A love of history, art and food combined with a curious mind led me to the world of travel. An avid reader, I devoured books on subjects as varied as Roman architecture, Moroccan cooking and the biographies of Gengis Khan, Alexander the Great and the Pharaohs of Egypt. A year of travel took me on an odyssey to all the places I had read about for so long and I joined the ranks of those fortunate enough to live out their dream of visiting far-flung lands.
I have managed and owned my own café and retail business but more recently I have been managing Maree Hynes Interiors following another passion; creating beautiful spaces. People are the driving force behind all I do, with a desire to share in the realisation of long-held dreams. Growing up in Timaru I have the utmost respect for my good fortune to be part of a supportive community and to have met and worked with many great people.
Having our daughter, Dani at a young age kept my husband, Barry, and I grounded but travelling later in life has its merits. Driving a camper across Morocco, walking the Lycian Way in Turkey and picking olives in Italy are just some of the adventures we have enjoyed as well as exploring the outdoors in New Zealand.
I love tramping, gardening, photography and writing but most especially cooking for family and friends. Travel and food seem symbiotic and I enjoy experimenting with new cuisine, ingredients and watching with delight as people discover new flavours.
We are now able to share our interests with our two grandchildren, Sylvie and Barclay, and we can't wait until they are old enough to take them with us on our adventures.
I look forward to sharing my passion for travel and business with two inspirational women and the good people of South Canterbury.