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Bayden Barber’s path to a significant tribal leadership role was inevitable, given the influence of his elders on his upbringing.

Words: Amokura Panoho  Photos: Florence Charvin People, Florence, Leadership, History, Barber, Legacy, Head Start, Awa, My Ancestors
Bayden Barber ensures that the legacies of his ancestors are embedded in his iwi
Bayden Barber’s path to a significant tribal leadership role was inevitable, given the influence of his elders on his upbringing. Words: Amokura Panoho Photos: Florence Charvin
Antonia and Mike Radon spent many of their early years underwater off California’s coast, harvesting sea urchins and abalone. These days they farm pāua, sheep and cattle, grow pearls, host visitors and sell jewellery to tourists in Whekenui Bay, Marlborough Sounds. Words: Kate Coughlan  Photos: Rachael McKenna Sea Urchin, New Zealand, Sea Urchins, Coast, Cattle, Marlborough Sounds, Sea, Bay
Farming pāua and crafting beautiful pearl jewellery in paradise
Antonia and Mike Radon spent many of their early years underwater off California’s coast, harvesting sea urchins and abalone. These days they farm pāua, sheep and cattle, grow pearls, host visitors and sell jewellery to tourists in Whekenui Bay, Marlborough Sounds. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Rachael McKenna
Pushing close to four score and 10 isn’t deterring this horticultural legend from developing a third significant garden. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Tessa Chrisp Gordon Collier thinks being described as “perverse” is a compliment. It has been his life’s work to avoid the well-trodden path unless it should lead to a glade of naturalistic planting. Then, maybe, he’d take a wander along it. Grey Gardens, Garden, Garden Fountains, Gravel Garden, Avoid, Gordon, Woodland Garden, Found Object
A gardening legend’s third horticulture venture is a triumph
Pushing close to four score and 10 isn’t deterring this horticultural legend from developing a third significant garden. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Tessa Chrisp Gordon Collier thinks being described as “perverse” is a compliment. It has been his life’s work to avoid the well-trodden path unless it should lead to a glade of naturalistic planting. Then, maybe, he’d take a wander along it.
He is good at building things; she is clever in the garden. The home and life they’ve built together are outward-focused, expansive and rewarding. Words: Heather Kidd Photos: Tessa Chrisp Mystery awaits upon arriving at the Pahoia home of garden designer Celia Laity and her husband, Hugh. What lies behind the large shed? Or beyond the house, where the first thing to catch the eye is a wooden walkway? Design, Built In Seating, Wooden Walkways, Property, H.e.r., Walkway, Approach, Large Sheds, Husband
A designer and her husband approach every property as a challenge to “learn by doing”
He is good at building things; she is clever in the garden. The home and life they’ve built together are outward-focused, expansive and rewarding. Words: Heather Kidd Photos: Tessa Chrisp Mystery awaits upon arriving at the Pahoia home of garden designer Celia Laity and her husband, Hugh. What lies behind the large shed? Or beyond the house, where the first thing to catch the eye is a wooden walkway?
