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The latest reborn beauty: Stockman Group

An alluring staircase entrance with warm heritage colours and brass treads leads past a dazzling chandelier to the bespoke new office spaces of Ruby Black.



The latest reborn beauty from Stockman Group at 201 High Street melds cherished history with perfect contemporary function.

This rebuild was a passion of two halves.

The original Ruby building has become contemporary-themed office spaces on two levels, with the ground floor poised for retail or hospitality.

Adjoined, is the reconstructed former Victoria Black building which parades the original façade of two beautiful arched windows, above Kilt fashion store.

For Director Shaun Stockman, reinstating the iconic window features was a rewarding labour of love, and cash injection.

Now fully double-glazed and extensively repaired, the landmark lights up the Salt District by night.

The project started February last year, with Shaun adding the final touches during lockdown.

Now of the nine affordable office spaces from 26 to 60sqm, five remain for tenure.

All include practical desk configurations, separate meeting spaces, and full kitchens, including wine racks and dishwashers.

Some of the black and white chic offices have expansive windows and high-raked plywood ceilings, two with spacious balconies above High Street.

A southside office has wide vistas to the hills. Some may prefer a coveted arch-window view, with a juxtaposition of modern and yesteryear detailing, such as stamped-tin ceilings.

Every office has its own personality.

And no corners have been cut here, in fact every corner exudes character. Gold cornices, chandeliers, tropical Victoriana wallpaper and glossy black paint work embellish the vestibules.

Even the shower room has Spanish tiling.

The Victoria Room is a boardroom of grandeur, complete with audio-visual screen. It feels comfortably warm here, even though high ceilings and doorways abound.

“People are not quite sure if it’s an old building or new,” he says. But this was Shaun’s intention.

“It’s a fantastic location, especially for young staff, amongst bars and cafés. We also offer parking nearby for $30pw.”

If staff numbers fluctuate, he can always negotiate a larger or smaller-sized office from his unique Above Your Space CBD portfolio.

Ruby Black is a rare, enviable work-home that will be very hard to leave.

Visit the website below or phone Anna Morawiec on 022 059 7620.


The Monday Room

Escape from reality: The Monday Room

The most fabulous thing about dining at The Monday Room is that diners can revel in expecting the unexpected. With its raison d’être firmly focused on a shared degustation of food and wine, and featuring Trust the Chef and Trust the Somm options, patrons are assured of a gastronomic feast guaranteed to inspire conversation that would rival even the Mad Hatter at his most eloquent best.


The Monday Room



So, without further ado, let us meet the Trust the Chef(s) conjuring their culinary magic in this wonderland restaurant. Head Chef Eeva Torvinen and Sous Chef Annika Kiviniemi both hail from Finland, and it’s thanks to this dynamic duo, with their youth and passion for creating dishes that shake us out of our dining complacency, that we’re finally getting to experience food that excites and astounds.


The Monday Room

Torvinen says it was due to foraging in the forest for berries and mushrooms, and fishing with her father and grandfather that set her on her cooking career. A word Torvinen frequently uses is ‘technique’, such as in the techniques of curing, brining, pickling, smoking and sous vide (low temperature cooking, container cooking and pressurised enclosure cooking). “We seldom use spices other than salt because we believe the techniques we use add more flavour into ingredients.”


The Monday Room

Torvinen’s desire is to make The Monday Room the best eating establishment that she can; beyond that her want is simple: “I want to cook, create, learn more and explore, and maybe one day have a restaurant of my own.”  Now we turn to greet our Trust the Somm.

Malaysian-born Kiwi, Stephen Wong, was reading law at the University of Otago and, while working part time in cafés and as a DJ, was introduced to New Zealand wines. A move to Central Otago in 2000 found Stephen working in vineyards and rapidly progressing into hospitality.


The Monday Room

He began his first sommelier role after qualifying as a barrister and learnt on the job. Seven years on and Stephen had moved into consulting; Wine Sentience is his wine education and support business – it has been instrumental in keeping Wellington wine lists at the top of their game.

Stephen was recently made a Master of Wine, taking the number of MW’s in New Zealand to 12. When not educating or judging wine shows throughout Australasia, Stephen tutors Master of Wine students in the IMW Australasian Educational Seminar. Stephen says his greatest passion will always be around wine communication and training our future sommeliers to be the best they can possibly be.


These, then, are the trusted trio rocking The Monday Room; Alice begs you to bring along your Mad Hatter mates, and join her for a night of unrivalled revelry.

Location: 161 High Street