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Pets and bringing animals into New Zealand... don't get caught

02 July 2015
A highly publicised and well known film star’s troubles have brought an unusual issue to light – the immigration status of travelling pets.

The Australian Government gave an ultimatum to Johhny Depp and wife Amber Heard in May after sneaking their two Yorkshire terriers into the country illegally – either leave and take them with you, or we’ll euthanase the dogs.

“It’s time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States,” Australia’s minster for agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said at the time.

But what about New Zealand? With many similar border control and biosecurity laws as Australia, don’t get caught out bringing animals into the country without the necessary paperwork - specific requirements must be met.

Talk to Asia Pacific Superyachts before you arrive to make sure your cuddly friends arrive safely and legally.
Pets and bringing animals into New Zealand... don't get caught

Spotlight on: Matakauri Lodge

02 July 2015
Beautiful Matakauri Lodge is superbly positioned on the edge of Lake Wakatipu. Nestled in one of the world's most serenely beautiful landscape settings, this much awarded and stylish hideaway is just a seven-minute drive from all the attractions ofQueenstown , the adventure capital of the southern hemisphere, yet seemingly world's away. Thelodge has spectacular, panoramic view of the lake and the Remarkable Mountains. Accommodation comprises 12 suites and a more recently added 4-bedroom Owner’s Cottage, with all maximising the stunning views.

Under the direction of Head Chef Jonathan Rogers, the menus atMatakauri Lodge change daily and many of the ingredients are supplied from the on-property garden. Homemade cookies and brownies are delivered to guest rooms daily. Matakauri Lodge is a member of Relais & Chateaux, and is sister property to TheLodge at Kauri Cliffs andThe Farm at Cape Kidnappers .
Spotlight on: Matakauri Lodge

Recipe: Wild Fiordland Venison with turnip, kale and cocoa nibs.

30 June 2015
Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand is partnering with some of New Zealand's leading luxury providers to bring you their recipes, recommendations and more.

Here Jonathan Rogers, Head Chef at The Farm at Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown, shares his recipe forWild Fiordland Venison with turnip, kale and cocoa nibs , a stunning dish that makes the most of the beautiful produce available in the Lodge's vicinity.

Famed Fiordland wild venison is the inspiration for this dish, where herds of red deer roam the National Park forests just beyond the mountain ranges from Matakauri Lodge," says Rogers. " The dish isaccompanied by seasonal ingredients of kale & turnip which have been sourced locally to guarantee quality in flavor, and complemented by the flavouring of the warming cocoa nibs, it is the perfect dish to linger over on long winter evenings."

Recipe: Wild Fiordland Venison with turnip, kale and cocoa nibs.
Serves 4

4 Fiordland Wild Venison Tenderloins
1 tablespoon canola oil
Salt & Pepper
2 tablespoon butter
2 garlic cloves
Thyme sprigs
Rosemary sprigs

Heat a medium size frying pan over high heat. Season the venison lightly with salt & pepper. Sear the meat on all sides, add the herbs and baste with the butter.

Place in the oven preheated to 200.c and roast for 6 minutes. Remove from the oven and rest in a warm place.

Turnip Puree

250g turnips, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons butter
White pepper

Sweat the turnips in a covered sauce pan with the butter until cooked, season lightly with salt and pepper. Puree until silky smooth in a blender, adding cream to adjust the consistency. Pass through a fine mesh sieve.

Kale Chips

Kale Leaves
Olive oil
Sea salt

Remove the stems from the leaves and rub with olive oil and sea salt. Dehydrate until they are crispy in a food dehydrator or in the oven at 80.c

To Assemble

4 Blanched Baby Turnips, quartered
Cocoa Nibs
Venison Jus

Reheat the turnip puree and venison tenderloin. Carve the venison tenderloin into medallions. Spoon 3 tablespoons of the puree onto the plate. Arrange the venison and turnips around the puree. Garnish with the hot baby turnips and cocoa nibs. Spoon 2 tablespoons of jus onto each plate.  

I recommend matching this dish with Mt Difficulty Single Vineyard Long Gully Pinot Noir 2010, with its perfumed boysenberry and red cherry really shining through to complement the overall warmth in flavouring of this dish, perfect for those wintery evenings.

About Jonathan Rogers

Recipe: Wild Fiordland Venison with turnip, kale and cocoa nibs.
New Zealand born Jonathan Rogers began his training studying professional cookery at Manukau Institute of Technology from 1998 -1999. His early formative years of his career were spent working for renowned Auckland restaurateur Tony Adcock at Orbit and Harbourside Seafood Bar & Grill.

