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Nelson and Marlborough’s locally owned magazine / ISSUE

111 / OCT 2015 / $8.95

Arts Festival spreads its wings

How Melrose House was reborn

Making the right retirement choices

Moutere Artisans revealed

Why business is paying it forward

Antique Airborne Adventures

The Interview Dick Frizzell Fashion

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Features Issue 111 / October 2015

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rganisers of the 21st Nelson Arts Festival have recruited a cafe and a yurt to fill the venue gap, plus an old favourite from the event’s earliest days. Annabel Kemplen reports.

28 The Interview: Dick Frizzell

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ick Frizzell is in Nelson over Labour Weekend as guest speaker at Art Expo Nelson. He took time out from his busy schedule to talk to Britt Coker about being an artist, the NZ flag and why he thinks Te Papa are a bunch of cheap shits.

36 40 Pay it Forward

32 Grand old lady back to her best

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elrose House, one of the historical treasures of Nelson, was on her knees a short while ago. Caroline Crick tells of a remarkable rescue.

36 Cheers to Upper Moutere’s X factor

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hat-trick of top-quality beer, wine and cider is about the people as much as the sunshine and soil, Gabe Cook discovers.

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hey are proudly local and aim to help the community they live in. Áine Byrne discovers the hometown advantage.

44 Retirement living: Making the right choice

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ven if your twilight years seem a distant prospect, it’s never too early to start thinking about how you want to live in your retirement. Katie Byrne takes a look at a few options for living the good life in the autumn and winter years.

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INTERVIEWS

20 My Big Idea Kester McFarlane aims to create a maritime museum and aquarium at Port Nelson

82 Up & Coming Marama Bevan’s goal of helping Māori businesses is fuel for her learning. By Matt Brophy FASHION & BEAUTY

48 Fashion Styling by Justine Jamieson Photography by Ishna Jacobs

54 Glasses of the month We’re in for a hot summer. By Claudia Kuske

55 Shoe of the month Bright and brighter

56 Beauty Profile Susa Guhl by Justine Jamieson Styled by Kate Donaldson & Connie Fleming

57 Beauty Products By Kate Donaldson & Connie Fleming LIFE

58 My Home

Emma Taylor spoke to the team who renovated a tired Athfield classic into a stylishly contemporary home

64 My Garden

Magnificent Melrose. By Caroline Crick

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48 66 My Kitchen

Nicola Galloway’s yellow laksa with fish & spinach

67 Dine Out

Maxwell Flint enjoys a classy night out at Oceano

68 Wine

Phillip Reay says Dog Point delivers

69 Beer

Mark Preece achieves beervana

ACTIVE

72 74 Motoring

Geoff Moffett says the Honda HR-V hits the mark

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78 Music

Pete Rainey reckons the best music is what you were listening to at 13 years old

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Michael Bortnick on Golden Bay legend Finding Boomer

70 Travel

Nicola Young visits Cuba before the yanks get there

72 Adventure

Antique airborne adventures. By Sophie Preece

73 Boating

The people’s yacht. By Steve Thomas

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When we achieve that elusive state of flow, that Zen trance, is when we are happiest.

hinking about the Nelson Arts Festival coming up in October and this month’s interview with Dick Frizzell I was struck by how important art, in all its many forms, is to humanity. The current vogue for focusing education on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is understandable give the economic and environmental challenges we face, but I hope it’s not at the expense of art. Hopefully we aren’t raising a generation of philistines. Unlike the STEM subjects, it’s hard to justify the return on investment when funding the arts, but we must try. Unfortunately, rather than assessing value based on cold hard GDP numbers, we must try to assess value based on such nebulous notions as happiness. From the earliest cave drawings 40,000 years ago to Banksy’s latest urban art, mankind has been relentlessly creative. We are so often at our most fulfilled when engrossed in the process of creation, whether it be dancing, singing, writing, painting, putting together Lego, woodwork, sewing, cooking – the outlets for creative expression are endless. When we achieve that elusive state of flow, that Zen trance, is when we are happiest. Art is communication; it’s about telling stories in a universal language that encourages us to understand others because of our shared experience. We need art festivals. They are a chance for the whole community to come together for an annual celebration of life. Whether it’s the ancient Roman festival of Bacchus, rural harvest festivals, the Rio carnival or Mardi Gras in New Orleans, carnivals are part of the human condition. They are an essential excuse to throw off the straitjacket of cultural norms for a spell of bacchanalia – a release valve for the soul. And in Nelson’s case, it’s something to look forward to as we bid goodbye to winter and say hello to spring. Think of the pleasure we derive from music, TV, films, books and festivals, both live and on the screen. All are expressions of our desire to create, and the quality – or lack of quality – is a direct result of the quality of funding for the arts. And just think of the opportunities that Nelson has lost due to not funding the arts in recent times. NCC’s refusal to support WOW led them to depart for Wellington, and the same goes for Oi You heading to Christchurch. And then there was the Nelson Sculpture Trust’s fantastic idea to create an emblematic public sculpture for Nelson. Think about The Statue of Liberty in New York, The Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, The Angel of the North in Gateshead, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and you begin to understand the value of the idea. Inevitably the project was portrayed in the local paper as elitist and then became bogged down in the interminable quicksands of public debate. Happily, though, Nelson’s Arts Festival is still being funded, and WildTomato is excited to be sponsoring Sam Manzanza and the Afrobeat Band on October 25. Hope to see you there. JAC K MA RT I N

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Nelson Council thinks that ‘Live the day’ might mean ... what, exactly? It has the vague threat attached that we might not, for some reason, finish the day alive and kicking. Or maybe the genius who proposed it believed that Nelson could only entertain its visitors while the sun was up, that after dark we should all be tucked up with a warm milk and a copy of Reader’s Digest.   Had I been there, I might have suggested they revise it to ‘Live the next 24 hours like it was your last’, or anything, really, that tapped something wistful and compelling, something Nelson might really represent to a visitor’s appetite, their yearning for Special. I propose that Council now moves into the 21st Century, and adopt our new, more marketable town tag of ‘Nelson - In Your Dreams’ ... and I won’t even copyright it. Yours, Dr. Sardonicus

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Join this annual festival of sport! A chance for people of all levels and abilities to compete in social and competitive grades in a wide variety of activities.

Nelson Arts Festival 2015 will wow residents and visitors with a line-up of fabulous shows. Check out the full programme.

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Sat 24 Motu: Oileáin Trinity Roots and their Irish friends present a music collaboration that marries evocative melodies with hypnotic grooves, tribal chants with fragile harmony and ancient languages in psychedelic soundscapes.

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MY BIG IDEA

The lure of

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Kester Macfarlane created the $19 million Underwater World Perth in 1988, displaying more than 2,200 fish; he project-managed the $45 million Underwater World Singapore in 1992, which hosted more than 2 million visitors in year one; and he designed and secured investment for the $60 million Undersea World Jakarta. What is your big idea in a nutshell? To build an exciting and sustainable Maritime Museum and Aquarium at Port Nelson — a unique combination of cultural history and a public facility celebrating Nelson’s affinity with the sea. It would offer education, research and entertainment for tourists and residents alike. We are the biggest fishing port in Australasia. Nelson owes its heritage to the sea, and such an asset would recognise our dependence on the oceans for harvesting, trading, leisure and, ultimately, survival.

What could we achieve for our community if funding weren’t a problem?

and smaller creatures such as seahorses, octopus and squid. The complex would include a touch pool, an animal haven, a theatre showing continuous marine-related films, a gift shop and an indoor–outdoor café. The associated Maritime Museum component would house permanent and changing exhibitions of all things nautical and ecological. The facility would become a showplace for the region, hosting product launches and promotions.

Who will benefit?

What is the current situation?

How can the region get on board?

My interest in, and input into, such a Maritime Museum and Aquarium for Nelson goes back to my discussions with Mayor Malone in the 1980s and Mayor Woollaston in the 1990s. Last An all-weather attraction of about 2,000 square metres built on Akersten Street at Port year I wrote a feasibility study identifying five possible sites, which has been circulated to Nelson. This site provides plenty of parking, has access to good sea water and is walkable interested parties, who have formed a trust representing the fishing industry, Cawthron from the CBD via the new Maitai River Institute, Plant and Food, Nelson City Council walkway. A main tank of about 1.5 million and others. The trust is fundraising to litres would display sharks, rays and about 600 fish of the 90 or so species found in local develop the venture. I am working with them, preparing another feasibility study for the waters. Ten or more smaller tanks would preferred Akersten Street site. display freshwater species and more timid 20

Direct benefits for Nelson would be employment opportunities, community participation through a Friends of the Aquarium and Maritime Museum club, increased tourist numbers, education through school visits, promotion of the region’s ‘green image’ and, most importantly, awareness that if we continue to decimate the world’s oceans we are slowly destroying ourselves.

Expertise is not a problem. I have associates who, between us, have designed and constructed 24 major aquariums in ten countries costing more than US$875 million and attracting more than 300 million visitors. The Nelson project needs public awareness and support, fundraising and sponsorship. And the trust needs to move more aggressively to make the most of a great idea. Alternatively, funding could be sourced from individuals wishing to build the complex as a commercial investment.


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o what does one of this country’s best-supported and mostloved regional arts festivals do when several key venues are out of action? Be creative, of course. With the Suter Theatre, Nelson School of Music and Trafalgar Centre closed for redevelopment and earthquake strengthening, new options around town have stepped up to fill the gaps. The Festival is based at Founders Heritage Park once again, from October 14-26, with shows at Festival Mainstage or in the Granary Festival Cafe, but the inner-city and fringe venues are an important part of the mix for the 65 events that make up the programme. This year River Kitchen, The Free House, Nelson Musical Theatre and The Boathouse will join the party. Nelson City Council Festival Team Leader Axel de Maupeou says the new mix of venues provides an opportunity for Festival audiences to have a unique experience in a space that isn’t normally used for performance on this scale. “When situations like these arise, they create opportunities to try something new. Venue spaces are very important in terms of how audiences engage with the show, as well as how performers interact in the new setting. As much as we try to achieve a perfect fit between audience and show, we endeavour to do the same for performers. We’re lucky that we have an excellent range of options to choose from – they’re unique venues for very distinct shows.” In what seems a perfect pairing, River Kitchen will host two sittings of the New Zealand play Café each night for nearly a week. Co-owners Clare and Blue Fleming and their business partners jumped at the chance to be included. “We didn’t even think about it,” Clare says. “We love the Arts Festival. It’s great that it’s based at Founders but it’s always nice if some smaller businesses like ours can be involved.” Presented by Site-Specific Theatre NZ, Café is a play about a buzzing coffee house, the staff who work there and the strange coffee they serve. “The hospitality industry is a funny business so it’ll be interesting to see how they portray it,” says Clare. Festival Programmer Charlie Unwin saw the show debut at Wanaka’s Festival of Colour as part of a season co-commissioned by the Nelson Arts Festival. He recognised it needed a particular style of café to house both the audience and the cast. River Kitchen ticked the boxes. “The next step was bringing over the Wellington-based director, who we have worked with on previous Festival shows Hotel and Salon. He agreed that River Kitchen was the perfect fit for this production,” Charlie says. The Free House, another Festival debutant, was approached to host Paris-based New Zealand folk singer-songwriter Flip Grater – in the Yurt. Co-owner Eelco Boswijk said ‘The hospitality industry is they’d been keen to a funny business so it’ll be be involved in the interesting to see how they Festival for some portray it.’ time. “It’s great the CLARE FLEMING, Yurt is being used. R I V E R K I TC H E N C O - OW N E R It’s a lovely little informal space

The Festival team marks the programme launch. From left: Programmer Charlie Unwin, Councillor Gaile Noonan, Marketing Co-ordinator Amanda Raine and Festival’s Team Leader Axel de Maupeou

that’s gaining a reputation among musos as a really good intimate venue for gigs. It works really well acoustically. Flip Grater is a good match for us.” Charlie adds that venues such as the Yurt have been presenting well-received shows for a while, and have very loyal patrons – as does the Festival. “Just as it’s good for us to bring new audiences to them, it is equally very important for us to connect with new audiences.” The Boathouse has links to the Festival’s formative days in 1995. This year it hosts folk band Eb & Sparrow on Friday October 16, the same night as the Masked Parade and More FM Carnivale. From the Festival team’s point of view, the programming gives a different crowd an alternative option on what can be a familyfocused night. Boathouse manager Ali Howard says it is “lovely” having the Festival back at the seaside venue. “We’re really pleased. The Boathouse has changed immensely from that time, from being volunteer-based with just a few punters on a Friday night, to a club that has grown with a large membership and is now run professionally with part-time staff.” She says the gypsy swing music of Eb & Sparrow is a wonderful fit for The Boathouse. Established Arts Festival venues such as the Theatre Royal and Refinery Artspace are also a key part of the line-up this year, with the Theatre Royal hosting some of the larger shows, including headline act Leo, an international physical theatre show 23


that has toured the globe, and Australian company Casus Circus’s new work Finding the Silence. The Refinery will host interactive dance theatre show The Wine Project, by Java Dance Company, which presented the highly regarded Back of the Bus at last year’s Festival. Mid-sized community venue Nelson Musical Theatre (next to Founders) has also come to the party this year, staging comedy gigs by Penny Ashton and Michele A’Court, Welsh theatre piece Hiraeth, and family show Squaring the Wheel. Nelson Musical Theatre president Ross Benbow says having the venue involved in the Festival is a great way to raise its profile. “We want to get it known as a great little venue. We’re already using it a lot ourselves and have had three shows there this year so far.” The theatre has a bar and can seat 150 people, “so it’s a really good fit”.The Festival team has also made a concerted effort this year to ensure a strong visual presence in Nelson’s city centre. Flagpole banners up and down the main streets and an illuminated art installation on the Clock Tower are part of that approach, as are two visual arts projects, The Word on the Street and The Billboard Project. The former involves a group of NMIT students, tutors and local secondary students creating an interactive art installation with words based on the Masked Parade’s theme, The World of Books, up the main street and by the library – the details of which will only be revealed after the start of the Festival. The Billboard Project involves six well-known artists creating large works of art themed around aromahana (spring season) on the banks of the Maitai River throughout the Festival. These artists will also have works in an exhibition at Red Gallery. All works (including those created by the river) will be available for purchase at the end of the Festival. Axel de Maupeou says the overall idea is to create interaction between the public and artists and their work in town. The Festival team also aims to ensure the economic benefits

