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Akaroa Adventure

Akaroa Adventure


High profile athletes throughout the country are preparing to descend on Akaroa from 10-17 March as preparations for the action-packed adventure race GODZone ramp up in the region.

 

Akaroa Adventure

 

It’s the first time the non-stop seven-day expedition-style race, the largest of its kind globally and widely regarded as the best – has been held in the region with the eighth chapter attracting a significant number of teams with high profile multisport backgrounds.

Pre and post-race activities focused around the beautiful coastal township which will also play host to the event finish line. In true GODZone style, the location of the start line will remain secret until just before the race kicks off. The only hint given at this stage is that the start location will be a long way from Akaroa!

 

Akaroa Adventure

With 70 teams across three racing categories including the full course 600km Pure event and shorter formatted 500km Pursuit and Prime events, the field is expected to take anywhere between five and seven days to complete the journey.
The teams will navigate their own way around the course using a variety of multisport disciplines including mountain biking, trekking, kayaking and pack rafting.

“Competitors don’t know where or when they will receive the race maps but suffice to say there’s plenty of conjecture as to where it might go,” GODZone Race Director Adam Fairmaid says.  “Canterbury is an incredibly diverse region with a lot of contrast from braided and meandering rivers to big, technical mountain ranges. It should be a spectacular race with some interesting twists and turns along the way.”

 


www.godzoneadventure.com


 

Hitting the Hotspots


From tantalising tapas to swanky sit-downs, Christchurch has all the ingredients you need for a good night – or day – out, as the beacon of the burgeoning central city continues to shine. Jenafor Rollins checks out two of the new kids on the culinary block.

 

Hitting the Hotspots
CHIWAHWAH IS ONE OF THE NEW KIDS TO HIT THE CENTRAL CITY

 

TASTE OF MEXICO
The smells of Mexico fill the atmosphere at Chiwahwah, located at The Terrace. This clever culinary creation is all about offering authentic dishes with a cool vibe. Experience the taste of Mexico as you browse the multi dish options on the extensive menu which include burritos, chimichangas, tacos, mole, nachos and dish after dish of taste.

Spice is a major ingredient of Mexican cooking and you can have your dish as mild or as hot as your heart desires. Why not take it up a notch and add some more spice to your life? Challenge yourself with a fork prong taste and see how you do. Make sure to have your glass of water or beer close by, just in case the heat catches you off guard.

After sharing a plate of starters, move onto your main which will be accompanied by refried beans or rice or both. These Mexican side dishes are offered at just about every meal. Combination platters allow you to try not just one, but two or three of the main items, before the grand finale of a dessert, such as flan. This creamy, light end to a meal is the perfect complement.

Whether it’s the friendly service, the welcoming atmosphere or the cool vibes of the décor, you will feel as if you have touched down in Mexico as soon as you head into this new central city hotspot.

 

 

VIET FUSION HAS ARRIVED
Rave reviews are being left for You Hanoi Me that has just opened on Victoria Street, headed by the hospitality masterminds behind Louis Champagne and Oyster Bar, and its central neighbour Red Light District.
The home of modern Viet cuisine, the new hospo hotspot brings the flavours of Vietnam to life, with the five out of five ratings soaring.

A global phenomenon, Viet food is about fresh, healthy, authentic Vietnamese street food, direct from Vietnam to the streets of Christchurch and You Hanoi Me has added its own modern twist. The story behind the new restaurant is an inspiring one. It is said Nam Cam, a third cousin of the late Charlie Winston of the Dry Cleaning Empire, opened his first Street Food Stall in a small village 22 clicks out of Hanoi during the Vietnam War.

Known famously for his Pho and Espresso Martinis and his ability to impersonate a young Sean Connery, he established himself as North Vietnam’s premier aluminium window specialist after his street stall went into receivership and the fact that he didn’t really sound like Sean Connery. Fifty six years later, You Hanoi Me opened in his honour.

 



 

M Factor Fashion Show

A decade of fabulous fashion


Ready, set, fashion – designers and celebrities are set to hit the catwalk wearing the latest New Zealand fashion to support families with a child in hospital on Thursday 4 April.

 

M Factor Fashion Show

 

In its tenth year, the annual M Factor Fashion Show will bring together some of the most talented designers from across the country to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) New Zealand and Ronald McDonald House South Island.
Guests at the family-friendly fashion show held at The Tannery for the first time will see collections from the likes of Trelise Cooper, Kathryn Wilson, Repertoire, Working Style, Ruby Six, Kilt and the usual favourites such as Annah Stretton, Augustine and many more, including children’s clothing labels such as Alaska Tees and Scarlett and Victor.

