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Nick Smith reveals his ‘other’ woman


112 / NOV 2015 / $8.95

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Why Nathan Fa’avae is as stubborn as a ram

Havelock to Picton trail

10 sparkling winemakers created Méthode Marlborough

Greywacke Wild Sauvignon

Lemon & Almond Cookies

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Features Issue 112 / November 2015

22 Nelson & Marlborough’s Top 50 2015



elcome to the fourth annual WildTomato Top 50 — a salute to Nelson & Marlborough’s most influential, dynamic and creative figures.

28 Stubborn as a ram


dventure racing legend Nathan Fa’avae has written a book about his extraordinary life and the mindset that keeps him winning. We publish excerpts here.

34 MP adores his ‘other’ woman



ick Smith and electorate secretary Cheryl Hill have been a duo for an unprecedented 25 years. Geoff Moffett charts a relationship of mutual respect.

37 Methode in their gladness


hat’s in a name? For 10 sparkling winemakers behind Méthode Marlborough, this name is a coming of age, reports Sophie Preece.





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20 My Big Idea The Cambodia Charitable Trust wants a world where every child can get a good education and have a fulfilling life



82 Up & Coming After completing her NMIT Diploma in Beauty and Body Therapy Jill Archibald opened a home-based salon in Mapua. By Matt Brophy STYLE FILE Edited by Justine Jamieson

42 Style News Fashion industry news

44 Women’s Fashion Tropical Suburbia. A look ahead to a tropical inspired summer. Photography by Ishna Jacobs

51 Men’s Fashion Men’s casual attire for hotter days

53 Beauty Men’s grooming, not just for grandpa. By Justine Jamieson

54 Beauty Profile Libby Greig. Styled by Kate Donaldson & Connie Fleming

55 Beauty Products By Kate Donaldson & Connie Fleming LIFE

56 My Home

Sea views from the Richmond Hills. By Maike van der Heide

56 67 Dine Out

Maxwell Flint finds Babagatto an Italian delight

68 Wine

Phillip Reay is inspired by the Greywacke Wild Sauvignon series

69 Beer

Mark Preece explores brew sharing CULTURE


70 Travel

Bob Irvine reveals the pleasures of Palmy

73 Adventure

Havelock to Picton by bike. By Sophie Preece

64 My Renovation

74 Boating

66 My Kitchen

76 Motoring

Attention to detail. By Maike van der Heide

Nicola Galloway’s lemon & almond cookies




Nelson council’s new marina strategy. By Steve Thomas

The Suzuki Vitara joins the family. By Geoff Moffett

78 Music

Pete Rainey reveals unexpected pleasures

79 Film

Michael Bortnick is inspired to Rock the Kasbah


8 Editorial 10 Where do you read yours? 12 Events 14 Snapped 80 Quiz & Trivia

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Socially I am a liberal. It is self-evident to me that everyone should have equal rights regardless of race, sex or sexual orientation.

have never understood that old saw about not discussing the two things that are most worth discussing: politics and religion. I always enjoy one of those entertaining debates, usually over dinner with a couple of vinos, where you set the world to rights discussing capitalism vs socialism, the welfare state, inequality, climate change, religious fundamentalism and so on and so forth, deep into the night. The French see these things differently, of course. They will debate anything and everything at every opportunity, which seems to me to be much more entertaining, though perhaps not entirely productive. So taking my lead from the Gauls, I thought I’d get the debate started by setting out my thoughts on a few of the big issues. It hardly needs saying that I’m in favour of a market-based democracy because it’s the only system that has ever worked in the history of the world. Every other system that has been tried, whether originating on the left such as communism or the right such as fascism, has ended in dictatorship, meaning that a very few people keep all the power and wealth, after which comes some sort of revolution and economic collapse. Of course, some will raise the recent economic success of communist China. I would counter that communist China had no success – that it has surged only since it became capitalist. What about capitalism causing inequality? Well, on a global scale capitalism has massively reduced inequality, bringing the living standards and life expectancy of the world’s poorest up enormously. However, since Reagan and Thatcher’s pro-market reforms of the ‘80s inequality has undoubtedly increased in developed Western democracies. The biggest reason is that governments haven’t taxed capital growth effectively. While the headline rate might be 20-40%, the effective tax rate on multinational corporations and the super-rich is often under 5%. I’m a passionate believer in a free health and education system, though there probably does need to be a small charge for healthcare at point of delivery to discourage overuse. Free health and education seems to be possibly the biggest success of the Western liberal democracies. Welfare is trickier. Obviously we want to have a safety net to catch those who, through no fault of their own, cannot support themselves. But a system that encourages multiple generations to live on welfare without considering working seems to me to be cruel on the welfare dependents and unfair on everyone else. Very difficult to solve this conundrum, though. Socially I am a liberal. It is self-evident to me that everyone should have equal rights regardless of race, sex or sexual orientation. And I can’t possibly believe that the criminalisation of drug use has benefited anyone at all. Problem drug-users end up in prison rather that getting medical help, we gift the wealth created from an exceptionally profitable industry to the most unpleasant people in society, and we spend massive amounts policing what is surely a personal matter. Let the debate continue. JAC K MA RT I N

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Nick Smith reveals his ‘other’ woman



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Why Nathan Fa’avae is as stubborn as a ram

Havelock to Picton trail

Lemon & Almond Cookies

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On the move? Michael Bortnick Film

Matt Brophy Up & Coming

Klaas Breukel Design

Caroline Crick My Home, My Garden

Tim Cuff My Home photography

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Maxwell Flint Dine Out

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Mark Preece Beer

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Nicola Galloway My Kitchen

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Every year that we don’t do these things they become more expensive. Perhaps the number one thing that needs to happen is amalgamation of the two councils, the strange thing is that both Nelson and Tasman voted against their economic interest. Nelson, with low debt voted for it, while Tasman, with high debt, voted against. I despair of us ever getting our act together. Yours sincerely, A Holmes Stoke

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A springtime celebration of Marlborough’s stunning landscape, showcasing the very best with a series of garden tours, garden themed workshops and social events. VARIOUS VENUES, MARLBOROUGH

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Join us for the Eve of Destruction, team stock car racing. Fun for the whole family. EASTERN STATE SPEEDWAY, RENWICK

Sat 7 Concert with a Cause A Jazzy Affair Let the silky vocal stylings of Sophie Ricketts and Mike O’Malley transport you straight back to the golden era of song with nostalgic jazz of the 50s and 60s. THEATRE ROYAL, NELSON

Sun 8 Dodson’s Little Concerts Series with the Paul Brothers Contemporary blues, jazz and indie music from two very talented Blenheim musicians. Come in and enjoy good beer, authentic German cuisine and Italian pizza. DODSON STREET CAFE, BLENHEIM



Sat 14 to Sun 15 A Little Princess Nelson Youth Theatre Company is proud to present Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess. With strong themes of friendship, understanding and inclusion, this is a funny, sad and wonderfully imaginative adaptation. THEATRE ROYAL, NELSON

Thu 19 Sept Georgie Pie Super Smash T20 CricketCentral Districts v Wellington Excitement is guaranteed in this T20 match. Lots of action at Saxton Oval, a ground renowned for high run scoring. SAXTON OVAL, STOKE, NELSON

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Nelson A&P Show 2015

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With so much to see and do you won’t be bored. There is a carnival, laser tag, food court, music entertainment, strongman competition and animal events you have to see to believe! RICHMOND PARK SHOWGROUNDS,

Save the date! There will be craft beer, brewing competitions, cider, delicious food and a great entertainment line-up. What a way to start the summer! MARLBOROUGH A&P SHOWGROUNDS, BLENHEIM


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The Lizard Kings – The Doors Experience Break on Through The Kings pay homage to the majesty of The Doors’ greatest moments, celebrating their legacy with stunning visual effects and projections. THEATRE ROYAL, NELSON

Sun 22 The Great Christmas Market Shop in style with stalls from the region’s finest boutique makers. You’ll find unique, handmade gifts for all of your loved ones this Christmas. FOUNDERS HERITAGE PARK, NELSON

Fri 27 Nelson Sports Awards Recognising outstanding performance and service to sport by people in the Nelson region. This is a highlight on the sporting calendar, an event not to be missed! ANNESBROOK COMMUNITY CHURCH, STOKE, NELSON


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Bolster your bottom line. Lack of opportunity Good things come to those who wait. Oh wait, no they don’t. If you think like this, you’ll be waiting a long time. The world is competitive. Make your opportunity by going and looking for it and don’t be disheartened when others are rewarded before you. Chances are, they got what they were looking for. Blaming someone else It’s so easy to point fingers and play the blame game but it doesn’t get you anywhere. By admitting and learning from our own botched attempts, we grow. Most successful people have failed numerous times, scraped themselves up and carried on. Embrace failure by seeing it as a hurdle to overcome; one that only gets you closer to your goal. Lack of Time Everyone has the same amount of hours in a day. There is plenty of time; you just need to use it wisely. If you have trouble managing time, look at ways to improve this. Make a list, prioritise tasks and see where the pitfalls lie. Good time management comes with practice and can filter through to all areas of your life. What’s in it for me? Initially, you may not see the benefits of doing what seem like menial tasks. But a positive outlook and can-do attitude will take you further. Don’t think about what’s in it for you and what you’ll get out of it. That will come. Get stuck in and make the most of every opportunity that comes your way. You can change the way your day’s going and increase your success by being aware of and avoiding negativity. We can help you achieve the success you deserve. Call us on 03 548 2369 or email rwca@rwcanelson.co.nz Level 3. 7 Alma Street, Buxton Square. Private Bag 75098, Nelson T: 03 548 2369 info@rwcanelson.co.nz www.rwcanelson.co.nz

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We believe in a world where every child can get a good education and have a fulfilling life. The Cambodia Charitable Trust helps achieve this.

What is your big idea in a nutshell?

What is the current situation?

How can our region get on board?

Many New Zealanders want to make a difference and bring about some positive lasting change in the world, even though they may not themselves see it. They want to help someone else who is less fortunate, who may not have anyone looking out for them, or who may be without hope. We can help New Zealanders achieve this. The Cambodia Charitable Trust has 320 New Zealanders sponsoring children in rural Cambodia, and we need more.

Many children in Cambodia come from extremely poor families. They are sent to work, often in rice fields but sometimes overseas where they are trafficked and lost. The Cambodia Charitable Trust gives children the chance to go to school. They are happy and love learning. But they are also kept safe and learn skills that they can use to earn a decent living. Educated children go on to make sure their own children are educated. Going to school is a pivotal point in their lives.

Come to see the movie Girl Rising at the Nelson State Cinema on 4 and 11 November, 6.15pm. Watch a superb movie about children in developing countries striving for an education. Pay particular attention to the first story - that of a little girl living in the dump in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. She is given a chance to go to school, and her life is transformed. You too can make this change for a child in Cambodia. Visit us at cctnz.org.nz. Sponsor a child, buy a bike or stationery. Support a school. Share our dream.

What could we achieve for the community if funding wasn’t a problem? We send 100% of all donations to rural schools in Cambodia. We could make sure schools in rural Cambodia have toilets and fresh drinking water. We could put library books into a library. We could train teachers. We could ensure every child has some form of transport to get to school, sometimes as easy as giving the child a bike. We could give every child some clothing to go to school and some stationery to write on. It is easy to transform a life.


Who will benefit? We all do. The world becomes a better place. We in New Zealand know that we have helped someone permanently. We have given them a chance at a good, happy life, and in Cambodia the children get to go to school. They learn, they play, they grow up safe. We can bring that about for a very limited amount of money. $40 a month keeps a child at school and gives them a better start in life.

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Top 50 2015

Saluting our game-changers Our region’s most influentioal people Welcome to the fourth annual WildTomato Top 50, a salute to Nelson and Marlborough’s most powerful, dynamic and creative figures. As ever, our main criterion for inclusion was, quite simply, influence. Who gets things done in our region? Who is working — either in front of or behind the scenes — to create change and reshape Nelson and Marlborough for the better? Who has the knowledge, the networks and the energy to make things happen? And who has influence not just in their own patch but across different spheres? The list celebrates those who have made a difference in the last year, but also those who have been influential more generally — or look set to be so in future. We focus on individuals, not companies or families.

1. Nick Smith Nick Smith is in the midst of his 8th term in Parliament, having represented Nelson (and Tasman once) since 1990. Could this be his last term? He has hinted at political retirement. Smith’s energy and readiness to get stuck in have won him a big personal following. Continues to have a major influence in conservation issues as Minister, trying to mix economic growth with a clean environment. How successfully? That depends on your politics.



2. Alistair Sowman

7. Tom Sturgess

Alistair has been the constant in Marlborough politics over four electoral cycles. Construction cranes on the Blenheim skyline speak of vitality. Marlborough District Council is a key driver of the new 700-seat performing arts centre (plus 200-seater mini-theatre and function rooms), due to open in February.

The former US Marine and head of large American corporations has added museum-owner to his CV with the opening of a trove of classic motorcycles in Nelson’s Haven Rd. Business interests include Lone Star Farms, manufacturer Tiri Group, and he chairs NZ King Salmon. The normally low-profile Sturgess, who immigrated to New Zealand in 1996, has become a vocal opponent of the planned Lee Valley dam in Tasman.

3. Peter Talley Make that Sir Peter, freshly knighted for his services to business and philanthropy. The Talley fish trawling and processing business, frozen vegetables, ice cream and Affco meat interests have generated family wealth of $300 million, says NBR magazine. A director of 24 companies, Sir Peter, his brother Michael and offspring still call Motueka home. In fact, his imposing new home on the foothills is a local fascination —  not to mention a major employer of tradespeople. Sir Peter has long been a generous benefactor to local causes, often with a request for anonymity.

