Gorgeous Creatures: Elevating homes with Nature’s finest in the Hawkes Bay

Where Style Meets Nature

Gorgeous Creatures is more than a business; it’s an embodiment of Kirsty Mason’s vision for harmonizing natural beauty with opulence. Founded over two decades ago, this NZ-owned small business began with an inspiration drawn from Brazil, leading to the import of the first cowhide rugs in New Zealand. From these humble beginnings, Gorgeous Creatures has evolved into a beacon of quality and craftsmanship.

Unveiling Nature’s Beauty

Stepping into Gorgeous Creatures is a sensory journey. From exquisite cowhide rugs to custom-made cowhide ottomans, each piece is a testament to the brand’s dedication to sourcing the finest animal skins and natural fibres. The showroom in Napier, Hawke’s Bay, provides a tangible experience, inviting visitors to explore and indulge in fur, wool, hair, and softness.

A Commitment to Sustainability

Gorgeous Creatures takes pride in its ethical sourcing practices. Trusted New Zealand brands ensure that every product adheres to rigorous production standards, making a statement for quality and sustainability. The CO2-neutral website initiative further underscores the brand’s dedication to reducing its carbon footprint.

Global Reach, Personal Touch

While rooted in Hawke’s Bay, Gorgeous Creatures transcends borders. Their international shipping options ensure that homes worldwide can be adorned with pieces that seamlessly blend luxury and nature’s beauty. Kirsty Mason’s expertise, acquired over two decades, guarantees that every piece leaving Gorgeous Creatures is a reflection of the customer’s unique preferences.

The Kirsty Mason Touch

At the heart of Gorgeous Creatures is Kirsty Mason, a visionary with a deep love for aesthetics. Her extensive knowledge spans retail, design, advertising, and online marketing, ensuring that every aspect of the business reflects a commitment to excellence. Kirsty’s design talents, combined with her dedication to customer satisfaction, make Gorgeous Creatures a destination for those seeking to elevate their homes and wardrobes.

Visit Us

Whether in person or online, a visit to Gorgeous Creatures is an invitation to experience the fusion of opulence and nature’s finest. For an appointment and address details, phone or text 027 222 6230. Discover how Gorgeous Creatures transforms homes with extraordinary pieces of nature, one exquisite piece at a time.

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027 222 6230




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Celebrate the Festive Season with the Devonport 7-Day Pharmacy!

As the holiday season approaches, Devonport 7 Day Pharmacy is gearing up to spread cheer and gratitude to their loyal customers. This beloved community hub has been a pillar of support for the locals throughout the year, and now, they’re giving back in style with Christmas promotions and an exclusive VIP event.

The Devonport 7 Day Pharmacy will be adorned with a warm and inviting atmosphere for all who step through their doors. Customers will be greeted with an array of exciting promotions, ensuring everyone can find the perfect gifts for their loved ones.

To express their heartfelt appreciation, the pharmacy will be hosting an exclusive VIP event on the 29th of November. This event is an opportunity for the Devonport community to come together and celebrate the spirit of the season. Attendees can expect a host of delightful treats, including sumptuous food and music to tickle their senses.

The highlight of the evening will be the goody bags and a grand hamper giveaway, brimming with delightful surprises. These tokens are a small way for the pharmacy to give back to the community that has shown unwavering support throughout the year.

In addition to the giveaways, the Devonport 7 Day Pharmacy will be offering discounted gifts, allowing customers to snag great deals on a wide range of products. From health and wellness essentials to unique stocking stuffers, there’s something for everyone.

The team at Devonport 7 Day Pharmacy is excited to create lasting memories this holiday season. They believe that this event is a wonderful way to express their gratitude and strengthen their bond with the community. Through these festivities, they hope to spread joy and make the season a little brighter for all who join in.

So mark your calendars and join Devonport 7 Day Pharmacy in celebrating this magical time of year. Come for the promotions, stay for the camaraderie, and leave with a heart full of holiday cheer!