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of this large-scale, two-week event are felt beyond the gates of Founders. That’s part of the reason why so much effort goes into organising the Masked Parade and More FM Carnivale, which attracts an estimated 3,000 participants and more than 20,000 visitors into the city centre. Alongside the obvious cultural and social benefits of bringing the Nelson community together to celebrate the arts, it gives hospitality businesses at the top end of town one of their busiest nights of the year. The Festival hub moved out of the central city from a marquee in Albion Square to Founders eight years ago due to noise issues and other limitations with the site. There have been sporadic discussions ever since about whether the Festival base should return to the CBD. However, feedback from the hospitality sector has shown that those who remembered the Festival hub in the central city were unsure if the move to Founders had any impact on their business. Business-owners also acknowledged there is no ideal site in town for the Festival hub. Founders’ Facility Manager Maria Anderson says the Arts Festival has played a huge role in activating the Heritage Park by showcasing its various venues to potential users for events throughout the year. “It’s been great for our profile. At the same time, Founders is a fantastic community facility that offers heart and soul to the Festival as its base. We work hard getting the Park looking its best in time for the event. Artists on-site open up their studios offering talks on Festival weekends, and the brewery releases a special brew to celebrate ... We’re counting down the days until Festival time.” To view the full Nelson Arts Festival programme and book your tickets, visit nelsonartsfestival.co.nz


LEFT PAGE The Festival’s Technical Director Antony Hodgson carries out the precarious job of hanging colourful street banners around the town to celebrate Arts Festival season

‘When situations like these arise, they create opportunities to try something new.’ A X E L D E M AU P E O U F E S T I VA L S T E A M L E A D E R

ABOVE (clockwise from top left) The Festival’s More FM Carnivale lights up the streets after the Masked Parade Founders Heritage park is the ‘heart and soul’ of the Festival Upper Trafalgar Street in Festival mode River Kitchen’s Blue and Clare Fleming are thrilled to be hosting specially commissioned play Café during the Festival. BELOW Nelson Central School students attract a good crowd during Stage One in 2014

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Sorceress

Beards! Beards! Beards!

Flip Grater

Sam Manzanza & the Afrobeat Band

The Billboard Project

Calypso Nights

Promise and Promiscuity

Neon

Finding the Silence

A selection of artists featuring in this year’s festival, a full overview can be found on nelsonartsfestival.co.nz

Revamp for venues The Suter Theatre is being totally refurbished, including new seats, as part of the $12 million Suter Art Gallery redevelopment, expected to be completed in mid-2016. The redevelopment involves strengthening and restoring the original heritage gallery, adding new gallery spaces, and creating a large foyer and reception area to accommodate up to 300 people. Strengthening and upgrading the Trafalgar Centre is expected to cost about $13 million. While not a regular venue for the Arts Festival, it has been used in the past and will offer new possibilities for large-scale Festival events once completed. The Centre is expected to be available for bookings (under a limited capacity until the northern building is complete) from the end of March 2016. The Nelson School of Music’s heritage auditorium is closed because of earthquake risk. The Council has pledged its support and the Trust is fundraising to strengthen, refurbish and reopen its auditorium, and alongside that to build a new multi-use facility with rehearsal and teaching rooms. The plan is to re-open in time for the next Adam Chamber Music Festival in January 2017

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Interview

DICK FRIZZELL

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Dick Frizzell is in Nelson over Labour Weekend as guest speaker at Art Expo Nelson. He took time out from his busy schedule to talk to Britt Coker about being an artist, the NZ flag and why he thinks Te Papa are a bunch of ‘cheap shits’.

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ave you been to Nelson before? What are your memories? Several times. It reminded me a bit of Hastings where I was brought up. I’ve also got a sister who lives there. What comes to mind when you think of the region? Wine, food, tobacco …Toss Woollaston. Did art shows like Art Expo Nelson exist during your early career? Why do you think they are so popular now? There wasn’t anything like it – apart from Uni arts festivals. Comprehensive art education in schools has done it, I think, and the obvious monetising of the infrastructure. If you hadn’t become an artist, then what? A commercial artist, I guess – a real ad-man instead of a pretend one. What’s the definition of a pretend one? Me. I spent all those years in advertising after I left art school and thought I had become a real ad-man but then returned to painting. Years later I met my old boss, Bob Harvey, and I was raving enthusiastically about my days as an ad-man and Bob said, “No Dick, you were always just a visitor”. Because your art styles are diverse, do you find yourself alternating genres when one work finishes and you’re about to start another? No, I usually work through a series until it’s played out. Mind you, all the different commissions provide endless variety. Then there is the applied art, of course, where I might be pursuing three or more threads at any one time. Does it still feel surreal to see your art in everyday places and on T-shirts, or is that just quite normal now? Yeah, it was kind of weird but pretty normal now. Your Pop Art has wide appeal. Do you ever wish your NZ landscapes or still-

lifes were as widely recognised by the New Zealand public? (laughs) I thought they were. Te Papa has 80 works of your art in their archives. Do you feel they are accurately reflecting your art style to the world? In 200 years’ time, the museum will be summing your career up in thumbnails of their choosing. I can’t believe they’ve got that many. They haven’t bought anything since 1992, as far as I know. It really gets my goat actually. The price of being popular. No landscapes, no signage, no Phantoms, no Sam Hunt poem paintings, no still-lifes. It bewilders me really. And I see from the website that what they have got are nearly all prints – the cheap shits. Te Papa certainly doesn’t represent Dick Frizzell. You have to step out into the real world to see that. Maybe you should send them an email. Oh, they know what I think. The whole gallery’s so ugly anyway I’m glad I’m not in it. You don’t have to do advertising work any more. Is this the social side balancing out the solitary nature of being an artist? Is there an energy you get working with others on a project? Yeah, it’s just my nature. I love the challenge of communicating on that level. There is a broad appeal in Pop Art – to take something at face value; to not always have to look for inner meaning. Is it a reflection of who you are in some way (e.g. wanting to connect, to be upfront, to be easily understood) or is it simply one style of many that you have mastered, influenced in part by your early career? I don’t see it as Pop Art, to be honest. It’s just that I’m drawn to the glossy and the graphic; the obvious and the clichéd. Always looking for subversive ways to make the old new again. And there’s more inner meaning in Pop than a lot of the so-called literate art anyway.

What do you call it? At one point I was calling it Expressionist Pop because it’s not done with the same deadpan kind of consumerist observations. My work comes from a different place than that. It’s not a comment on the brittle nature of consumerism and all the rest of it. It’s actually inspired by the same way that Van Gogh is inspired by wheat fields. You know what I mean? So if you used to call it Expressionist Pop, what do you call it now? I don’t call it anything any more. It’s just Dick Frizzell’s stuff. I’ve mastered the art of being predictably unpredictable. That’s my biggest trick. People have come to expect it. I just get away with murder, really. Do you have personal favourites of your own making? I had an exhibition in ’92 called Tiki and I had a go at the notion that cultures have to travel both ways. In the show was Grocer With Moko and I think he was the most succinct definition of the point I was making. He was my biggest cultural contribution, I think. My most radical and enduring invention. Do you have a career highlight? Not really – it’s just one long highlight (laughs). I’ve worked hard all my life and it’s paid off. Whose art do you have hanging on your walls at home? Gavin Chilcott, Martin Popplewell, Bill Hammond, me. Do you wish you’d had today’s options for self-promotion (social media, inter­ net) when you were starting out? Do you think a great artist can go unnoticed if they are lousy self-promoters, or will the greatness always be found? These days greatness will definitely be found, and I found ways to self-promote back then that the art racket never dreamed of with their Calvinist fear of commercialism. I blew that one out of the water. What did you do? This was back in about 1975. I knew a lot of guys in pirate radio, Radio Hauraki. I got them to talk about the exhibition. I printed T-shirts. I printed posters and put them all over town. I did all the things you weren’t meant to do, basically. The commercial world and the art world were incompatible.

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What was the reaction? There was horror on one hand and excitement on the other, depending if you were a young student with any sort of imagination. It looked really exciting, and the old-guard got a bit sniffy about it, but it worked, I can tell you.

How do you feel about how things have panned out to date? I don’t like the artificial way it’s ended up. It’s definitely been quite stage-managed. It has us all looking at John Key’s favourite fern. It’s outrageous, really, and for him to say he can’t change it – he could.

Have you ever thought about why art has become part of human evolution? It isn’t exactly food, water or shelter. It’s communication.

Where did it go wrong for you? A small panel making a big decision? Yeah, totally. The jump from the panel to the final 40 and then somehow with Cabinet’s help... And when did they become design experts, I’d like to know. It’s led to that really peculiar selection. I mean, it’s bizarre. There’s one that’s been put in there for people to hate, which is the monkey’s tail. Then there’s that stupid Qualmark on the side of Air New Zealand planes and then the two lame Lockwoods. It just doesn’t make

You were an advocate of a flag change long before the current debate. Why? Because it stands to reason that we should be represented by our own flag. A nobrainer really. That Red Peak flag does the business.

any sense at all. When I saw the Red Peak design, it completely blew me away. I didn’t have any doubts at all. It’s got its own head of steam now. But it won’t make any difference? They have said they’re not going to include it. Who knows? Red Peak might be totally impossible to get past. What is it about your Mickey To Tiki that resonates with the masses? I don’t know really. The fascination with the morphing from one thing into another – people seem to love visual tricks like that. Ten years later I did it again backwards to express we had discovered a certain level of self-confidence that we didn’t have initially. Which ties in a bit with wanting to change the flag. Was it around that time you started talking about a new flag? Was that all part-and-parcel? Yeah, I think it was interestingly enough. You have your own wine label, Frizzell Wines. Did you get involved with it because you’re passionate about wine? No, because we were living in Hawkes Bay, really. You can’t move there without treading on a grape.

Mickey to Tiki

You’ve been busy with a fundraising project, the Cooking 4 Change celebrity cookbook, with recipes from well-known New Zealanders. How did it come about? It was my business partner’s brainwave, spurred on by the remarkable success of The Great New Zealand Cookbook, which I was involved with. You’ve been successful with crowdfunding through Givealittle. What stage is the project at now? It’s up and running. Nearly all the recipes have been sent in. We’re just trying to nail down that slippery Taika Waititi. What’s your next project? A big show with Gow/Langsford Gallery next year. Are they like your BFF of galleries? Oh yeah, I’ve been with them forever. We have a fantastic working relationship and they seem really game to take on my follies. And I want to consolidate my Auckland base. My position there represents my position right around the country. I have a major and a minor show every year. Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. You’re always painting to publish, which is what I call showing.

Grocer with Moko

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’I just get away with murder, really.’ DICK FRIZZ ELL

Is that the fun bit, engaging with people at exhibitions? Definitely. We had an opening last night. We had a great thrashing. It’s definitely a celebration getting it on the wall. It always is. Is it hard to let go of stuff? Oh, no, no, no. (Laughs) Many people are creative in their spare time. What do you do? Are you kidding? The only way I have spare time is to get on a plane and go to Turkey [he’s just back from a six-week holiday]. Jude [Dick’s wife of 50 years] jokes about my weekends. I paint all week and then I go into the studio in the weekend. In 2004 you became a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to art. When you meet other artists who have made it on the Queen’s Honours List at one time or other, do you share a secret handshake? I keep forgetting I’ve got it. I can’t even remember what the letters stand for or where it fits in the hierarchy. I know what the little button looks like because Billy Apple [New Zealand artist] likes to wear his. He pins it on his lapel.

Yellow Painting, Haumoana

Was this, for you, the ultimate acknowledgement as a New Zealand artist? The cream on the pavlova? No, I’d rather see a large landscape [of mine] in Te Papa. The feedback I get from New Zealand in general means much more to me. I like that your Wikipedia page includes, ‘He had a dog called Modee for just over 25 years. She was a poodle-fox terrier cross’. Is there anything else you would add to the page? ‘That little dog was a ‘perrier’. And it was 13 years.’ And, ’Integrity is over-rated,’ or as Gene Simmons from Kiss said: ‘Fuck integrity – just get on with it.’ And here’s another good one: ‘I’ve learnt so much from my mistakes that I’m thinking of making a few more.’ Next time you paint a self-portrait it would make me happy if you called it ‘Making a Dick of Myself’. (Laughs) We’ve been down that road actually.

Sunlit track

Dick Frizzell is guest speaker at the Crowe Horwath Awards Night, Saturday October 24. For ticket details, go to artexponelson.co.nz

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Melrose House

Grand old lady back to her best

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Melrose House, one of the historical treasures of Nelson, was on her knees a short while ago. Caroline Crick tells of a remarkable rescue


Photo by Daniel Allen

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his is a story about a house. It’s not the whole story – this house has had too long a life to relate here – but it’s an important chapter about how Melrose House found its way back into community life, thanks to the dauntless efforts of one of its biggest fans and the many people who helped her. A quick background: Melrose Historic House sits at the corner of Nelson’s Trafalgar and Brougham Sts. She’s a grand old lady, designed by eminent colonial architect John Scotland and built in the late 1870s for Charles Watts. Melrose passed down through the Watts family until 1945, when Charles’ grandson gifted the house to the Women’s Division of Federated Farmers for use as a rest-home. In the 1970s, after a fair amount of public debate, it became the property of Nelson City Council, under management by a trust. By 2008 the lady had lost her sparkle. Melrose had been used as a community hall, private business premises, classroom and event venue. There was little money for maintenance and the gardens were overgrown and used for night-time shenanigans by local miscreants. A fire sale of the interior furniture in 1974 had stripped the house of most of its original fixtures – even down to the doorknobs. Solo mother Simone Henbrey lived down the road in Brougham St. She used to sit on the park bench in the grounds with her children and wonder how such a beautiful house could have fallen on hard times. Having trained as an interior designer and worked on heritage homes in Auckland, she felt a special connection with Melrose in its sad state. “And then a flyer came through the door from the current trust, asking for people to go on the committee.” Simone signed on at that meeting, with Jo Kinross as chair. They soon got to work, putting out a request to the community for proposals for Melrose – looking for a tenant or ideas to fund the building into the future. Simone says that none of those proposals did the house justice, or understood the significance of its heritage. So at the last minute she took the bull by the horns, resigned as a committee member and put in her own proposal to manage the house: In return for living in its self-contained flat she would work 25 hours a week as the onsite manager. Her passion for the project was evident from her proposal. “I believe that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing well,” she wrote. “If we truly want to grow Melrose and help her reach her true potential, fulfilling the intent of the gift to the citizens of Nelson, we ought to do it properly.” Simone’s proposal was accepted and, in mid-2009, once the decrepit apartment had been made habitable, she and her two children moved in. “The scale, responsibility and cost of the project hit me,” she says, “and whilst I knew I had the skills to manage the restoration, it was a sobering realisation that I’d first have to raise the funds from scratch. I set up a booking system and website that would generate some income. I also got stuck into grant applications for the big jobs.” Simone says the key to making it work was to get everything, where possible, done on a contra basis. She approached people who shared her vision for Melrose and asked for help. Her 25 hours soon ballooned to 80 or more, but it became a labour of love. “I did a lot of persuading, and it was amazing how, when approached, sympathetic, generous individuals and businesses were prepared to donate time and energy.”