After the success of last year’s Fashion Show at The Transitional Cathedral, Maree Lucas, Owner and Events Organiser at M Factor Events is looking forward to bringing more glitz, glamour and fashion to the event’s tenth anniversary show.
Ronald McDonald House South Island CEO Mandy Kennedy says she is humbled by Maree’s dedication to supporting the charity year after year and cannot wait to see what’s on the catwalk this year.

The event will be held at 7pm on Thursday 4 April at The Tannery. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.co.nz and are priced at $75 for VIP, table $750, adult $55 and $30 for children and students. Funds raised from this event will go towards taking care of the thousands of families who walk through the doors of a Ronald McDonald House each year.

 



 

Loan Market

Climbing the Property ladder?


It’s right up there as one of the most important moves you’ll make in your life. Little wonder that buying a home – whether it’s your first home or your fifth – can be highly stressful, especially when you’re not sure if you’re making the right moves to get the best deal.

 

Loan Market

 

Based right here in Christchurch, the Nathan Miglani team is passionate about helping Canterbury people take the right steps to achieve the outcomes they’re looking for while protecting their financial wellbeing – now and in the future.  As experienced mortgage brokers (Nathan is the number-one mortgage adviser for Loan Market in the South Island), the company has the expertise to help customers from all walks of life. It has helped hundreds of young couples achieve the dream of purchasing their first home.

From KiwiSaver and the HomeStart grant to lawyers, building inspections and insurance, buying a home for the first time can be overwhelming, so the Nathan Miglani team works right alongside home buyers to help them through the process, from working out a budget and saving for a deposit, right through to liaising with the solicitors to ensure settlement goes smoothly.

Getting onto the property ladder and buying a home can start to set you up financially for the future you’ve dreamed of – but once you’re on the ladder you’ve got so much more to protect. So, when it comes to selling and buying again, it’s even more important to get the right advice, especially if you have a young family to consider.

When life gets more complicated, with children, a business, marriage or separation, you need a plan that doesn’t just work for you now but will fit your evolving needs for the years to come. Simply finding the lowest interest rate is not necessarily going to give you the best outcome. That’s why the team takes the time to get to know you; not just securing a mortgage, but working out a plan to meet your future financial goals.

And after they have helped you with your mortgage, they can help you with everything else: investment property, business, vehicle or debt consolidation. Like bankers in the good old days, Loan Market is there whenever you have a financial query – just pick up the phone and call. Every member of the team has a strong banking background so you can be assured you’re getting the right advice every time.

Client Care Manager, Teresa, has been in the banking industry for 27 years. Together with Client Experience Assistant Rebecca, she will work closely with you to ensure you have the very best experience with no mistakes that could jeopardise your hard-earned money.

Think of this as the beginning of a lifelong partnership. When your daughter needs a loan to buy a car or you decide to start a new business, you’ll know exactly who to call!

 



 

Why buy when you can hire?

Why buy when you can hire?


Ever needed a tool just for the one job? Have you wanted to ‘try before you buy’? Or perhaps you simply don’t have room in your garage for anything else. Hiring might just be the sustainable, sensible and cost effective option for you.

 

Why buy when you can hire?

 

When it comes to items that require big capital outlay, are only required for the short term or have maintenance costs associated with them, hiring offers a lot of competitive advantage.

For example, when it comes to short terms construction projects, hiring tools and machinery is a great option for cost savings. Meanwhile companies are increasingly turning to hire companies for their computer and other technology needs.

There’s little benefit in purchasing those which are going to be used for short term projects, particularly when they’re costly. Hiring is a great way to ensure that your business has the gear it needs, when it is needed.

Not only do hire and rental shops open up the possibilities for getting the equipment you require at an affordable price, but they also cut back the time and effort required for maintenance.

There are numerous hire and rental company options around the city, which will make your life hassle free and help you to get to your end goal.

 



 

Donna Monk

A family vibe: Elmswood Retirement Village


Donna Monk is the Sales Consultant for Elmswood Retirement Village. Donna tells us why she loves the village and her role there.

 

 

Donna Monk

 

Donna, why is Elmswood special?
It has a soul and a personality of its own. The buildings are well-established and the gardens are just stunning – there’s an area to explore or relax in around every corner and there is a genuine village feel as you come through the gates.

The family vibe is created through being small enough for everyone to know each other.

Residents can be as involved in the in-house social side as they like and maintain all of their outside interests.

 

 

What types of living does Elmswood offer?
We have a selection of living options: villas, serviced apartments and studios, the resthome and hospital-level care.