4. Rachel Reese Two years into the job, Nelson’s first female Mayor, Rachel Reese, has encountered the harsh reality of local body leadership. The Trafalgar Centre closure and repair ignited controversy, the Southern Link remains a hot issue, and a much-ridiculed makeover for upper Bridge St have been just three issues. On the positive side, last year Reese’s Council was the first in the country to ban sugary drinks from civic buildings and events, in a bid to combat obesity and dental decay. Other local bodies have since followed suit.

5. Pete Rainey Doyen of young musicians and mature boaties, Pete strides the stage in many aspects of Nelson life. He is into his third decade as the co-organiser and founder of the Smokefreerockquest national youth music contest with Glen Common. He also helms the annual Antique and Classic Boat Show at Rotoiti, a mecca for lovers of brass and mahogany. Pete is a Nelson City Councillor, gypsy jazz musician and artistic director for Nelson Opera in the Park.

6. Paul Morgan Paul Morgan, QSO, chairs Wakatu Incorporation, first joining the board nearly 30 years ago. In that time it has became a $250m+ business, including international brand Kono LP NZ, which exports food, Tohu wine and seafood to more than 25 countries. He holds a number of other commercial directorships, and is managing director of Fomana, the commercial arm of the Federation of Maori Authorities that represents $6 billion+ of assets. In 2009 The Listener magazine rated Paul the most influential Maori outside of government.

8. Richard Kempthorne Third-term Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne has overseen ­significant retail and residential growth in Richmond and Mapua, but that Lee Valley dam ­funding model remains a contentious issue with ratepayers. Richard is a trustee of the Cawthron Institute, and chairs numerous sporting and agricultural groups. The affable ex-orchardist appears to be equally adept at growing towns.

9. Rowan Simpson

Rose up the rankings this year due to campaigning for Red Peak for the national flag. Like former Trade Me cohort Sam Morgan, the incredibly busy Rowan Simpson is a leading Nelson supporter of tech company start-ups and has added to his fortune with his investment in Xero. He was also one of the original investors in cloud point-of-sale company Vend, which now employs 100 staff worldwide. Rowan is also a director and investor in technology companies such as SMX and Fishpond (which had $100m+ revenue in 2013).

10. Rob Beaglehole Sickened by treating preschoolers with mouthfuls of rotten teeth, the Principal Dental Officer of the Nelson Marlborough DHB went on the offensive against sugary drinks, convincing the board to ban them from all its premises. Father-of-two Rob has taken his campaign nationwide, and must have been delighted to welcome Nelson City Council on board. Nelson Marlborough wasn’t the first hospital board to banish soft drinks, but thanks in large part to Beaglehole’s push, by next January every hospital in the country will be sugar-drink free. from left to right, bottom to top: Rob Beaglehole, Rowan Simpson, Richard Kempthorne, Tom Sturgess, Paul Morgan, Pete Rainey, Rachel Reese, Peter Talley, Alistair Sowman


11. Paul Hampton

16. Pic Picot

What started off as an after-school boxing class at the YMCA run by manager Marty Grant and Victory School teacher Paul Hampton has become a juggernaut. Two years on, an incredibly successful Victory Boxing Club offers disadvantaged youngsters some positive mentoring and a way to get fit and feel good about themselves. The annual fundraising Fight for Victory boxing night keeps the new gym humming. Gibbons Construction donated a building.

In a coals-to-Newcastle classic, the peanut butter entrepreneur signed a deal last year to supply 700 Coles supermarkets in Australia – the country that supplies the nuts processed at his Stoke factory. From a stall in the Saturday market to international success in eight years is nothing short of spectacular. Pic is a well-known character around Nelson, guide dog by his side as he copes with failing sight. He also owns the coolest caravan in town – an American Airstream modified to resemble a toaster.

12. Stuart Smith The former grape-grower oversees a vast electorate as Kaikoura MP, from the Marlborough Sounds to Amberley and Hanmer Springs. Smith, who unseated three-term MP Colin King for the National candidacy, has hailed forestry reforms, championed foreign investment and waded into InterIslander over unreliable ferries. He and extended family sold their 25ha vineyard estate in January, with Stuart citing quite enough on his plate tending to political duties.

13. Damien O’Connor As befits a Coaster, Damien O’Connor’s renegade style is a winner with West Coast/ Tasman voters. The Labour MP withdrew from the party list in 2011, disgusted with his ranking. He subsequently won the electorate seat back from National’s Chris Auchinvole. When Labour was in power Damien sometimes voted against colleagues, with their permission. They bear no resentment. He is currently the Labour spokesperson for Primary Industries, Biosecurity and Food Safety.

14. Judith Billens Received Queens Service Medal this year for services to Maori. Judith is currently a member of Te Tau Ihu Iwi Health Board, the Maori Women’s Welfare League, the Child Youth and Family Care and Protection Panel, representative of Kotahitanga Nelson City Council iwi forum and representative for Ngati Tama Regional Intersectional Forum. She chairs the Cultural Council for Ngati Tama. 


17. John Palmer Chair of the committee responsible for combining Nelson-Tasman Tourism and the Economic Development Agency. Ex chairman of Air New Zealand and Solid Energy and board member of AMP and others, he has a big say in the corridors of Parliament. A clear-thinking businessman who commands attention.

18. Gabrielle Hervey Gabrielle Hervey spent 10 years as managing director of World of WearableArt before moving into semi-retirement, which gave her the opportunity to re-engage more with the community. In addition to her role with the NMIT Council, which she has held since 2012, Gabrielle is deputy chair of the Suter Art Gallery Trust Board and a mentor for Wine Nelson.  Previous governance roles have included chairing boards for the Nelson School of Music and Nelson College and being an Arts Marketing Trustee.  Gabrielle was a founding member of award-winning local radio station Fifeshire FM.

19. Matt Lawrey Nelson City Councillor, newspaper columnist, events MC and co-creator, with illustrator Peter Lole, of The Little Things daily cartoon about the perils of parenting, which appears in papers in New Zealand, Australia and Britain. The former Lotto TV show host and movie critic describes himself as having a “portfolio career”. Local pundits speculate that where it goes from here will be intriguing.

15. Nathan Fa’avae

20. Anne Rush

Nathan’s inspiring autobiography came out this year. Is there a tougher athlete in New Zealand? He has become an adventure sport legend, leading semi- and fully professional teams to victories in countless gruelling events around the world. Fa’avae now has his own Adventure Events Company, running events in NZ and aiming to go global

Consistently one of Nelson’s finest artists for 30 years, Anne Rush is considered by some to be at the height of her powers. She is also a busy contributor to the art of illumination as one of the trustees of the Light Nelson outdoor show, which returns next winter to entrance Nelson crowds, and is on the Arts Board of Creative New Zealand.

21. Paul Jennings

26. Barry Maister

Chair of the Nelson Mountainbike Club and instrumental in the United States-based International Mountain Bicycling Association awarding Nelson’s trails a gold ranking. The former British Olympian can claim impossible times for commuting by racing bike from Todds Valley to work in Richmond. A keen promoter of all things cycling, PR dynamo Jennings has also thrown himself into the Kiwi lifestyle, kayak-fishing off the Glen and famously taking the family’s designer dog along for a taste of pig-hunting.

The influence of Waikawa resident Barry Maister extends far and wide as a member, since 2010, of the powerful International Olympic Committee. The four-time NZ hockey Olympian was a gold medal winner in 1976. The widely respected Barry was secretary-general of the New Zealand Olympic Committee for 10 years.

22. Nic Foster The Art Expo project manager has seen the three-day showcase grow every year since debuting in an Air Nelson hanger in 2012, giving hundreds of artists an avenue to display their work over that time. A move to Saxton Stadium, forced by the closure of the Trafalgar Centre, has not slowed the pace. Artist/entrepreneur Nic secured Dick Frizzell as star guest this year, adding to the event’s national prestige — and the beer label contest keeps it real.

23. Martyn Byrne Also on the committee responsible for combining Nelson-Tasman Tourism and the Economic Development Agency. Chief executive of Port Nelson since 2004, the pugnacious Byrne has a major say in the handling of the region’s four export “Fs” — fishing, fruit, forestry and farm products. His negotiations with exporters and the port’s users have a bearing on the local economy

24. Murray King Dairy farmer who leads the long-running attempt to build the Lee Valley dam, now known as the Waimea Community Dam. Latest cost estimate is $83 million, with irrigators and the TDC mooted to buy shares in the project. Consent was granted in March and Murray’s case is underlined by low spring rainfall that has already put the Waimea Plains acquifer under pressure, but critics of the scheme are not swayed. King warns of “awful” consequences if the dam isn’t built.

25. Dame Suzie Moncrieff Dame Suzie is still inspiring creatives across Nelson and Marlborough and throughout New Zealand with her World of WearableArts show, which gives a unique avenue for creative people to make a name for themselves in fashion and design. This year’s Supreme Award to Peter Wakeman of Motueka demonstrates that the show may have moved to Wellington, but support in its birthplace remains staunch.

27. Sally Hunt Sally is the single largest supporter of Nelson art, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on works for the Suter Art Gallery, for which she is patron. She and late husband Robert initiated the gallery’s education programme. Sally is also behind the Arthouse Installation project, giving local artists a chance to create and exhibit work. Her personal collection comprises hundreds of pieces from local and international artists.

28. Leon MacDonald Now Tasman Makos coach after five years as assistant, the former All Black fullback seems destined for greater honours. ‘Rangi’ has been learning his coaching trade alongside maestro Kieran Keane, who he’s known since playing for the coach at Marlborough Boys College. ’KK’ has big wraps on his protege and Leon’s talents were recognised with his appointment as backline coach for the NZ Under-20s in the Junior World Cup.

29. Robbie Burton The co-owner of Potton and Burton, the country’s largest independent publisher, Robbie has his dabs on some of the finest books produced in this part of the world — and some of the most controversial. He joined what was then Craig Potton Publishing as managing editor in 1990, and amid the turmoil of e-books, the duo have accumulated a stack of Book of the Year awards while sustaining local authors, photographers and artists. Political whistleblower Nicky Hager has given the firm a hard edge — and several best-sellers.

30. Phil Lough Phil is currently chair of Port Nelson, Methven Ltd and Quotable Value Ltd, and also holds directorships on a range of other New Zealand companies. He was previously CEO of the Sealord Group.


31. Jane Hunter

36. Matt Bouterey

Holder of a CNZM and OBE, Jane Hunter is the country’s highest-profile woman winemaker, the first female to be inducted into the NZ Wine Hall of Fame, and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Massey University. She has run Hunter’s Wines since 1987, following husband Ernie’s death in a road accident. Jane is an ambassador for Marlborough wine in general with her presence and determined personality.

Irrepressible maestro in the kitchen, now teamed with wife Tania in Urban Eatery, one of the flag-bearers in Nelson’s large rollcall of high-class, affordable restaurants. A firm believer in treating his customers like whanau, Matt is also part of Bidvest Chefs Project, passing on his skills to amateur chefs while raising money for charity.

32. Allan Scott Among the Marlborough wine industry pioneers, planting his first grapes in 1975. The impressive, approachable Scott was awarded a CNZM in 2011 for services to the industry. He started the Allan Scott label in 1990, and it is now a true family affair with daughters Sara (viticulturist) and Victoria (marketing manager). His pioneering spirit is undimmed as Allan throws his weight behind the new Méthode Marlborough initiative for sparkling wine.

33. Ian Kearney Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, chair of the Cawthron and a previous chair of Network Tasman Ltd and Nelson Airport Ltd. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Ian is currently a director of a number of private companies and is a board member of Housing New Zealand. He is also involved with many community organisations and chairs the Nelson Tasman Business Trust and the Nelson School of Music Endowment Trust. More importantly, if you want to know how to catch a fish, look him up.

34. Bishop Richard Ellena The Bishop’s Anglican diocese, one of 13 in the country, covers an area from the West Coast to Kaikoura, encompassing 26 parishes. A mentor to his priests and father figure to his flock, Richard Ellena is an influential person in the lives of thousands. The affable Bishop is a regular traveller around his vast territory in his mission to strengthen local churches, and in the words of the Church, “to plant new kinds of churches and ministries wherever there is a need”.

35. Craig Potton Craig continues his strong influence in the arts world with his chairmanship of the Suter Trust, guiding an ambitious rebuild, and as New Zealand’s leading landscape and wilderness photographer. Publisher of many books through Potton and Burton. Craig has made a name more recently as the writer and presenter of TV programmes Rivers and Wild Coasts.


37. Grant Smithies Music journalist, radio host and vinyl nut, Grant’s occasional stints behind the decks at disco nights are one of the hottest tickets in town. With an encyclopaedic knowledge of popular music, he exercises brain and feet in the one go. Grant could live anywhere, and he lives in Nelson. Score one for us.

38. Brent Marris Brent continues the business empire founded with his father John, who died last year and was well-known for his Marlborough property developments. Father and son established the Wither Hills winery, which sold in 2002 for $52m. Not one to rest on success, Brent and wife Rosemary went on to build new winery Marisco into a high-profile business, with The Ned becoming a familiar label. Now based in Auckland and worth $100m, says NBR.

39. Dot Kettle Anyone who could work 12 years for ex-Prime Minister Helen Clark as key backroom strategist has to be a canny operator. Kettle’s wiles now work for local business as chief executive of the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce. If her former boss secures that top job at the UN, Dot will dine out forever on the leg-up.

