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Is that a national Gold Award pie?

Last year Michelle Liddell of Chill Café in Whangamata entered the Pie Awards for the first time as a way of honouring her husband who had recently passed away. He had loved the pies she made. Little did she know that her business was about to get a huge boost. And then the phone rang… “He said (NZ Bakels managing director Brent Kersel) we’d won an award but he didn’t say it was the gold and when it came through on the computer I said, ‘guys we’ve won the gold! He must be joking. We thought this can’t be for real and we were all laughing,” says Michelle. Michelle had won the Café Boutique...

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Amazing renovation of heritage home Seaview Villa – Coromandel

This Heritage listed home, constructed circa 1905 (Some locals maintain the original dwelling was actually constructed in 1895 ?), the once pride and joy of the Darling Family, who owned the home for five generations until recent times. It is now, reluctantly, but determinedly being sold by the current owners. Just as you can see from the outside appearance, inside the home still displays all the majestic charm of yesteryear, but with modern love and care. Entering the home, you find yourself immediately charmed by the retained ambiance of the original build – high ceilings, grand mantels lovingly...

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New lifestyle village in Whitianga

The Moorings Lifestyle Village opened February 2024. The harbour feeds a maze of waterways meandering through the flat land to the west. The town started out as a small seaside town of holiday baches. A holiday and fishing mecca for the summer months. Now, large holiday homes have risen from where baches once sat and high-end homes edge the canal frontages. The Waterways is a Hopper Developments project, which started in 2001. For the Hoppers the objective for the Waterway’s development is for a multi-faceted community. The vision included canal housing, a dockside development, including...

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Steeped in local history

One such property located in Te Rerenga, 1246 Whangapoua Rd, is steeped in local folk law and history. Built originally in the 1800s as a mine manager’s house, when gold was being processed in a neighbouring property. This closed somewhere in the early 1900s. The grounds of which I am told, are now used as a reserve. The property was bought by a private couple in approximately 1911 and converted to a hotel. Serving the drovers and Kauri millers of the time. The area was known for its thriving kauri milling industry. The Kauri tree at the corner of the home is said to be over 200 years old....

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Running – it’s my passion, it’s in my soul

During the COVID pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, I decided to tap into my wealth of experience and retrain as a Personal Trainer, Mindset Coach and Life Coach with the ultimate goal to help people achieve their goals through physical training, mindset training and better life choices. Most of my achievements have occurred while working full-time as a landscaper and stone mason and around family time. This has helped me hone my skills for the ‘time crunched’ runner towards training smarter, emphasising quality over quantity. I soon realised we all have the same amount of hours in a day; it’s...

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What is so important about Easter to Christians?

Even people who do not claim any particular association with the Christian faith see the value in, and desirability of, all the teachings and examples given as part of living a Christian life. A desire for peace, active caring for others, seeking justice for those who are living with injustice, constantly hoping for a better world both socially and environmentally, sharing love with family, friends, and those who feel lost or have little love in their lives. For Christians, these are all bound up in the life and ministry example of one man. Jesus Christ, whose ministry on earth lasted only...

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Skin Clinic – new addition to the town

Sarah’s story Sarah did beauty therapy training while she was practising nursing. “I was working for a skin cancer doctor at the time. We were removing skin cancers everyday and you could see how ‘appearance medicine’ was coming into its own.” She explained how people must get sizeable pieces cut out sometimes and it is very important to restore and even improve that person’s scarred skin. “I also got to thinking that if we could work with a patient earlier in their life, some of the skin damage could be much more limited,” says Sarah. After Sarah completed her beauty therapy training,...

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Ron Cook and his life with horses around the world

Ron Cook – 86 years Part Two His Dad was a horse dealer and trainer and as far back as he can remember, Ron’s life and love has been horses. He started in the show ring when he was a nipper of five years. With great pleasure and pride, he would lead ponies around the show ring. It was in these events that he won his first blue ribbons. His Dad used to participate in three-day horse sales. These sales became the occasion for rodeo and calf roping. When he was sixteen, Ron was enthusiastically into rodeo and calf roping at the three-day sales and regional shows. The horses were usually provided...

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