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110 / SEPT 2015 / $8.95

Boating in the Top of the South Port Nelson: driving our economy Interview: President of the Nelson Yacht Club, Dennis Win How outdoor rooms extend your home

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Features Issue 110 / September 2015

22 Sail away from your cares


ummer is looming, the water calls, and it’s time to board your boat, or join the crew on someone else’s. Sophie Preece gathers top tips from boaties in the Top of the South


28 The Interview: Dennis Win


e has sailed all his life, and at 86, President of the Nelson Yacht Club Dennis Win is still out crewing in yacht races on Tasman Bay. He talks to Jack Martin

32 Feeding the city’s growth


ort Nelson, the city’s economic powerhouse, surprises even the locals with the scope of operations


38 How outdoor rooms extend your home


andscape architects Luke Porter and Heidi Stewart from Canopy look at creating outdoor rooms for entertaining and relaxing

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20 My Big Idea Innovate will nurture budding local entrepreneurs. By Buda Szerelem-Tolnay

82 Up & Coming After spending his life at sea Arne Hinz became a maritime engineering tutor at NMIT. By Matt Brophy

STYLE FILE Edited by Justine Jamieson

44 Style News Fashion industry news

46 Women’s Fashion Spring fashion - Nautical trend. Photography by Ishna Jacobs

55 Men’s Fashion Men’s smart casual spring fashion

57 Beauty What lies beneath the surface, how a detox can be beneficial for beauty. By Justine Jamieson

58 Beauty Profile Kristin Nimmo. Styled by Kate Donaldson & Connie Fleming

59 Beauty Products By Kate Donaldson & Connie Fleming LIFE

60 My Home

A slice of paradise by Caroline Crick

66 My Garden

The joys of European allotments. By Caroline Crick




68 My Kitchen

Nicola Galloway’s Orange and Honey Curd Tarts

69 Dine Out

Maxwell Flint hangs out with the cool crowd at Harrys Bar

70 Wine

Phillip Reay says variety of drinks is the spice of life

71 Beer

Mark Preece’s beer and seafood matches made in heaven


78 Music ACTIVE

72 Travel

London’s calling for Craig Sisterson

74 Adventure

Exploring our big blue backyard. By Sophie Preece

75 Boating

Salty dogs and their seafaring yarns By Steve Thomas

76 Motoring

Geoff Moffett is impressed by Kia’s loveable Soul

Pete Rainey says NCC should fund the School of Music

79 Film

Michael Bortnick enjoys A Walk in the Woods


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




A flag is a logo, and there’s not much brand value in having a logo if you keep it rolled up in the cupboard.

doesn’t like to blow one’s own trumpet, but if I don’t, who will, so here goes. Interviewing John Key for WildTomato in August 2013, I asked him, among other things, “If you could implement any policy you want tomorrow, what would it be?” And he answered, “I would change the flag to the Silver Fern.” Then when the magazine came out 3 News journalist Patrick Gower noticed this previously unheard idea of the PM’s buried within the interview and highlighted it on national television, crediting WildTomato. Subsequently John Key launched the flag change referendum process. So I feel quite proud to have broken a story of such national significance. Whether New Zealand should change its flag goes to the heart of who and what the country is, and what it intends to become. The question is really about whether New Zealand wants a flag that portrays its past or future. New Zealand has significant British heritage, common genetics, history, legal system, trade links and two world wars fought together. But after Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973 and massively reduced its trade connections with the Commonwealth, that connection was hugely weakened. And you have only to glance at a map to see New Zealand lying about as far away from the UK as it’s possible to get. Perhaps the biggest argument for changing the flag is that the current one just doesn’t do its job. Kiwis don’t fly it because it gets confused with the Australian flag. A flag is a logo, and there’s not much brand value in having a logo if you keep it rolled up in the cupboard. The new flag has got to be distinctively Kiwi and easy to remember. When I think of flags that work, the simplicity of the Canadian maple leaf, the Swiss cross and Japan’s red orb all stand out for memorability. On that basis it would be hard to go past the Silver Fern. It’s associated with the mighty All Blacks, Kiwis know and love the Silver Fern, and the rest of the world already thinks it is our flag. A panel of 12 eminent New Zealanders have whittled the list of 10,292 flags suggested by the public down to a long-list of 40, which will be reduced to four possible flags for us to vote on in a referendum in September. My pick of the longlist is the green Silver Fern by Roger Clarke for its simple evocation of New Zealand. The green evokes our pristine environment and will prompt people to preserve it. Overall, the design’s simplicity makes it memorable and when you look at all the other national flags, it will definitely stand out. In March next year, New Zealand will make history when it votes between the current flag and the preferred alternative. Whatever your preference, make sure to vote. JAC K MA RT I N


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Of Whale and Whalery

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Thank you for engaging readers with the emotional context and mystery of mass whale strandings (‘Medics to Goliaths in distress, July issue). There’s clearly a very special relationship between humans and helpless mammals that can sometimes be saved, thanks to the impressive professional efforts of Project Jonah. Golden Bay is one of only three sites in New Zealand where regular mass whale strandings occur - the others are Mahia Peninsula and the Chathams Islands. So we feel a special connection with Tim Cuff’s story, even though most of us aren’t able to help in any hands-on way, and the ‘action’ is out of sight, up at Farewell Spit. On behalf of Golden Bay Museum Te Waka Huia o Mohua, I want to let readers know about our plans to display a pilot whale skeleton from a Farewell Spit stranding, along with display panels about our wider marine environment. This all started with the enthusiasm of local electrician Alan McLean, who initiated the twoyear skeleton preparation project. Alan has worked with DOC and local iwi (Manawhenua ki Mohua) to get the necessary permissions, and to find out from professionals how to go about his extraordinary undertaking. Such work is usually carried out by highly paid professionals in very large institutions, and only three main-centre museums in New Zealand have complete skeletons.

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Our museum Board was excited when Alan brought us his proposal, and we’ve embarked on a project to enclose our front deck to house the skeleton and information. We’re actively fundraising to cover Alan’s costs in preparing the skeleton (above and beyond the hundreds of hours he’s donating) and the construction costs of the ‘whalery’. It’s a big undertaking for our small museum. You can find out more (including about making donations!) from our website: goldenbaymuseum.org.nz (under the ‘Whalery’ tab). Penny Griffith Chairperson, Golden Bay Museum Society Board

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Fri 11 Anna Coddington & Lips Solo artist Anna Coddington and NYC-based duo Lips are excited to announce a headline tour, showcasing multi-instrumental talent and critically acclaimed song writing.

Chroma Chamber Choir’s Spring Concert will showcase some of their favourite music, presenting a peaceful soundscape of choral gems from Bach to Verdi.



Celtic Pipe Band present a humorous musical portrayal of Scotland — a full multi-media show. If you love Scotland and all things Scottish this is a must see show.

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Sat 19 Hope School Country Bazaar A fantastic family fun day out with all the atmosphere of a traditional country fair. HOPE SCHOOL, TASMAN

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Many young start-ups lack the required support to gain a foothold in Nelson’s business world. Matt Peacey and NMIT aim to nurture entrepreneurs. By Buda Szerelem-Tolnay

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What’s your big idea in a nutshell? This is a partnership between the Nelson City Council, the Economic Development Agencies and NMIT. What we’re looking to do is to connect people, to innovate and to drive entrepreneurship. So we’re looking at events to connect people.

What could we achieve for our community if funding wasn’t a problem? A lot. There’s a huge number of other models for larger cities, some very successful. We want to take the best parts from these models so that it works on the Nelson scale. Our big thing is to start small; to do events such as Start-up Weekend or Superboard and learn from them. We’re looking to do it smart, and when we have more funding, we’ll make it bigger and better.

What is the current situation? We’re just about to launch Start-up Weekend. Our space is really just a place where people can congregate if they need. We are looking to grow existing businesses because there’s a lot of potential that already exists.

Who will benefit? Hopefully Nelson. In particular, the businesses of Nelson. With start-ups, we can help them with the process along the way. For existing businesses, if we’re able to get them to do 10 or 20 percent better by doing things slightly smarter then it’d be huge across Nelson. And I guess our grandiose vision is to have Nelson as the place to be. A lot of people come here for the lifestyle, the environment, the fantastic place to live, but there’s always complaints that there’s not those well-paid, high-level jobs. What we’d like to see, especially with the way technology enables us, is for Nelson to become a hub so that big and small corporations have their satellite offices here and can develop those jobs. 20

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Sail away from your cares

Summer is looming, the water calls, and it’s time to board your boat, or join the crew on someone else’s. Sophie Preece gathers top tips from boaties in the Top of the South.


Brenda Webb and David Morgan on Bandit in the Marlborough Sounds

Big boat, little boat. Ben Preece and the ferry

The Marlborough Sounds are home to hundreds of intimate bays and isolated beaches, tucked between steep ridgelines of verdant bush and sunken valleys of deep blue sea. To its west, between the wide yawns of Golden and Tasman Bays, protected by the sweep of Farewell Spit, lie the golden beaches, secluded estuaries and steady winds of Abel Tasman National Park. Only a fraction of this stunning coastline can be reached by road, so the best way to explore the Top of the South is to find a boat, choose a bay and discover a whole new world.



he Abel Tasman has perfect winds and the Marlborough Sounds have perfect moorings. Put them together and sailors in the Top of the South enjoy the best of both worlds, says Kevin Skelton, Commodore of the Tasman Bay Cruising Club. He has been sailing for just under 55 years, having started with his father on the West Coast as a 9-year-old. Half a century of dropping anchor hasn’t got it out of his system and these days Kevin lives aboard Clear Vision, a Young 11 cruiser/racer. He uses other clubs’ race meetings as a chance to go cruising. So if he’s joining the WineWorks Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Yacht Race in November, he’ll first sail five hours to Catherine Cove at d’Urville Island, enjoy a social night at The Wilderness Lodge, then move on to Ketu Bay in the Marlborough Sounds, where he and his crew will collect a feed of scallops. The next day they’ll head to Waikawa, before setting off on the race to Wellington. A perfect cruising weekend might involve heading to Abel Tasman instead, with a four-hour sail to Torrent Bay or Anchorage for the night, before exploring the coastline’s “little nooks and crannies”

the next day. “We take a dinghy and outboard and go into Shag Harbour and the like. I like taking people who haven’t been there, to see the expression on their faces.” He’ll then head around to Awaroa for lunch and people-watching at the lodge, before heading back to the mooring behind Adele Island for an evening gettogether. Kevin reckons his sailing bug, which he has passed on to his sons, has something to do with genetics — a recent trip to Samoa revealed that he is the descendent of a trading ship captain who plied the Pacific in the 1840s.



hen Mark Gibbs started sailing at 20, he was told it was a sickness with no known cure — “not that I have ever looked”. He believes the Marlborough Sounds and d’Urville Island are some of the best cruising grounds in the country. Within an hour of leaving his Blenheim home he can be anchored in a quiet bay, on his own or with other boaties, depending on his mood. His ideal cruising weekend is to finish work early, load the boat and head out. “Go where the wind takes you. Don’t over-plan, and just enjoy.”



ruising by boat is one of the few activities unburdened by bureaucracy, says Martin Potter, of the Pohara Boating Club. “Long may it last. It’s this freedom and independence that I really enjoy.” After decades of sailing, from traversing the South Pacific to tackling New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands, Martin knows a thing or two about cruising. His 13m steel ketch Kupere has taken his family of five to far-flung spots over 15 years, acting as their home for two years straight, as well as during six-month offshore trips. When the kids flew the nest, he and his wife downsized to Avoir, a 10m fibreglass Bruce Askew design. The smaller boat is easier to maintain and sail single-handed, and although older, she has an “excellent pedigree”, Martin says. He calls himself an ardent believer in the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid) with straightforward systems that he understands and can fix himself. Cruising for extended periods makes you attuned to Mother Nature, he says. “The weather patterns, the moon cycles, tides and just the rawness of the natural world — you become very aware of your insignificance in the big picture of how 23

the world now operates.” There’s also a “superb sense of achievement” in getting to a distant shore, within New Zealand or away from it, “completely by myself with no reliance on the structured and ordered world that seems to swamp us these days”. Martin spent two months earlier this year “poking around Northland”, from Cape Reinga to Great Barrier. Avoir is also well-used locally, in Golden Bay and around d’Urville and the Marlborough Sounds. Every couple of weeks he joins a group-sail out to the Pohara Boat Club mooring at Tata Island, Taupo Point or Mutton Cove “for a meal, a fire and a dram”. His perfect sailing weekend starts early, catching snapper off the golf course at daylight, then harnessing a light westerly to sail around to Mutton Cove for lunch, a swim, a walk, a few drinks on the beach and a BBQ, or a combined meal with friends on a boat. The day ends with rowing back to Avoir in the moonlight. On Sunday, there’ll be an early morning swim, good coffee “and a yarn with friends”, before he sails around Separation Point and anchors at Taupo Point to watch the sunset behind the Dragons Teeth with a beer in hand. “Then slowly make our way back to pick up the mooring at Tarakohe in the dark.” In the real world, however, “the more likely scenario is storm jib and triple-reefed, taking a pounding getting

back around Separation Point, and finally getting into Tarakohe wet, tired in the dark, and cursing TDC for making the marina unaffordable and having to row ashore.” FAVOURITE MOORINGS Mutton Cove, Abel Tasman — Beautiful, good walks, with a typically deserted beach and no other boats. There’s a fireplace at the DOC camp and it’s close to home, just over an hour’s sailing from Tarakohe, “although getting back around Separation Point can get a bit lumpy.” Martin says it is prone to being rolly in calm conditions. Taupo Point, Abel Tasman — Just 40 minutes from Tarakohe, beautiful and peaceful. Be prepared to leave immediately when the westerly arrives, he says. Onetahuti, Abel Tasman — A lovely wide bay with heaps of space for boats, and a huge sandy beach. Adele Island, Abel Tasman — A great anchorage with good walks, birdlife and lots of other boat company. BEST ADVICE Get on the water. Focus on getting the important things done — the must-haves, not the nice-tohaves. A boat will never be finished, but as long as it is sound and properly equipped, then just go. You will never regret it, and you will learn what the nice-to-have things are as you go.



