Mark Lewington is a mercurial chap, when it comes to the arts. He flits from the functional to the abstract, recycled sculpture to screen printing and stenciling, graphic sign writing to clothing design.
In the Whangaripo Valley, just over the hill and down the road from Matakana Village, is the whimsical property Totem Retreat, curated by professional food stylist Kate Arbuthnot and husband Dave Hassan.
Pasta-lovers on the Matakana Coast will be pleased to know there’s a new Italian eatery in town! But it’s not a traditional Italian restaurant – it’s a refitted 1966 caravan found at selected spots around the region.
Round up all your seafood-lover friends for a festival not to be missed! The Oyster & Wine Festival Matakana 2018 is just around the corner and the oysters, wine, beer and entertainment line-up is looking shucking good!
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Gary Heaven was handed a crochet hook when he was four years old and he’s been knitting in one form or another since. “My mother had people drop off fleeces to her which she would card, spin and knit. As a kid, that was just what was happening around me so I was indoctrinated.”
It’s been a good year for Fili Maka, founder and head coach at Wellsford Boxing Sports and Fitness. He won two awards at the New Zealand Nationals for Most Scientific Coach for Junior and Youth, and coached Tonga at the Commonwealth Games.
Ready to chop to the top? Then Puhoi Axemen could be the place for you, and despite the name of the club, that means budding axewomen, too. The club is currently in hibernation for winter, but club secretary John Sanderson is always on the lookout for new members.
“There’s something about Port Albert,” says Dave Pratt, meditatively. “It’s…” He looks at the ceiling. Authentic? “Yep,” he agrees. Big, twinkly Dave and his partner Grace own the Port Albert store. It’s famous for its fish and chips. Dave is famous for his shed.
A short drive from Matakana on your way to Tawharanui, is the new home of Debbie and Michael Jones; a stunning black and white modern-classic new build, with three bedrooms, office, three bathrooms and a farm shed and minor dwelling.