Three part garden

Sally Blockley is proving that extravagant gardens aren’t just for those with a lifestyle block. Surrounding her suburban Greerton home are three garden sections perfect for entertaining guests at any time of day. “The sun warms the front...... Read More

Tips and tricks for a kitchen renovation

Renovating is disruptive at the best of times and can be even more so when taking a hammer and paintbrush to the heart of the home: the kitchen. With more than 30 years’ experience in renovation and kitchen design, Joanne and Renee Mouat from...... Read More

Neutrals with soul

In the decorating world, what we’ve come to know as character neutrals are paint colours that make for a much richer interior look – and they are trending.  These are not the tans and beiges of the 90s, nor the one-dimensional greys...... Read More

Ask an architect

Many people have spent more time at home this year than ever before. As a result, Bertoloni Architecture owner Nara Bertoloni has noticed a shift in people’s home design queries since the COVID-19 lockdown. “Before COVID-19, I would get...... Read More

Room to cool off

Thinking about a piece of lawn that you’re not quite sure what to do with? Well, it may be big enough for a pool. Narellan Pools Bay of Plenty have an entire range of fibreglass plunge pools made specifically for smaller backyard spaces. “Our...... Read More

Extending a Papamoa gem

It’s impossible to tell that Kevin and Irene Ryan’s Papamoa home has been extended – and that’s exactly how they wanted it. “This house was built in 1994 and was owned by a builder who was passionate about recycling native...... Read More

Travel inspired sanctuary

It may have a higher fence, new deck and a paint job, but the outside of Lorraine and Phil Brennan’s Mount Maunganui home stays true to its roots. Their home has been a part of Mount Maunganui since 1945 – recognised for its art deco style...... Read More

Personal stories on painted hoe

From left: Carolynn Tepou, Bronz Cross, Kaye Hubner, Liam Banbury, Leiona Tupou, Jera Mae and Rolph Hediger People from many countries have been telling their personal stories of how they arrived in New Zealand at the ‘This is Us – he waka...... Read More

Hitting the harbour with Kewpie

For Tauranga skipper Amy Neale, nothing beats a day cruising around the Tauranga Harbour in one of New Zealand’s most historic vessels. And that’s why she’s the proud new owner of the native Kauri 1953, 16-metre boat Kewpie. The...... Read More

Two decades in the Sun

A unique skills set, dogged determination and whiff  of an opportunity sparked a life-changing venture for the Rogers family. Two decades ago they bundled it all into a tiny office and launched their big plan with an even bigger circulation. For...... Read More