After a candid interview with Christchurch-based accountant Pita Alexander, reciting his list of reasons farming businesses work, his number one was ‘marry well’. Sarah Perriam was inspired by Canterbury’s recent Ballance Farm Environment Award winners demonstrating the power of marrying together complementary skill sets to achieve the highest honour.
When one considers charity, provision of money, food and basic clothing items typically comes to mind. Who would have known that the key to empowerment may actually be contained within certain hidden undergarments: bras. Pauline Watson does. In November 2019, the coordinator of New Zealand’s Uplift Project, who has now come to be known as ‘The Bra Lady’, travelled to Fiji to deliver suitcases of these precious items. I followed her to capture the journey and effect of New Zealand’s benevolence.
It’s being described as the ‘rehab’ from our destructive farming practices weaning our land off the ‘drugs’. Sarah Perriam digs deeper into what’s driving a new way of farming that is creating a groundswell of support in Canterbury, but not everyone’s convinced.
Based in Canterbury, local growers Sporeshift Mushrooms are growing some of the most beautiful mushrooms, and here are some recipes to get you cooking and using these beauties in your kitchen at home!
For 28 years, Christchurch’s landmark Pavilions Hotel has been a central part of the lives of the Horncastle family, and each generation who has worked there has put their own stamp on the fabric of the business. Through good times and bad; earthquakes and each rumbling aftershock; celebrations, tragedy, grief and recovery; the grand building has stood strong and has become a part of the family in its own right.
When we last featured New Zealand’s top dancer 18 months ago, Bayley Graham was preparing to explore life beyond the competition circuit. As Kim Newth discovers, he’s now spreading his wings and making the most of every opportunity…