Matakana Village lies at the heart of one of New Zealand’s loveliest regions, where rolling hills and small valleys are fringed by glorious beaches and gentle estuaries. Sheltered, warm, and fertile, it’s a haven for horticulture and fishing. Perhaps best known these days for the Saturday morning farmers’ market and stunning beaches like Tawharanui, in the past decades it’s become home to an increasing number of talented and entrepreneurial artisanal food businesses, wineries, restaurants and cafés, and accommodation providers. It Takes a Village lets readers in on the secrets only locals know and is an expert companion to all the area has to offer, from food and wine to art and outdoor activities, and where to stay, written by one of New Zealand’s best-known food writers.
Lauraine Jacobs is one of New Zealand’s best-known food writers, with a magazine career stretching back to Cuisine magazine and the New Zealand Listener, and including writing or editing twelve books. She is a devoted and well-recognised ambassador for great New Zealand food and wine, and a champion of the Matakana area, where she has a home.