Antonia and Mike Radon spent many of their early years underwater off California’s coast, harvesting sea urchins and abalone. These days they farm pāua, sheep and cattle, grow pearls, host visitors and sell jewellery to tourists in Whekenui Bay, Marlborough Sounds. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Rachael McKenna Alaska, Island Life
Farming pāua and crafting beautiful pearl jewellery in paradise
Antonia and Mike Radon spent many of their early years underwater off California’s coast, harvesting sea urchins and abalone. These days they farm pāua, sheep and cattle, grow pearls, host visitors and sell jewellery to tourists in Whekenui Bay, Marlborough Sounds. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Rachael McKenna
A South Island high-country farm is attracting high-value international tourists, thanks to New Zealand’s reputation as a hunting destination and a family’s determination to diversify. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Rachael McKenna Hereford, Hunting, Breeds, Unique, Otago, Hunter, Herding, Lodge, Ranch
Making its mark: This Otago luxury lodge has a unique offering for keen hunters
A South Island high-country farm is attracting high-value international tourists, thanks to New Zealand’s reputation as a hunting destination and a family’s determination to diversify. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Rachael McKenna
An old railway carriage, named Primrose because of the flower’s association with love, renewal and optimism, has found a new home on a hillside overlooking the sea. Photos: Tessa Chrisp Childhood, Olds, Dream, Rural, Waiheke Island, New Homes, Island, Lots Of Windows, Baby Month By Month
A train carriage that sits upon a Waiheke Island hill is the product of childhood dreams
An old railway carriage, named Primrose because of the flower’s association with love, renewal and optimism, has found a new home on a hillside overlooking the sea. Photos: Tessa Chrisp
He is good at building things; she is clever in the garden. The home and life they’ve built together are outward-focused, expansive and rewarding. Words: Heather Kidd Photos: Tessa Chrisp Mystery awaits upon arriving at the Pahoia home of garden designer Celia Laity and her husband, Hugh. What lies behind the large shed? Or beyond the house, where the first thing to catch the eye is a wooden walkway? Challenges, White Bridal Bouquet, Macrophylla
A designer and her husband approach every property as a challenge to “learn by doing”
He is good at building things; she is clever in the garden. The home and life they’ve built together are outward-focused, expansive and rewarding. Words: Heather Kidd Photos: Tessa Chrisp Mystery awaits upon arriving at the Pahoia home of garden designer Celia Laity and her husband, Hugh. What lies behind the large shed? Or beyond the house, where the first thing to catch the eye is a wooden walkway?
The well-curated life and meticulously ordered home of a university librarian belies the chaos of her insatiable curiosity and the challenge of discovering her tikanga. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Jane Ussher Jane, Curated Life, Poverty, Academic Success, Nursing Study, Worn, Curiosity, Life
A home drenched in colour is perfectly suited to this inspiring librarian
The well-curated life and meticulously ordered home of a university librarian belies the chaos of her insatiable curiosity and the challenge of discovering her tikanga. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Jane Ussher
With Taranaki Maunga physically at her back and spiritually guiding her, Paula Carr is contributing to her Ngāruahine iwi with innovative ideas and by connecting people. Words: Amokura Panoho Photos: Brooke Lean Hawera, Maori Art, Paula, Carr's
For Paula Carr, stepping into the Ngāruahine chair role helped her return to her ahi kaa (home fires
With Taranaki Maunga physically at her back and spiritually guiding her, Paula Carr is contributing to her Ngāruahine iwi with innovative ideas and by connecting people. Words: Amokura Panoho Photos: Brooke Lean
An old railway carriage, named Primrose because of the flower’s association with love, renewal and optimism, has found a new home on a hillside overlooking the sea. Photos: Tessa Chrisp Home, Glamping, Sit, Next Door, Dilapidated
A train carriage that sits upon a Waiheke Island hill is the product of childhood dreams
An old railway carriage, named Primrose because of the flower’s association with love, renewal and optimism, has found a new home on a hillside overlooking the sea. Photos: Tessa Chrisp
Photos: Tessa Chrisp One of the world’s largest one-day regatta fleets sets sail every Auckland Anniversary Day. Among it, in a distinguished flotilla of classic boats, is a yacht that raced its first Anniversary Day regatta 87 years ago. Classic Yachts, Classic, Racing, Regatta, Auckland, Refit, Yacht, Race Party, Fleet
The classic yacht gracing Auckland’s waters for nearly 90 years
Photos: Tessa Chrisp One of the world’s largest one-day regatta fleets sets sail every Auckland Anniversary Day. Among it, in a distinguished flotilla of classic boats, is a yacht that raced its first Anniversary Day regatta 87 years ago.