Eager to gain overseas experience, Jonathan relocated to Canada in 2005 and worked under one of Canada’s top chefs, Melissa Craig at Bear Foot Restaurant in Whistler, B.C. Jonathan cites this as the time that he really began to develop as a chef and forge a cooking style of his own. Working under Melissa’s tutelage and alongside the incredibly talented team she assembled, and the opportunity to work with diverse and quality produce all had a profound effect on Jonathan.

Returning to New Zealand in 2007, Jonathan worked in Queenstown at The Spire Luxury Hotel under Chef Rex Morgan. Rex appointed Jonathan to his first Head Chef opportunity and he remains a valued mentor.

In 2009 Jonathan helped the owners of the Bay of Many Coves Resort in Marlborough Sounds set up their property as a dining destination.

A career opportunity came in October 2011 when Jonathan was invited to join the kitchen brigade at Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown under group Executive Chef Dale Gartland. With Dale relocating to sister property Kauri Cliffs in 2012, Jonathan was appointed Head Chef at Matakauri Lodge.

Our partners, MML add pool and Jacuzzi to Arctic P

21 June 2015
Our partners, MML, have recently completed an extensive refit of explorer yacht, Arctic P. 

MML have successfully supported another extensive refit on Arctic P. Work included the addition of a hidden pool, jacuzzi and table which create a flush deck when not in use. 

MML have played a pivotal role in the recently completed refit on Arctic P. The seven month refit began in October and was carried out at the Navantia Shipyard in Cartagena, Spain. 

The work saw a complete refit of the bridge, engine control room and galley, the installation of new, and significantly more fuel-efficient propellers, as a well as a major overhaul of the 88-metre explorer yacht's beach club. That included the installation of a swimming pool, jacuzzi and a dining table to make the space an entertaining hub of the yacht.

When not in use the pool, jacuzzi and dining table stow flush to the deck so the beach club presents as a clean flat teak deck, allowing it to be used as an expansive entertaining area. 

At the touch of selected buttons the glass bottom of the pool and teak bottom of the jacuzzi sink into the deck and the spaces then fill with water. On the other side of the beach club the dining table rises from the deck in two sections; a smaller round section to which an additional section can be added to form a large oval table and which allows for the accommodation of varying dinner party sizes. The whole deck conversion can be completed in less than five minutes. 

With young children often onboard as guests, safety is a key concern of the owner. MML set about creating a removable railing, the latest in a series of technical innovations the company has created for Arctic P, which separates the jacuzzi and pool area from the rest of the deck space when in use. With the pool and jacuzzi in the flush-to-deck, stowed position the railings can be completely removed to re-establish a clear deck space. 

”Working in partnership with Arctic P’s captain and crew over the years has enabled MML to fully understand their specific requirements for each refit or period in maintenance. We can then do our utmost - through careful planning, preparation and negotiation - to ensure all work is completed to a high standard with minimum impact on the yacht’s cruising schedule whilst striving to achieve best value for money for their comprehensive work packages” says Matt Liddell, MML technical manager. 

MML's involvement in this refit is part of an ongoing relationship between Arctic P and the company which stretches back to 2008.

The specialist marine engineering consultants and project managers work with large yacht captains and crew to manage their technical requirements - routine or otherwise - throughout the yacht’s life. This through-life asset management means MML has an enduring attachment to the yacht, thereby understanding the unique challenges of each vessel. They then work with yacht management and crew to maximise opportunities within the yacht’s cruising schedule for maintenance, upgrades and surveys through careful  planning and the use of global yards. 
MML have recently entered into a partnership with Asia Pacific Superyachts (NZ) to provide a technical and refit management option for their many clients, from the company’s base in Auckland. 

Second edition print run of Superyacht Explorer planned

01 June 2015
Following a hugely positive response to the first print run in 2013, a second edition of theSuperyacht Explorer book is now planned. The second print run will encompass anadded section on the region's best dive spots and underwater world.
Second edition print run of Superyacht Explorer planned
Created by a collective of Asia-Pacific based agents and companies, the book was developed as a showcase of all that the region has to offer visiting superyachts. The Asia-Pacific region’s biggest asset – the distance from the rest of the
world that allows for unspoilt beauty and uncrowded cruising grounds – is also its biggest challenge. Understanding this, and recognising that joint efforts would reap wider rewards, the group of agents got together to proactively create a resource that would help sell the region and demonstrate just why  superyachts should visit it.

This ensuing joint Superyacht Explorer campaign provided an inspiring, visual guide to the best of the Asia-Pacific, including tantalising imagery and sample itineraries from each expert agent. Working under the tagline that ‘the Asia Pacific is one of the last havens of untouched cruising in the world’ the group of agents set out to proactively showcase the destination, working together to promote both their individual countries and the region as a whole.

Contact Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand today for a copy, or
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