Country Calendar 2016 book features Roger Beattie and Eyris Pearls

Wekas, seaweed and sustainable farming: meet New Zealand's 'least worst farmer'

Stories from our rural heartland by Matt Philp and Rob Suisted, published by Potton & Burton, RRP$59.99. Buy a copy here.

Roger Beattie harvesting Eyris Pearls in Akaroa Harbour. Photo Country Calendar Book

Roger Beattie harvesting Eyris Pearls in Akaroa Harbour. Photo Country Calendar Book

Country Calendar is now New Zealand’s longest-running television series, with more than half a million people tuning in every week. This year saw Country Calendar turn 50, and this book celebrates this milestone by revisiting 15 families who have appeared on the show during the last decade – and, in some cases, whose properties have featured two or three times during the last 50 years including Roger Beattie.

Complimenting Matt Philp’s text, each story is lavishly illustrated with evocative, especially commissioned images by award-winning photographer, Rob Suisted. The result is this stunning celebratory book – a must-have for every fan of Country Calendar and anyone with an interest in the lives of rural New Zealanders.

Roger Beattie features as a 'wild sheep breeder, blue pearl and kelp entrepreneur, and, yes, would-be weka farmer, a man who most days has a dozen ideas before breakfast'.


Eyris Pearls and Miss World New Zealand 2016

Karla de Beer

The Koru Pearl Story

Miss World - New Zealand 2016 - Karla de Beer wearing Eyris Blue Pearls and The Koru Pearl pendant which was handcrafted by Blue Pearl Gallery. Eyris Pearls and Blue Pearls Gallery have gifted this pendant to Karla to be auctioned off at the Miss World competition in USA, December 2016 to help raise money for the Childrens Charity Auction - Beauty with a Purpose, Helping Children Worldwide. This is a stunning piece of jewellery and we can't wait to hear the results.

Karla de Beer with the Koru Pearl and Silver Fern

Miss World New Zealand 2016 Karla, wearing the Koru Pearl with Roger Beattie

New Zealand’s most recognised icon is the Silver Fern: the unfurling fern frond is known as the Koru to the indigenous Maori people, and symbolises new life, growth and strength.  The unfurling frond resembles a mother embracing her child, a reflection of the environment we must create not only for the children of New Zealand, but the children of the world.

The Eyris pearl represents the colours of the Koru and new life, with the unfurling silver stem symbolizing the strength, protection and support a mother gives her child.  Our children need an environment filled with unconditional love and support to help them believe that anything is possible.  As the Koru nurtures new buds, so we must nurture our young to give them the self-belief and strength they need to create a better world for their future.