Contact Devonport 7-Day Pharmacy

09 445 4000




Contact Phillip Quay


027 458 7724


Enjoyment had by all at the Digital Marketing Masterclass Hosted by Media Pa and NZ Business Connect

On the October 24th, businesses in the Waikato were treated to a wealth of knowledge and insights at the Digital Marketing Masterclass at Rua Resort, an event jointly hosted by Media Pa and NZ Business Connect. Sponsored by Planet Recycle, venue sponsor Rua Resort, and Media Pa, this masterclass was a testament to the power of collaboration in the world of digital marketing.

L-R: Fiona(Media Pa), Wilma(Wilma J Design), Ivan(Planet Recycle), Ricki (Topline Carpenters), Tyren(IT Security), Wayne(Wise Cover and Advice), Phillip(Media Pa/NZ Business Connect), Colleen(Rua Resort), Jason(Lugtons Real Estate), Zarina (NZ Business Connect), Barnz(In the hood maintenance)
Masterclass sponsor Planet Recycle
Masterclass Venue Sponsor: Rua Resort

The event brought together business owners and entrepreneurs to delve into the latest trends, strategies, and technologies shaping the digital marketing landscape. Attendees were privy to invaluable information, helping them navigate the complexities of the online sphere and stay ahead in the competitive market.

Media Pa, a leading digital marketing agency, spearheaded the event, drawing on their experience in the industry. Their team shared key insights on topics ranging from SEO best practices to harnessing the potential of social media platforms.

NZ Business Connect, a hub for networking and knowledge exchange, played a pivotal role in bringing together like-minded individuals eager to expand their digital marketing expertise. Through the workshop, participants had the chance to ask questions and get real-time responses.

The generous sponsorship from Planet Recycle, Rua Resort, and Media Pa further elevated the masterclass. These forward-thinking companies recognized the importance of empowering businesses with the tools they need to thrive in today’s digital age.

The masterclass covered digital marketing by Zarina Poonawalla, public relations with Phillip Quay, social media marketing by Fiona Stephen and using AI to create articles by Ricki Cotter.

In conclusion, the Digital Marketing Masterclass hosted by Media Pa and NZ Business Connect, with the generous support of sponsors Planet Recycle, Rua Resort, and Media Pa, was a resounding success. Attendees left equipped with practical strategies and a renewed sense of purpose in their digital marketing endeavours, ready to take their businesses to new heights in the online world. This event stands as a testament to the power of collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and a shared commitment to the future of digital marketing.

Contact Phillip Quay

027 458 7724



How traditional farming impacts sustainability- An opinion piece by Hamilton-based leading soil scientist Dr. Gordon Rajendram

Traditional farming refers to the long-standing, often age-old agricultural practices that have been passed down through generations within a specific region or community. It encompasses a wide range of methods and techniques used by small-scale farmers who rely on time-tested practices and often work with limited technological advancements. Traditional farming practices are deeply rooted in the cultural and historical context of the communities that employ them.

OPINION by Dr Gordon Rajendram

Traditional farming practices have played a pivotal role in shaping agriculture for centuries. While they have sustained human populations and cultures, it’s essential to examine their impact on sustainability in a modern context. Traditional farming, while often characterized by small-scale, labour-intensive methods, can both support and hinder sustainability in various ways.

Pros of Traditional Farming on Sustainability:

  • Preservation of Biodiversity: Traditional farming typically involves diverse crop varieties and animal breeds, contributing to genetic diversity. This helps safeguard against catastrophic crop failures due to pests or diseases.
  • Local Adaptation: Traditional farmers often rely on crops and livestock that are well-suited to the local environment, reducing the need for artificial inputs such as pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Conservation of Natural Resources: Many traditional farming methods, like crop rotation and intercropping, are inherently sustainable as they reduce soil degradation, water usage, and the depletion of nutrients.
  • Cultural Preservation: Traditional farming practices are often deeply ingrained in cultural traditions and provide a connection to heritage and land. This connection can promote a sense of stewardship and respect for the environment.

