Beautiful and Useful Homewares Enhance Everyday Life

Words Liz French, Images Brydie Thompson The recent arrival of Clover Design Store in Mount Maunganui’s vibrant main shopping street has been welcomed by shoppers who appreciate high quality homewares in an inspiring retail atmosphere. “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris, […]

Those Simple Bare Necessities

Words by Megan Lyon, Images by Ashlee DeCaires BARE Refill Grocery Store (BARE) occupies the street frontage of the newly minted MADE urban precinct in Hamilton East, with an extensive inventory ranging from free-flow frozen dumplings to toothpaste on tap. Underpinning everything at BARE is owner Bridie McNarama’s ethos to reduce waste and packaging, and […]

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 […]

Savouring South Australia

Words by Vicki Ravlich-Horan There is something special about South Australia. Get chatting to a local and they will inevitably point out that the state was settled (aka colonised) by free men. I am sure there were some women among there too, but how free they were may be debatable – but I digress. The […]

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 […]

Office Perks

Words by Vicki Ravlich-Horan images by Ashlee DeCaires Workshop Manager at Fiasco, Luke Powell-Phelps says, “This place runs on coffee!” Often the first one in each morning, it’s Lukes’s job to put the coffee on, so when the team arrive there is hot coffee to be had. It’s a trusty percolator machine for the Fiasco […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hamilton CBD Bakeries

Before there were cafes the bakery ruled supreme. Hamilton Central is home to some long-standing favourite bakeries as well as some up and coming ones. We paid them all a visit to see what was on offer. Lynda’s Lunchbar 6 Harwood Street Visit at lunchtime to see how popular this tiny spot hidden in the […]