Dem Bones

Dem Bones

Every year Beer­vana organ­ises a Media Brew where they part­ner journ­al­ists with brew­ers to make a themed beer. This year I was paired with Par­rot­Dog and we made some­thing rather odd. I met Matt Warner, ParrotDog’s head brew­er, at 8am as he was set­ting up what would be our brew kit: the kit that first […]

Wines to drink your mortgage away

Wines to drink your mortgage away

Just recently it was time to refin­ance the mort­gage. After run­ning through some num­bers with my mort­gage broker, he star­ted express­ing con­cern over my cur­rent fin­an­cial plan of tak­ing 25 years to pay off a 15-year mort­gage. After much tut-tut­t­ing, he hit me with the old cup-of-cof­fee-a-day par­able. The one loved by fin­an­cial colum­nists and […]

Queen of Jackson

Queen of Jackson

Ima­gine life without fer­ment­a­tion. We would have no bread; no wine or beer; no cheese, pickles or salami. For some years now fer­ment­a­tion has been slowly bub­bling away as a food­ie trend, often with health-fet­ish­ist over­tones, focus­ing on sauerkraut, kim­chi and oth­er means of cre­at­ively rot­ting veget­ables, grains and beans. It was to be expected […]

Spring sweetness

Spring sweetness

Septem­ber is that strange time when spring is offi­cially here but winter is still insist­ing on mak­ing itself felt. You’re either freez­ing and rain-soaked or skip­ping through mead­ows gath­er­ing flowers with baby lambs, you know? These pan­cakes are per­fect whatever’s hap­pen­ing out­side, using sweet, fra­grant, new sea­son apricots and warm, spicy cin­na­mon. The apricots turn […]

Lest we forget

Lest we forget

In a dis­cus­sion with a par­ent about the wide range of inter­na­tion­al trips and exchanges avail­able to stu­dents these days, he regret­fully com­men­ted, “In my day a tour of a dairy farm with my geo­graphy class was all that was on offer.” With cheap­er air­fares today, times have changed: so many stu­dents are trav­el­ling within […]

Bees Please

Bees Please

Bee­keep­ing is grow­ing in pop­ular­ity in Wel­ling­ton. You might want bees to pol­lin­ate your plants. You might yearn to pro­duce your own honey. Or you might just be curi­ous to learn about this indus­tri­ous insect. Whatever your reas­ons, you can keep bees suc­cess­fully even in an urb­an area if you pos­i­tion your hives care­fully. We’re […]

Upwardly mobile

Upwardly mobile

It’s offi­cial. Wellington’s hot­test new res­id­ence of choice is undoubtedly Clyde Quay Wharf. For those of you a little out of the loop, that used to be known as the much less salu­bri­ous Over­seas Pas­sen­ger Ter­min­al. Rest assured, these days plenty of five-bed­­room places in Wadestown have gone under the ham­mer to exped­ite a purchase […]

The Interview: Andrew Armitage

The Interview: Andrew Armitage

The story, I think, goes some­thing like this. When we talk about ‘the coolest little cap­it­al’, or all that ‘Cuba Quarter’ blath­er, what we are acknow­ledging is the work of a hand­ful of busi­ness people and a his­tor­ic­al fluke that saw the land prices around Te Aro held arti­fi­cially low for a couple of dec­ades. If […]

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