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Kina Beach Vineyard.

Life's a bach

Judith Gillies asks what happened to the lifestyle we used to know.

Swiss input to a very Kiwi vineyard

The boutique Kina Beach Vineyard is owned by a couple who live in Zurich and visit their piece of paradise in Nelson "not as often as we would like".

Bringing hemp out of the closet

Hemp, arguably one of the most versatile agricultural crops available, is restricted in New Zealand. Why is this? The answer is simple; hemp is closely related to marijuana.

Get inspired in the River Kitchen

We asked River Kitchen chef Aaron Bailey for a recipe and his delicious, light courgette cake is perfect for using up the last courgettes from the garden.

A taste of the tropics

I wrote down the names of the some of the dishes I tasted on a recent visit to Tonga and decided that on my return I would make some of them.

The ring's the thing

signet ring Justine Jamieson looks at men's engagement rings.

Watch it

Wrist watches, though no longer vital, have still stood the test of time when it comes to a fashion accessory.

Summer suitcase

Sandals for summer

Transition Towns are on the rise

Funny how things happen sometimes. About a year ago I wrote a column on Transition Towns - a grassroots movement started in the UK in 2006 that now involves over 2000 communities worldwide.

Planet's health lacks urgency

Let's be honest. We have serious environmental problems and we're not taking them very seriously.

Growing healthier kids

Land for wildlife

Bringing hemp out of the closet

Hemp, arguably one of the most versatile agricultural crops available, is restricted in New Zealand. Why is this? The answer is simple; hemp is closely related to marijuana.

Myths and mellow fruitfulness

Eggplants I am fascinated by the eggplant debate. There is so much advice from folklore to science.

Crustacean craving

Even though the days are still long and steamy I can feel the edge of summer as it slips quietly to autumn. The grass is brown and it is already March.

Terrific tomatoes

Cable Bay Cafe keeps it local

Oh for onions

I cannot imagine a diet without onions and the smell of onions, shallots and garlic sauteing in the pan always makes me hungry.

Be on lookout for ace invader

Dale Finlayso Kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower - they're all potentially under attack from the bio destroying great white butterfly.

Pumpkins and possums

News is, now that the chill of autumn is in the air, these furry fellows are heading indoors to snuggle up in your wood pile and garden shed, cellar and ceiling.

Poisoned pines to be felled

Signs of Autumn

Life's a bach

Judith Gillies asks what happened to the lifestyle we used to know.

The journey from vine to glass

wine For the chef students, understanding how our senses taste wine helps them understand the relationship between wine and food.

Nelson's food and wine in perfect harmony

During the first weekend of March each year two wine events are held, the Nelson Wineart Degustation Dinner and Auction in support of the Suter and the Kahurangi Long Lunch.

Grape harvest looks to be another big one

Wine books best for information

Swiss input to a very Kiwi vineyard

The boutique Kina Beach Vineyard is owned by a couple who live in Zurich and visit their piece of paradise in Nelson "not as often as we would like".

Whisky and beer can pair well

Although the proverbial pint and a whisky chaser have been around as long as there have been barkeeps to serve them, pairing whisky and beer is relatively new in New Zealand.

Destination Woolston

We are just back from a week in Christchurch, and what a great week it was. We haven't been down for two years, and the change is glorious. Before, we found ourselves whispering, and choking up at every turn. It was a city being torn down, leaving only rubble, dust and confusion.

Auckland brewers hop on board

Silly season for beer

Red tape threatens events

It would be a shame if great events like Marchfest, Taste Nelson and the Arts Festival were blocked due to limits designed to prevent Sevens-type excesses.

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