e live in our home and in our bach,” says Marion McNeilly from the gleaming teak galley of Highlander, a beautiful 15m carvel kauri motor launch nestled in Picton Marina. She and husband Glen, along with their children Jessica Ann, 8, and Hector, 7, love the way their home on the sea provides a new backyard whenever they desire. For the McNeillys brunch means a gentle cruise to a quiet bay, where a cold dive is followed by hot coffee and fresh scallops, cooked on an outdoor barbeque. The kids’ entertainment might be the vast collection of Lego that is often sprawled across the floor of an upper cabin, or standing at the bow watching dolphins play in the boat’s surf, or seeing orca cruise nearby. The kayaks and dinghy, paired with rocky shores, sandy beaches and an abundance of wildlife, make it easy to keep the kids entertained, says Marion. “It’s good old-fashioned Mother Nature turning it on.” They love to share their favourite spots, like predator-free Blumine Island, with its startling birdsong. “You’re not only enjoying it yourself, but you’re seeing someone else enjoy it.” Marion adores the simplicity of life on the boat, and the opportunity to live at close-quarters, reaping the rewards in terms of family bonds. “Our goal is to explore New Zealand’s coastline and have an exciting family adventure further afield.” FAVOURITE MOORINGS Cockle Cove, Bay of Many Coves — “It’s just gorgeous. The water is crystal-clear, it’s really sheltered and there’s a wee stream and beach and forest to explore.” Governors Bay, Grove Arm — “Ten minutes from home yet it’s a world away, with a beautiful sandy beach. We have actually used it to commute to work and school.” Cherry Tree Bay, d’Urville Island — “A really safe haven after coming through French Pass. You always feel a sense of ‘Phew, we’ve done that bit’.” BEST ADVICE “Go do it — it doesn’t need to be a big outing. It can be near or far.” “Help to protect this amazing environment. Whenever we dive we bring rubbish from the bottom of the ocean.” “Make sure you’re familiar with marine reserves, as well as predator-free islands where you can’t take dogs.”


TOP: Christmas at Hitau Bay (Photo Sue van Velzen from the Waikawa Boating Club) LEFT PAGE, clockwise: Twilight race in the Marlborough Sounds, Jessica Anne and Hector McNeilly loving life on the water, Ben Preece borrows Bandit’s paddle board in Kumutoto Bay, while David Morgan watches on




fter eight years and 40,000 ocean miles sailing the world, Brenda Webb and David Morgan had some of their most alarming moments arriving home to the Marlborough Sounds. As they came around Cape Jackson they were caught by violent williwaws and had to drop their heavily reefed main in record time, continuing under headsail only. “We’d forgotten how blustery the winds in the Sounds can be and need extreme caution.” Once safely home they set about rediscovering their blue backyard on Bandit, the Moody 46 (14m) they bought in Gibraltar in 2006. They say it’s impossible to compare the Sounds with the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Pacific, because each is so different. They loved the Mediterranean for its wonderful history and culture, fantastic food and “astonishing climate” — hot and sunny with no rain from May to September. The Caribbean had a unique alternative island culture, “with loads of cheap and shacky beach bars, wonderful food markets, magnificent white sandy beaches and pristine and crystal-clear warm water”, and the Pacific holds “exquisite and remote” French Polynesian islands with their spectacular coral reefs. The Sounds offers none of that, but have their own unique and special attributes. “We particularly noticed the birdsong — especially at amazing Blumine Island —  magnificent native bush, the scenery and good fishing.” The cooler waters of the Sounds were not so welcome: “Call us spoilt, but we desperately miss the warm, clear water of the Med, Caribbean and Pacific for swimming.” 26

FAVOURITE MOORINGS Burney’s Beach, Awapara Island — “We like getting out where we can see the open ocean, so if we have time we head to the outer Sounds. Burney’s Beach has lateafternoon sun, a gorgeous beach and is usually quiet.” Kumutoto Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound — “Nothing beats an overnight anchorage at the head of Kumutoto Bay.  The birdsong is magnificent, the waters are flat for a morning paddleboard and there’s a great walk to the next bay.” Bay of Many Coves — “There’s a great spot on the north-east, just as you enter the bay, with good afternoon sun. It’s close to the resort should you feel like popping over for a morning coffee. In February we woke to find Russian superyacht Serene anchored sharing the bay with us — they obviously have exquisite taste too.” BEST ADVICE “The Marlborough Sounds are often deep for anchoring. We carry more than 100 metres of chain and often anchor in 20 metres or more.” “We always go to bed with the boat ready to leave at a moment’s notice if the wind changes in the night — a lesson learned from experience.” “We always leave the key in the ignition and windlass turned on when leaving the boat at anchor. We have rescued five dragging boats from certain loss while on our travels. Being able to start the engines and retrieve the anchors prevented this from happening.” 

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Ben Preece (7) om Mazy, Onatahuti Bay (photo Martin Potter) , Jessica Anne, Emily and Baxter set out from Highlander Jessica Anne and Hector explore a Marlborough Sounds beach with friends, Mazy in Governer’s Bay

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DENNIS WIN He has sailed all his life, and at 86, President of the Nelson Yacht Club Dennis Win is still out crewing in yacht races on Tasman Bay. He talks to Jack Martin.

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Where have you sailed? Mainly in Nelson and in the bay. In ’61 I was in a crew that took part in the Transtasman race from Auckland to Sydney.

When did they fill it all in? They filled it all in with the tip. That was all tip in the ‘70s and ‘80s. In the ‘60s the Harbour Board did all of the port reclamation.

And you’re still sailing at 86? We sold our trailer yacht in 2002 because things were getting a bit too heavy. In 2005 a friend of mine bought a Lidgard 35 and he said, ‘Would you race with me?’ I said, ’If the body will stand it’, so we’ve been racing but I’ve always said if I can’t do something I’ll give it away. I just don’t want to be a passenger.

an you tell me about your childhood in Nelson? I was born here in 1929. We lived in a villa in New St, right where the Warehouse Stationery carpark is now, and my grandparents owned that whole section right through to Bridge St. They had a hotel in the front, and they had a milk processing plant and a dairy. They were the original ones who introduced pasteurised milk in bottles into Nelson. Then we shifted to Milton St. The tide came right in behind the houses there. Where Founders is, boats used to lay there where the trees and the median strip are in Weka St. That was the high-tide mark.

Do you think that the port is in the right place, what about moving it to the Glen or Motueka? A lot of the time you’d get too big a surge up at the Glen; too big a seas running in. It was a pipe dream. And Motueka is too shallow. Who would you say has most influenced your life? My parents, because I was brought up with the attitude that if you belong to anything, you get in behind it as far as you can. So what do you belong to? The Nelson Yacht Club now. In the past I belonged to a lot. I’ve been in the Cubs, the Sea Scouts, I’ve played in the Nelson Garrison Band, Nelson Brass. I’ve played in dance bands. I’ve been a local president of a shop assistants’ union. I’ve been a vice-president of a branch of Federated Farmers. Were you a farmer? I grew tobacco and milked cows for about 15 years in Wakefield. I thought if I could work 14 hours a day for a boss, I could work 14 hours a day for myself. Did you have any farming experience before that? No, but my father had come off a farm, and my grandparents and great grandparents farmed in Dovedale. They were original settlers. Do you know which boat they came on? The maternal great grandparents came on the Sir Charles Forbes and my great grandfather came on the Thomas Harrison. That was in 1842. Life must have been very different in those days? I can remember my uncles, who were actually pioneers. They were cutting bush to make their farms, so we weren’t that far from it really. And what did you do after farming? Storeman-driver, then I became a purchasing officer for a large firm in food distribution. I was there about eight years, and then I retired, and I worked as a volunteer at the yacht club for about 10 years, virtually fulltime. We were building the new buildings and one thing and t’other. The building was built ’38-’39 by the Nelson Harbour Board and they rented it out to boat-owners (the Aurora Sailing Club, it was in those days). But the Harbour Board couldn’t manage it, people selling boats and shifting on, so the sailing club rented it and became responsible for it. When I started sailing in 1943 the club had just taken over. They were renting it then, and about 1948 they took over the lease. In ’63 they purchased it. They lease the land now from the Council but all the improvements, the reclamation, they’re owned freehold by the yacht club.

It was pretty light weather. It was an 80ft schooner homed at Nelson by Albie Tregidga and it was really a shakedown cruise to test the boat out because he was going to take his family around the world. So it was pretty light weather – I think it took us 12 days. One day we went miles … backwards!

Why do you sail? Well, it’s something that builds a bit of character. I’ve always said that the kids who go out there on their own in an Optimist are all winners because they’re facing something that’s pretty strange. The wind can blow and if a kid makes a decision to come home because it’s too rough, well they’ve made a decision – sometimes the first one in their life. It’s character building. Analysis of risk; responsibility for yourself ...Anyone who says they’ve never been scared is a liar. Or mad. The point is, you can get a good fright and become terribly apprehensive, but if you’ve had a bit of experience you’re so busy thinking how to get out of it that you lose all that. A couple of days ashore and you think, ‘Gosh, that wasn’t so bad’. Have you had any particularly hairy moments in a boat? We were racing in a Neptune Cup, which was a race for returned serviceman and you have a lot of people onboard who were not terribly good sailors. We were racing in keelboats and it was a south-easterly and we just got down behind the Mole in the harbour entrance on the Tahuna side and there was no wind. Our boat had a very tall rig and I was down below doing something. The next thing the boat went down and water started pouring down the hatch, and I thought, what on earth’s happened? I popped up on deck and the guy who was on the helm was pointing – the top of the mast was under water. A gust had come over the top of the Mole and with us having the high rig and the boat not moving forward, it’s just gone straight down on its side. For a moment I thought the ballast had dropped off. Then we popped up – probably the most hair-raising. We pumped the water out and off we went. What plans does Nelson Yacht Club have? It’s a continual plan of trying to introduce people to sailing; trying to hold the intermediate members – that’s the youth around 16-18. It’s difficult because so many of them leave town. Coming up, there are plans that the Flying Dutchman class world championships will be held here. They’re a large two-man dinghy about 6m long. An ex-Olympic class. The world championships, that’s pretty impressive. We’ve probably got the largest fleet of Flying Dutchman in NZ at the moment – about six or seven of them here. But they’re still a very strong class in Europe. They had it in Napier a few years ago. Last year it was in Australia, the year before in Switzerland on Lake Geneva, so it does go round quite a bit.


How is health & safety affecting sailing? It’s getting more and more structured. In fact, one of our members some years ago went to a seminar conducted by Maritime NZ and he came back and said that he didn’t know how long yacht clubs would be able to endure. Because of health and safety? Yes, and screwball ideas coming out from different people, mainly politicians. Just control, control, control. The same people don’t think that if you’re going to control people in boats to that extent, you’re probably going to have to control people walking up a hill. Why the difference between the Tasman Bay Cruising Club and the Nelson Yacht Club? When they built the marina a lot of boats went up there and some of them wanted some amenities. The Yacht Club was also looking at amenities and one or two people with a few bob virtually got an option on a piece of ground and they wanted the whole club to move up there. It came to a vote and the Commodore had to have the casting vote because the votes were even. He voted for the status quo and the club remained where it is. Getting small boats and yachts out of that channel, well it wouldn’t work. A group of bigger boat owners decided they would set up their own club.