‘Whilst I knew I had the skills to manage the restoration, it was a sobering realisation that I’d first have to raise the funds from scratch.’ S I M O N E H E N B R EY

Of course, for every person who said they would help, there were objections from those who thought it a waste of money. “I lost count of the times people told me it was just too hard. Getting Melrose back on her feet took all my tenacity, determination and perseverance.” A sprinkler system, electrical re-wiring and exterior lighting were the first priorities. Simone worked to secure funding for these from the Council so that events could be held with confidence. Next on the list were insulation, a heating system, ageappropriate new wallpaper and curtains, and restoration of the gardens. “Canterbury Community Trust was phenomenal in its support. Guthrie Bowron, Tasman Glass, Fields Florist, Eyebright and many more local businesses were also generous. Rotary, Lions and Certified Builders all contributed value skills and resources to renovation projects. A private benefactor paid $8000 for all the rotting carpet to be pulled up and the floors polished.” Local handyman Peter Palmer stripped and repaired windows and doors, and built and gifted a lectern that is in regular use at weddings and events. Plumber Chris Chapman helped with repairs and maintenance. Nelson City Council agreed to a garden restoration programme, and Tasman Bay Roses generously supplied bush and standard heritage roses, planted in the new beds that 33


replaced a carpark at the front of the house. Simone appealed for the return of any items from the 1974 disbursement sale, but little of note turned up. Once the sprinkler system was installed, however, she was able to accept pieces on loan from local collections, including some from Ronaki House, home of the Boswijk family for many years. Melrose hosted a tea party for the Alzheimers Association, and asked the guests to each bring a cup and saucer to donate. The resulting collection is still in use today. Simone held high-tea parties, garden parties, vintage treasure sales, garden tours – anything that could raise funds for the house. Local historian Ruth Bayley researched and wrote a history of Melrose, which sold well. In total, over three years, Simone and her helpers raised close to $1 million in cash and services for the restoration of Melrose House. The relationship with the Council strengthened as the house started to show its true potential. Regular articles in the newspaper and features on local radio all helped to encourage people to use Melrose. But securing the future of this grand dame required a steady income. Simone believed the anchor tenant should be a café, “which would also bring people into the house.” After a lengthy consent process with NCC and the Historic Places Trust, Melrose House Café opened in 2011, under the management of Angela Kernohan. “Angela shared my vision for Melrose and runs the café in a way that complements everything about Melrose,” says Simone. The café has brought multiple benefits to the house and the community. In 2012, almost four years and 26 different committee members later, Simone left Melrose House to pursue a career in real estate. She has no regrets about the years she gave to Melrose, and says the house is in good hands now.

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Current chair of the Melrose Society, Hugh Briggs, says that work is ongoing, and the trials of raising money have highlighted just what a big job Simone took on. “She’s a dynamo. It was in a shambolic state before she got started. She was incredibly successful at getting people behind Melrose.” Restoration was put on hold for a year while the chimneys were earthquake-strengthened, and the next job is to raise funds to upgrade the café toilets. “We have a wonderful new board with professional people,” says Hugh. “They are keen to develop the role of Melrose as a community asset.” Looking back on her time at Melrose, Simone says the house has an important role to play in connecting future generations with Nelson’s cultural heritage. Since Melrose was gifted to the people of Nelson, “it is satisfying to see it once again being used and enjoyed as intended”. The board of Melrose Historic House is commencing a much needed fundraising campaign.  If you can donate money, time, goods, services, antique items for resale, or great ideas, please call Melrose House on: 548 7269 or Board Member Margot Wilson: 027 410 2638

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Moutere

Cheers to Upper Moutere’s X factor

A hat-trick of top-quality beer, wine and cider is about the people as much as the sunshine and soil, Gabe Cook discovers.

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ew Zealand has many regions synonymous with a particular style of drink. Think Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Central Otago Pinot Noir or craft beer in Wellington. One small village just outside Nelson scores a hat-trick, being home to a national champion beer brewer, the producer of arguably the country’s finest Chardonnay, and the pioneering makers of heritage cider. Quite an achievement for Upper Moutere, which has a population of just a few hundred people. Some 20km west as the crow flies from Nelson, and 8km inland from the sea, Upper Moutere is at the head of a valley that provides a slower-paced alternative to the Coastal Highway. An early pioneer settlement with a quaint Lutheran church and a pub said to be New Zealand’s oldest, the village exudes heritage charm and a positive sense of being in touch with its forebears. It is home to many artists and artisans, creating the finest handcrafted products, from olives to mushrooms, and pottery to knives. 36

This creativity is accompanied by a stellar climate for growing, with more than 2300 hours of sunshine a year, making it one of the sunniest regions in New Zealand. The soil is also renowned. Moutere clay gravels, well-structured and free-draining, provide a perfect substrate for healthy and prodigious growth. Initially planted with kiwifruit and tobacco, the land is now awash with apples, pears, hops, blackcurrants, boysenberries and grapevines. Even with such favourable terroir, however, it is still remarkable that the creators of some of New Zealand’s most celebrated drinks, across three entirely different categories, should be located so close together in this innocuous corner of the South Island. Is it just pure coincidence or does Upper Moutere have a secret X factor? Martin Townshend, crowned Champion Brewer at the Brewers’ Guild of New Zealand Awards in 2014, has rocketed up the ranks of craft breweries. To take the national title is an


incredible achievement for a one-man-band operation. A couple of kilometres away from Townshend’s Rosedale Rd brewery is Neudorf Vineyards, which has garnered much acclaim for its wines over the years. Across the road from Neudorf is Peckham’s Cider, which produces complex and classy ciders from apples grown specifically for making the honeyed brew. Nestled amongst gentle, undulated hills, there’s no denying Upper Moutere’s reputation as a prime location for growing fruit. “Upper Moutere has a gentle climate,” explains Judy Finn, co-founder and owner of Neudorf Winery. “It never gets too hot here, and the summer seems to have a long tail, providing perfect ripeness. This, along with the cool nights as we head towards vintage, ensures the delicate flavours do not get driven off.” Judy and husband Tim moved to Upper Moutere in 1978 at the pioneering edge of the Nelson wine scene. Armed with Tim’s Masters in Animal Behaviour and Judy’s background in journalism, they took the brave step of planting vines in the fertile valley. That spirit of endeavour and a passion for quality have made them one of New Zealand’s most respected producers. Master of Wine Bob Campbell sums up just how good Neudorf is: “I cannot think of another NZ wine producer that have been making top wines across their entire range as consistently as Neudorf have over three decades. Chardonnay is the star, with Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc very close behind.” The location of the vineyard was chosen for that favourable climate and the quality of the soil. “We were attracted by the Moutere clay gravels, which give the wines minerality, structure and complexity,” says Judy. She doubts that the quality of Neudorf’s wines could be upheld in another location. “Definitely not for the Chardonnay. The terroir here is amazing. If this piece of land were in France it would be treated as something very special indeed.” Caroline Peckham, co-founder and owner of Peckham’s cider, agrees: “We’ve had old folk visit us who used to pick apples on our property when they were kids, and they said that this patch of land has always produced the best apples.” Caroline and husband Alex have run their own businesses for more than 20 years. Originally from England, they moved to New Zealand a decade ago, settling in Christchurch initially. They looked north after deciding to make the transition from office to land. Looking out across hectares of orchards, Caroline explains: “Although we didn’t choose this site with the specific intention of making traditional cider, the block had a proven track record of growing quality fruit and showed real potential for development and somewhere to establish a business.” It was a love of Englishstyle cider, and the foresight to see a niche within New Zealand for this type of drink, that led the couple to establish the country’s largest cider apple orchard, right on Neudorf Rd. Cider is undergoing a remarkable renaissance and is one of the fastest-growing drinks categories globally. In NZ, growth is primarily driven by the big brewers offering fruit ciders aimed at the 18-24 demographic. The Peckhams’ traditional English focus produces a dryish, rich, complex drink with powerful mouthfeel and structure. To achieve this, they need old-fashioned cider apple varieties, high in tannin and grown solely for cider. Generally smaller, and certainly more bitter, than your average Pink Lady or Jazz, they have a wonderful array of names such as Knotted Kernel, Tremlett’s Bitter and Chisel Jersey. After spending months, indeed years, scouring the country in search of these unassuming varieties located in small blocks

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and hobby orchards, the Peckhams have now amassed about 20 cider apple varieties. “We’re firm believers that only the best raw materials can give the best product.” Having featured regularly in the media as one of the country’s finest producers and staunch advocates of the craft cider movement, this dedicated approach appears to be justified. The Nelson region is also famous as the centre of New Zealand’s hop production. Just a handful of years ago the indigenous hop industry was in poor shape, with the recession hitting hard. However, a new wave of craft brewers in the US, Europe and Australasia are producing beers that require pungent, bitter hops. NZ varieties such as Nelson Sauvin, Motueka and Pacific Jade have suddenly become hot property on the global market. Upper Moutere is home to a number of hop farms, and the old saying goes that ‘where you get good hops, you get good beer’. So does champion brewer Martin Townshend agree with Judy and Caroline that they are perfectly located to create their quality product? “No, I’m not controlled by terroir. In fact it’s a ridiculous place to have a brewery. It’s just luck and coincidence that has led me to brew here.” After a stint running the local takeaway and, briefly, having a hand in the village pub, Martin put in a small brewery at his Rosedale Rd property in 2004, with beer out in the market the following year. What started as a way to generate income while waiting for his cider apple trees to mature, has turned into a fulltime business, culminating in his stunning success at the 2014 awards. Sitting cross-legged atop a stack of Canterbury grain sacks in the brewhouse, Martin explains how, as a brewer, he differs from winemakers and cidermakers because he is not in direct control of the creation of his raw materials. “I get my water for the beer tanked in from the Motueka aquifer, and I buy my hops through the national grower-owned co-operative New Zealand Hops, just like any other brewer could around the globe. It really is just a coincidence that I’m situated here, just down the road from Neudorf and Peckham’s.” Dig a little deeper, however, and it becomes apparent that these three drinks pioneers are linked in ways other than sharing 37


the same soil and climate. They all exude a non-corporate attitude towards their business and lifestyle, which is a hallmark of the Moutere as a region. “If we had planned to make the most amount of money we could out of this business, we would have bought land on the plains rather than in the hills,” says Caroline. Judy echoes the sentiment: “Neudorf has never been about chasing the dollar. We could have made more money in other ways, but we’re happy with our scale and what we’ve achieved.” Martin shares this decision to locate in Upper Moutere as a lifestyle choice, rather than merely for business reasons. “Upper Moutere is just an awesome place to be. I always wanted to do something for myself. Here I can be left to my own devices and

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go about making the best product I can.” Neudorf, Peckham’s and Townshend’s are all relatively small drops in their respective oceans. They never intended to be the biggest, but all harbour the desire to be the best they can be. Upper Moutere provides a perfect location to establish a boutique drinks business thanks to its early history. The Europeans, predominantly Germans, who were settled in this region by the New Zealand Corporation from the 1840s, divided the land around the village into small blocks to be shared amongst the new community. These blocks still define Upper Moutere’s landscape and restrict how big an enterprise can be in this area. It makes sense, then, that only artisan-type producers, with a quest for quality, have the ability to maintain longterm, sustainable businesses here. Peckham’s, Neudorf and Townshend’s are all perfectly suited to this scale of operation and find themselves capitalising on the creative and geographical bounty that the village provides. One final factor binds these three businesses closer. All have been founded, and are run by hard-working, entrepreneurial people with a penchant for pushing the boundaries. “Anyone can write a book,” Judy says, “but it’s much harder to write a good book. We just try to do the very best we can and not bugger it up.” This constant demand for improvement, attention to detail and single-mindedness has enabled these producers to stand out amongst their peers. Martin confesses he can become “a little obsessed” when producing his beers. “Stylistically, I want to be as accurate as possible, but I also want to add my own interpretation.” Martin is not pressured by other opinions, which enables him to stay focused on what he does best – making great beers in his own fashion. For Caroline, “running a business like this always has an element of risk” – which is all part of the package for individualistic entrepreneurs like her and Alex. The Peckhams are now reaping the rewards from all their investment and dedication. The Upper Moutere terroir is world-class, yes, but it is the people we have to thank for creating these wonderful beers, wines and ciders. These are people who had a vision, and the gumption to turn it into reality through sheer bloody hard work and tenacity. This attitude is all part of Moutere’s X factor.

