By David Wrigley For as long as people have inhabited these islands, we have been a nation of fishers. Ever since Te Ika-a-Māui was pulled from the ocean, we have fished for fun, for sport, for profit, and for kai. This close relationship with the ocean and all that swims in it hasn’t always been […]

Better Together

Words Denise Irvine The unique Te Kāroro Nature Precinct unites taonga at Rotokauri. It doesn’t get much better than this Nourish assignment, and for a moment it’s all about food: ring-tailed lemurs at Hamilton Zoo are gently and delicately nibbling almonds and peanuts from my outstretched hands, jostling for position and treats. Their leading lady, […]

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 […]


Words and Images by Fiona Hugues  (pron /tart-ee–flett]/ – a French melty cheese, onion, spud & bacon situation) This is a bistro classic from the French Alps that my consort grew up with, eaten particularly around spring ski season when the days are sunny but you need something filling to banish the chilly nip. Insanely […]

Lifted Pilates

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan No photo credit Far more than a recent fitness craze, Pilates was developed in the 1920s when Joseph and Clara Pilates opened their ‘Body Conditioning Gym’ in New York City. Born in 1883 in Germany, Joseph Pilates was a frail child. Drive and determination saw Joseph overcome ailments like asthma, rickets and […]

Building Relationships before Building Homes

Words Liz French, Images Brydie Thompson Since its inception in 2007, Thorne Group (TG Homes) has been a proudly family owned and operated building business, with the second generation of Thornes continuing the legacy. Their clients can’t speak highly enough of them. Exciting, enjoyable, stress free and fun are not words normally associated with having […]

Dot & Winnies

By Harriet Boucher, Images Ashlee DeCaires There is something familiar about Hamilton central’s newest eatery – Dot & Winnie’s. It could be the space, which was once Mr Milton’s, a much-loved café that disappeared a few years ago. It could be the smiling faces that greet you. This small team, led by owners Mike and […]