HOUZZ

Over the summer holidays, I got an email from the Sydney offices of Houzz, the world’s biggest online architecture and design community that was described last year as one of the 10 most disruptive tech companies. They were launching in

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BISTRO GENTIL FOR CUISINE

Last year when I was in Wanaka, I went for a very fine lunch at Bistro Gentil where James Stapley, one of my favourite chefs, runs the kitchen – he used to cook at Whare Kea, a luxury lodge on the

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SLOW BOAT TO THAILAND

A friend asked me for a copy of this the other day and I’d completely forgotten about it: a story I wrote on a bus in Malaysia about travelling up the Mekong from Laos to Thailand. This story won a prize

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TNZ x Robb Report

This was a particularly nice job, even by the standards of someone who travels for a living: accompany three American food personalities – Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park, Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar and Brian Canlis of Canlis

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TOURISM VICTORIA

I spent Easter driving from one end of Victoria to the other – I flew into Melbourne and headed 600km northwest to Lake Mungo, one of the oldest sites of human habitation in the world, all in aid of a campaign

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EHN SUPPER CLUB

I’ve been running supper clubs through Eat Here Now since 2011, when they started in the living room of my old house in Grey Lynn and Natalie Smith and I did all the cooking. Now, three or four times a year, we

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OTAHUNA

In 1895, Sir Heaton Rhodes built a very fine pile on the Canterbury Plains and he lived there until his death in 1957, when he was given the closest thing to a state funeral. Fifty years later, Hall Cannon and

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WHITTAKER’S ARTISAN CHOCOLATE

A year and a bit ago, Whittaker’s got in touch with an unusual – but very welcome – request: they were a few months into developing flavours for their new artisan range, and would I like to come and give them a

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BEACH HAVEN

In 2011, I bought a funny little house in Beach Haven, on Auckland’s North Shore. In 2012, I moved into it and a few months after that I started writing a story about what it was like to move to the

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SUBURBAN MAN

  For the past six months or so, I’ve had a column in Metro called Suburban Man: it’s about life in the suburbs and it covers such material as knife sharpening, demolition and how to be a good birth partner.

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HOME NZ

I’m very proud to contribute to HOME, so I was excited when editor Jeremy Hansen rang to ask if I’d like to babysit his beautiful magazine while he was on sabbatical – full circle, since my first ever freelance commission came in 2001

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KPMG PRIVATE ENTERPRISE

Saatchi & Saatchi Design Worldwide got in touch earlier in the year for a website they were designing for KPMG Private Enterprise. I spent a few weeks interviewing KPMG partners in their Private Enterprise team – the idea was to write

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PROVISIONS

  For the past few years, I’ve had a column in Metro magazine called Provisions. It started out as a column on farmers’ markets and quickly turned into a column about my various food enthusiasms. Recent stories have covered losing weight

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METRO RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

For the past few years, I have had the very great pleasure to be one of the judges for the Metro Restaurant of the Year Awards which is on news stands now. I helped out on the first awards when I was a

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MONOCLE GUIDE TO BETTER LIVING

I’m the Auckland correspondent for Monocle magazine and last year I helped out with The Monocle Guide To Better Living. I wrote a piece on Auckland and a piece on Wellington and managed to get a sneaky reference to Beach Haven, my

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AMISFIELD

It’s taken three years, but the Amisfield book is at the printer and will be launched in July. In May 2011, I went to a dinner at Amisfield and thought: this would make a great book. Why don’t they have

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EAT HERE NOW

EAT HERE NOW is my special pet project. Back in 2010, Natalie Smith and I decided we’d like to start a website that reviewed restaurants. Our idea was that people didn’t want to be told about things that were bad, they

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GUBB & MACKIE

  I’ve been helping men’s clothing label Gubb & Mackie with its new website. Gubb & Mackie is a venerable New Zealand brand that has been around since just after World War II. It’s owned by Crane Brothers these days and it

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NEW SITE

Hello, I am working on a new site. It’s very exciting. Until then, you can email me on simon@farrellgreen.com Best, Simon

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