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Life and Limb

The Guinness Book of Records lists Sir Ranulph Fiennes as ‘The world’s greatest living explorer’ and there’s few of the harshest places in the world that he hasn’t conquered. His body – now 76-years of age – has been pushed to the absolute brink and, despite some missing fingertips, he is in remarkable condition.



He has run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days, just a few months after suffering an almost fatal heart attack; he was the first person to complete a surface circumnavigation via both the poles – a 56,000 kilometre track that took three years to complete; he has experienced the intense torture of prolonged exposure to minus 40-degree temperatures; and he’s climbed both Everest and the notorious north face of the Eiger despite suffering terribly from vertigo.

The missing fingers – self-amputated by hacksaw when he was suffering from frostbite – may be the only visible acknowledgement of this life well lived, other than a twinkle in his eye that hints of a confidence that can only be derived from mastering the world.

Despite doing just that, he remains humble, having spent a good portion of his life raising funds for charity and encouraging us to look after the world; after all, if anyone could recognise just how precious our world is and the importance of keeping it that way, it would be Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

He may be fitter than the average septuagenarian, but life in the fast lane has taken its toll; he has suffered several heart attacks, a double heart bypass, a cancer operation, diabetes and scoliosis – an abnormal curvature of the spine, but the effervescent charm and wit that make him such a good speaker are very much in tact.

“I do have an ability to suffer cold and hunger and not get nasty,” he admits, though he remains unconvinced when it’s suggested he has a particularly high threshold for pain.

Frostbite damage to his right foot once required him to cut a 7.5 centimetre slash in the side of his shoe to ease the pressure on his damaged flesh; one time he removed his balaclava and took with it a chunk of frozen flesh; then there was the time had to prise apart his scabbed lips to eat a bowl of porridge before looking down to see his oats had turned to “blood gravy”; and yet still, “a high pain threshold? Definitely not!”

His memoir, Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know, documents some of the horrific injuries (which he calls just part of the game) and the incredible achievements, but for an up close and personal account, he’s heading to New Zealand in May for a live show that offers a personal glimpse into the life of an adventurer.

Both light-hearted and strikingly poignant, the live show spans Sir Ranulph’s childhood and school misdemeanours, his army life and early expeditions, right through to the Transglobe Expedition to his current Global Reach Challenge – his goal to become the first person in the world to cross both polar ice caps and climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

An Evening with the World’s Greatest Living Explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be held at the Aurora Theatre in Christchurch on Saturday 23 May. Tickets are available from Ticketek.


Melinda Collins

Editor’s Perspective: 19 March 2020

“Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be” —Sonia Ricotti


New Zealand could become a “lifeboat to save humanity from extinction” if there was a catastrophic pandemic, according to an Otago University report pre-dating COVID-19, just a few short months ago.

Although it was a fictional genetically-engineered pandemic threatening human survival that formed the basis of the report, the World Health Organisation has officially declared COVID-19 as a ‘pandemic’ and global panic surrounding the spread of the virus has since reached epic proportions.

Although it makes absolute sense for countries to take urgent and aggressive action on border control to contain its spread, it is equally important that we adopt a ‘business as usual’ approach when it comes to our domestic activities; our economy relies on it.

COVID-19 has spread from biological to financial and economic parts of our lives.

But it’s in our hands how this affects our domestic trade. It’s not time to stop going out for dinner, to stop heading to the movies, or to stop spending time with friends; it’s time to support our local businesses, while following the Ministry of Health’s hygiene guidelines of course.

It’s an unprecedented time in the travel industry and we’re in uncharted waters; airlines have cancelled routes, cruise companies have postponed trips and countries have closed their borders.

But at the time of print, New Zealand has had no community spread of COVID-19.

While it might be time to reconsider long haul travel, maybe this is the opportunity to realise just what we have in our own backyard.