An old railway carriage, named Primrose because of the flower’s association with love, renewal and optimism, has found a new home on a hillside overlooking the sea. Photos: Tessa Chrisp World, Pedestrian, Favorite Places
A train carriage that sits upon a Waiheke Island hill is the product of childhood dreams
An old railway carriage, named Primrose because of the flower’s association with love, renewal and optimism, has found a new home on a hillside overlooking the sea. Photos: Tessa Chrisp
The well-curated life and meticulously ordered home of a university librarian belies the chaos of her insatiable curiosity and the challenge of discovering her tikanga. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Jane Ussher Colour, Color, Getting Pregnant, Event Space, Plant Wall, Good Job
A home drenched in colour is perfectly suited to this inspiring librarian
The well-curated life and meticulously ordered home of a university librarian belies the chaos of her insatiable curiosity and the challenge of discovering her tikanga. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Jane Ussher
To reach Lavericks Bay, head towards Akaroa, swing up and over the hill to Le Bons Bay, and then down the steep road that ends at the Chapmans’ picturesque private beach. Harriet’s grandmother would once catch a boat from a now non-existent wharf to attend boarding school in Christchurch. Seven generations of one family have loved Lavericks Bay life, and now visitors can also enjoy the many charms of this secluded sheep farm. Photos: Rachael McKenna Beach Cabin, Boat, Chapman's, Family Farm, Secluded, Picturesque
A generations-old family farm on the Banks Peninsula is straight out of a storybook
To reach Lavericks Bay, head towards Akaroa, swing up and over the hill to Le Bons Bay, and then down the steep road that ends at the Chapmans’ picturesque private beach. Harriet’s grandmother would once catch a boat from a now non-existent wharf to attend boarding school in Christchurch. Seven generations of one family have loved Lavericks Bay life, and now visitors can also enjoy the many charms of this secluded sheep farm. Photos: Rachael McKenna
On a clear day, one can spot mountain peaks and slivers of the lake from their nine-hectare (23 acres) block near Kinloch. Leaving Auckland for a bare Taupō block prompted a young couple to build an unfussy life from total scratch, savouring every moment. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Tessa Chrisp Acre, Couples, Young Couples, Four Year Old, Hut, Bare, Chic, Taupo, Minimal Chic
Chic minimalism meets off-grid living at this couple’s home, hut and land near Taupō
On a clear day, one can spot mountain peaks and slivers of the lake from their nine-hectare (23 acres) block near Kinloch. Leaving Auckland for a bare Taupō block prompted a young couple to build an unfussy life from total scratch, savouring every moment. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Tessa Chrisp
With Taranaki Maunga physically at her back and spiritually guiding her, Paula Carr is contributing to her Ngāruahine iwi with innovative ideas and by connecting people. Words: Amokura Panoho Photos: Brooke Lean Kos, Maori, Role, Culture, Connecting People
For Paula Carr, stepping into the Ngāruahine chair role helped her return to her ahi kaa (home fires
With Taranaki Maunga physically at her back and spiritually guiding her, Paula Carr is contributing to her Ngāruahine iwi with innovative ideas and by connecting people. Words: Amokura Panoho Photos: Brooke Lean
Photos: Tessa Chrisp One of the world’s largest one-day regatta fleets sets sail every Auckland Anniversary Day. Among it, in a distinguished flotilla of classic boats, is a yacht that raced its first Anniversary Day regatta 87 years ago. Dinghy, Set Sail
The classic yacht gracing Auckland’s waters for nearly 90 years
Photos: Tessa Chrisp One of the world’s largest one-day regatta fleets sets sail every Auckland Anniversary Day. Among it, in a distinguished flotilla of classic boats, is a yacht that raced its first Anniversary Day regatta 87 years ago.
