Articles By: Dido Eden

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…

Mobile music teacher

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UNTIL five or six years ago, Cecilie Rose and her mobile music school were a familiar sight at schools from Ohope Beach to Te Kaha.…

Kaitiaki of the community

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WHEN Chip Apanui was a young man pest control meant hunting. As kaitiaki (caretaker) for the area around Opape Marae, Chip has been instrumental in…

Backpacking bloggers

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ROBIN Gayraud from France and Laura Symonds from the United Kingdom met three years ago at a backpackers lodge in Auckland. Robin, who had already…

Caterer seeking new horizons

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CAROLE Palmer has been catering for Opotiki people for 27 years, the last nine of which she has cooked for the Opotiki Golf Club. At…

Hospitality at home

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SOMETIME this month the aroma of freshly brewed coffee will begin wafting from YWAC Gym in Opotiki. There will also be a delicious array of cafe-style…

Paradise in Maraenui

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TED and Bev Vellenoweth have turned from nomads to hosts over the past nine years since buying their piece of paradise in Maraenui. In 1967…

Opotiki artist Barcelona bound

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WELL-KNOWN Opotiki mouth and foot painter Kerrin Tilley lives on a lifestyle block, with a few sheep and some avocados, in a cottage boasting panoramic…

Salt of the earth

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KAHLLIEL “Salt” Murray came by the name of “Salt” during his surfing days. “Surfing, fishing, diving – anything sea related. I love the ocean so…