Category Archives: This is New Zealand

World famous in Nelson

Appleby Farms says that they make “Cow to cone” ice cream. True that. The milk in their ice cream comes from two family owned Nelson farms. It heads straight from the milking shed to their own creamery 15 minutes down … Continue reading

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That time of year…..

It’s not that people aren’t generous for the rest of the year – they are, to a fault: witness the thousands of dollars worth of hay being donated from around the country to farmers affected by the big fire here … Continue reading

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“I visited New Zealand…..

…but it was closed” wrote (I think) J. B. Priestly in the 1960s. He’d be impressed by Whanganui, even these days. The best cafe in town opens 2 days a week, one of the 2 fish restaurants is closed for … Continue reading

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No, I’m *not* a Jafa….

When you’re out in the provinces on the Proverbial Road Trip (Manawatu, FEIlding’s the most beautiful town in NZ, despite having produced some dodgy characters…), folks recognise an out-of-towner in a flash. We’re good in Nelson – only 40,000 people, … Continue reading

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If your idea of Xmas…

..is naked people with a heart tattoo on their bum, then welcome to Nelson. Festive decorations in Trafalgar St. The mind boggles still……

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2 degrees of separation – reloaded

Jamie Brown runs the retail outlet of Martin Townshend‘s flash new brewery at T.O.A.D hall in Motueka. He’s also represented New Zealand at netball. He also takes this – vine clippings – and turns them into this… or this – … Continue reading

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It’s Friday.

(Disclosure: Not a left-footer) You’re Catholic. The Good Book says “FISH” There is none. Can’t even do the fish-and-loaf-of-bread thing. Something from the “Vegetarian Butcher” on the Nelson Saturday market, then… (I kid you not…)

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