Like many projects, it became bigger than we ever imagined, but we’re very proud of the result. ’ – Peter Young, Director

For over a decade, Matakana has been the destination of choice for Auckland foodies. Alongside the stunning beaches and rural vistas, the region attracts visitors year-round to the famous Matakana Village Farmers’ Market, and world class restaurants, wineries, and galleries, all just one hour north of the city.

This book was borne of our love of this place, and we invite you to share favourite recipes and entertaining tales from the growers you’ll meet at the market, the chefs who serve up mouthwatering dishes in local restaurants or locals you’ll see at the beach.

The Village Table is more than a cookbook – it’s an invitation into our community, and a treasured keepsake for anyone who loves Matakana. The book has been produced entirely by a group of dedicated volunteers, with recipes submitted from our community. All profits go to Matakana School.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor to Matakana, we invite you to join us at The Village Table.

The Cookbook Team

Matakana School Board of Trustees

Project Director
Peter Young

Design & Layout
Lori Satterthwaite

Story Editor
Christine Sheehy

Food Editor
Emily Parker

Food Stylist
Kate Arbuthnot

Laurette Macky

Food Photography
Lori Satterthwaite

Field Story Photography
Peter Young

Additional Photography
Katherine Norman

Photo Shoot Coordinators
Amanda Garthwaite & Sally Jack

Editing, Proofreading & Indexing
Monique Thomas

Sub-editing & Proofreading
Anneliese Parker

Katherine Norman

Lead Writers
Christine Sheehy & Helen Jamieson

Additional Wild Food Festival Images
Louise M Photography

Additional Contributors

Isaac Thackray, Kathy Hunter, Kaye Mueller, Carlie Blanchett-Burton, Rod Cheeseman