“I’ve never painted a cow in my life,” says Mike Petre, a little tartly. “They’re cattle!” But then he laughs. “Everyone calls them cows of course, but I paint cattle beasts because beef is what I know – not dairy cows. To me they’re very different.”
After years of doing long distance between Raglan and Auckland, Imogen and Will Worsp were trying to decide where to settle and start a family. Will was adamant he wasn’t going to live in Auckland full time, and Imogen didn’t want to completely give up her career with a move to Raglan.
When a friend talked to her about network marketing in 2003, Helen Jamieson was absolutely set against it. “I’d seen my parents try it when I was very young. I thought it was all shoulder pads and high heels, and I was certain it didn’t work.” Fast forward a few years and Helen had earned more than a million USD in network marketing – and spent most of it.
In the beginning, the Sawmill Brewery had a simple goal: to make excellent beers which their customers could enjoy in the best possible way. But now they’ve broadened their outlook enormously and the team is fully committed to building “a strong business that’s good for our team, our community and our environment.”
David Glover and partner Mariska moved to Mangawhai in 2007, with the intention of raising their daughter Mariska in a small seaside community. “Few opportunities for employment were available, so when Bammas Surf shop came onto the market for the first time in 30 years we jumped at the opportunity,” remembers Dave. They certainly haven’t regretted it.
“Sport is so good for physical and mental wellbeing, and it’s really important to keep participating,” Maree Todd tells me, with an enthusiastic glint in her eye. Maree’s grass roots hockey began at school and she went on to play for the Teachers Club in Auckland from 1973-76, also playing reps for Auckland under 18s and 21s in this time.
Clouds layer the sky, hills swell and undulate. Toi tois line the dusty road, houses and farm buildings are scattered amongst vivid green paddocks. The bridge that connects the road to Pakiri village …
One of the newest and exciting places to pop up in Warkworth township has been ‘The Oaks on Neville’. Offering its residents a prime location to relax into retirement and enjoy the amenities on their doorstep.
Touchstone Marble and Granite brings the raw beauty of natural stone benchtops to kitchens, bathrooms and fireplaces across the region. After years of flying under the radar, their new showroom is now open to customers with a taste for something unique.