Why not head into your local travel agent and get planning your Bay of Islands escape, a Queenstown vacay, or perhaps this is some extra time to plan a bigger, better overseas sojourn… for next year!

In the meantime, our younger generations are watching us and learning about how to respond to stress and uncertainty. Let’s wire our kids for resilience, not panic.


Dame Trelise Cooper’s: True Colours

The juxtaposition of strength and softness that represents women is something Dame Trelise Cooper always seeks to capture in her designs.



It’s not unlike the juxtaposition of Trelise herself; the beautiful, elegant and bubbly woman that heads a fabulous fashion empire, with colour at its heart and style in its soul.

It’s also a juxtaposition that was intentionally weaved into her latest collection – both figuratively and literally.

“I think it’s about a new romanticism that transcends the trouble that’s happening in the world,” she says of Trelise Cooper Pre-Fall 2020.

“There’s something kind of romantic, mythical, that takes us out of our every day. The colour palette is soft and strong all at once; it pairs pinks with red; there’s a vibrant green that matches the colour of the earth.

“I think it’s about transcending and going to somewhere dreamy.”

She’s the long-reigning queen of colour and the latest season is no different; there’s pinks, greens, vibrant florals; there’s also polka dots and sequins.

“I definitely have my favourites,” she laughs.

“I really love the green of this season; there’s a green dress that I wear that has a tone on tone embellished ribbon embroidery (Runaway Rudi Dress), I love the Make My Heart Beat Coat and I like the green pinstripe suiting (Like Miss Markle Dress and the Have I Told You Shapely Dress), then I like the red hearts on the tulle (Nothing But Ruffle Skirt) as well actually…

“Towards autumn there’s more oyster and silver together, which I think is a lovely combination; it’s strong and soft at once which captures the strength of women; we can be strong and soft which is always what I try to achieve.”

Though it’s hard to imagine her in black – the day we meet she is wearing the most divine deep tropical pink that is almost impossible to describe in words – she says she has worn plenty of the dark shade throughout her life.

“I love black and have worn a lot of it in my life, I also employ a lot of women who love black and though we are mostly known for our colour, we sell black! All our garments have an option in black just for New Zealanders.”

However, she says, the power of colour is addictive. A couple of the ladies in the Trelise team that were steadfast on their black eventually dabbled in colour and they’ve never gone back.

“When you wear colour people notice and people comment! Those complements become addictive; so many women tell me that story.”

So what are Trelise’s words of wisdom when it comes to going to the colourful side? Start small!

“Stay with your black but try one piece of colour with it, whether that’s a top with pants or one of the girls here wears the bright colour printed kimonos over black.

“Black makes such a lovely canvas for colour. We do a lot of open-front garments that can be worn buttoned up down the front like a dress, or open like a lightweight coat over jeans or when you’re wearing black; that’s a really great introduction to colour.”

She gets her bold inspiration from a life well lived.

“Inspiration is a concept I find really interesting; it’s magical; it’s kind of mysterious. I’m always surprised at how inspiration I’ve come across on a trip whether to Morocco, India, Greece or Mexico, somehow makes its way into my collections through colour, texture and pattern.”

It was domestic travel that has provided that inspiration in recent times.

In Christchurch to give an exclusive preview of her pre-fall collection at Ballantynes, Trelise was impressed by the city’s re-birth.

“It is a slice of heaven! The people are always so welcoming and friendly. This last trip I was struck by how international Christchurch is. I think Ballantynes is the most beautiful department store, at an international level and I was so impressed with how the city has developed.”

She headed to ‘the strip’ for dinner. “All those restaurants along there was so interesting and Amazonita was so cool and casually stylish, I wish we had it in Auckland!
“I think Christchurch has done a really great job of rebuilding and it’s an exciting place to visit.”

Trelise has seen a lot in almost 40 years of business, but nothing has come close to the past six months.

Just before Christmas, her Australian customers were hit with droughts, then the horrific bush fires, then came floods and a retail recession.

