by John Hawkesby, Photography by Duncan Innes
$45, Penguin Group
Millionaires’ playground, summer escape, artists’ retreat and one of New Zealand’s most celebrated wine- growing regions – Waiheke Island, in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, has the lot. Well–known broadcaster and wine writer John Hawkesby became a resident in 2001 and can’t imagine living anywhere else.
In Waiheke, he reveals the island’s seductive charms and shares the stories of fellow residents – quirky and famous – in a way that only a trusted local could.
Photographer Duncan Innes captures the island’s stunning natural beauty and unique character that draw visitors from far and wide, as well as the diverse personalities who call this special place home.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Well-known former broadcaster John Hawkesby now spends time tending grapes on his Waiheke Island vineyard.
The father of three and grandfather of eleven splits his time between freelance writing for a variety of publications, emceeing events, making after dinner speeches and trying to expand his limited culinary experience. John has authored two previous books, Save The Last Dance For Me (1997) and Vintage: A Wine Journey (2006). He shares his Waiheke home with his wife, Joyce, a black Labrador called Georgie and copious rabbits that play havoc in his tiny vineyard.
John enjoys good food, great wine and wonderful conversations and will go to extraordinary lengths to see Bob Dylan in concert.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Freelance photographer Duncan Innes taught himself photography while living in Barcelona and London. After travelling the world he settled in Ponsonby, Auckland, with his wife, Nicola, and daughter, Eva. He shoots for various publications and enjoys travelling the country meeting interesting and inspiring people. His first book project was Food Heroes (2012) a collaboration with Simon Farrell-Green.