On a clear day, one can spot mountain peaks and slivers of the lake from their nine-hectare (23 acres) block near Kinloch. Leaving Auckland for a bare Taupō block prompted a young couple to build an unfussy life from total scratch, savouring every moment. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Tessa Chrisp Minimalism, House, Building, Off The Grid, Business Design
Chic minimalism meets off-grid living at this couple’s home, hut and land near Taupō
On a clear day, one can spot mountain peaks and slivers of the lake from their nine-hectare (23 acres) block near Kinloch. Leaving Auckland for a bare Taupō block prompted a young couple to build an unfussy life from total scratch, savouring every moment. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Tessa Chrisp
On a clear day, one can spot mountain peaks and slivers of the lake from their nine-hectare (23 acres) block near Kinloch. Leaving Auckland for a bare Taupō block prompted a young couple to build an unfussy life from total scratch, savouring every moment. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Tessa Chrisp In This Moment, On A Clear Day, Off Grid Living
Chic minimalism meets off-grid living at this couple’s home, hut and land near Taupō
On a clear day, one can spot mountain peaks and slivers of the lake from their nine-hectare (23 acres) block near Kinloch. Leaving Auckland for a bare Taupō block prompted a young couple to build an unfussy life from total scratch, savouring every moment. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Tessa Chrisp
On a clear day, one can spot mountain peaks and slivers of the lake from their nine-hectare (23 acres) block near Kinloch. Leaving Auckland for a bare Taupō block prompted a young couple to build an unfussy life from total scratch, savouring every moment. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Tessa Chrisp House Plans, Cabin Chic, Chic Cabin, Off Grid Tiny House, Off Grid Cabin, Tiny House Movement, Minimalist Cabin
Chic minimalism meets off-grid living at this couple’s home, hut and land near Taupō
On a clear day, one can spot mountain peaks and slivers of the lake from their nine-hectare (23 acres) block near Kinloch. Leaving Auckland for a bare Taupō block prompted a young couple to build an unfussy life from total scratch, savouring every moment. Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Tessa Chrisp
Photos: Tessa Chrisp There’s a sort of freedom in vintage patterns from the 1950s and 1960s; a kind of wild, spit-in-your-eye bravado — for example, the John Russell-designed Dolly Days hostess ware in Natalie Robinson-Tantin’s kitchen. Dresses, Retro, Vintage, Pattern, Natalie, Dolly, Petal
Retro décor and dresses never fail to brighten this collector’s day
Photos: Tessa Chrisp There’s a sort of freedom in vintage patterns from the 1950s and 1960s; a kind of wild, spit-in-your-eye bravado — for example, the John Russell-designed Dolly Days hostess ware in Natalie Robinson-Tantin’s kitchen.
The eight-year-old Carterton home of Gregg Crimp (now a registered architect) and his partner David Robinson (also a graduate of the Victoria University School of Architecture) is a display case for repurposing. A house so leak-free it might pop if air were pumped into it delights its owners-designers, who smile every day at its light and effective footprint. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Esther Bunning Architecture, Designers, Victoria, Pop, Robinson, Owners, Old Things
Grand designs on a budget: A clever couple turns junk into a curated Carterton home
The eight-year-old Carterton home of Gregg Crimp (now a registered architect) and his partner David Robinson (also a graduate of the Victoria University School of Architecture) is a display case for repurposing. A house so leak-free it might pop if air were pumped into it delights its owners-designers, who smile every day at its light and effective footprint. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Esther Bunning
It’s loved by visitors to Arrowtown for its historic 1870s bones, but Stevenson’s Cottage is a portal to the halcyon days of this family’s 1980s youth. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Rachael McKenna Mckenna, Family, Halcyon Days, Stevenson, Edd, Cottage
The Bennetto family’s goldmine-era cottage is one of the most photographed in Arrowtown
It’s loved by visitors to Arrowtown for its historic 1870s bones, but Stevenson’s Cottage is a portal to the halcyon days of this family’s 1980s youth. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Rachael McKenna
Photo:Tessa Chrisp The pledge to be his best at everything and to be driven by that rather than material gain was no idle commitment nor vain thought, evidenced by the work he and his business and life partner, wife Nicola Custance, have created in outstanding commercial and domestic spaces. In 2020, Jonathan received a Black Pin from the Designers Institute of New Zealand, awarded to someone who has made a lasting and valuable contribution to the design profession and its culture. 21 Years Old, Work, Jonathan, Abel Tasman National Park, Life Partners, Nicolas, Tasman National Park
Jonathan and Nicola Custance find work/ life balance in their resort-like home and office in Porirua
Photo:Tessa Chrisp The pledge to be his best at everything and to be driven by that rather than material gain was no idle commitment nor vain thought, evidenced by the work he and his business and life partner, wife Nicola Custance, have created in outstanding commercial and domestic spaces. In 2020, Jonathan received a Black Pin from the Designers Institute of New Zealand, awarded to someone who has made a lasting and valuable contribution to the design profession and its culture.