“I wonder if some of the Councillors really know what they’re there for. They’re there to catch their $35,000 a year.“ DENIS WIN

When was that? Around 1990. Of course, we lost a large number of our senior members, but there are still people who sit in both clubs. So are you enemies? Not really. We’re into smaller boats. We’re into centre-boarders now, and they’re into keelboats. It was pretty bitter at times because some of their members were deliberately targeting some of our members who wanted to remain at the club, and unfortunately some of them were people whose families we’d done a lot for. I’m considered to be a damned old diehard but some of the actions I was quite hurt by. Is it all sorted out now? It’s moving a little bit better. I‘m probably the last dinosaur – put it that way. I was pretty badly hurt by some actions, but I sail with them on Wednesday nights. That’s not because of the club; it’s because of the boat I sail in. How has aquaculture affecting sailing? One of the things that worries me is the TDC planning for more mussel farms in Tasman Bay. The present spat-catching farms are right on the transit lines in the normal sea route from here to Astrolabe. I’m not against aquaculture but I’m against it everywhere. It’s only going to grow. Central Government has massive plans for aquaculture. Whether the water will sustain it, that’s another thing. I don’t think it will. It won’t sustain scallops. What’s happened to them? They reckon it’s the flood flume out of the Motueka River; the silt and everything it carries. Why wasn’t that a problem in the past? People of a certain persuasion says it’s because of the fertiliser and whatever coming down the Motueka River. Let’s face it, there’s less farming in the Motueka Valley than there’s ever been; more forestry. Whether it’s the silt off the firebreaks, I don’t know.The other thing that worries me is the DoC attitude in the national park. In 1995 and 1998 they tried to take over the beaches and all the inter-tidal zone and the coastal waters to a nautical mile out to sea. Well, it got blown out so that’s why there’s now the Abel Tasman Foreshore Scenic Reserve, which takes in all the inter-tidal areas in front of the park. What would it mean? Well, some of the silly ideas that the people inside DoC come up with, it’s almost like they’re against any recreational boats other than kayaks. My concern is that the deep water and the anchorages must be kept for boats. What do you think about fishing for cod and the quotas they’ve got in the Marlborough Sounds? There’s no cod there, or there hasn’t been. Commercial fisherman exploit everything they can. I can remember in the ‘80s when they started trawling Tasman Bay for snapper. They were getting that many they couldn’t even lift their nets and they were


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dragging them along the seabed, lifting them up onto the wharf with a crane – and it would go straight to the tip. Those snapper are under Founders. Why were they not selling them? It was all squashed by the time they got it here. They absolutely fished the snapper out of the bay and the snapper are only just returning now. Crop & Food have been breeding snapper and releasing them for years. So should they not be allowed to do commercial fishing in the bay? The inshore fishing has just about gone, mainly because they fished it out. At the Blessing of the Fleet there were five small fishing boats and they were all rigged for tuna. There used to be probably 10 or 15 small fishing boats moored from around about the Boatshed to the powerhouse, and on the northern end of the main wharf there’d be 10 or 15 boats tied up there. They went out early in the morning and came back late at night and unloaded their catch. That’s all gone. Did you play other sports? No not really. The brass band took a lot of time so in the end I had to make up my mind. I chose sailing. The type of boats we sailed and the places we sailed, we learned probably more seamanship than people who are just sailing now. I know guys who have launches, and they wouldn’t go to Torrent Bay unless they could borrow a mooring to tie up to; wouldn’t use their own anchor because they might drag it. They’d never learnt that seamanship. Does the club offer lessons in all this sort of thing? Oh yes, we have our Learn to Sail programme. People learn to sail

a boat. They learn to capsize it and right it. They learn a little bit about tides and so forth but they don’t learn about anchoring a boat or anything like that because they’re operating off a slipway. But the instructors are very good. People have become a lot more selfish. When we were younger everybody used to get round and help everyone else. If you had a bit of a problem with your boat people would explain how to fix it. Nowadays it seems to be every man for himself. Why have people become more selfish? Attitude. The people you look up to today are the people who’ve made a mint of money, not the people who are helping people or doing good things. People in general have become much more selfish. A lot of it’s a time thing. Over the years at the yacht club we’ve had tremendous working bees, but now people expect to pay people to do it, but they don’t want to pay extra subs to pay for it. No, it’s a different world. Does the council support sailing? I wonder if some of the Councillors really know what they’re there for. They’re there to catch their $35,000 a year. Honestly, I can’t see how Councillors can attend so few meetings and take their money. I was on the committee at the sailing club in 1950 ‘til 1963 when I went farming, and then again from 1990 until three years ago – a total of something like 32 years and I could count on my fingers how many meetings I hadn’t attended. If you’re elected to a position it’s your job to damn-well do your best. They had some sort of subcommittee at the Council just recently and only three people attended. Do you have any sort of motto that you live by? I’d rather help people than hurt them. 31


Port Nelson


1875 1842 Settlement ships and first immigrant ships arrive in Nelson. Fifeshire runs aground and is wrecked

1843 Three jetties in place, which served the settlement until the 1850s

1862 Boulder Bank lighthouse commissioned

Waimea River breaks its banks after a storm and forms the western outlet. Sandbar makes a dangerous harbour entrance even riskier



Engineer Leslie Reynolds suggests a more southern, 230m-wide cut, with protective ‘moles’

William Akersten proposes a cut in the Boulder Bank

1901 Nelson Harbour Board formed



he sheer size of the vessels as they glide through the Cut is apt to stun onlookers. It’s a busy thoroughfare – a staggering 786 vessels visited Nelson last year. The city’s economic powerhouse, its port, can surprise even the locals with the scope of operations. The statistics speak loudly: ▶ Annual revenue last year of $43.2 million. ▶ Annual dividend to community in 2014 of $5.2 million. ▶ Total returns to the community since 2004, $84 million. ▶ A staff of more than 200 – one of the region’s bigger employers. ▶ Total cargo through the Port in 2013/14, 2.7 million tonnes. ▶ Container numbers, 87,462 TEU

And best of all, we benefit both directly and indirectly. Port Nelson Ltd is jointly owned by the Nelson City Council and the Tasman District Council, returning profits to the community. It has also spawned a huge range of industries to service the marine sector. The largest fishing port in Australasia is home to Sealord and Talleys, the biggest fish processors in New Zealand. Talley’s recently enlarged one of wharves to provide more working space and weight-carrying capacity. The

Motueka company has a second wharf to service its Amaltal complex beside Akersten St, and Nelson is home-base to Talley’s deepsea fleet. Fields of logs cover much of the port area, awaiting export mainly to China and South Korea, with India a developing market. Processed wood products are also a steady commodity across the wharves. Nelson remains the country’s second-largest pipfruit grower, and the bulk of that produce funnels through the port on its way to the world. The kid brother to fishing, aquaculture, is fast catching up on its sibling every year as mussel and fish farms expand in Tasman Bay, Golden Bay and the Marlborough Sounds. That growth is bolstered by a base of clever science. Plant & Food Research recently signed an agreement for Port Nelson to develop a new $7.5m facility providing laboratory and office space for 38 staff. Construction of the 2300sq.m. building, next to Plant & Food’s Maitai finfish plant, should start this year and be finished by late 2016. Port Nelson aims to develop a science and technology Seafood Precinct, attracting companion industries to a hub of innovation for the seafood and marine industries.

Gearing up for this projected trade boost, the port company is shopping for a new tug to replace its venerable workhorse, Huria Matenga. The smaller tug in the stable, W H Parr, still has plenty of working life ahead of her. Three giant Liebherr cranes now dominate the port landscape. The latest was added in 2011, capable of lifting 104 tonnes. ‘Ship-spotters’ well remember the four huge sections arriving to be assembled onsite. As it strides into the future, Port Nelson is undertaking some remedial housework to fix a legacy of the past. A clean-up operation is about to kick off at Calwell Slipway, which has been tainted by Tributyltin and copper, both used in anti-fouling on ships hulls. The Ministry for the Environment has contributed $200,000 for testing before work begins, and Port Nelson will match the amount. Design planning is also underway for the final remediation that will be required, which subject to the results of the current testing, is likely to start in late 2016. The contamination has halted dredging of the slipway basin – it was last deepened in 1984 – presenting operational challenges for the slipway operators. With more than 170 years under its belt, Port Nelson is in good heart for a long future.

1962 41ha enclosed by embankments, 31.5ha fully reclaimed

1903 Work on the Cut begins




The Cut officially opened on July 30

Six-acre reclamation north of wharves completed. Five acres added in 1938-40

14ha Maitai Reclamation provides 38-berth marina, boat ramp, and facilities for the Iron Duke Sea Scouts, the Talisman Sea Cadets, and the Rowing Club. (Source: The Prow website)





esearch vital to region’s economic and environmental wellbeing. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) is a Crown Research Institute that conducts important scientific research into New Zealand’s weather and climate, and freshwater and marine environments. Seventeen scientists base themselves at NIWA’s regional office in Nelson, working on freshwater and marine research projects. Their time is split between ‘public-good science’ (funded by the Government for the benefit of all New Zealanders), contracts for the Ministry for Primary Industries, and consultancy services for many commercial and government clients. Nelson-based scientists can call on the skills of around 600 colleagues nationwide, and often join forces with scientists from other organisations in the region to get the best results for clients. Much of their work supports businesses and activities vital to the local economy. NIWA fisheries scientists regularly survey customary, commercial and recreational fisheries and shellfisheries, helping to ensure they are sustainably managed. Monitoring of important inshore commercial fish species began in 1992. Since 1994, NIWA’s team of ecologists have surveyed several hundred sites in the region to assess the environmental effects of existing and proposed marine farms. They use specialised equipment and techniques such as high-resolution sonar, remote-operated vehicles, inshore vessels, divers, grabs, underwater photography and ecological modelling. Other routine work includes mapping marine reserves and habitats, conservation research, monitoring rivers, streams and lakes, identifying and classifying marine fishes and invertebrates, and biosecurity surveys to detect and control unwanted marine organisms.



olander is a family-owned fishing company with wide horizons. Geographically, it operates in both New Zealand and Fiji. Its high-quality fish products are exported to customers in Japan, the United States, Australia, Europe and China. Locals are not neglected either. Log on to the website and you can order fish delivered to your door anywhere in New Zealand. Large restaurant or private home – the service is the same. You can also collect from the new factory door shop in Richmond, 21-23 McPherson St, open Tuesday to Friday 11-4.30pm with a selection of fresh, smoked and valueadded items as well as other fresh products brought from Fiji weekly, which may include bigeye, yellowfin and albacore tuna, swordfish, mahi mahi, wahoo, moonfish, blue and striped marlin.Solander quality control starts on the ocean. The company supports the Marine Stewardship Council, an independent organisation that sets a standard for sustainable fishing. It also works within New Zealand’s quota system, follows best practice in Fiji Department of Fisheries, and uses surface longlining for tuna species, with ‘circle hooks’ to minimise bycatch. A worldwide organisation, co-ordinated from the base in Nelson

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imex Service Group started its life over 50 years ago as AGR specialising in the automotive and engine reconditioning field. In the last six years the company with new management has diversified into supplying a full range of marine and general engineering services. We operate from two sites. At 42 Vickerman St you’ll find Hydraulic Engineering services and hose and fittings. We also stock a wide range of engine oils and filters for Volvo, Yanmar engines. At 137 Vickerman St the seven teams provide services in Heavy Diesel Mechanical, Fabrication, Fitting and Diagnostics, Engine Reconditioning, Machining, Shipwright Services, and Engine Sales and Parts Procurement. Located in

the Port of Nelson, with our own wharves, close proximity to the major fishing companies and within eyeline of the slipway, Aimex supports the Nelson and New Zealand fishing fleet with repairs and maintenance, vessel surveys and vessel fit-outs. In recent years we have expanded into vessel construction. With a growing staff of over 50, we are always on the lookout for qualified trade fabricators and mechanical fitters

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teve Thomas, at NZ Boat Sales, can sell you a vessel from $10,000 to $2 million-plus, and it might be moored anywhere in the world. The Port Nelson brokerage has access to over 400 vessels for sale, ranging from 6m to 60m, either yachts, launches or commercial boats (fishing, charter and aquaculture). Thanks to the internet, a boat can be listed anywhere, and Steve says they currently have vessels for sale based in Turkey, Tahiti, Australia, Tonga and Malaysia. A British buyer recently took ownership of a boat in Turkey – all co-ordinated from Nelson. NZ Boat Sales has a local staff of three, with two more in Picton and one in Wellington. It enjoys close links with Gulf Group Marine Brokers with 10 offices in the North Island in its own right. The local brokerage is the agent for French-made Outremer sailing catamarans – a West Coast boatie recently shouted himself a luxury 15m cat for serious money. Other agencies include Garcia and Allures Yachts as well as Nelson’s own Challenge Marine new-build commercial boats. NZ Boat Sales also handles boat insurance and valuations, plus can call on surveyors, engineers, rigging specialists and sailmakers as required.

