360 Spectacular: Oakley Garden | Stuff.co.nz

360 Spectacular: Oakley Garden | Stuff.co.nz

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[ad_1] SIMON O'CONNOR, AARON WOOD AND HELEN HARVEY Last updated 09:20, October 24 2017 We invite you to take a tour of Oakley Garden, one of Taranaki's most spectacular gardens.Jenny Oakley thought it was impossible to damage flowers in a hanging basket by over watering them.But the seemingly never ending rain in 2017 meant a couple of the baskets hanging in an old walnut tree got so heavy the hooks they were attached to straightened out and the baskets fell to the ground, Jenny says.  Garden name: Oakley Garden Address: 79 Lower Normanby Rd, Manaia Owners: Jenny and Guy Oakley Size: 0.6 hectares Age: 33-years-old "Normally they take a lot of watering, but I've probably only watered them about three times this year. I usually start watering them in August."They're heavy baskets so shifting them is a problem, she says."Some…
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360 Spectacular: Coast Haven | Stuff.co.nz

360 Spectacular: Coast Haven | Stuff.co.nz

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[ad_1] SIMON O'CONNOR, AARON WOOD AND HELEN HARVEY Last updated 09:14, October 23 2017 We invite you to take a tour of Coast Haven, one of Taranaki's most spectacular gardens.Claire Baker doesn't paint pictures on a canvas. Her artwork is her garden. "I call it a type of art. I treat my garden as an art form."   Garden name: Coast Haven Address: 372 Stent Rd, Warea Owners: Claire and Paddy Baker Size: 0.3 hectares Age: 37-years-old People ask her how she does it and she tells them she can visualise where things should go and what the colours would look like. "I prefer brighter colours."  From the front, the property Baker shares with husband Paddy looks like a picture. The house, which is more than 100 years old, is the perfect backdrop. Add in the circular driveway and stonework and the scene is set.   SIMON…
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There goes the neighbourhood | Stuff.co.nz

There goes the neighbourhood | Stuff.co.nz

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[ad_1] FIONA BARBER Last updated 05:00, October 14 2017 STUFF What are they hiding from? Fiona Barber wonders why her new neighbours need such fortress-like walls. OPINION: There's a new sound in the hood. It's the roar of buses winding through the backstreets picking up local kids and ferrying them to private schools on the other side of town.It seems that this little suburb is now suitable enough to buy into, but as for the local schools… they're too scary by half.It's part of a new pattern that goes something like this: Buy house. Super-size it or bowl and rebuild. Rip out scruffy little hedges and waist-high chain-link fences neighbours have chatted over for decades and replace with impenetrable walls. Install electronic gates with push-button entries. Bypass local schools so close…
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Review: Hot Sauce, Wellington | Stuff.co.nz

Review: Hot Sauce, Wellington | Stuff.co.nz

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[ad_1] JANAN JAY Last updated 06:00, October 11 2017 Janan Jay A trio of desserts. Pandan pana cotta; Yakult rice pudding and a macha tiramisu. A taste of… Hot Sauce, QT Museum Wellington, 90 Cable St, Te Aro, Wellington. We'd heard… The hotel had opened a swish hotspot with cocktails, alongside grazing plates inspired from Japan, Korean, Vietnam, and Thailand.  We ordered… Two octopus skewers ($9.50) with tender grilled chucks of tentacle, pickled cucumber and a spicy kimchi dip. The soft pastry cases of the prawn wontons ($12) were soft, with no neglected crispy corners. A trio of karage burgers ($12) featured crispy fried chicken with mayo and sweet-spicy Korean chilli sauce in pillowy bao-style buns. However, the three tea smoked duck bao ($12) let down an otherwise strong menu, as every morsel of meat was overpowered by an abundance of pickled celery.  Janan Jay The deep fried chicken karage burgers in bao baps. The spicy tuna poke ($12)…
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