A New Zealand rose by any other name would be Ellie, my late mother. She was an expert rosarian and she would encourage you to visit the country’s abundantly glorious gardens – places of serenity in a crazy world.
Ever heard of Hokitika? It’s on the wild, wild West Coast of NZ where the 832-page Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries is set, written by Kiwi writer Eleanor Catton, aged only 28. Not many people go there.