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KIWI HOLIDAY HOME SWAP
The growing online home exchange enterprise, Kiwi House Swap, has relo-
cated to Wanaka, a step that's expected to help the business expand even
Owner Stephanie Georgalli and her husband Angelo moved from Matakana
earlier this year, and while the shift south was for personal reasons, she says
it's also beneficial for developing Kiwi House Swap's South Island market.
"There are so many holiday houses in Wanaka and a lot of them are locked
up for most of the year. Many people are very keen to come to this area so
it would be great to have a lot more houses locally sign up to our venture."
Kiwi House Swap puts homeowners together and guides the swapping of
their houses so people can holiday in a new location while still enjoying all
the comforts of home life.
Stephanie launched the online service last October and already has a large
number of North Island homes listed plus several South Island homes. Re-
cently she has expanded the portfolio to offer international houses to swap.
She says for a small annual membership homeowners can contact other
like-minded house-swapping members around New Zealand via a safe and
secure site. "It's a simple way to save thousands of dollars on holiday
accommodation, as well as an opportunity to visit unique locations and live
like a local." www.kiwihouseswap.co.nz.
Wanaka's French restaurant Bistro Gentil is offering a rare gastro-art
experience this winter as it hosts a pop up exhibition of carvings by
Rangi Kipa. Renowned for setting Maori patterns and mythologies in a
contemporary context, the renowned artist challenges boundaries by
embracing modern materials such as corian alongside traditional wood
Rangi Kipa's aspiration to widen the reach of Maori culture and keep it
evolving means he applies his artistry across a variety of disciplines from
taonga puoro (Maori musical instruments) to whakairo (sculpture) to ta
moko (Maori tattoo) -- always with wonderful mastery.
This exhibition is an opportunity for Bistro Gentil to celebrate its
collaboration with the artist in producing a series of 50 wine charms
created as a joint fundraising initiative. The charms are available to buy
individually or as a selection set and are cast by Rangi Kipa to represent
the iwi groups in the Maori community. Proceeds from the sale of the
charms will go towards supporting both Maori and non-Maori causes.
Rangi Kipa has invited Areta Wilkinson, one of New Zealand's foremost
Maori jewellers whose work is held at Te Papa Tongarewa, to showcase
with him at Bistro Gentil and both artists will display their own work as
well as items from their personal collections.
For more information www.bistrogentil.co.nz
FRENCH RESTAURANT SHOWCASES MAORI ART
Detour Urban Clothing has returned to its roots in
downtown Rees Street and owner Mike Collins is
excited about the new direction the store has taken.
"It has been 100% positive from all our loyal
customers who waited while our new store was
being installed and since opening the doors we
haven't looked back. Winter is in full swing and
when we finally opened it was as if everyone was
waiting to get their hands on all our new labels. It's
Detour is Queenstown's original clothing store and
first opened in Rees Street in 1978. Mike says it's
pleasing to have the store back in its original home
after several years based in the O'Connells Centre.
"We like the fact that this store has been going for
over 30 years now and all of our brands reflect that
As a specialist denim store that stocks all the big
super brands like G-Star, Diesel, Superdry. Scotch
& Soda, Maison Scotch and English Laundry,
Detour Urban Clothing's new store is split into two
distinctive areas for men and women.
"This is a store that is all about the world's best
urban street brands," says Mike. "G-Star is huge for
us and we have just taken on more of their fashion
collection to add to our extensive range of their
denim jeans. We have also picked up a new denim
brand out of Australia called Nue which is a great
option for those wanting an affordable jean that is
still strong on seasonal styling."
Nothing has been left to chance in the new look
store. The interior features have a cool vibe and the
industrial vintage theme is reflected in the exposed
brick walls, polished wooden floors and stunning
vintage fittings and fixtures.
"We have had a lot of fun putting the store together
particularly finding the old industrial fans that now
are part of the feature brick wall on the mezzanine
floor and the metal light fittings at the front of the
"Our fitting rooms are amazing with loads of
room and mirrors keeping our customers happy.
It's an exciting new era and a fresh chapter for
Queenstown's oldest fashion store."
Luc Bohyn and Rangi Kipa
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