Roger Beattie - A WILD CARD - Country Calendar 2016

'I've got a plan so clever you could pin a feather on it and call it a weka!'


Country Calendar - Stories from our rural heartland. By Matt Philp & Rob Suisted.

Roger has featured a few times now on Country Calendar but this book is a beautiful keepsake that explains who and what is all things Roger Beattie.

To buy a copy of the book please click here.

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"Roger Beattie is on a roll. The wild sheep breeder, blue pearl farmer and kelp entrepreneur, and, yes, would-be weka farmer, a man who most days has a dozen ideas before breakfast, wants to explain where all this weka business is heading. He kills the quad bike and, for a moment, there's silence.

Somewhere above us on the slopes of Kowhai Vale, one of two farms that Roger owns in precipitous peninsular country across the water from Akaroa, a sheep bleats loudly. Pitt Island wild sheep, a breed that Roger so admired while working on the Chathams that he brought some home to farm, one that pulls together the wild sheep and his other great slow-burning project, the wekas.

The plan is hats. Beanies, to be accurate, as well as blankets, a new category of high-end woollen products exploiting the unique properties of the Pitt Island fleece, which has a helical crimp and a twist that gives it great bounce and stretch.

'It's exceptional wool,' Roger says. 'It's lightweight, resilient, it's got loft, warmth - all the attributes. These hats are unbelievable. They weigh two-thirds of a Merino hat but they're far warmer.' "

Excerpt from the Country Calendar book.

 

Miss World - New Zealand 2016 with Eyris Blue Pearls and Wyld

We had the pleasure of working with Karla de Beer, Miss World New Zealand 2016 before she goes off to America in December to compete for Miss World.

Karla graduated from the University of Auckland with a double major in Psychology and English. She is interested in helping others and would like to become a clinical psychologist. She is currently working in human resources as a learning and development trainer.  

Miss World looks for female role models, judging beauty, charity work, public speaking, fitness and more.  The pageant will be held in Washington DC on December 20th, 2016.

Here she is wearing Roger Beatties Eyris Blue Pearls and our Weka Woo Hat and Wyld Scarf.

The Eyris pearl represents the colours of the Koru and new life, with the unfurling silver stem symbolizing the strength, protection and support a mother gives her child.  Our children need an environment filled with unconditional love and support to help them believe that anything is possible.  As the Koru nurtures new buds, so we must nurture our young to give them the self-belief and strength they need to create a better world for their future.

Jacek is a master jeweller who we have worked with on several charity projects for Miss World pageants. He designed and handcrafted the Koru Pearl pendant after discussion with the team at Eyris Pearls.  It features a stunning Eyris Gem grade blue pearl set in a 14ct gold and sterling silver pendant.

This piece gifted by Eyris Pearls and Blue Pearls Gallery will be donated by Karla for the Miss World Children’s Charity Auction - Beauty with a Purpose – Helping Children Worldwide at the Miss World pageant in Washington DC, USA in December 2016.