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A PIECE OF HISTORY – THE KERERU

When I asked Brian Bicknell of Mahi to show me his place for this column, he suggested that instead of his house he’d like to show me his boat, a century-old kauri motor launch, Kereru. “The thing I like about it, it’s the same with wine. I love the history of it, the people who have been on it. I love the idea — and it’s sort of like the snail on our label — you can’t rush on this boat,” he says. He also appreciates the craftsmanship that went into building the boat. It reflects the name he chose for his wine, ‘Mahi’, which means ‘our work, our craft’. Built about 1911 by Auckland shipbuilding firm Charles Bailey, the narrow, 35-foot motor launch caught his wife Nicola’s eye when they went to Picton to look at another boat about 12 years ago. “Nic looked across and said ‘that’s a nice one’. We liked the look of it, loved the history, and knew it would be good for our children, and it has been,” he said. Its sleek lines showed…

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