Providore turns one year

Tamahere’s popular Country Providore store-cum-delicatessen is celebrating its first anniversary.

The Newell Rd store, alongside the drawcard Punnet Cafe, has become an essential stop off for locals whether they want a basic like milk or something surprising or gourmet for a meal.

This weekend Providore, the brainchild of Pam and Gary McMahon of the Strawberry Farm along with daughter Emma, marked its first birthday with a sale.

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Tourist attraction earns carbon credits

An abandoned quarry transformed into a Waikato tourist attraction is reaping the rewards from carbon credits in a move that could inspire others involved in revegetation projects.

The Waitakaruru Arboretum and Sculpture Park in Scotsman Valley has secured the right to sell carbon credits after it became a Permanent Forest Sink initiative.

In a national first for a tourist destination, the owners of the previously abandoned 17.5 hectare quarry, John and Dorothy Wakeling, have been entrusted with maintaining the pine, exotic and native forest for future generations.

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