“Under the boardwalk, down by the sea,” sung The Drifters on their famous 1964 hit. This Point Wells Gables house doesn’t quite match the lyrics, but it is on the Omaha estuary and a striking internal boardwalk is one of the key features of the award-winning design from architects Aaron Paterson and Steven Lloyd.
“What we do out there gives an amazing amount of joy, you should see their faces...” enthuses Che Burnett, owner of Aotearoa Surf. He’d been out in the water for most of the day with three different, regular surf classes.
Oob Organic has proudly been a part of the Rodney district since its inception in 2001. The company was founded by Kiwi’s Robert and Shannon Auton, a husband and wife team who dreamed of leaving their careers, in finance and government respectively, to open an organic orchard to grow blueberries.
Hackneyed phrases such as ‘pillars of the community’ spring to mind when writing about Robin and Simon Barclay. Not to mention ‘park-like grounds’ in connection with their Matakana home. But in this case, both are true.
When we catch up, it’s a stinkin’ hot afternoon and Louis is out in it, dipping honey boxes - a process using natural wax to preserve the honey frames. Born and bred in Mangawhai, Louis had ten acres to roam and run on as a kid and his cousins were neighbours along the same estuary.
One would assume when given just two simple ingredients, that the number of possible flavour combinations would be fairly easy to predict. However, in the hands of chocolate maker David Herrick, the results are numerous, surprising, and you could even say; symphonic.
Matakana Botanicals is having a very good year. Company director Danvers Devereux is celebrating an amazing 30-year anniversary in the business, and a further ten years for the Great Barrier Island Bee Co.