suddenly had the advantages of a rigid hull and the buoyancy and stability of an inflatable tube,” all of which added up to a softer, more comfortable ride. “Occupational safety and health should love us,” Steve jokes. Not surprisingly, as he came and went in all weathers, people began to take notice of his new boat and before long two business partners offered to begin making the boats commercially using fibreglass. “We were the first in the Southern Hemisphere to produce rigid inflatable boats,” he says. Sales were going well and became even better when the company shooting the TVNZ kidult movie Sea Urchins in the Sounds bought three 4m boats. “The ‘bad guys’ had the boats and it was brilliant. It was shown at primetime and the boats featured hugely in every episode,” says Steve. However, he thought the manufacturing company missed a golden marketing opportunity by not fully exploiting the movie connection, and though sales were good, he felt they could have been a lot better. So when the company seemed to be losing interest, Steve was able to take over the reins and begin making aluminium inflatables. Naiad was on its way.
Above: Like a good chef eating his own cooking, Steve Schmidt drives his own boats. He’s pictured in Picton with his 7.3m commuter boat, a Naiad Tyrant Below: This is where it all started ... the first rudimentary Naiad made using a swimming pool liner
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“When your work is your passion, it’s a lot less like work.” S T E V E S C H M I DT
He says paua divers were the first to show interest, then fisheries inspectors, followed by eco-tourism operators. Among the first of these were Kaikoura-based Nature Watch Charters, run by Barbara Todd and Roger Sutherland, and Whale Watch Kaikoura, which each had two boats in the mid-1980s. The Kaikoura operations generated huge publicity and led to Naiad building a 16.7m inflatable for orca watching in Canada. “The operators flew all the way to New Zealand to see us and order a boat,” Steve says.
Tailored to each customer
Almost all Naiads are customised ‘from the keel up’ and built to exact specifications demanded by customers. “People come and talk to us about what they want to do with the boat, where they want to go, how fast, range, comfort levels, protection [from the weather] – all those sorts of things.” One satisfied client, who arrives by private jet, has bought 10 customised Naiads, while another regular, Robert Pennicott, who runs Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, operating out of Hobart, Tasmania, has 11 Naiads in his fleet. This year, in a first for Naiad, Pennicott has had three unusual ‘Sealegs’ boats built in Perth – Naiads fitted with retractable wheels that enable the boat to travel up the beach to load and unload passengers. Steve and Jenny’s two sons have both worked at Naiad but don’t see their careers going in that direction. Simon is an educational developer at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, based in Nelson, while Ben works as a software engineer in Sydney. Steve and Jenny, meanwhile, have no immediate retirement plans while they are still enjoying what they do and the challenges work brings: “We’re lucky to be following our passion,” says Steve. “When your work is your passion, it’s a lot less like work.” But away from the office, big things are happening. They have moved to a new house in Picton, still close to their beloved Marlborough Sounds, and in February the couple, who first met as school kids in Lower Hutt, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. Above: A 7.8m super yacht tender, built in Western Australia, is put through its paces 24
What’s in a name?
n Greek mythology, Naiads are nymphs, generally depicted as ravishing, bewitching and scantily clad young women. They are minor deities closely associated with rivers, streams, lakes, springs, fountains, wells and other sources of fresh water. When Steve Schmidt was hunting for a suitable company name, he liked the back story but as a designer he was also drawn to the word itself because of its simplicity and balanced appearance with the ‘i’ sandwiched between two ‘a’s.
At a quick glance … Company: Naiad Design Registered: 1979 Founders: Steve and Jenny Schmidt Present owners: The Schmidts and John Cowan How many boats made: An estimated 1500 in the past 20 years Where made: New Zealand, Australia, China, the United States, Singapore, Croatia Size: Naiad has produced 55 models and sizes, ranging from 2.5m to 23m Top speed: 110km/h Price range: About $8000 to $3 million Value of boats now under construction: Between $10 million and $20 million
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“I know that this planet is quite remarkable and that people have a great capacity for good and that there is little point in doing anything that does not leave the world kinder, gentler, more generous, safer, healthier, wiser more gorgeous and more fun. I know too that there is nothing that is worth doing that is not worth doing with flair and embellishment and while I am not unaware of unpleasantness or threats to our wellbeing, I try not to dwell on them for they depress me greatly for it is creativity and courage and beauty and generosity that delight … So I spend my time reflecting on what matters, how things work and how good the future might be and making beautiful 26
stuff in the hope that my understanding and my aspirations will be reflected in the things I make and do. And I hope that the things I do and make have integrity, that they will delight and occasionally inspire and that my community and my planet are no less gorgeous, fun, caring, quirky and occasionally outrageous for my efforts …” And a planet there was, ancient, abundant and more gorgeous than you would believe … And among all of the many billions of planets in our most diverse universe, rare were those neither so close to their suns and unbearably hot, nor yet so distant and most miserably cold, but one there was, ancient, abundant and more gorgeous than you would believe... Neither too hot nor yet too cold it was. And with forest and ocean and lake and stream and all manner of living things was this most fortunate planet blessed … And among all the living things on this most fortunate planet, one creature there was, more numerous than most… and exceedingly clever. Upright, dexterous and extraordinary was this most numerous and clever creature. And
… but still did too many work too many hours at jobs that delighted them not and too little time did they leave for activities that do most delight. while absurd, frequently foolish, occasionally unkind and, ever so rarely, down right evil, essentially good it was and capable of acts of great courage, creativity, generosity and beauty… And while these most brilliant creatures could choose to be or do whatever they chose to be or do, too many chose not and went right on being and doing with little thought for the consequences, because for as long as they could remember these were the things they had always been and done … And while the forests still grew and the rivers flowed and the sun still came up in the morning, the trees were too few and too many were the rivers that trickled murky and much diminished and too few of the clever creatures noticed that the sun shone too hotly or that the ozone did have holes or that the ultraviolet was particularly ultra or that they themselves were too numerous… and too many were too busy to notice that the other species with which they shared their brilliant and abundant planet, and on whose survival their own survival, whether they knew it or not, depended, were too few and getting fewer. And since the wisest of these clever creatures knew how fortunate we are to occupy our planet abundant and fragile, and knew too that there is little that we do that done thoughtfully and with flair might not make life more fun and leave our world safer, kinder, wiser, fairer and more gorgeous… all manner of labour saving machine and digital device and automation did they devise … but still did too many work too many hours at jobs that delighted them not and too little time did they leave for activities that do most delight. And dismal were their lives. But some noticed that those whose jobs did make life more wonderful and the world lovelier, even though they clearly loved their work, chose to work fewer hours, and did have time for the things that do most delight and many more did choose to do only those things that make the world lovelier and life more wonderful. And they did find time for friends and family and activities that do most delight and the world was fairer and more lovely …
And sleeker, faster and more prolific were their cars … so roads did they build, wider, faster and more prolific, and still did people sit in fast, sleek, prolific cars on clogged road. And they were not happy and there was much woe. But many there were, wiser heads, who did proclaim “It is us!” “It is me!” and “This is not as good as it gets!” And they did engage their brains, some did sometimes leave their cars at home and did travel with husband and wife even! And many did catch bus and train and those who lived close enough cycled and walked, and many who did not live close enough moved closer to where they needed to be and did sell one of their cars! And so many chose to spend more time being where they wanted to be and less time getting there, that all did travel safely and less traffic jam there was and road rage. And the air it was cleaner and all were healthier and time and money did they save … And all manner of food did they eat. And from places distant in packet and can and with all manner of flavour enhancer and additive did their food come … But many there were, old enough or sufficiently sensitive, to notice, or remember, that fresh, local and in season, without additive or packet or can, did elicit a more heartfelt yum, and they resolved to eat fresh, local and in season… without additive or packet or can more often. And many did garden even! On quarter acre and back half yard and in pot and in window box did they garden, learning again the joy of fresh green bean and sweetcorn and tomato and all manner of fruit and herb and flower sweet. And they knew great satisfaction and they were healthier and life was richer … And too many there were who threw much away. In bin with wheels and plastic bag without did they throw much away. Into backyard burner and great holes in the ground and into the sea and into stream did they throw much away. And mightily did they labour to make and acquire stuff to throw away… But many there were who did not throw much away. Product and plastic and package unnecessary they did avoid and basket and bag did they take to shop and to market, and waste from kitchen and garden and all manner of things organic did they compost and feed to the worms and wonderful were their gardens. And they did buy quality for quality did last and could be fixed and did not get thrown away. And for the things they needed not did they find other uses… But some there were who did get sick and too many there were who did not feel great, and pill and potion and supplement even did they take… and all manner of stuff therapeutic … And insurance did they buy just in case … But many there were who did work less hard and did garden and walk and cycle and take time to enjoy their food, fresh, local and in season without processing or additive… and they did feel great and they did have the time and energy to relish living in their most beautiful and abundant land on this must wondrous and fragile planet… 27
And much time did they spend shopping. For products exotic did they shop and with much stuff did they surround themselves! With shoes and clothes and machines domestic and recreational did they clutter their lives and sometimes they paid not… until later. And they were greatly indebted and the earth did groan… But many there were did say “enough!” And they did buy only stuff which they really needed or that really did give them much pleasure. And an eye for quality did they have. And to people in their own community did they go for their purchases. And they discovered that quality was indeed worth paying for, for quality did last and did not fall apart and making quality was more fun than making things that fell apart and could not be fixed. And they knew that the things they bought and used came not from sweat shop or endangered species or forest and they knew too that money spent in their own communities might more likely be spent in turn on them or with friend or family … or neighbour. And people in jobs enjoyable discovered that they were healthier and happier… and more likely to stay out of trouble even … And holidays in distant parts did they take … and mightily did they labour to pay for holidays in distant parts … until the penny did drop that if they took more of their holidays closer to home they might get to know and like even their own country … And many did! And outrageously beautiful it was with landscape most lovely and food and drink and entertainments incomparable… and art and culture. And for the adventurous, boat, bicycles, beach and bungee there were and wild water and mountain and ski… And much fun did they have and they did save money and work less hard… and they did have time for holiday things … every day. And whilst numerous were their houses and distant and with many rooms, tiny were the households and getting tinier, while many there were with most modest needs who hunted in vain for dwellings to suit their modest needs… until some enterprising and entrepreneurial souls, tired of living alone or with one significant other in distant dwellings with many rooms and struggling to pay for houses much bigger than they needed, did retrofit and reconfigure vast and distant dwellings into most comfortable town house or apartment for themselves… and dwelling for friend or family or 28
paying tenant. And some did turn spare space into work place or neighbourhood café and worked from home whilst others did reconfigure work place to accommodate stylish studio apartment… and did live at work. And dwellings became appropriate and homely and affordable and most comfortable they were. And all did save time and money. And towns came alive day and night and distant suburbs became villages with shared space and café and places within walking distance that they might want to walk to… And while never had so many started school so young or studied for so long or known so much, too many there were who knew too little about how fortunate we are to occupy this most abundant and fragile planet … or about our responsibilities to our planet, abundant and fragile, or to one another … or even to themselves … But just in time, perhaps, mothers and fathers remembered to talk to their children and to cuddle and read and play and share the decisions and the gardening and the cooking and the housekeep … And at home and at school they learned that there is indeed more to life than work and that if we live to be a thousand there is not time enough to waste on things that add little to the sum total of human happiness or to experience all that is wonderful and that life is to be relished and lived thoughtfully and with a sense of wonder. And they did discover that there is little that we do that done thoughtfully and with flair might not leave the world a better place … And so many did live thoughtfully and well that the warming did slow and the ozone hole with ozone did fill and the air it was sweet and the water clean. And neighbourhood and street did they turn into park and garden and those they did not were safe for pedestrian and cyclist … And for those who really did need to travel by motor, space there was to do so safely … or a ferry, train or bus to catch. And they did have the time to listen to one another and to care… and to tell our stories and sing our songs… And all of the species, communities and generations with which we share our planet abundant and fragile, did have their spaces and places … And life was good. Mike Ward, January 2019
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Looking to the future Britt Coker talked to Auckland-based futurist Dave Wild during a recent visit to Nelson Tasman. Don’t believe everything you see, hear or read, he says …
ate your job? Don’t worry, artificial intelligence will relieve you of it one day, or at least, that’s what we’re repeatedly told. However, according to futurist, Dave Wild, that’s not necessarily true. Dave suggests the human brain likes numbers because they appear full of certainty, but there is a lot of ambiguity with figures. With respect to the role of robots in the work force, we’re so busy grabbing at the stats, we don’t bother to ask how we got to them in the first place. “A lot of that information comes from surveys done with CEOs of large organisations, not asking what jobs have been replaced but what jobs they feel in the future will be replaced. So there’s not any certainty with those figures, it’s really subjective and these leaders are quite a long way away from where those shifts are actually happening. As soon as you get a number [from the media] you think, ‘There’s a headline; that feels like certainty’.” The job title, ‘Futurist’ is an eyebrow raiser. It comes with an element of risk sitting alongside the poppy-snipping New Zealand vernacular, but it is what it is. No room for apologetic self-effacement here, future time is of the essence. What’s more, Dave is in an even narrower job niche. He describes himself as a creative futurist; someone who doesn’t help organisations predict the future, but create it. Rather than always looking at numbers and patterns, where he says you’re often reflecting back what has happened and subsequently making best guesses for the future that are inaccurate, he looks at what else could be meaningful or important to people and with that in mind, then focuses on what might be created or undertaken to get there. Now this is a stab in the heart, but not a revelation – youth is definitely where it’s at. If you want to know the future anyway. Dave doesn’t believe you can see it just by talking to other adults because our thought patterns are already well formed.
