Articles By: Dido Eden

Jola and Q-Ute

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A YOUNG documentary maker from Norway has spent the last year on a very personal journey. Jola Josie McDonald is a beautiful, gently spoken and…

Like a cat in sheep’s clothing

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SETTLING in to my new cottage in Ohiwa, surrounded by beautiful bush, I was not expecting a visitor early on a Sunday morning. Waking, bleary-eyed, to…

Taking kapa haka to the world

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KIWI Biddle and Haley Collier’s passion for their community has been reinforced by their experience of taking kapa haka to the world. The couple, both…

Fired up about pots

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BEFORE becoming a professional potter, Opotiki’s Yvette van Raders was a gardener at Gisborne’s Tiromoana. Recognised as one of the most stunning coastal gardens in New…

Opotiki boy flies the coop

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FLYN Hocart-Saunders says he got into flying for the view. So far, that view has taken in the mountain peaks of Kahurangi National Park, the…

A cut above the rest

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FROM hedonist to Ironman, John the Barber found his athleticism late in life. Born Maxwell John Freeland–Smith the farmer’s son, who trained as a mechanic…

Passion for fashion

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Liz Grogan has been an integral part of Opotiki’s Fibre and Fleece expo since 2002, both as an organiser and a contestant. The striking long…

Horsing around

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THE Waiotahe pipi beds provided the perfect stop-off for riders and horses returning home from the Gisborne Poverty Bay 25th Anniversary Hunt last week. Lots…

Aspiring air hostesses

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FRENCH speaking Cinzy Didjine, 20, and sister-in-law Annie Didjine, 24, from New Caledonia are hoping a year in New Zealand on working visas will see their…

Built in stone

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THE spectacular 14-hectare property at the mouth of the Motu River, Oariki Coastal Cottage, is in safe hands under the guardianship of stone mason, landscaper…