Ruud Kleinpaste - Saturday 25th March Only
Born in Indonesia, raised and educated in the Netherlands and migrated to New Zealand in 1978 with an MSc (Hons) in silvicuture, animal ecology and conservation from Wageningen University. Entomology was always an important hobby that later became part of his media persona: the Bugman. Ruud studied kiwi in Waitangi forest and worked as scientist (entomology) with the Ministry of Agriculture for 14 years, before tackling the world of media, communication and consultancy on his own.
Xanthe White - Saturday 25th March only
Xanthe White has worked as a landscape designer in New Zealand for 20 years. Her studio Xanthe White Design has worked on a broad range of commissions from private gardens to large public spaces. New Zealand’s landscape is influenced by indigenous and colonial history and an isolated island ecology. The studio’s practice focuses on creating engagement between the natural world and people. This involves balancing conservation values with the cultural attachments, and a tradition of food production.
Xanthe has won multiple awards including a Silver-Gilt and Silver medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and multiple Gold, Silver and Supreme Design awards at other international garden shows including the Gardening World Cup in Japan, Singapore Garden Festival and Ellerslie Flower Show. She is a Fellow of the Garden Design Society of New Zealand.
Xanthe is a regular contributor to magazines such as the The New Zealand Gardener and The New Zealand Listener and is a frequent guest on radio shows such as Nine to Noon on Radio New Zealand National. She has published three books including Organic Vegetable Gardening, The Natural Garden and her latest book, The Good Dirt, which explores the relationship between soil and the landscape.
Nicole Bostock - Make It! Marquee and the Mahu Project pavilion
Nicole’s journey in wellness in accordance with the ethos "food is medicine and medicine is food” started in the 90’s with an organic home delivery business, the study of herbal medicine under Isla Burgess and a burgeoning interest in Ayurveda and Yoga which she later went on to study in depth. She is conscious of the escalating demand of herbal medicines and where ever possible advocates using local plants as the ideal choice. With this in mind and the desire to encourage an organic plant based diet including edible weeds she co-founded Plantmedicine on Waiheke Island where they grow, harvest and make Epicurean Tonics for everyday good health. The celebration of Edible Gardens is a reminder of a fundamental Ayurvedic philosophy 'when diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; when diet is correct medicine is of no need.'
Gemma Wynn Lewis - Make It! Marquee Sunday 26 March 2017
Gemma was our very own (Hawkes Bay born and bred) NZ Masterchef 2015 contestant. Gemma has recently moved back to Hawke's Bay after living in Melbourne for 14 months. She is now working as a consultant for Consultant Catering (consultantcatering.co.nz) who provide expert support to organisations offering onsite food service and catering to students, staff, tourists and travelers in non-public dining rooms and public cafes.
Between projects, Gemma is available as a contract Food Technologist and hopes to launch a new range of slow cooked meats.
Gretta Carney - Make It! Marquee Saturday 25th March and Sunday 26th March
Since graduating with a BA in Theatre and Film in 1997 Gretta has dedicated herself to organic food and health. Gretta has cooked, served, stacked, dug, researched, written and managed within our organic sector for the past 20 years. Highlights included managing the development of the Hua Parakore Organic Verification programme for Te Waka Kai Ora and travelling with the Aotearoa delegation to the Terra Madre International Slow Food Meeting of Indigenous Food Producers in Italy 2008.
Gretta has a National Diploma in Biodynamic Organic Agriculture and has spent many happy hours in abundant organic gardens. Gretta is also a qualified Classical Homeopath and before dedicating herself to Hapī she ran a clinical practice in Napier. She has 3 children who have grown up on her family's sheep and cattle farm in Rissington.
Nic Parkes - In The Mahu Project pavilion Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th
Owner of the Weleda Pharmacy Ltd. Nic's training as a traditional pharmacist 30 years ago, was a springboard into wider possibilities for health and wellness. Nic is deeply connected with the land. She manages her six hectares of garden and farm under permaculture principles with an emphasis on using biodynamic preparations and methods.
Her integrative approach to health focuses on an individual finding their balance using everything from nutrition and lifestyle right through to Anthroposophic and, where needed allopathic, medicines.
My Mum did Yoga & meditated so we had this in our life growing up.
At the time my bother and I mostly giggled. Alot. Secretly however we liked the way it made her less sad when she missed her city friends after we moved to the farm. I fully stepped into my yoga obsession 16 years ago when I lived in Uganda for a decade. I was a school principal, busy mother and part time party girl. I got intensely stressed and badly out of shape. Uganda was full of yogis, meditators and healers and I soon gave up my day job and started training. I have't stopped. I love and live my yoga practice. I am so grateful for the pockets of peace and calm it has bought to my life and the tools it gives me to find more UNITY - which is the definition of yoga for me. It gives me great joy to share these precious tools.
- a mixed bag; Ngai Tahu, Spanish/Polish Jewish, English, mother of two. Born and raised in Hastings, lived all over NZ and the world. Been doing massage/bodywork since the 70’s. Began helping young pregnant women to help themselves, as the system failed us, and I’ve been championing autonomy in this arena ever since. The 80’s, with 10 years teaching under my belt, lurched into my passion, the touch therapies, training in the USA, UK and NZ developing my unique integrated bodywork system combining massage therapy, cranio-sacral therapy and acupressure. Still doing this now as “Positive Birth-Positive Bodywork”, treating all sorts, and specialising in pre and postnatal care for mamas and babies, at my multi-disciplinary health clinic Bay Babies. Have been published; “Wahine Marohirohi”, a Maori Birthing resource.
I am a Vinyasa Flow and Yin yoga teacher. I have been practicing yoga for 15 years. I believe that yoga is a way of life it has made a huge impact on my whole self and way of being from how I listen to myself to how I parent my children. I teach from a place of fueling the soul that this Vinyasa linking breath and movement can fuel your soul calm your mind increase your prana- life force and help you feel an increased sense of wellbeing.