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advertises itself as Nelson’s only waterfront motel, and sure enough, the marina is just out the window at Harbourside Lodge in Duncan St. Owners Brent and Vicki Wilson say they host a mix of mainly tourists in the summer (the CBD is a 15min stroll away) and in the winter, business guests related to port activities. That may be engineers for Sealord, NIWA scientists, Maritime NZ, Burnsco or Ministry for Primary Industries among others. The longer stayers are here while their vessels are on the slip undergoing work. This can be commercial or yachts, and entail a motel stay of up to a month. Harbourside has 14 “executive units”, including two apartments (waterside and courtyard) plus three courtyard studio units that trim the price but not the service. And service is their forte. Brent and Vicki are new to the accommodation industry. Once the children had left the nest, they felt like a new direction themselves. Brent hung up his uniform after a long career in the army, where precision is everything and home comforts are to be cherished. Nine months into this new life in a new city, he confesses that their 7-day-a-week duties haven’t given them time to explore Nelson yet. The pleasure awaits.

4 Duncan St, Port Nelson Ph 03 539 0555 Harbourside Lodge

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etterweld offers one of the most certified specialist welding services in the Top of the South Island, says Managing Director Steve Fry. The company has a total of eight certified welders out of its staff of 15. The business was started 26 years ago when there was a shortage of certified pipe welders in the region. It serviced the fishing, fuel, fruit and food industries. Betterweld can be mobile and have carried out contracts and subcontracts all over New Zealand. All our equipment is mobile and can be loaded in a truck, so we are only hours away from starting the job in any location. Steve Fry and his wife Leanne take safety in the workplace seriously and focus on staff training and upskilling, so clients can award contracts confident that health and safety is paramount.Betterclad Insulation was established as a sister company, to offer clients the complete package. As most pipework jobs need to be insulated for cold or hot services, the two companies became a one-stop shop. A good example of this harmony was a recent project in which Betterweld


Engineering installed the pipework for a new timber processing kiln, then after it was tested, Betterclad Insulation wrapped the pipework with fibreglass and clad it in aluminium sheet metal. Steve Fry says projects like this show the high standards of work that the two companies achieve while working together for their clients.

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NL International set up shop in Low St more than 26 years ago with one staff member, no customers and a whole lot to prove. “We were a one-man band,” says Managing Director John Lowden. “It was up to me to knock on doors, make things happen and get the freight to where it needed to be.” Fast forward to 2015 and the company is proud to have worked with Nelson businesses for over two decades and grown to encompass branches in Auckland, Christchurch and Melbourne.From engineering and netmaking to procurement and boatbuilding, experience and a close relationship with the marine industry have been vital to that success. For some customers that involves being hands-on through each step of the import or export procedure, building their own knowledge base of the process. For others, having an experienced freightforwarder who knows their suppliers, customers and industry allows the clients to leave the process in TNL International’s hands so they can focus on doing what they love. “Either way, we are committed to our customers and proud to be a part of this exciting industry and region,” says John.

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he heritage may be Polish, but Rzoska Electrical has been part of the Nelson landscape for more than 70 years, building a national and international reputation as a leader in the design, building and maintenance of complex electrical systems, in the manufacturing, marine, aquaculture, dairy, horticulture and forestry sectors. Click on the website and there is Director Alan Jamieson hoisting a huge fish, and General Manager Craig Spratt seated astride a farm bike. Operations Manager Garry Cooper is a keen golfer, fisher and scuba diver. The company boasts international expertise, but its roots are deep in Kiwi soil. Rzoska has a staff of 16 tradesmen with extensive experience in fitting out and maintaining recreational and commercial vessels and installation, maintenance on buildings, elevators and machinery. Rzoska’s are well known as automation specialists. The team has indepth experience in PLC control and data acquisition software development. They have completed many successful large- and small-scale projects over the years and pride themselves in keeping abreast of technology changes and offering up-to-date solutions to a wide and varied client base. Current projects include steep-slope harvesting machines, refrigeration, rendering, commercial wharf upgrade and automated packaging machines. The scale might be large, but the service is still personal, with a feet-on-the-ground touch typified by the management team. Any client is welcome to pop into the workshop in Vickerman St to meet the team and see any current projects we have on the go.

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irst NZ Capital has been servicing the investment needs of clients in the Nelson region for more than 50 years. “As a trusted provider of wealth management and investment advisory services, we build strong and lasting relationships with our clients. By getting to know you and understanding your longterm financial goals, we can tailor our services to suit your circumstances.” Those services include transactions in fixed-income and equity securities, foreign exchange, multi‑currency cash management facilities, administration and custodial services. “Our investment advice is supported by a highly respected research team covering company analysis, investment strategy and economics.” To find out more about how First NZ Capital can help you manage your investments and wealth, contact: Francis Gargiulo & Greg Lillico, Wealth Management Advisers, AFAs.

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he nature of the job involves working with hazardous substances, including asbestos, but over its seven years of operation, Trafalgar Painting Company has not had a single lost-time injury. The company outsources most its Health & Safety to Hazardco. Combined with a close overview by WorkSafe NZ, Trafalgar has created a safety record that betters most other contracting companies within the industry. Owners Joseph Szentpeteri and Mark Sellars have worked within the industry for many years. Joe has 28 years’ experience, involving many facets of coatings and applications. This know-how is paired with a sharp economic approach while maintaining an emphasis on quality. “We have a long-term view to being in business. With views of the beautiful Nelson marina across the road, feel free to drop into our office at 2 Akersten St to discuss your next project over a cup of coffee.” Services include certified asbestos identification and removal; abseil and rope access; confined space; atmosphere testing for confined spaces; MAF audit/compliance painting; marine refurbishment; commercial maintenance painting; Industrial and structural abrasive blasting; arc spray galvanizing and painting to specification.

he ENZED van is a fixture on our streets, 24/7, as the ‘Hose Doctor’ rushes to another job. The company prides itself on a complete service for all hose, fittings, fluid connection and motion control technology, anywhere, anytime, so that vital machinery is back working quickly. “Our knowledgeable support, innovative products and solutions are delivered by professionals who value your business. As a part of the largest dealer network in the country, ENZED supply only the very best quality products and are totally committed to providing excellent service, prompt attention and quality solutions for our customers across a wide range of industries.” For a company that lives and breathes machinery, it is no surprise to find them heavily involved with engines in their leisure as well. The ENZED logo is a familiar sight at motorsport events and jetboat racing. ENZED is a major sponsor of the Highlands Festival of Speed in Cromwell – a weekend of classic car racing, motorcycles, caravans and boats that is a mecca for fans every January. The local franchise at 125 Vickerman St has a staff of 9 including 3 Qualified hose Doctor’s and 5 Hydraulic Technician’s and 1 customer service Representive under ‘Manager’ Jeff Chandler. Needless to say, the machinery health helpline is always on call.

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How outdoor rooms expand living space Landscape architects Luke Porter and Heidi Stewart from Canopy look at creating outdoor rooms for entertaining and relaxing.


pring is here and summer is almost upon us. We all know the benefits in living in one of the best climates in the country. Warm sunny winters and seemingly endless summer nights add to a region that already boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes in New Zealand. The trick to getting the most out of this special climate is fully using the opportunities within your property. Creating an outdoor room encourages people out of the house and into the environment we all love to enjoy. In a similar way that an architect carefully plans the rooms within a house, landscape architects plan gardens to include outdoor rooms that respond to opportunities for privacy, views, sunshine or sunsets. A simple collection of important features such as seating and shelter, lush plants bursting from feature pots, sophisticated outdoor spaces with a fireplace or outdoor kitchen, ensure there is always a good reason to get into your backyard.  Outdoor rooms cater for every occasion, from simple family dinners to the odd party with friends, or a quiet reflective space to enjoy a good read.  A holistic approach to designing every part within your property also makes full use of what is typically our largest financial asset. Clever landscape design allows the use of your 38

outdoor area for relaxation and entertaining while increasing financial returns on your property. We have collected a few of our favourite items to inspire you to start planning your new spring outdoor room. Outdoor rooms function like a lounge in your own backyard, with features such as pergolas and awnings for shelter and shade, fireplaces for warmth; and barbeques and kitchens allowing you to entertain in comfort and style. The following have been handpicked to show some of our favourite products being used in landscape designs in the Nelson and Marlborough regions. With spaces like these you will find more and more reasons to spend time outside. Outdoor fires create warmth and cosiness that extend the time you will want to spend outdoors. These fires are a real drawcard on cooler nights, extending the use of your outdoor room to all seasons and creating a focal point for outdoor living. If you are keen on entertaining in your outdoor room, you will want to include an outdoor kitchen. These let the chefs enjoy the sunshine and the party atmosphere while preparing food. Outdoor kitchens can include stoves, barbecues and fridges to make entertaining fun and easy.

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The right furniture can make a huge difference to the mood of an outdoor room, creating comfort and style that make a space all the more enjoyable. Quality outdoor furniture is stylish and comfortable while also being made of durable materials that can withstand the elements. Finishing touches such as lighting, outdoor rugs and cushions pull an outdoor room together. These furnishings are not only fun to mix and match but also add flair to an outdoor room to take it from an enjoyable space to the highly coveted envy of your neighbours. Use lush planting to create a beautiful green oasis in your own backyard. Pots are used to frame or draw the eye, with groupings used to spectacular effect. Group a variety of sizes and shapes that share the same colour or design; or use large pots to celebrate plants with striking foliage or to frame a sculpture or water feature. Pots and groups of planting will strengthen the connection to the outdoors. The right plant palette can create a green oasis that you will want to spend all your spare time enjoying.


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All aboard Spring’s maritime mindset is all about simple, classic style. The nautical theme is everywhere this season, making it a breeze to work into your wardrobe. Navy horizontal-striped shirts teamed with crisp white pants, or the classic ‘90s linen shirts teamed with ankle-length pale blue jeans are a must. Other hues to add to the mix are pops of bright primary colour, or the more subdued taupe.

Dyrberg/Kern necklace from Shine, Status Anxiety bag from Trouble & Fox, Scarf from No.4 Boutique, Sylvester by Kate Sylvester dress from Thomas’s



Think bold!


ake a statement. No season has been so exciting for sunglasses. Check out the beautiful coloured, exaggerated frames in round and cat’s-eye styles at Kuske and Matthews. These 60s and 70s Hollywood looks are sure to class up your summer wardrobe.


hhh, breathing in the spring flowers. Bleating lambs and running in sun-showers and all that new life gives me so much energy. With that new-found zest, extra exercise and eating lighter meals, I’m almost at my body goal for doing my spring/ summer shop. White jeans? Eeek — maybe a little more exercise. On the following pages I look at detoxing for inner health and outer beauty so you too can feel your best for the warmer months. In fashion, nautical is one of the biggest global trends, and among my favourites. It comes around often and is so classic that you can afford to spend more on it as it doesn’t date as much as other trends. Great news — many shops are just full of this classy seagoing attire. With beautiful white, natural cottons and linens coming back, sorry people — the iron will have to come out of the closet these coming months.

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Drops to shops HOGEYS: New-season Federation men’s and women’s apparel in, along with all their normal surfwear brands, including a new addition of streetwear brand Elwood. New-season kidswear is also in-store. BEETEES: Is full of colour. My standouts were the latest soft denim jeans in beautiful new-season colours of coral, pale blue and white. New label in-store is Berlin — great for pretty dresses. Marco Polo linens have already sold out and have been reordered. TROUBLE AND FOX: Piles of new season stock is arriving weekly, and great news — Trelise Cooper (Coop) has dropped its price point dramatically this year. Also Libby has picked up a new label called Dear Creatures, which has many old-style ‘60s lemonade prints and is just as cute as a button. JAYS & KO: Spring/summer fashion is coming in fast, including some of NZ’s favourite labels. Jane Daniels has a great selection of summer garments from Artisan, from hand-painted printed garments to origami-inspired shapes. Trelise by Trelise Cooper is very floral this year — think ‘60s Twiggy — and Cooper by Trelise is full of funky prints with inspiration from Cuba. NO.4 BOUTIQUE: This store is filled with my style. Huge selection of apparel for the classic or girly girl. Soft pastel pinks, rose golds, nautical stripe patterns, soft whites and light blues everywhere. THOMAS’S: My favourite Kate Sylvester has another beautiful collection using a multitude of textures. These and their other stylish brands make the store full of colour.

