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QTMAGAZINE WINTER 2018
QTMAGAZINE WINTER 2018
Living the Dream
By Tom Kalliber
Budding ice skaters and hockey players are
in safe hands at Queenstown Ice Arena.
Deanna Pielak-Jones, who leads the local learn-
to-skate programme, has more than 40 years’
experience as a professional coach in her native
Canada, the UK and New Zealand.
She first laced up her ice skates aged eight in
Saskatchewan and started teaching part-time in
her last year of high school. While at university
in Alberta Deanna decided to become a full-time
figure skating coach and she has followed her
dream ever since.
She says her mission is to impart her passion for
skating wherever possible.
“For me, it’s the closest thing to flying without
leaving the ground.”
Her journey from Canada to Queenstown has
included working at rinks in Auckland, Gore and
Dunedin – where she coached Kiwi figure skater
Morgan Figgins to achieve both the national senior
and junior titles three years running – Streatham in
South London and the far north of Canada.
After setting up a sea kayak business in the Bay of
Islands in 1989 Deanna missed the thrill of skating
so much she volunteered to run roller blading
sessions for the local community.
She still guides sea kayaking trips in the summer
but has spent her winters at Queenstown Ice Arena
After school classes
on Mondays and
Thursdays cater for
youngsters aged four to
16 while the adult programme onTuesday nights
regularly attracts 20 people each week.
“We show skaters the basics – how to skate
forwards, transfer your weight, stop and skate
backwards but not with speed. From there they can
go on to figure skating, hockey, speed skating or
just skating for fun,” says Deanna.
The arena hosts regular speed skating classes plus
hockey instruction sessions on Tuesday afternoons.
The sessions are designed for more confident
skaters who may one day play for the Queenstown
based Skycity Stampede, champions of the NZ Ice
Hockey League for the past three seasons.
Deanna recently had hands-on experience with
visiting world-class coach, Christine Krall, who
trained three-times world champion Patrick Chan.
She says the seminar was inspirational, reinforcing
her own commitment to the sport.
“I believe skating teaches life skills
– the ability to focus, develop body
awareness and the strength to get up
when you fall down. I love to see
SKYCITY STAMPEDE AT HOME
The Queenstown Ice Arena is home to the Skycity
Stampede Ice Hockey team, currently champions
of the New Zealand Ice Hockey League.The
team’s season is from May 12 until August 25
with a number of high profile games scheduled
at the arena.
SKYCITY STAMPEDE REGULATION GAMES:
Friday 15 Stampede v Dunedin
Saturday 16 Stampede v Dunedin
Friday 22 Stampede v Legends
Thursday 28 USA v Canada
Friday 29 Stampede v Botany Swarm
Saturday 30 Stampede v Botany Swarm
Friday 13 Stampede v West Auckland Admirals
Saturday 14 Stampede v West Auckland Admirals
Friday 20 Stampede v Canterbury Red Devils
Saturday 21 Stampede v Canterbury Red Devils
Saturday 18 NZIHL FINALS
Saturday 24 NZIHL FINALS
Sunday 25 NZIHL FINALS
Thursday 6 – Saturday 8
NZ Ice Blacks v Australia Mighty Roos Ice Hockey Series
Phone ahead to find out about
local adventures, activities and
to make a booking with us. We’d
love to help make yours a
fun day to remember.
Mrs Woolly’s General Store: 03 409 0051
Activities Bookings: 027 700 1882
64 Oban Street, Glenorchy
TO A GORGEOUS DAY IN
Just a 40-minute drive
north of Queenstown along the
stunning shores of Lake Wakatipu,
Mrs Woolly’s General Store awaits
you with our world-famous Full
Monty gelato sundae, pastries, hot
and tasty Fairlie Pies, coffee and
fresh healthy takeaway foods.
Indulge your senses with a bounty
of artisan-made gifts and souvenirs,
clothing, accessories, jewellery,
homewares and more.
Base is the home of Mons Royale and was their first
stockist, anywhere in the world, when the Wanaka based
Merino brand launched in 2009.
“As a leading retailer of the label in the Southern Lakes
we hold the largest range to ensure our customers look
good and keep warm. We love the Mons Royale range
this season and know it’s the perfect brand for warmth
in the region,” says Daisy.
“Mons Royale garments are made using fine
merino in a number of different weights so,
it is possible to wear more pieces and be
ready for all the elements – it gives that
ability to layer up for the outdoors but not
overheat when you come back inside.”
Base has an unrivalled range of down jackets by
Huffer. The ultimate “street inspired” jackets are
made to provide maximum protection and warmth
for cold climates.
“Huffer have been making down jackets for over
20 years and their cuts and fits are exceptional,” says
Daisy. “They have refined their styles to perfection
and the colours this season are on point with brights
and neutrals to suit everyone. This type of jacket is an
essential item in the Southern Lakes.”
ACCESSORIES FOR WINTER
Base stocks a huge range of accessories to complement
their winter clothing. Sunglasses by Rayban, Quay,
Oakley, Le Specs, Electric and Smith are hugely popular
along with leather bags and wallets by Status Anxiety.
“We have an excellent range of super chunky scarves,
cable knits, and pom-pom beanies – they are all definite
winners for this winter,” says Daisy. “Some of my top
picks are the Mons Royale Merino super warm wool
gloves which are super thin so you can still do things
with them on, and their neck warmers that sit under
a coat collar as an extra layer.”
CNR HELWICK + DUNMORE ST - WANAKA
03 443 6699
n o 22 the mall - queenstown
03 442 6670
of Huffer Down
Fashion at Base
By Penny Simpson
Winter and Base, Queenstown’s distinctive
streetwear clothing and accessories store,
An inspiring collection of New Zealand and international fashion brands
for winter can be found at the Mall premises, focusing on practical
designs for the cooler months.
“It’s important to dress for the local climate and that means lots
of layers, jackets and of course a cute beanie. You don’t have to
compromise style just because its freezing,” says manager Daisy Mayen.
“By hand picking our offering instore, we focus on clothing that is cool but
also functional and warm. Layering is the key to the season, and we have
an awesome selection of easy to wear pieces to keep people toasty warm
whether indoors or out.”
Base is firmly established as the go to store for premium jackets by
renowned New Zealand designer Huffer, beautiful merino wool garments
by Kiwi company Mons Royale and an array of cool accessories such as
beanies, gloves, scarves, sunglasses and bags.
The store lineup displays a number of other
New Zealand labels including Ketz-ke, RPM,
Thing Thing, Lower, Federation and
Leo + B, along with international brands
like Stussy, Assembly, Brixton,
Status Anxiety, The Fifth Label,
Lee and Wrangler.
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