The smell of freshly brewed coffee takes Marvin Guerrero right back to his childhood in Honduras where he lived on the family coffee farm. Now, he’s fulfilling a dream by bringing a little bit of Central America to Masterton.
Enter through the red door of a former pressed steel ceiling factory in Newtown, and you are in the world of artist Elizabeth Thomson, currently exhibiting at Aratoi. First, pass rows of packing crates and boxes that transport diverse objects to galleries around New Zealand and overseas – from fragile, attenuated glass tubes to hundreds of hand-sculpted leaves and moths. Once inside, under the soaring match-lined matai roof, you get a sense of the true scale of Elizabeth’s creative industry. By Anne Taylor.
Got a subject you want to vent, enthuse or wax lyrical about? Good news – you can fold a sheet of paper into eight equal parts and express yourself via a ‘zine’, a cheaply made, cheaply reproduced self-published work that can be about absolutely anything. Anne Taylor met Featherston’s own zine maven Sam Dew aka Murtle Chickpea, to find out more. Illustration by Anne Taylor.
Celebrating Kiwi family food – and reviving it with a modern twist – ex-Wairarapa boy, Al Brown shares two favourite recipes from his latest cookbook, Eat Up New Zealand.
By Simon Burt
Short practical courses in subjects such as quad bike riding, fence repair and chainsaw safety are becoming increasingly popular at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre’s Wairarapa campus located in northern Carterton.
Amelia Walsh wanted a shop that was about more than just selling things: “I wanted to create a community, one where artists and crafters are closely involved with the business, customers, and each other.” That’s just what’s happening at her fresh new venture Canary & Co. Collective, at the north end of Greytown. Story and photo by Anne Taylor.
Cabins, campsites and a taste of adventure are on offer at Waimeha Camping Village near Ngawi.