Mount Maunganui

Emerging Talent: Real Rad Food’s Hannah Mellsop

Emerging Talent

Emerging Talent: Real Rad Food’s Hannah Mellsop

Not many 23-year-olds head up their own wholesale, plant-based food business, but most 23-year-olds aren’t like Hannah Mellsop. Thanks to a whole lot of work ethic and drive, the Mount Maunganui local has grown Real Rad Food, her business that creates plant-based slices and treats for cafés across New Zealand, from the ground up – and as she tells Araina Pereira, she’s just getting started.

Glassy eyed

Due to spending most a lot of his spare time on the ocean in either a boat or on a surfboard, Bay of Plenty born-and-raised, self-taught sculptor Ben Young's glass formations are visibly and inextricably tied to his love of the sea. His solo exhibition, 'Little Worlds', is running at Black Door Gallery in Auckland for one more week.

Riding the wave

While surfing is an activity that brings the person experiencing it closer to nature, the materials that surfboards are constructed out of aren't always environmentally friendly. A traditional material used for it, polyurethane foam, can be extremely toxic to the environment, but there are new, eco-friendly alternatives people are starting to turn to, such as cardboard. Mount-Maunganui based surfboard maker and iOS developer Chris Hetem talks us through the design process of crafting one.