He describes himself as a creative futurist; someone who doesn’t help organisations predict the future, but create it. The answer he says, is to get young people to be part of the creative process. Several times a year he holds a CEO Future Lab, where he gathers together CEOs from around the country to discuss key issues, and he has students join in to share their perspectives. He believes wisdom is just another word for bias and as a result, senior members of organisations can have very biased views that prevent business growth. The presence of a next generational person will hopefully counter bias and prevent predictable thinking. Dave understands the anti-establishment sentiment and rallying cries of ‘fake news!’ directed at traditional media channels, but thinks we only have evolution to blame. “The media isn’t something separate, it’s just us as people. They report things to us. If you go back through time, were we more interested in the good news or signals of danger? Unfortunately, it was danger so the media focus on that. Like any organisation, it has to be self-sustaining so having attentiongrabbing headlines etcetera, sells advertising, so with that framework in mind, even though they’re inaccurate at times, I understand why it happens.” If you want to work out whether something is here for the long haul or just a short-term trend, Dave suggests you can look at the past. He points out that as useful as sundials once were, we don’t wear them on our wrists. It was important for humans to know the time so we packaged the sundial into something transportable, like a fob watch, but we have since shown we don’t mind strapping data to our bodies. Today’s wearables such as Fitbits are part of a long line of wrist-worn devices.
What’s different about today’s wearables is that they don’t just tell the time. It still matters, but their main purpose, he explains, is the indicator of what we want in the future. “They tell us that people are prepared to wear smaller things and they’re prepared to wear data. Wearing the time on our arm became a natural thing to do, and tracking our health on a wearable will become a natural thing to do for more and more people.” When talking about competition in the marketplace, he paraphrases Jean Liu, President of Didi Chuxing, the world’s largest ride-sharing service. In a recent interview she said, “If I think about winning or losing, then I’m coming into the office with the wrong kind of mind set.” Dave suggests this is a challenging perspective for most business owners. “Businesses have been conditioned to think about competition and winning and losing, and that actually sets us up for a zero-sum game in society. Whereas we could all kind of say, well how might we work in together on those things. What are other people doing and how might this [product or service] connect in with it?”
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The answer he says, is to get young people to be part of the creative process.
Tips from the future 1. The future is not ahead of us, it’s all around us. Trends
and patterns that exist now are giving us information about the future. You just have to look for them.
2. If you want to see the future, you can’t see it by talking
to other adults, our thought patterns are pre-set. Talk to young people to get a fresh perspective.
3. Be collaborative, not competitive. No one else will be
thinking the same as you about something but by joining forces you may come up with a product or service that is better than the one you could have created on your own.
4. Decide what news is worth researching further and
have a willingness to do it. Sometimes you have to wade through the boring stuff to get to what’s beneficial, but perseverance will reap rewards. Most people say they’re time-poor but everyone has the same amount of time, some of us just make better use of it.
5. If you hold a planning workshop make sure you
organise a follow-up session to keep the momentum going. Generally, two-thirds of participants tasked with actions will complete them before the followup, and having them in the majority may help create a cultural shift within an organisation.
Refreshed & ready for take-off Nelson’s stylish new airport terminal is the first glimpse of the province for many visitors. Lynda Papesch explores what the overall $40m airport redevelopment means for the regions. P HO T O G R A P H Y I S H NA JAC OB S
survey late last year predicted a boom in ‘nostalgia tourism’ this summer, with nine out of every 10 people polled looking to recreate memories at sentimental holiday destinations such as Nelson-Tasman. The survey, carried out on behalf of Bookabach, produced a result that is great news for the Top of the South, and especially Nelson-Tasman, where its new state-of-the-art airport control tower and terminal, plus ongoing development, add to the attraction. Many tourists fly into Nelson and use it as a gateway to elsewhere after enjoying what the area has to offer. Others make it their regular holiday destination after a memorable first visit. Tourism and the cash it brings were part of the impetus for the airport redevelopment. Other factors included a lack of space in the old terminal (built circa 1974) and a need to earthquakeproof the facility. The new $6m control tower opened in August last year and Stage A of the new terminal in early October, completing the first stage of the airport redevelopment. Demolition of the old terminal is completed, and all redevelopment is expected to be complete by October this year, increasing the airport’s terminal space by a further 40 per cent. 32
Now passengers are greeted by the soft glow of local timber and impressive architecture, and can take time out at with a freshly brewed artisan coffee, dine at the new café or browse the new Nelson Store selling local products, gifts, books and travel necessities. One of the goals with the terminal redevelopment was to create a local feel to the building, with most of the construction materials – wood and steel – sourced from the Nelson Tasman region. The structure comprises local timber or rather Nelsonprocessed Laminated Veneer Lumber – those impressive beams. The second stage will develop new check-in and Air NZ Regional lounge areas, to replace those currently set up in temporary facilities. Air New Zealand and Jetstar are already in the new terminal, however Sounds Air, OriginAir, Golden Bay Air and Nelson Tasman Air are temporarily located in Airport House, adjacent to the existing old terminal.
Pressure of numbers
This project was long overdue given the huge growth in aircraft and passenger movements at the airport. During Nelson MP Nick Smith’s 25 years in parliament, he has seen the number of passengers grow from 70,000 a year to a million-plus, and aircraft movements from 8000 to 46,000 annually.
“Aviation has become a core industry for the Nelson economy due to our geography, well-located airport, competitive services and growing skill base.” NELSON MP NICK SMITH
“Aviation has become a core industry for the Nelson economy due to our geography, well-located airport, competitive services and growing skill base. I congratulate Airways Corporation, Nelson Airport Ltd and Gibbons on successfully completing this central piece of Nelson infrastructure,” he said at the opening. Patronage has been steadily increasing since the arrival of Jetstar in December 2015. Cheaper airfares have kickstarted a major growth spurt. As at the end of October last year, when the new terminal officially opened, 12-month passenger throughput was 1,074,355, compared with 751,322 passengers for the 12 months ended October 2014. The redevelopment also comes at a time when New Zealand’s booming tourism industry is focusing on sustainable growth, with a revised growth framework to be released later this year. Tourism 2025 & Beyond is an industry-led initiative, with strong government backing, that recognises the rapidly evolving nature of the industry. Much of the growth framework is relevant to Nelson-Tasman, and indeed the whole Top of the South, given the regions’ popularity with tourists. Tourism is New Zealand’s biggest export earner, a significant employer and is continuing to drive economic growth, presenting both challenges and opportunities for communities. Such growth, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa
Above: Clockwise: Inside the new terminal; wood and steel accents on the exterior Opposite page: Nelson’s new airport terminal
chief executive Chris Roberts, has an increasing focus on sustainability in its broadest sense, including economic and environmental, and boosting host communities. None of this is news to those piloting the Nelson Airport redevelopment. Chief executive Rob Evans has been committed to the longevity of regional development, including the airport and tourism, since taking over the job in 2015. Expanding Nelson Airport, its terminal, car parking and passenger numbers goes hand-in-hand with developing more commercial engineering and maintenance, plus helicopter operations and the general aviation environment. 33
Part two is developing a good identity. Rob and his team have already rebranded the business and are gradually getting across the message that it is an important piece of infrastructure in the community, plus a critical link to other parts of New Zealand – especially the main centres. Nelson’s two largest markets for aviation access are Auckland and Wellington, with Christchurch not far behind. “Nelson is important geographically for airline access in connecting people, businesses and families throughout New Zealand,” Rob says.
Taking the long view
Now in his fourth year at controls, Evans is well down the path of his long-term master plan, having completed the rebranded
Above: Clockwise: Lots of glass across the frontage for spectacular views; a stylish new cafe 34
“When completed, the new infrastructure will cater for forecast growth to 1.4 million passengers in 2035.” R O B E VA N S , N E L S O N A I R P O RT C E O
and doubled staff resources. Aircraft traffic has boomed since the addition of Jetstar and Originair along with a significant uplift in capacity by Air NZ. There has also been an upsurge in aircraft maintenance carried out. Both aspects of the business are expected to continue to grow. Stage A went very well, Rob adds. The new terminal especially has been well-received. Stage B is on track to meet its October 2019 deadline. As we go to print, the old terminal has been consigned to memories, and piling for the new terminal extensions is all but complete. Car parking and roading works are due for completion by the end of this month. Car parking – along with retail and advertising – is earmarked as an important income-earner in the airport company’s long-term forecasts, hence its increase to a total of 1200 parks as part of Stage B. The airport infrastructure, jointly owned by the Nelson City and Tasman District Councils, is a huge investment. Rob estimates the final rejuvenation bill will be around the $40 million mark over the three years from start to finish, which includes more car parking and airside infrastructure upgrades. “It’s a massive investment so we are looking to gain a return for our shareholders and the councils.” Generating a profit is an
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“It’s a massive investment so we are looking to gain a return for our shareholders and the councils.” R O B E VA N S
Above: Clockwise: The unusual new control tower; a cathedral-style entrance; spacious terminal interior
integral part of the long-term plan, consistent with the airport company’s policy to nurture the region’s economy. “First we had to make sure that we had the right infrastructure to do that,” says Rob. “Remember that the airport is more than just a building; it’s part of the Nelson-Tasman brand, which is really growing fast. That means plenty of future [economic] opportunities both at the airport and around the outside of the property.”
Runways next in line
The team is already looking at its other real estate opportunities and there is still work to be carried out on the runways and airport apron, after which the spotlight focuses on improving customer satisfaction and developing a sustainability strategy. “We have a range of additional revenue sources such as aircraft hangars, maintenance services etc,” explains Rob. “Our two main streams of revenue are the aeronautical side –planes landing etc – and a mixture of property assets, carparking, retail and advertising. It’s really important that we have good plans for both sides for future development.” Nelson Airport already works with Air New Zealand on property and infrastructure planning. “Our long-term plan outlines how Air New Zealand can expand its aircraft maintenance business, servicing more planes for the likes of Air Caledonia and Virgin Airlines currently being serviced at the airport. “The end result will be a base for use as an export business, servicing turbo-prop planes from all over the world.” 36
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A dazzling bay on our doorstep Scenery, wildlife, history and good food – all within a skip of city amenities. Phil Barnes checks out Cable Bay and nearby Pepin Island. PHOTOGRAPHY DOMINIQUE WHITE
ust 20 minutes’ drive from city life in Nelson, Cable Bay has the feel of being remote and away from it all. It offers everything from easy walks on a peaceful beach to challenging treks over the Cable Bay Walkway, coffee and cake in an idyllic location, swimming, snorkelling and sea kayaking in a marine reserve, interesting wildlife, secluded accommodation, and a wealth of activities in the revamped Cable Bay Adventure Park. It also offers an intriguing slice of history. For those seeking adventurous activities, the main attraction is Cable Bay Adventure Park, currently being revamped by new owner Richard Ussher. Attractions include a skywire, horsetrekking, guided quadbike tours, feeding the eels, rides on the eight-wheeled, amphibious, all-terrain Argo, the largest paintball theme-park in Nelson and a licensed café. Richard says the return 3200m journey on the skywire is the longest such ride in the world. It reaches speeds of up to
100km/h. Set high above the bay, the skywire offers spectacular views, and its highest point is a towering 150m above the ground. “I refer to it as a scenic ride with a touch of adrenalin,” he says. The 500ha park is also a working farm, mainly involved with running sheep although it also has other animals, including horses. Richard says this enables the park to offer activities for families and children such as feeding the eels and animals.
Out on the water
Cable Bay and neighbouring Pepin Island have for many years been a popular spot for kayaking. Cable Bay Kayaks began 24 years ago, with Greig Garthwaite taking the reins two years back. He is currently working on increasing the size of the fleet and rebranding the company. “We want to personalise and enhance the experience.”
“I refer to it [Skywire] as a scenic ride with a touch of adrenalin.” RICHARD USSHER
The company runs half-day and full-day trips. The latter cover the Horoirangi Marine Reserve and then go around Pepin Island and return to where they started on Cable Bay Beach, via the Wakapuaka Estuary. The exact trip depends on the tide and conditions and is sometimes done in reverse. The half-day trips, which are the more popular, include stops at secluded beaches and sheltered spots around Pepin Island for options of swimming and snorkelling. Sea life is a major attraction. Greig says there is a good seal population in the area, they sometimes see dolphins, and twice last year they spotted orca. Another attraction is the birds in the tidal estuary, including wading migratory birds, some of which have flown from the Arctic and North America. Horoirangi Marine Reserve is a perfect area for kayaking, snorkelling and diving, plus bird- and wildlife-watching. It starts from the southern end of Cable Bay at Ataata Point and runs southwards along the coast for several kilometres to Glenduan. The reefs in the reserve support healthy numbers of fish along with shellfish, anemones, sponges, snails, starfish, crustaceans and sea squirts. The Department of Conservation says ambush starfish are unusually common in Horoirangi. Their colours provide a sharp contrast to the more subdued hues of the rocks and other species on the reef. The reefs extend offshore up to 400m and to a depth of 20m. Above the reserve the land rises sharply, with some dramatic vertical bluffs.