40. Tony Downing Their work is visible all over town, but Downing Creative Marketing pitches its branding, graphic design, website creation and advertising skills to the world via the internet. Strategists, writers, graphic designers, website designers and managers, all based, ironically, in a low-profile office upstairs in Hardy St, Nelson. Tony is a key figure in the promotion group Nelson Shines, which aims to sing our praises to the world.

41. Paul Steere

46. Tony Gray

He is a Councillor at NMIT, board chairman for Clean Seas Tuna and a director of New Zealand King Salmon, where he held the role of chief executive from 1994-2009. Paul heads Nelson Airport Ltd, Allan Scott Family Winemakers, is a director of Kaynemaile Ltd and is on the national board of New Zealand Red Cross.

As chief executive of the Top of the South’s major tertiary educational organisation, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Tony helps to guide the future careers of 3500 students. Steering NMIT through the constant challenges of Government funding and fierce competition, he’s intent on making NMIT a leading NZ polytech.

42. Scott Gibbons

47. Phil Taylor

The third generation of Gibbons to run the Gibbons Group of companies, which started with grandfather Bill in the 1930s. Gibbons Holdings Ltd has become the Top of the South’s leading construction company. Bill’s son Roger made the company a byword in construction and property development. Now his sons Scott and Kent are directors, with Scott the managing director. The company is a supporter of various community projects and charities.

Phil chairs the board of Nelson Tasman Tourism, having been appointed a director in 2007. He is a successful footwear retailer in Richmond and Nelson, holding thousands of local women, and more than a few men, in his thrall. Phil ran for the Tasman Mayoralty on the Hands Up ticket in 2007, finishing a respectable third. He is also a Justice of the Peace.

43. Julie Catchpole

The former bronze medal Olympian eights rower has since been a team manager and national selector and former chairman of NZ Rowing. He’s had a big influence on local rowing through the Wairau Rowing Club and its successes. Ivan has also made a name for himself in the wine industry, first with Cloudy Bay and now as owner of Dog Point with partner James Healy.

The energetic director of The Suter led a drive to make it more accessible and userfriendly. Julie’s initiatives, along with curator Anna-Marie White, to bring art to the people helped The Suter in its critical mission to boost income. Now based in Halifax St while the gallery is transformed in a two-year rebuild.

44. Fred Te Miha Chair and chief negotiator for local iwi Ngati Tama ki te Waipounamu. Fred is widely respected in Maoridom, as witnessed by his appointment to the Expert Advisory Panel of Foma, the Federation of Maori Authorities. Local iwi fisheries representative. He took the Government to task last year for not doing enough to protect the rare Maui’s dolphin.

45. Ali Boswijk Former Deputy Mayor and driver of a Government initiative to take WearableArt to the world. Co-owner with husband Eelco of Old St John’s Church, now transformed into a performance venue that is proving a lifesaver after the closure of the Nelson School of Music for earthquake strengthening.

48. Ivan Sutherland

49. Sir Patrick Goodman Master dealmaker Sir Patrick parlayed a Motueka bakery into multi-national food empire Goodman Fielder Wattie. Estimated by Business Review Weekly to be worth A$770m, and still calls Motueka home, although he spends a lot of time in Australia. Sir Patrick, now in his mid-80s, tragically lost his wife Hilary, Lady Goodman, in a car accident in Australia last year. Son Greg runs Australia-based Goodman Group, which controls $29 billion worth of assets in 16 countries, mainly in commercial and industrial property.

50. Peter Yealands The down-to-earth entrepreneur, with his distinctive silver locks and beard, has developed New Zealand’s largest privately owned vineyard in the Awatere Valley – literally taking the wheel of heavy machinery at times. His passion to produce eco-friendly wine and make a name internationally has produced remarkable progress. Peter Yealands is now the 6th largest wine producer in NZ and growing rapidly. Worth $105m, according to NBR.


Nathan Fa’avae

Stubborn as a ram Adventure racing legend Nathan Fa’avae has written a book about his extraordinary life and the mindset that keeps him winning. We publish excerpts here. Photo: Alexandre Socci/Green Pixel


The early years


y April 5 [1972] birthdate makes me an Aries, the ram, a stubborn, thick-skinned animal that can survive in harsh environments. My mother Jan was born and raised on the West Coast by her mother Maureen and Scottish father Peter Taylor. They lived primarily around the mining towns of Millerton and Granity, north of Westport – a rugged place to live, especially back then, but also scenically majestic. Granddad Peter was injured in a mining accident, resulting in him being paralysed on one side for the last 35 years of his life. Maureen was a storybook Nana to us kids. She spoiled us with ample presents, home-baking and love, despite the fact we sometimes drove her up the wall. Seeing us kids happy gave her great pleasure, and we loved to go to Nana and Granddad’s – first stop, the cookie jar. Peter passed away first. Maureen fell victim to Alzheimer’s disease and drifted in and out of reality in her final years. My father Filemoni is Samoan. He lived in Samoa for the first 20 years of his life and then studied quantity surveying at Victoria University in Wellington. Being the eldest son in his family and the son of a church minister, he enjoyed a few privileges uncommon to most young Samoans. Growing up in the Pacific Islands was a life of freedom and adventure, including a warm climate, swimming, beaches, riding horses and fishing. Rugby is a big part of island life and my dad was a keen rugby player and also partial to the late-night partying that often goes with that sport. In Wellington he played competitive rugby and despite the colder climate, enjoyed his time in New Zealand. In the early 1970s he returned to Samoa and began to work using his degree. On completing her school education on the West Coast, my mother moved to Christchurch to study early childhood education. After gaining her qualifications, she did a stint on Norfolk Island through Volunteer Service Abroad. She then travelled to Samoa to help establish the first pre-school centre and there she met my dad. Mum was a strong, independent young woman, especially for the late ‘60s. The family were not entirely thrilled about Filemoni dating a palagi, or ‘white girl’, perhaps because they knew that in time he’d move to New Zealand. A year later their relationship was cemented when my older brother Braden was born in Apia, the capital of Samoa. Having had some birth complications, Mum was told she probably wouldn’t be able to carry any more children, but not long after she discovered she was pregnant again – the Ram was on his way.

My family on my wedding day, Awaroa Beach, 2000. In fear of a massive Samoan wedding, Jodie and I opted for something small and private. Photo: Nicola Dove

My time as an instructor at Outward Bound in 2000 is probably the single best thing I have done in my working life. It was immensely satisfying and also a place of valuable learning about myself. Photo: Outward Bound

Jump forward a few years to Chapter 4 — New Future


art of my problem as a teenager was that I had no interest in a career or any inkling of what I wanted to do. I was happy to get a job but there was a gap between seasonal work and I didn’t know what I wanted to do long-term. I had absolutely no clue, no career goals or even a direction. I had a list of tramping trips I wanted to do and had made some plans for a couple of 10-day missions, but before I embarked I needed to sign up for the unemployment benefit, or ‘the dole’ as it’s commonly known. At the interview with the caseworker they asked the normal questions about what I’d been doing, what I wanted to do and what I was interested in. I said I didn’t really mind what work I did in the short-term and that my main interest was exploring the wilderness and adventures. By the end of the meeting I had myself a small income and some information about a course offered at Whenua Iti Outdoor Pursuits Centre. It was a 12-week explorers’ course targeting disadvantaged people in the community. The criteria meant the students had to be either unemployed, low-education, in trouble with the law, have low self-esteem/ confidence, minimal life skills, ‘I opted to stay off the or dealing with drug or alcohol drink for the rest of issues. While you didn’t have to the course and to this tick all the boxes, some of the day have not touched students did, and I met enough, alcohol again.’ or most of the criteria, to get a spot. The course was advertised as a personal development programme involving abseiling, caving, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, running, tramping and windsurfing. This was my ultimate dream and, as I got paid more to do the course than be unemployed, life was starting to roll. I relocated to Riverside Community, a colourful and convenient accommodation provider along the road from the centre … Early into the course I decided I would stop smoking. While we weren’t allowed alcohol on the course or at the accommodation, I kept a few beers and a hip flask of Southern Comfort handy for a quiet snifter at the end of the day. A drug and alcohol counsellor talked to us about abuse, problem drinking and alcoholism, and said alcoholics tend to drink alone, 29

don’t know when to stop and often drink daily. As the workshop went along, I realised I had many of the signs of becoming an alcoholic and that frightened me somewhat. I knew that in drunken states I was a bloody idiot too. I nearly got booted off the course at the beginning when I suggested to a few of the guys that we hitch into Motueka one night and get some drinks. They shot me down and threatened to report me should I suggest such a thing again. I opted to stay off the drink for the rest of the course and to this day have not touched alcohol again. I know I wasn’t an alcoholic and probably would never have been, but given my personality (inability to moderate), it’s probably a good thing and it’s saved me time, money, and a shitload of embarrassment and regret. The course held multiple discoveries for me. I learnt all sorts of technical skills, more about teamwork and communi­ cation, and a lot about myself. In one feedback session called the ‘Hot Seat’, where one student at a time sat on a red cushion in the middle of a circle while the rest of us offered them constructive feedback, Hazel told me she thought I was ‘judgemental’ and that I needed to look at that. I didn’t know what she meant but I made a mental note not to be judgemental any more. Because I was so in my element in the outdoors, I shone brightly as a bit of a star student, and as a result began to see that I was highly capable, with more talents than I’d realised. I observed the daily life of the outdoor instructors who worked at the centre with fascination, confirming for me that that’s where I was heading. In one workshop a tutor said to us: ‘Discover what you enjoy doing the most, and then find someone to pay you to do it.’ That became my mantra.

Scoot forward a few more years to Chapter 6 — Now Fastest, with Nathan competing in his first Coast to Coast at age 18.


TOP TO BOTTOM Finish of Day 1 at the Coast to Coast, 1991. I was race leader and had just set a new record for the individual mountain run stage, but where are my support crew? Photo Credit: Bob Mckerrow Travelling home from Otago University in 1992, checking out O’Sullivans Rapid on the Buller River to see if it was worth getting the kayaks off the roof. Our little Subaru was an adventure sports store on wheels 2004 Nelson Rollo’s 24-hour race. Hadyn Key, Richard Ussher, Kristina Strode-Penny and myself were the core Team Seagate. We used local events for training for the international competitions. Photo: Ian Trafford 30

his is the most vivid memory I have of the race. I was running along narrow forest trails with the lead group and looking down at my race bib in disbelief that I was really in the Coast to Coast. It must have been quite a funny sight: a group of men aged 30 to 45, focused, concentrating, and tagging along at the back an 18-year-old looking at his race bib and smiling from ear to ear. But it didn’t take me long to start wondering why they were going so slowly. I felt great, fresh and strong. Where I was clearly a lot faster was crossing the river. Early on in the run section there are five river crossings and after each one I’d find myself in the front so I’d ease up and retake my place at the rear of the group. After 40 minutes or so of doing this I decided not to stop and carried on running. I figured there must only be 20km to go and I was feeling so good I knew I could sustain a higher pace. I quickly dropped the group and carried on up the riverbed. From what I could tell, I was now leading the race and this only fuelled my appetite for the adventure. But then something really odd happened: I caught up to a group of runners. How could this be? As I got closer, I discovered they were mostly runners from the group I’d not long departed. So I repeated the process, bounding past again at the next river crossing and tearing off up the riverbed. Some five minutes later I started to catch runners again, split from the bunch this time, but still from the group I had started with. I was about to repeat the manoeuvre when one of them, Doug Lomax (a Coast to Coast legend, I was later to discover), put out

his hand and stopped me running past. Doug asked me if I’d done the run before. I told him I hadn’t so he suggested I stay with him and he’d let me know when it was good to go ahead. He explained that there were many hidden paths that save significant time and unless I knew about them I wouldn’t have an ‘ice cube’s chance in hell’ of being near the front by the pass. It seemed like sound advice and I sensed I could trust him. After a while Doug asked me what I was eating. ‘Nothing,’ I told him. ‘I didn’t bring any food; I’m just drinking water.’ He was shocked and proceeded to dig out some barley sugars from his bag. ‘Here, eat these. They’ll give you energy.’ I didn’t feel like I needed any energy but I was happy to eat them — quite a good idea, I thought, carrying lollies on a run. As we got close to the pass some of the other runners started to pull away but Doug told me to stick with him. ‘They don’t know the right way,’ he whispered. By now I’d lost track of where we were in the field — it seemed like there were runners all over the show, ducking into small tunnels in the forest and spreading out. Doug assured me that I would be free to run on soon enough. As the pass came into view he asked me how I was feeling. I told him I felt really good so he told me to take off. ‘You’ll be fine from here out,’ he encouraged. ‘Go for it, son.’ I bolted like a rodeo bull, tearing over the pass and off down the Mingha Valley, finally set free. I could see a few runners ahead of me — Doug had said that a few team runners had got away but not to worry about them. I just ran the best I could, with the comfort in my mind that whatever was to happen I had exceeded my expectations. I knew I was in the top five or so. Reaching the last river crossing and the final 3km along the highway, a large crowd had gathered to welcome the runners off the mountain. Exaggerating the effort needed at the crossing, I splashed water everywhere and really turned on a show. Then someone yelled out, ‘It’s the first individual.’ The crowd went wild (a few claps). My first instinct was, ‘Wow, the first individual’, looking all around, and then someone called out to me that I was the first individual. ‘Who, me?’ I called back. Those two words became the media headline for the day. Kicking out at blinding speed and crossing the finish line in first place, my run time set a new record for individual twoday runners, although in the grand scheme of the race, it was not a particularly fast time. Doug finished fourth that day and I think both of us have always wondered what time I could have run had I known the way. Not many race leaders have had to jog half of the distance before they were able to race. Robin Judkins greeted me warmly but with undeniable surprise. I wasn’t one of the pre-race picks by any stretch. Completely hyped up, I looked and felt as fresh as if I’d just popped down to the river to splash a bit of water on my face. The media wanted to know who I was, I was getting photos taken and other competitors were coming over and shaking my hand. For a young chap seeking approval, it doesn’t get much better, and I believe this experience alone set the tone for what would be another 20 years of winning races. It taught me that anything is possible and not to set limitations; to just go out and give it everything and see what happens. ‘Always be open to possibility’ was the motto I adopted and would use in teams I captained and athletes I coached from that day forward. [Nathan went on to finish 11th overall]

