Gardens an essential part of life

Gardening has a long and important history in New Zealand. Starting with the first Maori settlers in around 1400 and then European settlers in around 1800, gardening was an essential part of everyday life because of crops like kumara, potatoes and yams being a main part of people’s diets. While Maori mainly grew vegetables, the … Continued

New Zealand’s grandfather of dahlias

When it comes to sticking with something they love, Graham Gunn has it mastered. He’s logged 64 years as organist with St Andrew’s Church and 60 years as a dahlia grower, exhibitor and judge and, at 81, he can’t see any reason why he’d pull the pin on either of his passions any time soon. … Continued

Zero waste your Christmas

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Tis the season to be stressed?

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Hybrids a win-win

Being plugged into EA Networks EV fast-charger in West St, or waiting to do so can be an interesting experience. Best of course when you can drive up and don’t have to wait for someone else to complete their (free) re-charge of up to 80 per cent of battery capacity. At times, when there’s others … Continued

Christmas yumminess

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New citizens welcomed

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A story that goes full circle

That which was first shall be last. And that which was last shall be first. And that’s what this story – the last for 2018 – is about. Well, sort of. The first story for this year and this the last story for 2018 have something in common – a fabulous book called We had … Continued

The real bloody deal

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