Chap­ple to give talk

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Aper­fume from

Saudi Ara­bia that evoked the coun­try’s land­scape crys­tallised a busi­ness idea for Tau­ranga cou­ple Ser­ena and Harold Jones— us­ing scent to cre­ate a unique sense of place.

The re­sult is Queen­stown Nat­u­ral Per­fumiers, which de­buted its col­lec­tion last year.

“Our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment is New Zealand’s true lux­ury. It’s to­tally amaz­ing and often un­der­val­ued,” says Ser­ena Jones, who has stud­ied botany and hor­ti­cul­ture.

“Queen­stown Lakes is among New Zealand’s finest land­scapes so we sought to find and ex­press the re­gion’s es­sen­tial scents.”

Af­ter two years of re­search and de­vel­op­ment in­volv­ing pro­fes­sional per­fumiers in New Zealand and France, the keen tram­pers and bush walk­ers re­leased four scents — Moun­tain Herbs, Wilder­ness Berries, Lake­land Flora and High Coun­try Tus­sock, which will be avail­able to sam­ple at the Es­cape! fes­ti­val in Tau­ranga this month.

Harold Jones and award­win­ning nov­el­ist Lau­rence Fearn­ley will dis­cuss the power of scent to en­hance feel­ing, aware­ness and mem­ory in Scents of a Land­scape on Sun­day, June 3.

Also ex­plor­ing the out­doors at Es­cape! is Ge­off Chap­ple who will take his au­di­ence from Cape Reinga to Bluff across the 3000km Te Araroa Walk­way of New Zealand.

Chap­ple, who took up the project when it be­came clear lo­cal au­thor­i­ties would not, be­gan map­ping the North Is­land trail, talk­ing to ev­ery coun­cil and DoC con­ser­vancy on the route but in 1997 de­cided the only way to whip up in­ter­est was to walk the trail and write as he went, us­ing the new­fan­gled internet and so be­com­ing one of this coun­try’s first bloggers.

His first na­tional in­ter­view took place near Whangarei with Ra­dio NZ’s KimHill. “Lis­ten­ers could hear amad old woman curs­ing me— I only had one hand on the cell­phone for most of the in­ter­view in case I had to fend her off.”

Blog views went into the thou­sands.

“I was just about a vagabond,” he re­calls, “sleeping in pub­lic toi­lets on wet nights. My fam­ily and Iwere made very poor by that 5-month tramp and I couldn’t have done it without the sup­port of my wife [Miriam Beat­son].”

A$30,000 grant in 2002 en­abled him to de­sign and walk the South Is­land trail —“and I sud­denly had a credit card that worked”.

Te Araroa Walk­way of New Zealand of­fi­cially opened on De­cem­ber 3, 2011 with Chap­ple’s guide­book pub­lished at the same time. Af­ter stand­ing down as the trust’s chief ex­ec­u­tive in

2012, Chap­ple re­ceived an ONZM.

GE­OFF Chap­ple will take the au­di­ence from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

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