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arefree caravanning is the stuff of Kiwi dreams. From a sandy beach and endless ocean view one night, to a pristine park at the edge of a river on the next. Or weeks in one spot, with nothing to think about but where you put the sunblock, or whose turn it is to fetch ice-creams. At Kina Campers in Upper Moutere, Jeff Rawlings and Katie Brummitt rent out modern caravans with all the bells and whistles. With bathrooms, fridges and freezers, comfy beds and huge awnings, as well as the insulation, double glazing and heating that makes them warmer than most homes, these are distant relatives of the 70s version your parents may have towed across the countryside. Summer holidays are huge for Kina Campers, with 70 percent of its caravans going to Kaiteriteri, where they are set up for clients, parked and plugged in, with the fridge on, water hot, and awning up. “That means people with boats can tow them in, and be all set for their holiday,” says Jeff. Some people rent the caravans long term, at a reduced rate, to live at building projects, or for South Island tours, in summer or winter. “We also get quite a few people who rent a caravan because they have relatives staying, and not enough room in the house.”

o visit to Upper Moutere is complete without calling in to view the strikingly unique works of these award winning clay artists who reside in the centre of Upper Moutere Village, 25 minutes from Nelson. The Gallery operates from the downstairs of their charming historic home that sits in more than half a hectare of rambling cottage gardens complete with roses, hedgerows, an orchard, a fountain and a sheep. Standing proud at the entrance to the property is one of the regions most photographed buildings in the form of the original and very derelict house which plays the supporting role to a 100 year old Wisteria vine. Katie is known for her distinctive forms that are created by layering thin strips of clay to create vessel and bowl forms which are embellished with stunningly coloured and textured glazes along with printed clay images that capture the essence of her environment. Owen makes a selection of contemporary designer tableware, along with limited edition sculptural pieces and the delightfully quirky schools of clay Herrings. This Gallery is a great example of “Art in its own place” as customers will see the artist’s garden, pat the cat and meet the person who made the piece they choose. A piece that will always remind them of that special day in “The Moutere”.

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oanna Costar is amazed at how far some people will drive to buy jam. But then, Moutere Gold doesn’t make just any old preserves. Every jar of ruby red Raspberry Jam or delectable Carrot and Mustard Seed Chutney has been handmade in the old fashioned way, with local produce, a big pot, a wooden spoon, and a great deal of stirring and care. So much care in fact, that Joanne has stopped sending it to shops throughout the country, fearing she couldn’t meet the high demand while retaining her attention to detail. “We didn’t want to change the way we made it, so we’ve evolved by getting smaller.” Now she only sends it to Moore Wilson’s in Wellington and Rare Fare in Christchurch, with the rest staying in Upper Moutere, and sold through her Old Post Office Country Store. This gorgeous space offers fresh coffee and baking, a creative retail gallery, and a shop for local produce, including Moutere Gold preserves. She says the old fashioned “co-op space” with lots of beautiful art, food and wine, is becoming a destination, as visitors seek a slower pace of life, where jam making is taken seriously.

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reating an art hub in the heart of Moutere was the culmination of a lifelong dream for sculptor Neville Parker. “I’ve had a lot of success with my art, and now I really enjoy the opportunity to support other artists here.” This month the ICON Gallery and Sculpture Park celebrates its third year as a place to show, make and enjoy art, delivering on its promise to “resist the ordinary” and showcase the extraordinary. “We like to show works that engage and enrapture the viewer with the quality of execution and presentation.” With two gallery spaces, a gift shop, working studios, 10 acres of park, a native bush sculpture walk, and works from more than 70 artists, the space is a veritable treasure trove of creativity. And its success is thanks largely to its surrounds, with the Moutere known for its long history of people immersing their lives in creativity, says Neville. “The lifestyle here works in a positive fashion for creative people – and not just artists. It’s what the Moutere has in abundance.” ICON Gallery is open from Tuesday through to Sunday, and the gallery exhibitions are changed regularly. Check them out on Facebook or at iconpark.com.

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They are proudly local and aim to help the community they live in. Áine Byrne discovers the home-town advantage

PAYING IT FORWARD W e’ve all experienced it – driving through one town and arriving in another only to see the same string of familiar franchises lining the main street. Cafés, fast-fashion outlets, cellphone and sports stores, each one with logos and signage more vulgar than the last. Nowhere is this phenomenon more prevalent than in the US. Pick any state and it will be full of towns that put you in mind of a looping cartoon background, only instead of passing the same cactus again and again it’s department stores and fast-food chains. ‘Generification’ is a growing problem, and not just in The States. They may dub it ‘The United States of Generica’, but our British friends know the same phenomenon as ‘Clone Towns’, a term coined by a British thinktank, New Economics Foundation, which aims to promote economic, social and environmental wellbeing. They’ve even knocked up a test you can conduct to determine whether you live in a Clone Town, a home-town or somewhere in between. The only thing standing in the way of any town becoming a Clone are the local and diverse businesses that populate it. 40

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Local businesses care about their image and the impact they have on their community and environment. After all, you don’t spit in your own nest, as the saying kind-of goes. Business-owners are just like everyone else – they use the same amenities and send their kids to the same schools. They sponsor the local community groups, sports teams and charities because often they have a personal interest in them. It’s wonderful being able to pitch your cause to a business-owner directly, without having to run it up a bureaucratic chain of command until it eventually ends up on the desk of someone who couldn’t care less.

RECYCLING YOUR DOLLARS When spent locally at small businesses and farmers’ markets, twice the money ends up staying within the community. An experiment with local currency in Lake Chiem, Germany, is proving that money spent locally has three times the velocity of the Euro, circulating throughout the economy at a rate of 18 times as opposed to six. Buying online from overseas or

from remote multinational corporations will cause that money to leak out of the system and hurt our local economy. Plus, it’s nice to think that instead of spending money, you are merely recycling it.

DON’T TOUCH IT, YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE IT’S BEEN Mark A’Court of Fresh Choice Nelson was quick to see the advantages of supplying local products. He’s the brain behind those little yellow tags informing customers that “This product has travelled less than 200km”. With products coming from a local source, we can be certain that we are buying ethical, quality goods, that we are not increasing our carbon footprint with unnecessary ‘food miles’, and we are not relying on imports subject to the whim of exchange rates and rising oil prices. A happy byproduct is that we help to sustain our local businesses and the unique urban and economic landscape of our home-town.


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usband-and-wife team Natalia and Jamie Harrington started Nelson’s Hybrid Homes eight years ago. Environmental causes hold special meaning for the pair, Stylish, eco-friendly, who support the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, Envirokids and Ecofest. The Keeping sustainable homesisthat Kids Warm initiative a favourite, and not averse to the cold himself, Jamie underwent an ice-bucket for the Nelson Cancer Society. Says Natalia: “Communities care for our challenge environment that together are happier, andwork the cost of your bills. healthier and more prosperous. One day we’d like local building businesses to donate their surplus materials so we can build a house to auction for charity.” hybridhomes.co.nz the Barnetts: 03 548Questions with 8660 76 Achilles Ave, Nelson

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the kiddies engaged,” says Centre Manager Belinda de Clercq, who tries to organise something for every school holiday. October also sees the opening of the Rodrigo Sourdough Bakery in the mall, which has 70 stores, including a PAK’nSAVE, Fresh Choice, Farmers department store, and food court. Belinda is already excited about Christmas, with plans for a Santa sleigh and reindeer, built by the MenzShed, but for now is planning pizza toppings. The pizza-making is on for both weeks of the school holidays, Monday to Friday, 10am-noon and 2-4pm.

promote prosperity in the area. “Our community is like our extended family,” says CEO Scott Gibbons. “We’re longterm supporters of Nelson Hospice and Manuka Street Hospital, and hope we can make someone’s misfortune easier.” Scott says their contributions to the Nelson College Trade Centre and Victory Boxing will continue to benefit hundreds of kids, helping to promote confidence, pride and a sense of belonging in the younger generation. 

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Retirement living

Making the right choice Even if your twilight years seem a distant prospect, it’s never too early to start thinking about how you want to live in your retirement. Katie Byrne takes a look at a few options for living the good life in the autumn and winter years.

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Services and facilities like shops, the library, your doctor

Places and activities that are special to you: marae, church, gym, swimming pool, park, beach, bus, bridge club, sewing or book group

Travel — bus stop or train (you may decide to stop driving)

Mobility and accessibility — good footpaths and access for easy walking or a mobility scooter

A garden or vegetable patch (your own or a community effort)

Age Concern also recommends taking a look at your current surroundings and being realistic about upkeep, maintenance and accessibility as you grow older. Making a list of pros and cons can also be beneficial if you’re indecisive — take time to weigh things up practically.

WHAT SHOULD YOU CONSIDER WHEN MAKING THIS DECISION?

What capital do I have? How much will I have for the future? How much is available from the Government? How do I access this? Am I in good health? Do I want provisions set aside should something happen? Am I close to my family? Will they still be close by in the future? Let’s look at some of the options:

RETIREMENT VILLAGES

“If you want to be part of the community and have an active lifestyle, a retirement village might be the option for you,” says Bill Atkinson, aged 86 and chair of the Grey Power Federation Retirement Villages National Advisory Group. A retirement village is a great option for people looking to become part of a community and reap the benefits of a secure environment. Bill has been a member of Grey Power for 19 years and lives in a retirement village in Auckland. He and wife Christine moved in 14 years ago. “Living in a retirement village has a great many benefits if you want to remain independent, yet have the peace of mind that comes from a village of like-minded people and the added benefits of a safe and secure setting,” Bill says. “However, there are always a lot of important facts to consider when making this decision and most of the time it is around planning and finances.” Bill adds that his and Christine’s good planning afforded them the luxury of being one of the youngest couples within their retirement village. “Sometimes you can leave it too late and have neither the energy nor resources to live somewhere that ticks all the boxes. Planning is the key.” Retirement villages come in various shapes and sizes. More often than not, you will buy a ‘licence to occupy’, which gives you the right to live within the village


Olive Estate SHOWHOME OPEN!

Showhome times

NEW LIFE CHURCH

• Mon–Fri 1pm–4pm

• No appointments needed • On-site parking Otherwise feel free to call 0800 825 565 or email vanessa@integritycare.co.nz to arrange another time to come and view the showhome.

Vanessa Taylor, Sales Manager

SHOWHOME WENSLEY ROAD

• 37 Langdale Drive, Olive Estate (off Wensley Road, Richmond)

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but no ownership of any land or buildings. Essentially, when entering a village you are purchasing the lifestyle, not investing in the bricks and mortar. “The most important thing I stress when offering advice on village retirement is, understand that there is no capital growth,” says Bill. “There is a weekly fee for the village, and be smart with your savings. Living here has been great for us. We are glad we made this choice.”

Pros and cons Thumbs up: Security and safety within the village; mini-bus or transport on site; community spirit and days out offered; maintenance taken care of; choice of living options; privacy of your own home (great for couples). Thumbs down: a large upfront outlay (about $200,000); 30 percent of outlay is deducted straight away and is non-refundable, so if you move, your capital is reduced; weekly fee on top of the initial costs.

STAYING PUT

If your house is your castle and your garden is paradise, the thought of upping sticks can be daunting and may cause more harm than good. Staying put is usually best for couples or individuals in relatively good health with family and friends nearby.

Pros and cons Thumbs up: Friends, family and established community remain intact; familiar with surroundings; minimal outgoings if mortgagefree; no stress of moving. Thumbs down: Home will probably need to be modified/adapted for mobility; more upkeep/ maintenance as you grow older.

LIVING WITH FAMILY

For this to work here needs to be a common family culture that binds the family together. The needs and expectations of every family member should be considered. Questions need to be sorted out in advance, such as will the elderly family member live in an annexe or a room within the house? And how will the elderly family member integrate with younger generations?

RESOURCES FOR SUPPORT AND INFORMATION

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ome on in. Welcome.” I was greeted warmly as I stepped into the new showhome at Olive Estate on Langdale Drive, Richmond (off Wensley Rd). My hosts were two couples – Gloria and Graham, Ian and Dawn – who live in their new homes in the complex. Olive Estate is promoted as a Lifestyle Village, but is registered as a retirement village under the Retirement Villages Act 2003. A complete change of lifestyle is what these energetic people wanted. Gloria and Graham, originally from Britain, moved in from the backblocks of Tadmor, whereas Dawn and Ian came from just around the corner in Stoke. All four were unreserved in their praise for the quality of the buildings, especially the spacious feel to their homes, the beautiful finish of the interiors and the quality of the kitchen and bathroom fittings. High ceilings, especially in the livingrooms, and double-glazed windows enhance the living spaces. The residents can make choices in terms of colours and fabrics if they are in the system at that stage of the build. So what does this move to a Lifestyle Village mean? These four have given up worrying about property and garden maintenance. They are relishing that freedom – while still being able to have a few plants and even vegetables in troughs and pots around their patios. They now have the time to be involved with volunteer work in the community, and as this development progresses there will be even more of a village feel. A lake, farmers’ market, swimming pool, store, healthcare centre and hair salon are all planned, but already the 40 or so residents are networking and support groups are emerging. Most importantly, though, the ownership and management of

the development is by Nelsonians. Consultation and co-operation are keys to their success and to their clients’ happiness and satisfaction. Some quotes from our two couples: “Every day is a Saturday.” Having said that, the minimum age to buy into this village is 55 years, so some residents are still in working mode. Monday to Friday still exists. “We are blessed to be here.” The properties are either two- or three-bedroom, so there is always room for guests. Alternatively, the spare bedroom can be changed into a study or second livingroom. Highspeed internet is available in all the properties. “When we arrived they gave us a tablet.” No, not a ‘happy pill’ but an i-Pad through which contact can be made with the managers, and to ensure access to the internet. “It’s almost overwhelming; it’s so perfect.” At this stage of the development, you might be excused for thinking you are living on a building site, but the builders and tradespeople are considerate and always willing to help with tasks to ensure the residents’ needs are met. “I can’t think of anything negative to say.” New kitchen with stone worktop, Miele appliances and softclose drawers. The underfloor heating in the showhome was comforting and the carpets cosy underfoot. Even the depth and width of the tread on the stairs had been carefully considered. Olive Estate’s Information Centre is at 251b Queen St, Richmond, open Monday to Friday 9-5pm and at weekends by appointment. You can also phone 0800 825 565 – 0800 TALK OLIVE or email olive@integritycare.co.nz. The website is oliveestate.co.nz. The showhome on Langdale Drive is open Monday to Friday 1-4 pm and at other times by appointment.


