Mr Goodfellow

Words by Denise Irvine Hamilton chef Brad Bakker became catering manager at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls in January 2020, just a couple of months ahead of the country’s first Covid pandemic lockdown. He and his kitchen team went from cooking for the school’s 140 boarders to overseeing an empty dining room as students quickly […]

Waikato Wardrobes

“It’s ridiculous how exciting it is,” says Nadine Waterson, laughing, as we talk about the plans she has to add new storage systems in the house they recently purchased. “Having a designated place for everything through custom designed storage makes daily home organisation so much simpler.”  First to get an overhaul was the wardrobes and […]

Chocolate Basque Cheesecake

Images and recipes by Fiona Hugues I made my usual vanilla Basque cheesecake a few years ago and it was photographed as part of a festive editorial for a national magazine. I won’t name the publication, as the readers, I imagine, are much akin to the legendary readers of UK Horse & Hound, opinionated, unbudgingly […]

Liquid Gold

Words vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Ashlee DeCaires Liquid gold – this description for olive oil is becoming more and more accurate every year. Prices of olive oil have skyrocketed in the last few years. Donald Montes from Taste of Greece has seen a 120% increase in prices in just one year. Increasing demand and falling production […]

Harriet’s How To: Lamingtons

Words Harriet Boucher, Images Brydie Thompson I’m ashamed to admit it, but this all started with a love for Pak ‘n Save lamingtons. I know what you’re thinking, they can’t be that good, can they? Oh, but they are. The unbelievably light sponge, thin but moist chocolate icing, perfectly textured coconut and a lick of […]

A New Wave

Whangamatā has long been a hot spot for the quintessential Kiwi holiday. With its beautiful beaches, great fishing, nearby bush walks and mountain biking trails this is a town where the humble bach still out numbers the sandcastle mansions. As any ardent Whangamatā fan will tell you, this beachside town has so much going for […]

Pack a Picnic

Words Harriet Boucher, Images Brydie Thompson There’s nothing quite like an autumn day with clear blue skies, gorgeous colours on the trees, and the sun streaming down. It’s the perfect time to grab a basket, a blanket, and a few drinks and find the perfect spot to enjoy these recipes. The trick to packing the […]

Ask a Local – Whakatāne

If you’re looking for the true taste of a town you need to talk to the locals. Where do they get their coffee? Where do they love to eat out? So we asked a few Whakatāne locals to give us the inside scoop on this piece of paradise in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Bring […]

Rocky Road

Words by Harriet Boucher, Images by Brydie Thompson This recipe is a family favourite of Vicki’s that never lasts long. I convinced her it had to go in the picnic recipes as it’s the perfect sweet treat for any occasion. For the rocky road base 250g butter ½ cup sugar ½ cup cocoa 1 tsp […]

An Expansive Life on a Compact Site

Words Liz French, Images Brydie Thompson and Boundless Vision In our burgeoning urban areas land is getting scarcer and site sizes smaller. Medium to high density housing can be achieved without sacrificing quality of life, making rethinking the way we live a liberating experience.  Andra and Andrew Rapley did not move far for a fresh […]