Climbing Takaka Hill on my first mountain bike – the pink Avanti – during my first real endurance triathlon, 1989

And on to today, Chapter 33 — Nebulous Feelings


train alone and I value that solitude. I can be running a trail for four hours, paddling on the sea for five hours, or cycling around the hills for six hours, but whatever it is I’m doing, my mind invariably drifts freely. I’ll deliberately process some things, nut out something topical, but the majority of the time I’ll let thoughts enter my mind randomly, not consciously thinking about anything. Wandering around in nature allows my mind to wander too. Writing this book has been a chance for me to look back and ponder what I’ve been doing, who I am, and a little bit of where I’m going. I’m lucky. Some people don’t believe in luck and others will say you create your own luck, but I’m not so sure. I believe great things happen in life when the timing is perfect and everything comes together. You need to be at the right place at the right time with the right skills and the right window of opportunity. But you need to be looking for that window. Yep, I feel lucky about lots of things alright. Being halfSamoan is one of them. It’s allowed me to grow up in a multicultural environment; to regularly see different viewpoints and perspectives; to have an open mind and accept that there is more than one way of doing things. Samoans are laid-back people, typically calm and relaxed, and despite my intensity and desire to pack activity into my days, weeks and years, I do have an Islander approach to many things … Jodie [Nathan’s wife] will use words such as ‘addictive’ and ‘obsessive’ to describe me. It’s true, I don’t do halves. That’s why I have excelled at adventure racing. There’s no moderation in adventure racing. Everything is on a grand scale. It’s one epic challenge after another, for days. For someone like me, it was a dream come true. Not only were the events monstrous, the training required was of equally monstrous proportions. It meant I could actually justify exercising between 25 to 50 hours per week. I even trained 62 hours one week, which may seem absurd, but when the race you’re training for is expected to take 160 hours, there is sound logic. By comparison, Tour de France riders typically take about 90 hours to complete the route, spread over three weeks. Ultra-marathon runners take about 20 hours to complete a race. In Ironman events most people are finished in under 15 hours, and the winners sometimes in under eight hours. An adventure expedition race is normally about 100 hours, non-stop. When we won the Eco Challenge in Fiji it took us 167 hours. Whenever I tell people about adventure racing invariably someone asks ‘Why?’ My answer will depend on who’s asking. If it’s a youth I’ll tell them it’s for fun, that I get to do the sports I enjoy, travel, watch movies on planes and get free stuff from 31

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Bagging another high point – Beebys Knob, Mt Richmond Forest Park, 2014. As a family, we’ve had some excellent adventures wandering around the mountains and valleys in the South Island Hiking the infamous ‘Queens Mile’ that starts at Remarkables ski field and returns through Wye Creek, 2013. Jodie and I create regular time for our children to be in nature, where some powerful learning often takes place. As a result, they are strongly connected to the outdoors A summer cruise down the Upper Grey River in one of our many water crafts, 2014. The kids have named this boat ‘Big Chili’. Photo: Nathan Topp

sponsors. If it’s a more serious questioner, I’ve got an array of answers. But the answer to why I adventure race stems back —  a long way back. Since I was 10 years old I’ve been training, travelling to events and competing. It started off as health and exercise, teamwork, something to keep me occupied. But as I got older and drifted into individual sports I began to enjoy the suffering, the hard work, the effort of pushing myself. It was in essence the ultimate journey of self-improvement as there was instant feedback. I discovered the high of training — it made me feel good, alive, better. I started to race — running races, biking races, multisport, adventure racing. Whatever race, it was an outlet for my competitive spirit, which tends to lie dormant until a starting gun goes off. Then it’s about battle, smashing it, fighting — which often means winning. Jodie, who knows me better than anyone, understands that the button people should avoid pushing is the ‘disrespect’ one. No one likes to be disrespected, but I tend to have an over-reaction to it. If it’s a competitor, they’re unlikely to beat me in a sporting event ever again. I’ve achieved a high percentage of what I have in sport by not giving up. I have had many come-from-behind victories in competitions where most others would have called it a day, but I’ve always had a ‘fight to the death’ attitude. Most people get to the edge of success and quit — they don’t know that when they get to the hardest bit, that’s the final hurdle. In one national mountainbike series race, I was struggling like hell and the finish was nearing. A good mate was in front of me and set to win. I dug deep, as deep as I could, and used every ounce of energy I could extract to catch up — the hunter. As I drew close I knew 32

I was spent; emptied. Composing myself and riding alongside him as we started the final approach to the finish, I casually said, ‘We can draw this race or I’ll sprint you in and win.’ Forever the opponent. He opted to draw when he would have won easily. Some would call that over the top. I call it sporting intelligence. If I try and see over the horizon beyond 2015, what do I see? What I take delight from in life is seeing beautiful places and actively moving through them — the more such moments I can enjoy in my life, the better. I aim to be gentle on the planet and to teach my kids a few tricks to enjoy their lives too. I’ll soon have teenage children and I want to ensure that we have some quality years as a family with travel and adventure together before they embark on their own lives of independence. I don’t care if they’re not athletes, if they’re not competitive, but I do sincerely hope they have a passion for the outdoors, always going into nature to be reminded of what is incredibly special about our world. I visualise myself as an aged adventurer, riding my electric bike down to the Patisserie Royale in Motueka each morning, reading the paper and sipping a few macchiatos. Before that happens, though, I have a long list of adventure trips I want to do with Jodie and my children that have been difficult to justify whilst I have captained Team Seagate [Nathan’s adventure racing team]. The time away from home or devoted to specific training has shelved them. There are trails I want to ride, waters to kayak, slopes to ski, mountains to climb, wildernesses to explore. The next challenge for me is not what I will do when I stop racing; it will be how to fit everything into this totally adventurous life ...


Nick & Cheryl

Nick Smith and electorate secretary Cheryl Hill have been a duo for an unprecedented 25 years. GeoffMoffett charts a relationship of mutual respect. P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y A N A G A L L O WAY


MP adores his ‘other’ woman


elson MP Nick Smith and the woman he calls his second mum are celebrating a quarter-century as a double act that may be the longest and most successful in New Zealand electorate office history. Cheryl Hill will retire soon as the face of Nick’s Nelson office and the country’s longest-serving electorate secretary. She is credited by the MP as crucial to his longevity and success as a 25-year MP. “Cheryl is the most important person in my political life.” The Nelson grandmother has run his electorate office from Nick’s first days as the then-youngest MP in New Zealand at 25, supported him through a near nervous breakdown, shared in local success stories and helped to shape his political philosophies. “I call her my second mum — and my wife reckons I need at least three,” Nick laughs. Cheryl, 69, isn’t so sure about that “second mother” tag but the pair chuckle together and describe their relationship today as that of close friends. After 25 years of sharing more time together than many husbands and wives, they’d need to get on extremely well to survive the pressures and stresses of life in politics and the constant scrutiny of Nick Smith as a local MP and as Cabinet Minister for many years. Cheryl, husband Brian and the Hills are firm family friends with the Smiths. Cheryl is godmother to Nick’s son Logan and Nick says his relationship with Cheryl’s son Jason is “semi siblinglike”. As a young PhD student who won National Party selection as Tasman candidate for the 1990 elections, Nick Smith was beginning a career that would lean heavily on a former teacher and lingerie buyer for Richmond Drapery. The would-be politician needed help when he knocked on Cheryl’s door and offered her a job “at a pittance” so she could look after his office while he chased votes from an electorate that hadn’t heard of the young man from Rangiora. “‘Would you give up bras for politics,’ I said to her. I was broke, trying to finish my PhD and knew I wasn’t going to win unless I got out and met people.” Cheryl, a National Party supporter who’d helped in previous unsuccessful campaigns for Ted Kramer and Gerald Hunt, agreed — and ended up taking on much more than she could have imagined. “I used to take him home for tea most nights. He had bought the old post office in Brightwater and I looked in his kitchen cupboards once and all he had was two tins of baked beans, three tins of spaghetti and I could never understand why there were four tins of red beet.” “Always loved it,” Nick laughs. “Good student tucker.” Cheryl continues: “I’d ring Brian and say, ‘Have you got enough vegetables and meat for an extra’. He’d say, ’Yes, bring him home’.” So Cheryl took the young man under her wing. She also polished up his dress sense. Nick recalls being told by then-MP Jenny Shipley, “You’re not on a construction site, Nick. You need to tidy up your act.” Was he a bit of a scruff? WildTomato asks. “A bit would be polite,” says Nick. “I certainly didn’t wear a tie very often. In early elections Cheryl was always trying to make me look mature, and in more recent ones she’s been trying to get rid of the wrinkles and make me look more youthful.” But it was more than just home-cooked meals and dress advice that made Cheryl indispensable to the young politician as he won the next Tasman election, and then Nelson in 1996 after electoral reforms cut the old Tasman seat in half. Cheryl took to the job of an electoral agent like a duck to

“My husband tells me I’ve got shoulders that could prop the front row for the All Blacks.” C H E RY L H I L L

water, says Nick. The job description, he says, is someone with common sense who understands the system of government and who has a sense of natural compassion. “Cheryl has huge emotional intelligence of being able to understand the help that people need. I would be embarrassed by the number of people who still approach me to thank me for solving this immigration, this welfare, this tax problem, not knowing that actually Cheryl basically sorted the problem out; drafted the letter for me.” Cheryl says she learned a hard-work ethic from life on the family farm in Springs Junction, received a good education at boarding school in Hokitika and then at Teachers College in Christchurch. After that she was posted to Richmond Primary School. Nick praises Cheryl for opening his eyes to the educational sector, and of helping him to build a network of schools, principals and teachers, which led to his appointment in the Shipley Cabinet as New Zealand’s youngest Education Minister. “Cheryl brought to the office contacts and good friends from the education sector who became key connections for me. Cheryl would say, ‘This stuff is important; you need to connect with the sector’, so we set up a network of schools and that virtually educated me.” The two share lots of laughs as they relate their history. The first term was rough, says Nick. “We’d had a Labour government that had done really right-wing stuff with the sale of SOEs, closure of Post Offices and the Forest Service, and then National came along and was doing the same stuff. People were losing confidence in the system of democracy because they’d had just so much pain.” Cheryl says the impacts were felt back in the electorate office in Nelson. “It was pretty rough. People were angry; people ringing or coming in. But we just worked through it.” She says the stress on Nick was obvious — but there would 35

be worse to come in 2003 when his great mate, Bill English, was rolled by Don Brash as party leader. For a brief period Nick became Don’s deputy but he felt he had failed Bill and that what Don Brash stood for was “not what I wanted for National”. The stress took its toll — combined with marriage problems — and Nick says he suffered a near mental breakdown. Cheryl’s support helped him to get through. “It’s like family — even when you completely screw up and you’ve made a complete dick of yourself, the lovely thing about parents is that they’re always there for you, and it’s the same with the unconditional support Cheryl has given me for 25 years”. Cheryl certainly felt the heat in that first term. “I remember Nick coming back very early after the election and he said, ‘Cheryl, we knew it was going to be bad; we didn’t know how bad’. Nick rang me one day and said, ’If you want to go home, go home’. I didn’t but it was really rough. People were angry, people coming in or ringing up — slammed doors and so on — but that’s part of it. We just worked through it. “I’ve always felt this office should be a welcoming place,” Cheryl adds. Nick chips in: “I feel this comes from your retail background too; that we are providing a customer service.” Cheryl laughs: “It’s my Italian big mamma,” explaining that her mother was a de Filipi, a family whose roots are from near the Italian border with Switzerland. If it’s not the Italian side of her coming out, it must be the farming background. She met Brian while teaching in Richmond. After their son Jason was born Cheryl became a relief teacher. When their third child arrived she decided she needed more time and regular hours, so took a job at Richmond Drapery. Cheryl says her marriage and family life took a back seat 36

