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Willing Prisoners At Te Hīnaki

Mary Chamberlain opens her front door with a warm smile. “Come in, you’re just in time for pancakes!” A minute later I’m at their dining table, bathed in winter sunshine, with her partner Michael Absolum and two of their grandchildren, Oscar and Evie.

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Sandspit Road Villa

After years of doing long distance between Raglan and Auckland, Imogen and Will Worsp were trying to decide where to settle and start a family. Will was adamant he wasn’t going to live in Auckland full time, and Imogen didn’t want to completely give up her career with a move to Raglan.

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Something Old, Something New…

“It’s amazing what you can do with a rectangle.” And I am amazed as I stand inside Wendy and Neville’s beautiful, rectangular home tucked away in Grange Street. I have always been a great admirer of a simple shape, well-positioned for the sun, and elegantly finished. This house epitomises that aesthetic.

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One-In-A-Million Pavilion

Celene Busher and Darnell Nepia have built their dream home on a one hectare lifestyle block in Algies Bay, and they are very happy with the result. “It’s the Kiwi dream really – that’s how I feel about it,” says Celene.

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Te Arai Lodge

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. It is this attention to all those “extra” details which sets this exciting, new venture apart from others.

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The Point Wells Gables

“Under the boardwalk, down by the sea,” sung The Drifters on their famous 1964 hit. This Point Wells Gables house doesn’t quite match the lyrics, but it is on the Omaha estuary and a striking internal boardwalk is one of the key features of the award-winning design from architects Aaron Paterson and Steven Lloyd.

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Forever Home

Hackneyed phrases such as ‘pillars of the community’ spring to mind when writing about Robin and Simon Barclay. Not to mention ‘park-like grounds’ in connection with their Matakana home. But in this case, both are true. 

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For The Love Of A Dame

Sally Dawson and Chris Moreton never planned to take up country life. The pair, both real estate agents, were happy in the city until a client purchased a four bay Victorian villa on a rear site in Greenlane, believed to have once belonged to Sir John Logan Campbell.

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Floral History

This grand old Warkworth villa seems to have been here forever, but in fact it was moved here from Epsom 30 years ago. Built in 1917 by a timber merchant who lavished his best kauri on it, it now has breathtaking views north to the bush-clad ramparts of Dome Valley.

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The Triton House

A short drive from Matakana on your way to Tawharanui, is the new home of Debbie and Michael Jones; a stunning black and white modern-classic new build, with three bedrooms, office, three bathrooms and a farm shed and minor dwelling.

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Totem Retreat

The sweeping north facing verandah and the light filtering through the trees are a perfect setting for a long evening in a home away from home, with friends on that verandah and bottomless glasses of wine.

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