Mika at Te Urewera

Mika at Lake Waikaremoana

Bon voyage to my friend Mika who is, for now, leaving New Zealand for other adventures. She really does have the best Instagram feed.

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Mount Victoria

In between the wild winds of the spring, there is the occasional nice day to wander around Mount Victoria.

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Hungry and Frozen: Number 6 on the Independent Top 20

LV-3Above: Hungry & Frozen Photography Day 2 (July 2012).

Good News Everyone! Laura Vincent’s cookbook Hungry and Frozen is available in stores, and it’s number 6 in the New Zealand Independent Top 20. Along with our friend Kim, my wife Kate and I helped photograph Laura’s recipes for this cookbook. It was a lot of fun, and because the food was all naturally styled it also meant we could double up as in-house taste testers too – second to Laura’s partner Tim. If you’re in New Zealand you won’t have any trouble finding this book in store on online.

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Parnassus

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Near the town of Arachova, Greece, January 2013.

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Athens

We were hugely fortunate to be in Athens at the same time as my colleague Antonis. Not only is he a good friend, he put a roof above us, wheels under us and took over a lot of the talking and ordering. It was a treat after my initial excitement about Japanese, slight familiarity with French and eagerness to speak German passed and my difficulty with Polish and complete inability with Magyar became mentally exhausting. Our stay in Athens was definitely the cushiest part of our trip across Europe. The food in Greece was bewilderingly good and it’s something I’m still dreaming about now.

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