Entries by Theresa Sjoquist


Rich Pickings at a Feijoa Winery

Tracing 49 years of Lothlorien, from its orchard beginnings to its evolution into the only organic feijoa winery in the world. From Detroit to Makarau In August 1971, amidst the foment of civil rights, Vietnam War protests and the new push towards organic food, twenty-year-old Dale DeMeulemeester left his native Detroit, USA, headed for New […]

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Tools for Permaculture Living

This couple’s resilient lifestyle and business have been inspired by their global travels and desire for true sustainability. Tess and Marco Partridge run Crafty Gatherer, making gardening tools and domestic implements in the Papamoa Hills, Bay of Plenty. Marco is a skilled builder with a penchant for craft. He has an inventive eye for implements […]


From the Good Earth

Greg Barron and Jin Ling are internationally renowned clay artists based at Glenbervie near Whangarei. Adept at converting raw earth into vessels and sculptural forms of great beauty, it’s no surprise they chose to build their workshop, gallery, and three-bedroom home from the good earth, ‘poured earth’ in fact. Earth building stronghold Greg managed the […]

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Ethics in a cup

There’s a fair bit of hoopla involved in creating your morning cup of coffee, as IncaFé’s Joop Verbeek explains. When you choose a brew of certified organic and Fairtrade wake-up juice, you also contribute to the creation of many jobs, strong communities, and actively help sustain the planet. Ensconced in the Taranaki port city of […]


Lavender with altitude

On Mt Cook highway across the road from Lake Pukaki, 600 metres above sea level, a 20-acre mantle of striking purple creates a spectacular visual anomaly in the otherwise barren landscape. Here’s why tourists stop the bus at New Zealand Alpine Lavender. In February 2009 businessman Allan Tibby approached Blake Foster with a suggestion of partnership […]