A Mt Saint Joseph nun in Whanganui is doing her best to minimize her environmental footprint and invests hours and hours of her time planting fruit trees, developing wetlands and running a huge vegetable garden, all with the aim of showing the community how to live more off the land. Land which was seen as steep wasteland 14 years ago has been transformed.
Also Auntsfield Estate is the home of Marlborough's first colonial vineyard and winery. The original vineyard was established in 1873 by David Herd who made wine for over 50 years before the property reverted to sheep farming. When cinematographer Graeme Cowley (who created the imagery for Kiwi classics Utu and Smash Palace) first bought the property there was no sign of grapes. It wasn't until they began researching the history of the land, that they realised they’d just purchased Marlborough's very first vineyard.
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