Walking the hills
A major attraction at the bay is the Cable Bay Walkway, which rises sharply from Cable Bay and continues for eight kilometres to The Glen. The trek offers spectacular coastal views and takes about three and a half hours one way. Many people opt to do shorter walks along the route such as the one-hour return walk to the top of the first hill out of Cable Bay. The walk is mainly through farmland, although there is an attractive section of native bush, with some small stream crossings, along the high ground in the middle. The track is steep
Clockwise from top: Cable Bay beach; kayakers head towards Pepin Island from Cable Bay Opposite page: Looking inland towards Cable Bay estuary from Cable Bay Walkway
in places and good footwear is recommended. This walkway is on private land and we have access to it thanks to the courtesy of the Stuart family farm. Barbara Stuart has lived on the farm for 43 years and her husband Ian’s family came to the area when his grandfather bought Pepin Island in 1923. The family gradually bought more land until the farm stretched from Cable Bay to The Glen. Barbara says the family worked with the New Zealand Walking Access Commission to put in a walkway for public use over the farmland. “Ian and his father Fred loved the views up there and were happy to share them.” Cable Bay Walkway officially opened to the public in 1982 and Barbara says this was pivotal in opening up the bay to visitors as it made people more aware of the area. “After that the kayak company started up, and then we opened the campground in 2002 and then my son started the café. Before then we had been very much at the wrong end of Nelson.” Barbara says the bay has changed significantly since she arrived in the 1970s. “We have gone from having a gravel road to a sealed road, and there are a lot more houses here now.” Those houses started off as baches but were gradually upgraded as their owners settled permanently in the bay, she says. Ironically, for an area famous for being the first place to bring international telegraph communications to New Zealand, phone connections have never been easy in Cable Bay. “In the late 1940s and 1950s, Tess, my mother-in-law, had to ring a little phone exchange on Pepin Island if she wanted to make a phone call, and she had to pay a shilling each time. Then when I first came here, we had to share a party-line with 10 other people. Even today we don’t have cellphone coverage here, but it is getting closer.” (You can walk to the end of the beach near Pepin Island to pick up a signal.) 39
Top: The view from the start of the Cable Bay Walkway looking across Cable Bay to Pepin Island Bottom: The tranquil setting of Cable Bay Café
Restoring the environment
The bay has been the site for some extensive conservation and restoration work, with the replanting of native trees and pest control. A large area of lowland native forest has been replanted in the alluvial plain near where the river meets the sea at Paremata Flats Reserve. Like much of the alluvial native forest around Nelson, it had become severely depleted due to human settlement and was in danger of becoming extinct. Forest and Bird joined forces with the Nelson City Council to restore the land. More than 12,000 volunteer hours have been spent in replanting. Areas of the reserve were fenced, weeded and then planted out with native species, which then required much watering over the summer. For those wishing to stay at the bay, Cable Bay Holiday Park is close to the beach and has 21 powered sites, 11 unpowered sites and three cabins. Josephine Hunter, who has run the holiday park for four years along with husband Nigel, says although the campsite is popular with overseas and out-of-town visitors throughout the summer, it also attracts plenty of locals. “We get a lot of Kiwi families wanting to come and spend Christmas here.” She says Nelsonians come to stay because they still get the full experience of being away from home in the countryside even though they are close to the city. The main attractions are the Cable Bay Walkway and the beach, she adds. “It does get very busy over the peak summer season so it’s best to book.”
“Ian and his father Fred loved the views up there and were happy to share them.” BA R BA R A S T UA RT, WA L K WAY L A N D OW N E R
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Nestled beside the holiday park, in the most idyllic of settings, is the Cable Bay Café, which operates through the summer season. However, owner Mandy McKellar says the eatery will be open later than usual this year as she has moved permanently into the Nelson area from Christchurch. The café’s location makes it ‘a destination’ that is popular with walkers and kayakers, Mandy says. “We try not to be a typical town brunch café. We’re a seasonal seaside café using minimal but fresh seasonal food.” The café has an interesting history as it was built as tearooms in the 1920s by the Wiffen family for weekend visitors from Nelson. The Wiffens were mostly self-sufficient, keeping cows and hens and also growing strawberries to serve with cream in the tearooms. With no electricity in those days, the milk and cream were kept cool in a screened food safe under the macrocarpa trees outside. Teas were served with homemade lemonade and sandwiches, or pikelets and scones baked in a woodstove.
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Clockwise from top: Secluded accommodation on Pepin Island; looking across the inlet to Pepin Island; idyllic views from the solar-heated bath at Rocky Point Hut on Pepin Island
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At the eastern end of the beach lies the privately-owned Pepin Island, which is reached by a shingle causeway. The island, which is generally closed to the public, is a working farm, but accommodation is available via Airbnb. The farm’s tourist manager, Danielle Parberry, says Pepin Island has three huts for hire. Rocky Point Hut is the most popular and is a romantic setting with a double bed and an outdoor bath that is solar-heated and offers spectacular views. Nikau Hut and Passage Hut are also special with amazing views and ambiance. Danielle says it takes about two hours to walk the main loop around the island. People can also tramp to the trig point at the top of the island, which at 401m offers 360-degree views across Tasman Bay, Delaware and Cable Bay as well as inland and out towards the Marlborough Sounds. Visitors who don’t want to walk to the huts can be taken there by four-wheel-drive. They can also take 4WD tours around the island and watch sheep shearing and demonstrations of dogs mustering sheep.
Our link to the world
able Bay takes its name as the site for New Zealand’s first overseas cable link, to Australia. Laying the cable from Sydney took 11 days in 1876. It connected New Zealand not just to Australia but on to Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Britain. Within three weeks of the cable coming ashore a landline connected it to Nelson. The new service meant people could communicate with Europe within four days by telegraph. Previously it could take up to six months for letters to arrive by sea mail. The cable station spawned a small village at the bay with a population of about 30. The settlement included the station’s telegraph room where Morse code messages were received and decrypted, a boarding house for cadets, a blacksmith and even two tennis courts. The station’s role in international communications was short-lived, however. Just 38 years after its inception, the company’s offices and sleeping quarters burnt down in 1914. The cable station remained in operation for a further three years, then the cable was relocated to Titahi Bay near Wellington, due to the increasing population and economic importance of the North Island. Before the Cable Bay station was constructed, the bay had been known as Shroder’s Mistake, after a Nelson sea captain who mistook which bay he was in and ran his ship aground on the reef. Maori were the first settlers, of course, with evidence of habitation back to 1150. Maori used the bay for fishing and set up a campsite, calling the area Rorokura. The main pa was in neighbouring Delaware Bay, which takes its name from the ship Delaware, which ran onto rocks in a huge storm in 1863. All but one of the crew were saved due to the efforts of five local Maori, especially Huria Matenga, her husband Hemi, and another member of the group, Ropata, who repeatedly swam out in atrocious conditions to help the crew ashore.
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able Bay Adventure Park has new owners and is going through an exciting stage of rebranding and new development. Owner Richard Ussher says there is already an impressive list of attractions at the 500-hectare park, but they are keen to add to these with new projects. The park is already well-known for its main attraction – the 3200-metre return ride on its Skywire. It also offers guided self-drive quad bike tours, guided horse trekking, rides on the eight-wheeled amphibious all-terrain argo, paintball and a licensed café. However, Richard says they have started work on a network of mountain-bike trails and on combining these with trails already on the land which can be used for riding e-bikes. He says the public will be able to use their own bikes on these trails for free while there are plans to offer rental mountain, e- and children’s bikes, and an on-demand shuttle service is being planned. The trails will range from easy familyfriendly grades through to higher end technical-style tracks. “Our focus is about creating a destination where there is something for everyone with walking, running and biking trails with picnic spots and swimming holes by the river.
Future plans “We hope this creates a synergy where people can enjoy things for low or no cost while gaining visibility on the tourism activities available here like the Skywire.” He says much of the trail network is aimed at attracting the local market and providing a great area where people of all abilities can come to enjoy the riding and relax after with something from the café. “The café is important to us. It’s a destination and it’s the only option in this part of Nelson that is open all year. It’s licensed and we stock a range of local produce.” He says they plan to put on some events with live music in the future. “And we’re also looking to open for evenings this summer where people can enjoy our wood- fired pizzas and the range of local beverages.” Richard says the development or restructuring of the park is a work in progress, so this summer is about putting stuff into place and testing the waters. “But in 12 months’ time there will be much more infrastructure. “And biking around the park will give people new options to explore the park as previously the only way people could
access it was through guided tours, be it on a quad bike or a horse.”
Experienced in revitalisation Richard previously spent five summers revitalising the iconic multisport Coast to Coast race which takes place between Kumara Beach and New Brighton Beach each February. The race had declined significantly in popularity at the time he took it over. But by the time he left this year it was revitalised and had a virtually full field of competitors and there is a waiting list for entrants this year. He says that experience was invaluable in terms of teaching him what would be required to rebrand and then develop Cable Bay Adventure Park. “We are taking a similar approach to what we did with the Coast to Coast which was to make changes as quickly as possible and then refine it from there.” He says by rebranding the park they want to make the public aware of what a wonderful resource it is and some of the wonderful things there are to do. “There are not many adventure activities available in Nelson itself, so we think that being so close to the city provides an opportunity for people – especially if they have limited time.”
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Dance can ease stress and treat depression. Eddie Allnut samples a worldwide trend.
alm, clear, creative” – Jaime Howell is precise in explaining the benefits of mindfulness, a type of meditation he uses and teaches. It typically focuses on the present moment while peacefully acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts and body sensations. Jaime is the founder of Opening Minds, a company that’s been delivering mindfulness education for more than 10 years. He lives just outside Motueka and came to this region nearly 20 years ago, after graduating from teacher training in health and outdoor education in Christchurch. “My first job was at Motueka High School back in 1998 and what a baptism of fire that was. I earned my wings as a teacher but left a little burnt out, not having the skills in myself to manage the roots of stress.” 44
Jaime now teaches mindfulness through movement, or more specifically dance. “Mindfulness has to be more than sitting still,” he says. “What we want is functional integration in the movement of our ordinary living.” He noticed that some meditation techniques could actually have a negative effect. “We move to learn mindfulness because if meditation is not taught with skill and flexibility, it could be used to fix ideas about freedom, or escape facing ourselves. “Mindfulness can go deeper. It’s not just about calm; this is about emotional intelligence.” Jaime adds that adults want to have the skills ready at hand for when something pushes their buttons. “Why do fireworks go off in my body when I talk to my boss? Why do my partner and I have certain areas where we feel
“It’s not just about calm; this is about emotional intelligence.” JA I M E H OW E L L
activated? Can I be less activated when public speaking? It’s all about emotional intelligence; learning to expand our window of presence and become more resilient with change.”
Top left: Jaime leading a class; top right: Jaime Howell Opposite page: Enthusiastic dancers
An holistic approach
“I’m not learning to dance; I’m dancing to learn,” says Jaime, emphasising that it’s not about technique but rather connecting to all of ourselves; the physical, emotional, thinking and wild-hearted parts of our living. “It’s about being able to show up and let go.” He has married his expertise in Open Floor Dance with his training in mindfulness to create this synergy. Life is always changing. ‘Moving to learn mindfulness’ prepares people for those changes, Jaime says. “People take what they learn from the dance and apply it to their life. Mindfulness is about flow. ‘Resting in a continuum of nourishing ease’ is a way I like to put it. It’s about being alert, awake, discerning and questioning what’s around you. Life and living involve change. It makes sense to train our mind through our body to move well with uncertainty.” Jaime values the human capacity for play as adults and says we can loosen our minds by loosening our bodies and dance out the stress. Fortnightly Moving to Learn Mindfulness workshops started at the Riverside Community Hall in Moutere in September and the local response has been very good, he says. “The hall was packed with 28 people coming for the first one. They were in their 30s, 40s and 50s, both men and women. Men can be more afraid to go into the realm of emotions but I really enjoy coaxing movement out of them.”
Moving to the beat
All types of music resonate in the hall. “Sometimes it’s rock, blues, dance or funk. Sometimes it’s uplifting and other times it’s deep and moving.”
A trip to Brazil earlier this year to share mindfulness through dance was a little intimidating for Jaime. “I went over there feeling kind of cheeky. What’s a skinny white fella from Motueka going to share with these people? And what I met was passion.” He found Sao Paulo, a city of 12 million, and Rio, 6.5 million, an enormous contrast to his small-town home. “I’ve never seen such a huge gulf between the rich and the poor. There’s corruption and at the same time a spirit for revolution and social entrepreneurship.” He says mindfulness is huge in Brazil and that’s why he was invited. “All indigenous cultures used to dance, and rhythm was part of how we processed things. Maybe we have become so busy we’ve lost touch with the healing-integrating potentials of moving to music.” Jaime used a translator when doing the workshops, but he says the music and movement spoke a common language. In a recent radio interview, psychologist Nigel Latta said: “If there’s one thing I could do it would be to introduce mindfulness into every school in the country.” Jaime has been teaching this holistic method to all ages for many years in Nelson and Tasman, where he has found people and schools receptive.
