A touch of re­stored glam­our

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Trudy Han­nan is happy to open her home for a good cause.

Home and gar­den en­thu­si­asts will get the chance to step in­side some of Auck­land’s most strik­ing homes when the NZ House & Gar­den Tours re­turns to the city in March.

Mrs Han­nan will open the doors of her fam­ily’s Herne Bay villa to raise money for the Cancer Society of New Zealand and Look Good Feel Bet­ter, which runs work­shops to build the con­fi­dence and well-be­ing of women as they un­dergo treat­ment.

‘‘Who wouldn’t want to take part in some­thing that will give money to char­ity,’’ Mrs Han­nan says.

‘‘If it can help one woman feel bet­ter that’s all that mat­ters.’’

Her 1890 home was re­stored 10 years ago. It had been turned into a three­bed­room bun­ga­low in the 1920s.

She has lived there for nearly four years and has added a few touches.

‘‘We wanted it to be beau­ti­ful with a touch of glam­our, but not too se­ri­ous.’’

Now into its sixth year the tour is the coun­try’s big­gest national char­ity house tour of­fer­ing ticket-hold­ers the rare op­por­tu­nity to visit some of the coun­try’s most beau­ti­ful and spe­cial homes.

The an­nual event will be held in Auck­land on March 7.

For the first time a sec­ond tour will in­clude homes in ru­ral ar­eas around Cleve­don and Al­fris­ton on March 28.

Since the event started in 2009, it has raised over $1mil­lion for the two char­i­ties with around 20,000 peo­ple tak­ing part in the tours.

NZ House & Gar­den ed­i­tor Sally Dug­gan says the homes are a fan­tas­tic mix show­cas­ing the best of Auck­land’s town and coun­try.

‘‘The Auck­land re­gion has a real di­ver­sity of houses and we are proud to be show­cas­ing this on the tours,’’ she says.

‘‘The Auck­land tour in­cludes lovely homes of all styles, from a grand French coun­try style home to a tiny apart­ment with a clever out­door space fea­tur­ing ver­ti­cal gar­dens.

‘‘And our ru­ral Auck­land tour at the end of March takes in a lake­side cot­tage, a hill­top man­sion and a clever ar­chi­tec­tural farm­house.’’

Tick­ets are $65 each and are strictly lim­ited. Last year’s event was a sell-out, so get in quick.

Re­laxed glam­our: The Herne Bay home of Trudy Han­nan will open its doors for char­ity next month.

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