Be in to win one of three copies of It Takes a Village by Lauraine Jacobs, valued at $45 each

Be in to win one of three copies of It Takes a Village: A Guide to Matakana and its Surrounding Districts by Lauraine Jacobs, valued at $45 each.

Matakana village lies at the heart of one of New Zealand’s most beguiling regions, where rolling hills and small valleys are fringed by glorious beaches and gentle estuaries. Sheltered, warm and fertile, it is a haven for horticulture and fishing, as well as other recreational pursuits.

It Takes a Village, a bright new book by well-known food champion and Ōmaha local Lauraine Jacobs, published in September by Massey University Press, lets readers in on the secrets only locals know. It’s an expert guide to what is on  offer — from food and wine to art, outdoor activities and the best places to stay. There’s a lot to share and celebrate.

Perhaps best known for the Saturday morning Matakana village market — voted the most popular market in the country in the 2021 Outstanding New Zealand Food Producer Awards — Matakana boasts pristine beaches like Ōmaha and Tāwharanui, cycle trails and stunning regional parks. Over the years the district has become home to an increasing number of talented and entrepreneurial people, whose artisan food businesses, wineries, breweries, restaurants, cafés and boutique accommodation are flourishing. At a time when local tourism and buying local have become our mantra, It Takes a Village showcases the area’s many treasures, and will appeal to visitors and locals alike. Jacobs’ profiles of the district’s ‘Local Heroes’ are full of colour and inspiration.


Be in to win one of three copies of It Takes a Village by Lauraine Jacobs, valued at $45 each


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