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.