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becausesh e ’sspecial
Generations of women share hard work ethos
Winemaker Tracy Haslam makes
no bones about the part her
mother and grandmother played
in the establishment of her award-
winning vineyard at Ti Point.
“It wouldn’t have happened without
them,” she says emphatically.
“I just hope I can teach my daughters
the lessons they taught me – that hard
work never killed anyone and if you
want something just ‘give it a go’.”
This year’s harvest has seen the
women once again working side-by-
side, either busy in the harvest and
winemaking process or caring for the
growing number of grandchildren
“Nan seems to spend the whole
time providing endless food for
Although Tracy and her children spend
an increasing amount of their time in
the Hawkes Bay, where her husband
David Mason is based, she says her
roots are definitely at Ti Point.
“I spend as much time up here as Mother power – from left, Tracy and Jan Haslam, Ruby Mason (one of Tracy’s four children) and Eileen Romaine (better
known as Nan). Photo by Marc Herbulot.
possible, but the practicalities of
raising a young family means I’m not “At one stage I had three part-time Jan and Nan (Eileen Romaine) live She says Ti Point wines are hand-
here as often as I would like to be.” jobs and my sister and I had to clean on the Ti Point property where Tracy made with love, care and lots of
Tracy grew up at Kaipara Flats, 11 buses every weekend as well. We first started planting grapes in 1999. laughter.
moving to Ti Point when she was learned to work hard because Mum She grows Merlot, Cabernet Franc “The wines are well-balanced and
11. Her mother Jan used to run and Nan worked hard. We just and Syrah varieties, and describes loaded with character, a true product
Warkworth Passenger Services. followed their example.” this year’s fruit as “brilliant”. of their upbringing.”
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Shona Huxtable in front of the raffle first prize, a collaborative piece produced
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Quilt expo wows crowds
Quilts of every hue adorned the Mahurangi Community Centre last
month for the biennial Warkworth Quilters exhibition.
Club president Ann Parker says The viewer’s choice went to Shona Cafeteria and Chocolaterie
it was one of the most successful Huxtable for her quilt Mum’s 70th,
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Stripes coming second. In the wall-
The theme of the two-day event was hangings, Judy Trewartha’s piece Bring Mum in for lunch on Mother’s Day and
Over the Rainbow giving members Marie’s Poppies was first and Kerry receive a ‘wee chocky gift’ for her from us.
plenty of scope for design and McKenzie’s Our Kiwis was second.
colour. The exhibits also ranged Shona said the exhibition represented
in size from wall hangings and cot hundreds of hours of work.
quilts to queen sized covers.
“As well as making items for our own
The raffle raised $2750 which was use, the club has donated countless
donated to AIMS, a group that quilts to organisations such as the
supports adults with disabilities. Starship Hospital, the Warkworth
The prize of a quilt designed on the Birthing Unit and Womens Refuge,”
wine country theme was won by she said.
Katherine Dodds, of Warkworth.
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young women with babies.
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