Enjoy, J U S T I N E JA M I E S ON


Kate Sylvester stockist Thomas’s

MORRISON SQUARE: New-season fashion is flooding into their many fashion stores. Portmans has picked up lots of navy stripes and reds. Kimberleys has beautiful linens and florals and pops of bright colour. Rock Box also has a lot of prints, pattern in store.


Unlock new season Dyrberg /Kern Dyrberg/Kern’s heavy necklaces have always been their signature and this season is no exception. The newest ones stay really close to the neck —cool worn with a dress or a turtleneck. If that look is a bit too much for you, they have designed several necklaces to stay a little away from the neck. My favourites are the little padlocks. They look great with the nautical look. Available at Shine

Dainty with practicality

This shoe designer is my favourite of the season so far. They have played with different textures, including mesh material, polka-dots and cut-outs. Metallic looks great with all the crisp colour this season. Dainty lace-ups are perfect paired with cute capris or summer dresses. If you want shoes that match almost any colour, choose metallic. You won’t regret it. I have many metallic silver shoes that I wore and wore last season. Bresley shoes available from Taylors…We Love Shoes

Love your lips

Nautical numbers Swimsuits are looking racey this season. They are flooding in right now. Be quick as the new styles always sell quickly. Little Boutique, Hogeys and Thomas’s for the latest designer brands. Stockists : Little Boutique, Hogeys and Thomas’s

As we get older our lipsticks bleed and lips crack. This new product by Murad (Rapid Collagen infusion for lips) revitalises lips and instantly improves smoothness and texture, keeping your lips looking more youthful. It is great for under lipstick. Retail $55 at Caci

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Available from Shine 03 548 4848

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Coop shirt from Trouble & Fox Light overcoat from No.4 Boutique Kate Sylvester shorts from Thomas’s Dyrberg/Kern necklace and earrings from Shine Status Anxiety bag from Trouble & Fox Glasses from Kuske


Huffer sweater from Trouble & Fox Dyrberg/Kern necklace from Shine Paqme parka from No.4 Boutique Beau Coops boots from Taylors…we love shoes Anne Et Valentin sunglasses from Kuske bag from Taylors…we love shoes

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Dyrberg/Kern necklace from Shine TedTeaspoon Barker jacket One jeansfrom fromThomas’s Anne et&Valentin sunglasses from Kuske Trouble Fox Two jacket by Twofrom shirtTrouble from Trouble Coop & Fox & Fox Portmans capri Tan belt from Thetrouser Rock Box Cooper top from Jays & Ko

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Photo by Ishna Jacobs Make-up by Kate Donaldson from Ko Cosmetics, Hair by Ursula Wallace from Ursula Harris Hair Design

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Huffer tunic/dress from Trouble & Fox Converse boots from Taylors…we love shoes Paul Taylor sunglasses from Kuske Dyrberg/kern necklace and watch from Shine Love from Venus bracelet from No.4 Boutique Diesel drop crotch jean from Jays & Ko

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Beneath the surface

Justine Jamieson looks at the key to inner health and outer beauty.


o many times in my life I’ve asked myself, ‘Come, on body, what’s wrong? Why do I have spots? Why is my skin dry?’ We so often look for a quick fix with a product, but good skin is much more than just treatments and products. Surely it couldn’t be related to those boozy nights, or my nickname of ‘Junkfood Justine’. No it can’t be that. Yes it can. The answer lies well beneath the surface. Our skin does truly reflect our inner health. Our liver is the metabolic factory of your body, producing energy to sustain the thousands of functions performed every minute by all of our body’s cells. Hair follicles need energy to grow strong shiny hair, and our skin cells require energy to eliminate toxins and repair and regenerate themselves. Our heart requires energy to pump blood efficiently to your skin to maintain collagen production and oxygenate the cells to protect them from ageing. If the liver is not doing its job of breaking down toxins efficiently, they must be eliminated from our body by other means – in many cases they come out through the skin. When excessive toxins build up in the deeper layers of the skin this causes inflammation, which can manifest as dermatitis,

eczema, premature ageing, brown liver spots, psoriasis, acne and rosacea. Healthy dieting is the answer to great skin. “Dieting!” I hear you scream. Yeah, I’m not a fan either and some diets are just outright crazy. But watching what you eat and knowing the real damage you are creating when you live an unhealthy life is essential. I’ve just recently decided to test my self-control by doing a month of alcohol, caffeine, dairy, wheat and refined sugar-free diet. A friend joined me, and every day we report to each other what we ate and how much water we drank. With these strict diets it is best to think, ‘Okay, I’m taking all those things out. What good things am I going to put into my body to replace the energy I was getting from those foods?’ The big one you may be taking out is carbohydrates, so look at other options for healthy carbohydrates and proteins. I have created a wee list of foods that the liver loves and are great for detoxifying your body. I would always opt for organic and as whole as possible, and of course the more water you drink the better. Over this time of year, even without exercise, you should be looking at about two litres if you are 60kg. If you are closer to 90kg, then three litres is your target.

DETOXIFYING FOODS Garlic – Just a small amount of this pungent white bulb has the ability to activate liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing. Citrus – Lemons, limes and grapefruit are high in both vitamin C and antioxidants. Grapefruit increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A small glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice will boost production of the liver detoxification enzymes that help to flush out carcinogens and other toxins. Beets and carrots – Both are extremely high in plant-flavonoids and betacarotene. Eating beets and carrots can help to stimulate and improve overall liver function. Leafy greens – Try incorporating leafy greens such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens and chicory into your diet. This will increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that removes waste from the organs and blood. Other liver lovers – Avocados, green tea, apples, olive oil, quinoa, broccoli, cauliflower, walnuts, cabbage and turmeric. 57


Beauty is a reflection

of the heart BY J U S T I N E JA M I E S ON P HO T O BY I S H NA JAC OB S

Kristin Nimmo


ame is Kristin Nimmo. Mary Kay once said that if a woman tells people her age, she’d tell them anything. I’m 38 – but sshhh, don’t tell. To me, beauty is a reflection of the heart. There is a great verse in 1 Peter that says, “Your beauty should be that of your inner self; the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit which is of great worth in God’s sight.” I am married to Mark and have three children: Morgen, 16, Reuben, 13, and Jakob, 5. I am the General Manager of The Integrity Care Group, which owns Stillwater Gardens Retirement Village and Olive Estate Lifestyle Village. As part of my role I get to spend a bit of time with our clients, getting to know them, which I love

doing. It is always my hope that how I interact with people (regardless of who they are) reflects who I am as a person, and that they see me as genuine and honest. My beauty regime consist of cleanser, toner, eye cream, serum, sunscreen, moisturiser and neck cream each day.  This is followed by a base complexion cream, foundation, eye colour, blush, powder and lip colour. I believe that doing something is better than doing nothing.  For example, if nothing else, use the best moisturiser you can afford. My skin ranges from normal to combination.  I always use a topquality facial sunscreen regardless of the weather or season or if I’m going

outside. A lot of people don’t realise that they are being exposed to UVA rays from fluorescent lighting that causes damage to skin, and the same goes for even small periods in the sun.  I rub any excess moisturiser and sunscreen into the back of my hands as they are sometimes forgotten. I remember my Mum’s best friend telling me when I was young that a girl should always look her best when going out because she never knows when she might meet the man of her dreams. My advice would be to discover what beauty means for you, and not compare yourself to anyone else.  Amidst the business of life, take time out for yourself to do what makes you happy.


I started Kristin’s hair today by using a new product to the L’Oreal range, Vitamino CC cream, which stands for colour correcting cream. It neutralises yellow tones in blonde hair and works as a conditioning treatment at the same time. This helps to keep your hair looking fresh and gives its condition a boost. Vitamino CC is a take-home product that is perfect for use between salon visits. I then followed by using my hands to dry her hair to give it some natural volume. Lastly, I curled her hair with the ghd Curve to give it a beachy texture. ghd Curve from Cardells Hair

L’Oreal Vitamino CC from Cardells Hair

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

To start I prepped Kristen’s skin with Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF30 PA+++, to hydrate and protect her skin. Then as Kristen loves a matte finish on her skin, I started with the Tailor Made Foundation in the Matte Formula. Then to set her foundation and keep her matte, I powdered over with the Ko Cosmetics HD Powder. This is a translucent powder that softens the appearance of imperfections and pores, while mattifying the skin and soaking up any oil. I then used Ko Cosmetics Mineral Foundation in Caramel to contour, which is a matte beige tone a couple of shades darker than Kristen’s natural skin colour. Next I highlighted her cheekbones with another Ko Cosmetics Mineral powder, this time in Ivory, a lighter tone than her skin colour.

KO Cosmetics foundation from Jays & Ko

Murad Essential-C from Caci

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1. The outdoor living area connects well with the house 2, 5. Historic images of the Nelson waterfront 3. The blue urn water feature enlivens the rear terrace 4. A lagoon style swimming pool continues the holiday feel 6. Russell and Tanya enjoy the relaxed feel of their home 7. The home has two outdoor eating areas 8. The spacious grounds are well landscaped


ussell and Tanya Campbell wanted a home that made them feel like they were on holiday. “We came back from travels in Asia wanting to build something that reflected the relaxed, pavilion style of home we saw so often in Bali,” says Russell. Russell and Tanya own Nelson building company Inhaus, so building their own home was a natural step. Eleven years ago they bought three acres of slightly undulating land on Ranzau Road, and engaged architect Hugh Grant to design them a family home that had space for their young family of three children to play and grow. Now that the kids are growing up and it is time to move on, the Campbells say that the home has been an outstanding success. “We’ve loved the pavilion style of this house, which gives us lots of separate space for the kids to do their own thing well away from our own private space. There are lots of exterior interconnecting spaces, so it lends itself well to sheltered courtyards for dining and relaxing outside at different times of day.” Double-glazed bifold doors and windows mean the home opens easily to the outdoors. There’s a large outdoor entertaining space, with a fireplace, which connects well to the main living area, plus a separate outdoor dining area overlooking the pool. An enormous shed (think boats, tools, workshop and general man cave), and a separate outside studio/office space mean that Russell has plenty of room for the boys’ toys. Tanya has a spacious sewing area in the meeting

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space between the children’s bedrooms. Her creative eye for design is reflected in the subtle touches that bring the interior to life – quirky vintage china, peonies in the bathroom and the artful arrangement of sewing threads in old print drawers on the sewing room wall. The home is well built – as you’d expect – with Hebel exterior cladding painted in Resene Pencarrow, cedar palings, copper guttering and downpipes, and an asphalt shingle roof. The boardwalk entry takes you under a Balinese style portico

9. A separate lounge area offers a more intimate space for relaxation 10, 11. Tanya’s creative eye for design is reflected in subtle touches around the house 12. The kitchen is separated from the living area by solid work benches 13. The main living/kitchen area is designed for family relaxation




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14. The master bedroom is home to a beautiful tester bed 15, 16. The family bathroom features easy to clean tiles and simple colours 17. Peonies in the master ensuite 18. An antique leather chaise longue in the master bedroom 19. Tanya’s dress making area shows off her creative skills

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and over a small pond to the timber double front doors. Most of the interior doors are cavity sliders. The whole house has underfloor heating, and there are skylights letting in daylight in the darker areas. Tanya and Russell’s master bedroom is simple but stunning; a tester bed, a beautiful antique leather chaise longue and a vintage china collection held in a lovely old glass display case. I love the David Trubridge lights and the dark Iroko timber joinery. The kitchen and living area connect seamlessly, divided by the marble topped benches that provide the main kitchen work surfaces. The separate lounge is comfortable and secluded; the kids’ wing, with three bedrooms and family bathroom, works perfectly – well connected to the main living area but separate enough that everyone has their own space. This is a home that can do formal or relaxed, family or guests. There’s room for cricket, soccer and pool parties, maybe even a wedding or two. There’s privacy and togetherness, all under one roof. And while it may not be in Bali, Tanya and Russell say that even after 11 years, it still feels like their own slice of paradise.



