My Home

Collaboration home

Collaboration home

Up amongst the nat­ive trees in a small corner of New­town, four Bal­mor­al Ter­race flat­mates are brew­ing cof­fee and pre­par­ing break­fast. Rose­mary Pat­ter­son, Kate McK­en­zie, Sam­antha Guil­len and Beth Hilton gath­er around the retro tiled cof­fee table. Some perch atop cush­ions on the car­pet, while oth­ers spread out on their mat­tress base-cum-couch as they dish […]

A place to call home

A place to call home

Nor­rie Powers has lived in social hous­ing for the past six years, and moved into the newly ren­ov­ated Cent­ral Park Apart­ments in Brook­lyn two years ago. “Long story short, buy­ing a home for the kids mixed with a few oth­er life decisions meant I ended up here,” Nor­rie tells us with a chuckle. He sits in […]

Artistic haven

Artistic haven

Way up in the hills of Karori, with pan­or­amic views of Wel­ling­ton, sits the home of New Zea­l­and artist Jane Hyder and her hus­band Andrew. With some artist­ic renov­at­ing, dec­or­at­ing and land­scap­ing, the own­ers have cre­ated a slice of Italy, right here in Wel­ling­ton. Fish­Head vis­ited Jane’s home on a typ­ic­ally dull Wel­ling­ton day, but […]

Custom made

Custom made

A short drive from Mas­ter­ton, a lone house sits on the edge of a windy hill, over­look­ing the superb green­ery of the Tararua Ranges. Lov­ingly designed and built by Soph­ie and Simon Grif­fith, the mod­ern home is burst­ing with char­ac­ter, per­fectly echo­ing the lives and loves of its innov­at­ive own­ers. After liv­ing in Scot­land for […]

Heaven scent

Heaven scent

Some­how you just expect a flor­ist to live in a home that echoes the vibrancy, fra­grance and artistry of her daily life. Ingrid Pritchard, the director/owner of Scent Flor­al Boutique, doesn’t dis­ap­point. Imme­di­ately, I notice the appeal­ing scent of Ingrid’s home, thanks to the pres­ence of her many candles and oils, and the inev­it­able flowers dotted […]

Heritage Heaven

Heritage Heaven

One of Wellington’s most admired his­tor­ic build­ings, 28 Water­loo Quay, is home to design duo Mat­thew Elling­sen and Emma Saun­ders. The apart­ment life­style suits the busy couple, who run the busi­ness design con­sultancy Empathy. Since mov­ing in at Christ­mas 2011, their morn­ing walk to work along the water­front is any­thing but a chore. With an interest […]

Together again

Together again

Driv­ing out to Rau­mati, the weath­er looked bleak, but in true Kapiti fash­ion the sun began to play ball the fur­ther up the coast we got. By the time we arrived at Des Hosie and Helen Wise’s home, the day had taken a decidedly prom­ising turn. And what a greet­ing we had on our arrival. On […]

Diplomatic address

Diplomatic address

The 20-room res­id­ence of the Ger­man Ambas­sad­or is as grand as you would ima­gine: sprawl­ing lawns, ten­nis court, mul­tiple sit­ting rooms, a pur­­pose-built cater­ing kit­chen, and both busi­ness and private liv­ing quar­ters. As we walked into the house, the interi­or presen­ted per­fectly white fur­niture set against dark rimu-wood pan­el­ling — not a cush­ion was out […]

The Creative hub

The Creative hub

Over the hill and not too far away sits a beau­ti­fully haunt­ing house in the middle of New­town. The his­tor­ic man­sion has been trans­formed into a much-loved and well-known stu­dent flat, cur­rently occu­pied by a bust­ling group of cre­at­ives. Megan Dieud­onne and her flat­mate Dav­id Tap­penden have been enjoy­ing the expans­ive house since early last […]