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Into the Wood

Lifestyle

He probably came to this realisation earlier than most. Coming from a long line of farming folk in Te Aute/Pukahu, Peter remembers his grandfather as being an “inveterate fixer – well it was after the war so necessity was the…

Michal McKay01 August 2018

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A Diva in the CBD

Lifestyle

The vital role art and culture plays in urban development is well documented. And the buildings which have over the decades, if not centuries, provided a gathering point for those seeking a place for artistic and cultural fulfillment, are testament…

Michal McKay01 June 2018

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The Big Cheese

Lifestyle

Cheddar. Cottage. Parmesan. Romano. Brie. Blue. Gouda. Edam. An amazing number of different styles, textures and flavours of cheese are being churned out in New Zealand. Considering cheese is all made from the same basic ingredient – milk – it’s…

Michal McKay01 June 2018

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The Fabric of Home

Lifestyle

The Oxford dictionary defines ‘creativity’ as the use of imagination or original ideas to create something. A ‘something’ Asha Payton has in abundance. Little & Fox, her wonderfully imaginative and original business situated in an old warehouse in Ahuriri, is…

Michal McKay01 May 2018

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Sustaining a Summer Garden

Lifestyle

No one would be more knowledgeable about nature’s quirks when it comes to gardening in these parts than Kay Bazzard, who spent some eight years writing the gardening column for Hawke’s Bay Today.  Though she modestly says that may not…

Michal McKay29 January 2018

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The BBQ King

Lifestyle

In his homeland the Netherlands, Raymond chose hospitality as his career path. A profession that pretty well demands the word ‘travel’ rubber stamped onto a CV. And he is no exception. A graduate of the Maastricht School of Hotel Management,…

Michal McKay29 January 2018

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A Summer Spread

Lifestyle

Ben Cruse Chef, Little Black Bird Cafe, Hastings Little Black Bird Cafe is unique. Almost everything is created on site, including the bread. Simple dishes made from fresh, seasonal and local produce (where possible organic), are standard. Gluten free and…

Michal McKay29 December 2017

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Take Me Home

Other

For some, the rocketing property boom is a barrier to buying. For others, it’s merely a challenge. We found four families in Hawke’s Bay whose ideas on what makes a house a home are far from mainstream. With a combination…

Michal McKay02 December 2017

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Festive Fare

Social Food

Festive Fare Counting down to Christmas, the big question is what to cook for friends and family. Who better to ask than those in the Bay who produce fabulous casual food? [Their recipes follow article.] Katie Green Maina  The delightful…

Michal McKay12 November 2017

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Life Imitates Art

Lifestyle

Being thrown off your land at gunpoint with no compensation could thwart the spirit of even the most stalwart. For Bruce and Louise Stobart – both third generation Zimbabweans – indeed it was heartbreak. As a newly married couple they…

Michal McKay02 October 2017

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Ya–Tres–Bon

Lifestyle

“„A Loaf od Bread,” the Walrus said, “is what we chiefly need.” No doubt if Moise Cerson – bread maker extraordinaire – were to encounter Lewis Carroll’s Walrus and the Carpenter he would insist that the bread would have to…

Michal McKay02 August 2017

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Building the Best in the Bay

Lifestyle

FIVE HAWKE’S BAY ARCHITECTS carried away honours for buildings in such diverse categories as Hospitality to Housing. We asked them how they achieved such structures, which sit harmoniously on site whilst providing a haven for the occupants. Their views on…

Michal McKay02 August 2017

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Tradition on a Plate

Maori Lifestyle

In Polynesian Lore, food is the lynchpin of social life: an opportunity to gather friends and family together while indulging in traditional fare. A custom which not only provides nourishment for the body and the spirit, but also acts as…

Michal McKay03 June 2017

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A Great Dish

Lifestyle

Capturing the catering quarter in a pretty competitive market could be a daunting prospect. Particularly in Hawke’s Bay which harbours a plethora of talent. So when Jenny Parton set out on such a mission some fifteen years ago she was…

Michal McKay03 April 2017

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The Play’s the Thing (or is it?)

Lifestyle Arts

As probably New Zealand’s best known playwright – and a part-time resident of the Bay – he has a point. There are of course many amateur groups in the region which produce remarkably good works, but the drawback for a professional…

Michal McKay03 April 2017

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Chefs spill the Beans

Other

Word of warning – this is not a beginner’s guide to becoming an instant success in the kitchen. For tips on the right temperature for grilling cheese on toast, look elsewhere. But for aspiring cooks who like a little praise for whipping up…

Michal McKay09 February 2017

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Say Cheese

Food Lifestyle

In the 70s Juliet set up The Parson’s Nose, a deli-cafe in Khandallah, Wellington. Four years later she sold up and set sail for a sabbatical in Europe. It lasted a little longer than intended. About forty years longer in…

Michal McKay04 February 2017

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Home is Where the He(art) is

Health Lifestyle

over the other side of the world in England, the Holly Trail at Epping Forest entices many a flora and fauna fan to its home county, Essex. Much the same happens with the biennial Holly Trail in Hawke’s Bay which,…

Michal McKay24 December 2016

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Two Hats Off to Pacifica

Food

Hawke’s Bay is recognised on the world stage for its award-winning wines, and renowned as the ‘fruit bowl of the country’, where seasonal produce from the plains is sought by the rest of the country. Well-fed sheep and cattle roam…

Michal McKay04 October 2016

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