It is so important for people to be able to future-proof their choices and join us as an individual, or as a couple, at a level of care according to need.

Even for villa-living we can organise for internal and external services to be wrapped around residents, so they can retain their independence for as long as possible.

There are currently some vacancies in each option and we’d love for people to come and see for themselves.

 

 

What do you really love about this village?

I love the people. We have a laugh, the team and the residents, and I wouldn’t be here if we didn’t. We seem to have a really happy mix that makes my job a pleasure.

 



 

Archibalds Motors

A high-performance rebuild: Archibalds Motors


One of the most highly respected vehicle brands globally, Porsche has long represented luxury in its high-performance sports cars.

 

Archibalds Motors

 

So not surprising then that Archibalds Motors would seek to capture these same elements in its new Porsche showroom in the city, the delivery of which was tasked to award-winning Map Architects and construction company Hanham & Philp.They have definitely delivered on that. The luxury vehicles that come under the Porsche marquee are certainly at home in their new flagship dealership on the corner of Tuam and Antigua Streets, where the floor space covers some 1500 square metres and is framed by steel and floor to ceiling glass.

Plans for the new development – which opened in November – have been on the drawing board for 10 years, with the post-quake need to rebuild its site and the area around it being rezoned as the Health Precinct ramping up a long-held vision for an innovative mixed-use building. Today the exceptional two-level high curved façade stands just 200 metres from where Alex Archibald founded his family’s Christchurch motor company a century ago.

 

Topped with three floors of medical tenancies, including the Christchurch Clinical Studies Trust on the top floor, the building covers a total of some 6700 square metres.  Much like the top of the range vehicles are right at home in the new surroundings, the exceptional space of the new Archibalds Porsche showroom is right at home in the rebuilding city. After all, what better fit than a world-leading marquee in a world-leading CBD?

 



 

Karen Walker

Karen Walker gets the sartorial edge


Karen Walker designs have always had a bit of edge. Described once as the “consummate collision of attitude and aptitude”, Walker has added a more literal edge to her latest collection, Bad Apple.

 

Karen Walker

 

Inspired by a day at an orchard in Upstate New York, the new ready-to-wear collection is marked by apple tree references, but in classic Walker style, there’s a wry twist; look closely and you’ll see that medieval apple tree print has a small serpent concealed within its branches.

We caught up with up with Walker to discuss the collection and what the New Year has in store for one of the country’s most beloved designers.

 

Can you tell us a bit about your new ready-to-wear collection Bad Apple?
It’s preppy dressing for people who want to misbehave with lots of print and tailoring and denim.

 

What does the collection mean to you and what are your favourite pieces?
I love the apple tree with the hidden snake print especially and also the denim suit (featured on the cover) which we’re thrilled to have had to release early after Mrs Obama wore it on her recent book tour.

 

What do your upcoming collections have in store for us?
Our March 2019 collection pays homage to two great female chess players.

 

You’re in a high-paced creative role, how do you unwind and prevent burnout?
Handstands on my yoga mat, chess with my daughter (she’s yet to beat me), reading, playing piano and playing tennis are, I find, all pretty good ways to unwind.

Also, I do find myself anxiously waiting through autumn until there’s enough snow on Coronet Peak to get the snowboard out and I’ve also recently taken up running (thanks to my new Adidas UltraBoost runners!) and I find I love it.

I do also love a history podcast, especially the BBC’s In Our Time. Also, Glenn Gould playing absolutely anything but especially his first version of the Goldberg Variations.

 

What’s your design philosophy?
Does it make me smile?

 

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Anywhere and everywhere.

 

What does personal success mean to you?
Waking up looking forward to and excited by my day.

 

What are your New Year’s resolutions?
I don’t do New Year resolutions. I try to go into every day of the year with focus, clarity and passion.

 

What are you most looking forward to over the next 12 months?
We’ve got some very exciting projects in place for 2019 and I’m looking forward to pulling them together and seeing what we can create.

 



 

Dot Smith

Her home, her castle: Q&A with Dot Smith


As a child, she dreamed of living in her very own castle. Some fifty plus years later, after decades of hard toil, Dot Smith, Queen of Riverstone Castle in Oamaru, finally realised that dream.

 

Dot Smith

 

 

When did you decide to fulfil your childhood dream of having your own castle?
The day I turned 60 – February 19, 2008. I thought if we were serious about building the castle, we’d better get started and I was right.

 

Who helped bring your castle to life?
Sarah Scott was my architect and, along with UK staff member Jenny, who knew loads about castles, we designed the castle from aspects of several different castles that I liked.