As soon as light beckoned at the end of the tunnel, COVID-19 started unfolding.

“This is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The ramifications are uncertain so far, though nothing is ever certain in business really.”

Though she has had to hit the pause button on a swag of international travel, Trelise is feeling optimistic about 2020.

There’s plenty of international opportunities in the works, particularly with her eco bag that the brand has been producing since 2008 (it’s sold millions!).

“It’s a changing feast of ideas at the moment; things are changing daily with what’s happening in the world.

“I had travel planned, first to Mexico, then Korea and rural France, but at the moment that all has a big question mark on it. So I guess 2020 is all about keeping business building and keeping things going; it’s a time where making plans is interesting and we’re just keeping on keeping on.”


Sophie Pascoe: Star Power

Canterbury’s golden girl Sophie Pascoe is one of New Zealand’s most successful athletes, with nine Paralympic swimming gold medals and six Halberg Awards already under her professional belt.



Now she’s shooting for more than the stars; Sophie has lent her high profile to a new role as the 2020 women’s ambassador for underwear brand Jockey, which she says is not just a huge boost for the Paralymic movement, but also for herself.

“To be a para-athlete showcasing all of my body in lingerie, it is very raw and knowing those pics in particular have had little to no touch-ups at all is a proud moment.

“I’m proud to showcase my body and show people like me that they don’t have to be afraid of their bodies.”

As a professional athlete, Sophie has a unique relationship with her body, having pushed it to its limits to be leader in her field.

“There are times in my life and there are still times in my life that is really challenging for me to look in a full-length mirror. These pics showcase all of my body, which is really powerful and great for my confidence.”

She will of course not be resting on her laurels this year, as she prepares for the nationals in April, the qualifying round for the Tokyo Paralympics in August to September.

“Sport created this identity for me, but to have this identity outside the pool that people can relate to is really powerful,” she says.

“It was really a no-brainer to align with a company that showcases real women with real bodies and expressing how positive that is to society.”


Parris Goebel’s dance to the top

She’s danced her way from New Zealand across the world, working for the likes of Rhianna, J.Lo and Justin Bieber. Now she’s back – albeit briefly – to pay more than a little lip service to MAC’s latest campaign. We caught up with global superstar Parris Goebel about empowering women and that bold red lippy.


Photographer – Guy Combes | Styled by – Dan Ahwa | MUA – Melina Farhadi | MAG – Viva – The New Zealand Herald

Last year was pretty epic for you, being tasked with helping create Rihanna’s show at New York Fashion Week, you were named as New Zealand’s entertainment and cultural curator for Expo 2020 in Dubai, and you were personally recruited by Jennifer Lopez to choreograph her highly anticipated Super Bowl halftime show before being recognised in the 2020 New Year Honours list for services to dance. What does 2020 have in store for you?

I have just signed with IMG New York so will be doing a lot more work in fashion.

Lots of work with various artists on their events throughout the year.

The big project for me is starting to work on my movie Murder On The Dance Floor which is very exciting and going to take most of 2020.

It was back in 2012, when a YouTube clip of you caught J.Lo’s eye, resulting in her asking you to choreograph for her world tour. Not many people can say J.Lo was their first real boss… How incredible was it to get to reconnect with her for her Super Bowl halftime show?

It felt like the world had spun 360° to be able to work with her on such a big moment in her career.

She is such a professional and works hard to put the best show on she can.

We get on so well and she trusts me and loves what I create. It was a highlight to be back working with her again.

Your list of accolades and accomplishments is growing by the month. What do you personally consider to be some of your career highlights?

Definitely opening my own studio ‘The Palace’.

We have had hundreds and hundreds of dancers come through our doors to be able to tour the world, dance for global superstars and enjoy a life through dance.

Doing 13 videos for Justin Bieber’s Purpose album was such a big challenge and it pushed me creatively and physically with the short time frame to shoot all the videos in.

