• Manutuke Eco Retreat is enclosed within a horseshoe of lush, green hills on the shores of a little lake and wetland

A Wetland Reborn

April 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Richie Clark and his dad Dave stood at the top of the hill surveying the 80-hectare block of land they had just purchased. It was mid-winter and heavy rain had turned a low-lying paddock surrounded by a horseshoe of hills into a bit of a bog. Dave casually commented to Richie, “You know, a few [...]

  • Sunset from Titirangi-Kaiti Hill. Picture by Damon Meade

First to See the Light

November 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

New arrivals to Gisborne are awestruck by the little beachfront city on the east coast of the North Island, encircled by a half moon of green hills. Travellers are also discovering the place. They are amazed and delighted to have discovered a place of such prosperity, peace and space, where there is a joie de [...]

Motu’s Memento of a Mighty Rail Vision

March 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Moutohora bridge is a truss design, with the supporting framework forming two giant crosses on each side. It’s the most striking remnant of a distant vision to link Gisborne and Auckland by railway line. This November, it’s 100 years since a Poverty Bay Herald journalist wrote about the opening of a new section of [...]