Heather Matthews-Grant

Gold in the veins

Two Canvastown sisters remember growing up in the small town with a rich history in gold mining and forestry.


Canvastown steps into the past

goldrush Families had fun panning for gold as Canvastown stepped back in time to remember its rich mining history

Imaginary world

A stage show that takes children into the world of make-believe is an eternal winner for children's theatre.

Fruit faves - figs and feijoas

It wasn't until I was in my 20s that I started to appreciate figs. I'd been brought up on the dried variety, which were more like shoe leather than luscious fruit. Now I'm addicted to fresh figs - and this year, thankfully, our two young trees have flourished.

Bard attracts more performers

The annual Marlborough Regional Shakespeare Festival again brought the bard to life on Monday night at the Marlborough Girls' College hall.

Easter bunny on a pizza

Hell Pizza A Marlborough wild game supplier has sent 600kg of rabbit off to Hell Pizza

Precious memories add to flavour

The large tree was laden with the sweetest fruit I had seen, hundreds and hundreds of tennis ball-sized dark crimson red fruit.

Easter eats

Business venture smokin' hot

Global flavours of Australian brewer

Emerson's Bookbinder When I migrated here in 1995 two dominant brewers had reduced beer into a bland homogenous product.

Great festival

More than 13,000 people gathered in Hagley Park in Christchurch on Saturday for New Zealand's largest one-day beer festival.

MarchFest through brewer's glasses

Law interpretations take toll

Kiwi brews win silver at World Cup

Every two years I pore carefully through the results of the world's largest international beer competition

Director goes for the Paris look

Unframed screenprints by Coromandel artist Michael Smither will fill a wall at The Diversion Gallery in Picton over Easter.

Beach bum made good in revue

Life in Las Vegas delivers a daily dose of fun and good times

Panto is just the cat's whiskers

Steinway meets perfect match

Tattoo opportunity

Scotland is calling for five highland dancers from Marlborough to take part in the prestigious Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in July.

Nelson harvests beat rain

Nelson wineries are relieved the region's grape harvest has largely finished ahead of prolonged rain.

Rain ruins harvest

A Seddon vineyard worker has spoken of the frustration vineyard staff feel as heavy rain ruins harvest.

Vintner tries luck with pinot

Rain frustrates wine industry

Creating a new wine label

The way a product looks has a role to play in determining its success.

Cinnamon House opens

Interior designer Simone Hill is opening a shop called Cinnamon House on Park Terrace, in Blenheim today.

Helpful herbs

Earlier this year I wrote about a few of the herbs I use for culinary purposes, such as seasoning food.

Historic Maxwell House

Perfect pools

Alex splashes colour about village

Alex Fulton of Alex Fulton Design opened her interior design store at the Vines Village on Rapaura Rd last week.

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