Girls in their Garden - Rach

Updated: Aug 4

Our next 'Girls in their Garden' series muse is fashion sales rep, mother, and one of my dearest friends Rachael.

Rach, who is New Zealand born of Ngāti Maniapoto decent from the king country, and whakapapa from the Tainui canoe, is connected to her country in more ways than one. Technically Rachael has more than just a garden. She inherited a golden kiwi and avocado farm from her late father on Ngai Te Rangi land, and with her fiance and son, still makes time to grow vegetables at home. Her career is in the clothing industry, most recently as national sales representative for Huffer and therefore, like myself, is sandwiched within the niche duality of growing and fashion.

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Rachael's golden kiwi and avocado farm has been in her family for three generations.
"Our iwi is ngāti Maniapoto. Our sub tribe is Ngāti Uekaha. We are connected to Pohatuiri and Tokikapu Marae in Waitomo."

Describe yourself as someone who loves you would…

Loving, action, creative, messy, competitive (at most board games and sports).

Describe your garden in three words.

Micro climate, nostalgic, plentiful.

Favourite quote?

You must be the change you wish to see in the world - Gandhi

Favourite plant?

I have a favourite Avocado tree. My late father and I would picnic under it and talk about building a bach (holiday cottage) next to it.

Gardening is a meditative practice, does it help you find peace?

Totally, weeding while our son Abe is having his afternoon nap is very meditative for me. It's a great time to disconnect from all the noise of the day and reconnect with my thoughts.

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