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Past: Fiona fin­ished a sci­ence de­gree and then went to art school where she stud­ied de­sign and photography. Steered by a teacher to­wards photography she ended up work­ing as an as­sis­tant be­fore branch­ing out on her own. She has been a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher since the mid-1990s, do­ing much of her work for mag­a­zines, in­clud­ing cap­tur­ing the clever Heeringa fam­ily on page 36 of this is­sue. Present: In a “mo­ment of mad­ness”, she bought a mac­aron busi­ness from a pas­try chef who was mov­ing over­seas and now com­bines bak­ing and busi­ness own­er­ship with her photography ca­reer. She also moved from Auck­land to Napier af­ter get­ting sick of “all the time I was wast­ing in a car”. A de­voted dog- lover (she cur­rently lives with two res­cue pooches), she re­cently fin­ished pho­tograph­ing a book of se­nior dogs (work­ing ti­tle: which will be pub­lished in the mid­dle of the year by New Hol­land Aus­tralia. Fu­ture: The mac­aron busi­ness (mac­arons.co.nz) has ex­panded so much she’s split­ting the pro­duc­tion into both a be­spoke line and a mass- pro­duced one for cater­ers and large food chains. The ex­port mar­ket is also in her sights; so are sev­eral ideas for other bou­tique food busi­nesses. But just in case any­one thinks she’s all work and no play, she has made se­ri­ous res­o­lu­tions to a) get back on a horse and b) make sure she does her yoga ev­ery day.

D E B B I E H A R R I SON New Idea, Girl­friend, NZ House & Gar­den, TV Guide, Sun­day Gar­dener. F IONA TOML INSON Wis­dom),

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