Alison Holst

Dame Alison Holst

Alison Holst grew up and was educated in Dunedin, graduating from the University of Otago in 1959 with the Bachelor of Home Science. Alison made her first television cooking program in 1965, a few months after the introduction of television to New Zealand, and published her first best selling cookbook the following year. Since this time she has published more than 100 popular cookbooks which have sold over 4 million copies. Alison is well known for her TV appearances, newspaper columns, magazine articles, radio broadcasts and cooking demonstrations.

Alison has travelled widely, studying the home cooking of other countries, promoting New Zealand’s high quality foods, and bringing home new ideas. Her particular interest is everyday family food. She encourages home cooks to produce interesting, tasty, varied and nutritious meals without spending too much time or money. In 1983 Alison received a Queen’s Service Medal for Services to the Community, in 1987 was made a CBE for Services to Home Science, and in 1997 received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Otago. In 2011 she was made Dame Companion of the NZ Order of Merit.

Alison Holst

Simon Holst

Simon, the son of Peter and Alison Holst, was born in Dunedin (November 1966). Following a one-year stint at Victoria University, Simon moved to Canterbury University where he completed a BSc in Botany, followed by a MSc (with 1st Class Honours) in Plant Biotechnology. During his last few years at University, Simon and Alison worked together co-writing “Meals without Meat” (published in 1990) – his first “hands-on” experience of food writing.
After graduating, Simon worked for three years as a food scientist in the Grain Foods Research Unit of Crop & Food Research, Lincoln. After spending a year travelling and tasting his way around the UK, Europe and the USA, he returned to New Zealand to take up food writing. 

Nancy Tichborne

Nancy Tichborne

Nancy has always had a love of flowers and gardening generally. Her parents were both keen gardeners and they encouraged Nancy and her two sisters to follow suit at an early age. Hawera Main Primary School fostered an ability to paint and, on leaving Otago Girls’ High School in 1960, Nancy was awarded a scholarship to study art at the St Martin’s School of Art in London. Whilst there she met her future husband Bryan – a Sandhurst cadet originally from Kenya.
The advent of a family prompted Bryan to leave the army and they moved to New Zealand to settle in 1969. In 1984 Nancy and Bryan decided to combine their know-how and formed a calendar business. Her annual watercolour calendar and diary are now amongst the best selling New Zealand titles annually – with many also going overseas. Nancy still gardens at every available opportunity – great therapy for an artist under deadline stress!
Her love of flowers is reflected in the watercolours – the way light reflects on petals, the droplets of water, the mixture of colours and textures ... she feels only a gardener can really interpret such things and transfer them onto paper. Being able to go outside and pick flowers, berries, leaves, seed heads etc. is great inspiration for her art.
For more information, please visit Nancy’s website: Nancy Tichborne’s Watercolours

Dennis Greville

Dennis Greville

Dennis Greville is thought of as one of the country's most authoritative gardening writers. His publications include The New Zealand Gardeners' Year Book, Growing Vegetables Year-round, The Colourful New Zealand Garden, Container Gardening, Growing your own groceries and many more. His gardening articles and stunning gardening photographs have featured in numerous newspapers and magazines throughout New Zealand.

               

Mike Weddell

Mike Weddell has taught fly fishing for over thirty years, in both Britain and New Zealand. He is the five times British All Round Fly Casting champion, and six times winner of the Waipahi Gold Medal fly fishing competition.

He has been the angling correspondent for the Otago Daily Times for over thirty years, and has written several books on fly fishing, including Fly Fishing Made Easy, Ten of the Best New Zealand Trout Flies and Teach Yourself Fly Casting.

Tony Orman

Tony Orman is a well-known author of over 20 books on fishing and hunting. He has written several highly acclaimed trout fishing volumes, and is also an authority on sea fishing. He has served on numerous national outdoor organisations, including the New Zealand Recreational Fishing Council. He and his wife Bridget live in Marlborough, where they enjoy the opportunities for saltwater sport – and for dining on freshly caught fish.