Oysters By The Estuary

The Oyster Festival Matakana makes its annual return, after two successful years, on Sunday the 6 October, 2019. Its new, sea-side location at The Farmers’ Daughter showcases not only one of the best views in the area, but easy bike and pedestrian access from both Point Wells and Omaha too.

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Beatles, Baking And A Brew

Let it Brew is the most recent eatery opening up in a prime spot in Warkworth Centre. From the façade alone, you will know that it is unique, with a big wall mural that reminds you of The Beatles crossing Abbey Road, but on closer look, the four silhouettes are actually holding cups of hot coffee. 

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Willing Prisoners At Te Hīnaki

Mary Chamberlain opens her front door with a warm smile. “Come in, you’re just in time for pancakes!” A minute later I’m at their dining table, bathed in winter sunshine, with her partner Michael Absolum and two of their grandchildren, Oscar and Evie.

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Art’ntartan Goes From Strength To Strength

Anyone in the audience who thought they had to go to Wellington to see a stunning array of Wearable Art were proved wrong on the weekend of 19 and 20 July when the Waipu Museum held their annual Art’nTartan Wearable Art Contest and Show in the Celtic Barn.

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They’re Not Cows

“I’ve never painted a cow in my life,” says Mike Petre, a little tartly. “They’re cattle!” But then he laughs. “Everyone calls them cows of course, but I paint cattle beasts because beef is what I know – not dairy cows. To me they’re very different.” 

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Sandspit Road Villa

After years of doing long distance between Raglan and Auckland, Imogen and Will Worsp were trying to decide where to settle and start a family. Will was adamant he wasn’t going to live in Auckland full time, and Imogen didn’t want to completely give up her career with a move to Raglan.

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Kiwiness Tours

Kiwiness Tours is a locally run company founded by Vanessa (Ness) Wards, a born and bred Matakana local with big ideas for tours around her beloved home region.

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The Networker

When a friend talked to her about network marketing in 2003, Helen Jamieson was absolutely set against it. “I’d seen my parents try it when I was very young. I thought it was all shoulder pads and high heels, and I was certain it didn’t work.” Fast forward a few years and Helen had earned more than a million USD in network marketing – and spent most of it.  

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Junction Awards 2019 Runner Up - Sawmill Brewery

In the beginning, the Sawmill Brewery had a simple goal: to make excellent beers which their customers could enjoy in the best possible way. But now they’ve broadened their outlook enormously and the team is fully committed to building “a strong business that’s good for our team, our community and our environment.”

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Junction Awards 2019 WINNER - Sun, Surf - And Bammas

David Glover and partner Mariska moved to Mangawhai in 2007, with the intention of raising their daughter Mariska in a small seaside community. “Few opportunities for employment were available, so when Bammas Surf shop came onto the market for the first time in 30 years we jumped at the opportunity,” remembers Dave. They certainly haven’t regretted it. 

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Jolly Hockey Sticks

“Sport is so good for physical and mental wellbeing, and it’s really important to keep participating,” Maree Todd tells me, with an enthusiastic glint in her eye. Maree’s grass roots hockey began at school and she went on to play for the Teachers Club in Auckland from 1973-76, also playing reps for Auckland under 18s and 21s in this time.

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