It’s one of the most eagerly awaited times of the year, when fashionistas flock to the sartorial arena at Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day and are put through their paces.
Addington Raceway & Events Centre plays prestigious host to ‘the’ crème de la crème of style showcases – Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes – and style mavens put their most fashionable foot forward, courting the public’s attention and vying for the judge’s recognition.
Metropol speaks to the beautiful June Youngman from North Canterbury about trading in her gumboots to step onto the Best Dressed podium for 2018.
How long have you been interested in fashion?
I think it was 2012 when I first tagged along with one of my friends who was entering in the fashion competition. I thought I could do this too so Addington was the place that I entered my first comp. From a farm in North Canterbury I’m always in my gumboots working so I look forward to dressing up every year now.
What inspired you to enter the Best Dressed competition?
Looking at all the amazing outfits, I just wanted to be a part of this fun and glamour each year. This only happens once a year so we try to make the most of it and over the years have developed many new friendships. I love going to the races with my crazy and beautiful race buddies.
How did you come up with the concept for your award-winning combination?
After my big win in Auckland Derby Day in March, I came home and started drawing in my book as usual, making sketches just thinking what I could design that would be a little different and also day wear. One of my sketches just stood out and I went with that one. Finding the right fabric is always a hard one for me. I went through hundreds of fabrics before I came across this one and the moment I saw it, I knew it was a winner. I didn’t know where or when but I had a feeling this was going to do well.
As soon as my fabric arrived, I got my friend Jo Laurenson, who is my seamstress, to cut a pattern so I could send the left-over fabric to my milliner Irene Moore. After six or more long months I was quite pleased with the outcome. Jo did an amazing job on it, the lace was very hard to work with but she made it look amazing.
How would you define style – do you have a particular inspiration in the sartorial sphere?
Originality is style. I think that when you create something yourself with all your hard work, that is style. I love and follow what Dior brings out each year; their new colours and amazing inspirational outfits.
What do you envision for fashion in 2019?
I know I shouldn’t, but I have already started to make sketches in my book; more challenges for my seamstress. I have just signed a contract working along with another amazing designer and together hopefully we can create some cool stuff. I love colour but I think 2019 will be quite different with simple but bright colours. I’m hoping to see some dark blues.
How did you feel the moment your name was announced as the Best Dressed Lady?
Best feeling ever, funny thing is the moment they said ‘Best Dressed Lady goes to…’ in my heart I called out my name hahaha. Sounds weird I know, but my husband who was standing across from the winning post videoing us said the same thing, that he called out my name in his heart. I think that was very sweet. I’m super chuffed and very grateful to all the sponsors. I think they need to be applauded.
It’s very exciting times ahead as the launch of Showbiz Christchurch 2019 season brings us three new fantastic productions.
We Will Rock You, the musical by Queen and Ben Elton (writer of the hugely popular television shows The Young Ones and Blackadder) launches the 2019 Saunders & Co Season, 29 March 2019 at the Isaac Theatre Royal (ITR). This futuristic comedy features more than 24 of Queen’s biggest hits, including: Killer Queen, We Are The Champions, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Somebody to Love, Don’t Stop Me Now, Under Pressure, Another One Bites The Dust, Bohemian Rhapsody, and of course, We Will Rock You.
Elton has confessed that he’s long been a Queen fan who fell in love with musical theatre at a young age. “Musical theatre as a genre has always fascinated me and I’ve always found it a great pleasure. I love pop music. I never had any training in the classics but I love popular music – and musical theatre is pop music. Gilbert and Sullivan, Gershwin, Cole Porter, Noel Coward – before radio and recording, pop music was delivered via the theatre.”
For the ultimate rock experience, there are new ‘Killer Queen Seats’ for selected performances of We Will Rock You. Only 100 of these exclusive seats are available. They are the best in the house and come with an autographed souvenir programme and show memorabilia!
Friday to Saturday 14-15 June 2019 is the exclusive weekend concert season of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in Concert at the ITR. It features a superb on-stage orchestra, outstanding soloists and a large chorus. The fully staged and choreographed production features songs from Lloyd Webber shows, such as The Phantom of the Opera, CATS, Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, Evita and more. The show was devised by Lloyd Webber himself; artistic direction is by Ravil Atlas.