Gardens for the people

Europe loves allotments. Most small towns in England have them - but in Germany they are almost a religion.



have been away riding my bike in Europe, which has meant a bit of a break from writing about gardens, but I kept my eye open for interesting gardening stories on my travels. Whilst in Germany I visited an old friend, Hartmut, who is the head gardener and member of the board of the Regional Association of Gardeners in Bremen, Germany. Hartmut was once a self-employed landscape gardener who, in the late 1990s, came to Nelson to learn English at the Nelson English Centre. He also went woofing and stayed with my family and me on our rural property for many months, during which time he transformed the garden for me. I hadn’t seen Hartmut and his lovely wife Dagmar for 13 years so we had lots of catching up to do – including a guided tour of the Association garden. Europe loves allotments. Most small towns in England have them – but in Germany they are almost a religion. Many people have no garden of their own, so they rent a kleingarten – a garden space where they can grow vegetables and fruit and have room for barbecues and summer games. There is usually a ‘garden shed’, which may just be a tool shed but in 66

many cases has been transformed into a summerhouse of grand proportions. The Regional Association of Gardeners oversees the kleingartens of Bremen, and encourages the practice of home gardening by disseminating information and skills through workshops and demonstrations. Hartmut has over 100 gardening clubs in his area – which covers both Bremen and Bremerhaven, with around 17,000 members. There are about ten square kilometres of allotment land in Bremen – which creates both green space and ecological habitat within the city. The Association operates from a purpose-built building - the FlorAtrium - a wonderful space for gardening seminars, conferences and active learning, surrounded by a hectare of garden, which is well used for garden demonstrations and education. The centre has many volunteers who help with the garden maintenance and development, under Hartmut’s watchful eye. It’s spring when I visit, so Hartmut shows me young seedlings in cold frames, early lettuce and wintergreens sprouting from the dark soil. There’s a herb spiral, beehives, fruit trees just coming in to

blossom and strawberry plants side by side with onion plants – a great example of companion planting. Hartmut uses a lot of raised beds to create free-draining warm soil. There’s a solar fruit dehydrator, and a sunken garden modelled after Christopher Lloyd’s at Great Dixter Garden in UK, which catches the sun and makes a warm spot for staff and visitors to enjoy their coffee. So the garden is as much about enjoying gardening and creating a healthy community environment as it is about growing organic food for the table. In Germany, it’s more common to rent a home than buy, and a lot of the housing areas have communal spaces but not much in the way of private gardens. So the kleingartens are vital for social and community wellbeing, for families to enjoy the benefits and joys of gardening, and for the good of the environment in what could otherwise be a gardenless city. If you happen to be in Bremen, do go and visit Hartmut at: FlorAtrium Landesverband der Gartenfreunde gartenfreunde-bremen.de



Little Orange & Honey Curd tarts B Y N I C O L A G A L L O WAY

Heavenly creamy orange and honey curd swirled through creamy Greek yogurt and dolloped into little tarts cases. A lovely afternoon treat to share with friends sitting in the beautiful spring sun. Ingredients Orange Curd 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice Juice of 1 lime or lemon 100g butter 3 tablespoons mild flavoured honey Pinch of salt 3 free-range eggs Little tart cases 1 cup white flour 1/2 cup ground almonds 1 tablespoon sugar Pinch of salt 100g cold butter, cubed 1 small free-range egg 1 cup Greek-style yogurt



First make the curd. Combine orange juice, lime juice, butter, honey and salt in a heat-proof bowl and place over a saucepan of simmering hot water. Once the mixture is melted together add the eggs one at a time whisking until smooth. For the next 10 minutes stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture coats the back of the spoon. Pour into a jar and cool. Keep in the fridge and use within one month. Make the tarts. Put the flour, sugar and salt into a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the butter and process into a breadcrumb-like texture. Add the egg and pulse half a dozen times to create pea-sized balls. Tip onto the bench and quickly shape into a flat disc. Wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Preheat oven 180C. Lightly grease a 12-hole muffin tin. Roll the pastry between two pieces of baking paper until 3mm thick. Use a small bowl to cut out 10cm rounds and carefully press these into the muffin holes. Re-roll the off-cuts until you have about 10 little tart cases. Pierce the cases with a fork several times and chill for a further 20 minutes to prevent shrinking during cooking. Blind bake the tart cases for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden. Cool completely. Assemble the tarts. In a bowl swirl 1/2 cup orange curd through the yogurt and dollop into the tart cases. Note: The little tart cases can be made ahead of time and kept for several days in a sealed container in the fridge.


Harrys Nelson Restaurant and Bar BY MAXWELL FLINT


ust off San Marco Square in Venice, behind a relatively unprepossessing door, lies Harry’s Bar. This rather small, stuffy and very expensive bar is perhaps the most famous cocktail bar in Europe, once frequented by Ernest Hemingway, Aristotle Onassis and Orson Wells, to name a few; Harry’s Bar is an institution. At the top of Trafalgar Street in Nelson lies Harrys Nelson Restaurant and Bar, which is also becoming rather an institution. Mrs F and I hadn’t been to Harrys for some time, which was a mistake, because after we had eaten there we realized why this place has consistently been popular. Situated on the same site as a previous Nelson institution, Chez Eelco restaurant, this building is very familiar to many Nelsonians. If you hadn’t worked there, then you most certainly would have been a customer. Harrys décor is more chic than that of the 70s, slightly hippy, Chez Eelco. It has a dramatic black bar with subtle lighting and a mezzanine dining area. It is just as much a cocktail

bar as it is an eatery and is a fashionable watering hole for the ‘must-be-seen’ about town. Harrys is justifiably famous for its cocktails and I ordered a Negroni - a gin, vermouth and campari classic. A great aperitif but an acquired taste. Most ‘bright young things’ under thirty hate it. The menu is Asian inspired with a selection of curries, pad thai, larb, wontons, miso soup etcetera; a mix of Asian dishes, leaning more to Thai than any other country. We ordered a selection of entrées, put them in the middle of the table and all had a pick. Prawn toast $15.50, chicken larb $16.50, chili salt squid $18 and red braised pork belly 18.50. All of the dishes were flavoursome and fresh, with the standout being the squid. Harrys has always been famous for its squid, and if you go there, it’s a must to order - tender, but with a crunchy coating. Excellent. I couldn’t fault any of the dishes. Accompanied by a bottle of Rockburn Pinot Gris from Central Otago and good conversation, it was perfect. There were three of us at the table and

It is just as much a cocktail bar as it is an eatery and is a fashionable watering hole for the ‘must-be-seen’ about town. we decided to order just one main course to share - the crispy fried whole snapper with steamed greens and yellow bean sauce $35. Again it was beautifully cooked; crispy, sitting on steamed bok choi, with the sweetness of the snapper accentuated by the yellow bean sauce. I love eating whole fish. Although there is the risk of choking to death on a bone and you end up looking like a vulture picking over the carcass of a dead animal. However, the fish has so much more flavour when it is on the bone. Keeping with the theme, we decided to share two desserts; chai crème brûlée and steamed ginger pudding with poached mandarin and crème fresh, both $12. It was nice to see the chef had managed to keep the quality right through the courses. There were some excellent contrasting flavours; it was really good. I have heard others criticizing Harrys for not changing the menu often enough. I can’t comment on this since I haven’t been a regular diner, but considering the quality of the food we ate, why bother? You know the saying - if it ain’t broke … The original Harrys bar in Venice has gone broke and is apparently closing. Nelson’s Harrys Restaurant and Bar is a far too good an establishment to follow suit.

Harrys Nelson Cost: $180 for three (with a bottle wine and cocktail) Value for money: Food: Atmosphere: Service:

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Variety is the spice of life B Y P H I L L I P R E AY


ometimes, I thank my lucky stars I am not in Italy. Because when it comes to wine varieties, Italy is a nightmare. With as many as 600 different varieties, where do you start? New Zealand is so much easier as we have a core of perhaps ten to fifteen main varieties. You can become a reasonable aficionado of New Zealand wines with a little bit of dedication. There are wineries out there who are producing lesser known grape varieties. Arneis is a white wine from Northern Italy. It has a distinctive herbaceous character to it. It’s early ripening and should do well in New Zealand. Its taste is a cross between Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. It has very low acid and is tricky to grow, hence its name arneis or little rascal. John Forrest wines make a really good example in Marlborough called The Doctors Arneis. Alberino is also a new white variety that has promise. Thought to have originated from Spain and Portugal, it has now been discovered that it’s an old French variety Sauvignon. Alberino can be like an aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with Riesling overtones or, with oak treatment, a peachy Chardonnay. Waimea Estates version is the crispy, minerally aromatic type - very refreshing. For those of you who have fled Chardonnay, the Pinot Blanc just might be the answer. Pinot Blanc is a mutation of Pinot Noir. In taste it is a cross

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between Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, with the weight of Chardonnay and the aromatics of Pinot Gris. Greenhough wines make a Pinot Blanc in the Italian style, less aromatic and dryer. The way I prefer to drink it. Dolcetto is a new variety for New Zealand. It is being produced by Milcrest Estate, one of only two producers in the country. This Italian variety is normally drunk young and is subtle, deep coloured and easy drinking. The Milcrest variety is a much more complex beast, with liquorice and plums, and will easily last

“ Dolcetto is a new variety for New Zealand … This Italian variety is normally drunk young and is subtle, deep coloured and easy drinking.” five to seven years. For Beaujolais lovers, the red Gamay Noir is a familiar variety. Made in a light, berryfruit style, Te Mata Estate Gamay Noir is the wine to go to if you want a New Zealand Beaujolais. Beautifully made like all Te Mata wines, this red wine can be drunk slightly chilled. A great red wine for summer. Tempranello is the famous red grape from Spain that is used extensively in the Rioja region where it is primarily blended. It’s known as the Spanish Cabernet Sauvignon and exhibits similar

qualities to that grape; full-bodied with moderate tannins and lowish acidity. The best example is made by Trinity Hills and Dry River, although Obsidian are also producing a good example. This wine is made for cellaring. Yealands are also producing Tempranello, with their single vineyard series. Always a popular wine it normally sells out. It’s a deep red colour with flavours of spice and tamarillo, a great accompaniment for a good steak. According to the wine experts this variety was going to be the next big, red hope. It hasn’t quite lived up to its hype, but it is worth a try. However, don’t expect a Rioja, because this is a New Zealand wine.


Beer and seafood — matches made in heaven BY MARK PREECE


have got scallops on the mind and a cold beer in the fridge. Scallop season opened July 15, resulting in an annual midnight plunge, so I figured I’d talk to Bradley Hornby to suss out the best brews to accompany a catch. Bradley, the co-owner and Head Chef at Gibb’s restaurant, is highly qualified to match seafood with beer. He has spent a significant part of his career abroad, gaining many awards in the exclusive resorts, restaurants and hotels he has worked in. Prior to re-settling in the South Island, he had spent ten years in Australia, part of it on a small island in the Great Barrier Reef, running a restaurant that specialised in seafood. Bradley says food and beer matching begins with pulling the aromatics and the different characters out of the beer, and trying to match a food to it rather than starting with a food and finding the right beer. “There are so many different flavours and profiles in a beverage that it’s easier for us to go the other way round.”We‘ve all heard about matching our savvy with seafood, but here are some of Bradley’s best beer picks: Oysters au naturel with Moa’s Blanc Wheat Lager; ABV 5%. Bradley says “Something that is going to help with the salinity - the bubbles help with the effervescence and bring the flavours out of the oyster and help it taste more like the sea, bringing out those mineral notes.” Mussels and clams opened in wheat beer in a miso and wild fennel togarashi dressing with Sapporo’s Yebisu Premium; ABV 5%. Bradley says - “I went to Japan a

few years ago and their beer scene was a real eye-opener. Mussels and clams have a funky shellfish flavour, so can handle a beer with a bit of character.” Cured salmon with a touch of smoke and Renaissance’s Little RIPA Session Red IPA; ABV: 4%. Bradley says - “You want something to cut through the oiliness of the salmon, not too strong.” And finally Bradley’s suggestion for my new season scallops, hard won on a cold night, is the Liberty Brewing Company’s Oh Brother Pale Ale; ABV: 5%, or Renaissance’s Empathy, ABV: 2.4%. “A mid palate beer is good for a pan roasted scallop with the roe left on. A light fruity pale ale, which isn’t too strong or overly hoppy.” Searing my scallops in a hot pan, with a touch of garlic and ginger, I pop the crown cap on a bottle of Empathy, brewed just down the road, and put Bradley’s suggestion to the test. It is truly a match made in Marlborough.