Cons of Traditional Farming on Sustainability:

  • Limited Productivity: Traditional farming methods tend to be less efficient and productive compared to modern industrial agriculture. This can lead to underutilization of land and resources, making it challenging to meet the demands of a growing global population.
  • Vulnerability to Climate Change: Traditional farming practices may be less resilient to the unpredictable challenges of climate change, such as extreme weather events, prolonged droughts, and shifting growing seasons.
  • Limited Access to Information: Traditional farmers often lack access to the latest agricultural knowledge and technology, which can hinder their ability to adopt more sustainable and productive practices.
  • Land Degradation: Over time, some traditional practices, particularly slash-and-burn agriculture, can lead to deforestation and soil degradation.

In conclusion, traditional farming has both positive and negative impacts on sustainability. While it has contributed to biodiversity preservation and resource conservation, it can be less productive and more vulnerable to modern challenges. Striking a balance between preserving valuable traditional knowledge and incorporating modern, sustainable practices can help address some of these challenges. As we move forward, integrating the best of both worlds is essential for ensuring food security and environmental sustainability in an ever-changing world.

Contact Dr. Gordon Rajendram

021 466077



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New Plymouth-based Go Street Restaurant is excited about the events coming to Taranaki!

Go Street is excited about the events coming to the area over the next three months. Make sure you get amongst it! Taranaki is set to be a hub of artistic and cultural exploration, offering a range of events that promise to captivate locals and visitors alike.

Taranaki Arts Trail – 27-29th October + 3-5th November

Leading the way is the much-anticipated Taranaki Arts Trail 2023, celebrating its remarkable tenth year. This event boasts an unprecedented number of participating artists, with over 100 opening their studios for visitors. With free admission to all locations, this is an opportunity for art enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the vibrant Taranaki arts community.

The 19th Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival – 27th October – 5th November

Gardening enthusiasts can take the opportunity to explore the homes of garden experts, offering a unique and friendly experience. Feel the energy of a new summer season and be inspired to make the most of your own garden.

Elton John vs. Billy Joel NZ Tribute – 5th November 7:30pm

Music lovers can look forward to the Elton John vs. Billy Joel NZ Tribute, a hit show touring nationwide in 2023. Cam and Sam promise to wow audiences of all ages with renditions of the greatest hits from these legendary artists.

Bill Bailey – Thoughtifier – 16th November 8:00pm

Bill Bailey takes the stage with “Thoughtifier”, a captivating journey through the history and future of thought, pondering its significance for humanity’s survival.

Deck the Room for Refuge – 18th November 9:00am to 4:00pm

The return of the “Deck the Rooms for Refuge” event is a cause for celebration, marking 20 years of sharing the Christmas spirit through the creative interpretations of eight New Plymouth homeowners.

Extravaganza Fair Summer Tour – 16-17th December

The Extravaganza Fair Summer Tour, New Zealand’s largest travelling festival/fair. With a focus on creativity and sustainability, this family-friendly event promises entertainment for all ages, from music and shows to stalls, rides, and food.

TSB Festival of Lights – 16th December – 21st January

Don’t miss out on another year of the Festival of Lights! This event never fails to leave viewers in awe.

Don’t miss out on these extraordinary events in Taranaki. Mark your calendars and get ready for a season filled with creativity, inspiration, and entertainment. Stop in at Go Street to quench your thirst and hunger.

Contact Go Street

Phone Line: 067590902

Email: Contact@gostreet.co.nz



Contact Phillip Quay


027 458 7724



Ricki Cotter Takes the Helm as NZ Business Connect Regional Manager for Tauranga

In a strategic move to bolster its presence in the Tauranga region, NZ Business Connect proudly announces the appointment of Ricki Cotter as their new Regional Manager. With an understanding of the local business landscape, Ricki is poised to lead the charge in forging meaningful connections within the community.

