A Wooden Wonder at Brick Bay

The Brick Bay Folly competition, now in its fifth year, has gone from strength to strength. The 2019 winning team has created an organic wooden wonder. This prestigious and exciting project receives many entries each year.

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Susannah Marshall
Hey Jude...

I’ve seen the future and it’s on Ben Lynch’s mobile phone.

Jude is the name of the app Ben built to manage your bank accounts – for any bank – your bills, Kiwisaver, and pretty much anything else financial. Ben gave me a quick demo on his phone and, suddenly, it all started to make sense. Jude strikes me as one of those products you don’t know you need until you start using it and then you find it indispensable.

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Golden 50th Kowhai Festival

It’s time to celebrate the Golden 50th Kowhai Festival, New Zealand's second longest running community festival. With a packed programme running throughout October, the festival offers events to cater for all ages, from toddlers to seniors, with the 'Huge Day Out' celebrations on Sunday 13 October in Warkworth.

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Susannah Marshall
Bluegrass Legend to Play at Whangateau

What is it that draws musicians from all around the world to Whangateau Hall? Is it the lovely wooden building with perfect acoustics? Is it the beauty of the Whangateau Harbour and surrounding hills? Is it the warm and welcoming community? It’s probably all this and more, but whatever it is, the word is out. Whangateau Hall has become a ‘must have’ stop in the planning of touring musicians and the summer schedule is great evidence of that.

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Susannah Marshall
Self Love and Worth

How often do you look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself you are enough just as you are? How often do you take a moment to appreciate yourself? How many times have you said: ‘I've done enough for today, I am going to sit down, breathe and take a moment’?

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Susannah Marshall
Matakana’s Hidden Gem

Matakana’s hidden gem is the collaboration between Master Goldsmith John Crockett and jewellery designer and manufacturer Michael John, now located at Matakana Country Park (between Brambles Café and Art Matakana). Their intention is to create a fusion of traditional and modern jewellery design and manufacturing techniques, specialising in bespoke custom made jewellery. 

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Susannah Marshall
Good Meat comes from a Good Home

There’s something about a good local butchery that inspires loyalty in customers, be it quality, service, point of difference or source. Warkworth Butchery believes it’s all the above but definitely has a lot to do with time! The store has been in the same location as a butchery for over 100 years, which is a magnificent feat to those who have run it and to those who have supported it.

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Susannah Marshall
Bringing Home the Bacon

It’s been three years to the day that Matakana Bacon Company supplied their first batch of nitrate free and sugar free bacon to the local Matakana Four Square. What started off as a very niche concept to make bacon free of sugar and cancer causing nitrates has now grown into a fully fledged small business supplying all Farro Fresh stores in Auckland, selected New World Supermarkets and Four Squares with bacon that is a healthy alternative to the mass produced varieties.

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Susannah Marshall
Ma’Keto Kitchen Rules!

Keto is not a diet, it is a lifestyle. When people hear that they can have an amazing dessert made without refined sugar and flour and almost without carbs, the first reaction is disbelief. It is because we are programmed to think that everything that tastes good has to have carbs in it.

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Susannah Marshall
Artwork With A Difference

Connie Parkinson appears to be on a mission. She has launched a new company, ART @ SUCCESSIO, selling her cubism-inspired animal artwork drawings in limited editions...but she also wants her artworks to make a difference. Consequently, she has formed an alliance with Auckland Zoo’s Conservation Fund, and 10% of her sales go to support them and their very important work. 

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The Boys’ Club

Mahurangi ICONZ started six years ago in Snells Beach, by the same guys that are running the group today. “We started this to meet the need in the local community for a faith and values based activity group for young boys. There is something special watching boys interacting, playing and learning from each other as a group,” says founder Steve Reynolds.

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Food With A View: The Cove Cafe

If you are heading north and want to take in the sights then head out to Waipu Cove and stop in at the idyllic Cove Café. Sitting snuggled against the hill directly across the road from the fabulous Waipu Cove Beach, it is the perfect back-drop to stop and take a moment.  

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The New Wharf Street Bistro

Whether it’s a family get together, girls' cocktail night catchup or a cosy couples dinner, Wharf Street Bistro is famous for its great food and charismatic ambience. Overlooking the Mahurangi River, in the heart of Warkworth, serving up heart-warming food to their loyal locals and visitors alike. 

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Snells Beach Animated Movie To Hit The Big Screens

Some world-class creativity is taking place right under our very noses in this seaside slice of paradise. As we go about our everyday activities of dropping kids to school, heading through our infamous Hill Street intersection to the big smoke or simply sipping our lattes at Little & Local, we may be unaware of the creative hub that is nestled down Goodall Road.

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