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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'.


 

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