KOKO CAFE

Words: Denise Irvine | Photography: Ashlee deCaires Koko Cafe neatly mixes old and new in Hamilton’s southend: the new is a stunning Jeremy Shirley mural in the entranceway, a glorious splash of tropical colour to brighten your day, and the old is the building’s original black and white tiled flooring that leads into the spacious…

GARDEN HARVEST

Words: Kate Monahan-Riddell | Photography: Vicki Ravlich-Horan With summer just around the corner, Hamilton Gardens’ gardener Geoff Herbert has been hard at work preparing the soil and planting seedlings. The qualified gardener is in charge of the Kitchen Garden and Sustainable Garden, a site of envy for most home vegetable gardeners. The quarter-acre Kitchen Garden…

COOK

Words: Vicki Ravlich-Horan Dean Brettschneider fondly remembers family mealtimes while growing up in rural New Zealand in the 80s. “On Sundays,” Dean says, “the extended family would meet up at my grandmother’s house for a roast dinner. All the platters of home-made food, lovingly prepared throughout the day, were placed at the centre of the…