“Life and living involve change. It makes sense to train our mind through our body to move well with uncertainty.” 45
“Men can be more afraid to go into the realm of emotions but I really enjoy coaxing movement out of them.” The technique is gaining momentum around the world. It’s practised in thousands of schools and classrooms in Britain and the United States. Companies such as Google and Apple are delving into the power of mindfulness to bring the best out of their employees, and sportspeople use it to gain an edge. “It’s not ‘hocus-pocus’ because we as humans have known the power of a calm mind for thousands of years. Mindfulness has also been validated by neuroscience. As our breathing fluctuates, the latest neuro-imaging is able to monitor the plasticity of the brain and nervous system and we can see and map the structural changes. “As a society, we are stressed and busy,” Jaime adds. “Every day we hear the mental stats. Businesses helping their employees to be relaxed are going to get better productivity. If their mental health is happier, there’ll be better outcomes across the board.”
Many local teachers and students have had training with Jaime and he says mindfulness can be a useful tool for them. If teachers are embodying this calm, clear, creative presence, it will rub off on their students year-round, he says, not just during the eight-week programme he runs. “Kids feel it immediately when someone is grounded, present and responsive. It’s mana. “I share mindfulness with kids through story and music and creative imagination. If you get their bodies and emotions involved, and if they’re having a good time, they’ll get it.” Bridget O’Leary, from Riwaka Primary School, says, 46
“Mindfulness with Jaime has shown me strategies to stay calm and manage stressful situations more easily, both professionally and personally. It has helped me a lot with my daughter and to manage the single-parent, working-mum lifestyle. It’s given me an insight to a world where you aren’t burned out at the end of the term. There’s room to breathe and take stock.” Jaime adds: “How do we help young people to feel calm? Help them to relax? Give them the tools to do that for themselves. Mindfulness needs to live in our bodies and become part of us. Eckhart Tolle wrote the book The Power of Now. I bet lots of people have read it, but not so many people can realise it.” Opening Minds is preparing to introduce these ‘moving meditations’ to more children and families. “We value working locally and face-to-face,” says Jaime. “We’re offering mindfulness for kids and adults to help integrate this skill into the family. Simple practices to react less, respond more.” Jaime also has a more ambitious agenda: “We are laying the foundations to create a residential three-month mindfulness movement training for young adults aged 20 to 35. The first year, 2019, will be in Brazil, then 2020 Australia, and finally we will bring it home to New Zealand in 2021. To learn to live with mindfulness takes time. This is about resourcing young people for wholesome living in a world without boundaries.” Amid this busy schedule, he would also like to make time for the things he loves. Jaime is a musician who busks and gigs. He writes originals songs, sings and plays the lap slide guitar. Here’s a snippet of his version of the Simon & Garfunkel classic 59th Street Bridge Song that you might hear him sing next time you’re in town.
Slow down when you’re moving too fast, you got to make the moment last, just sitting here watching my breath, feet on the floor and feelin’ groovy.
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Must I wear a dress? We usually associate race day with the perfect frock. But you shouldn’t feel wedded to one. The perfect race-day ensemble might involve separates, the smartest of a fashion-forward onesie, or even a great pair of culottes.
Should I wear a hat or a fascinator? There are no rules, except to decorate your head or hair in some way, and to make the most of this rare opportunity to wear something on your head! And a hat or fascinator can be such a wonderful opportunity to express your personality. Karen Homer of Things a Woman Should Know About Style notes, “A woman’s hat is close to her heart, though she wears it on her head. It is her way of saying to the world, ‘See, this is what I am like – or this is what I would like to be’.” The hat versus fascinator decision may also be very personal, but given New Zealand race days are often held open-air and in the blazing sun, a sun protective hat of magnificent proportions might be a sensible and glamorous choice!
What kind of shoes should I wear? First up, it’s important to recognise that race day calls for outfit coordination in a way that everyday formality does not. That is, your shoes must complement your clothes. Race-day glamour has always been about matched and coordinated elements; a kind of precision that ‘ordinary’ style need not uphold to the same degree. The second consideration for race day is comfort and practicality. You will probably 56
Race-day glamour has always been about matched and coordinated elements ... be standing up a lot and moving about on grassed or gravel surfaces, making 15cm stilettos not very race appropriate! A midheight block heel or wedge with reasonably sturdy straps is a good choice, so that you forget your feet and enjoy the day!
What about a handbag, can I use my day-time handbag? The short answer to this is ‘probably no’. Indeed, the wrong handbag springs to my mind as the most common race-day fashion faux pas. A small clutch or shoulder bag with the most delicate of straps is raceappropriate; something just large enough for your phone, lippy, keys and credit card.
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Colour is certainly a feature of the house with bright canary yellow accents, a cobalt-blue textured bamboo wall and a bright aquamarine splashback in the kitchen. They mentioned to friends they were thinking of moving and before they knew it that friend had talked to the owner of the house they ended up buying and the deal was done. The spectacular views across Tasman Bay to the mountains were a major attraction and the couple liked the fact that the house had all the living areas upstairs and had an apartment feel to it. They didn’t plan to renovate as they liked everything, but they wanted to add their own flair. Once they talked to interior decorator Phill Krammer, they realised there were many ways they could freshen the house. “Phill just clicked with what I liked – he likes clients who like colour and I love colour,” says Maureen. “We ended up doing quite a lot.” For Phill, working with clients who loved colour was exciting. “So many people are scared of colour – they are too reserved so I try and educate my clients to step outside the circle and welcome colour – it gives individual flair and a very much bespoke finish,” he says. “I urge them to move away from white on white and cream on cream.”
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Remedies close at hand Traditional Maori treatments have their place alongside modern drugs, Brenda Webb hears.
desire to know exactly what they were putting on their skin and into their bodies led Marlborough women Tricia and Ripeka Hook to delve deep into their Maori ancestry and turn to nature for solutions. These days the pair head outdoors when they need uplifting, if there is an ailment or illness that needs to be dealt with or if they need a cleaning product for the house. First port of call is their own garden, where plants are left to grow at will, meaning there is always plenty to pick from. Sometimes they head for the lawn – often looking for plantain, which they use as a tea for a myriad of ailments, particularly coughs. The list of plants they use is long: kawakawa is an analgesic and used for gut healing, itchy bites and toothache pain; a sprig of rosemary is good for headaches; and the healing properties of manuka are renowned. Tricia and Ripeka’s journey into natural health and skincare started when Ripeka suffered badly from eczema as a child. Tricia was at her wits’ end and, as well as changing Ripeka’s medication and bathing her in Above: Ripeka and Tricia Hook with some of the natural ingredients they use 66
honeysuckle, consulted a tohunga (healer) and started experimenting with traditional Maori potions. Ripeka explains that “somewhere between those three options, my eczema cleared up and that’s when we began. Now it’s just natural for me to go to the garden when something is not right – that’s where the healing begins.”
Connecting with nature The whole process of searching for a suitable plant and picking it is part of the therapy, and the Hooks say they have changed their relationship with their garden, connecting with it much more. “We see our garden as an extension of ourselves and one we can benefit from,” says Ripeka. She often takes her children with her on picking expeditions because it’s an important part of their wellbeing. Picking is always done with fingers, no secateurs, and if the plant doesn’t snap or break easily then it is left because it isn’t ready, or perhaps you don’t need it and should look for something else. Positive thoughts are important to the process as well, imparting positive energy into the remedy. At their Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough workshop the pair showed participants how to make preparations such as an exfoliant, infused oils, hand cream, skin toner, disinfectant and herbal teas. All used common garden plants, including rosemary, lemon, manuka and lavender. The resulting products can
“... it’s just natural for me to go to the garden when something is not right – that’s where the healing begins.” RIPEKA HOOK
be used to treat minor ailments such as cuts and scratches, coughs and colds. Ripeka treats her four children. “None of what we are doing is new – it’s old. We are just encouraging you to use things like lemon, which is known as an energiser and as a remedy for colds. If we all maintain wellbeing through using nature, then that allows the health system to be used for serious ailments.” As well as being good for you and natural, their products are non-toxic and cheap to make. A starter tip from the Hooks:
Disinfectant (can be used as a common household disinfectant but also for health purposes). Ingredients: Cold water, rosemary, lavender, lemon peel, manuka. Method: Place sprigs of rosemary, lavender and manuka in equal quantities, along with lemon peel (no pith), into cold water. Bring to the boil, reduce and simmer for 20 minutes to infuse the plant properties. Allow to cool and pour into spray containers. Make a fresh lot each time. This same process can be used for making teas for wellbeing.
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Touch not the cat bot a glove B Y B R I T T C O K E R | P H O T O G R A P H Y C A M E R O N M U R R AY
ears ago, when I lived near Wakapuaka Cemetery, I used to take regular walks through the grounds, reading interesting gravestones and generally feeling grateful to be alive. I’d do the loop walk that ends up at the second entrance (pedestrians and maintenance vehicle access only) near Miyazu Gardens. The gates sport a cryptically worded shield that bemused me: Touch not the cat bot a glove. Since my cemetery strolls were in preGoogle days, getting to the bottom of the mystery was out of proportion to the effort or earnestness required at the time. Now of course, Google takes 0.52 seconds to offer 1.93 million results on this quote. In fact, I realise it is so easy to discover information that sometimes I am looking up stuff I don’t even care to know the answer to. Touch not the cat bot a glove is on the family crest for the Scottish Clan of Chattan which is unique as far as clans go,
“... on the Internet you will find videos proving it is possible for cats to wear gloves, but none of them look thrilled about it.” 68
in being a confederation of 12 different Scottish clans united for mutual protection and sustenance in the Middle Ages. It is called the clan of the cats. You have probably deduced that the crest, Touch not the cat bot (but) [with] a glove means, make sure you are wearing your best armoured mittens when reaching out to stroke a feline. Except if you thought that, you would be wrong. It actually means, don’t touch a cat unless the cat is wearing gloves. At first
thought this seems an unlikely possibility but on the Internet you will find videos proving it is possible for cats to wear gloves, but none of them look thrilled about it. Plus, the founding of Scottish clans obviously predates the Internet by a couple of years so the inspiration lay a little closer to home. The truth is, the pad of a cat’s paw used to be more commonly called the glove and if you could see the glove, the inference was the cat’s claws were nicely tucked away. The Clan of Chattan was reminding all ne’er-do-wells that it was not a group to be trifled with. This has nothing to do with dead people other than when a notable Nelsonian died, the cemetery’s gates with his family crest on them, were subsequently organised by his widow. The man’s name was Percy Borland Adams, a Nelson lawyer who owned a modest lean-to called, Melrose House. Originally a Marlborough man (from Langley Dale Station in Renwick), Adams’ first wife Frances Watts, inherited Melrose House from her father. He was a keen gardener and a lot of the large trees standing in the Melrose House gardens today were planted during Percy’s stewardship in the 1890s. It was his second wife, Julia Sarsfield Murray, who organised for the memorial gates to be erected after Percy died on Boxing Day 1930. You’ll find him having an extended cap nap in the Old General section.
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elson Appearance Medicine is subtly changing lives across the Top of the South, delivering its clients more confidence in how they look and feel. There’s an old adage ‘look good, feel good’ which aptly sums up the ethos at Nelson Appearance Medicine. Based at Nelson Plastic Surgery, the business offers a variety of different cosmetic appearance improving treatments. Not all are purely cosmetic. In addition to injectable enhancements such as Botox® Injections and dermal fillers, other services include a variety of options for wrinkle treatments. Heading the team at Nelson Appearance Medicine is highly qualified
registered cosmetic nurse specialist Cheena Windleburn, who has almost a decade of experience at her fingertips. Renowned for her excellent facial assessments and her gentle injecting techniques, Cheena delivers results that testimonials show her patients are thrilled with. Gone are the days when appearance medicine was deemed the preserve of the rich and famous. These days, many men and women view cosmetic treatments as a positive solution to a particular problem, such as aging or unhappiness about a specific feature. An important part of their service is the initial consultation during which Cheena tailors a treatment plan to suit individual needs; a rejuvenation or treatment plan that delivers natural looking results. Her skill and experience set clients – who range in age from early 20s to early 80s – at ease, providing peace of mind right from the start of any treatment. The most requested procedure is Botox; a treatment that can be done in a lunch-hour session, and one that provides satisfying results that last for up to four months at a time. Dermal fillers are also popular and again do not take long although Cheena recommends this procedure be done after
work or perhaps before a weekend to give skin a chance to settle. Lip enhancing is her favourite procedure, with the results lasting anywhere between nine and 12 months. Treatments on other facial areas can last even longer. Cost need not be an issue. Nelson Plastic Surgery offers flexible payment options and terms that make treatments achievable for most people. Location is also not a problem. Although Cheena’s practice is based in Nelson, she runs monthly clinics in Richmond, Blenheim and Motueka so no one living in the Top of the South has to travel too far. “I love what I do,” she says. “It’s about helping people to feel better about themselves. I can see myself doing this for the rest of my working life.”
