17 Nov 2023

East Coast baker hits winning formula with unusual pie flavour

From Checkpoint, 5:55 pm on 17 November 2023

An East Coast baker famous for paua pies has created a new delicacy, and it's brought her business back from the edge.

Rachael Thomas, who owns Te Puia Springs Store an hour and a half north of Gisborne, was struck by inspiration driving home, thinking about what she could do with her leftover parengo, a type of seaweed.

She'd let go of all her staff after the cyclone hit on top of years of Covid, with reduced forestry work dwindling her customer base.

Now she's selling up to 90 pies a day, and is in the process of hiring back her staff.

Kate Green has the story.