READER REPORT:

New Zealand is where my heart is

A shot of Lake Wakatipu.
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A shot of Lake Wakatipu.

"Home is where the heart is". A profound statement was never more true.

We moved to Australia in 1986 in order to improve our situation, and while we did that, we will always head home to New Zealand to clear the mind, replenish the spirit and feed the body.

The latter usually generating a 5-10kg increase in weight every time we come home. Good for some, definitely not good for all.

Fresh fruit, vegetables, lamb and tails, boil-up with watercress or puha, floaters, Rewana bread and as much Kaimoana as whanau are willing to part with or we can get ourselves.

Perendale sheep are the passion of Waikato stud ram breeders Philip and Audrey Brandon of Awaroa Perendales.
Philip Brandon

Perendale sheep are the passion of Waikato stud ram breeders Philip and Audrey Brandon of Awaroa Perendales.

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Fishing for kahowai at the mouth of the Mohaka river then watching the sun set, shadows in the hills and the iconic round hall, which, by the way, should be heritage listed. 

Delicious fresh and homegrown fruit and vegetables from Gisborne to Mahia, Tahaenui to Mohaka, through Hawkes Bay to Wellington. My mouth is salivating just thinking about it. 

Sunrise in the Abel Tasman National Park.
Ursula Perreten

Sunrise in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Real wool jerseys made from spun wool, beach art, pounamu taonga, wine festivals in Martinborough.

Years ago, my mum said that scenically we have every continent covered. She was right, we do, and it's all natural.

No fakes for us, it's all delicious and 100 per cent pure.

 - Stuff Nation

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