Following on from the hugely popular 2009 premier season of Miss Saigon comes the new production of Miss Saigon. Opening 27 September at the ITR, this epic sung-through pop musical is universal in its emotional power; it’s a tragedy of passion and beauty, and is described as one of the most daring theatrical spectacles of all time. As in the 2009 production, the 2019 Miss Saigon will reunite New Zealand’s foremost directing duo of Stephen Robertson and Richard Marrett.
Miss Saigon has been nominated for an impressive number of Olivier, Tony and Drama Desk Awards and comes from the creators of Les Misérables. The story is based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. Set in the turmoil of the Vietnam War, American GI Chris and Vietnamese girl Kim fall in love and marry but are separated when Saigon falls. Alone, Kim gives birth to Chris’ son and waits faithfully for his return. Unable to contact Kim, Chris remarries and attempts to move on with his life. Circumstances see Chris return to Vietnam and he learns the truth, which brings about tragic consequences.
Tickets go on sale from 30 November 2018 and feature 10-30 percent savings on ‘Premium’ and ‘A Reserve’ tickets until 31 January 2019.
Recognising that choosing a date to attend a show which is months away can be tricky, Showbiz has introduced the new and fabulous FlexiTicket; this way ticket purchasers can take advantage of the generous 2019 Season discounts without having to commit to a performance date.
Flexi tickets can be purchased online and make an ideal gift for your mad-on-musicals mates!
Just visit www.ticketek.co.nz/showbiz/
Manu Feildel has won hearts as the resident Frenchman on My Kitchen Rules for the past eight years. It was a recipe for success; the two beloved chefs, many years of experience under their culinary belts and the competitive streak that has given us an insatiable appetite for cooking shows. Then of course, there’s that suave French accent.
In the city as part of his involvement in creating the gourmet menu for the new Hoyts Lux, part of the EntX development, Manu sat down with our very own Nicholas Henare for an exclusive one on one meeting with the suave star himself dishing the dirt on everything from his start in France at the ripe age of 15, to dealing with celebrity-dom and his love for the woman by his side.
What motivated you to become a chef?
I was crap at school, I was the class clown. My mother said, ‘I don’t know what to do with you, your dad owns a restaurant, I think you should go and work with your dad’.
I just loved the restaurant, I could eat and cook and hang out with girls. I fell in love straight away with the restaurant.
How did you get to be where you are now?
I moved to London when I was 18 with £300 in my pocket and no English and stayed in London for eight years, hated the weather and moved to Australia when I was 26 and got recognised in the industry.
How do you deal with being a celebrity?
I said hello to about 28 people coming in here! It’s part of the job, most of the time it’s ok but sometimes you just want to be left alone, when I’m with my family.
What’s your go to food when you’re not cooking?
My wife is an amazing cook, Chinese, Malaysian, Sri Lankan. Yesterday I was in Melbourne and she called me and said, ‘please don’t eat anything on the plane, I’m cooking for you’.
I love her and love her cooking.
When you cook for your family, is there anything you cook that they they don’t like?
My young daughter is a little fussy but my older son was very picky between 10 and 12, in fact he was a little s**t and wouldn’t eat anything but now he eats EVERYTHING because he’s a rugby player.
Do you ever eat McDonalds or KFC?
3am in the morning and I’ve been out for a big night, I put a hat on and use a German accent… no, no, no, very rarely do I eat that type of food.
Hoyts Lux is amazing, how did that come about?Hoyts wanted to ring something different on the food aspect. The original menu was the same as everywhere else, so I thought I’d just jazz it up a bit. It’s been great to work with the team at Hoyts.
What’s your pick on the Hoyts Lux menu?
Try the duck bao, pulled pork pizza, the chicken burger is also very good. Duck is a luxury product, something very special and that’s what Hoyts Lux is, something special.
What’s your advice to someone who wants to start in the restaurant business?
Don’t do it! (insert loud French laugh here). No, but really, it’s a small percentage of people who are successful and it’s very, very hard work. Long hours and commitment is what’s needed to make it.