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Staying safe in the sun BY CINDY DE VILLIERS, GP
un, sun, and sun – should you be out in it? Or should you be covering up? While we know about the risk of skin cancers, we are hearing more about vitamin D deficiency – the sunshine vitamin. The sun however, provides a lot more than a way to make vitamin D. The earth has been bathed in sunlight for three billon years and humans evolved in sunlight. From the first phytoplankton that used the sun’s energy to make fuel, to the realisation that children growing up in the dark narrow alleys of Glasgow suffered with rickets (an extreme form of vitamin D deficiency), life has depended on the sun. We have all heard of UV or ultraviolet radiation. This is only a small spectrum of the sun’s radiation or energy. The sun additionally produces cosmic, gamma and x-rays that do not reach earth. Along with UVA and UVB radiation, visible and infrared rays from the sun do reach the earth. UVA and UVB rays penetrate all the layers of the skin but interestingly, the visible and infrared rays penetrate deeper into our bodies and bathe our internal organs. The effect of these rays is not really understood. What researchers are now discovering is that sun exposure, or the lack thereof, is associated with numerous health conditions outside of those related to vitamin D levels. We all know that light acting on our eyes can affect our mood and our body clock. However, UV rays act on the skin in a similar manner. When the skin is exposed to sunlight, a number of different genes are turned on. Of those, the most interesting are the clock genes. Yes, your skin cells have an internal clock. When the genes that control this clock are triggered by sunlight, your internal clock is
What researchers are now discovering is that sun exposure, or the lack thereof, is associated with numerous health conditions outside of those related to vitamin D levels. reset to a healthier rhythm. Scientists are beginning to understand just how important our internal clocks and circadian rhythms are to optimal health, affecting everything from sleep to hormones. Most of us feel happy in the sun and there is a reason for this. The sun’s rays stimulate the production of endorphins (the molecules responsible for ‘runner’s high’) which contributes to a relaxed feeling of wellbeing and even acts as pain relief. There are many more benefits of sun exposure including a healthy heart, blood pressure, immune system and possibly even brain function. And, of course, the benefits of vitamin D include healthy bones and the prevention of diabetes. Sun screen, however, decreases the production of vitamin D by the skin.
So, should you be out in the sun? The answer is a qualified yes! Melanoma risk is increased by the number of sun-burn episodes as a child and adolescent, as well as genetic predisposition and red hair colour. Sun exposure is, of course, also associated with other types of skin cancers as well as wrinkles. Different skin types need different amounts of sun exposure. The lighter your skin, the less sun you need. Only ten percent of UV absorption occurs above the neck, so when exposing your legs and arms, it is sensible to protect your face with a hat to prevent those wrinkles! So, don’t get burnt, protect your face and enjoy the free health that nature and the sun have offered humans for centuries.
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e offer relaxed and tasteful dining in the heart of Nelson city. Come and enjoy our fresh summer menu, created by our team of great chefs led by Janette Stevens. Our breakfast, lunch, tapas and dinner menus have been lovingly crafted using fresh and locally sourced produce. Contemporary New Zealand cuisine at its best.
xperience the exquisite and delicious flavours of Thailand. Our food is prepared from scratch, the traditional way, using only the freshest ingredients. We have something for everyone as we cater for a vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free diet, along with your choice of heat. Takeaways available online at chokdee.co.nz
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it in our sunny courtyard and enjoy the best seafood from around New Zealand. Meticulously mixed cocktails and fresh regional fare — including beef, lamb and venison. Our attention to detail will make your visit to Cod & Lobster unforgettable. Open for brunch, lunch dinner and tapas. Cod & Lobster Brasserie 300 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 03 546 4300 codandlobster.com
ituated in the heart of Blenheim, we are open every day for breakfast and lunch. We have a delicious range of chef-inspired cabinet food, breakfast and lunch menus. Homemade pies, sweet treats and salads. Delicious coffee. Recent winners of the Best Café 2018 - Marlborough.
iwi Kai Nelson prepares and produces nourishing and finely balanced kai with exotic tastes and textures, creating dishes with a strong emphasis on indigenous fusion and seafood. Fully committed to tikanga Maori values, its kai is as natural as possible with no added preservatives, additives or chemicals to extend shelf life. Manaaki on a plate in the heart of Nelson.
Coconut & kaffir lime ice cream The gorgeous weather will always make us crave ice cream and our coconut and kaffir lime flavour is what we love to serve in all our summer classes. Beautifully creamy and dairy-free too. BY MADAME LUâ€™S
Ice Cream Ingredients 1/2 cup caster sugar 3 egg yolks 650ml good quality coconut cream 125ml liquid glucose 5 kaffir lime leaves shredded 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh strawberries Method:
1. To make the ice cream, whisk the sugar and yolks in a bowl until creamy and pale.
2. In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, warm the coconut cream and liquid glucose until well combined.
3. Slowly add to egg yolk mixture
and whisk to combine. Once incorporated, return to the saucepan and continue to cook until the mixture thickens and coats a spoon. Fold through strawberries and kaffir lime.
4. Set aside to cool and then refrigerate overnight.
An institution not to be missed BY HUGO SAMPSON
Photo: Dominique White
ining at Hopgood’s is always an agreeable experience. From the moment you walk through the door, the warm and inviting dining space smacks of subdued sophistication. You know immediately you’re on to a good thing. The wait staff know what they are about too, although slightly offbeat the night we dined, they soon warmed up, delivering informative professional service with a friendly, welcoming air. And then there’s the food. Hopgood’s delivers consistently overall, season after season. With Aaron Ballentyne at the helm, expect beautiful-looking, fabulously flavoured, fresh, classic dishes. He knows how to make local produce shine. So no wonder, even on a Wednesday, the dining space was buzzy and busy, just as a restaurant of quality should be. We wasted no time. The menu is agreeably arranged with a choice of small plates, starters, mains and some scrumptious innovative sides, then desserts and cheese. With the whitebait season almost at a close, I couldn’t resist the whitebait and tomato tart with chive butter, to begin. I was rewarded with a gorgeous mound of seductive, devilled whitebait, nestled over a disc of light, flaky pastry, confit baby tomatoes and peppery roquette. The stunningly flavoursome tomatoes rather outshone the delicate whitebait, although texturally, it was a feast. My glass of prosecco matched admirably. The grilled scampi with deep-fried cauli, white grapes and peppery nasturtium leaves seduced my dining partner, and didn’t disappoint. Plump succulent scampi cohabited happily with crunchy cauli. The chive butter sauce and pretty borage flowers added the finishing touches, along with a
“… expect beautiful-looking, fabulously flavoured, fresh, classic dishes.” luscious glass of Astrolabe albarino. Following on from the scampi, my companion chose the exquisitely melting pork belly over pumpkin purée, grilled shallot and plump, unctuous prunes with PX sherry, topped with the crispiest crackling ever, as his main. I went a little left of field and chose the black garlic strozzapreti pasta with asparagus, red pepper pesto and a deepfried zucchini flower stuffed with oozing cheese. Whilst I loved the sound of the dish, in reality, the pasta could have worked better had it not been deep-fried. The star of the dish was the scrumptious zucchini flower. A shared dessert of gorgeously velvet-smooth, coconut jelly, roasted rhubarb, lychee, raspberry, strawberries and
shard of sweet-tart, meringue, was a triumph. If you are a dessert lover, Hopgood’s never fails to wow. The wine and drinks list offers local and regional unbeatable classics, along with a small international wine selection, some sassy seasonal cocktails, as well as Kiwi craft beers, ciders and spirits. Definitely a Nelson institution not to be missed.
Hopgood’s Restaurant 284 Trafalgar St, Nelson Ph: 03 545 7191, www.hopgoods.co.nz Dinner: Monday – Saturday, 5.30 – 9.30pm Cost: $174.00 for one small plate, two starters, one main and one dessert, plus four glasses of wine.
Prego & Comida - two of Nelson’s finest ingredients in one location. Buxton Square, Nelson
Summer on a plate
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Fresh Nelson mozzarella, Capri tomatoes, Nelson olive oil and fresh basil from the Saturday Market. A caprese salad captures some of the best of Nelson — on a plate.
Mediterranean Foods In the giant seal & squid building, Buxton Square, Nelson
Top pinot eclipsed by plantings BY SOPHIE PREECE
ome of Nelson’s most awarded vines have been pulled out to make way for a native restoration project. The Falcon Ridge Estate Pinot Noir 2017 won best Nelson wine at the recent New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards, but 2018 will be the final vintage for the label. Owners Alan Eggers and Susan Campbell bought their beautiful block at Spring Grove in 2008, including a 12ha remnant of lowland totara forest, protected by a QE2 covenant. They then set about planting the former deer farm with 400,000 native trees and grasses, creating a sanctuary for native wildlife, including the New Zealand falcons that soar on the wind rushing up the property’s steep valley walls. In 2012 they planted the vineyards, with sauvignon blanc at the base of the totara forest, and syrah and pinot noir on the elevated ridgeline above, with an elegant schist tasting room nestled in a valley between. “I am pretty keen on wine myself, being a reasonable consumer over the years,” quips Alan, who is a geologist with a lifelong career in mineral exploration. “I am not trained in wines and don’t know much about them, but I do know a bit about geology and terrain.” He had visited the world’s great wine regions and studied the landscapes they hailed from. “I figured the Moutere gravel terrain, with the right elevated site and a very low crop, would produce premium-quality fruit.” Rows of reds were close-planted to stress the vines, and Alan’s predictions of great wine bore fruit, with the first vintage of syrah, in 2015, receiving a Bragato trophy the following year. The second vintage, 2016, won the Air New Zealand Wine Awards Best Exhibition Red Wine in 2017. Above: Susan Campbell and Alan Eggers at Falcon Ridge 74
“I figured the Moutere gravel terrain, with the right elevated site and a very low crop, would produce premium-quality fruit.” ALAN EGGERS
This year it was the turn of the pinot noir, which took Nelson’s only gold medal, let alone trophy, at the inaugural 2018 New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards. But despite the accolades, Alan and Susan’s mission to make a great wine does not necessarily equate to a sound business, with marketing of a new premium label extremely competitive, he says. The mining and mineral exploration sector is still Alan’s day-job, financing the costly task of transforming this beautiful property, with its expansive wetlands, remnant forest and hillsides of new plantings. While the vines have gone, the Falcon
Ridge cellar door is still open, giving wineand nature-lovers a chance to try beautiful beverages in a stunning spot.
What they’re drinking Falcon Ridge Estate Pinot Noir: This is an elegant wine with a “fullstructured opulent nose, bright ruby cherry colour with chocolate, plum, cherry and dried herb savoury characters,” says Alan. The grapes were hand-picked and the pinot underwent 100% malolactic fermentation and was barrel-aged in French oak for 10 months, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. The 2017 vintage reaped top awards.
All aboard for summery lager
“There’s a demand for more easy-drinking, ‘sessionable’ beers ...” SEAN MOSS, RENAISSANCE
BY MARK PREECE
t may be named for a steam train, but Renaissance’s latest creation won’t hit you like one. Their Marlborough Flyer Lager is an easy-drinking all-rounder, perfect for summer. “It’s not so hoppy, not so malty, and very much a ‘sessionable’ beer at 4.5%,” says head brewer Sean Moss. The beer is a collaboration project between the Marlborough Flyer, a century-old steam locomotive that travels between Picton and Blenheim, and Renaissance Brewing Company, a Blenheim craft brewery. Sean, like many converted brewers, started working for a winery in Marlborough and studying to become a winemaker. He began home brewing six years ago, “and the more I got into it the more I enjoyed it.” Then Sean got a lucky break – Renaissance was looking for people. “I decided I was going to apply for my dream job.” Typically, lagers are brewed with a Pilsner hop using a lager malt as the base malt. “At Renaissance we typically add Carapils [a dextrin malt], which improves
colour and head retention, a few oats to pump up the body – and that’s about it,” Sean says. Hopping is minimal as Renaissance are trying to achieve an easy-drinking lager. Lager yeast typically has a longer, slower fermentation at a lower temperature so it produces different types of esters typical of this process. The beer is then left to sit at a cool temperature before being filtered, and finally left to lager in a tank for one to three months. “There’s a demand for more easydrinking, ‘sessionable’ beers – we are making sure we are ahead of the curve,” Sean says. “If people who don’t normally drink craft beer try the Marlborough Flyer, it might convince them to try another style of Renaissance beer, so it could act as a segue to get people into the more craft beers.”
Perfect for the beach With summer in full swing, here’s a great
selection of easy-drinking lagers for the beach-cricket after-match:
Renaissance’s Marlborough Flyer Lager, 4.5% ABV. They say: ‘A light, refreshing beer at 4.5% ABV. You can find this special brew available onboard the steam train and at The Wine Station in Blenheim. Also available in local bars and retail outlets.’
Three Boys Lager, 5% ABV. They say: ‘A European-inspired gem. Crisp, clean and refreshing – just as a good lager should be.’
