St Pierre’s sushi drive-thru adds to Stortford activity

Private investment in Hastings as a whole and Stortford Lodge in particular is increasing, with more businesses opening up in the revitalised area. The latest business to set down roots is St Pierre’s Sushi, which is building a drive-thru, its second drive-thru in the country, at Stortford Lodge. St Pierre’s development director Costa Katsoulis said […]

Food award winners all sweet and sour

From gelato to fermented foods, a wide range was on the podium at the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards. A hand-made gelato, sauerkraut, a 55-day aged ribeye steak and an organic vegetable farm that helps patients recover from mental illness were among the winners at this year’s Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards. Award winners spanned […]

Dylan Jeanne’s: Napier brothers open new diner inspired by New York trip

Two brothers have started a diner in Napier taking inspiration from the “relaxed” hospitality scene in New York. Siblings Jett, 28, and Bryn Nichol, 21, are best friends and recently decided to take the plunge and open a business together. Dylan Jeanne’s officially opened on Friday along Napier’s main shopping strip Emerson St. “I came back from New York and […]

Mission Estate Winery Goes Solar!

Mission Estate Winery boasts a rich history spanning over 170 years, and is the oldest winery in New Zealand. Originally established by the Marist Fathers who planted vines in 1851 and began selling surplus wine in the 1870s, Mission Estate Winery has evolved over time, with significant developments occurring in the mid-1970s when wine production […]

Ōtāne has a pub, a dairy and now a family pie store

Some like pies with mince and cheese, others bacon and egg, and some even butter chicken, but Travis Henry, from Henry’s Family Pies likes them family-sized and ready for you to pop in the oven. The pie maker and his wife Jasmine Henry bought McCauley’s Store & Cafe on Higginson St in Ōtāne in Central […]

Mara: Biowaste to protein

There’s no signage on the nondescript building that is home to Mara Bio in the middle of Hastings. Steve Boggs and Mark Balchin have got no frills down to a fine art at their exciting start-up, as we sit on mis-matched chairs, comforting I’m sure, to any investor or bank – unless they didn’t get […]

Tatsumi Strawberries: King of fruit ripens in Clive

A country road in Clive is home to Tatsumi New Zealand, a high tech strawberry growing operation owned by Japanese interests. Tatsumi grows strawberries year round in two glass houses, replicating its Japanese based operation. Japan’s harsh summers are too hot for strawberry cultivation, explains Takushi Matsunaga, Director of Tatsumi New Zealand, and that’s where […]

Kanapu Hemp: Putting hemp on the map, & in your coffee

Hemp growing indigenous start-up Kanapu Hemp is on the cusp of releasing a breakthrough product that will put it on the map. Started in 2017 by co-founders Isaac Beach and Kirby Heath, and Simon and Lou White, the company is founded on organic and regenerative principles that embrace Te Tiriti O Waitangi, and care for […]

Collins Street Festival: Napier’s Boujee-ist New Street Party Set To Hit Ahuriri

Napier’s inaugural Collins Street Festival is set to hit Ahuriri, one of Hawke’s Bay’s coolest little suburbs, on Saturday 2nd March 2024. Nestled in a stretch of road behind the Urban Winery, this brand new festival showcases the best of what the region has to offer, bringing together the finest in local food, drinks and […]