'When I met my husband-to-be, Roger Stuart, one of the conditions of marriage was that he'd get me out of Tapanui. It's been 33 years and I'm still waiting' says a patient Catherine Stuart.
Catherine operates the Opti-Saw at Stuart Timber Co and has done for a number of years. For a short time during her career she was made redundant by her husband, encouraged to set the example, she took a job at the Blue Mountain Gardens (which no longer exists) and later returned to the mill when business picked up.
Photographed by Peter Stevens.