Hop Federation Lager 4.5% ABV. They say: ‘Refreshingly simple, with a soft malty sweetness, gentle bitterness and a clean finish.’
The Mussel Inn’s Golden Goose Lager, 5% ABV. They say: ‘A tasty, golden, easy-drinking lager. We’ve crafted this from 100% Canterbury Pilsner malt and 100% local hops.’ 75
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Steamy hot and vibrant Singapore B Y J U S T I N PA P E S C H | P H O T O G R A P H Y LY N D A PA P E S C H
sually Singapore is either treated as a stopover or a two-day visit. I, however, spent a fruitful seven days and nights experiencing this vibrant city while visiting my oldest son and his wife. They’ve been living and working there for the last two years, and suggested several exploration options that as European residents they had found interesting. Luckily, they also lived in an apartment building where the whole 20th floor comprised cooling infinity soak pools; a must for coping with the heat and humidity. Adjusting to the climate the first day gave me the opportunity to read about Singapore’s lively history, and that gave me added insight when my wife Lynda and I ventured out. Singapore was established as a British trading post in 1819, with Sir Stamford Raffles concluding a formal treaty in February that year. It remained under British jurisdiction until it fell to the Japanese in February 1942, and was renamed Syonan (Light of the South). Japanese occupation ended in September 1945 when Singapore initially came under British Military Administration, then became a Crown Colony. Twenty years later, Singapore became a sovereign, democratic and independent nation. Enough history! Today Singapore is one of the most modern cities that I have visited and, as of November last year, is home to more than 5.8 million people including Chinese, Malaysians, Indians, Indonesians and Europeans. English is widely spoken along with three other ‘official’ languages: Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. Street signs are in English.
Above: Lush green Botanical Gardens Opposite page: Clockwise: Gardens by the Bay; spectacular ship-shaped swimming pool and bar on top of the Marina Bay Sands Resort Hotel 76
Getting around was easy and inexpensive using Singapore’s highly efficient MRT public transport system – buses and trains. If you plan to use the public transport you will need to obtain an MRT travel card and load money on it, which can be done at train stations. The cost varies from 77c to $1.50 per trip, and is cheaper during off-peak hours. Taxis were a different story; don’t plan on waiting at a taxi stop and just hailing one. You might be there a long time. Most taxis are pre-booked and pre-paid so having a taxi app and account such as Grab or Go-Taxi is essential. When heading out take both cash (Singapore dollars) and cards. Most established retail outlets (malls, shopping centres etc) prefer cards, while small hawkers, street food operators and the like only take cash. Most food and luxury items are brought in so unless you shop in the right places – or money doesn’t matter - it can prove expensive.
Follow the rules We quickly began calling Singapore the land of rules and cells: rules for all the regulations there and cells for (a) where you’ll end up if you break the rules and (b) the apparent addiction Singaporeans have to their cell phones. Hopping on to commuter rail the first time was an eyeopener; every passenger except for us had their cellphone glued to their ear, no matter what age or ethnicity. Watching them enter and exit trains and buses, navigate stairs and even walking while listening chatting and texting proved entertaining.
Food and clothing prices were cheap and cheerful, and the night came alive with culture, colour and creativity.
So too did watching the traffic at lights. While it is costly to obtain a car licence (up to Singapore $50,000) and there is a limit to vehicle numbers on the island, there’s no shortage of sporty Ferraris, BMWs and Mercedes lining up at traffic lights, engines revving. Ironically the maximum speed limit throughout Singapore is 50km/h and at traffic lights … about 15km/h. Out and about, Singaporeans hurry about their business cool, calm and collected amidst hot, sweaty tourists. To be honest it took us about a week to acclimatise and even then the humidity took its toll at times. Bring on the air-conditioned malls and tourist spots! And when booking, make sure your accommodation has a swimming pool! Humidity doesn’t necessarily lessen at night so after-dark swims make it more bearable. High on our must-do list were the Botanic Gardens, Holland Village (where former army barracks are now trendy shops and restaurants), the Singapore Flower Dome & Cloud Forest, the HarbourFront, and the spectacular Marina Bay Sands resort with a luxury hotel and shopping complex. If you’re not afraid of heights, have a drink or two in the hotel’s rooftop bar while watching the sun go down, or book in as a guest and enjoy swimming in the world’s highest and longest (liner-shaped) infinity pool with amazing panoramic views. Mingling with the locals proved easy; a short rail ride landed us in Little India, China Town and Bugis St where we shopped, ate and drank with locals. Food and clothing prices were cheap and cheerful, and the night came alive with culture, colour and creativity. Everywhere, any time felt safe thanks to Singapore’s strictly enforced laws. Clean and regimented, its government and police are very proactive and Singaporeans abide by laws that include no eating or drinking in rail stations, on the rail, or buses and
On the island bicycles are for hire so you can visit a temple, see live moneys at play, harvest exotic dragon fruit and sip chilled coconut milk. their stations, no gum chewing or spitting etc. If they – or visitors – break the law penalties range from fines to caning and prison, although some crimes (especially drug related) carry the ultimate penalty of death by hanging. Don’t even think about it!
Explore, enjoy and splash out Singapore offers so much to do for all types of budgets and paces. Next time we visit, I’m heading back to a unique self-service beer bar in Changi Village. At the Little Island Brewery not only do you pour you own drinks, there’s also live music and a large menu. Nearby are the ferries (local boats) that plough the waters across to Palau Ubin, Singapore’s last kampong or village. On the island bicycles are for hire so you can visit a temple, see live moneys at play, harvest exotic dragon fruit and sip chilled coconut milk. A great day out! Restaurant dining incurs the cost of the meal plus GST, then a separate service charge. The cheeky ones charge the meal costs plus service charge, then GST on the total of those! That didn’t stop us sampling a range of ethnic foods from street stalls and food halls to high tea and fine dining. For tasty chow try a goat curry in Little India, yum cha dumplings in China Town or jump up several levels to Marina Bay Sands where Singapore’s pioneer celebrity chef Justin Quek has his casual all-day diner JustIN. With a name like that, we figured it had to be good and it was. We dined there on our last night sampling a number of contemporary Asian-inspired dishes while watching a fiery harbour light show. Costly but worth it, was the verdict. We also visited Quek’s exclusive fine dining restaurant CHINOISERIE Modern Asian at Marina Bay Sands. Described as the Grand Cru of Asian cuisine, CHINOISERIE includes private dining rooms, luxurious surroundings and a carefully curated collection of fine and rare wines and spirits. Bespoke menus are designed to suit diners’ needs in this top-end restaurant where the art on the walls matches the art on your plates. If you want a meal to remember, this it is. Afterwards my credit card screamed ‘enough’ and it was time to fly home. 77
Swifter and safer Champion runner Sarah Biss is now guiding others to pile on the pace without risking injury, Phil Barnes reports.
arah Biss has always been in love with running. After a highly successful career in which she represented New Zealand in athletics, cross-country, mountain-running and on the road, she has combined her extensive knowledge with 18 years of experience as a physiotherapist to form her own coaching business. Sarah began running on the family farm near Martinborough. She quickly became successful, winning nine national titles as a junior, including the Under-18 cross-country champs, the secondary schools 3000m, and the Under-20 1500m. Amazingly, she coached herself during this period. “Dad gave me the book, Running with Lydiard, and I used that to win the New Zealand junior cross-country champs.” When Sarah left school she studied physiotherapy in Auckland and says she was fortunate to link up with some top runners and coaches such Jack Ralston and the late Olympic 1500m bronze medallist John Davies. She went on to enjoy a glittering running career, despite missing out on several years while at her peak due to illness. Her results included 10 New Zealand championship titles in track, crosscountry and road-running, several race records and running a 2.39 marathon in Rotterdam to meet the International Olympic B standard qualifying time. Sarah competed throughout Europe, the United States, Australasia and South-East Asia. Japan was a highlight. She has competed there four times and represented New Zealand in the international Ekiden Road Relays. She says the Japanese are crazy about running and it enjoys a similar level of popularity to rugby in New Zealand. She has also officiated in Mexico and spent two months in Kenya living and training at 2400m altitude in basic conditions with the local athletes, trying to learn what makes them so successful. “I slummed it in Kenya as I wanted to experience the real Kenyan way of training. I rented a house for just $7 a week but it had no drinking water and no hot water.” Above: Running coach Sarah Biss with her youngest athlete, 11-year-old Rhys Goodger 78
“Understanding your own body and learning to run on feel will really help on race-day.” SARAH BISS
She says the Kenyans trained three times a day and lived on a simple diet of maize, stew, veges and chai tea. “There is a hunger to succeed, a hunger that those of us bingeing on Netflix and assessing the plum notes of a Neudorf pinot noir possibly don’t have.” For the morning session she was the only European among 200 Kenyans and says it was a struggle to hang on to the blistering pace as she sucked up the red dust from the trails. However, she now incorporates the influence of training in Kenya in her coaching.
Sidelined by injury Injuries put an end to Sarah’s running career in 2014 but she put her extensive experience to use by focusing on coaching. She had been involved in it since the 1990s but in 2016 she got serious and formed her own business, Speedplay Coaching. Demand has grown steadily since then to the extent that Sarah has had to reduce her hours working as a physio to make more time for her coaching. She now instructs people aged between 11 and 71. However, she says she will never pump out standard programmes to a high volume of clients – she aims to create highly personalised programmes for individuals, striving for ‘quality not quantity’. While some clients are from other parts of New Zealand or from overseas, most hail from Nelson and Marlborough and come to
her through word-of-mouth. “I’m quite proud of the camaraderie that we’ve built up. I have an emphasis on fun as well.” Speedplay Coaching also has a key social component. “Every month we have a group team outing to hike, bike or run.” The group takes part in a variety of races and relays around the Top of the South, “but also the people I coach meet up by themselves and train together.” Sarah says being a physio gives her an advantage in preventing athletes from becoming injured. She also provides personalised injury prevention exercises. A key factor in being able to run well and improve is to train consistently, and injury prevention is vital in a runner maintaining consistency, she says. Athletes shouldn’t become too obsessed with factors such as looking at their watch to judge pace or recording split times and monitoring their heart rates. Data provided by technology such as GPS about how far and fast athletes have run helps her to analyse how they are progressing, but she doesn’t like the athlete to become too reliant on it. “Understanding your own body and learning to run on feel will really help on race-day.” Sarah says she’s been lucky to have high-quality coaching mentors such as Keith Livingstone, and Olympians Rod Dixon and Lorraine Moller.
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Forester’s face-check tech An SUV that eyes you over? Geoff Moffett checks out the wizardry.
ubaru’s latest Forester may be handsome to some but probably won’t win any beauty prizes with its upright, boxy styling. However, this fifth-generation Forester, with its latest gadgetry, extra room, improved economy and excellent on- and off-road performance, gives Subaru dealers a sharp weapon in the hugely competitive mid-sized SUV market. The new Forester is 19mm longer and 21mm wider than the previous model, built on the latest Subaru platform and fitted with the latest – but still boxer-style – 2.5-litre petrol engine and upgraded continuously variable transmission (CVT). Three models are offered – Sport, Sport Plus and Premium, all with X-Mode, full-time all-wheel-drive (plus modes for mud and snow in the Premium) and 220mm ground clearance to encourage you to fulfil Subaru’s marketing come-on of family fun and adventure. There’s lots to like about the new Forester, and let’s deal with the obvious talking-point – a driver monitoring system (DMS) that uses facial recognition to check you out in the Sport Plus and
It will greet you and then automatically adjust settings to suit, from seating and mirror to air-conditioning preferences. 80
Premium models. It sounds a bit ‘brave new world’ but this DMS system can only be programmed to recognise up to five drivers. It will greet you and then automatically adjust settings to suit, from seating and mirror to air-conditioning preferences. More importantly, perhaps, it also checks your face as you drive, warning you if you continue to look away from the road ahead or seem to be nodding off. Combined with Subaru’s EyeSight technology, which is about helping to avoid crashes, it’s a useful addition to the Forester’s impressive armoury of safety devices.
Hi-tech for the highway Technology is a big deal with the Forester, right down to the plug-in and charge USB ports in the back for the kids, while the 6.5-inch (Sport) or 8-inch (Sport Plus and Premium) infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. No doubt, this is a family car with its very useable space; the extra 28mm in wheelbase makes for excellent rear-seat legroom. The Forester is busy under acceleration around town, but a fine cruiser and pleasingly nimble in the twisty stuff, with none of the instant understeer you once got with SUVs. This is a very well-sorted car, and the symmetrical, full-time 4WD will give drivers real confidence. With its ground clearance and ability to adjust the powertrain and electronics, the Forester
should be capable off the bitumen and on rutted, slippery tracks. The Premium’s dial-up modes for snow and dirt even adjust for deeper snow and mud. CVT transmissions aren’t everyone’s preference, but this seven-step mode Subaru system works well, and you could have few complaints about its performance. What Subaru has managed to do with the Forester is package a spacious, very well-equipped family wagon with all the latest technology at a smart price, starting at under $40k. At $47,490, the Premium, with kit including powered tailgate, eight-way power front leather seats and a full array of safety technology, looks good value.
