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In early March I was in The Catlins with a gaggle of 19 girls on one of the more exciting “Hen’s Parties” I’ve been to but totally appropriate for adventuring females arriving from all corners of the world! Its mystical name suits its remote and wild location, right at the verrrrrrry bottom South Eeast corner of the South Island. We had decided to book 3 houses in Curio Bay, something I had done before, however, in contrast to the last visit, the weather was amazing. The area is so exposed its

Prolific designers, artists and creative partners in crime; Evie Kemp and Amy Clarke. …… There isn’t a single creative out there that hasn’t harboured dreams of a lofty, industrial style work space where the studio dog naps in a corner and freshly painted white walls set off the rustic old wooden rafters. Yes, in fact I think we have all imagined ourselves in a space like this! What’s more, while rustic modern studio’s are rife in the back streets of Melbourne and dark corners of Brooklyn they are virtually impossible

Following on from my travels further South, I boosted from my parents place in North Canterbury before dawn and jumped back on State Highway 1 heading north. Timing was bang on to crest the windy Hundalee range and see the rose gold sun creeping up along the Kaikoura Coast. I took some time out to lap it all in and was rewarded with seeing a SUPER POD (my words….it was enormous!!) of dolphins frolicking parallel to shore. See! The super pod of dolphins above?? ……   I then headed on

From left: Hannah Kidd and Sue Bamford. …… Sculptor; Hannah Kidd has long been on my list of people to interview. I can remember seeing her work as a design student in my early twenties – her agricultural subject matter rung bells for me and whats more we both called the rural/seasonal ski town of Methven home at different times. So a few months ago I drove the grid of long straight roads of Mid Canterbury and made for the small town sitting at the foot of the shadowy Southern

Last Monday I flew back to Auckland after two weeks on the road interviewing, exploring, consulting and driving from Queenstown through to Wellington. This of course didn’t happen in a straight line and today I wanted to share some snaps I caught on the first part of my solo roady.   After chatting with the team at Jucy about my plans, I was excited to pick up a new addition to their fleet of cars and vans in Queenstown – the Styla (or as I like to call it; “the grunty

From left: Will McCallum and George Wilkins in their Tauranga workshop …… Any of you with an interest in young NZ design talent will have had George and Willy “blip” on your radar over the last 18 months. It may have been for their cool swings or perhaps trestle tables. You might have spotted their hardy duffel bags or have been swept up in the international popularity of their industrial paper roller. I can assure you if you haven’t seen any of these yet…you are definitely going to enjoy the

The workshop of Christchurch based lighting brand; Joska + Sons is exactly that….a space packed with tools and machinery both in use and stored, prototypes, screws, packaging, bikes, patched walls and wood with not a pot plant to be seen! 31 year old Joska Easterbrook is in the business of making exceptionally awesome lighting not curating a dreamy studio! I invite you to read the story of the long way round that Joska took to discover/uncover his passion and skill for making. Its a great one for those of you

Owner Rae Ellis stands at the lakeside entrance of Vudu – not pictured are owner’s Michelle Freeman and Chris Vile ……. Vudu Cafe + Larder has rapidly become one of Queenstown’s most popular coffee and food spots… for good reason. The locals are loyal followers of the fresh and delicious daily offerings while it doesn’t take long for visitors to be drawn in the doors by the cool industrial vintage interior and general great buzz! The morning I snuck in a visit, I had to dodge the steady stream of

“Miritu” – Bay of Many Coves, Marlborough Sounds, South Island. NZ. …… So this is the first of 3 posts that I have put together to share the adventure of a wedding we had for my younger sister, Caroline and my new Tasmanian brother-in-law; Simon. Caroline and Simon had decided on the beautiful Marlborough Sounds as the location for their nuptials for many reasons – this is where we have come for family holidays our whole lives, so many guests were travelling from so far it felt important to offer

Artist/actress/high country farm girl; Amelia Guild has those sparkly, glinty eyes that instantly captivate you. I have spent much time with her over the past few years as a close friend on many an adventure and not once did I ever see the sparkle level drop. Not once! So on my recent trip to Canterbury I finally had the opportunity to visit her with the intention of delving deeper into her story and sharing the grassroots life she has chosen with her husband and family – almost at odds with

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