Household Management

SPEND THE DAY WITH US

Jack Inglis Friendship Hospital Day Activity Programme is for senior people or those with a disability. Enjoy a hot nutritional midday meal as well as morning and afternoon tea. You can choose to get involved in the many activities available or just meet some new friends and maybe catch-up with some old ones. Another option is to simply relax with good company in our spacious and comfortable activity room. We can pick you up and take you home at the end of the day (9am to 4pm). Transportation is free within the Motueka area. This is a flexible service and you may qualify for a subsidy.

Come and meet our friendly team. We’re sure you will enjoy your time with us.

Your personal assistant for: • Daily/weekly chores • Appointments • Cooking services • Spring cleaning/clean for Christmas • Laundry/ironing • Garden maintenance • Holiday home cleaning • My services are perfect for the elderly who need that little bit of extra help. Contact Gracie Marsden at 03 541 9563 or 027 353 5897

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S T Y L I NG BY J U S T I N E JA M I E S ON P HO T O G R A P H Y BY I S H NA JAC OB S H A I R BY L AU R E N L E W I S AT C A R D E L L S M A K E - U P K AT E D O N A L D S O N FROM KO COSMETICS MODEL SHANNON CASSIDY

YOU COLOUR MY WORLD Nyne top from Thomas’s Lonely Lingerie from Trouble & Fox Jane Daniels jacket from Jays & Ko Nyne pants from Thomas’s Mooi bag from Trouble & Fox Miss Wilson heels from Taylors… We Love Shoes Dyrberg/Kern jewellery from Shine

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Lumier top by Bariano from No.4 Boutique Cooper jacket from Jays & Ko Ted Baker skirt from Thomas’s Wonders shoes from Taylors… We Love Shoes Dyrberg/Kern jewellery from Shine 51


Finders Keepers top from Trouble & Fox White Label kimono NOBA from No.4 Boutique Zambesi shorts from Thomas’s Brixton hat from Trouble & Fox Wonders shoes from Taylors… We Love Shoes Dyrberg/Kern jewellery from Shine 52


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GLASSES OF THE MONTH

We’re in for a hot summer

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the new sunglasses styles are anything to go by, then it’s going to be hot this summer – and the classic shapes are winning yet again. Take the new Cinemascope range from French couple Anne & Valentin, for example. A tale of matte/gloss contrast, reverse-curves and bezels, and an emphasis on material details. The desired impact, along with its execution, is nothing short of spectacular. The complete reinvention of glamour. This is glamour the contemporary way – head-turningly gorgeous – without the use of glitzy logos on the side.

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B E AU T Y

Beauty is happy smiley faces P HO T O BY I S H NA JAC OB S

Susa Guhl

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name is Susa Guhl. I’m 59. I live with my partner Marc and have three adult children and four grandchildren. I have been selling real estate for the last 20 years and have owned the Ray White Nelson franchise for the last six. In my spare moments I like spending time with family, travelling, biking and generally enjoying what our region has to offer. In my line of work being wellpresented is important so I make sure that I am well-dressed and my hair and make-up are up-to-date with fashion. Beauty to me is happy, smiley faces. I believe what truly makes

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someone beautiful, in my eyes, is meeting them and seeing that they know exactly who they are and what they are about. They just shine no matter what stage of their life. My daily beauty regime consists of cleansing and moisturising every morning and night, and I wear makeup each workday. I would say I have normal to dry skin, and have facials regularly. At home, I use the products my beautician suggests. One beauty product I can’t live without would be my perfume, Narcisco Rodriguez, and my other favourite beauty brands would be Mac

for make-up, Nimue for my face creams, Lancôme mascara and Nivea body lotion. My advice would be, always clean and moisturise your face before going to bed, even if it’s a late night and you don’t feel like it. My top tips would be to drink plenty of water for hydration, protect your face and body from the sun and find a great hairdresser and beautician whose advice you trust. My Mum’s beauty advice to me was to always brush and floss your teeth, and since I believe beauty is happy smiles, Mums advice was important and kept my own smile healthy.


Hair BY CONNIE FLEMING FROM CARDELLS HAIR

I washed Susa’s hair with Pureology Super Smooth shampoo and conditioner to help smooth the hair cuticles to achieve a beautifully smooth bob. I then round-brush blow-dried her hair using L’Oreal Professionnel Liss Control Smooth Gel cream through the ends to control frizz and protect against humidity, followed by straightening with the new ghd Platinum to reinforce the blow-dry. I finished off with a light spray of L’Oreal Professionnel Fix Anti Frizz hairspray.

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Pureology Super Smooth shampoo and conditioner

L’Oreal Professionnel Fix Anti Frizz hairspray

L’Oreal Professionnel Liss Control Smooth Gel cream

Make-up B Y K AT E D O N A L D S O N F R O M K O C O S M E T I C S

I started by prepping and moisturising the skin with Murad Hydro Dynamic Ultra Moisture. After letting that absorb, I applied the new Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield, which is a moisturiser, has an SPF of 30, is an anti-aging treatment and a primer. Susa has beautiful blue eyes so I made them pop by using an apricot-toned gold eyeshadow called Chablis by Ko Cosmetics and then a warm red/brown in the crease called Clove, also by Ko Cosmetics. For lips Susa has a favourite MAC lipstick called Unlimited so I applied that over a Ko Cosmetics lip-liner called Love Story.

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MY HOME

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Emma Taylor spoke to the team who renovated a tired Athfield classic into a stylishly contemporary home

1. This craftsman build has a prime spot in the hills of Roseneath 2. Waking up to this stunning view never gets old 3. Contemporary living is at its finest, taking open plan living to the next level

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estled in the hills of Roseneath, overlooking the hustle and bustle of the capital, sits a newly renovated home that is equally as eye-catching as the view. Originally designed by the late Sir Ian Athfield, the classic home’s renovations and extension are the work of architect John Mills, who says he was honoured to work it. The aim of the renovation was to meet old with new while retaining the character and unique qualities of the original home, which won its first award in the 1970s. The renovation saw the home win a Gold Award at the 2015 Master Builders Wellington/Wairarapa Master Builders House of the Year, with Scotty’s Construction also taking home the prize for Local Supreme Winner for Renovation of the Year. The success of this renovation was predetermined when John Mills introduced Scott Feasey from Scotty’s Construction to the client right at the beginning, at the initial concept stage. Working together, they were able to deliver the clients’ dream renovation to their budget without losing John’s distinctive design flair. It is hard to believe that not so long ago this was a home that was in dire need of a facelift. “They had their already cool house, completely pimped. You know it’s like rebuilding a cool old Chevy car. It’s a bit rusty, but give it new tyres and a motor and you’ve refreshed the original beauty. We did exactly that to their house.” Previously suffering from leaks and lacking insulation, the interior is now exceptionally dry and warm. Installing a forced air-heating system and retro double-glazing took the chill off

this once cold and damp home while dramatically reduced the owners’ energy bill. A new fireplace has added a warmth and ambience that’s particularly cosy on cold nights in the capital. New windows and multiple skylights capture the light and solar heat on this north-facing hillside site. During the six-month rebuild, Scott says the hardest part was working at height with a cable car for access. “The house is elevated and the deck is probably seven metres above the ground.” “Demolition and removal of the rubbish was a challenge in itself, before we even started the task of getting materials up to the site!” The home reflects a true craftsman build, using organic materials inside and out. The brick exterior flows into the kitchen and creates a rustic backdrop. Timber ceilings and fittings flow throughout the home, complementing the dark beams of the A-line ceiling. Extensive glazing to the north and northwest walls of the open-plan area maximise stunning city and harbour views. The outdoor deck completes the indoor–outdoor flow. The sweeping alfresco area is an ideal spot to entertain for the foodie owners, who unsurprisingly love their new space. A large, established tree appears to have sprouted from below the wooden planks of the deck, providing just the right amount of shelter from the summer sun. Not a stone was left unturned with this project, and the

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original corrugated-iron rooftops were replaced with aluminium, using lots of handcrafted details and welded flashings. Hayden Cassidy from Classic Metals says that while the curved fittings are always tricky they were very pleased with the results. The owners provided a beautiful selection of European lights to install, some being very heavy or awkwardly shaped, giving electrician Scott Young from Yes Electrical his own challenge. The end result was unique and a reward in itself. This house renovation is more than just an award-winning masterpiece; it provides the owners an oasis from the city — so close to the hustle and bustle but tucked far enough up the hill that you could be mistaken for feeling like you were on holiday. John Mills’ clever design, brought to life by the skilful team at 60


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Scotty’s Construction, has created a paradise that can be enjoyed in all seasons, from stormy nights listening to the rain on the roof to enjoying long summer evenings with friends on the deck. The success of this project is testament to the importance of architects introducing the builder to the initial concept at the early stages, to ensure that both the client and architect are satisfied their design and budget needs are met. This truly special project wouldn’t have been possible without the support of John Mills Architects. John grew up in Nelson and visits regularly for business and pleasure. 62


Contact us to organise your test drive today

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MY GARDEN

Magnificent Melrose “We’ve tried to create garden spaces that reference a Victorian cottage- style garden but also complement the way the house is being used today for weddings, events and as a café.” K AT E K R AW C Z Y K

BY CAROLINE CRICK

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he redwood tree (Sequoia sempervirens) in Melrose House gardens stands tall and proud on the skyline. It measures in at 46 metres tall – one of the tallest trees in Nelson. It’s one of several heritage trees in the Melrose collection, which includes a Moreton Bay fig, a 100-year-old totara, a Lawson’s cypress, a common lime tree underplanted with spring bulbs, and a camphor tree grown for its scented timber and healing properties. Some of these trees date back to the 1890s, probably planted by Joseph Busch, dedicated gardener for Percy and Frances Adams after they inherited the house from Francis’s father Charles Watts. Along with the curving channel of the driveway, edged with river stones from the Maitai River, these majestic trees create the structure for the garden at Melrose; around them spread sweeping lawns, perennial beds and a beautiful forest of native trees. Nelson City Council has maintained the property since it was gifted to the city in the 1970s. The recent restoration of the home has meant the gardens are once again being used as a place of public

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recreation and relaxation, and Nelmac team leader Kate Krawczyk has worked hard to ensure the garden is managed in keeping with both its Victorian heritage and its contemporary purpose as a public space. “We’ve tried to create garden spaces that reference a Victorian cottage- style garden but also complement the way the house is being used today for weddings, events and as a café,” says Kate. There’s now a ‘wedding lawn’ at the house frontage, surrounded by beds planted with bright flowering perennials (veronica, sedum, gaura, lupin, penstemon, wallflowers, Russian sage, catmint and lavender) that are at their best during the wedding season. On a sunny day the rich red of mature rhododendrons in flower creates a delicious contrast against the brilliant white of the old house’s exterior. The borders around the house are planted with a multitude of pansies flowering profusely in the spring sunshine – ideal for the café staff to pick and sprinkle on their gourmet salads. There are heritage roses – mainly David Austin

– that have beautiful flowers and gorgeous scents. A verdant area of native bush separates the sweeping lawn from the busy traffic on Brougham and Trafalgar Streets. Explore under the trees and you’ll find a meandering bushwalk – a perfect place to escape from the sun on a hot day - dominated by karaka trees and underplanted with nikau palms, cabbage trees, five finger and ferns. There’s a large old puriri tree, younger totara, kahikatea – all species that would have been prevalent in the area when settlers first arrived. At the back of the house a persimmon and a quince tree grow – remnants of the orchard that once supplied fruit to the home’s kitchen. The bricks from the old chimneys – removed last year during earthquake strengthening work – have been used to build a curving wall around the utility area at the back of the house. The restoration of Melrose has brought many gifts to Nelson, not least of which is a beautiful garden that recognises the pioneer heritage of our city and provides us with an enchanting space to relax, walk, contemplate and play.


BUSINESS PROFILE

The Spice of Life B Y M A I K E VA N D E R H E I D E

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constantly changing, dynamic, non-stop moveable feast; these are not words most of us would choose to describe the annual drudgery of paying our taxes. But to Johnston Associates South Chartered Accountants associate chartered accountant and tax specialist Kelvin Scoble, tax is a constantly evolving area of law that poses as many opportunities as it does threats. Calling on more than 20 years of experience in tax, accounting, financial management and forensic investigations in Australia, the UK and New Zealand, Kelvin can easily break down the highly technical world of tax for his clients, providing them with the best outcome possible. He also performs forensic accounting analysis in both the criminal and commercial spheres and is frequently engaged to help resolve issues between investors, business partners and other stakeholders. Kelvin enjoys this variety - “It’s the spice of life” - and he works with a diverse client base, from individuals to large companies in industries such as aquaculture, viticulture

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and hospitality. With valuable inside knowledge of the Inland Revenue Department from his previous life as a tax auditor, Kelvin also has a number of offshore clients, and does advisory work for other chartered accountants across New Zealand. He works hard to keep track of the constant changes within tax law, changes which are happening faster than ever before; a “dynamic, moveable feast”. “I enjoy keeping up with the technical side of things, making sure nobody is paying more tax than they have to or taking on more risk than they have to. Tax is a big deal. Governments like tax, they like collecting it, and it can be really time consuming and expensive if you get it wrong.” Recently, an increasing number of repatriating Kiwis and migrants have been seeking Kelvin’s advice as international tax issues evolve and create interest and activity from the IRD. Another growing area is property tax, which Kelvin says the IRD is focusing on more than ever before and something he urges people to seek advice about.

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Kelvin is based in Nelson, but Johnston Associates South also has an office in Havelock and is about to open an office in Blenheim to help serve its large client base across the Top of the South. The company’s involvement with both regions spurred its decision to sponsor the Makos, says Kelvin, who himself grew up in Blenheim before moving overseas, then repatriating in Nelson. Despite the distance between the regions, Johnston’s advisors do not rely only on phone and email to contact clients but travel regularly all across Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough to meet clients face-to-face. Kelvin says this personal approach, with the aim of building long-term relationships with clients, was one of the main reasons he was drawn to join Johnston Associates South. “We are very hands-on with clients and like to give real-time advice. We prefer to get alongside people, working with them to get things right as we go. We tend to find that people who arrive here, stay here. The same goes for staff. “People matter. We do walk the talk.”