at times to the demands of her job with a full-on politician. For about 16 years she was a fixture at the Saturday morning Nelson market, with Nick and his ubiquitous caravan. Nick says colleagues in Wellington joked that the caravan was the de facto Education Ministry where he and Cheryl formulated all the policy. “When Cheryl saw something wrong, she’d jack me up to see someone and not only try to fix their case but say, ‘What is going wrong with the system that this person is not getting the support’.” The job demands did put some pressure on the family, says Cheryl, “but nothing like the pressure I saw Nick under at times. My husband tells me I’ve got shoulders that could prop the front row for the All Blacks. We have had a few tears over the years and we’ve had very few disagreements.” Nick says Cheryl’s work ethic, learned through her family background, has stood her in good stead. “A farmer finishes the day when the job is done. There isn’t a 5 o’clock, and that’s the way with Cheryl.” Husband Brian was often left to look after family matters when Cheryl had to work. Nick says Brian must have been “pissed off with me a few times, dragging Cheryl back to the office. Brian has been very tolerant, and there would have been a hundred events for which the barman or the table carter has been Brian.” Cheryl confirms her husband’s support, “and I’m sure there were times when he was totally frustrated”. The Nelson MP says Cheryl has a rare ability to balance her work ethic with social compassion. “You need the yin and the yang, and few other people I’ve come across have had that balance.” So he’s a demanding boss then? Cheryl laughs. “We’ve had a good working relationship, haven’t we,” she says in a glance at Nick. “I feel it’s my job to make sure at this office he doesn’t get to the point where there’s just too much happening.” According to Nick, his electorate secretary is a good ‘gatekeeper’. “I need her to be able to ensure that I’m listening. Cheryl makes a call about who is a priority, who do I need to ring right now and who you can put off. Whether you’re on the front page of the paper looking like an idiot or not can come down to that judgement element.” The pair have shared the highs and lows of a politician’s life over the last quarter-century. The hardest part of the job? When they couldn’t get a good outcome for someone in the electorate, says Cheryl. “That saddens me.” Says Nick: “You get cases where the system has failed people. If an MP can’t fix it, who can? Cheryl always had that decent sense of justice and the view that we will dig deep as an office when we feel someone has been screwed.” He agrees that he reaped the glory for solutions achieved largely by Cheryl and the Nelson office, but Cheryl isn’t bothered. “That’s part of the deal. I don’t mind as long as we get an outcome for those people.” She is full of praise for her soon-to-be-former boss. “He is outstanding, and I wouldn’t have been here all those years if I didn’t think that. His capacity to work is unbelievable and his brain goes at a million miles an hour. He can switch from one portfolio to another. No job is too big or too small and I think that’s amazing. He’s a wonderful father and family man, and I have great admiration for that; wonderful kids.” So with all this mutual admiration, how will life be for Nick Smith after Cheryl’s departure? She has been gradually cutting back on work hours and although officially retiring in November, Nick says she’ll still be back to fill in at the office. “She’s not going anywhere,” he laughs.

Méthode Marlborough


Méthode in their gladness What’s in a name? For 10 sparkling winemakers behind Méthode Marlborough, this name is a coming of age, reports Sophie Preece.

Méthode Marlborough The rules The members 1. Wines are 100% grown and Allan Scott made in Marlborough Cloudy Bay Vineyards 2. Wines are made by traditional Hunter’s Wines method production Johanneshof Cellars 3. Wines are 100% made from Lion the three traditional varieties Nautilus Estate (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot No 1 Family Estate Meunier), either individually Spy Valley Summerhouse Wine Company or as a blend 4. Wines are aged for a minimum Tohu Wines of 18 months on lees

aniel Le Brun knew within two hours of setting foot in Marlborough in the summer of 1978. He knew by the “the feel of the place; the look of the land” that he could make stunning sparkling wine which would one day rival that of his home country, France. He knew because 12 generations of his family have been vignerons in Champagne, and his blood surely runs part-Chardonnay, part-Pinot. Daniel also knew, within those few hours, that the region would need its own appellation, because the expression ‘Méthode Champenoise’ was exclusive to the Champagne region and could not be worn by bottles of Marlborough wine, regardless of how they were made. In the spring of 1980 Daniel planted his first vineyard, and by 1983 this “crazy Frenchman” was bottling his first methode. But he waited another 30 years for Méthode Marlborough. It began in the summer of 2013. Stephanie McIntyre, Cloudy Bay’s Communications and Events manager, was having lunch at a local winery amid the vines of the Wairau Valley. She was with Katy Prescott of Nautilus Estate, and with Daniel’s wife Adele le Brun, from No.1 Family Estate. They talked wine and Marlborough and about the fact that sauvignon blanc is not the only string to the region’s bow, says Stephanie. “We knew people didn’t yet recognise how good some of the sparkling wine from our region was.” Adele shared her longtime wish for a better term to describe and differentiate Marlborough bubbles. A term that spoke of the wine’s quality, without using the phrase ‘méthode traditionnelle’ – a title that surely belonged in the old world, not the new. “She said, ‘We have our own unique terroir to celebrate. Why can’t we make Méthode Marlborough?’, and we were hooked,” says Stephanie. Many wineries they approached said they were proud of the quality of their sparkling wine, but it made up just 1 or 2 percent of their production so couldn’t really warrant an additional promotions budget. “So we created a non-profit society so wineries could donate an employee’s time instead, and together we could spread the good word.” In highlighting the quality of sparkling wine in the region, Méthode Marlborough also shines a light on the wineries involved and the region as a whole, says Stephanie. “It’s a natural halo effect – when great wine is acknowledged, people take note of its producer and origin.” The team want to break some of the preconceptions around sparkling wine, starting with the assumption that a French champagne will be better than a high-quality sparkling wine from Marlborough. “People seem to be happy to spend more for the prestige of French rather than looking at the two bottles and choosing the one they prefer. I adore French champagne and I adore Méthode Marlborough. I also enjoy


Left to right: Paula Theodore, Stephanie McIntyre in front of the spitfire that will sit centre stage at this month’s Méthode Marlborough dinner, Dave Anderson

cava and cremant. There’s a time and place for all of them.” They also want to give sparkling wine’s celebratory pedestal a wider base. “We want to keep sparkling wine top-of-mind, so it’s not just somebody’s birthday that you think, ‘I’ll get them a bottle of bubbles’, but also when you’re looking for a wine for your dinner party, or even just an afternoon cheeseboard.” Sparkling wine offers enormous diversity, and they can be matched with a broad range of food, says Stephanie. “It’s actually a wine category that people underestimate. It’s so versatile. It’s not a cabernet from Australia, let’s say, that just smokes you in the face with tannins. Quality sparkling won’t overwhelm your food, and more often than not it’s a really lovely complement.” As a sommelier by trade, skilled in match-making food and wine, she loves the opportunities of bubbles. “There are so many styles, so you can start with something that’s refreshing and fun and fresh, and then get into the meat of the meal and have something that is unbelievably complex and aged or developed and funky. Then you could finish the dinner with a demi-sec, which has some residual sugar.” The Méthode Marlborough dinner in Blenheim later this month (see sidebar) is a chance to broaden people’s minds about sparkling wine, and there won’t be an oyster on the menu. “Don’t get me wrong – sparkling wine and oysters is a sensational match, but we’re planning to surprise and delight at our dinner. A few unexpected combinations are going to pop up, both in the wines poured for a single course and the dishes that chef Dave Anderson has designed,” she says. “We will be showcasing a selection of the incredible wines within the Méthode Marlborough portfolio, and we look forward to demonstrating how diverse they really are.” Being a member of Méthode Marlborough is as much about place as it is method. First up, the wine has to be 100% grown and made in Marlborough, where the cool climate brings “really fantastic flavour profiles” because of a slow ripening period, says Stephanie. “The difference with the sparkling is it’s picked earlier so the acidity is still high, but you have a depth and richness of flavours.” Marlborough’s climate is perfect for creating acidity, which is crucial for sparkling wine, she says. “The base wine hinges on the balance of incredible freshness with complexity. Marlborough’s long ripening season provides the ideal conditions to achieve just that.” While sparkling wines can be made from various varieties, Méthode Marlborough wines are made only from pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier – the varieties internationally recognised as a benchmark for the style. 38

Then there’s the technique. As with Méthode Champenoise, the fermentation of Méthode Marlborough is in the bottle. “After the bubbles are created, the lees [dead yeasts] stay in the bottle for a minimum of 18 months, and a lot of the wineries keep it even longer. A Cloudy Bay 2005 vintage magnum released in 2014 was on lees for around nine years.” That’s the short version of the process. The longer one starts with growing live cultures in the winery and picking the grapes from select blocks in the vineyards. The grapes are then pressed and fermented, with the wine maturing in vats or oak barrels. Then there’s blending, before adding the yeast culture and sugar, bottling and sealing with a crown closure for the secondary fermentation, which creates the fine bead of bubbles that distinguish good sparkling wine. The bottle is then rested on yeast lees for several years, “balancing fresh and fruit-driven character with savoury notes of toast and brioche”, says Stephanie. The wine is riddled – regularly rotated and tilted – so that the yeast sediment drops into its neck. Then the bottle goes through disgorging, in which the neck is frozen in an ice bath so the yeast sediment pops out in a plug. At dosage, the wine level is topped up with a blend of wine and sugar, then the cork is put in and the bottle is stored for a few more months before being released. That’s quite a journey. By the time a bottle of Méthode Marlborough wine reaches the shelf, it’s been handled about nine times, compared with once or twice for a still wine, says Allan Scott winemaker Matt Elrick. “You certainly don’t tell your accountant because it’s a good four years from when you pick it to when you get it to the shelf.” Matt is chair of Méthode Marlborough and a man besotted with his bubbles. “I definitely enjoy drinking it and I enjoy matching it with food. I really like the change that happens from the base wine, which is often quite acidic and pretty tight as far as flavour goes,” he says. “The magic happens in the second ferment.” That’s when the bubbles arrive and the yeast breaks down, giving the wine texture, flavour and character. It’s a labour of love, and all worthwhile when you have the final product, he says. “You don’t see people breaking a sauvignon blanc over the front of a boat when they’re launching it, do you?” As for Daniel Le Brun, he’s as confident now as he was in 1978 when he looked over a Marlborough made for methode. The proof of the pudding, he says, is in the eating. “It’s Méthode Marlborough – the method of Marlborough – and I am convinced that we do make wines that are easily, easily compared with champagne.”

An evening to give you wings


or the perfect food and wine performance, you need a backdrop of theatre, says chef Dave Anderson. So serving sublime dishes with world-class wines in a vintage-themed aviation hangar is the ideal combination. The Méthode Marlborough dinner will be held at Omaka Airfield on November 21, with a battleship-green Spitfire sitting centre-stage. Stylist Paula Theodore of Vintage Events has dusted off 1940s travel suitcases and hatboxes to complete the look, along with an antique baggage trolley, the odd fur coat and flying jacket, and cut-glass decanters on the tables. “It’s a vignette of a 1940s evening of travel and romance and it’ll be fabulous,” she says. The star of the show is obviously the bubbles, “and they’ll be out on display in vintage champagne buckets.” Stephanie McIntyre, of Cloudy Bay, hopes the venue will help to draw a range of people to the event. “They say in

Marlborough that it’s either aviation or wine, so we thought we would combine the two. Wine dinners so often cater just to the wine industry, and we want to do so much more than that.” Stephanie talks enthusiastically about the five-course dinner, matched with 10 bottles of Méthode Marlborough. That’s partly because she’s in her element matching wine and food, and partly because she sees it as a fantastic promotion of Marlborough’s high-quality sparkling wine, and the region at large. Ten wineries belong to the society, producing a total of about 25 wines made in the Méthode Marlborough style. The first step of planning the dinner was for each winery to put forward the wines they would like to showcase, along with a description of the key dishes or flavours they considered a good match. That resulted in a diverse style of wines and flavour profiles, ranging from Indian spicy food to foie gras.

Stephanie then looked at the wines themselves to come up with a list that showcased as much diversity in style as possible, while grouping wines that could work with a single dish. “We tried to find some that were classic and some that make us think.” Next she sat down with Dave and Sarah Anderson of Essence to talk through the wines, the flavours and the various courses. From there Dave talked to the winemakers, and started to “compose” dishes that will complement each wine, be aesthetically gorgeous, texturally diverse, reflect the region, and overload the senses. “It’s a journey and at the end you want them to fall back in their chair and say, ‘Wow – that was amazing’. The Méthode Marlborough dinner is on November 21 at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. For more information go to methodemarlborough.com

Some of the team behind this month’s Méthode Marlborough dinner, to be held in a hangar at Omaka Airfield. From left Daniel Le Brun, Dave Anderson, Matt Elrick, theming stylist Paula Theodore, and Stephanie McIntyre. 39

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Men’s grooming - not just for grandpa

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Justine Jamieson talks to barber Shawn Stormann, from Stormy’s Man Cave Barbershop, about men’s grooming


verywhere I look at the moment there seem to be male hipsters, drinking craft beer, talking about politics or art and laughing at witty, cynical jokes. Of course ‘hipsterism’ is also aligned – like any subculture – with fashion trends. The current lack of exposed jaw-lines is a sure giveaway that hipster beards and haircuts are back and growing at an epidemic rate. I’m definitely not discouraging men from growing them, as I am quite fond of this sexy Neanderthal look. But I speak on behalf of your lover (present or future): Men, care for your hairy pet. No off-thecuff scruff will do. Neck beards, nope. Stray cheek hairs, no-no. Thick, straggly hairs, no-sir-ree-Bob! Good grooming is a must, whether you have a beard or are showing off all of your handsome, hairless face. Who better to consult on this than an ole American barber in Nelson called ‘Stormy’. (I can’t help but put on my fake American accent when I say that). His first wise words: the perfect shave at home starts with supple, soft, warm skin, so prepare to shave straight after the bath or shower. “In the barbershop, we use steaming-hot towels to simulate this. Men find it so relaxing. I’ve actually had guys

fall asleep on me during the process,” says Stormy. Next, use a pre-shave facial oil. This opens up the skin and starts to soften the hair. Stormy suggests top-quality oils from local store Aromaflex, with whom he has collaborated to create masculine-scented blends. The carrier oils are sweet almond and jojoba, and these are blended with essential oils of cardamom, bay, lime and sandalwood. After this prepping oil, hot shaving lather is applied with a badger-hair brush. Stormy suggests the shaving cake from local supplier Global Soap. “This is the best I’ve found. Their shaving cakes last forever, and it’s also a lot better for the environment than having to throw away all those awful aerosol cans.” Lather the soap on with a soft, natural bristle brush for at least a minute in circular motions to coat every hair completely. The next step is to use a quality single-blade safety razor. Three, four or five-blade razors are a gimmick designed by manufacturers and completely unnecessary, says Stormy. In fact, they can sometimes create unwanted rashes and ingrown hairs. The problem with disposable razors is they are made from poor-quality steel, so you have to do just

that – constantly dispose of them, which again is terrible for the environment, not to mention your wallet. Guys with Irish, Welsh and Scottish genealogy tend to be prone to swirly and horizontal hair-growth patterns under their necks, or ingrown hairs, so do your face a favour and steer clear of those multiple-blade shavers. Good-quality single-blade safety razors are available at Stormy’s Man Cave. Once the job is done and the remaining soap has been rinsed off, use a good aftershave to tone the skin. This will close the pores and keep any redness or inflammation at bay. Speaking of bay, Stormy suggests a good old-fashioned Bay Rum, or Aromaflex’s Lime and Sandalwood aftershave. If you have sensitive skin, stay away from strong, chemically perfumed fragrances. To finish, Stormy suggests a good moisturiser, preshave oil or quality aloe vera gel. That said, there is nothing quite like lying back, relaxing and leaving it to the professionals – the best shave you will ever get is from an experienced barber.

