• The finished product

Awanui Ka Pai Mana Kai

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Even the exquisitely designed bee motif, embossed in gold on Mana Kai Honey’s business card has been created with precise attention to detail. Using Māori symbolism, it represents the company’s business and personal values where all staff are actively included in Mana Kai’s new era of the honey industry. Derived from the Māori words mana [...]

  • The massive suspension bridges on this trail were both stunning and daunting

A Great Ride – A Rekindled Treasure

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Long before the cycle trail wound its way around Mt Pureora, the walking track to the summit held a warm place in my heart. On one of the first dates with my girlfriend, wearing swannies and hats against the cold, we tramped through the cloud forest and overlooked the little-known forest park. A quarter of [...]

  • The river runs through steep mountains clothed in native bush

Ghosts of the Mystic River

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Sister Susanne Aubert was so revered by Māori on the Whanganui River that they called her, ‘Meri Hohepa’ – wahine tino whakapono, a very holy lady. With her Sisters of Compassion, Aubert cared for orphaned and abandoned babies and children during the 1890s at the Jerusalem convent. One baby was dispatched anonymously in a basket [...]

  • A large crowd assembled, with visitors from around the world, colleagues, friends, family and locals all looked on

Te Kuiti Salutes local Colin Meads

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I doubt that Te Kuiti has had a more beautiful day. For a while though there was reason for considerable anxiety that the 81-year-old, dubbed ‘New Zealand’s Rugby Player of the Century’ in 2000, would make it to the event to honour him. Colin is very unwell, his cancer of the pancreas is well documented; [...]

  • Riverside Golf Club, player Chris Charlton

They Love their Golf in Waikato

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The Mooloo province has a proud sporting tradition with rugby’s Chiefs, netball’s Magic and cricket’s Knights all based in the province. But the district golf association, covering a huge area from Kawhia in the west, down to Taumarunui in the south and up to Matarangi on the Coromandel Peninsula, encompasses 43 golf clubs – the [...]

  • Iconic Buzzy Bee at the entrance to Bay of Islands Honey Shop

Beyond Breakfast

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Honey would have to be one of the most versatile natural products in the world and since ancient times there have been references to its use as a currency. In recent years the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of manuka honey in particular have raised both awareness and the price of the product. Honey is widely [...]

  • Greytown Town Centre – this is the third building over the years used as the town centre. This one was extensively refurbished in the mid-2000s and is well utilised by the community today

Gracious Greytown

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The Wairarapa is a unique region in many ways. Not having a single set of traffic lights is one of those idiosyncrasies the casual tourist may not notice, but is a small point of difference we are proud of in the region. The wine industry in Martinborough and in other geographical areas around Masterton and [...]

  • Captain James Cook visited the Ngāti Hei pā at Wharekaho Beach

One of Those Special Places

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I have been visiting Simpson’s Beach at Wharekaho since I was a kid. In the sixties, windy gravel roads and clouds of dust were synonymous with a trip to Whitianga. We pulled up at Simpson’s Beach with our blue Holden station wagon overloaded with camping/fishing gear and set up camp in the paddock at the [...]

  • Moody, cloudy day in the Lindis Pass

A Week of It

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My refusal to use satnav is well known. My friends think I’m crazy, but I think they are the ones missing out. A traveller flies into Christchurch, picks up a campervan or rental car, dials ‘Queenstown’ into the satnav and sets off, ignoring road signs, the view, the towns and villages along the way – [...]

  • Wild juvenile black stilt resting in the sun, Tasman valley

Black Stilt (Kaki) Breeding Programme – Twizel

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Back in the early 1980s the kakī population totalled just 23 birds. In 1981 the Department of Conservation initiated a captive-breeding programme in the MacKenzie country town of Twizel which has seen the wild population of adult birds soar to 106 in 2017. This fantastic result includes an increase from four productive kakī pairs in [...]