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MY KITCHEN

Yellow laksa with fish & spinach B Y N I C O L A G A L L O WAY

Asian cuisine is all about the delicate balance of flavours – salty, sour, sweet and spicy. In this case the key flavours are salty tamari and fish sauce, sour lime juice, sweet palm sugar and fiery chillies. Check the flavour before serving, and adjust as needed to find the perfect balance. Serves 4 Ingredients 1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil 1 small brown onion, peeled and thinly sliced 1 litre homemade fish or vegetable stock 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon fish sauce 3cm knob of ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced 1 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 red chilli, chopped (optional) 1 teaspoon finely grated palm sugar 2 cups pumpkin, cut into 2cm cubes 400g white fish fillets, cut into 2cm cubes 1 cup spinach leaves, roughly chopped 400ml can coconut milk 100g 5mm rice noodles Juice of 1 lime + extra lime wedges to serve Chopped coriander leaves to serve 100g cold butter, cubed Directions

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Heat the ghee/oil in a large saucepan over a moderate heat. Add the onion and gently sautĂŠ for 5 minutes until soft. Add the stock, soy sauce, fish sauce, ginger, turmeric, chilli and palm sugar. Bring to a boil and add the pumpkin, simmer for 10 minutes. Add fish, coconut milk and noodles. Bring back to a gentle simmer and continue to cook for a further 6-8 minutes until the fish is tender. Add the spinach in the last few minutes of cooking. Squeeze in the lime juice and check the flavour, adding extra soy sauce, lime juice and/or palm sugar if needed to get the perfect balance of salty, sour and sweet. Serve immediately with wedges of lime and chopped coriander.


DINE OUT

Oceano offers class for a special night out BY MAXWELL FLINT

Whoever set this restaurant up knew what they were doing from the classically set table to the incredible drinks list.

“I

would like to burn the restaurant to the ground,” a hotel manager said to me. He was referring to his own hotel restaurant. A hotel makes its money on accommodation but needs to provide food and beverage for its guests. These food outlets sit like red welts on the balance sheet’s backside. Delivering all the wrong financial percentages, they are notoriously difficult to make money from, threatening managers’ bonuses. Indeed, some new hotels have no restaurants. They deliver your breakfast in cellophane wrappers to your room. Very elegant! Mrs F and I set off to the Oceano at the Rutherford Hotel. A great deal of money has been spent doing up The Rutherford, I like the conference façade. The Oceano Restaurant is quite an elegant setting. Whoever set this restaurant up knew what they were doing - from the classically set table to the incredible drinks list. You could seriously

get yourself in trouble trying their spirit selection; easily the most comprehensive list I have seen in a restaurant in New Zealand. Hotel restaurants can go two ways - the deep fryer approach or they can bite the bullet and really try and deliver. Luckily for us, the Oceano has chosen to do the latter. The meal started with an amuse-bouche of pumpkin risotto with tomato pesto. A nice touch, but a little bland. I started with baby squid on a lychee, orange and mint salad with polenta ($18). Excellent. The squid added a lovely seafood background to the salad. Equally as good was Mrs F’s smoked duck breast salad on a petite Caesar salad with rosemary croutons ($20). I commandeered some of Mrs F’s starter and then wished I had ordered it. My main course of pure Angus beef fillet with truffle mash and baby veg served with an oxtail tart ($38) was the best steak I have had for a long

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time. Cooked exactly as I asked. It was beautifully caramelized and wonderfully tender. Mrs F had the lamb rump with cauliflower purée, roasted kumara and baby spinach served with panko crusted lamb shoulder ($36). Again top marks to the chef, beautifully cooked and constructed. We decided to share a dessert of the chef’s petite four platter, with a syllabub ($15). Some of these petite four had been holidaying in the freezer and were not at their best for the experience. A little cheesecake, chocolate log, chocolate truffle, a muffiny thing and a syllabub. I would have to say this was an excellent meal. The restaurant was not full, so even more credit must be given to the chefs who have managed to produce a quality product when it could be so easy to relax and let the standard drop. It was well worth it and great for a special night out. Go with a group and create an atmosphere.

Oceano Cost: $170 for two (with wine) Value for money: Food: Atmosphere: Service:

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Loved and aged — Dog Point delivers B Y P H I L L I P R E AY

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og Point vineyard has one of the most understated entrances I have come across - and coming across it is not that easy. Just a small sign amongst some shrubs indicated the vineyard on New Renwick Road in Marlborough. I had the impression that the owners of Dog Point, Ivan and Margaret Sutherland and James and Wendy Healy, are quite happy with the hidden away aspect to their vineyard and winery. They don’t have a tasting room and are more interested in making good wine then entertaining the masses. When I visited the winery the sheep yards directly in front of the winery were full with a mob of sheep. Dogs, farmers and that distinctive aroma of the woolly creatures … yes, this is a New Zealand winery. James and Ivan are old hands in the wine business, meeting up and forming a friendship while they both worked at Cloudy Bay. Both these men really helped to create the phenomenon that is Cloudy Bay today. They produced one of Cloudy Bay’s best wines, the famous barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc, Te Koko. Those produced by James and Ivan were fantastic, and while it still is a good wine, since they departed it has not reached the same heights. 68

The first vines at Dog Point where planted in 1997 but the winery’s first vintage, with both men on site, was in 2004. Good wine begins in the vineyard and here you can see why their wines have been so lauded. Single canes, low tonnage, organic, handpicked and different varieties grown on optimal sites. These are loved, aged vines that are now rewarding with some excellent fruit. I tasted four wines, two Sauvignon Blancs, a Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir. The Sauvignon Blanc 2014 is a really expressive wine. With 20 percent wild yeast, this is a Sauvignon Blanc that allows the variety’s inherent qualities to emerge. The wine I tasted had been made from fully developed fruit; dry but not wrapped up in green acids. For me the Sauvignon Blanc Section 94 was an absolute star; wild ferment, whole bunch pressed straight into the barrel. You might think they are trying to create a Te Koko. This wine is nothing like a Te Koko, it’s much better. You can still taste the Sauvignon Blanc qualities - the freshness, grapefruit and tarragon - but they are deeper, layered and more elegant. This is a seriously good wine. The Chardonnay 2013 was a wine I didn’t quite get. I have tasted previous

Good wine begins in the vineyard and here you can see why their wines have been so lauded

Dog Point Chardonnays and loved them. They had an almost white burgundy character to them. The 2013 had a reductive quality to it and had we allowed it to open up a little more, this may have improved it. While it had undergone malolactic fermentation, it is not a creamy Chardonnay. This is deliberate as they want the Chardonnay qualities to shine through. It has an almost citrus tang to it , fresh with a vegetative background. Don’t get me wrong, while this may not be quite to my taste, it is a very well made Chardonnay. King of all at Dog Point is the Pinot Noir. We tasted the 2013 - handpicked, hand-sorted, unfiltered and full of body and richness. The best Marlborough Pinot Noir I have tasted. It will age beautifully. Bravo! At last we are seeing the potential of Marlborough’s Pinot Noirs.


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Achieving Beervana BY MARK PREECE

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cloud of dark smoke swirls in my glass as I take my first taste of Beervana amid a happy crowd in the corridors of Wellington’s Westpac Trust stadium. Cabbages and Kings, the Garage Project Imperial Oyster Stout, made with horopito and manuka smoked malt then smoked in the glass, is an excellent start to a day of brilliant brews and bolshy attempts. The capital’s craft beer festival is a chance for the country’s brewers to showcase their standard range, along with specialties created for the event. With that in mind, I oscillate between the more conventional beers rated highly on the new Beervana App, while also trying some of the more weird and wacky on my way through. From the sublime – Parrot Dog’s Rarebird Ruru Black IPA (rated 3.78/5 on the app) to the sour – 8 Wired Brewing’s Sour Side of the Moon (rated highly at 3.63/5). There are four Beervana sessions across the weekend, with live entertainment, informative seminars, home brewer masterclasses and delicious sustenance at each. We attended the Saturday morning session, which was comparatively sedate when compared to the evening one I went to in 2013, where punters were in more of a party mode. Instead, the guests seemed pretty serious about their tastings, many studiously recording notes and rankings on the new app, in a chilled and easy atmosphere. With 60 breweries and 275 different beers to choose from, yet only so many you can sample in five hours, the Beervana App provides excellent guidance, by showing how each brew has

The guests seemed pretty serious about their tastings, many studiously recording notes and rankings on the new app, in a chilled and easy atmosphere been rated by the drinkers there before you. Nelson and Marlborough brewers were represented by four companies, including Marlborough’s Renaissance Brewery, which scored well with its recently released Enlightenment ‘Boom’ West Coast Double IPA. Nelson-based Sprig and Fern fared best with its Long Black IPA, a beer mixed with coffee from Nelson coffee roasters Pomeroy’s Tea and Coffee Company. But the top picks of the weekend, according to the people, went to: Baylands Brewery’s Van da Tzar

10% ABV. They say: a decadent Russian imperial stout with strong coffee and caramel flavours, aged for three months with vanilla pods. Thornbridge’s Cocoa Wonderland 6.8% ABV. They say: a full-bodied robust porter with natural mocha malt flavours complementing additions of real cocoa beans during the maturation process. 8 Wired Brewing’s Batch 2.18 11% ABV. They say: an imperial stout brewed with dates, jaggery and vanilla beans. Fermented in open oak foudres and further oak aged.

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VISIT CUBA

before Americanisation

BY NICOLA YOUNG P H O T O G R A P H Y M AT T H I A S S E I D E N S T Ü C K E R

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uba has been described as a socialist theme park, with its old cars, absence of credit cards, lack of advertising (other than “Revolution is Invincible!” and “Socialism or Death”), and very limited mobile phone and Internet access. All that will change dramatically now relations with the US are thawing; I wanted to visit before it becomes just another Caribbean island. Flying into Havana is like travelling in a Tardis, especially after the highly Americanised Panama (direct flights from the US are almost impossible). Cuba’s revolution (1953–59) is seared into the island’s culture, with images everywhere of its cigar-smoking, bearded guerrilla heroes: Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos. Cuba is desperately poor and derelict; 53 years of financial mismanagement have taken their toll. Russian generosity propped up the island nation for decades, as well as supplying thousands of young Russian women who immigrated to the tropical socialist utopia. It’s not all bad. Cuba has excellent health care (with 70,000 qualified doctors, compared to 50,000 for the whole of Africa), the world’s best infant mortality figures, full employment, universal education and 98 percent literacy. Cuba has two economies: locals use the peso (CUP) and tourists the hard currency convertible peso (CuC). Only the hard currency stores sell things we take for granted, like shampoo, soap and moderately fashionable clothes. Rum, the national drink, is the exception; it’s easier to find, and cheaper, than bottled water. Outside Havana, older Cubans who don’t have access to the hard currency world of tourism, begged for toiletries and any clothes we could spare. Raúl Castro (Fidel’s younger brother), who’s been running Cuba since 2006, began encouraging private initiatives such as casa particulars (home-stay accommodation), paladars (private restaurants, often in apartments), and food and drink kiosks operated from people’s front rooms. Cuban food is simple, bland, hampered by rationing and notoriously dull — except in some of the better paladars. Chicken with black beans and rice (‘Moors and Christians’) was a constant, plus overcooked lobster (sometimes I had it for lunch and dinner). The cocktails were sensational; even my almost-teetotal travelling companion knocked back daiquiris, mojitos and piña coladas at dinner… and lunch! Shortages are part of everyday life for Cubans. Casa hosts spend hours queuing for the breakfasts that their guests scoff in minutes, all served on mismatched bone china liberated from Air France, Air Canada and Aeroflot. The juice glasses were decorated with a map of the world; New Zealand was shown, but a sailing ship covered the US. Much of Havana looks post-apocalyptic, as 70

if there’s been a civil war; its streetscapes are almost medieval at ground level, and its side streets are often unpaved. Most tourists travel in a sanitised bubble with a driver and guide, but we travelled independently using a guidebook, buses, trains and — occasionally — taxis (locals are bumped in favour of lucrative tourists). Cubans must be the world’s best car mechanics. One of our taxis dated from 1946, with its chassis visibly patched and mechanical parts cannibalised from lawnmowers. The lowest point of our trip was the almost 17-hour (plus two hours waiting) train ordeal from Havana to Santiago de Cuba (750km); our guidebook warned that it was only for stoic. I boycotted the toilet, which we’d smelt from the booking office; I wasn’t alone, with some passengers peeing into paper cups and bottles… American tourism numbers are predicted to treble this year, although the visitors will still be limited to supervised groups. Many of Cuba’s 11 million inhabitants are hungry for change, like a crossbow that’s been pulled back for 50 years, and suddenly let go. Americans will demand improved amenities: decent water pressure, flushing loos, air conditioning and plush towels. And French fries will start to appear on Cuban menus.