How much control did you have over the Lux menu?
About 70 percent – they pretty much gave me free reign to do what I wanted so you really do get what my ideas are when eating at Lux.
MKR? What’s happening?
Season 10 is being filmed at the moment. It’s going to be a cracking season with some great guests. There’s a bit of bitchiness, but here in New Zealand we’re a bit more tame. I play the good cop and don’t try to offend anyone’s cooking too much and try to explain how they can improve and what they could do to make it better, so they don’t cook any… ‘merde’.
How do you keep motivated?
I’ve got a great job that’s different every day. I never get bored. I got to jump on a plane and come and meet you and all the people in New Zealand.
Do you still cook in restaurants anymore?
No, I miss that immensely, but my life has changed.
Do you have favourite restaurant in New Zealand?
You would love it Nick, a modern Indian restaurant in Auckland called Cassia, I love it!
Manu is everything you see on television; suave, sophisticated and a bloody great conversationalist. Now I could do the hard sell on the food at Hoyts Lux but I don’t need to, Manu created it and seriously, it’s fantastic. Would you expect anything else?
Award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors shares her ideas for creating exceptional Christmas centrepieces.
Love it or loath it, it’s Christmas. Whether you are planning a formal Christmas dinner or a casual barbecue on the deck, it is always special for you and your guests to enjoy something a little different and to embrace the Christmas theme. Pinterest is a great option for last minute inspiration, especially if you are running a busy household like myself. So here are some creatively inspiring options.
Greenery that reflects Christmas for New Zealanders and commonly found in our gardens is perfect for your xmas table; olive branches, rosemary, bunches of fresh thyme, pine tree, bay-tree leaves and branches, and of course buxus balls. The fragrance of some of these greeneries can also be perfect for enhancing our food, including rosemary, thyme and pine.
Cutting off sprigs or branches and adding gold, white, red Christmas decorations can set the scene without spending a fortune. Get creative, people! For a more casual country look, natural raw brown string linens, with tea lights, fairy lights or long candle sticks in various colours to match your theme, can quickly create interesting centrepieces and place settings for your xmas table. Cinnamon sticks are a lovely twist for a traditional setting and florals will complement the base of the greenery. Meanwhile, white tablecloths, linens, or paper napkins will complement the Christmas colours well.
Spending special time with family over the holidays is the perfect opportunity to write your list of what you would like done to your interiors for 2019. A new kitchen or ensuite, new drapes or a lovely new sofa? Contact us we would love to help you
Merry Christmas, much love, Angelique.
Visit armstronginteriors.co.nz or phone 03 356 2636.
Modern storage is about much more than the classic wall unit – although even these are evolving into creative pieces in their own right, as space becomes a premium. Options are clever, unique and fantastically functional.
Lockers became the coolest thing out when industrial retro was hot – and their sheer practicality now lives on. However, school-corridor grey has blossomed into new versions of dusky pinks through to mint greens – akin to a New York apartment. Single tall storage lockers are perfect to slot into those once-redundant narrow wall spaces. Metal is fire proof, so keep precious documents and mementos under the locker’s lock and key.
Down the ladder
Whether it’s a retro ladder with added shelves, or an affordable new version, cascading ladder shelving is perfect to store handy items or to showcase beautiful things. Transportable, they are great in bathrooms for towels and toiletries, bedrooms for toys and trinkets, or for book collections and plants in the lounge. Either weathered vintage or beach-house white, the trend reflects all themes.
Furniture hide ‘n’ seek
It’s very James Bond – secret drawers built into everything such as bed bases, couches with hidden cavities or tables with draws. What about an ottoman: is it a seat, a table? Yes, but it’s also a huge storage space.
Custom design it
Incorporating clever custom-designed shelving enhances home living to the max. Go as high as the ceiling in that narrow bathroom space, utilise an awkward kitchen corner, make an entranceway enviable, get creative with cubes, or style up a wardrobe to movie star status.
Ashburton has put on its Santa hat and is playing prestigious host to a wide range of events that capture the spirit of the silly season. We’ve curated a collection of our festive favourites, so whip out your social planner and mark some dates.
