Shop 9 Boutique: Fashion with an Edge

Words Megan Lyon, Images Ashlee DeCaires A lifetime lover of design, fashion, and interiors, Rosemary Poole was looking for a career change and identified a need in Hamilton’s clothing scene to bring fashion with an edge. She jumped on an opportunity in 2009, opening Shop 9, named for its location at 9 Braid Road, St […]

Falling into Place

Eleven or so years ago I began hearing murmurs about a great spot in the Karangahake Gorge, Falls Retreat. These murmurs began to grow and so too did my frustration of not being able to get there to check it out firsthand. So I did the most sensible thing I could think of and booked […]

Simply Divine

Words Denise Irvine, Images Ashlee DeCaires Barb Cook loves to cook; she does slow braises, soups and roasted meats in winter, and loads up the barbecue grill with great ingredients in summer. When Cambridge’s well-known Simply Divine Kitchen store came on the market three-and-a-half years ago, Barb was tempted by the opportunity to work with […]

Read Bros, 150 Years in the Making

  Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Ashlee DeCaires Not many businesses can lay claim to foundations that are over 150 years old. Read Bros, in the heart of Thames can – literally and figuratively. Current owners, John and Nicola Read are the fifth generation of Reads to own and run the iconic hardware store. Everywhere you […]

Changing Lives in Cambodia

Liz French went to Cambodia earlier this year to visit schools supported by the Tauranga based Cambodia Charitable Trust (CCT) and to meet sponsored children. It left an indelible impression. When I met my sponsored child, she shed tears of gratitude for the difference I was making in her life. It was profound to realise […]

The Midas Touch

Words Denise Irvine, Images Ashlee DeCaires The tools of Paul Briggs’s trade are neatly assembled in his workroom. There are pliers, files, and fine saw blades as well as machinery for drilling and grinding, microscopes for fine details, and computers for producing 3D images of the bespoke pieces he designs. Paul is a manufacturing jeweller […]

It’s Time to Make Waste History

Words Emily Gray, Images Alex Spodyneiko “We have the solution to make waste history.”  So states Vincent Callister. The founder of event waste management company Waste Wizards is on a mission: to provide coffee drinkers with an easy and sustainable alternative to single-use coffee cups. Needing to diversify Waste Wizards during the Covid-19 pandemic, Vincent […]

Mighty Oak in Morrinsville

Words Denise Irvine, Images Ashlee DeCaires “Build it and they will come,” is the famous line from the movie Field of Dreams, and it seems a pretty good fit for Oak Eatery, in Morrinsville. Oak is the up-to-the-minute café at the Lockerbie Estate on the northern outskirts of town, and on this blue-sky Friday morning […]

Tame Your Mind

Words Harriet Boucher, Image Brydie Thompson There’s always that one person in your life who you spill the beans to, the person you confide in who gives sound advice. Debbie Eaton has been that person for many. When that dreaded c-word came in and changed the world, Debbie entered a period of reflection and quietness. […]

Locals Guide to Hamilton Central

Ask a local! It’s the best travel advice I can think of, so why not apply it to our home patch too? We asked a variety of people who work in Hamilton Central to give us their favourite places to eat, drink and hang out. Coffee We started with coffee. Where is their favourite spot […]