Duck makes a great festive dish, and plums are abundant in New Zealand in December – often there are so many you don’t know what to do with them. This glaze goes perfectly with duck, ham or chicken.  Recipe Caralee Caldwell. Photography Kiel Wode Serves 8 Prepare

Sawcut Gorge is a geological wonder that slices through time. Words Tania Seward Anyone who has driven State Highway 1 between Blenheim and Kaikoura will remember it well. The winding road, the waves breaking within metres of the highway, the glimpses of fur seals along the coastline. It’s

Add a personal touch to your Christmas gifts with unique and easy-to-make papers and cards. Words and styling Sarah Heeringa. Photography Amanda Reelick What's not to love about brown paper packages tied up with string? We're with Julie Andrews on this one.  Give your parcels a new twist

This delicately citrus-flavoured shortbread makes a classic Christmas treat that's perfect with a cup of tea. I use Trade Aid Golden Cane Sugar, ground in a blender, for a special caster sugar that adds a subtle caramel colour and taste – and Fairtrade goodness!  Recipe and

The best outdoor rooms are comfortable, welcoming spaces that connect the indoors with out. With a little imagination they can be surprisingly easy to create. Words Sarah Heeringa. Photography Getty Images (hero) and Amanda Reelick. Summer is all about relaxed hospitality and enjoying the outdoors – so

Laid-back Californian beach life effortlessly melds with big-city sophistication in Santa Monica.  Words John Bishop. Photography Getty Images, John Bishop and Santa Monica Travel & Tourism Santa Monica, a seaside town of 94,000 people southwest of Los Angeles, prides itself on being politically liberal, environmentally caring, alternative

What's making a splash in the world of sun protection Words Pamela McIntosh As the golden sun comes out to play so do the warnings about protecting our skin from its damaging rays. Sunscreens have come a long way since zinc oxide was used as a ‘block’

Systems in nature work together in harmony, and through permaculture we can apply the same principles to the way we farm – or grow our veggies. Words Kahu de Beer. Illustration Lisa Lodge These past few months we’ve been staying on a farm in Northland and getting

Move over mulled wine, there's a new winter red in town with a heart of darkness and incredible affordability - meet malbec  Words Joelle Thomson It’s funny how food and wine often taste delicious when you’re on holiday in exotic, remote, or rugged destinations, but they never

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