Photos: Tessa Chrisp He fell in love with it — the hidden map lights under the dash, the four internal lights and, the best thing of all, the sound of the famous XK Jaguar twin-cam engine. Small Dogs, Karl Lagerfeld, Sons, Jaguar, Big Dogs, Jaguars, Canine, Dads, Jaguar Models
A father’s Jag-loving spirit lives on through his son and their 1964 Jaguar Mk2
Photos: Tessa Chrisp He fell in love with it — the hidden map lights under the dash, the four internal lights and, the best thing of all, the sound of the famous XK Jaguar twin-cam engine.
Photos: Tessa Chrisp There’s a sort of freedom in vintage patterns from the 1950s and 1960s; a kind of wild, spit-in-your-eye bravado — for example, the John Russell-designed Dolly Days hostess ware in Natalie Robinson-Tantin’s kitchen. Décor, Vintage Fashion, Retro Decor, Vintage Items, Decor, Vintage Outfits
Retro décor and dresses never fail to brighten this collector’s day
Photos: Tessa Chrisp There’s a sort of freedom in vintage patterns from the 1950s and 1960s; a kind of wild, spit-in-your-eye bravado — for example, the John Russell-designed Dolly Days hostess ware in Natalie Robinson-Tantin’s kitchen.
Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Tessa Chrisp There is truth in the fabled sightings of Waiheke Island’s purple-finned mermaid. Ann Skelly, a studio painter in Ostend, didn’t intend to become part of local folklore when she hauled her custom-made mermaid tail to a quiet beach, shimmied her toes into the fin, and cast her fantastical alter-ego into the sea. Studio, Hush Hush, Seascape, Finned, Mermaid, Mermaid Tail
Inside the fantastical home and garden of Waiheke artist (and former mermaid) Ann Skelly
Words: Cari Johnson Photos: Tessa Chrisp There is truth in the fabled sightings of Waiheke Island’s purple-finned mermaid. Ann Skelly, a studio painter in Ostend, didn’t intend to become part of local folklore when she hauled her custom-made mermaid tail to a quiet beach, shimmied her toes into the fin, and cast her fantastical alter-ego into the sea.
Hundreds of old-school caravans have been restored and returned to the roads in recent years. Each reflects the personality of its owner in a kaleidoscope of ways — and is infinitely interesting for it. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Tessa Chrisp Caravan, Caravans, School, Old School, Road
How years of work took this retro caravan from mouldy to road-ready
Hundreds of old-school caravans have been restored and returned to the roads in recent years. Each reflects the personality of its owner in a kaleidoscope of ways — and is infinitely interesting for it. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Tessa Chrisp
After 40-plus years of developing a large property, Michael Edwardes is beginning to recognize that he is more than okay at this gardening business. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Daniel Allen “Why don’t more people garden?” wonders Michael Edwardes. “It just seems natural to me.” He pauses along the leafy paths of his four-hectare woodland and wetland garden north of Nelson near Upper Moutere, and one has to agree. Why wouldn’t everyone aspire to have such a glorious place to call home? Nature, Man, Glorious, Upper, Motueka, Azaleas, Fearless, Old Trees
The man behind this magical Upper Moutere garden tells aspiring gardeners to be fearless
After 40-plus years of developing a large property, Michael Edwardes is beginning to recognize that he is more than okay at this gardening business. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Daniel Allen “Why don’t more people garden?” wonders Michael Edwardes. “It just seems natural to me.” He pauses along the leafy paths of his four-hectare woodland and wetland garden north of Nelson near Upper Moutere, and one has to agree. Why wouldn’t everyone aspire to have such a glorious place to call home?