NZ Life & Leisure

Oratia Originals

PERHAPS SOME SORT of universal consciousness drew Janice Ward, in particular, to Oratia. It didn’t take her long to discover that her neighbours (not immediate in the way of city neighbours, but just up and down the road a bit as it is in the countryside) had backgrounds that were dear to her: ancestry, creativity, imagination and inspiration.

Ivan Mansell , kicking school into touch at 15, thought the world was his oyster. Funnily enough, it wasn’t. Instead it was beef and lamb that brought him to where he is now, a small corner on the long West Coast Road in West Auckland. Clarks Organic Meat Specialist has produced a lineage in the way that a family can be created rather than born: founded by a father and passed to a son who passed it to a former apprentice who, in turn, passed it on to his apprentice, Ivan.