Crowds turn out for new Paihia venture

The crew behind the transformation of Russell’s Duke of Marlborough from tired hotel to award-winning establishment have expanded their empire across the water to Paihia. Anton and Bridget Haagh, Riki Kinnaird and Jayne Shirley opened their latest venture — Charlotte’s Kitchen, a new restaurant/bar at the end of Paihia wharf — with an evening of food, music and korero on December 16. While there was the odd politician and TV personality in the crowd, it was mainly a night for friends and supporters as well as the restaurant’s staff, builders and designers. The name refers to Charlotte Badger, a figure from the Bay of Islands' raucous early history turned in to an artwork by Kerikeri's Lester Hall. Photos by Peter de Graaf.