Author: Tim Brewster

South Island Honey In Demand

South Island Honey The sweet taste of honey has made it a treat for over 8000 years – but now there’s more. Growing awareness of its health benefits and the appeal of its natural origins has meant South Island honey producers are riding a wave of unprecedented overseas demand. Taylor Pass Honey, one of the south’s largest producers, has doubled production over the past two years and the remote wilderness areas they source their honey from has been a compelling selling point for overseas markets, marketing manager Jo Bray says. “The provenance story of our products is a key...

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Glowing Sky – New Zealand Merino Clothing

Glowing Sky – New Zealand Merino Clothing Wool is finally on the comeback trail. Coveted as a cloth for luxurious garments, resilient enough for harsh outdoor environments, the finest stuff is still found on the back of merino sheep up in the South Island’s high country. Aficionado’s of merino wool have always known its natural attributes outperformed synthetics. Now sustainability and ethical provenance are also key influencers in customer choices and the wool of kings is enjoying a valuable advantage over its traditional rivals. Deep down south, those qualities were never in question when Glowing Sky’s New Zealand merino...

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Ski Test Volkl Racetiger GS Pro R18

Ski Test Volkl Racetiger GS Pro R18 Level: Expert and recreational racing. Ideal for hard snow and carving longer turns. Tester: Edoardo Brignone, Italy Images: Rory Edwards Edoardo skied on the Volkl Racetiger GS Pro for a month at Cardrona Alpine Resort with a mixture of race coaching, running gates and freeskiing. A former FIS racer and fully qualified Maestro di Sci with Eurotest, race and telemark qualifications, Edoardo rated the ski for its versatility and stability: “The ease in handling this ski makes them fun both at high and low speeds. The Racetiger gives you security even on the hardest...

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Volkl Deacon Ski Test NZ – Garett Shore

Volkl Deacon Ski Test NZ – Garett Shore New Zealand’s unique snow conditions were the final test track for two recently developed high-performance ski models, the Volkl Deacon and Mantra 5. German ski company Volkl (Voelkl in German) released the Deacon and Mantra 5 for the northern hemisphere winter following a final on-snow testing session at Mt Hutt ski area in September of last year. Since being released, the two models have been in huge demand.  In New Zealand, Volkl importer Geoff Mckeown of Gravity Sports says he was already taking orders for an extra shipment “before the lifts...

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New Zealand Mountain Film Festival 2018

New Zealand Mountain Film Festival 2018 Wanaka, Cromwell & Queenstown – June 29 to July7 Buckle in for a week of adventure, aspiration, environment and culture. With a global reach and grassroots feel this year’s NZ Mountain Film Festival features 83 films including ten world premieres complemented by old-fashioned storytelling sessions with guest speakers and writers. The Grand Prize winning film, ‘Liv Along the Way’ reflects the calibre of the films on offer at this year’s event. Director Mike Douglas (Canada) follows World Champion sport climber Liv Sansoz, as she sets out to climb all 82 4,000m peaks in the...

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