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Summer 2006

Punatapu courtyard

Outside kitchen and fireplace

Duley's mountain picnic

Rolf and Toa


John Bevan Ford

Tena kotou katoa.
Greetings from Aotearoa to the many wonderful folk who have walked through our doors over the past ten years. Your kind words, comments, notes regarding your stay at Punatapu have inspired us to continue caring for and sharing this special, peaceful and beautiful environment.

Punatapu is ready for the 2006 summer season thanks to a very caring team who take pride in their work to ensure guests experience genuine and sincere kiwi hospitality. We are looking forward to many friends returning.

Its been two years since we’ve sent news from Punatapu of the people who make it all happen.

Chef Rolf Krebs return is back after 3 years in Melbourne, Switzerland and the US. We are excited but not as much as Toa who has staked his position and bowl at the corner of the kitchen. Rolf has new chocolate recipes, (Aussie, with a Swiss touch) for sampling by summer guests.

Homemade hokey pokey ice cream was a big hit with celebrity Chef Marcus Sameuelsson of New York’ s Aquavit. Marcus’ visit to Punatapu and New Zealand is to be featured in the January issue of Conde Nast Traveller.

Chef Duley continues to delight guests with special events in amazing places.

Jackie and Joy, pillars of the establishment, spend considerable time looking after us as well as Punatapu. Jackie’s humour is just as good and sharp as ever.

Joy, now a proud property owner at Karitane fell in love with this quaint seaside fishing village when setting up Pumatapu’s rental beach villa, www.tirimoana.com

Maryann joined the team 2 years ago as afternoon hostess. Her professionalism and expertise selecting wines to accompany dinner contribute to Punatapu’s legendary culinary focus and reputation.

We are delighted to announce Riduan Tomkins and John Lyall are Punatapu’s artists in residence for 2006. Both have a wonderful intellect and come highly recommended. This promises for interesting dinner conversation and evenings in the courtyard beside the outdoor fire.

Sadly John Bevan Ford, Punatapu’s first artist in residence passed away in September 05 after struggling with a serious illness for five years. Known for his contribution to the establishment of contemporary Maori Art, John was recognised by Creative New Zealand shortly before his death. Some of you will remember him, his twinkly blue eyes, mischievous smile, and alluring personality. This season in his honour a selected collection of his works will be featured throughout Punatapu.

This year the artist in residence programme is extended with the appointment of Jenny Stewart as culinary fellow. Her culinary work will feature local and regional New Zealand cuisine.
For the past two winters Sue and Pat have volunteered their medical skills taking WWII veterans returning to Trieste and Monte Cassino, Italy. Prior to this they, with their family and grandchildren, experienced the richness of travel through Turkey, Syria and Lebanon.

We wish you a happy festive season and look forward to hearing from you.

Ka kite ano,

Sue and Pat Farry, Jackie, Joy, Maryann, Rolf, Jenny, Duley and Toa.

(c) (p) Punatapu 2006