Stories

The bliss of picking blueberries

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Hop on your bike, grab a reusable container and head down to Robinsons Road to get your blueberry fix from Selwyn this summer. Having owned the orchard since 1992, Wendy and Don Babe love the experience of picking blueberries and being in the fresh country air.

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The buzz of high country honey

Monday, 29 November 2021

Selwyn has over 20 honey producers, apiaries and beekeepers buzzing about. From Leeston through to Selwyn high country, you can find a variety of honeys, bee products and beekeeping services. Coalgate Honey Co. is one of Selwyn’s honey producers and Selwyn’s only business to win an award at New Zealand’s Apiculture 2021 competition.

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Selwyn’s best kept secret recipe

Friday, 10 September 2021

Want to blow away a cold? Try a delicious mousetrap; a toasted slice of bread with gooey melted cheese and… purewasabi paste! Wasabi is generally served with fish or sushi, but Fenton Wood, owner of purewasabi by Coppersfolly, says not to knock this new combination until you try it.

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Keeping the name, changing the farm and creating a baaa of soap

Thursday, 2 September 2021

Heather McMillan used to walk out of her back door in Upper Hutt to be surrounded by two and half acres of bush and the sound of native New Zealand birdlife. Now stepping out into her backyard of 35 hectares in Selwyn, she is greeted by Becky the dog and over 300 sheep.

 

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A Little Red Farm in Hororata

Monday, 24 May 2021

What comes first, the chicken or the egg? For Dee Oliver and Brendon Albon, their chickens come first. Their small Hororata chicken farm, Little Red Farm is free-range and pasture-raised, meaning every week the sheds and chickens are moved and put on fresh grass.

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Unearthing Selwyn’s white gold

Monday, 17 May 2021

After living in West Melton for 15 years, Lisa and Stephen were ready to explore more of what Selwyn had to offer. They never expected that their next step would be unearthing Selwyn’s white gold.

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A passion for raw milk

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Mark is focused on being as sustainable as possible, limiting the amount of spray used and selling their raw milk in reusable glass bottles instead of plastic, saving over 240,000 one-litre plastic bottles.

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Selwyn’s cherry on top

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Fancy some ripe juicy cherries for an upcoming summer barbeque?

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Cameron and Elysse the local grocers

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

The love Cameron and Elysse Renouf have for Leeston sparked the idea to leave their jobs behind and venture into something entirely new and different: a grocery store.

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The Chamberlain Family Flowers

Monday, 9 November 2020

Imagine waking up on a warm spring morning to the smell of flowers and a meadow full of vibrant tulips and radiant yellow daffodils in your backyard. This has been the Chamberlain family’s way of life in Selwyn for six generations, nearly 150 years.

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