Author: Tim Brewster

Glowing Sky – New Zealand Merino Clothing

Glowing Sky – New Zealand Merino Clothing Wool is finally on the comeback trail. Coveted as a cloth for luxurious garments, resilient enough for harsh outdoor environments, the finest stuff is still found on the back of merino sheep up in the South Island’s high country. Aficionado’s of merino wool have always known its natural attributes outperformed synthetics. Now sustainability and ethical provenance are also key influencers in customer choices and the wool of kings is enjoying a valuable advantage over its traditional rivals. Deep down south, those qualities were never in question when Glowing Sky’s New Zealand merino...

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Ski Test Volkl Racetiger GS Pro R18

Ski Test Volkl Racetiger GS Pro R18 Level: Expert and recreational racing. Ideal for hard snow and carving longer turns. Tester: Edoardo Brignone, Italy Images: Rory Edwards Edoardo skied on the Volkl Racetiger GS Pro for a month at Cardrona Alpine Resort with a mixture of race coaching, running gates and freeskiing. A former FIS racer and fully qualified Maestro di Sci with Eurotest, race and telemark qualifications, Edoardo rated the ski for its versatility and stability: “The ease in handling this ski makes them fun both at high and low speeds. The Racetiger gives you security even on the hardest...

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Volkl Deacon Ski Test NZ – Garett Shore

Volkl Deacon Ski Test NZ – Garett Shore New Zealand’s unique snow conditions were the final test track for two recently developed high-performance ski models, the Volkl Deacon and Mantra 5. German ski company Volkl (Voelkl in German) released the Deacon and Mantra 5 for the northern hemisphere winter following a final on-snow testing session at Mt Hutt ski area in September of last year. Since being released, the two models have been in huge demand.  In New Zealand, Volkl importer Geoff Mckeown of Gravity Sports says he was already taking orders for an extra shipment “before the lifts...

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New Zealand Mountain Film Festival 2018

New Zealand Mountain Film Festival 2018 Wanaka, Cromwell & Queenstown – June 29 to July7 Buckle in for a week of adventure, aspiration, environment and culture. With a global reach and grassroots feel this year’s NZ Mountain Film Festival features 83 films including ten world premieres complemented by old-fashioned storytelling sessions with guest speakers and writers. The Grand Prize winning film, ‘Liv Along the Way’ reflects the calibre of the films on offer at this year’s event. Director Mike Douglas (Canada) follows World Champion sport climber Liv Sansoz, as she sets out to climb all 82 4,000m peaks in the...

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Double Black – Date And Orange Scone

Double Black in Albert Town has already clocked up a prodigious strike rate of photogenic cakes, lush slices and quality baking just a year after opening its doors. Having a daycare in the same building and a lot of construction in the area means a steady stream of hungry early-bird customers able to trial their offerings.  Good coffee served fast, friendly staff and breakfast goodies like the polenta cakes topped with egg, bacon and hollandaise have kept the pace up. The date and orange item generously shared by Jill and the team in the kitchen runs out pretty quickly…...

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