Beneath The Surface

For someone with a Master’s Degree from Elam School of Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Design and Visual Art as well as a Certificate in Interior Design, Sophie Foote is astoundingly humble and unpretentious.

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ArtJunction Mag
Te Arai Lodge

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. It is this attention to all those “extra” details which sets this exciting, new venture apart from others.

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DesignJunction Mag
Foliage With Flair

We all know houseplants bring style and substance to any home or workspace - enhancing the look and feel, creating comfort and calm. The health benefits of indoor plants, however, aren’t quite so well understood.

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FeatureJunction Mag
Earth’s Kitchen

“It has always been about something more,” says Jules as her tale unfolds. With her career in nursing leading to Sister-in-charge of the surgical ward in Harley St. London, looking after royalty in the Royal and Military hospital, she knew there was a different world to explore.

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FeatureJunction Mag
The Point Wells Gables

“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.

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DesignJunction Mag
Surfin' Safari

“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.

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FeatureJunction Mag
OOB Organic

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.

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SpotlightJunction Mag
Forever Home

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. 

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DesignEditorial
Hum Of The Wild

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.

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SavourEditorial
Soul Food

Alma Wholefood is Matakana’s newest ‘foodie’ hangout, bringing plant- based breakfast, lunch and snack options to the village.

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Junction Mag