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Country cabin conversion

Buddy Harwood and Stephanie Saxton are living proof that hard work and determination really does pay off. Nine months...

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Posted on 27 May 2017 14:54

DIY with the right tools

Sleeves up and gloves on was how Papamoa's Cilla Walker dealt with a house the same as all the others around it. “They...

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Posted on 25 May 2017 14:42

Retro reno

A walk through Jo Dempsey's Mount Maunganui home is like stepping back into the 1950s – when Elvis was King,...

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Posted on 23 May 2017 14:06

Falling in love with a farmhouse

Top New Zealand author Susan Brocker's Kauri farmhouse sits at the top of a rather narrow 200 metre driveway, with...

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Posted on 11 May 2017 08:28

Our most loved ‘Bay of Plenty’ Showhome

G.J. Gardner Homes has nailed the ultimate showhome, with a house cleverly themed to the Bay of Plenty. As you walk through...

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Posted on 10 May 2017 16:26

Desperately Seeking Banksy

Dear Banksy, Once again I board a flight on the airline that shall remain nameless, and I arrive at my destination only...

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Posted on 1 May 2017 15:31
By Polly Mustard

The West Coast – 100 per cent pure bliss

At first glance, the supermarket aisles in Hokitika seem busier than in Auckland – but it's just that West Coast...

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Posted on 21 Apr 2017 13:20
By Kip Brook

Beauty or Beastly? You Decide

Once upon a time in a land far, far away (okay, a town in the South Island to be precise). I took myself - yes, alone - to...

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Posted on 3 Apr 2017 11:35
By Polly Mustard

Auckland comes of age

The setting sun casts a warm rosy tint over Rangitoto Island. The tall office towers sparkle and glisten. Workers pour into...

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Posted on 29 Mar 2017 11:15
By Kip Brook

ADELE: Worth the effort?

Before I get started, I'm sure many Aucklanders - and anyone travelling in and around Auckland during Adele's...

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Posted on 27 Mar 2017 12:39
By Polly Mustard

Stylish Monterey Sports Boats

The Monterey 224FSC has arrived. Similar in looks to the Blackfin with its award-winning design and its futuristic cock-pit,...

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Posted on 13 Mar 2017 09:29
By Matt Batchelor

Ready to raise another generation

The only remotely nautical song by Steely Dan is the last track on the album Katy Lied; Throw Back The Little Ones. The...

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Posted on 8 Mar 2017 15:16
By Andrew Campbell

Out-of-the-ordinary ice-creams

If you like ice-cream, hold on to your cone as you are going to fall in love with Duck Island ice-cream. With 17 flavours...

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Posted on 1 Mar 2017 16:05
By Claire Rogers

Walking the wildly beautiful Tora Coast

Three days with no meals to prepare, no television and no cellphones – how idyllic is that? Very idyllic in fact,...

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Posted on 1 Mar 2017 11:10
By Elaine Fisher

Family boating ... in fine style

Monterey Boats are relatively new to New Zealand shores but have been making boats in Florida, USA, since 1985. In the...

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Posted on 27 Feb 2017 17:42
By Matt Batchelor

The ultimate hunting jet barge

Here's the ultimate shallow water, high speed machine for all you huntin' and fishin' fanatics out there. Nigel...

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Posted on 27 Feb 2017 17:42
By Brian Rogers

Family’s blacksmithing traditions endure

Anchors and cray pots hang from the ceiling; replica motorbike frames, and car and truck springs are on the floor below,...

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Posted on 27 Feb 2017 17:42
By Elaine Fisher

‘Moutohora Cat’ ideal vessel for island

Once almost devoid of vegetation and native wildlife, Moutohora Island, just offshore from Whakatane – a stunning example...

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Posted on 27 Feb 2017 17:40
By Elaine Fisher

Resounding success by the lake

There's a hidden treasure, deep in the rolling farmland near Matamata. A natural amphi-theatre nestled beside a willow-lined...

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Posted on 21 Feb 2017 11:24
By Brian “Stix” Rogers