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ondon is a city of moles,” says Andy the newspaperman. He pauses, eyes twinkling above peppered whiskers, and quaffs the tailings of his ale. “We live in one of the world’s great cities,” he says, rising to reload, “but spend our lives bustling underground, shuffling between home and work via a series of tunnels, missing what’s whizzing by over our heads.” Right now what’s overhead is a few chandeliers which, along with dark wood panelling and ornate taps at the bar, evoke a sense of tradition at the Red Lion. As they should; beer’s been served on this site since the 1400s. Dickens drank here, and we’re only a block or so from 10 Downing Street, the Churchill War Rooms, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Supreme Court, St James Park and the Thames. That’s London; you’re surrounded by history. I smile. Andy’s lament is really a challenge directed at his huddle of postgraduate students, relaxing with a pint or three after a day learning about media law at the nearby English courts. But his underlying ‘don’t miss out, get out there and experience what’s really going on’ gist is equally applicable to overseas visitors. For in a city like London — which isn’t just sprinkled with tourist attractions, but thickly varnished with a double coat — it can be all too easy to bustle from one guidebook sight to another. Missing plenty, like myopic moles. Tourists flood London year-round, but with this month’s Rugby World Cup attracting even more, here’s some doublebarrelled advice for those looking to explore the city between matches. Why double-barrelled? Because not only will you experience more of the real texture of London, but you’ll also save money in a city where cash evaporates easily. Walk around London, without a guidebook. I realise that sounds stupidly simple, but having visited several times, and now 72

living in London, it certainly holds true. I stole the advice from music journo turned novelist Stav Sherez, who’s lived his entire forty-something years here. “Just throw away your guidebook and start walking,” he told me once. Yes, over a pint (when in Rome and all that). “Don’t worry about getting lost,” says Stav, “cause getting lost is what you want to do. It’s lovely, fascinating, you see all these layers of history from 15th century pubs to the 21st century Gherkin, and it’s so multi-cultural, in the best way possible. Turn a corner and you go from a Greek neighbourhood to a Spanish neighbourhood to an African neighbourhood.” In a way, there isn’t a singular ‘London’; it’s a patchwork of diverse neighbourhoods, histories, subcultures and landscapes. Stav is still discovering new areas himself, and I’ve certainly found, to my initial surprise, that it really is a superb city for strolling. As summer bids farewell, the air starts to chill and the leaves begin to turn, it is a great time of year to wander some of London’s many large parks. Newcomers may be surprised just how verdant parts of the city are, and how in a sprawling metropolis of almost nine million people it’s still possible to feel connected to nature and removed from the hustle and bustle. The Royal Parks are the most famous, with the likes of St James Park, Green Park, Kensington Gardens and Regent’s Park all very central, a pleasant walk from the architecture, museums, culture and shopping of Westminster, Trafalgar Square, Soho and the West End. I had a day full of discoveries when I took a stroll around Marylebone and Maida Vale, a couple of tube stops north of Piccadilly. Popping out of the Baker Street station near Regent’s Park, I’m confronted by a striking statue of the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. Tourists swarmed — the famous Madame Tussauds was on the same block. I turned right and headed down Baker Street itself. At 221b tourists don deerstalkers and take snaps outside the Sherlock Holmes museum, but the carriageway is also speckled with music stores. I’m reminded of Gerry Rafferty’s song with its iconic saxophone solo, named after this street. Ahead is Regent’s Park, almost 400 acres of waterways, rose garden, the London Zoo and sports fields. Strolling through the park I see the London Hornets, a local American football team, training. Families play and picnic. At the north of the park Primrose Hill offers some spectacular city views, but I turn west, heading towards St John’s Wood. I’ve spotted something on a map at a bus stop, a famed edifice to my childhood summers in Nelson; Lord’s Cricket Ground. I wander past the WG Grace Gates, before heading a couple of blocks north to Abbey Road: iconic sporting and musical history, neighbours in a quiet corner of London. I spy water nearby, and go for a look. The afternoon sun glistens off a strip of water that splits expensive-looking houses. But those aren’t the only accommodations: a dozen or more houseboats are moored in the canal, which opens up as I continue west. I can see why this area, I learn, is called Little Venice. As I curve around towards the Warwick Avenue tube station, I spot a blue plaque adorning a white hotel. I’ve learned these are public commemorations of places where famous people lived or worked. This one says Alan Turing (father of computing, cracker of the wartime Enigma Code, played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the recent movie), lived here. Warwick Avenue is only four stops, or six minutes, from Baker Street on the Tube. If I’d taken the tunnels, I would have missed a whole host of intriguing sights that gave me a completely different experience and sense of London. Sometimes, it pays not to be a mole.


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Exploring our big blue backyard BY SOPHIE PREECE

Kina on location in Sunday Cove, Fiordland, image courtesy of Disovery Channel


ina Scollay knows all about jumping in at the deep end. The underwater cameraman is often suited up and submerged, filming character-filled fur seals, cruising pods of orca, or the chilling approach of a grinning great white shark. The fact that this Picton-based diver was nearly killed by a great white in 1995 makes it hard to believe he’d choose this career, but in the 20 years since that attack he’s forged a reputation for delivering high risk underwater footage. Kina has worked with the likes of the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. He and his partner Caroline Foote also run their own production company Ocean Answers Productions, and their film Sharks of the Shadowland, which features sevengill sharks in a remote corner of Fiordland, premiered in the United States during shark week this year, and will air on Discovery Channel in New Zealand this summer. Right now Kina is busy planning and filming series two of Natural History New Zealand’s Our Big Blue Backyard, for which he is producer and director of underwater photography. The series will take viewers 1000km north to the 74

Kermadec Islands, and a similar distance south to the sub Antarctic islands, ‘spanning the length of New Zealand’s bigger backyard’ he says. It will also take him back to the Chatham Islands, where he first landed with the Department of Conservation at the age of 14, doing volunteer work with endangered species. He was ‘definitely, definitely there for the adventure’, and leapt at the chance to work as a paua diver, despite the risks in those waters. “I love the place, so I’d find any excuse to hang around.”

He was lucky to survive that ‘bad day at the office’, but now his work raises the profile — and the protection —  of the apex predator. A few years later he was brutally attacked by a large great white shark. He was lucky to survive that ‘bad day at the office’, but now his work raises the profile — and the protection — of the apex predator. He was a founding member of the great white shark research team,

which films, tags and studies sharks around New Zealand, revealing much about the species. A highlight of that work has been the development of an identification programme that flags individual sharks by their markings, he says. “We just nailed it, and that’s how we know the personalities now.” One such ‘personality’ is Phred, who Kina has watched grow from big to enormous, and describes as ‘interactive’, which means he’s good for the footage, but bad for the camera. Kina’s greatest work satisfaction comes from the most challenging situations, such as working with shy baby seals in the turbulent waters around the West Coast’s Open Bay Islands for the first series of Our Big Blue Backyard. After several days in the water, he finally hit gold with a baby seal putting its head under water for the first time and looking around. “Those are the moments that stand out.” He’s looking forward to the new series once again shining a light on a world he’s so familiar with. “I think that is what makes this job so awesome. It makes it the best job in the world - showing people what is out there.”


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loved the fictional characters Compo, Foggy and Clegg portrayed in the gentle BBC comedy ‘Last of the Summer Wine’. We followed them as they lolled about their idyllic country village, all the while fantasising about their dream girl, Nora Batty. Lovely stuff. Every Tuesday morning around 10am our marina boat sales office hosts Nelson’s own ‘Last of the Summer Wine’. Three senior citizens beat down the door with a packet of biscuits in hand, willing the jug to boil for their morning coffee fix. The meeting agenda? There isn’t one but many problems of the world are solved and many laughs are shared. I can’t remember exactly how long this ritual has been going on, and neither can any of the three old fellas (they can use age as an excuse). Until a couple of years ago there were four old fellas but my Dad now watches from above. I suspect he still enjoys the weekly antics in his own way. Introductions. In no particular order we have Bill Whittington, known to his friends and associates as ‘old Bill the engineer’. He plays the Clegg role. Then there’s Murray Harris. Murray has led a busy life in commercial fishing and dairy farming. He’s definitely Compo to a tee. Last but not least we have ‘Gentleman’ John Hansen. Many older Nelsonians would have purchased a car from John at some time. Hopefully it was good runner? Definitely a Foggy character!

Each week as I sit and enjoy a cameo cream or two, I know I will bear witness to a real gem of a yarn.

What’s this all got to do with boats? Well, nothing really except to say all three men have a strong connection to the sea. Old Bill spent a large part of his working life repairing, rebuilding and installing marine engines. He messed about in many small launches and yachts. Murray was a fisherman and in latter years enjoyed sailing. He owned the local classic yacht Tawhiri, recently featured in a television documentary ‘Descent from Disaster’. John also spent his earlier years fishing and worked on a D’Urville Island farm for the Webber family. He’s lucky to live at Monaco and still messes about in boats. Each week as I sit and enjoy a cameo cream or two I know I will bear witness to a real gem of a yarn. One rainy Tuesday Murray had us all enthralled as

he described berthing his old trawler Val Marie at the Nelson wharf when he lost engine control. He ploughed bow-first into an old Norwegian trawler, named the Hoho, copping a mouthful of abuse from the owner. It was carnage. Not funny then, but really funny years later! For us passionate boaties, the moral of the story must be to take every opportunity to get out there and enjoy the beautiful water-world we have around us. Sometimes I think we take it for granted that we live in such a beautiful place. A simple kayak or paddle board around our picturesque waterfront is a good way to start the love affair. While I wait for my next opportunity, I can always think of Nora Batty. On second thoughts pass me another cameo cream! 75


It’s not conventionally attractive, but it makes you smile and you just want to give it a pat.



ove or loathe the looks — and there are some in both camps — there’s no denying that Kia’s Soul stands out in any supermarket car park. The upright, square shoulders shape with sawn off ‘backpack’ tailgate and high mounted gaudy rear lights are like nothing else — especially if you choose one of the four smashing two tone colours. From the front, the up-turned snout reminds me of an English bulldog. It’s not conventionally attractive, but it makes you smile and you just want to give it a pat. But there’s more to this new generation version of Kia’s most unusual ‘crossover’ segment car than just its looks. It’s bursting with practicality, with impressive roominess and such easy access that it’s a hit with those who find it hard getting in and out of ‘normal’ sedans. Entering and leaving the Soul is a snack. The fresh looks continue inside with a pleasant cabin sporting a circular theme in the groupings of controls and dials including high mounted speakers perched above the side ventilation outlets. This 2015 version of the Soul is undoubtedly an improvement over its predecessor. Exterior body panels are all new and the car is longer and wider, but lower — making it even easier to get in and out. Fit and finish looks a step up too. Kia says the car has been structurally


strengthened, making the Soul more rigid and that translates to a better ride and handling. I drove the base model EX with 1.6 litre engine. It’s a busy unit which revs hard to produce 91kw of power, and while performance is adequate, the six speed automatic transmission is smoothly impressive. You also have the choice of using the manual mode sequential sportshift and that’s handy if you need more immediate acceleration for overtaking. For drivers who want more performance and a touch more refinement, there’s a two litre version but it only comes in the top spec SX model. The 1600cc engine, though, is capable and decently quiet at cruising speed. In fact the whole highway experience is good from the commanding position of Soul’s driver’s seat, with its quiet ride, reassuring handling and good brakes. Kia is becoming known for packing in surprising features and in the Soul has included three adjustable steering modes — normal, comfort and sport - to add or reduce steering wheel weighting. The base model EX comes with remote keyless entry, reversing camera, LED daytime running lights, a touch screen audio screen, Bluetooth and cruise control.

While the EX is nicely fitted, the SX — with 1.6 or 2 litre engine — is a step up in class and feel good factor, beginning with the smart key remote and the start/ stop engine button. There are heated and cooled front leather seats — with 8-way electric adjustment for driver — climate control air conditioning, more sophisticated instrument and information display, front and rear parking sensors and bigger (18 inch) wheels and tyres. The Soul also stands out for its roomy cabin. Headroom is outstanding front and rear and even tall back seat passengers won’t scrape their knees. With the 60/40 rear seats folded down there’s a stack of room for your golf clubs, bicycle or when you need to load up at the handyman centre. Starting at under $30k, the Soul offers good value for those who want more than just a small five door hatchback but don’t want to step up to an SUV. It truly is a car with a difference and you can make yours even more so with the two tone colours on offer; Clear white and red, Newport blue and white, Vanilla shake and black or Inferno red and black. All look as tasty as they sound.

Tech spec Model reviewed: Kia Soul 1.6 EX Price: $29,990 (1.6 SX $33,490; 2 litre SX $35,490 Power: 1,591cc, 4 cylinder petrol: 91kw @ 6300rpm, 152Nm @ 4850rpm; 6 speed automatic transmission with sequential sportshift. 1999cc, 4 cylinder petrol: 113kw @ 6200rpm, 191Nm @ 4700rpm. Fuel economy: 8.2l /100km combined (2 litre 8.4 l/100km) Vehicle courtesy of Kia Nelson Bowater Hyundai


Developing resilience in business BY B O B I RV I N E


ohnston Associates South teamed up with BNZ recently to host Doug Avery’s Resilient Farmer Roadshow in Nelson. Those who attended heard about learning from experience, with Doug discussing his history in farming and how he bounced back in tough times by identifying the key pillars to sustainable, resilient farming: financial, environment and social. Doug realised the importance of focusing on flexibility rather than stability in changing times; on understanding where and how a business can adapt and respond to change; and finally taking a hard look at what’s ahead and developing capabilities to respond quickly and positively. Dairying, in particular, is going through a rough patch with the lower milkfat payout, but such a flexible approach, in this ever-changing environment, is relevant to all businesses.   Ben Douglas, from Johnston Associates, whose expertise includes farming, horticulture, viticulture, engineering and forestry, can testify to the value of resilience in business. “It’s very important to be openminded,” he says. “Everything is changing so fast. The products and systems available for farmers compared to what was available two years ago are phenomenal. These systems are not scary and in most cases quite simple to use with the right training.” The benefits in planning, storing information and saving time are enormous.

