Rodney Dunn the gardener, beekeeper, woodworker, chicken rustler and Jack of  all trades ……

I grew up on a farm in a part of rural New Zealand called the King Country so it was inevitable that I would inherit a passion for nature and the great outdoors. For as long as I can remember my parents had a great big veggie garden because that’s just what folk did those days. Unlike today there was no supermarket just around the corner.

In the mid 1970s whilst in my late teens I moved to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city and in 1997 we moved into our current property.

Our 1¼ acre lifestyle block is situated on the southern fringes of the city. It was just a wasteland when we purchased it in 1996 and we cleared away gorse, wild blackberries and other rubbish to establish a building site.

Once the house was built we set about draining swamps, landscaping and planting (approx 300 trees) to create our own piece of paradise. After many long hours and much blood sweat and tears it’s now 95% complete and we are delighted with the end result.

I am married to Rose and we have 3 adult children.

My interests include:

        • Woodworking and wood turning
        • Gardening – mainly vegetables
        • Trees
        • Environmental issues
        • Photography
        • Bird watching
        • Raising chickens
        • Bee keeping
        • Worm farming
        • History
        • Genealogy
        • Tramping
        • Travel
        • Blogging & internet marketing
        • Real estate which was my previous profession for approx 15 years

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