Sorry made such an impact around the world.

Working with Rihanna is always special.

What we created for her SAVAGE X FENTY show in New York was special and such a statement for all women around the world and talked about self-love and believing in yourself.

You’ve been a fan of MAC Cosmetics’ iconic Ruby Woo lipstick since you first purchased it at 15… now you’re the face of their latest campaign. How exciting is that?

I was honoured to be a New Zealander on a New Zealand campaign.

I love MAC and we have a great relationship so was excited to be the face of the campaign.

What do you love about a bold red lippy?

Any lippy makes you feel like a real woman.

How important is it for you to be a role model for young women to be courageous, empowered, independent and to grab life by the lapels?

It is very important to me to instil self confidence in all young women.

Being Polynesian, having curly hair and being curvy growing up meant I didn’t have role models to look up to in mainstream media.

I want all young women to know they are all individually beautiful and can achieve anything in life if they set their mind to it.

Along with my two sisters we have created Sisters United which is all about empowering our young women,

What was it that first attracted you to dancing and choreography?

It’s all I remember doing as a young child. I was brought up with music playing all the time and I love to dance. It was my destiny.

What’s the best part about what you get to do?

I get to do something I love to do each day.

When someone gets big, from the outside it looks like overnight success. How much time, passion, hard work and sheer determination went in behind the scenes?

Overnight success takes 10 years.

I worked non-stop from the age of 17 years old and sacrificed so much to get to where I am today.

Nothing comes easy and you have to be willing to work hard, be passionate and be focused to achieve your goals.

What would your biggest piece of advice be to someone who wants to take themselves to the next level, whether it is professionally or personally?

Be you – to be unique and be true to yourself.

There is only one of each of us on this planet so don’t follow the crowd and just be you.


Editor’s Perspective: 05 March 2020

“It is not happy people that are thankful, but rather thankful people that are happy.”
– Anonymous



The proverb above has long been a favourite of mine, despite a complete inability to harness the wisdom within it.

It’s been something I’ve been reflecting on during some trying times recently.

All first world problems of course. And when I break down every single one of those difficulties, it’s not hard to see that every single one of them is a good problem to have.

There are things that we all take for granted — things that have become ‘givens’ within our day-to-day lives.

Whether it’s the roof over our heads, the food on our plates or the clothes on our backs, they’re there and we always expect those things to be there.

But for so many, they’re not there; many lack the basic necessities of food, water and shelter.

Our unbridled access to these things makes it easy for us to get caught up with what we don’t have and not appreciating what we do have.

Which is where gratitude comes in.

There is a growing body of research which shows the psychological benefits of being grateful, including feeling happier and lowering stress, depression and anxiety.

It’s also contagious… when you feel that good, you make others around you feel good too!

So let’s make 2020 the year of appreciation, after all, only good things can come of it. And just remember, if you’re crying over spilt milk, be thankful you’ve got milk to cry over.


Jay-Jay Feeney: Off The Cuff

You can tell a natural-born performer by how an interview request is met; the plan-ahead type introverts want emailed questions, sometimes even to answer via email. Jay-Jay Feeney, on the other hand, is completely comfortable with ‘off the cuff’; live radio Monday to Friday will do that to you. So too will a life in the limelight.

It’s a life the 91 MORE FM host has craved since the age of nine. “I used to listen to the radio as a kid and just loved it! I had absolutely no idea how to actually get on the radio,” she laughs. “But I would spend hours making my own radio shows at home.”

It was at the age of 15 when the dream began to materialise in the form of work experience at New Plymouth’s Energy FM.

This would be the time in the story to add, ‘and the rest is history’, but then that would seriously sell short the incredible career Jay-Jay has been able to craft for herself – one that has seen her meet Pink five times, hang out with Tom Cruise in his personal trailer and get awarded for her Outstanding Contribution to Radio at the Radio Awards in 2018 (even if she was in the toilet when her name was called!), to name just a few of her professional accomplishments.