 

What difficulties did you face during the build?
Mainly rules and regulations. At the time of building, the law stated we could have five guests and build as a private house. As we’ve four ensuite rooms, I applied for eight guests. That put me into a hotel category. The fire-doors and regulations were extremely costly.

 

How did you overcome these obstacles?
Once the project was underway, there was no turning back. I worked with builder Mike Spier on every aspect, and was always there to watch progress and provide innovative ideas when problems arose.

 

Describe sleeping in your castle

We’ve a beautiful bedroom. At night we turn the main lights out and switch the star lights on. Watching the stars twinkling on our ceiling is pretty special. Very different from our farm cottage of 35 years.

 

Do you ever have ‘pinch me!’ moments?

Yes, with the changing moods of weather. On still nights, the sunsets reflect a mirror image of the lake. On misty mornings, the castle appears like a ghost through the mist. That’s when I think how lucky I am to look at such a beautiful building.

 

What landscaping remains to be completed?
A bridge is to be built across to the island, so that eventually the castle will stand alone, surrounded entirely by a lake.

 

What gives the Chatelaine of Riverstone Castle her happiest moments?
Showing visitors around the castle makes me very proud. People nowadays build open plan homes, whereas I love rooms that aren’t the same. Every room is different here – some traditional, some modern, some extravagantly decorated and some relaxing.

 

What’s your vision for the Castle and Riverstone 20-30 years from now?
Neil and I will be getting our telegram from the King! The castle’s been built to last hundreds of years, so I hope it will always be known as Granny Smith’s Castle.

Eventually it will become a guest B&B; that way we’ll meet interesting people who will hopefully keep us young.

The Riverstone complex grows every year. This year we have to do major renovations to bring the main shop up to fire and building regulations.

We will build a farm shop selling our own and other local farmers’ produce. The future of Riverstone is ever changing.

 

 

Dot Smith
Dot Smith


 

Long Live a Long Life!

Long Live a Long Life!


It was a packed and attentive audience that gathered to hear Tony Buettner, Blue Zones National Spokesperson, give his second presentation at Alpine View Lifestyle Village, courtesy of their TRILife Talks Wellness Programme.

 

Long Live a Long Life!

 

Tony shared remarkable stories of five diverse places in the world, known as the Blue Zones, where the populations have one thing in common – their longevity. The five Blue Zones are: Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Lorna Linda, California; Nicoya, Costa Rica, and Ikaria, Greece. On average, the inhabitants of Blue Zones live ten years longer than the rest of us.

It was in 2004 that Tony’s explorer and researcher brother Dan, along with National Geographic and longevity experts, began looking into regions where people lived to very ripe old ages. Dan’s findings were published in National Geographic’s November 2005 issue, The Secrets of Living Longer. The research has continued on these regions of centenarians for more than three decades from his Minnesota-based company Blue Zones.

For those of us who have been led to believe that longevity is down to good genes, think again. Buettner’s research shows the link between longevity and genes is only 20 percent; at 80 percent, it’s lifestyle that is our roadmap for longevity.
Tony spoke of The Nine Commonalities, or as he calls them, “The Power Nine lessons of living a longer, happy life,” that Blue Zones people share.

 

 

Move: Move naturally – as Blue Zones people do. Their lifestyles see them physically moving on average every 20 minutes. These people don’t belong to gyms because they don’t need to.

Reduce stress: Take a walk. Eat meals with friends or family. Take time out to meditate.

Have a sense of purpose: It has been proved that those who have a sense of purpose live seven years longer than those who don’t.

Drink in moderation: By all means enjoy your glass of wine, but make it only a couple, like the Sardinians.

Eat less red meat: Follow the Mediterranean diet of vegetables, beans, olive oils and fruits; 95 percent of the Blue Zone populations consume a plant-based whole grain diet.

Eat less: As the Okinawans do, stop eating when you feel 80 percent full. Try the Blue Zoners rule: Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.

Families: Family life takes priority in Blue Zone regions.

Faith: Attending a faith-based community four times a month will see you living 14 years longer than those who don’t.

Be social: According to research, isolation is a major cause of early death. Having a laugh with friends is very good for our health and our stress levels. Laughter truly is the best medicine.

 

Alpine View created the TRILife Wellness Programme for its residents. TRILife focuses on exercise, nutrition and state of mind. Jemma Appleton, Group Marketing and Activities Manager at Alpine View Lifestyle Village, says they were thrilled and grateful to host Tony, promoting the Blue Zones research and linking it with their Wellness Programme.

 


www.bluezones.com