A Wife on Gorge River: Raising New Zealand's Remotest Family
In 2010, New Zealand met its remotest family, through the writing of Robert Long aka Beansprout and we were intrigued. Now Beansprout's wife, Catherine Stewart, tells her story, and answers many of our questions.
Why did she decide to join him on the wild West Coast, two days' walk from the nearest road? Why and how did they raise their family there? Was it terrifying to be so far from medical help? How did she home-school the children? How have they all fared now the kids are young adults, forging their own way in the world? And what lessons are there for the rest of us from her experiences raising her family in such splendid isolation?
With dry humour and fascinating insights, Catherine paints a vivid picture of her life at Gorge River and beyond.
Catherine Long, a sailor and adventurer with a Masters degree, joined Beansprout at Gorge River in 1991. Together they've raised their two children Christan and Robin in this beautiful spot.