OLIVE OIL THE NEW ZEALAND WAY

DAVID WALSHAW, MARY EGAN PUB­LISH­ING, P/B, $39.99

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This is a story of tak­ing the plunge. Af­ter a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in bank­ing and fi­nance, it’s not hard to imag­ine the re­ac­tion David Walshaw re­ceived when he an­nounced his de­ci­sion to grow olives to pro­duce oil, with­out any pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence. Here we find out how much phys­i­cal and emo­tional ef­fort is re­quired to make a go of life­style farm­ing. David and wife He­len take you on their jour­ney from the es­tab­lish­ment of their grove at Te Horo on the Kapiti Coast to liv­ing their dream and pro­duc­ing award-win­ning olive oil on a com­mer­cial scale. The won­der­ful thing about the peo­ple that in­vest in schemes such as this – to grow and pro­duce the prod­ucts that we love to eat – is that they are nearly al­ways a lit­tle bit mad. Their sto­ries will al­ways in­clude equal doses of can­dour and hu­mour, along with the pas­sion that drives them to pur­sue their dream. It’s the New Zealand way. KB

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