52 days ago

Hugh Wilson, botantist, ardent cyclist and the inspiration behind Hinewai Reserve!

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

Hugh Wilson, the renowned Canterbury botanist who has also written a number of books about New Zealand plants has spent the last 30 years overseeing the regeneration of 1500 hectares of gorse-ridden hill country farmland to native bush. High above Akaroa, and over the crater rim, you can visit Hinewai Reserve and discover numerous species of ferns, regenerating totara, hear the bird song, find the 47 known waterfalls or even better, hike the 3 day Banks Peninsula Banks Track, New Zealand track.
Celia Hay, Director of New Zealand School of Food and Wine dropped to visit Hugh and get an update on edible native plants and berries.

Hugh mentioned a new documentary on the transformation of Hinewai and now free on You tube.

It's inspirational.

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1 hour ago

Discover a new wine at New World

New World Devonport & Remuera

"Kia ora - John Orr from New World Devonport here. Keen to discover a new top drop in time for summer?

My favourite wine from this year’s New World Wine Awards is Chalk Hill’s Grenache Tempranillo 2018. As a fan of Rhone Valley Grenache blends, I really enjoyed this Australian variation because it has the full flavour of dark berry fruits with a nice subtle spiciness making it a real pleasure to drink.” And Vaki Plakic from New World Remuera’s pick is Stoneleigh’s Rapaura Chardonnay. “I’m usually a Hawkes Bay Chardonnay fan, but this year I discovered the Rapaura Chardonnay from Marlborough, which is rich in fruit flavour and well balanced. Plus, it’s this year’s Award’s Champion Chardonnay, so you can’t go wrong with this wine!”

Come into your local New World and explore the Top 50 Gold-medal winning wines – we have winners for every budget. Plus join us for complimentary wine sampling and try before you buy.
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3 days ago

Get fit for FREE!

Sarah Moore from Froot Camp

Hi neighbours - wanna get fit for summer? Froot Camp is a boot camp that's been running in Auckland Domain for three years - and it's completely free. Come and train in Auckland's most beautiful park and get fit with a bunch of fun, supportive and friendly peeps.

We train 6pm Tuesday and Thursdays and 9am Saturday (whatever the weather)

It's a great bunch of people and you couldn't train in a more beautiful spot. All fitness levels welcomed, and encouraged. You don't need to get fit before you come, we're here to help you do that.

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8 hours ago


Mike from Mike Robson

This amazing image in China's Qilian Mountains of a marmot being ambushed by a fox is the winner ...