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Nick had to be quick early on BY NAOMI ARNOLD

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a roundabout way, Pitt & Moore Associate Nick Mason credits his two older sisters and brother for his career in law. The son of a respected GP, he grew up on a farm in Hawkes Bay, and though he’s always been interested in law, he jokes that his unique spot in the family strengthened his negotiation skills early on. “I’m the youngest of four so I was used to arguing, stating my case and getting my own way so they’d stop making me up like one of their dolls,” he laughs. Nick, an immigration and employment specialist at Pitt & Moore, studied law and English literature at Victoria University, and then joined the State Services Commission’s graduate programme in 2006. He spent three years there, culminating in working as an Employment Relations Adviser involved in union negotiations and change management. When his fiancée Helena was offered a job in Nelson, Nick got in touch with Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Dot Kettle and asked who was looking for staff. She pointed him in the direction of Pitt & Moore. He’s been there ever since. “Nelson’s been a great move,” he says. “Can’t beat the weather; can’t beat the lifestyle.” In his spare time, Nick has followed his mother’s example and is President of the Nelson branch of Red Cross (she was National President for a number of years). He and Helena are slowly renovating an old house in central Nelson, and although his family doesn’t live locally, they both enjoy her close family connections in the region. Nick has found Pitt & Moore a “wonderful” place to work. He especially enjoys the good relationships with his colleagues. “The people are great. Everyone is

Nick Mason takes the stress burden off his clients.

approachable and easy, and it really does feel like a big family. We have a reputation for being a really good law firm with a high standard of work and also a high standard of ethics.” His rural background also taught him the value of “getting stuck in and solving a problem straight away”. There’s plenty of need for that in the complex, personal, and often highly charged world of employment law. Nick credits “spectacular” mentor Jane Douglas, former Employment Relations Adviser at Fonterra, for training him up and fostering his love of his specialty. Nick works with a wide range of people, from some of the region’s biggest employers to individual employees. He covers matters such as mediation, employment agreements and disciplinary matters. Nick also finds it satisfying helping new immigrants to navigate the complex residency and citizenship application processes. “I find the variety fascinating. Just yesterday I went from advising the board of a company worth about half a billion dollars to helping an employee who’s having some difficulties at a local business.” Employment law is a stimulating area to work in, he says. “It’s constantly evolving, and because it’s so personal and so related to people, it does need to change fairly consistently. “I really like to help people.” He enjoys the satisfaction of entering what can be a stressful and difficult situation for employers and employees, and helping everyone sort it all out. “No matter the size of the employer, people do find themselves in situations

“We have a reputation for being a really good law firm with a high standard of work and also a high standard of ethics.”

they’ve never been in before and I get to step them through that and hopefully get the best result possible – whether that’s preserving employment or just managing an issue. “For any situation, it’s about getting the best outcomes possible. People come to me because they might have a niggly feeling that something’s not quite right [at work], or they’re just not sure of the process; feeling like they’re in uncharted waters. I can help them navigate those. “I do try to work collaboratively. I like my clients to be involved throughout the process so they have some ownership of it and they don’t feel like things are being imposed on them by their dastardly lawyer. “I get to come in and, with the benefit of experience, take the mystery out of it and take some of the stress out of it; to help people work through the process,” he says. “I’ve said to quite a few clients: ‘I’ll do the stressing for you now’.”

Contact E: nick.mason@pittandmoore.co.nz T: 548 8349 W: www.pittandmoore.co.nz

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Antique airborne adventures

Jay McIntyre (front) and JEM aviation technician Marty Nicoll on a flight in Grant Murdoch’s recently restored Nanchang. Photo by Gavin Conroy Classic Aircraft Photography

BY SOPHIE PREECE

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here’s a guttural hum as an antique propeller spins at Marlborough’s Omaka Aerodrome, then a cough, a splutter and silence. JEM Aviation owner and engineer Jay McIntyre, sitting in the cockpit, treats the Spitfire to some tough love, yelling “Start you bastard”, before kicking off the noise once more. This time the propeller’s deep beat smooths out as the fuel runs through its engine, and Jay gives her the once-over, waggling flight controls and checking wing flaps, before switching the plane off again, regretting the fact he can’t take her up into the bright blue day. Instead, for the time being, he’ll stick with his Nanchang - a plane designed for pilot training in China in the 1960s which he owns as part of a syndicate. Or he’ll wheel out the syndicate’s World War Two Tiger Moth, for the combination of adrenaline and romance he finds when flying an antique. “There’s something about the lines of a lot of them,” he says. “They don’t necessarily need to be sleek and beautiful like the Spitfire. My two favourite aeroplanes of WW2 are the 72

Focke-Wulf Fw-190 and the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, which some people would class as the ugliest aeroplane around. But there’s a utilitarian purpose to them that make me think ‘Phwaar!’” He says these two aircraft were ‘phenomenally successful’ for various reasons, and are still regarded as some of the top aeroplanes of the war. “Like everything, there were compromises in

“Our team really takes pride in being able to help keep these old birds airworthy and in the public eye.” design. So they might not have been the best at one thing, but were the best at another facet of aerial warfare. They were built strong and they took all sorts of damage and still brought the pilot home.” Jay’s first classic flight as pilot in command was in the Nanchang in 1995. “It was awesome, noisy, smelly and rattly,” he says. “It was beautiful to fly but at the same time you could tell it

was built for a purpose. It wasn’t built to be pretty.” Now he spends more time rebuilding old planes than flying them, but still gets out when he can for loops and combinations, or to fly straight to a destination. One of the most thrilling things he’s done is a ‘tail chase’, where his plane follows the steps of the leader. “It’s almost effortless and thoughtless because you’re following. I’ve found you don’t think about your control movements. You’re just doing it and that is good fun.” The Spitfire, now sitting quietly on the grass, is eye candy to the engineers at JEM, as they work on rebuilding a YAK-9V and a Nanchang, and fixing a Focke-Wulf and Tiger Moth, among other projects. Later this year it will be wheeled into the Omaka Aviation Museum’s newest exhibition, extending the facility’s global reputation. Like many others in the hangar, it will be able to be taken out for a fly, when the need or desire arises, says Jay. “Our team really takes pride in being able to help keep these old birds airworthy and in the public eye.”


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The people’s yacht BY STEVE THOMAS

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amous naval architect and yacht designer L. Francis Herreshoff was a bit of a dag. He issued a warning to the boating world post World War II. It read: “There is no doubt that some day large concerns will make motor boats by the ten thousand, all alike, of plastics. These will suit the swill man’s son, the ash man’s son and the son of the local politician, for they will all be painted bright red and trimmed with nickel plating.” He pretty much got it right, except for the bright red paint. Mr Herresshoff will long be remembered as the designer of the H28 yacht. The first wooden example was launched way back in 1942. The purpose of the H28, described by Mr Herreshoff himself, was that it was “designed to be a boat that can quickly be gotten under way for a sail on a summer evening — a boat that could coast along in light breezes as well as stand up to everything”. As a traditional wooden boat designer he didn’t take too kindly to new technologies, referring to the introduction of fibreglass boats as ‘frozen snot’. Strangely though, he gave his seal of approval to some enterprising kiwis, Brian Walden, Lyall Hewitt and John

“The H28 is designed for the man who only has limited time but would like to go somewhere and back in that time.” L. FRANCIS HERRESHOFF

Maurice. The trio decided 1972 was the right year to mass-produce a small yacht for the fast-growing local market. They engaged the legendary kiwi boat builder, John Lidgard, to modify the rig, layout and lines of the original H28 design. The result was the ‘Compass H28’. From 1972 to 1984 approximately 300 fibreglass examples rolled off the Henderson-based production line, making the H28 New Zealand’s favourite keelboat. The modern version was a far cry from the original version launched back in 1942. A toilet and a freezer were just a couple of features added to satisfy the ‘family’ market. This caused Herreshoff to comment, firstly - on the toilet, “a nice cedar bucket with rope handles for comfort will suffice.” Next the freezer – “seems a terrible thing – too often I have to clean out ossified lamb chops or some other concoction that resembles a preCambrian custard.”

If you take a stroll around Nelson Marina on a sunny Sunday, you’ll likely spot the lovely lines of several Compass H28s. At one stage there were over 20 of them here. Apart from their distinctive looks, what makes them so popular? One ex-owner answered that question for me recently. It’s the ideal average family boat. Easy to handle in light or heavy conditions, great interior layout and relatively inexpensive to own. A good H28 can be purchased these days for around $20,000. The best feature of the H28 though is the simplicity of design. There’s nothing pretentious about it. Mr Herreshoff was probably the same, I reckon, so we’ll allow him to have the last, somewhat eloquent, word. “The H28 is designed for the man who only has limited time but would like to go somewhere and back in that time.” You have to love that. 73


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Honda HR-V hits the mark BY GEOFF MOFFETT

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couldn’t come soon enough for Honda – a compact SUV to plug a glaring gap in its new car line-up. Kiwis have already kicked the traditional family sedan and wagon into touch as they clamber to buy vehicles that ride higher, give more commanding views and offer a lot of room under the tailgate. SUVs account for almost one in every two new cars sold this year. And for those who can’t afford or don’t need a medium size sports utility vehicle, a light/compact one will be just fine thanks. Enter the Honda HR-V, Honda’s much awaited rival for the likes of Mazda CX-3, Ford EcoSport/Kuga, Suzuki S-Cross, Nissan Juke/Quashqai and Holden Trax. Honda had its popular CRV, of course, but was missing out in the buyer rush for smaller SUVs. The Japanese make has certainly hit the mark with its HR-V, a smartly styled SUV fitted with a 1.8 litre petrol engine, similar to that in the Civic. There is no engine option - diesel or otherwise - but plenty of model variants to choose from to get the kit level to suit taste and budget. HRV pricing is between $32,900 and $43,900. The better equipped models are denoted ‘Sport’, which has nothing to do with performance as all have the identical engine i-VTEC single overhead camshaft engine and CVT automatic transmission. The HR-V range is typically Honda – well built and finished to a high standard. The HR-V Sport I drove is packed with features that not too long ago were only found in the full size SUVs. You get a handsome cabin with the notable additions of sports leather seats and a panoramic sky roof. And then there’s keyless entry, heated front seats, a left hand lane watch camera (to keep an eye on cyclists, pedestrians and road hazards), a braking system that stops you rearending others in city driving, parking 74

sensors, auto wipers, fog lights and 17” alloys. One other thing the top line models get is LED headlights which are strikingly efficient. Inside, too, Honda has designed clever lighting which gives pleasing night time ambience. The HR-V has stuck with some tried and true Honda favourites, like the smart rear seats which fold up theatre style to create excellent space for high cargo. There’s lots to like about the HR-V. It’s no sports performer but then buyers in this category aren’t looking for out and out performance. It does, however, hold the road in reassuring fashion and by using the sports transmission mode you can coax the HR-V into quicker response for overtaking and hill work. I found myself swapping between the sports mode – which adds about 1000rpm at 100km/h to prime the HR-V for action - and going back into drive once you’ve made a passing move. There’s enough front seat driver adjustment to get you totally comfortable and the sports seats are first class. Back seat passengers, too, will be content in the HR-V, and when you need space, Honda’s renowned rear seat system folds flat for long loads, or upright for, say, a bicycle.

The cabin is nicely fitted and the Honda’s dashboard is one of the few which doesn’t have one knob or mechanically operated button. It’s all touch screen digital in the HR-V, using a 7” screen for audio and phone controls and a lower slung screen for heating and cooling controls. Previous Honda owners will be pleased to have the choice of a compact SUV/crossover at last from their favoured car maker, while showroom staff are also reporting trade-ins of other makes – a sure sign Honda is on to a winner here.

Tech spec Model reviewed: Honda HR-V Sport Price: $39,990 Power: 1800cc, 4 cylinder petrol, i-VTEC, chaindrive SOHC: 105kw @ 6500rpm 172Nm @ 4300rpm CVT automatic transmission with sports mode and shift paddles Fuel economy: 6.9 l/100km combined Vehicle courtesy of Bowater Honda


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Sorting the book-work for businesses

The team at Accountsdept. Ltd From left: Susan Lummis, Katie Moody, Samantha Bell, Zoe Hovarth and Danielle Driver

BY BOB IRVINE

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hether you’re a small or large business, Nelson company Accountsdept. prides itself on helping all-comers with administrative needs. Director Samantha Bell says they saw a gap in the marketplace for businesses who need their own ‘Accounts Department’ – without the overheads. “From sole-trader ‘man in a van’ tradesmen to large-scale companies, as they succeed and grow, additional function is crucial. “In this day and age, with people working remotely and on-site, there isn’t always the need for an office as long as there is a system to get the invoicing out, the cash in, bills paid, payroll completed and the monthly compliance checked off. So they call in or phone or email through to Accountsdept. – their friendly, personal ‘office’ – and we take care of it for them and keep the books for their business.” Since 2013 Accountsdept. has offered cost-effective, friendly, efficient and individualised service to local businesses. “We mould compliance needs and bookkeeping, data-based work, to the person or business and their specific needs, providing peace of mind that the accounts are under control while they get on with doing what

they do best: the painting, the plastering, the electrical work, the vineyard maintenance, fixing the truck, picking the fruit, running their restaurant – generally taking care of business.” Samantha says her team, based at 63 Trafalgar St, tailor their services to suit the client – “answering their phone direct in our office, checking their emails, or working on-site at their premises. We also work with whatever systems and practices that their business requires. We really do offer a personalised service for individual businesses.” Providing that high-quality customer service is first and foremost in the company’s core values. “We are always on the end of the phone for a query or question or to ‘get the job done’ and take care of the books. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction.” Accountsdept. staff thrive on the satisfaction of helping clients with their book-keeping and administration needs, and seeing their businesses grow. “By working with us to get the back-end under control, I have seen clients grow their businesses and customer base, expanding to new regions and new premises, and moving

from sole trader to company structures,” says Samantha. “It’s about working with them, developing relationships and ensuring they are getting the timely information they need from the monthly book-keeping and have the cash under control.” Samantha feels lucky to have a friendly, talented team with a broad industry experience, largely in hospitality and luxury lodges, wine and viticulture and trade services, along with strong book-keeping and management backgrounds. They also know Nelson well. “The ever-evolving client base keeps us on our toes and keeps the team interested, motivated and passionate about what they do. The team also has strong links to NMIT – where most of them were educated.”

Contact 63 Trafalgar Street 03 548 1732 accountsdept.co.nz

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Half a century in the hottest seat

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aimea Rural Fire Authority Operations Manager Doug Ashford counts himself lucky for having started in fire management in the 1960s. Plenty of areas were being burnt off then, and while that wasn’t good for the environment, it provided a fantastic training ground for learning about how fire behaves. “It’s so important that people get used to the noise, heat and smoke that come with fires when they’re training,” says Doug. “They’ve got to be able to keep a cool head in really difficult conditions and that’s something you can’t get from watching videos or reading accounts of fires. You’ve got to have the theory and the practical experience working together.” Doug traces his love of forestry to time spent logging native timber with his uncle Peter McPherson in the King Country in 1965. A year later Doug was at Woodsman Training School in Golden Downs. During that training the young men were involved in a lot of land-clearing and Doug received his first experience of working with fire. “In the 1960s a lot of the burning-off work was lit by hand. Fires were fought in a Swanndri and jeans using a six-cylinder International petrol truck. “You’ve got to manage fire with fire – that’s the secret. You learn to use the topography and the environment so that the fire is working for you. Fire can be a master or a slave and there’s a fine line 76

between the two.” Work took Doug to the central North Island, the East Coast and Coromandel, where he was again involved in a lot of cutover burning and land development work. He also learnt about managing people, which has been an important part of his working life ever since. “That was really critical in my early working years, especially when I was running crews in Kaingaroa.” He spent three years in Canterbury cleaning up after the big windthrow of

’Fire can be a master or a slave and there’s a fine line between the two.’ DOUG ASHFORD

1975, then returned to the central North Island. From 1978-1991 Doug was Forest Manager for Fletchers for the Taupo region, which included responsibility for managing any fires. “I was transferred to Nelson when Fletchers bought the Crown Forest Licence for Golden Downs. Then Weyerhaeuser took over. I was involved in working with fire all that time.” In 1998 Weyerhaeuser and Carter Holt Harvey decided that fire management should be contracted out. They asked Doug, Chris Millson and Tom Broderick to scope out a rural fire management system.

