Tell us about Punawaitai Station and where you are situated?
Punawaitai Station is a coastal hill country farm, we are a private secluded out of the way place where you can create your dream wedding, big or small, providing every amenity available; beach front accommodation for all your family and guests, experienced international chefs, caterers, marquees, tepees and floral designers, wedding/event planners, photographers, all within an hour or less of our venues. Punawaitai means “Salt Water Spring”, this bubbles out of the ground further up the valley and then meanders back down through our gardens to the sea.
We live in Melbourne where Christian has two restaurants, ‘Embla’ and ‘The Town Mouse’. I work as an illustrator and have an illustration agency called ‘Use New Art’ (see following artist profile in this issue). Our working lives don’t overlap that much and so when we spend time together it feels really special. We seem to enjoy doing the same things when we are not working – which is mostly eating, drinking or otherwise being lazy – and in between we give each other a lot of insight and understanding from our quite different experiences of the world.
Matt happens to be my brother’s best friend, who moved into my old family home with my brother after I vacated in early 2012. We used to spend time together hanging out at family dinners and gatherings. After ten months or so we started training together for a running event. This soon turned into dinner dates and we have been together ever since.
I’m originally from Slovenia and Nico is from New Zealand but we both love big cities and central London has been home for us for many years now. We’re very different, but together we make sense. We have different tastes in music and we always argue about movie selections, but we have never had a disagreement about our values or future goals.