has produced three books of his art. The first, ‘Textured Colour’
has sold out. Copies of his later books, ‘My Way – A Touch
of Red’ and ‘Oil on Canvas’ are still available. They
show some of the best examples of his recent work in both oils and water
wine and olive oil have also played an important role in Mikes career.
For over forty years he has had forestry interests, and as a member of
the NZ Forestry Council he championed the cause of the small scale forest
owner. In 1987 Di and Mike Ponder purchased 35 ha of land on the outskirts
of Blenheim and planted their first olives and grapes the following year.
They developed an international reputation for their wines, and were pioneers
in the development of New Zealand’s olive oil industry. Mike’s
experiences and knowledge of growing olives and making olive oil are well
documented in his best selling ‘The Good Oil – growing olives
in NZ’. Limited supplies are still available.
the sale of Ponder Estate in 2002 Mike wrote his first novel, ‘The
Windsor Conspiracy’ Published in 2007 it became a best seller and
is sold internationally. The sequel ‘Four Kings’ was released
in Dec 2012. He is currently working on his third novel which will be
published in the near future.
and Di live on their Marlborough property, Cowslip Farm, which incorporates
all his interests. Grapes, olives, forestry, and breeding Shorthorn cattle.
He divides his time between painting and writing. His latest paintings
are posted on his website, as are his art cards, prints and hand finished