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Editor's letter




nother month has flown by and it is hard to believe that winter is almost over. The occasional storm has lashed the Top of the South, but there’s been none of the severe weather that has buffeted other parts of the world, although given the last few years’ changing weather patterns, who knows what lies ahead. Global warming and climate change are real and they are here to stay with all the speculated ramifications. That means we really do need to be as prepared as possible. One area in which that is achievable is in housing; making sure they are warm, dry and weatherproof. New Zealand has come a long way in the past few years with central government legislating improved regulations for rental properties, and higher benchmarks and minimum requirements for new homes. At the cutting edge of making homes – and public amenities – warm, dry, practical and aesthetically pleasing are our architects who recently put their achievements up for peer scrutiny in the annual New Zealand Institute of Architects 2019 Nelson Marlborough Architecture Awards. Congratulations to all the award winners and well done to all those who entered. Many of the projects are simply stunning, giving new insight into creativity, trends and materials, and how they can be used for impact, subtlety and practicality. If you’re looking for inspiration read on for this month’s feature on some of the awesome award-winners. If retirement lifestyle is on your horizon, then take a peek at our pages about development at one of Nelson Tasman’s largest ongoing lifestyle villages. Major developments at Olive Estate include a swimming pool, community areas and plenty of scope for living life your way. Winter is also a time to snuggle up warm indoors with fur babies for company. Regardless of whether your pet is a cat, a dog, a rabbit or a gold fish, studies have shown that owning a pet has numerous health and welfare benefits for people. Find out more about them in the following pages. This month’s issue also takes a look at the season ahead for Team Mako. The Mako machine is not just male dominated, with the women’s team achieving notable successes too. This season includes several home games at Nelson’s Trafalgar Park and Blenheim’s Lansdowne Park so rug up warmly and head out to support them. FinzUp Mighty Mako! LYNDA PAPESCH

Love local Vortex spa wins Good Design Award


ongratulations to local company Vortex Spas which won a prestigious international Good Design Award Gold accolade for its innovative IKON spa. The design awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian market, and excellence in architectural design, engineering, fashion, digital and communication design. Vortex Leisure CEO Andrew Pullen says the win is a hugely significant achievement. “It is fantastic recognition for the collaborative team effort that has gone into the design and production of IKON spa. We had an amazing design team of architects, designers, engineers, mould makers and electronic specialists all involved to create what’s become the ‘concept car’ of the spa industry,” he says. Vortex engaged award-winning architect Jorgen Andersen and international automotive and product designer Alain Brideson to collaborate on the prototype.


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