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Nook – inspired by The Fillery

“I’ve always been focused on trying to do my bit for the environment. I try to live conscientiously,” said Georgia. Georgia studied Environmental Science at Toi Ohoma Institute of Technology in Tauranga. This pushed her into environmental work. Before she opened Nook, Georgia worked for the Mercury Bay Environmental Trust and has done bush restoration and environmental community work. Georgia has always enjoyed shopping plastic-free. She used to shop at The Fillery with Kathryn. “She inspired me. I loved The Fillery so much and I was sad when it closed.” Georgia has been vegan for nine years....

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Blueberries for Health: The tastiest one’s are grown in Coroglen

I normally buy them at a supermarket. The problem is they are always sour! Yuk – teeth on edge! But, that all changed when I met Wendy Sherriff on a stall at the Whitianga Saturday Morning Market. Seeing the blueberries piled up in plastic containers I asked could I taste a couple. Eureka! They were sweet. My mouth could hardly believe it. Their appearance was exactly the same as the supermarket product but their taste was sublimely different. I have since asked Wendy why this was so? She doesn’t know why. “We just grow them,” she says. Did Wendy and Kelly add some sweetener in the soil or...

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Globe Trotting Baked Beans –It’s a fact! Opinions, suggestions invited

The mind-boggling detail was printed on the label of this $1 can of baked beans. Its content, the beans, travelled from USA/Canada to Italy – 8,600km – where they were packed, no doubt in bulk. Then transported to Sydney, Australia -16,000km-, where they were packed into cans with ring pull lids by Woolworths and then sent to NZ, another 2,155Km. These globe-trotting beans travelled 26,155km, plus trucking from Auckland, and are onto supermarket shelves here in Whitianga for $1 a can. How is that possible? On the same shelf are Watties Beans, same size for $2.80. I thought...

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