Ricki Cotter NZ Business Connect Tauranga

A Deep-Rooted Understanding of the Local Business Landscape

One of Ricki’s greatest assets is his deep-rooted understanding of the local business landscape. Having been entrenched in the Tauranga business scene for years, he brings a unique perspective and an extensive network of contacts that will undoubtedly be instrumental in driving the success of Business Connect initiatives in the region.

A Commitment to Facilitating Impactful Dialogues

Ricki Cotter is driven by a mission to unite businesses and facilitate impactful dialogues. He understands the power of meaningful conversations in driving innovation, collaboration, and growth. Under his guidance, Business Connect events in Tauranga are set to become vibrant platforms where professionals can exchange ideas, share insights, and forge mutually beneficial partnerships.

An Inspirational, Educational, and Great Experience for Attendees

With Ricki at the helm, attendees of Business Connect events in Tauranga can expect nothing short of an exceptional experience. His dedication to ensuring that each event is not only inspirational but also educational will undoubtedly elevate the value proposition for participants. Through thoughtfully curated programs and dynamic speakers, Ricki aims to leave attendees with actionable takeaways and a renewed sense of purpose.

A Business Owner and Media Pa Alumnus

Ricki’s firsthand experience with his company, Topline Carpenters, has taught him about the challenges and triumphs of entrepreneurship which equips him with a unique perspective that will resonate with local business owners. Additionally, Ricki has gone through the Media Pa government-funded training scheme, further enhancing his skill set and expertise in the realm of business management.

With the appointment of Ricki Cotter as the Regional Manager for Tauranga, NZ Business Connect is poised for a new era of growth and impact in the region. Ricki’s extensive experience, local insights, and commitment to fostering meaningful connections are sure to steer Business Connect events towards even greater heights. As Tauranga’s dynamic business landscape continues to evolve, Ricki Cotter stands ready to lead Business Connect in providing an inspirational, educational, and exceptional experience for all attendees.

Contact Ricki Cotter

022 125 7807



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027 458 7724



Devonport 7 Day Pharmacy is Getting Excited for the Summer Season

The Devonport 7 Day Pharmacy is looking forward to getting involved with the festive season. Come into the store to find what gifts we have available, we have a great selection to suit everyone. With a calendar full of magical shows, ballet, and musical tributes, the Devonport region offers a diverse range of entertainment for everyone to anticipate. 

October 22nd, 2023

The PumpHouse: Trick n Treats Magic Show

Make sure to mark your calendar for the “Trick n Treats Magic Show” at The PumpHouse on October 22nd, 2023. This magical extravaganza is suitable for all ages, from preschoolers to grandparents. The show promises to be a spooky, delightful experience filled with doves, rabbits, audience participation, comedy, illusions, and even prizes for the best costumes. 

November 2nd, 2023

Bruce Mason Centre: Sleeping Beauty – Royal Czech Ballet

On November 2nd, 2023, the Bruce Mason Centre will host the critically-acclaimed international ballet company, The Royal Czech Ballet, for their presentation of the classic masterpiece, “Sleeping Beauty.” This timeless tale tells the story of Princess Aurora, cursed by the evil fairy Carabosse. The curse can only be broken by a brave prince. With beautiful choreography, stunning costumes, and exquisite music, this performance is bound to leave you spellbound.

December 3rd, 2023

Devonport Ethical Christmas Market

Every year, on the first Sunday of December, the heartwarming Devonport Ethical Christmas Market comes to life at the Devonport Community House, located at 32 Clarence Street. This cherished event has been a local tradition since 2017, with the exception of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The market’s motto is simple yet powerful: “Be fair, buy fair.” It serves as a platform for showcasing ethically sourced goods produced in ways that contribute positively to our world. Make sure to mark your calendar and join us for this exceptional celebration of ethical trade. 