On Sunday 9 December from 10am to 3pm, the Marvellous Mayfield Christmas Market will be making its magical mark on Mayfield, at the Mayfield Memorial Hall, State Highway 72. A delightfully relaxing Christmas country market, close to 60 stalls will feature giftware from wooden crafts, antiques and collectables, through to fabric crafts, clothing and jewellery.
On Friday 14 December, all the songs of Christmas will be making themselves heard at the St Stephens Church, 64 Park Street from 12-1pm and then from 5-6pm. Tickets are available on the door for $5 before the Mid Canterbury Choir rocks your Christmas socks off.
An Extravagant Affair
Roll up. Roll up. Roll up! The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with something for everyone, bringing to NZ a unique style of interesting market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment, circus shows, performers, unique to NZ tiny homes, including open home and kids shows & games on Sunday 30 December from 9am to 5pm at the Ashburton Domain.
This may just be the best early Christmas present yet. Direct from Australia, and following more than 5000 international shows, the world’s live ABBA tribute – The ABBA Show – is coming to town! Held on Saturday 8 December at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre, it’s a full-scale theatrical production featuring more than two hours of live musical performances.
A Broadway Beauty
Just think of the brownie points on offer if a loved one was to open tickets to one of the world’s best loved musicals on Christmas Day? Performed around the world numerous times, Cats is coming to the Ashburton Trust Centre on Monday 15 April from 7:30pm to 10pm.
Ice Ice Baby
We may not get to experience a white Christmas in our little corner of the South Pacific, but ice skating in March is the next best thing, right? Held at Allenton School, 110 Harrison Street, Ashburton from the 18 to 24 March, this has to be one of the coolest events around
A Colourful Experience
Lake Hood, Huntington Park, Tinwald, Ashburton will be playing prestigious host to a colourful day – the third Get Coloured by CanInspire colour fun run. Make someone else’s Christmas by getting in behind this event, with proceeds helping CanInspire Charitable Trust continue its wonderful work in the Mid-Canterbury community. From Sunday 7 April from 10am to 12pm.
Ready set, let’s go!
If you’re wanting to stick to the resolutions that come into effect when the clocks tick over to the New Year, Arrowsmith Station, Hakatere Lake Heron Rd, Methven will be the place to be on Saturday 30 March from 7am to 4pm for a 42.2 km High Country Marathon. Just contact Simon 027 274 6573 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What ho, ladies and gentlemen! One of the most prestigious events of the year is but two days away – A Day at the Polo!
Presented by Ronald McDonald House South Island and the Port Hills Polo Club, partnered with Lion, Continental Event Hire and Lincoln University, A Day at the Polo features New Zealand versus Australia at the Port Hills Polo Club, Gilmours Road, Tai Tapu. This is the second year Australia has competed against New Zealand; no wonder this exclusive event is all but sold out already!
However, there’s another fab component to A Day at the Polo and that’s the Digital Auction. Yes, it’s back and it’s live – right now!
Simply text to 3840 then key in POLO2018 plus your full name to register, or visit galabid.com/auction/polo2018. There are incredible prizes up for grabs, so make sure you get in on the action. Tell your friends, your workmates and whoever else loves an auction. The live and silent auctions are fundamental to fundraising goals for this wonderful charity; support through donating prizes is warmly welcomed.
Every cent raised goes directly to Ronald McDonald House South Island, whose motto, Keeping Families Close, says it all. Your generosity supports families when their child is in hospital.
To donate a prize for the digital auction, contact email@example.com or call the House on 03 377 3311.
Okay, so you’ve registered your bid – what now? Pull out the picnic hamper, you’ve your own polo party to produce, dahling!
Young, motivated entrepreneurs in Christchurch and Canterbury are advised to get their applications in now for the 2019 Dream Believe Succeed Big Break Award.
This is the opportunity of a lifetime for 15-23 year olds to win a 100k business start-up package. The Dream, Believe, Succeed Foundation was launched in 2018. It was established to give business-driven youth the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial spirit by providing a funding start up, together with a service and mentoring package to commence their own business or grow their existing business with the goal of becoming a successful business person.
