“Why sculpt with a chainsaw?” I asked Ross Mann, to which he quite reasonably replied, “Why not? I’ve got all the power tools and I’m comfortable using them, so it made sense to use them for my sculptures.
Te Araroa traverses New Zealand’s new super city – a far reaching district of contrasts. The trail leaves glorious white sandy beaches in the north and ventures inland for a taste of the semi-rural before racing back to the coast via suburban footpaths.
Goat Island is one of the most magical places this region has to offer. A beautiful place where the whole family can enjoy the beach, snorkelling, swimming, diving, the Discovery Centre, boat trips and kayaks! No other beach can offer this many activities for everyone to enjoy.
It was Tony and Nina’s intrepid lifestyle that sparked the launch of Blue Adventures and later, Teepee Glamping. The couple met working in the ski fields in Queenstown, then decided to go exploring and spent the next few years sailing on Tony’s yacht in Eastern Australia, travelling throughout Asia and Europe, chasing the wind and waves and working odd jobs in between.
Underwater cameraman and storyteller Steve Hathaway has won the 2019 BLAKE Environmental Award – a prize given in the memory of Sir Peter Blake that recognises inspirational New Zealanders who’ve shown determination and a belief in achieving extraordinary things.
Warkworth Museum, like all museums can display only a small percentage of the prized possessions that benefactors have gifted for future generations to enjoy and to learn from. The many visitors to the museum, who enjoy the varied displays, would be unaware of the constant activity behind the scenes which is necessary to preserve and care for these treasures.
The Brick Bay Folly competition, now in its fifth year, has gone from strength to strength. The 2019 winning team has created an organic wooden wonder. This prestigious and exciting project receives many entries each year.
I’ve seen the future and it’s on Ben Lynch’s mobile phone.
Jude is the name of the app Ben built to manage your bank accounts – for any bank – your bills, Kiwisaver, and pretty much anything else financial. Ben gave me a quick demo on his phone and, suddenly, it all started to make sense. Jude strikes me as one of those products you don’t know you need until you start using it and then you find it indispensable.
It’s time to celebrate the Golden 50th Kowhai Festival, New Zealand's second longest running community festival. With a packed programme running throughout October, the festival offers events to cater for all ages, from toddlers to seniors, with the 'Huge Day Out' celebrations on Sunday 13 October in Warkworth.