‘You won’t find any stinkin’ pretty smells or chemicals up here in our Man Cave.’ S TO R M Y

The $40 professional shave from Stormy’s Man Cave is a great gift for a loved one at Christmas; for the stag and groomsmen before the big day; or even for a son’s first shave with Dad. “In The Man Cave, we’ve taught many young gentlemen tips on shaving and we’re more than willing to help,” says Stormy. “Sportspeople like Sonny Bill, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar are fuelling the renaissance of men’s grooming, so we always keep up-to-date with the latest trends on the field. These sportsmen are showing gentlemen that it’s okay to take care of yourself and look your best – which is great and why shouldn’t you? Your face is your window to the world. Shouldn’t you always look your best?” 53


Beauty is laughing, P HO T O I S H NA JAC OB S

loving & feeling loved

Liberty Greig


name is Liberty Greig. I’ve just turned 30 and so far, so good. Thirty is the new 20, right? Family-wise, it’s just me and my partner-in-crime, Craig Fox. We’ve been engaged since last June but we’re getting married next year. Just over five years ago, Craig and I launched two clothing stores in Bank Lane, Nelson. I manage our women’s boutique, Trouble & Fox, and Craig runs the menswear store, Sidecar. We also have an online store shared by both shops. To me, beauty is feeling good in my own skin. Laughing, loving and feeling loved. I appreciate physical beauty and it’s fun to express yourself creatively through fashion, hair and make-up — but that’s not the only thing that qualifies as ‘beautiful’ to me. Since I work in the fashion industry, you might assume I’d have some insider knowledge, but I actually feel a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of beauty products out there. The shops keep me super-busy so I try to keep it simple, but I still take forever to get ready and sometimes hair and make-up are postponed until later, or cancelled altogether. You’ll often find me in the shop sporting that ‘Just woke up’ look. If I haven’t slept through two alarms, I’ll start the day with Cetaphil cleanser, toner and a gentle moisturiser. As a base I apply a tinted BB cream. I then use concealer, brush on some Bare Minerals matte SPF 15 foundation and set with the Mineral Veil powder. To finish, eyebrow pencil, eyeshadow, black-winged eyeliner,


blush and usually a lip-stain or tinted gloss. Maybe matte lipstick if I need to make an effort. My skin is quite sensitive, so most of my skincare products are gentle or fragrance-free. I’ve started using a Retinol serum, but should probably invest in other anti-ageing products soon. My mum and nana were both blessed with beautiful skin — fingers crossed it’s genetic. Mum uses some great skincare brands and often gives me new things to try out. When I was growing up she’d always stress the importance of sun protection, so for convenience I look for products that already include sunscreen. I haven’t explored the world

of high-end skincare yet and I mostly buy from the supermarket. However I recently splashed out on a new NARS concealer — definitely worth it. As a woman, it can be difficult to escape from the conflicting expectations of ‘beauty’, and the rise of social media has added another dimension to the way we perceive ourselves and each other. Working in retail, it can be really sad to see how hard women are on themselves. ‘Look Good, Feel Good’ definitely still rings true, but a big part of that is understanding and embracing our differences and finding confidence within yourself. Life’s too short — just go out there and rock it.


This time we had the pleasure of doing Libby’s hair. She has a great sense of style with her signature fringe, and wears her naturally curly hair mostly straight, so we decided to smooth it out but give it a loose beachy texture. We used a new range from L’Oreal Professionnel called Pro Fiber – Rectify range. This is designed to treat the first signs of damage. The lightweight formula enhanced with a fresh citrus fragrance resurfaced the outer layer and prevents further damage. If your hair is in need of a little TLC then this new range is perfect. It includes six take-home treatments that re-activate the in-salon treatment and keep your hair feeling amazing between salon visits. Clinique Moisture Surge Favourites valued at $150 our price $99

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Libby loves a classic 1950s eye, so I used neutral eye shadows and then added an eyeliner flick using KO Cosmetics’ Liquorice Gel Eyeliner with KO Cosmetics’ Angle Brush. I decided to do a bright, fresh lipstick to match Libby’s bubbly personality, so I used a beautiful hot coral called Kazza’s Coral over a lip-liner called Ribbon, both from KO Cosmetics. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Moisture Set valued at $271 our price $149

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hen Andrew and Deborah Spittal sit in the warm, sheltered privacy of their stylish courtyard, they can look straight through their kitchen and dining room all the way to the blue shimmer of distant Tasman Bay. The unique design of their home means they can enjoy all the perks of living on a 3Richmond hillside, without the prevailing winds whipping away their barbeque lunch. The Spittals carefully considered every aspect of their newly built home, aand their attention to detail has more than paid off. “One of the things we did say to our tradesmen, we wanted good quality work, there were no ifs, no buts,” says Andrew. With that in mind, the Spittals chose Mark van Zoelen of Richmond’s MVZ Builders for the job. The couple have known Mark and wife Michelle for many years, with Mark making and installing a kitchen for them in 1989. The high quality of Mark’s craftsmanship left an impression and a few years later he was asked to build the Spittals’ previous home. “We knew he did a good job and used good quality subcontractors,” says Andrew. “He was a carpenter/joiner, so his attention to detail was very high, and he was very conscientious.” Mark himself describes the Spittals’ latest build as an ‘intense’ process and the finished product ‘an amazing place’. “It’s got some really amazing features; the plank timber floor, the fireplace, the very open-plan living area with lots of glass and the great sheltered barbeque area where you can look through the house and see out the other side all the way to the sea, giving an



With its pitched roof and stone fireplace and chimney, Deborah and Andrew Spittal describe their home as traditional with a touch of Central Otago. The generous windows and frameless glass balustrades not only allow uninterrupted views over Richmond and Tasman Bay, but along with its clean lines lend the house a more contemporary look. The Spittals chose a neutral colour palette for their Richmond home: Resene Thunder Grey for the roof, Electric Cow for the windows and Caraway and Double Masala for the walls.All the exterior tiles, supplied by Nelson Tile and Slate, are floating tiles which are uniquely designed to sit flush with the exterior doorways while allowing water to drain away underneath.



Fireplace: The Otago schist fireplace is a striking feature at the heart of the home, it also separates the living and dining areas. Builder Mark van Zoelen, of MVZ Builders, says the style is “very much what we call the old Cromwell stone”, using more plaster than usual between the stones to achieve “that very old look”.








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The kitchen and dining areas are a seamless, comfortable mix of country style and contemporary living. Andrew and Deborah say their builder Mark van Zoelen of MVZ Builders paid close attention to detail and made sure every part of the house was of the highest quality.


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“It’s got some really amazing features; the plank timber floor, the fireplace, the very open-plan living area with lots of glass and the great sheltered barbeque area...” M A R K VA N Z O E L E N

indoor-outdoor living flow.” The entire project took almost two years, from the Spittals’ first meeting with architect David Jerram of Nelson firm Jerram Tocker Barron Architects in July 2013, to move-in day in April this year. “The build took a reasonably long time due to its complex nature. Mark had to level up the site which involved erecting large precast concrete panel retaining walls. For the house, the architect had called for plenty of fine detailing which required a lot of skilled craftsman’s time and patience. Mark and his team completed all this work themselves, which is rare these days in the building industry.” Having worked with the Spittals before, Mark and Michelle appreciated their understanding of the building process, says Michelle: “They’re great clients to work with.” “The wait was more than worth it,” says Deborah. “It’s a really nice house to live in. With the double glazing it’s really quiet, it’s warm and sunny and we have really nice views. It’s just got a really good flow and feel about it - it’s well-made and solid.” Although the Spittals built to downsize from their previous home, which had a large section to maintain, their lifestyle needs resulted in a generous floor plan with small, easy-care outdoor spaces. The four-bedroom, 365sqm home had to comfortably accommodate their three daughters who have left home to study or work but still return home bringing their friends, without the feeling that everyone was living on top of each other. “We wanted the kids to be there but not for the house to feel like a big barn,” says Andrew. With a self-contained area downstairs complete with media room/second lounge, plus spacious open-plan upstairs living, t he Spittals says this has been achieved. “It lives well,” says Andrew. 62

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Attention to detail B Y M A I K E VA N D E R H E I D E


want to see every nail go into the job.” When Mark van Zoelen of MVZ Builders constructs a house, he personally makes it his business to ensure every detail is perfect. From digging the foundations to the final touches, Mark’s passion for building houses has not faded since he first picked up a hammer as an apprentice. That was quite a while ago. Not long before he started up the MVZ Builders with wife Michelle in 1987, the economy had just crashed and it was not, admits Mark, the best time to start a fledgling business. But even then, his reputation as a quality tradesman preceded him and he never wanted for work. Much of it was in the Marlborough Sounds, where Michelle hails from, but once the couple’s three children came along at home in Nelson, Mark found work back in his hometown. Now, Mark and his team build architecturally designed homes and complete high quality alterations and additions. And, as Mark did all those years ago in the Sounds, his team of four still do it all themselves: “We still do basically 64

everything that’s required for a house to be built, it’s not just a contractor doing this and a contractor doing that.” When it comes to renovations, Mark thrives on the challenges they bring. “Once you open up, you don’t know what you’re in for. It’s about being flexible and being able to sort each issue as it happens so the job can keep flowing and not affect the final result.” One of Mark’s completed renovations was the 1930s Nelson home of Brian and Lynette Samuels, which was designed by Richard Carver of Redbox Architects. The Samuels call the quality of Mark’s craftsmanship outstanding. Their two-storey house was transformed into a light, airy space with triple opening doors on either side inviting in the sunshine. Inside are all the conveniences of modern life, including a lift and internal garage, but with a seamless blend of the house’s original character features with the new. This included repurposing 12 inch rimu panelling for feature walls and on the stairway, and re-using the old doors. Lynette adds that Mark’s carpentry was so perfect that when a benchtop

arrived from Christchurch, it was able to be installed without any adjustment; a rarity in any old house. “That tells you how well everything was built.” Mark says attention to detail comes naturally to him: “Maybe we spend a bit more time making sure it’s right but it makes it easier in the long run. It’s not just me, it’s my workers. They are people who appreciate the quality of what they do. With some of our alterations, the clients are still living in the house and we pride our workers on being considerate with our clients.” Mark’s passion for the building industry runs deep and he thrives on passing his knowledge down to his apprentices - he is now up to his eighth, which included two nephews, and says “they keep me young”. “We pride ourselves on the fact that they are learning the full build, from digging the footings to the finishings. We are a small company doing all the building work, helping clients with ideas and sorting out issues on site. Compared to the modern way of building, we are a dying breed.” The van Zoelens’ own children, Haidee, Sam and Amelia, have been part of the business their whole lives too. Son Sam, having worked with his father in the school holidays, is now completing an architecture degree. With so many projects behind them during nearly three decades in business, MVZ Builders have many customers coming back to them time and time again. “Our clients are amazing, that’s something we’re very fortunate with,” says Michelle. “Mark’s honest and open communication with clients is a vital part of any project, which people appreciate,” she adds. “Mark is up-front about whether you are wasting your money by doing something or not, so people trust him.


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Spring has well and truly arrived in the Southern Hemisphere. And while summer fruit is still a month off, citrus and delicate spring blossom honey provide a little sweetness while we wait. These citrusy cookies get their lovely light chewiness from the honey and the addition of tapioca or arrowroot flour.

Lemon & Almond Cookies B Y N I C O L A G A L L O WAY

Makes approx. 20 cookies Ingredients 75g butter, room temperature 1 free-range egg 3 tablespoons mild honey 1 teaspoon vanilla paste 1 cup almond meal 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup tapioca or arrowroot flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of sea salt Finely grated zest of 2 lemons Method Place the butter, egg, honey and vanilla in a food processor or stand mixer and blend/whisk until creamy. Add the remaining ingredients and process briefly until well combined. Use your hands to roll the cookie dough into walnut sized balls and arrange on a lined baking tray. Flatten each ball with your fingers, leaving space between each cookie as they will spread a little during baking. Bake at 170C for 12 - 15 minutes until golden brown. Use a spatula to carefully transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container and consume within five days.