But it’s the station’s annual Jingle Bail – which saw her and co-host Flynny locked up in a 5x5m ‘jail cell’ for five days – that she is most proud of; an annual pilgrimage which raised $158,661 for Koru Care NZ and sent 39 Kiwi kids on a plane to the Gold Coast in its 2019 incarnation.

“It’s such a fun week; exhausting as hell, but so rewarding!”

Open and honest by nature, Jay-Jay’s always found it easy to talk – even about the difficult stuff. “I love connecting with people,” she says.

“We’re so lucky in radio that we get to do that, more so than any other medium. That’s why I do it, whether I make someone laugh, cry or just relate!”

Over the years she’s shared the love (former co-host Dom Harvey), the heartache (their infertility struggles) and the pain (their marriage break up and her mental health struggles); you could say she wrote the book on it – which she did in 2013 with Misconception, about her battle for a baby.

“It was real, it was honest, I knew only people who needed it would read it, so it wasn’t for a mass audience,” she says.

But it also came with its pitfalls.

“Once you do talk about something like that, you do become the poster person for it and that’s quite draining; the same happened with talking about depression.

People will say ‘thanks so much for talking about it and opening up’ but then they want to tell me their heart-breaking stories and ask what they should do.

“I’m not the expert; I’ll share my story, but I can’t help you work out what to do.”

She’s sharing the love again, this time with her off-shore Algerian beau, Minou, who she has spent a summer of love with, travelling the length and breadth of the country.

“It’s been really cool travelling around New Zealand and seeing the country through a tourist’s eye,” says Jay-Jay, who admits she hasn’t seen as much of her own country before – like many of us!

“Everyone needs a foreigner to visit,” she laughs.

The couple checked out Te Anau and the Milford Sounds; they experienced the Māori culture at Te Puia in Rotorua; they went jetboating in Taupo; then there was kayaking, glow worms and hotpools in the mix.

“The hardest part is he gets four weeks of holidays a year – and he’s just used them! So he can’t go anywhere.”

So she’s applying for a visa to head to Algeria herself in the next couple of months and while she’s confident her boss will give her two weeks, she’s going to beg him for three!

In the meantime, she’s planning on working hard and looking after herself.

“Those three things will make me very happy – having a great time with work, looking after my mental health and love!”


Sir Bob Parker: Nine Years On

Sir Bob Parker’s leadership was – and still is – widely regarded as what got our city through the dark days of 2011. We caught up with him about the poignancy of the nine-year anniversary.z


Photo courtesy of the New Zealand Defence Force

We’ve just passed the nine-year anniversary of the Christchurch earthquakes, how poignant is that date for you?

It is an emotional reminder for me of how much we lost, from people to places, on that day in 2011.

It is clear that for those of us who faced the terror of that day in Christchurch of just how far we have come with rebuilding the city but also how much the losses and fear of that day and the months that followed still shape our lives.

How did being stoic for the city help yourself dealing with the emotions and upheaval at the time?

Like so many others at the time in those first days, I was putting in long hours focused on the immediate rescue issues.

It was my job to keep our community informed as best I could.

This work meant that there wasn’t much space in my life for the luxury of personal reflection.

Personal needs took a back seat to community needs, so the emotion at that time was shoved into the background.

You smashed three ribs after landing on a wooden table in the Civic Building in the February quake, were the emotional scars as bad as the physical scars of the earthquake?

The simple answer is yes. Like many people that I have discussed this with since that awful day, the traumatic scars remain.

Those post-traumatic feelings don’t dominate my life, but they are there.

I still react to any sound that imitates the rumble an approaching earthquake makes, or any unexpected vibration of a building.

I am a master at imagining any building I am in collapsing around me; I know it is not likely to happen but I can’t stop that internal movie from popping up.

I’m always checking buildings out for potential structural shortcomings and part of me is waiting for the Alpine Fault to let go.

