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
Twig & Bloom

Starting off her career life as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, Caro’s fascination with biology, her creative brain and love of flowers, led her to go on and train as a florist.

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Junction Mag
For The Love Of A Dame

Sally Dawson and Chris Moreton never planned to take up country life. The pair, both real estate agents, were happy in the city until a client purchased a four bay Victorian villa on a rear site in Greenlane, believed to have once belonged to Sir John Logan Campbell.

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DesignJunction Mag
Island Life

“We’ve got to make people realise this place is a world-class destination,” says our guide as we rattle along a dirt road. “And getting here is all part of the adventure!”

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FeatureJunction Mag
Thirsty Work

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).

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Junction Mag