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Franz Josef Kayak Tour

Franz Josef Kayak and Rainforest Tour

My kayak glacier and walk experience by Lieselot Brauwer – @worldisacircus, blogger. Kayaking in New Zealand is a unique experience. You’re on a beautiful lake, surrounded by mountains and enjoying nature. I wanted to experience this, so I decided to go kayaking at the New Zealand West Coast. The West Coast is known for its

Whanganui River to gain legal personhood

Source: Radio NZ Credit: Shannon Haunui-Thompson In a world first, a New Zealand river will be recognised as a person. The Whanganui River Claims Settlement Bill was passed today, giving the Whanganui River the same status as a legal person. Te Urewera, the former national park, was granted the same status when Tūhoe settled with the

The man creating homes out of ship containers

Source: Stuff Credit: Jill Herron They are warm, quiet, easily moveable and cost a fraction of a regular house to buy and Cromwell’s master of small spaces, Darryl Taylor, reckons his tiny shipping container homes could help solve Central Otago’s temporary accommodation woes. Taylor does admit it requires a mental leap in many people’s thinking to

Christchurch ranked as a global street art capital in new Lonely Planet book

Source: Stuff Credit: Charlie Gates Christchurch is ranked alongside New York, Barcelona, Berlin and London as one of the street art capitals of the world in a new Lonely Planet book. The book names Christchurch as one of 39 cities around the world with a rich street art scene. It credits the birth of the Christchurch street art scene with

Nostalgia Festival

Source: Prairie Girl Musings Combining the talents of the best local musicians, chefs, baristas, mixologists and florists, Nostalgia is unlike any festival I’ve ever attended. Held at Ferrymead Heritage Park, every detail of the day was carefully considered and flawlessly executed. I’ve attended my fair share of festivals in North America, yet was completely blown

So, here we are again…

Source: Plenty Magazine . . . A new year and a new edition of Plenty. Our sixth issue also marks our first anniversary, so yay us, and what an awesome issue 06 is: dinosaurs, fisticuffs, affordable underground furniture, art deco architecture, barbers and naked – yes, naked – burritos. It will be appearing soon, ninja-like,

Monique Fiso’s Big Plans For Maori Cuisine

  Source: Viva Credit: Rebecca Barry Hill Monique Fiso is a wanted woman but getting hold of her in the coming weeks may not be easy. The 29-year-old Maori-Samoan chef — who worked at New Zealander Matt Lambert’s Michelin-starred restaurant The Musket Room in New York — plans to spend the next year going bush, all

Taste of Auckland – Giulio Sturla

Source: Shared Kitchen Credit: Julie Biuso Born in Chile, Giulio Sturla travelled the world as a chef working in various establishments, including Spain’s Mugaritz (ranked in the top 10 in the world), where he worked for free for 12 months to gain experience, eventually making his home in New Zealand with his American wife Christy

How Monique Fiso is raising the bar on Maori cuisine

Source: This NZ Life Words: Emma Rawson Photos: Rachel Hale McKenna There’s a full-page portrait of Monique Fiso in the Martin Bosley cookbook. Doe-eyed and doughy – Monique is kneading bread in the photo taken in 2009, when she was fresh out of WelTec and working as a chef de partie for the Wellington restaurateur.

Meet the chef: Giulio Sturla, owner, chef, at Roots Restaurant

Source: Restaurant & Cafe Owner and chef at Roots Restaurant in Lyttleton Giulio Sturla has had much more than food on his mind of late. His most recent project has been ConversatioNZ – a movement initiated by chefs and people in the food industry with the aim of highlighting the quality and vast array of