• The Brothers Green team

No Ego in this Eco

September 6th, 2020|Tags: , , |

What happens when a restless pharmacist meets a compassionate banker? Add to the mix an agribusiness supply-chain manager turned yoga instructor, and you have three ‘brothers’ who have a passion for making a difference to the health of New Zealanders, through the power of hemp. Their journey started back in 2009, with Christchurch-based pharmacist Brendon [...]

  • The catch!

Where Gumboots are a Man’s Best Friend

July 5th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

I have been to some wondrous places in my years on this planet – safari in South Africa, the best hotel on the Grand Canal in Venice, camping in the Aussie outback dining on camel, croc’ and emu, a month last year tearing around Europe, Tangiers, Patagonia and most nooks and crannies of this great [...]

  • The view of Queenstown, from the top of The Remarkables

Ticket to Ride

July 5th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

I peer out the plane’s oval window, across snow-covered mountains to the shimmering Tasman Sea in the west and down into remote valleys looking for good lines to ski. We fly over Lake Wakatipu and circle around the craggy cliffs of The Remarkables – far below houses line the lake shore. As we lose altitude [...]

  • Tony shapes the wood with traditional tools, passed down to him by his mentor (Photo: Lana Taylor)

The Trug Maker Takaka – Carrying on a Tradition

March 7th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Trug maker Tony Hitchcock is a survivor of a critically endangered species. According to the Heritage Crafts Association (of which The Prince of Wales is president), the Golden Bay artisan woodworker practises an ancient craft in danger of dying out in England, its country of origin. Trugs are traditional shallow baskets made from shaped slats [...]

  • Roundabout sculptures based on fungus

Titirangi – Beyond the Bright Lights

March 7th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Although media reports led us to believe that Titirangi was overrun by marauding gangs of rats, some as big as small cats, others the size of cocker spaniels and probably by now as large as your average German Shepherd, we didn’t see a single rat at all. Well that’s not quite true. At Titirangi’s monthly [...]

  • The dining carriage has seating for those that want to sit there

Coastal Pacific – RV, Rail and Runways

March 7th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , |

When we organised our recent trip to Christchurch, our plan was to drive to Wellington via Napier and Martinborough, ferry to Picton, then drive to Blackball, visit Greymouth, and then head to Christchurch via Arthur’s Pass to deliver the Dethleffs Distinction Trend motorhome to UCC. For the return journey we had the option of either [...]

  • 1960s Oxford Caspian built in Levin

40 Retro Caravans Converge on the Coromandel

June 30th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

Forty retro and vintage caravans converged on the Coromandel Peninsula in mid-May for the first big rally of the New Zealand Retro Car and Caravan Club. Considering the time of year and the iffy forecast it was an amazing turnout. The weather gods supplied plenty of sun over the Friday and Saturday and a few [...]

Buying that First Motorhome

December 12th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Wendy and I have enjoyed a number of holiday homes over the years we’ve been together, including a converted Coromandel motel, a former Presbyterian Church in Albury (South Canterbury) which we adapted into a stylish, comfortable open-plan holiday home, and more recently, we tried tenting with a multi-roomed Zempire inflatable tent that we bought at [...]

Last of the Summer Wine

July 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s five days before the Mangonui waterfront festival, and there’s a hole in the road just north of the venue. Well, to be accurate, big tides have underscored the footpath and part of the road, and repairs are underway. Obviously, repairs to a tidal area are tide-dependent, especially when using heavy machinery, and it’s not [...]

  • Tony Wood – a keen angler who conceived a way to help restore declining fish stocks

The One That Got Away

May 4th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

When I first checked in on a group of keen Hauraki Gulf ‘fishos’ it was day one of the 2017–18 fishing season. The boys were already out on the water hoping to catch the big one and rack up a trophy. Later that day there would be the obligatory bragging on social media, but there [...]

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