December 8th, 2023

Devonport Christmas Parade

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and it’s the perfect time to consider joining the upcoming Devonport Christmas Parade. The team at the Devonport 7 Day Pharmacy love to get involved! This year, the Christmas Parade is scheduled for Friday, December 8th, at 6:30 p.m. Along the route, you’ll find fantastic viewing spots to enjoy the festivities. We look forward to having you as part of this joyful celebration!

February 10th, 2024

Bruce Mason Centre: The Michael Jackson HIStory Show

On February 10th, 2024, music enthusiasts won’t want to miss “The Michael Jackson HIStory Show” at the Bruce Mason Centre. Presented by Showtime, this spectacular tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, celebrates his creative genius and unsurpassed talent. The show will take you through Jackson’s remarkable career. With electrifying live performances, a live band, choreographed dancers, authentic costumes, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, this show promises to be a mind-blowing stage production.

So head on over to Devonport this festive season to join in on all the fun. Don’t worry about packing the gifts, The Devonport 7 Day Pharmacy has got you sorted! Why not come and see for yourself?

October 22nd, 2023 – The PumpHouse: Trick n Treats Magic Show
November 2nd, 2023 – Bruce Mason Centre: Sleeping Beauty – Royal Czech Ballet
December 3rd, 2023 – Devonport Ethical Christmas Market
December 8th, 2023 – Devonport Christmas Parade
February 10th, 2024 – Bruce Mason Centre: The Michael Jackson HIStory Show

Contact Devonport 7 Day Pharmacy

09 445 4000



Contact Phillip Quay

057 458 7724



The Tantalising Tastes of Hamilton’s Hood Street Bistro

By Taryn Surgison

Resting proudly on the corner of Hood Street and Victoria Street, the aptly named cafe/restaurant, ‘Hood St Bistro’, beckons you inside with its references to hot orange, neon signage. Just as it too sits on this
particular intersection, its food demonstrates a propensity towards being particular when it comes to
imparting only the best of Southern American flavours to its customers.

So, how do I know this, you may be asking?
Originally, I had entered the cafe/restaurant in search of a quick drink to quench my thirst, considering a
well-crafted hot chocolate with a friend. As the sun settled its warm rays on the curvature of the cafe’s
exquisite arched windows, the notion of a hot chocolate disappeared along with the fading light. My friend’s order of a Pinot gris a welcome invitation to change the flavour of our meeting from a quick ‘catch-up’ to dinner instead. This invitation was sped along by seductive aromas wafting tantalisingly from the kitchen.

The moment the menu was placed in my eager hands, I knew what I wanted. There was no other choice for me but the Bacon-wrapped Eye fillet steak with Argentinian prawns, Mashed potatoes, Green beans, Garlic butter sauce and Red wine jus. Presentation perfect, I tried hard to steady the pace at which I ate, but the creamy goodness of garlic flavour oozing over mashed potatoes, intermingled with tender green beans and eye fillet steak cooked to perfection drizzled in red wine jus made it a battle hard to win. Just when I thought all my taste buds had reached their most heightened state of saturation, I plucked an Argentinian prawn from atop my steak. As the crunchy fresh bite oozed salty sea goodness, the flavour overtook me! I mused over why I had never tasted prawns that fresh before (even at seaside restaurants in New Zealand) and gently swore to myself I would never walk past this restaurant again!

This is a cafe/restaurant not to miss! It’s so good, I’ve already planned my next meal there!
I invite you too to sample Hood St Bistro’s delectable food of the highest calibre, an absolute credit to the
chef and the team that works so hard to cultivate amazing food, a great drinks selection and such a warm
and inviting atmosphere.