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Babagatto, an Italian delight BY MAXWELL FLINT


think I owe an apology to the charming Italians Mrs F and I met at Babagatto restaurant in Morrison Square (at the old Brulée site). They were saying how they were looking for a good life-work balance with their restaurant. I have some bad news for them. A tsunami of customers is about to descend on Babagatto. Not only because of the approaching summer, but because this is an absolute gem of a restaurant. So I am sorry if this review adds to the wave of work heading their way. I love almost everything about this restaurant. The décor is classic, family Italian restaurant- check table cloths, simple, unpretentious. The menu has a small list of dishes, simple combinations and no pizza. The wine list is non-existent, just three types of wine, one white and two red, by the bottle and the glass. The waitress is charming, beautiful and Italian. To really enjoy this restaurant go there with the idea you are going to someone’s home for a meal. Order the specials because that’s what the chef has found fresh for that day. Order a glass of wine, white or red, don’t bother asking what variety it is, it will be good no matter what colour. Then just order dishes and if you’re still hungry order some more; they are so reasonably priced you can afford to keep on ordering. The meal started with home-made bread and olive oil. Then we ordered a simple calamari salad, with celery, carrot and red pepper $12, to enjoy with two

glasses of Falanghina Beneventano, a white wine. Falanghina is a white grape, like a refreshing Pinot Gris, but more subtle. The salad was good but needed more seasoning. Then the chef sent out a little taster of ravioli with pureed walnut, home-made stracciata and ricotta cheeses. So good Mrs F and I fought over it. Then on to the specials of the day, chicken scallopini with mushrooms, and ravioli with spinach and feta, both $15. Again simple, beautifully tasty and fresh. Not wanting this meal to end, I then ordered potato gnocchi with prawns, baby octopus, squid, trevally and cod $15. Exquisite gnocchi - melt in the mouth stuff- with a fantastic combination of seafood with two glass of red wine - a Primitivo and a Montipuliciano, both excellent. Now we shouldn’t have gone with dessert, we were both full, but we just had to; a wonderfully simple and flavoured tiramisu and a bigne (choux pastry with

chocolate and home-made ricotta cheese) both $8.00. The bigne, while delicious, was too big for me and I was defeated. These dishes look deceptively simple and the secret is that they rely on not overworking the food and keeping the ingredients to a minimum so you can taste the fresh, quality ingredients. Does this restaurant have Italian high cuisine? No. Does it have chic sophisticated décor? No. Does it have a comprehensive wine list? No. Is it a restaurant I want to visit again? Yes, yes, yes.

Babagatto Cost: Dinner for two, five glasses of wine $93.00 Value for money: Food: Atmosphere: Service:

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evin and Kimberley Judd hosted me recently to a vertical tasting of their Greywacke Wild Sauvignon series. It was held at Arbour restaurant in Blenheim. The day we were there it was the launch of the restaurant’s new name; it was previously Gibb’s Restaurant. The Wild Sauvignon series uses Sauvignon Blanc grapes and have been made utilising wild yeasts rather than being inoculated with cultured yeasts. Wild yeasts tend to give a more textured taste to the wines, but this does come with some risks. The winemaker is never quite sure what yeasts will take hold, and of course each vintage will never be quite the same as the yeast strains will be slightly different. “Rather than being brothers and sisters to each other, the vintages are more like cousins,” said Kevin Judd as he related a description of the wines. These wines are not typical Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. The grapes are lightly crushed and the juice is placed directly into the barrel completely unfermented. Then the winemaker waits till the indigenous yeasts take hold and the fermentation begins. There is no cooling of the wines to control the fermentation - they are just left. The fermenting wine can heat up to 20 to 25 degrees. As alcohol is being produced, the fermentation slows and this, combined with the low winter temperature, can make the yeasts go dormant and the fermentation slow or even stop. Once spring arrives temperatures rise and yeasts will come to life and fermentation starts up again. So some of the wines have taken six months to a year to ferment. About two thirds of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation ensuring the wines still retain a little acid freshness. The wine is left for another five to six months on yeast lees to add further complexity. 68

Wild yeasts tend to give a more textured taste to the wines, but this does come with some risks All this results in Sauvignons that are textured, opulent wines. They are complex and multilayered and will last and get better with age. We tasted wines from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. First off, all these wines were excellent, and this from someone who doesn’t drink Sauvignon Blanc. The 2013 is closer to what most people think of as a Marlborough Sav Blanc but without the griping green acidity. It was complex yet still young. I oddly got a background aroma of marijuana from this wine and expressed this fact to the other tasters. As a Nelsonian, the other Marlborough tasters were not surprised I was familiar with that smell. Kevin Judd came to my rescue and helped me to not look like a complete stoner by explaining that dried flowers had been used to describe the aroma. My favourite was the 2010. This was a fantastic wine, still fresh but with a beautiful satin texture, bursting with layered fruit flavours. Almost too good to match with food, it’s best to

drink by itself and appreciate it for what it is - a very good wine. The 2009 was still drinking beautifully. It’s probably at its zenith but should still be good for another three to five years. You must try these wines from Greywacke; they are seriously impressive.


Andrew Little and Shaggy Takagi from Funk Estate at the Occasional Brewer

The Occasional Brewer BY MARK PREECE


Eugene Black and fresh hops

“Our blonde is a simple beer but if you’ve been digging a ditch on a hot day …” P E T E R L E N I S TO N

ot everybody has space or money for a state-of-the-art brew kit. Luckily, down at the Occasional Brewer they’re happy to share. The man behind a Wellington do-ityourself brewery was motivated more by sharing resources than he was by brewing beer. Peter Leniston of The Occasional Brewer was working in government policy when his son took him to Beervana two years ago. While there he noticed ‘a flash looking kit’ attracting lots of attention. “I saw people looking at it thinking ‘I would love that in my garage or shed’, but when you think about it, who is going to pay $5000 to use that three times?” However, if the same kit gets used 300 times a year, by a variety of brewers, “it’s really economical”, he says. “It’s about sustainable use of equipment, not home brewing at all.” Peter says when he decided to take the plunge, he ‘wrapped’ himself around the home-brew community, looking at custom laws and regulations. “I thought, ‘have a crack at it or you’ll regret it later’. It’s fantastic - I’m loving it.”

The Occasional Brewer is a ‘shared brew space’ in Wellington where Peter and his brewer Eugene Black help craft beer lovers to create their own all grain brew. They offer 14 different beers to brew. Peter says he’s proud of them all, and preferences vary from light to dark and depending on the occasion. “Our blonde is a simple beer but if you’ve been digging a ditch on a hot day …” Nonetheless, here are some of his picks: Personal favourite: Imperial Stout 8.8% ABV. They say: Dark as night with strong roasted and dark caramel notes and a silky smooth mouthfeel. Brew price $199 Favourite go-to: Amarillo hops version of our American Pale Ale 6.2% ABV and the NZ Indian Pale Ale 6.1% ABV. Brew price $179 The best: “The Hoppy Porter is, arguably, the best of our beers,” he says - dark and flavoursome but easy drinking. 6.0 ABV. Brew price $179 A surprise winner: Red Ale 5.2% ABV. “Whilst the Red Ale is not chosen as often as the others, people who do choose it often rave about how pleased they are with it,” says Peter. Brew price $169

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The pleasures of Palmy BY BOB IRVINE


am standing on a windy hill overlooking Palmerston North. Anchored 70m above me, a monster triple-bladed rotor scythes the air with a sickening whoosh. My brain tells me this is super-smart engineering. My gut tells me I’m going to die. Welcome to ‘boring’ Palmy. Those turbines pepper the Ruahine and Tararua ranges, visible from throughout the city. Each of the 55 Meridian fans generates power for 900 houses. TrustPower has 135 two-bladers. Nelson friends sniggered when I said I was flying to Palmerston North for a long weekend. Do yourself a favour and ditch the prejudice. ‘Welcome to Turbonation’ said the airport. I jump into a hire car to see Feilding’s Rural Day, an A&P mini-show amid the shopping district. Businesses spray-paint sheep in a Rural Body Art contest, children stroke calves, and punters place $2 bets on sheep races. Feilding oozes Edwardian charm – winner of the Keep NZ Beautiful award 14 times – plus has intriguing museums and a Friday Farmers’ Market with nearly


40 stalls of gourmet produce. Yet a stroll away is a vast 3.7ha sale yard where cattle beasts and sheep parade before buyers. The 500-plus pens turn over $100 million a year. The public can walk gangways above the animals during Monday and Friday sales (farmer-guided tours on Fridays). Afterwards, I head for the Saleyards

Palmy’s prize is the 1393-seat Regent on Broadway, which attracts international touring acts that bypass Nelson

Cafe, thinking formica tables and cheese sandwiches. Alas, I had to make do with a homemade mince pie – exquisite. The formica survives, but cockies bemoan lamb prices while sipping designer espressos with the aplomb of Parnell dandies. Back in Palmy, at the cosy Joseph St Kitchen, Centrepoint theatre director Jeff Kingston-Brown jokes that he’d better

watch his back in his dream job of helming the only professional company outside of the main centres. A small offshoot called The Dark Room caters for edgier works, and Centrepoint fosters youth programmes. “We’re all custodians,” says Jeff, “and hopefully you leave it in a better position than before.” That night I catch an Australian play, Unholy Ghosts, in which our own Stuart Devenie delivers a performance worthy of London’s West End. The larger Globe theatre caters for musicals or community productions, but Palmy’s prize is the 1393-seat Regent on Broadway, which attracts international touring acts that bypass Nelson. Pop group 10cc play in early November, with Swan Lake by the Imperial Russian Ballet a week later. Jeff says Palmerston North has the highest arts participation rate in the country. This is confirmed by a walk around the public sculptures in the CBD, with a side trip to the Melbourne-ish Barista cafe, where an eccentric mural features ET, cherubs, the Cat in the Hat and Neil Armstrong, with more to come.


Classical music washes The Square to repel undesirables, but the needle skates across the vinyl as Palmy’s council building hoves into view. The Brutalism horror dubbed ‘Castle Greyskull’ eclipses Nelson’s own eyesore, Civic House. I borrow an electric bike to pedal Victoria Esplanade, racing the miniature train. Joggers and dog-walkers make good use of the long riverside path. Next morning the bike glides me round the CBD before it wakes. Funky shops and tattoo parlours rub shoulders with the huge Plaza mall. I’m soon driving up the Pohangina River valley to Cross Hills, a threegeneration success story of diversification from farming into flower-growing. Their rhododendrons and azaleas – some 2500 varieties – are shipped nationwide, says co-owner Rodney Wilson. Seven years ago Cross Hills launched a November fair. It has since doubled in size and a crowd of 5000 is expected. The scenic loop up to Apiti boasts a string of showcase gardens. In tiny Kimbolton, I meet four families of

Nelsonians. For the cost of just one Mapua property, the clan bought the cafe, a barn behind, plus three large blocks of land and a house, says Jared Wayman, who relishes new opportunities and ‘a lower burn rate’ of money. Coming back through Ashhurst, any personal serenity is destroyed by that windfarm visit, and I top up the trembles later with opening night of the speedway season. Palmy is the home of speedway, introduced in 1963, but local motorsport began in the 1930s, says Tony Rasmussen, curator of an upcoming exhibition to celebrate 85 years of screaming pistons. Next morning I visit Tawa Loop in the Apiti-Manawatu River Gorge. The 1hr 45min tramp climbs through native bush to a 6.2m steel statue of Whatonga, ancestor of iwi Ngai Tara and Rangitane. My lunch is at the Bridge Cafe, one of those middle-of-nowhere eateries that does the food, drink and atmosphere right, and becomes a destination. With a plane to catch, I flit through Te Manawa, a multi-tasking triumph of art gallery, science and history museum.

This warrants better attention, as do the shops, galleries and craft outlets. Yes, I’d come back in a blink. Palmy is the perfect getaway for a big-city buzz without motorways or concrete canyons. One problem: the slogan. ‘Turbonation’ is far too industrial. I’d go for ‘Palmy: Fan-tastic’. Thanks to Origin Air for the flights, to the Copthorne and Coachman hotels for first-class accommodation, and to Cross Country Rentals and EzyRider Bikes for zippy wheels.

Big weekend On November 20-22, Palmerston North and Manawatu will be a hive of activity. Big Boys Toys holds its first event outside of Auckland. The Cross Hills Garden’s Country Fair is on, and Centrepoint’s Boys at the Beach should provide plenty of laughs. Speedway is on, complemented by Te Manawa’s Dust Devils exhibition.


