Celia Hay

Okains Bay Museum

Walking into the Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum Banks Peninsula, it’s hard not to feel the urge to salute the mighty totara tree, once so abundant on Banks Peninsula, and now remembered as waka (canoe), or fence post or roof shingles or tiles.

Remembering Christchurch Earthquake 10 years later.

Everyone living in Christchurch has their own personal story of this time; some of tragedy or heroism, others recalling small steps to help friends or family or strangers or even to offer emotional support to rise-up again after such challenges.

Two new wine qualifications launch this year

Celia Hay is launching the new courses this year at the New Zealand School of Food and Wine, which she founded in 1995 in Christchurch, then relocated to Auckland in 2011 after the quakes.

New Wine Guide - 2nd Edition wins the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

The evolution of New Zealand as a vine-growing, wine producing country is also a story of the New Zealand Dream; of inspired entrepreneurs, captivated by the aromas, flavours and sociability of wine.

New Zealand Wine Guide (2nd ed) - Book Launch

Recently we were able to celebrate the launch with a wine tasting (naturally) and a guest appearance by the illustrious wine maker and winery photographer, Kevin Judd.

New Zealand Wine Guide (2nd Edition) - Media Release

First published in 2014, the completely updated second edition of the book will provide a useful and accessible resource for people wishing to extend their knowledge of New Zealand wines.

Celia's reflections on a Hospitality Career Journey

Celia Hay, founder of the New Zealand School of Food and Wine, reflects on a life in hospitality.

25 Years of Food & Wine

The New Zealand School Of Food & Wine celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

Dart River Hike - Mount Aspiring National Park

Three days hiking along the Dart River at the side of Mount Earnslaw at the head of Lake Wakatipu.

Gisborne Wine & Food Tour

Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the sun each day and experience the energy of that first light.

Jancis Robinson's Wine Atlas Launch in New Zealand

Celebrating the launch of the World Atlas of Wine (8th Ed) by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson.

Dinner at The Fat Duck

What an incredible treat to enjoy The Fat Duck journey.

Volcanic Wines of the Naples Region + Dinner in Milano

This Volcanic region is famous for its local wines. Located just north of Naples and not far from Mount Vesuvio.