"For almost 100 years, the fortunes of this small community have fluctuated with the health of its pipfruit industry. Potteries, wineries, and indoor-outdoor restaurants have added a further dimension to the community over the last 20 years.

However, it is only in the last decade that an unprecedented rise in land values, driven by high immigration, increased numbers of people looking for lifestyle blocks, and an almost insatiable demand for coastal property, have substantially reduced the area's financial reliance on the fruit industry.

Many lifestylers have created employment from home, or commute to work in Nelson or Motueka. Coastal properties double as holiday homes; new houses and subdivisions proliferate.

Many newcomers establish businesses far removed from the orchard land on which their homes are built. Bed-and-breakfasts, homestays, galleries, cafés, and small farms which are open to the public have emerged as a result."

—from 'Aporo: A Taste of Tasman' by Deirdre Mackay