Edi­tor’s let­ter

NZ Life & Leisure - - Editor’s Letter -

WHAT’S THE DIF­FER­ENCE be­tween be­ing in your happy place and be­ing stuck in a rut? I’m not sure I know. Ac­cord­ing to per­ceived wis­dom, ruts are not good but happy places are. One per­son’s val­ley of con­tent­ment could lead an­other to the slough of de­spon­dency. Mostly I feel like I’m on a slalom course and although I’m still upright, it’s not a well- ne­go­ti­ated run. Life pushes me on­ward to the gates through which I twist and turn hap­haz­ardly. At times I leave de­ci­sions too late and take out a pole. Other times I man­age a tidy turn and fly on unim­peded. There is a bright side to a life-less- or­dered; un­pre­dictabil­ity can be ben­e­fi­cial to the brain (see Well & Good page 59). A ‘same- old, same- old’ ev­ery­day leads to ‘ruts’ in the grey mat­ter but new chal­lenges, re­quir­ing un­ex­pected men­tal ma­noeu­vres to nav­i­gate, de­velop neu­ral path­ways. The peo­ple you’ll meet in this is­sue have given those path­ways a thor­ough work­out with some launch­ing dif­fer­ent en­deav­ours at an age when pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions were re­tir­ing to tend their toma­toes. There’s courage in their sto­ries, with many ‘go­ing again’ into brave new worlds – pioneers in fresh ter­ri­tory. Our coun­try’s food pro­duc­ers are among our most in­no­va­tive busi­ness­peo­ple which is why we sup­port the Out­stand­ing NZ Food Pro­ducer Awards – which this year re­ceived nearly 190 entries (re­sults page 128). Supreme Cham­pi­ons He­len and Richard Dor­restyn (founders, own­ers and chief work­ers of Cleve­don Buf­falo Co), epit­o­mize the courage needed to launch food prod­ucts in today’s mar­ket. The only ruts in the Dor­restyns’ lives are those made by the hooves of their wa­ter buf­falo, whose sweet milk they credit for the com­pany’s suc­cess. After much re­search and a con­sid­er­able ap­petite for risk, the Dor­restyns re­cently in­tro­duced a mar­i­nated buf­falo feta to mar­ket – and it’s a cham­pion, mak­ing the award judges moan in de­light. Cham­pion in the Earth cat­e­gory of the awards, Mike Kloeg of The Clare­ville Bak­ery and Café in the Wairarapa, got up at 4am on judg­ing day, baked his sour­dough miche, drove to Welling­ton where he boarded a flight to Auck­land, and then Uber- ed to Mount Eden to de­liver his fresh loaf to the panel. His story won my ad­mi­ra­tion and brought to mind the com­ment of a friend who, ex­plain­ing why he en­joyed NZ Life & Leisure said, “The peo­ple you write about have stylish lives, yes sure, but they’ve all worked hard to get there. You ought to pub­lish that on your cov­ers: ‘ It’s been a bloody strug­gle to get here.’”

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