Last year’s contest winner, Oliver Hunt, has gone on to launch Medsalv, a single use medical device reprocessing business that saves costs for both the healthcare system and the environment. Dream, Believe, Succeed was founded by Steve Brooks, who began his first business at just 12 years of age. At 14 he qualified as New Zealand’s youngest real estate agent and at 16 he purchased his first rental property. Steve’s goal was to be a millionaire by 21; he achieved this at 19.
Steve had always determined that once he reached his goal, he would start an award to inspire young entrepreneurs; something that was not available to him when he was starting out. Contest entries close December 16. Finalists will be announced on December 21, and then they present their business plan in the Dragon’s Den, February 2019.
Southern hospitality has long been regarded as a geographical drawcard of trip a to the Southern Lakes region. Now Eichardt’s Private Hotel and The Spire Hotel have put this famous ‘Southern hospitality’ on the map in a more formal capacity, taking out the top gongs during international awards season.
Famed lakefront accommodation Eichardt’s Private Hotel has taken out best Australia & Oceania Luxury Ski Resort at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2018, while sister property The Spire will enjoy being dubbed New Zealand’s top Luxury Small Hotel.
General Manager of The Imperium Collection, the owner and operator of both venues – James Cavanagh was presented with the award at a gala dinner in Bali last month.
“In a period of growth for the group, where we have added a penthouse, three further suites, The Grille 130-seat restaurant plus luxury private cruising yacht Pacific Jemm to our portfolio, it’s a really proud moment to know that our eye for detail and superior guest experience has never wavered,” he says.
The World Luxury Hotel Awards are the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry. Established in 2006, they offer international recognition as voted by guests, travellers and industry players alike. All winners are selected by public vote, reflecting real recognition for the hard work and dedication of hotel staff and hotel standards from peers and guests.
This win comes off the back of a further coup for Eichardt’s, which has just been crowned Elegant Luxury Hotel of the Year at the Luxury Travel Guide Awards.
“The Building Intelligence Group is delighted to have played a role in the bringing back to life of such a rare piece of maritime history as the iconic Lyttelton Timeball Station and the working timeball itself.”
When Project Director Stephen Threadgall from project management specialist The Building Intelligence Group says how fantastic it is to see the Timeball Tower standing tall against the skyline again, he echoes the feelings of many people, not only in Lyttelton, but in Christchurch itself. The 2 November opening of the Timeball Station certainly marked another significant milestone in the rebuild of a city which has lost so much of its heritage.
The Timeball Station is one of the few of its kind left in the world. From 1876 to 1934 a ball dropped from its mast on its stone tower, signalling the time to ships in Lyttelton Harbour. Visual time signals such as this have historically been important features of many of the world’s ports, playing an integral role in correcting ships’ chronometers and ensuring accurate navigation.
The Victorian-era Timeball Station in Lyttelton Harbour was damaged beyond repair in the 22 February 2011 earthquake. “The building’s owner, Heritage New Zealand looked for a project manager with demonstrable experience in the heritage sector to secure a main contractor for the Timeball Station’s rebuild and to manage the programme and the construction phase,” Threadgall says.
“We at The Building Intelligence Group are known for this type of project. Over the past year we have worked with all the companies and professionals involved in the rebuild to complete the Timeball’s reconstruction on time and on budget.” Heritage New Zealand explains that the rebuild philosophy was to retain as much of the original fabric of the building as practicable. “We wanted to ensure that when locals saw the building each day it was familiar. The return of the Timeball Station and Timeball also fits well with the regeneration of Lyttelton that is going on.”
The $2 million reconstruction was on the former site using original materials salvaged from the careful deconstruction that took place following the earthquakes. As Stephen Threadgall says, “heritage projects can have their challenges. So to have the work progress so well to such a superb outcome gave our team immense satisfaction.”
A fine example of Victorian technology, the Timeball Station is one of only five in the world known to be still in working order. A rare piece of maritime history, it has now been fabulously restored and boasts spectacular views over Lyttelton Harbour.