Blue Pearls

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'.


Miss World New Zealand 2015 and the Empowerment Pearl

Once again Eyris Pearls along with Master Jeweller Jacek Pawlowski are proud to support the Miss World NZ children’s charity auction in China. This year’s contestant Deborah Lambie who is currently studying medicine, has chosen ‘Empowerment’ as her campaign theme. With this theme in mind they have created a one off piece using the white camellia as their inspiration! 

The Empowerment Pearl celebrates equal rights for woman.   New Zealand women were the first in the world to be granted the right to vote in 1893.  Those who supported this historic change were presented with a white camellia to wear in their buttonhole.  The white camellia has since become an endearing symbol of the empowerment of women.

The unfolding silver petals of the white camellia represent hope and equality for all people. At the centre of the flower is a Gem grade blue green Eyris Pearl that displays the colours of New Zealand.  Together, the colours of the pearl combined with the white camellia, represents liberation and empowerment of women spreading from New Zealand to the rest of the world, and therefore creating a better future for our children.

Queen wears Eyris 'Aotearoa Pearl' Brooch 2013

Gifted by Prime Minister, John Key the brooch was designed by Christchurch jeweller Joachim van Oostrum.

Her Majesty the Queen wears the Aotearoa Pearl Brooch gifted by John Key Prime Minister 2013

Aotearoa Pearl Brooch with Eyris Pearl

Her Majesty the Queen wearing Eyris Pearl Brooch