Cafe/Restaurant Name: Hood St Bistro
Address: 109 Victoria Street

 07 834 4365

Website: https://www.hoodstreetbistro.co.nz/ for bookings/reservations or to order online.
Facebook: Hood St Bistro

Contact Phillip Quay
P: 0274 587 724


Taranaki is fast being recognized as the premier spring festival destination of New Zealand. The region is gearing up for a combination of events to celebrate the beauty of Spring, namely The Taranaki Garden Festival, Fringe Festival, Arts Trail and Sustainable Backyards, all happening at the same time over 10 days from 27 October to 5 November 2023. Mike’s Bistro is very excited to be right in the middle of it all.

The Taranaki Garden Festival has deep roots, dating back to 1987. Each year garden enthusiasts flock to New Plymouth to experience the stunning, vibrant botanical artistry that these events are notorious for. There is a strong sense of community involvement surrounding these festivals with a mix of public and private gardens on display.

While the gardens and art will engage some of your senses, a trip to Mike’s Bistro will certainly complete your sensory overload.

Mike’s Bistro has local roots, founded in Urenui back in 1989, by the legendary Mike Johnson, the business was moved to its current New Plymouth location in 2018. Mike’s Bistro with its passion for food and commitment to quality, seamlessly aligns with the spirit of the garden festivals. As festival goers explore the lush gardens, they can also indulge in a culinary adventure at this charming family owned and run bistro. Upon entering the bistro, visitors are enveloped in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The spacious dining area allows guests to relax, savour their meals while soaking up the lively soul of the place.

It’s not just the food and drinks that make Mike’s Bistro memorable, it’s the warm service and genuine involvement in the community that sets them apart. According to long-time owner of Mike’s Bistro, Ron Trigg, “Taranaki’s Garden Festivals are fantastic for us as they attract our ideal customers to the region and the Bistro. We serve a fair bit of Seafood Chowder!”

2023 also sees the inclusion of a special event, “Mike at Mike’s”, Join yet another legendary Mike, Michael Self, for an entertaining pre-dinner ramble through Taranaki’s gardening story.

Michael has been gardening since he was a wee laddie with a pocket full of worms. Over the years he has put over 1000 TV shows to air featuring hundreds of Taranaki gardening personalities and their gardens. He’s produced gardening radio shows and has been a guest writer for newspapers and magazines alike, including NZ Gardener. Michael was also a driving force behind the establishment of the Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival in 2004.

Visit www.mikesbistro.nz to book a table and for more info about the entertaining and informative sessions with one of the region’s most recognized gardening gurus.

Contact Mike’s Bistro

0274 423 168



Rural Sector Confidence Improves with a Change of New Zealand Government, invest in 1093 Tairua Whitianga Road

In the wake of recent governmental changes in New Zealand, the rural sector is expected to have a remarkable upswing in confidence, promising a surge in farm investments. One such property that stands to benefit from this shift is the 48-hectare expanse at 1093 Tairua Whitianga Road, Whenuakite, Whitianga.

Situated in the idyllic Whenuakite region on the eastern coast of Thames Coromandel, this property was formerly a thriving dairy farm, now mainly used for cattle pasturing with untapped potential. The strategic location offers easy access to Hot Water Beach, Hahei, and the Cathedral Cove car park, making it an attractive prospect for investors.

The property’s main residence, a spacious weatherboard house, presents opportunities for refurbishment, as does the second dwelling, cowshed, and implement shed. The land is divided into 38 paddocks, suitable for both dry stock and dairying, with soil quality classified as highly fertile Allophanic, ideal for various agricultural pursuits.

Noteworthy is the 40 hectares primed for horticulture, where kiwifruit and avocados could thrive, inspired by neighbouring successes. A perennial stream runs through the estate, bolstered by a gravity-fed natural spring, ensuring a steady water supply.

With a backdrop of lush meadows, rolling hills, and verdant forests, this property encapsulates the essence of New Zealand’s natural beauty. It stands as an opportunity for growth in the area.

For those with a vision for agricultural prosperity, 1093 Tairua Whitianga Road is not just a property; it’s an opportunity to shape the future of New Zealand’s rural landscape.

For more information and a visual tour of the property, visit:





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