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So many books, so little time COMPILED BY RENÉE LANG
othing compares with being on holiday, finding yourself a comfortable spot and settling in with a good book. The term ‘good’, of course, is relative – murder mystery entertaining chick lit, high-end literature or challenging non-fiction. Who’s judging, anyway? As Frank Zappa said: “So many books, so little time.” On the gift side, books have long filled this role, from full-colour, glossy, coffee-table stunners to motivational texts and all manner of DIY topics. all manner of DIY topics. And let’s not forget encouraging teens to take a computer break and indulge in some holiday reading. When it comes to books, there really is something for all tastes!
Available now, $35 HarperCollins
Available now, $38 Penguin Random House
his extraordinary crime novel unfolds in the shadow of the assassination of the charismatic President John F Kennedy; a time when a lot of people with mob connections are vanishing on a permanent basis and Frank Guidry doesn’t want to join their numbers. But in order to escape the hitmen, he’s got to somehow reinvent himself and an accidental meeting with another individual who has her own reasons for wanting to escape her previous life sees the two of them join forces. According to the New York Times, this is “a staggeringly brilliant book and a flat-out terrific read” and I’m not going to argue with that.
x-army MP Jack Reacher is on the move again, but this time there is a strong personal connection that’s motivating his travels. It seems that the town where he understood his father to have been born holds no records for anyone of that name. And Reacher knows damn well that his father never went back so could it be that he had never been there in the first place? Never one to shirk a mystery, Reacher makes it his business to find out the real story, which of course leads our hero into yet another adrenaline-fuelled adventure.
Love is Blind
Available now, $38 Penguin Random House
Available now, $37 Penguin Random House
ut of all the Atkinson fans out there, who didn’t love Life After Life and A God in Ruins, not to mention a whole bunch of her earlier work that has spanned a number of genres? This latest work from this most talented of British writers, Transcription does not disappoint. After spending the war years working for an obscure department of MI5, but not necessarily confining herself to inconsequential work, a young woman is only too happy to put the experience behind her. However, 10 years down the track, she discovers that there are always consequences for one’s actions – and thus finds herself once more under threat. 82
ith 15 novels under his belt plus a number of short story collections and several plays, William Boyd can be truly described as one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary writers. This new novel, which has been described as a historical travelogue-cum-romance, follows the fortunes of a young Scottish piano tuner, Brodie Moncur, who falls madly in love with Russian opera singer Lika Blum, but must contend with family issues among other complications. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is a bit of a romp – it’s much more cerebral than that, yet it remains at all times engagingly readable.
Nine Perfect Strangers
In a House of Lies Ian Rankin
Available now, $37.99 Hachette
Available now, $37.99 Macmillan
hick lit aficionados rejoice! The best-selling author of Big Little Lies, which went on to become an acclaimed TV series, is back with her latest page-turner. The eponymous strangers, an interesting mix of seven women and two men, are each looking for a very special kind of solution promised to them individually by the somewhat Machiavellian director of the luxury health resort at which they all meet. It’s a particularly dynamic combination of personalities and as the 10 days of their retreat unfold, each of them reacts differently to the challenges with which they are presented.
his hugely lauded Scottish crime writer has managed to keep up a crackling momentum for over 30 novels, many of them featuring John Rebus. Fans of the latter will be delighted to find that although he’s been retired from the police force for some years now, his memory and contacts are about to prove very useful when a body is found deep in the woods. But nothing is ever as it seems and, when Rebus becomes involved in the investigation, he has to tread very carefully indeed to avoid becoming a target for someone who has been keeping the wrong kind of secrets for the last decade.
Tart & Bitter
Available now, $29.99 Potton & Burton
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food writer and restaurant reviewer for close to four decades now, Wellington-based David Burton estimates he’s written around 2000 reviews over this period. As might be expected, not all the eateries he’s reported on have received glowing reviews, especially in that era when many Wellington restaurants were still finding their way – and getting horribly lost in the process. Few got away with their culinary mistakes, though, as this collection of Burton’s acerbic reviews illustrates. It’s an insightful – and enormously entertaining – glimpse into the region’s worst culinary moments and the perfect holiday read in that it’s easy to dip in and out of it without losing the thread.
o one can dispute that Graham Norton has earned his chops as a writer of fiction; his debut novel, Holding, more than proved this. And now this most entertaining of fellows, possibly better known as a television host of no small fame, is back with a new novel that promises to be every bit as readable. This new story focuses on a secret that Elizabeth Keane’s mother took to the grave – or so she thought. But when Elizabeth returns to her mother’s village after the funeral, she comes across some correspondence that may well cast light on something that’s been a mystery for her whole life.
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brand-new thriller from a writer who needs no introduction, The Reckoning takes the reader back in time to the deep south, specifically the town of Clanton, where an unthinkable murder has taken place. What could possibly be the reason behind an upstanding member of this tight community shooting and killing the town’s Methodist church minister? In true Grisham style, the story follows the subsequent trial and the effects on the local people. Inspired by an allegedly true story that took place in the same state, but a decade or so earlier, this challenging story will have readers glued to its pages until the very end.
hances are you and your family will be on the move this month, in which case this handy little guide to the best comfort stops will be very useful indeed. The useful map at the beginning of the book will even help you plan where to go when you need to go. From toilets that celebrate their region’s heritage and scenery or showcase art and architecture as well as a few that are just wonderfully weird for whatever reason, this fun collection will also make the perfect read for anyone planning to spend time visiting the smallest room in your house.
Fresh art that’s fun and funky BY JOHN COHEN-DU FOUR
Above: Donna Allfrey and Jessica Bagge: new retail gallery ‘filled with artistic surprise’ 84
Photo: Cameron Murray
alk into Tula & Niles By Design, Nelson’s latest retail art space, and you’re immediately struck by the unexpected variety and creativity surrounding you. Most of the artworks are produced by Donna Allfrey, who along with Jessica Bagge, opened their gallery/studio a few months ago in one of Nelson’s most wellknown villas. “We met in Christchurch in the ’90s when we did a ticket-writing class together,” says Jessica, “back when signs in shops were still hand-painted. We really hit it off. Then I went to work in ad agencies, after which my partner and I moved up to Marlborough to run our own sign writing business for 10 years.” Meanwhile Donna explored painting, while remaining busy with young children. “You could do it around raising the family,” she says. “In 2000, I enrolled at Hagley High as an adult student to complete my 7th form art year.” She was accepted into Ilam, but never took it up as her boys were still too little – “So I began entering competitions.” Donna won the TrustPower ASA Art Awards in 2004, and the Christchurch White Pages Cover Competition in 2006. Then she discovered WOW. “I was thrilled in 2009 when my first attempt was accepted,” she says. “It was called ‘Bowled a Maiden Over’ and constructed out of cricket pads. I’ve entered some dozen pieces, seven of which have been accepted.” In 2014 Donna and her family moved to Nelson, where she immediately became involved in the local arts scene. “With the assistance of Arts Council Nelson, I organised the BoardArt exhibition,” she says, “with local kids creating artworks out of skateboards.” She then enrolled at NMIT. “I studied object design, including sculpture, lighting and jewellery. I discovered I really loved the sculptural side of things.”
Today, along with painting and texture, this informs most of Donna’s work. “I’ll have up to five creations on the go at once. Some found object will inspire me to add other elements to it, play around and cut things up, rearrange them, sometimes add sign writing.” The results are quirky and pleasing. A rolling pin, serving tray and sign writing merge to become a ‘bakery’ sign. A small door with coat hooks and crocheted storage baskets becomes a utensil holder. A lampshade stripped bare and covered with a lacework of hot-glue becomes a sculptural floor lamp. Even the boot of a Morris Minor becomes wall art. “It’s taken years to get here,” says Donna. “The big difference is that in the beginning I had no confidence about my place in the art world.” “She now knows what I’ve always told her,” says Jessica. “There’s total validity in what she produces. No need to conform. “We’ve evolved to this point – a small retail store filled with artistic surprise,
“The selling is important, it’s the financial validation of an artist’s production.” J E S S I C A BA G G E
aiming to provide unconventional local artists with a successful outlet. The selling is important, it’s the financial validation of an artist’s production.” “And we’re a working studio, too,” adds Donna. “People like coming in and smelling the paint, seeing the works in progress.” “Our job is also to be really good ambassadors for the region,” says Jessica. “We’re getting a lot of tourists, and they all say the same thing; they love Nelson, they just wish they’d allowed more time for their stay.”
For further information visit Tula & Niles By Design at 28 Nile Street and follow them on Facebook
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January’s top art picks If you’re a bit of an art collector you’re certainly living in the right place. The Top of the South boasts a wealth of high-quality galleries featuring creative superstars. Check out this month’s pick of must-have artworks.
1. Lollokiki, Manu, concave copper cut out, Sculpture 705, Pohara, Golden Bay, lollokiki.co.nz 2. Jens Hansen, 9ct Yellow Gold Ring with a 20mm round cabochon cut orange amber, jenshansen.co.nz, $1,990 3. Peter Geen, Sentinel of the Sea - Nelson Harbour, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 790mm x 590mm, Earthsea Gallery, Clifton, Golden Bay, 03 525 7007, earthseagallery.com 4. Roz Speirs, Surf’s Up, fused glass, Art @ 203 Gallery, 112 Bridge Street, Nelson, 027 500 5528, clarityglass.co.nz, $295 5. Russel Papworth, Large Sailing Sculpture, stainless steel and mild steel, Forest Fusion, Mapua Wharf, 03 540 2961, forestfusion.com 6. Nic Tucker, Mt Aoraki, woodblock print, 500mm x 960mm, Red Gallery, Nelson, 03 548 2170, redartgallery.com, $600 7. Rosie Little, From Bakers Hut, the Lead Hills, Bainham, 2018, acrylic on paper, 590mm x 420mm, Quiet Dog Gallery, Nelson, 03 548 3991, www.quietdoggallery.co.nz, $1200
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Let the music play on BY PETE RAINEY
ing out the thousand wars of old. Ring in the thousand years of peace. Ring out the old, ring in the new. These words by Lord Tennyson in his poem Ring Out Wild Bells, written in 1850, are set by Karl Jenkins in the last main chorus in the Armed Man. This is a popular work with audiences across the Top of the South, and this powerful and joyous chorus draws this great work to a close. As always, the New Year gives time for reflection on the previous year and the opportunity to refresh and renew our thoughts for the year ahead. During 2018 I have highlighted some of the musical issues facing us in Nelson and Marlborough, and drawn attention to some of the musical gems happening here as well. I travelled to Blenheim twice last year to take in events at the fabulous ASB Theatre. The National Band competitions in July were a blast, literally – the level of musicianship on display was simply astounding. On a side note – it was the last time I spoke to legendary bandsman Maurice Abrahams who had made the effort to attend. Maurice passed away in October – he was a true inspiration to us all. I also went across with the family to hear the stunning young violinist Augustin Hadelich perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. This was a sublime concert, and reinforced my desire to get our national 86
orchestra playing in Nelson more. The ASB Theatre is a fabulous asset for the region; Marlborough Theatre Trust chairman Kevin Moseley has every right to be well pleased with his efforts and the impending opening of the smaller Anderson Theatre as part of the complex. I started last year with Opera in the Park, and was thrilled by the public response to the programme put together with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Saxton Oval proved to be an idyllic setting, but a return to Trafalgar Park for future Opera in the Park events will be considered. The Boathouse reopened after a comprehensive rebuild following the trashing it received from Cyclone Gita. This cherished venue will now continue to enrich our lives. After questioning the functionality of Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre, I am pleased to see a few events beginning to trickle in. It would be even better if the trickle became a flow, and that measures were taken to improve the venue’s ability to host local events. The Nelson Centre of Musical Arts reopened in January, and I need disclose that I became a trustee of the NCMA board in August. That aside however, it is widely celebrated that the place is absolutely humming. Over 500 students are now enrolled, double the target set of 250. Many events have been hosted in the auditorium, and the NCMA’s own lunchtime concert series was a big success during winter. On a personal note I have enjoyed getting back into the choir scene in Nelson, conducting Handel’s Messiah with the Civic Choir and Chroma Chamber Choir in May, and directing concerts with Chroma in June and November.
The influx of summer gigs to the region is now in full swing, and 2019 promises to be busier than ever. The NCMA Chamber Orchestra convinced me to pick up my viola again for a memorable concert directed by NZSO assistant concertmaster Donald Armstrong in early December. This group is ably led by Fleur Jackson and has lots of potential. The influx of summer gigs to the region is now in full swing, and 2019 promises to be busier than ever. A few shows to check out include the All Girl Big Band as part of the Nelson Jazz Festival at the NCMA on Jan 4th, Alan Innes Walker and the Immigrants doing their thing at the Mussel Inn on Jan 5th, and Nelson probably doesn’t know what’s about to hit it as 20,000 happy teenagers descend on the city for two days when Bay Dreams comes to Trafalgar Park on 4th January. Don’t plan on being there though because it has sold out. Fat Freddy’s Drop play at Neudorf Jan 10 (if there are any tickets left as Jan 9 sold out). On the classical front, the Teapot Summer School choral concert with legendary English conductor Brian Kay performs at the Nelson School of Music Auditorium 20th January at 2pm. Luminate takes over Canaan Downs from 31st January until 6th February, and for a legendary experience get to UB 40 in Trafalgar Park on 5th February. The list of hits is a mile long, and there will be a fabulous vibe. Have a good one.