I know I’m not painting the most balanced picture, but I am not alone in this and it’s good to talk about it.

But at least I’ve stopped checking Geonet or Canterbury Quake Live every hour or so, trying to predict if another quake is likely!

I didn’t realise I had smashed ribs in the earthquake until several days afterwards, such was the adrenalin.

Joanna and I didn’t sleep for those first few days. Who could?

But I noticed that every time someone hugged me (there was lots of hugging in those early post-quake days) it was getting more and more painful.

I was at the hospital checking on my parents who’d both been admitted and when I complained about the chest pain to one of the staff they quickly arranged for an x-ray.

We then spotted that several ribs were damaged. It didn’t stop the hugging though.

I think that human contact kept us all going in Christchurch at that time. It was our emotional release perhaps.

Everything from there was unprecedented! The central city redesigned, whole suburbs closed and managed home repair schemes launched, laws bestowing special powers passed and a new Government entity formed to run the show. How much complexity did this add to your role?

The complexity was to be expected.

The 22 February earthquake was, and still is, the only national emergency ever formally declared in New Zealand.

It was always going to be a job that was bigger than Christchurch alone could deal with.

However the multi-agency complexity was tiring as it often interfered with what council regarded as normal council responsibilities.

That did lead to conflict at times. As the initial post-quake response descended into the daily grind of a community wanting to sort personal issues and needs, our council found itself under huge pressure from our people.

Our every move came under extraordinary scrutiny from all directions. At the end of that term in 2013 it felt like a lifetime since the quake, not just three years.

Facing urban decay before the earthquakes, Christchurch has risen in spectacular fashion. How proud are you of how Christchurch has been able to come back to life?

I am very proud of our city. It is really a tribute to the amazing people of Christchurch that we are an almost completely rebuilt, fully functioning city with a superb future.

Many people wrote us off. The most common question from foreign media was “does Christchurch have a future?”

I always answered emphatically “yes!” We had a lot of help from those around us in New Zealand and even from overseas but in the end ‘we’, the people of this place, did it.

What do you love the most about the ‘new’ Christchurch?

The newness; the new safe and strong buildings, the emergence of the waterfront along the Avon, the survival and restoration of key historic buildings which are now like diamonds set in concrete and steel surrounds.

I also have a new appreciation of the suburban centres which became the powerhouses of our city’s survival and recovery when we needed them most.

For me at that moment the city became more than just a CBD; rather a collection of villages clustered around a strong centre.

In a speech to the Local Government New Zealand organisation in 2013, then-Prime Minister John Key stated that your “commitment to the city during its darkest hours will be his legacy”. How proud are you of this legacy?

I was humbled by the Prime Minister’s words.

The legacy is shared with so many people. Every citizen who was here in that difficult time and who stayed the course is part of that legacy.

I am proud that the plan that my council and community created from our outstanding ‘Share an Idea’ project became the structural basis of the rebuild ‘Blueprint’ for the city.

Subsequent councils and governments have essentially carried out the vision we laid down.

So I love the feeling of the council that I led having been a key part of that planning. All of those councillors put incredible efforts into their roles in perhaps the most difficult of circumstances that any council in this land has ever faced. They all deserve much credit for that. That’s our collective legacy, of which I was but one small part.


Nature knows best

For 25 years, Canterbury born and bred Linden Leaves has been transforming New Zealand’s natural plant-based goodness into goodness for our skin. We caught up with founder Brigit Blair about why we should nurture beautiful.

Brigit Blair with daughter Juliet Blair, photo by BeautyEQ

Can you tell us about how the Linden Leaves story came about?
It came from a mother desperate to help two of her children who had endless days and nights of being uncomfortable with allergies, rashes, eczema, asthma and extremely sensitive skin.

I thought a lot about the huge use of steroid creams and highly chemical prescriptive medicines they were using on a daily basis. It inspired me to think back to my granny, who was born and raised on the Chathams with no doctor and a healthy, natural lifestyle.

