The Oyster Festival Matakana makes its annual return, after two successful years, on Sunday the 6 October, 2019. Its new, sea-side location at The Farmers’ Daughter showcases not only one of the best views in the area, but easy bike and pedestrian access from both Point Wells and Omaha too.
Let it Brew is the most recent eatery opening up in a prime spot in Warkworth Centre. From the façade alone, you will know that it is unique, with a big wall mural that reminds you of The Beatles crossing Abbey Road, but on closer look, the four silhouettes are actually holding cups of hot coffee.
The Mahurangi College Visual Arts Department is a well established and highly successful team which prides itself on the quality of art works students produce and the level of support and care provided.
Under the direction of Executive Chef Pip Wylie the Leigh Sawmill Café’s new menu has been designed to use the best local ingredients that change with the seasons, bringing the coast and land to the plate.
Mary Chamberlain opens her front door with a warm smile. “Come in, you’re just in time for pancakes!” A minute later I’m at their dining table, bathed in winter sunshine, with her partner Michael Absolum and two of their grandchildren, Oscar and Evie.
Anyone in the audience who thought they had to go to Wellington to see a stunning array of Wearable Art were proved wrong on the weekend of 19 and 20 July when the Waipu Museum held their annual Art’nTartan Wearable Art Contest and Show in the Celtic Barn.
Winston Cowie, son of Matakana locals Mike and Sue Cowie, grew up at Campbells Beach, Tawharanui Peninsula, before embarking on a successful career in environmental policy, film, writing, rugby and adventure that has taken him to over 40 countries.
“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.