Racial roots exposed BY EDDIE ALLNUTT
The Hate U Give Drama Directed by George Tillman Jr. Starring Amandla Stenberg, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie, Common, Algee Smith, K.J. Apa 2h 13min Rated M
his American drama is part of the Nelson Summer Film Festival that will be showing at the Suter Theatre from Dec 27th to Feb 6th. The main protagonist is a 16-year-old black girl named Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) who lives in a hood called Garden Heights. One evening she witnesses her long-time black friend get pulled over and then shot by a twitchy white cop, which sparks riots in the name of justice. What sets this film apart from similar scenarios is that it looks into both sides and preconceived stereotypical judgments. It also gives warnings and delves into the possible root of the racial problem to give a message of what’s needed to curb the negative cycle. THUG is based on the eponymously titled young adult novel by Angie Harris. Harris took inspiration from rapper Tupac, who combined hip-hop with activism until he was gunned down in 1996. Amandla Stenberg acts her multi-faceted character naturally. She gets sound support from Russell Hornsby (Maverick) who plays a dad with strong morals and cultural pride that he pushes onto his family. Kiwi actor, K.J. Apa, plays Chris, Starr’s understanding boyfriend. Although, on occasions, it might feel a bit like a made-for-TVSunday-nighter, it’s an important movie in today’s world. It’s long, but you’ll be engaged right through until the credits roll.
An old-school jazz fix
Summer Film Festival
27 December 2018 – 06 February 2019 Selected Highlights:
VINCE GIORDANO: THERE’S A FUTURE IN THE PAST E | 1hr 30min | Dec 30 | Jan 4, 10, 13, 20, 28 | Feb 6
THE HATE U GIVE M | 2hrs 10m | Dec 28, 29 | Jan 5, 16, 13, 18, 23, 30 | Feb 6
Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past Documentary Directed by Dave Davidson, Amber Edwards Starring Vince Giordano, The Nighthawks, George Wein, Catherine Russell 1h 30min Rated E (Exempt)
et ready to tap your feet to the swing and jazz beats of this cleverly crafted doco about a musician, historian and leader named Vince Giordano. With his New York-based 11-piece band, The Nighthawks, he’s been keeping jazz from the 1920s and ’30s alive. It highlights that stage time is only one part of it. It’s the other side of Giordano needing to get gigs consistently to keep the nucleus of the band together. Not only that, but he arranges the transport, setting up, packing away and business paperwork. He’s done this day in, day out for decades – much without the Internet – to preserve this music style and that’s what makes him a legend. Giordano and The Nighthawks are stupendous musicians who give their personal insights. They have played on such soundtracks as Boardwalk Empire and Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You. Debonair Giordano with his tux and slicked hair croons and plays bass whether tuba, sax or string. He’s old-school, being raised on Ellington, Basie, Whiteman and Armstrong. There’s a Future in the Past also features in the Summer Film Festival.
THE OLIVE TREE | EL OLIVO M | 2hrs 10min | Dec 28 | Jan 2, 8, 17, 30 | Feb 4
SCHINDLER’S LIST: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION M | 3hrs 15min | Jan 24, 26, 27, 29, 31 | Feb 1, 3, 5
A full schedule of screening times for each day is listed online at statecinemas.co.nz (Suter Page).
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Every Saturday morning The Nelson Market 8am to 1pm
Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters
This unique exhibition steps back in time 290 million years, bringing the past back to life with fossilised skeletons and full-size animatronic models of the animals that ruled the world millions of years before the age of dinosaurs, in a time known as the Permian.
Every Sunday Motueka Market 8am to 1pm DECKS RESERVE CAR PARK
Every Wednesday Nelson Farmers’ Market 8.30am to 1.30pm
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JANUARY Tuesday 8 Blackcaps v Sri Lanka - 3rd ODI International cricket at its best when the Blackcaps take on the thrilling challenge of Sri Lanka in Nelson Tasman. Come prepared for your time at the cricket and pack your own food and even your own drinks (just leave the alcohol, glass and cans at home). Starts 11am. SAXTON OVAL PAVILION, STOKE
Wednesday 9 & Thursday 10 Fat Freddy’s Drop A super-charged line-up including Fat Freddy’s Drop, DJ legend Norman Jay, Ladi6, Salmonella Dub featuring Tiki Taane, The Black Seeds and Troy Kingi. Starts 5pm. Visit ffd.lnk.to/trickledown NEUDORF VINEYARDS
Friday 11 & Sunday 13 Interislander Summer Festival Harness racing in Nelson over two exciting days with live music, Fashion in the Field, Losing Ticket Lucky Draw, Best Hat Day, local food and refreshments, competitions and the thrill of the horses. Starts 10am both days. RICHMOND PARK RACECOURSE
Friday 11 & Friday 18 Tahuna Summer Sounds Live music returns to Tahunanui Beach with local musicians 88
performing across two different stages. If wet, the events will be rescheduled to the next day (Sat 12, 19 Jan). Starts 6pm. TAHUNANUI RECREATION RESERVE
Friday 11 to Sunday 27 Summer Movies Al Fresco Gather a group, a picnic, even a couch and join other movie-goers from 7:30pm to play giant board games, enjoy the park and watch those glorious summer sunsets, before a classic movie. Visit nelsonsummer.nz for schedule. Cancelled if raining. VARIOUS VENUES
Saturday 12 Nelson Antiques & Collectables Show All types of antiques, retro collectables, vintage clothing, old bottles, vinyl records, linen and lace, postcards, local memorabilia. Starts 10am. THE TRAFALGAR CENTRE
Sunday 13 to Saturday 19 Flamenco & Classical Guitar Festival Nelson’s first Flamenco & Classical Guitar Festival is a weeklong residential summer school with master classes, ensemble playing, workshops and concerts. Public concerts every evening will feature the distinguished festival tutors including a special flamenco concert.
Luminate Luminate is a vibrant New Zealand summer festival of cutting-edge live and electronic music, visual and performing arts, inspirational workshops, pioneering innovations and environmental initiatives. Visit luminatefestival.co.nz CANAAN DOWNS, TAKAKA HILL
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Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 Richter City Rebels Aotearoa’s first and finest New Orleans brass band, Richter City Rebels tour three centres in Nelson Tasman during January. The Richter City Rebels blend RnB, soul, hip-hop, jazz and funk into a rich soulful sound that embodies the musical melting pot of Louisiana. Starts 7pm TOAD HALL, MOTUEKA, WEDNESDAY 23 MUSSEL INN, GOLDEN BAY, THURSDAY 24 FAIRFIELD HOUSE, NELSON, FRIDAY 25
Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 Nelson Jazz Festival 2019 The line-ups include two outdoor twilight concerts with five bands each at Washbourn Gardens (2nd) and Founders Park(5th); ticketed shows at The Boathouse, Nelson Centre for Musical Arts and Fairfield House, plus late night jam sessions at East Street Cafe and 14 free shows at eight venues. Visit nelsonjazzclub.co.nz VARIOUS VENUES
Wednesday 30 to Wednesday 6 February
Thursday 31 to Sunday 3 February Nelson Buskers Festival The Nelson Buskers Festival brings award-winning street performers from around the world to Nelson for four days of action-packed shows. Trafalgar Street performances during the day and the Church Steps evening shows are familyfriendly and free to attend, while the Thursday and Friday evening cabaret shows at The Boathouse are ticketed and R18. Visit nelsonsummer.nz VARIOUS VENUES
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Marlborough Artisan Market Summer hours 9am-1pm
Beachcomber Bays Cruise Also Jan 6, 13, 16, 17, 20, 22 & 30. This cruise takes in the main reach of the Queen Charlotte Sound and Double Cove, Lochmara Bay, Onahau Bay and around the Grove Arm of the inner Queen Charlotte Sound. These dates coincide with cruise ships in Picton.
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JANUARY Saturday 5 King & Queen of The Withers Run or walk or both in this popular 10k hill race in the Wither Hills Farm Park in Blenheim. A challenging but fun course for participants of all abilities, from first timers giving it a go to some of New Zealand’s top runners. From 7am. RIFLE RANGE CAR PARK, BLENHEIM
Sunday 6 & Wednesday 16 Cape Campbell Lighthouse Walk Join the Marlborough Tramping Club in walking 14km from Marfells Beach to Cape Campbell.
Monday 28 Irish Session Pop into Pataka on the last Monday of each month for an Irish session. Take your instrument and/or dancing shoes along and join in with traditional jigs, reels, polkas and hornpipes, or just listen with a drink and light snacks. Starts 7.30pm. PATAKA THE FOODSTORE, BLENHEIM
Bring lunch and snacks, drinking water, waterproof/ windproof jacket, walking shoes or boots. Book on 027 443 2236 by Thursday 3rd January. HORTON PARK, BLENHEIM
Friday 11 to Sunday 13 Lawson’s Dry Hills New Year Regatta This is the largest keelboat regatta in the South Island, attracting boats from all parts of the country to participate in the excitement of fleet racing on some of the most picturesque waters in the world. Wonderful spectator opportunities both on the water and land-based. WAIKAWA BOATING CLUB, PICTON
Friday 18 & Sunday 20 Twilight Trots & Family Fun Day The annual two-day summer meeting begins with a twilight meeting on Friday, featuring Corporate Day, followed on Sunday by the Interislander Summer Festival race meeting on the grass track. Waterlearacecourse.co.nz WATERLEA RACEWAY, BLENHEIM
Saturday 19 Picton Maritime Festival & Edwin Fox Open Day A fun family free-to-enter event that celebrates the unique maritime heritage of Picton. Races are in different categories from eight years up, and there is also the popular Build a Boat race.
Music, entertainment, food stalls and fireworks complete the lineup. Starts 11am. PICTON FORESHORE
Saturday 19 Marlborough Sounds Day Excursion: Boat, Hike, Eat! Day excursions to remote Homewood Bay Lodge, including a boat ride from Havelock, access to the hiking trails around the property and a delicious buffet lunch featuring local food. Also on 20 and 21 January, and 2, 3, 4 February. Limited spaces, bookings essential. HOMEWOOD BAY LODGE, PELORUS SOUND
Friday 18 to Sunday 20 Gourmet Paradise Country Music Awards The Blenheim Country Music Club hosts the 28th Gourmet Paradise Country Music Awards during the weekend with the finals and awards concert on Sunday 20th at 6:45pm. ASB THEATRE MARLBOROUGH
Wednesday 23 to Saturday 2 February Mrs Milligan’s Marvellous Marmalade and Other Spreads The 2019 summer season production by the Havelock Theatre Company, featuring two recent oneact plays by Rick Edmonds. Both plays have the theme ‘perfect crime’. Café style seating. Starts 8pm. HAVELOCK TOWN HALL, HAVELOCK
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Hands-on horticulture Horticulture is one of the Nelson region’s growth areas. NMIT creative writing student Trish Palmer asked Ngaio (Mel) Neilson, a 2017 graduate of the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture, about her experience. P H O T O B Y A N A G A L L O WAY
What interests you about horticulture? When I was growing up we had big gardens producing fruit and vegetables; it was the 1970s when families had to grow everything. There is a photo of me at 18-months-old sitting in a bowl eating berries. When I had my own children, my mother would plant edibles in my garden, so I had to make them grow. Also, I worked in offices for many years; on nice days I would look out the window thinking I’d like to be outside. I enjoy working outdoors and knowing that I am helping to improve the environment. Nursery work particularly attracts me, growing and nurturing plants through their various stages. It’s interesting how you can make subtle changes to a plant’s structure as it grows, to produce quite different adult plants, such as forming a plant into either a shrub or a standard.
You studied at NMIT several years after leaving school. What advice do you have for folk returning to full-time study and horticulture? Despite automation, especially for the heavy lifting, you must be prepared to get your hands dirty, because horticulture is very hands-on. You also need to understand how you learn best. Once you start your course, NMIT has a wide range of learning options, including classroom sessions, written handouts, online learning, practical garden and greenhouse activities. In addition, there are always opportunities to speak to or email your tutor.
When you started the course, what were the challenges, and how did you overcome them?
How did your studies at NMIT advance your career, and prepare you for your job?
You need to choose a subject that interests you, and then put in the effort to achieve it. My studying probably fitted Pareto’s principle for achievement ie 80 percent enjoyment, and 20 percent just hard work. As I had no formal horticultural experience prior to studying at NMIT, the technical and biological aspects of plant growth took a bit to get my head around. The classroom sessions with like-minded students, and the online learning options, were extremely helpful.
As part of my course I was required to do a portion of industry work placement. Upon graduating I was offered a fixed-term position as a gardener, and eventually a full-time position in the nursery, working for Nelmac. On graduation day I was working on the hanging baskets in Nelson, so I watched the NMIT graduation parade go by. I also use the skills learnt at NMIT in my own garden.
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