I thought how nature often knows best and how we have lost that deep connection to simplicity, a more gentle way of caring for ourselves and a healthier way of living.

I became interested in plant-based ingredients and the natural goodness when oils and extracts are taken from them carefully.

Plants also have a natural beauty and often a delightful fragrance – so different from the acrid smell of coal tar cream!

I wanted to develop the beneficial feeling that I find in beautiful nature and fragrance, and our freeze dried botanicals and bespoke fragrances add to the sensory experience of our products.

While not being a miracle cure, my children’s skin improved and the use of synthetic, chemical ingredients was drastically reduced, making me feel much more comfortable as a mother.

Over time the story has continued to evolve.

My daughter Juliet joined me in the business along the way and she has now taken the reins, driving the creative direction of the company and our beautiful new branding and new product ranges.

A passion for natural products, strong ethics, pride in New Zealand and a nurturing family-oriented approach have remained our guiding values.

You’re celebrating an incredible 25 years this year! Why do you think people have connected so strongly with Linden Leaves and your products?
I think many people believe in our quality ingredients and their benefits, in our integrity and honesty and in our story of caring not only for the skin, health and welfare of our customers and our team, but also for our planet.

We are staunchly Kiwi-made and have upheld our principles; we have not put profit before standing against animal testing, microbead use, mineral oils and plastic wrap.

We use recyclable containers and packaging and embrace a no waste and no excess philosophy.

I cherish the holistic approach of our company, creating a lifetime of value, care, respect and gratitude.

Your skin looks incredible! What does your beauty regime look like and what are your own favourite products?
Oh thank you! I think I am like all mothers and grandmothers – too busy and time poor! I think a beauty regime has to have simplicity and flexibility otherwise it will not work.

That’s the philosophy I had in mind when creating our natural skincare range – I wanted something simple to use that women could tailor to their age and skin type.

For my face and neck, I make a custom blend of essential facial moisture, miraculous facial oil and porcelain brightening serum, depending how dry, thirsty or nourished my skin is – every day can be different.

At night, I cleanse with the skin refining cream cleanser and use our beautiful marshmallow regenerating night cream.

As for my body, I have been using the same daily routine for 25 years – applying Linden Leaves natural body oil after my shower!

My skin has always stayed hydrated until the next morning.

What does 2020 have in store for Linden Leaves?
To celebrate 25 years we are rolling out a fresh new look for the brand with beautiful crisp navy, white and rose gold accents.

We have always used the best quality natural ingredients, but as the choices in this area explode, we are slowly but surely moving all our products to be 100 percent natural, which is why we had to say goodbye to our much loved Bathtime range.

Our Miraculous Facial Oil was the first New Zealand made NATRUE certified organic cosmetic last year and our skincare range is 100 percent certified NATRUE natural.

What’s more we launched two 100 percent natural home fragrance ranges this Christmas.

We want to provide women with a luxurious yet natural choice of lifestyle and skincare products.

I believe beauty comes from within, so it’s important we present a positive approach to beauty.

We have introduced the strapline ‘Nurture Beautiful’ representing caring for yourself, one another and the environment.


Art & Soul

When it comes to decorating, there’s nothing quite like creating a space with ‘art and soul’. A gallery wall might just be the state of play if you want to do just that. We’ve got some hot tips for creating a cool wall.



Colour plays a key role in almost every aspect of design. So when taking your gallery wall to the next level, think colour… it may just be the link that ties all your elements together.

Displays that have a central concept always look a bit tighter and more put together than those that don’t. Creating an overall theme will help you strike just the right note.

There are endless variations available when it comes to creating a gallery wall, from highly structured and uniform to varied and eclectic.

Keeping it cohesive doesn’t have to mean staid and uniform; mixing different shapes, sizes and hues is a great way to create a polished design, provided you pay mind to balance and visual weight.