Walking into the Sawmill Brewery on a cold Wednesday morning is a cheering experience. It’s not yet 8am, but the brewery is a hive of activity with staff stocking up, brewers striding around and some bracing heavy metal music blasting in the background (on Fridays, it’s all-day musicals).
Leigh artist and illustrator Miki Pogoni moves seamlessly between the different mediums of oil, ink, charcoal, graphite and digital. She has a unique style - but would rather not try to describe it. “I think I’ll just wait until someone else puts it in a category,” she says.
This grand old Warkworth villa seems to have been here forever, but in fact it was moved here from Epsom 30 years ago. Built in 1917 by a timber merchant who lavished his best kauri on it, it now has breathtaking views north to the bush-clad ramparts of Dome Valley.
Perched on the clifftop adjacent to Goat Island is the University of Auckland’s, Leigh Marine Laboratory. ‘The Lab’, as it is locally known, has been a feature of the area since the mid 1960s and has undergone several iterations in its 50 plus years of existence.
“Doors just open and I walk through them,” says Boudewijn (pronounced Bode-wayne). And many are the doors that he has passed through – musician, scientist, forestry worker, farmer, farrier, horse breaker, project manager, actor, sculptor, carver and more besides.