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Havelock to Picton by bike



morning’s bike ride touches on three of Marlborough’s wonderful cycling routes, including a sneak preview of the Link Pathway’s latest leg. As far as consolations go, this was a gleaming silver lining. Our three day bike trip on the Queen Charlotte Track was postponed, just as Marlborough turned on the ultimate weekend of big skies and glistening sunshine. Taking what we could get, we set off for a day ride to Lochmara Lodge, starting at Wedge Point near Picton. There the Link Pathway meets the Queen Charlotte Drive and runs 5.8km through to Ngakuta Bay, offering stunning views along the way. I walked part of this track a few years ago, when it had been marked out as a narrow lumpy trail winding through the bush. The work that has gone into it since then is phenomenal, with wide smooth tracks that skim over culverts and cruise around gentle corners. The bush – from ponga to beech forest - is beautiful, the views are stunning and the story behind the Link is testimony to the power of community. It’s been a decade since Moenui artist Rick Edmonds forged a plan to link Havelock and Picton with an off-road trail that also took in Anakiwa, at the start of the Queen Charlotte Track. He pulled together

It’s been a decade since Moenui artist Rick Edmonds forged a plan to link Havelock and Picton with an off-road trail that also took in Anakiwa a team of willing workers, and they set about tempting some sponsorship and surveying the trail, all on voluntary time. They discovered four sections of abandoned historic bridle path, constructed over 150 years ago and unused for a century, and decided to incorporate them into 20 percent of the route. Now, after 28,000 volunteer man hours, including work by Outward Bound, around half the entire trail is complete. The Link Pathway Trust hopes to have it finished by late 2019, but sections of track will be opened as they’re completed, starting with the piece we rode, which will be launched before the end of the year. From Ngakuta we ride the beautiful Queen Charlotte Drive, then on to Anakiwa and the Queen Charlotte Track. It begins with an undulating trail through beech forest, with generous glimpses to the stunning waters of the sounds. We climb to a lookout, then descend to Te Mahia Saddle, before tackling a steep

climb back up the other side. I push my bike most of the way up, promising myself I’ll be fitter when we tackle the entire track in a month’s time. After a few steep descents and tight turns, we’re at the Lochmara turnoff, already planning our lunch menu as we cruise the winding trail down to the lodge. After a bracing swim, it’s beer and lunch in the sunshine, then a lazy afternoon on loungers. Before we know it, it’s 4pm and the water taxi is waiting, so we load on bikes and bags for the beautiful journey back to Picton. Not one trail in three days, but three in one, providing the perfect blend of effort and indulgence.

Need to know Total distance –35 km Queen Charlotte Track Land Cooperative Pass - $10 per day or $25 per season Water taxi - $30 Skill – The Link Pathway is easy riding. The Queen Charlotte Track is considered technical, but those of us with less skill can take it quietly and occasionally get off to push.



Nelson’s marina strategy BY STEVE THOMAS


egular WildTomato readers will recall concerns for the future of Nelson’s marina expressed in the June boating column. Earlier in the year the current guardians of our marina, the Nelson City Council, were proposing to lift fees for marina users by a whopping 48% over a 10 year period. As you can well imagine, this went down like a bucket of regurgitated stomach contents. Submissions to the Council’s 10 year plan rolled in. I took the time to read quite a few and was pleasantly surprised at the depth of detail and arguments put forward. Some outlined great ideas to improve and grow what is a key gateway to Nelson city, schemes that would put TPPA negotiators to shame! Council must be congratulated for listening to submitters, many of which decried the lack of proper planning, past and future. A positive outcome from the process has been the decision from Council to develop a ‘marina strategy’. In short, this is a 10 year plan for the marina that identifies current issues while


exploring options for sustainable future growth and alternative governance and funding models. A good move. The marina finances are in a healthy state, in fact the facility generates a small annual surplus. The main issues relate to congestion around the boat launching ramp and an ever increasing number of recreational groups trying to operate in a tight water-space. There are major safety concerns developing that need a quick fix. Add to that car parking problems at busy periods, stalled land development and growing conflicts between industry, business and recreational users. Space is limited. How do we fix it? The first thing is for Council to take notice of the users, businesses and recreational group leaders who have now stepped up to the plate alongside the Nelson Tasman Chamber Of Commerce. The best people to ensure the best outcomes are the people with the best skills along with drive and passion – the people who live, work and use the facility on a daily basis. There’s a definite need for

better management of the area, with loud calls for a trust governance model to take control of both the marina and related assets. This model would effectively see the marina run by its users, with representatives appointed by Council to ensure the city’s interests are covered. It is an idea well worth serious consideration. So what happens next? Council have appointed SLR Consultants to present a draft strategy document by December 1 this year. This seems very rushed with little time for stakeholders to present well-formulated proposals. Council may be accused of hidden agendas -keep an eye on their Facebook page. However, the marina populace remain optimistic. They’re fully engaged in the process. It’s a big test for Council as the community pushes for change. Barack Obama sums it up well. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

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Vitara joins family BY GEOFF MOFFETT

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uzuki is learning the tricks of European car makers – introducing new models that plug small gaps in their model line-up. The latest from the Japanese maker is the Vitara. Yes, that’s Vitara minus the ‘grand’. Suzuki still makes the Grand Vitara, a bigger, more powerful SUV, but has now reintroduced the plain and simple Vitara, a compact SUV, to go along with its other crossover vehicle, the S-Cross. Confused? Me too, at first. Why would Suzuki want another SUV type vehicle in its range? The answer is simple – niche marketing. The big three Germans are masters at it; having a car for every purpose and every type of likely buyer. Suzuki’s new Vitara, last sold here under that name in the late 1990s, fits in alongside the S-Cross and below the Grand Vitara. Each of the three models is within two or three thousand dollars in starting price. Vitara and S-Cross use the same 1.6 litre petrol engine which is also seen in the Suzuki Swift Sport (although more powerfully tuned in the Sport). So if one Suzuki doesn’t quite fit you, there’s bound to be one that does. The Vitara is a no-nonsense compact SUV that offers excellent space, the choice of two or four wheel drive (AllGrip, Suzuki calls it) and very good kit for the money.


Even the base model JLX gets a 7 inch touch screen, satellite navigation, smart phone technology, cruise control and speed limiter and reversing camera (and a particularly clear one it is). The LTD version I drove has a panoramic electric roof, proximity key entry and keyless start, leather/suede seats, rain-sensing wipers, auto levelling dusk-sensing headlights and quite a bit more for a very competitive $33k. For another $3k you can have the all wheel drive model, good enough to pull a light boat out of a slippery ramp with its 1200kg braked towing capacity. The Vitara makes no pretence at luxury. It’s a simply fitted but well equipped and comfortable workhorse vehicle for which Suzuki has become renowned in New Zealand. The cabin is comfortable enough and the roominess is a surprise – with a luggage capacity not far short of the Grand Vitara with the rear seats folded down (710 litres v 758). Both vehicles fall short of the S-Cross’s capacity, though – another fact to put into your equation when considering the Suzuki SUV/ crossover line-up. The Vitara, though, is taller than the S Cross, and more SUV looking with its higher ground clearance (185mm v 170mm). Sitting up higher will appeal to

many punters in this SUV-crazy buying market. The driving experience is pleasing, even though the 1.6 litre petrol engine sounds pretty busy if you ring its neck. However, it is well matched with the excellent six speed auto transmission model I drove, offering responsive kick down for overtaking or hill work. The Vitara is a good handling SUV with sharp, direct steering and the sort of flat cornering that makes drivers feel secure. The brakes, too, are reassuring. The lightness of the Vitara (1185kg curb weight) helps to makes it lively enough and also translates to good fuel economy, a claimed 6 litres/100kg. Dealers are reporting a wide range of buyers for the new Vitara, a reflection of its flexibility as a car for town or country, for light off-road work or towing or something big enough as a weekend taxi. Suzuki may have taken the ‘grand’ out of Vitara, but its new offering is a welcome addition to the car maker’s expanding family.

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expected to uncover something special with new Nelson the CD (which admittedly is not performed by the current line-up). band Humankindness. All the ingredients were right – great Humankindness the CD is well produced, well mixed and contains name, a fresh line-up of local musicians with well-earned a good range of well-crafted songs showcasing Steve’s vocals, as credibility, and a slick PR outing that promised well.To top it all well as some great guitar playing, sympathetic BVs from Hannah off –a Granary gig with the new band at the Nelson Arts Festival Gibson and some very solid backing. Your Words Not Mine would give them a supercharged launch in front of a discerning exposes Steve Mitchell’s honest appealing voice, and I enjoyed Nelson crowd. his bluesy introspective guitar control in Then I finally met front guy / songwriter the instrumental Heart Shaped Mirror. It’s a competent album with Steve Mitchell (thoroughly nice guy - alarm The tracks that were recorded in the UK, some tracks that do lift above bells should have been ringing) when he Calendar Blues, Roomful of Flower, and average, but I’m suspecting delivered me the CD to check out. Steve is the excellent Paper Thin, add sparkly that the best way to experience the singer-songwriter behind the project. elements including some nice Hammond Humankindness will be live A relatively recent arrival to Nelson, he playing from Gregg Pinchess. has penned all the material on the new CD It’s a competent album with some – three tracks of which were recorded with his old band back in tracks that do lift above average, but I’m suspecting that the the UK. The rest of the album has basically been produced and best way to experience Humankindness will be live. Given the performed by him with a few others here in Nelson. new line-up that Steve has pulled together to perform his songs The band had a successful debut at last year’s Nelson Jazz and includes talented lead guitarist Glynn Olsen and drummer Bruce Blues Festival, and I have been looking forward to experiencing McGregor (The Boogie Train, Lizard Kings) as well as the amazing the mix of rock, blues and funk elements that many locals were Elisha Hobbs on vocals, keys and guitar as well, Humankindness talking about. promises much. Steve Mitchell’s songs deserve a hearing, so let’s move on Therefore it was with some surprise when I flipped the CD from some of the track titles and get out and experience this case over and read the track list to see song titles like Saved, Sold band live. Not for a moment will all the tracks on the CD in Heaven, What to Believe, and Brightwater Church. transfer well to a live gig, but if you do get that chance to hear Had I chosen to review a Christian band? Well, I’m not sure. them live be prepared for some great blues, rock and funk with To be fair, just because there are some Christian themed tracks on some well-shaped songs from this competent and interesting an album doesn’t necessarily mean that the band is a Christian singer-songwriter. act. I have never heard them live, and can only give my opinion of 78


Rock the Kasbah Drama, Comedy Directed by Barry Levinson Starring Bill Murray, Kate Hudson, Bruce Willis


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father always told me, “90% of everything is crap,” which brings me directly to reality TV. Whether we watch them or not, everyone is familiar with those shows featuring singers and judges. We have NZ’s Got Talent, there’s an India’s Got Talent, and of course the ever popular, America’s Got Talent. All continually dominate the ratings. I never watch programmes like that, because, at the end of the day, they’re crap. Enter Afghan Star, a reality competition that searches for the most talented singers across Afghanistan. The programme premiered in 2005, four years after the fall of the Taliban which had outlawed singing in 1996; it is one of the most watched shows in the country. In 2007, Setara Hussainzada, a female singer, was a contestant. The story of her humiliation, denunciation and the death threats that followed has been very well documented in two films, Afghan Star and Silencing the Song. Enter Barry Levinson, a highly decorated writer and director. Levinson’s body of work has included Diner, Rainman and Good Morning Vietnam, all classics. His latest film, called Rock the Kasbah, is Setara’s story. Included in the cast are Kate Hudson, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel and everyone’s favourite, Bill Murray. Levinson shot in dismal and frightening locations in Morocco and Afghanistan. He also chose great music for the soundtrack, featuring, aptly, many from Cat Stevens. The tale follows Richie Lanz (Murray), a sleazy Californian music manager down on his luck. While on a failed USO tour in Afghanistan he discovers Setara’s extraordinary voice and takes her to Kabul to compete on Afghan Star. On his journey, he partners up with a heartless mercenary (Willis) and a merciful Hooker (Hudson). At the end of their journey, they are all altered for the better. Sadly, each of these characters suffers from the same malady. They are completely unconvincing. Little is revealed of their background stories. Who are they? It would be helpful to discover how they arrived at these points in their lives. Whoever they are, people like these do not exist in real life and could never exist strolling among the world of high powered weapons and warlords. In addition, they all deliver their lines much too slowly and with little emotion, causing the film to drag on longer than the war itself. I was hoping someone would shoot me. The movie describes itself as a comedy/drama and the trailer does very well to make us believe that. But trust me, it’s not funny at all. But it’s not very dramatic either. It’s 90% crap. For what it’s worth, the last ten minutes are the best part of the film, so you leave kind of feeling a teensy bit rewarded. This fades by the time you reach the car park. I entered expecting classic entertainment, but left highly disappointed. This will not be remembered as the best work of any of the people involved. Michael Bortnick has left the theatre to catch a meaningful episode of Naked and Afraid.

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You run your business from home; how does this affect your daily life? And how well has the community supported your business? Being home-based creates more time in my day for other things. There’s no travel, however you do need to create boundaries with appointments. The community has shown overwhelming support! When I started I did a brochure drop and now, six months later, new clients visit as a result. Word of mouth referrals have also been important.

What is it exactly that you focus on at Radiance Beauty Therapy? My main focus is creating a safe and professional environment for my clients. I offer a full range of beauty services including advanced facial treatments and electrolysis. Educating my clients on skin health is important so I have offered workshops covering different aspects of this.

Before your studies started had you gained much experience in the field of beauty and body therapy? I had worked with a home-based product doing make-up and skincare workshops. That was many years ago and there was no training with it, but it was a lot of fun!

In your time as a student, or as the proprietor of your salon, have you earned any awards or special attention? In my first year of study I won the ‘Wendy Hill Wedding’ make-up competition for NZ. This was a complete surprise. I worked very hard with my studies and was proud to receive top student for our class.

What advice could you give to others who are interested in this field, particularly those who wish to start their own business in the future? Never stop learning, learn something new every year. If you start your own business make sure your marketing and accounting processes are part of your business plan. Most business won’t fail just because the therapist lacks skill.

Are there any major goals you still hope to reach? Where do you wish to go from here? I truly love what I do, so continuing to grow my business and serve my community is very satisfying. Long-term I would like to extend into some form of education, whether that is for clients or in a more formal environment… I’m not yet sure.


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