NZ House & Garden - - BEHIND THE SCENES -

JU LIET NICHOL AS PHOTOGR APHER Christchurch pho­tog­ra­pher Juliet Ni­cholas, who pho­tographed the Hamil­ton fam­ily’s Ste­wart Is­land home (page 66), has a spe­cial bond with our south­ern­most is­land. Her hus­band Ken has Maori and Euro­pean ances­tral con­nec­tions to the is­land that date back to the 1820s and the cou­ple have a crib there. The at­trac­tion is “the sheer beauty of the place. Na­ture’s the main en­ter­tain­ment,” says Juliet. Plen­ti­ful kai moana (the cou­ple of­ten go out fish­ing) and many walk­ing tracks (from half-hour strolls to rugged seven-day tramps) are on of­fer. But it’s the bird life that’s phe­nom­e­nal, says Juliet, who once saw 30 dif­fer­ent species in a day. “Kaka feed out of your hand and you go to sleep lis­ten­ing to the sound of kiwi. In fact, when you walk back from the pub, you’re likely to come across kiwi am­bling across the road.” A MBER ROSE FOOD W R ITER Am­ber Rose not only mas­ter­minded the food for this is­sue’s party menu (page 122), she also raided her own gar­den for all the greens used in the shoot. Am­ber, the au­thor of three books ( The Whole­food Pantry has just gone on sale), has re­turned from 12 years in Eng­land and is liv­ing a minute’s walk from the beach at Goat Is­land north of Auck­land. As the daugh­ter of Koanga Gar­dens founder Kay Bax­ter, Am­ber says she had “quite an amaz­ing food ed­u­ca­tion grow­ing up. After school we’d be pro­cess­ing piles of basil or help­ing make tomato purée.” No sur­prises then, that her own vege gar­den is full of broad beans, pink-skinned her­itage turnips, candy-stripe beet­root and more. Next on the agenda for Am­ber, whose daugh­ter Frankie Rose is seven months old, is a stall at Matakana Farm­ers’ Mar­ket and another book, due out next year.

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