“ It’s not just about being innovative. Core skills are still crucial.” Ben says it’s not just about being innovative. Core skills are still crucial. “I would say focus on what you are good at and continue to develop. Be open-minded to change but utilise your precious time and resources to focus on ways to drive more profitability from your existing base rather than always looking at new ways to re-invent the wheel.” He offers three suggestions to ensure smart business: 1. Work with partners, share ideas and collaborate. 2. Have both a short- and midterm plan (5-10 years). Where do you want to end up? Work to an annual budget and update this monthly. 3. Celebrate your successes, no matter how small they might be. And more importantly, learn from your mistakes. Technology is a benefit for agribusinesses, Ben adds. “It makes it so much easier to plan and monitor results as well as track on-farm data – and the time savings are huge.” He suggests that farmers with volatile budgets should sit down at their laptops to plan and update. “With the technology available there is no reason a farmer shouldn’t know the impact of a change in milk, beef or lamb prices on

their projected cashflows in real time.” Johnston Associates can provide farmers with the technology and training to maximise those benefits and assist with planning. Just as importantly, “we can also be there for support when things change, whether it is environmental, economic or successionrelated challenges.” Ben says he has seen plenty of examples where clients have come to Johnson Associates from advisors who’d been telling them, “Keep doing what you are doing; you are going okay”, only to find out this was not the case at all. “With some simple changes in direction, success can quite often be just around the corner.”

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Why NCC should fund the School of Music BY PETE RAINEY


is no secret that I have had a strong affiliation with the Nelson School of Music, going back at least 50 years to when I learnt piano there. I have since studied music, conducted choirs, directed festivals and was part of management and governance at the School in the 1990s. In my role as a city councillor I welcome the opportunity to champion the School’s interests. I, like many others in the region, recognise the School’s cherished attributes, and place high value on its role as a vital community asset. The auditorium has a widely acclaimed reputation as one of the finest acoustic concert halls in the world. When the city has consulted with its ratepayers over the last five or more years, the message has come through loud and clear to restore and look after this institution, before looking at other performing arts related infrastructure. The council indeed has responded and has indicated financial support for the current redevelopment plans. However, what is disappointing for me personally is that our city still doesn’t fully value the contribution the arts make in our lives. The Suter redevelopment, the Theatre Royal restoration and the Nelson School of Music redevelopment have only attracted up to a 50 per cent contribution from the Nelson City Council. Remember this is in an environment where most sports infrastructure in the city has attracted an 80 – 100 per cent contribution from the both the Tasman District and Nelson City councils, or from just the city council on its own. Even though I have been immersed in this issue for the last eight years I am still at a loss to know why this the case. I thought we had made progress when, during the last council term, the Nelson School of Music (NSOM) project was set down to be funded more fully, 78

Our city still doesn’t fully value the contribution the arts make in our lives.

however that has slipped back to just a 50 per cent contribution under the current regime. I reluctantly accepted this scenario given that I thought the amount the NSOM trust board needed to raise was achievable, and I still believe it’s possible. However, to come to fruition, the project still needs support from central government and the public of Nelson. In this context, what is really frustrating is council’s recent decision to fully fund a community and sports centre in Stoke. Given the NSOM supporters’ task of raising over $3 million (on top of the council contribution), it’s a little hard to stomach a $6 million plus spend on the Stoke Community Centre. Both these projects are for community buildings that host a wide range of activity. Arguably the NSOM auditorium has been the city’s town hall for the last 115 years. Just because you play rugby or tennis in Stoke, why should you be supplied with brand new facilities when on the other hand if you play in an orchestra or sing in a choir you are expected to front up with

half of the cost of your facility? They are all community activities for groups of Nelsonians who meet weekly, have regular tournaments, games, concerts and activities. I see little difference. The numbers of people involved are very similar. The city will own the Stoke Community Centre - so what? The School of Music is essentially a city owned institution as well. To use that as a rationale for less support does not stack up. Three years ago the Nelson City Council commissioned a report that analysed Council’s support for recreation. The report showed that $6.2m of ratepayers’ money was spent annually on sports recreation, with another $1.2m going to arts and culture. That equated to $23 per resident on arts and culture and $165 per resident on sport and recreation per annum. At that time (2012) the value of community recreational infrastructure was around $106 million, with $86.5 million being sports related (81.2 per cent) and $20 million being arts creativity related (18.2 per cent). While I have come to accept that this is how it is in Nelson, I don’t accept that it is right, and will argue forever that we should be doing better. As the report stated in its Executive Summary: ‘This is not about elitism, hobbies or arts and crafts … this is about creativity, innovation, community wellbeing, and economic power. It is not a choice between ‘sports’ and ‘arts’; it is recognition of connectedness and engaging the creative to empower inclusiveness. The focus is on human and social capital; on becoming the best that we can be.’ I urge Nelsonians and others to support the NSOM redevelopment and to continue to question the inequities in public funding for recreation in this region.



A Walk in the Woods Adventure, Comedy, Drama Directed by Ken Kwapis Starring Nick Nolte, Robert Redford Duration 104 minutes Rating Mature

A Walk in the Woods


nyone who has ever read one Bill Bryson book has gone on to read them all. Bryson writes the way that people like to read. He is hilariously clever, witty and informative. We worship this guy. Hard as it is to choose a favourite work, A Walk in the Woods certainly is among his very best. In fact, put down this magazine and read it right now. In the book, middle-agers Bryson and his old friend Stephen Katz attempt to hike the 3500km Appalachian Trail, and Bryson soon realizes how difficult it is to trek with a crude, obese, recovering alcoholic who is even less prepared for the ordeal than he is. Because Robert Redford loved the book as much as he adores the great outdoors, he decided to produce the film and plant himself as the lead. Bob said: “It’ll be fun. I don’t know when I’ve read a book that I laughed so loud. Also, it’s a chance to take a look at the country... the backdrop is pretty terrific.” Bryson is 64. The Sundance Kid is 80. Ok, I guess, but only because some of us have venerated Redford for over 50 years. Nolte, 76, plays Katz and has managed to exceed our imagination regarding Katz’ physical appearance. The last photo we saw of Nolte was his 2002 mug shot. He looks worse now. It is hard to believe this character could even get off a sofa, let alone tramp for three months. Ok, I guess, because Nolte is another chap we always like. The always capable Mary Steenburgen and Emma Thompson offer capable, sugary support. The incredible scenery of the wild mountainous location is supreme. The vast region is verdant with all manner of trees and bushes, as well as being inhabited by snakes and bears that have killed and will kill again. This movie could make itself. But somewhere along the trail of creating the film, somebody got lost. The end product is a pleasant buddy film featuring two amiable geezers taking an exhausting stroll through some fairly mediocre woods. On the way, there are the obligatory clumsy old man bits. And predictable pieces when elderly guys talk about long-ago victories and defeats. A few years back a film called The Way told the long hiking story much better and with more heart. Maybe that’s the chief criticism here. A Walk in the Woods lacks soul. There is no real essence. We never really care much where these fellows end up. Unfortunately, the whole is not equal to the sum of its parts. As is always the case with adaptations, the book was better. And as my grandmother said when I asked her how she liked my chicken soup ...” Well, it wasn’t horrible.” But don’t give up completely on it. The film still entertains enough for a night of pizza and movies. Michael Bortnick has left the theatre to watch The Sting.


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Across 1. Chinese river 4. Hollow 7. Least attractive 8. Declare 9. Small celestial body 12. Speeches 15. People taken from danger 17. Cured 18. Cite author 21. Acted in response 22. Defined regions 23. Gloomier


Down 1. Californian National Park 2. Choked 3. Equal 4. Consumes food 5. Self-contradiction 6. Ox harness 10. Actor’s parts 11. Grating 13. Poorer quality 14. Wool fat 16. Photographer’s tool 18. Trivia test 19. Periods of time 20. Door frame post

Last month’s solutions CROSSWORD


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














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: CARTOON WORDS

Anagram WORDFIND ANAGRAM Dandelion, Petunia, Sunflower, Gardenia, Carnation Mystery word: LILAC














Unscramble the letters of the phrases to make five words relating to the theme, each starting with the given letter. Theletters in the shaded squares will spell out another word relating to the theme. This is the mystery keyword. BLURRY BEE RAPT FIGURE METAL OWNER MAGENTA ROPE A NICER NET



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After spending his life at sea he now resides here in Nelson as a maritime engineering tutor When did you first see maritime engineering as a career, and what steps did you take to pursue it? At 18 I heard about marine engineers who worked on the big ships which visited my hometown, Hamburg, which is home to many shipping companies and maritime schools so I grew up in the right place. I needed workshop skills in welding, fitting and turning. I had to pass a medical test, followed by a minimum of one year’s practical sea time assisting the engineers on board. I did two years. Payment in the second year was much better and I was able to save most of the money for the three and a half years of studying to follow.

Where are the major areas you’ve worked and which have you found the most compelling? I have visited ports on all continents, (except Antarctica), and mainly worked on container ships trading between Europe and South America. My second vessel, the Columbus America, traded between the East Coast of the USA, New Zealand and Australia.

What is a ‘common day’ for an engineer aboard the ships? As an engineer you’re often part of an international crew. You keep all technical systems running so the vessel can perform without breakdowns. Watch keeping, looking at safety, and doing preventive maintenance keeps all crews busy. All machinery needs to be serviced. It’s a very hands-on job where you look after a wide range of machinery. Repairs can be challenging when a spare part is not on board and the next port can be days, if not weeks, away.

Which aspects of teaching are the most rewarding to you? All of our students have worked at sea on different vessels and bring 82

their experience and good stories into the classroom. Getting good team work going, seeing students share their knowledge and watching them progress in their learning — while we all can have a laugh — that’s when teaching is at its best.

What can you say about this ‘full engine room simulator’ I’ve heard about? Where is it situated and how does it all work? Just over a year ago we installed a ‘full mission engine room simulator’ in NMIT’s new E-building, which is home to the trades department and IMINZ, (the International Maritime Institute of New Zealand). The simulation has computer work stations for 15 students and the full mission simulation is located in a purpose-built room. As the instructor, I can trigger malfunctions that the students have to respond to!

How do you see the industry changing in the coming years? Maritime engineering is continually changing; making vessels more energy efficient and developing new technologies to fit. Strict environmental regulations  limit the emissions from burning high sulfur-heavy fuel oils. This will have a big impact on future engine design. At the moment a new generation of big cruise ships is being built with diesel engines powered by liquid gas.

How about your own future; is there more to explore or is teaching now your biggest focus? I still enjoy the challenge! While teaching I learn a lot myself, (and am far away from becoming bored). This is also my first shore based job ever and it is good to be with the family every day.







Degustation Dinner

Certificate in Superyacht Crewing

Rata Room, NMIT’s Training Restaurant. Lunch and dinner also available through September on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Booking advised.


The famous NMIT Cake Day

Wine Appreciation - Marlborough

Rata Room, NMIT’s Training Restaurant. An assortment of cakes and savouries, served with tea or coffee. Morning tea 9.30-11.30 am High tea 2.30-4.30 pm. Booking advised.


Aviation Engineering Field Trip Primarily for year 12 and 13 students. An opportunity to find out more about the industry, careers and study options.

Top of the South Trades Academy Hairdressing Competition Secondary school students who have been studying at NMIT one day a week alongside their school studies will be competing to show off their new skills.

12 weeks fulltime to enable you to work in the global superyacht industry.

Become more knowledgeable about major wine varieties and styles. Wines tasted at each session, 7 weeks on Wednesday evenings, $225.

Photography Exhibition 21-25 SEPTEMBER Level 5 photography students, G Space Gallery, G block, Nile Street.

Table for Four Check online for our competition to win a dinner for yourself and three friends.

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Wild Tomato September 2015  

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Wild Tomato is Nelson & Marlborough's magazine. We focus on inspiring journalism, stunning photography and beautiful design. www.wildtomato....