Nelson City and Tasman District Councils were invited to join and jumped at the chance. “It was challenging to set it all up. We were taking a step into the unknown and wondering whether what we were doing was the right thing. Fortunately we had no major fires during that first year, although the memory of the two big fires the previous year certainly kept us focused.” In those early days the Waimea Rural Fire Authority’s kit consisted of a fax machine and two second-hand computers. Nowadays it’s a sophisticated operation with the latest fireproof personal safety gear, including gloves and overalls. Burn-offs are spot-lit by helicopter and the service has upgraded to diesel trucks. Technology has been a godsend. Radios are smaller and reception is better. “Now we can go to the fire and measure the area it has burnt using a handheld GPS unit.” UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones) are also increasingly used for fire management because they provide an overview of the fire for people managing it at ground level. Two significant things have remained the same, however. “It’s always been about safety first – and we still use the same Wajax pumps.” Focusing on safety and putting people first has given the Waimea Rural Fire Authority a remarkable record of no lost-time incidents. This is particularly noteworthy considering the


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LEFT PAGE Doug Ashford, photo by Tim Cuff THIS PAGE (clockwise) Kerry Hilliard, the late Waka Nathan and Doug Ashford at Woodsman Training School Land-clearing by burning in the early 1970s Training in real fire conditions is a crucial part of Doug’s job

‘We really owe a debt of gratitude to our volunteers and to the people we are able to call on in the event of a fire.’ DOUG ASHFORD

number of serious fires the team has been involved in. “Our challenge is to make sure that everyone’s skills are up-to-date. We do a lot of training throughout the year to make sure that’s the case.” The rural fire service attracts a wide range of people, says Doug, including an increasing number of women. “We really owe a debt of gratitude to our volunteers and to the people we are able to call on in the event of a fire. Their responsiveness is outstanding.” In addition to two full-time and three part-time staff, the Waimea Rural Fire Authority can call on more than 300 trained people in the event of a major fire. Many of those people are deployed to fires in other parts of New Zealand, and even overseas. “It’s a good feeling to get people you’ve trained to other areas to provide support.” Working with fire has taken Doug to many places around the world, particularly during his eight years as President of the Forest and Rural Association of New Zealand (FRANZ). Above all, his career has taught him a great deal about human nature and how

people perform when under pressure. “You need to be a decision-maker to manage fires,” says Doug, “and you need to be prepared to change your decisions quickly when the conditions change. You’ve got to be able to think ahead, stay one step ahead of the fire and plan to hit the fire when it checks itself.” Education is a key part of Doug’s role. “People in the Waimea have a great understanding of fire. The majority of people are careful and respect fire. It’s the 5 percent – often people who are relatively new to the area – who cause problems.” Fires are caused by behaviour such as leaving campfires unattended or accelerating on a motorbike or in a car when it’s hot and dry (the carbon from the exhaust can start a fire). Burning rubbish or discarded ashes can also ignite fires nearby. Fires caused by forestry operations are not common, says Doug. If he could get one message across it would be to assess humidity very carefully. “The lower the relative humidity, the easier it is to light a fire. This is the case even when the fire weather index is low.” Gut-wrenching moments are part of

the job, like the time he deployed someone to investigate a fire and then lost contact with him temporarily. “You immediately think the worst and your training prepares you to expect the worst.” Fortunately Doug’s fears weren’t realised, but it was a sobering incident. He will miss the people he works with – paid staff and volunteers – but he won’t miss the pager going off at 3am on a Sunday morning. “Still, our responsiveness is the reason why we only burnt five hectares last year. We’re focused on fire – it’s not just a part of someone’s job description. We work really closely with the urban appliance crews and help each other out with water, manpower or pumping capacity. “The strength of Waimea Rural Fire Authority also comes from the support we get from our stakeholders: Nelson Management Ltd (Nelson Forests), Hancock Forest Management, Tasman District Council, Nelson City Council and the Department of Conservation.”It all adds up to a great service for people in Nelson and Tasman and one for which we can all be grateful. 77


MUSIC

In for the long haul Paul Simon, still going strong after decades in the music industry BY PETE RAINEY

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The best music ever made is said to be whatever you were listening to at age 13. I don’t want to dwell on what I was listening to back then as it’s not that cool. However, I’m sure Helen Reddy will come back again sometime, and interestingly, Cat Stevens tribute shows are on the rise. I’m not so sure about Tony Orlando and Dawn, but it’s amazing to see Ringo Starr, Cher, Paul Simon and Elton John – who all had hits in 1973 – are still ‘on the scene’, so to speak. The songs they wrote 42 years ago also live on. Crocodile Rock, Delta Dawn, and (don’t say it too loud) Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree will always exist as legitimate musical statements. The concept of longevity in music crops up time and time again, especially when ageing rockers say they never expected to be performing into their 70s. Last month I was part of the team hosting the 27th smokefreerockquest national final in Auckland. That the event still exists after nearly 30 years is encouraging as it fulfils the yearning young Kiwis feel to perform on stage. So, of the handful of 13- to 17-year78

olds who made the cut for this year’s final, how many of them will still be singing their songs in 2070? Or perhaps more interestingly, how many of their songs will still be sung in 200 years’ time. Music has been around for a long time. Arguably, the ability to produce a sound from the oldest instrument – the voice – is something that humans and their ancestors have been able to do for about 500,000 years. It’s at the very essence of what it means to be human; to be alive.

The ability to produce a sound from the oldest instrument – the voice – is something that humans and their ancestors have been able to do for about 500,000 years

There is no formula that spells out how to achieve longevity either as a performer, a songwriter or composer, or even as a song. Some hit songs have been written in a matter of minutes, and some performers spend decades honing their skills before they appear in public.

Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Outliers examines factors that contribute to real success. He particularly points out that to achieve world-class status as a performer takes around 10,000 hours of dedicated work. Given that I’ve scratched at the violin (and viola) for 50 years or so, the maths suggest that less than an hour’s practice a day should have turned me into a worldclass player. I can categorically attest to the fact, along with many others, that this didn’t happen. So there goes that theory. Brendan Smythe is someone who has spent at least 10,000 hours working in music in New Zealand. He has been part of the team at NZ On Air since 1989. Brendan, who retires from his role as music manager this year, redefines tireless enthusiasm. His passion for New Zealand music has seen a dramatic turnaround in the way Kiwis experience their own culture. You never know how successful something is going to be if you don’t continue to do it. Brendan has championed New Zealand music and its profile on commercial radio for 25 years. His efforts will be profoundly influential for many decades to come.


FILM

Finding Boomer Documentary Directed by Peter Butler Starring Paul Daily Duration 70 minutes Rating E (Exempt)

BY MICHAEL BORTNICK

Finding Boomer

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olden Bay, the area is magical and mystical and always offers surprises. Back in the 70s and 80s, folks looking for an alternate lifestyle were attracted by the beauty and affordable land. They came from all over to form a loose-knit community around Collingwood. One bloke arrived from the West Coast. He had mustered in the high country, been a bushman in Karamea and worked with the forest service upgrading the Heaphy Track. His name was Paul Daily but everyone called him Boomer due to a fondness for high explosives. He had a lot of other loves and bad habits which started catching up with him, so one day he upped and disappeared. Writer and entrepreneur Peter Butler lived in the area and knew Boomer well. He had an idea to track him down and document his story. Finding Boomer is the result. The film is broken into three parts with the first being the most enjoyable. We meet some of the now-aging hippies who were young and energetic back in the day. They tell of Boomer and his romantic, sexual attraction to women. It seems like he eventually had a turn with each of them. He enjoyed his motorcycle, his drink and his cannabis, as did some others. But he chose not to settle down. After doing a little jail time, he was gone, abandoning a love child, Candace, who had never even seen him. In Part 2, Butler finds Boomer, now a 69 year old geezer with a younger partner on his lap, living a semi-hermit’s life in Western Australia. The area is dry and desolate, infested with all sorts of lizards and bush flies. Boomer spends his days fossicking around old mine sites, looking for relics and metal detecting for nuggets of gold. Of course, he still drinks quite a bit in a makeshift bar out the back. Whatever charm we expected from him seems to have dwindled. He appears a tedious antisocial grump in a hellhole of a place. Outback Western Australia is the antithesis of Golden Bay. The last act of the film is extremely intriguing as Butler has located Candace, now a field director for TV in Auckland. He brings her all the way to Boomer’s hovel for a first time meeting. It only lasts a few hours. There is not, unsurprisingly, any overt tenderness from either party. It is somewhat uncomfortable for them and us. Candace gets in the car and departs. Boomer shrugs it off, picks up the metal detector and heads back into the bush. Finding Boomer is not a documentary with a message but offers an insight into how charisma can fade, and how in the right circumstances a child can thrive without their biological parent. Candace makes the point that she has probably had a better life without Boomer around. I’d agree. This absorbing film is certainly worth a look. Michael Bortnick has left the theatre to perform the Aussie Salute.

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QUIZ

Crossword

Across 1. Puzzle 5. Wharf 7. Spree 8. Inheritor 9. Bread portion 10. Not explicit 11. Film star dog 13. Serving platter 14. Join in half-heartedly 18. Ran rapidly 21. Printing fluids 22. Afraid 24. Remove completely 25. Grant 26. Injure with horns 27. Recurrent period 28. Legend 29. Torrid

Sudoku

Down 1. Expelled air 2. Disease agents 3. Higher than 4. Caught on barb 5. Crosses out 6. Absurd pretence 12. Sick 15. Yearly stipend 16. Implore 17. Increase in attractiveness 19. Rainbow shape 20. Frail with age 22. Genders 23. Debate

Last month’s solutions CROSSWORD

SUDOKU

Remember no number can occur more than once in any row, column or box.

Every number from 1 to 9 must appear in: Each of the nine horizontal rows Each of the nine vertical columns Each of the nine 3x3 boxes

Wordfind A N A W S T O B O I A Z N

E G Y P T G M A L I A A P

J S A Z A U A S P M D I Z

A N E B C A N O B U G N I

A I O N F H I I S G H A M

E N B W E H A R S I A Z B

R E S M T G S D E I N N A

T B O E A K A A Q G A A B

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R Y A O G O T K I Y E N E

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D E I N G U I N E A L I O

Find all the words listed hidden in the grid of letters. They can be found in straight lines up, down, forwards, backwards or diagonally. Theme: AFRICA

W K A R C A M E R O O N L

ANGOLA BENIN BOTSWANA CAMEROON CHAD EGYPT ERITREA ETHIOPIA GABON GAMBIA GHANA GUINEA KENYA LIBYA MALI NAMIBIA NIGERIA SENEGAL SOMALIA SUDAN TANZANIA TOGO TUNISIA ZAMBIA ZIMBABWE

Anagram WORDFIND ANAGRAM Blueberry, grapefruit, watermelon, pomegranate, nectarine Mystery word: BANANA

X P F L I N T S T O N E S

E I N N I M J M O T U L P

F L L E Q E T I S S E K M

T O M E T L M C C D T C B

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A D O H G G M E O U Y D L

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O C R E C A T U O M E A N

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D O N A L D Y E A E I T L

R E N N U R D A O R W T E

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UP & COMING

MARAMA BEVIN Marama devotes herself to the evergrowing realm of business and marketing. Her goal of helping Māori businesses has become a fuel for her learning. B Y M AT T B R O P H Y P H O T O G R A P H Y A N A G A L L O WAY

Where do your passions lie on the subject of business? And what have you learned throughout your years of experience? In business, you’re dealing with people every day. Marketing is all about communication (both verbal and nonverbal), as well as meeting customer needs. Relationships are important to me and they can certainly help you achieve what needs to be done, from a business perspective. I’m currently working parttime in the marketing department for a small business in Nelson, O2B Healthy Ltd, marketing natural health supplements. This is similar to being a personal consultant for Le Reve, whose products are perfumes and candles etc. However, the connection between that business and O2B Healthy Ltd lies with making people feel good! I guess my passion for my culture has a huge part to play in how I am as a business woman. There is a well-known proverb in Māori: “He aha te mea nui o te Ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.” “What is the most important thing in this world? It is people, it is people, it is people.”

NMIT offered a scholarship towards your Bachelor degree. Can you tell how this influenced you, and what the scholarship required of you? Two businesses and two IT students are selected to spend three weeks as tutorial assistants helping to deliver one of the business and IT papers with the NMIT tutors in China at one of NMIT’s partner universities in Hangzhou. Their styles and mediums used for marketing are very

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different from the western style of business, but are very similar to the way in which Māori do business. Relationships are vital. My aspiration would be to work for a Māori organisation developing relationships between NZ and Chinese businesses.

I’m curious, what was it like to study your entire course online? Were there any benefits or impacts to this style of learning? Studying online is not for the faint-hearted. You have to be really committed to succeeding and have exceptional timemanagement skills, but there are many benefits. There are many transferable skills from studying online. For example: completing team projects and using conferencing and cloud software are all relevant to working across global networks!

We are only a blip in the realm of international markets. Do you plan on helping local businesses rise to that milestone, and if so, how? I would certainly love to as there’s a real need for NZ businesses to invest in market research. There’s really no way to know what the consumer wants or needs other than by getting right in there with the consumer, understanding buyer behaviour, values, attitudes and beliefs.

With your experience and education on the subject, what’s next? Is there a larger goal on the horizon? I’m not really one to stagnate. Life is about movement and I’m a believer in life-long learning. E-commerce is an area I’m keen to learn more about so who knows... Watch this space!


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