11 houses to open up for char­ity

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Home and gar­den en­thu­si­asts will get the chance to step in­side some of Auck­land’s most strik­ing homes when the NZ House & Gar­den Tours 2014 re­turns to the city in March.

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

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

Pro­ceeds from the tours go to the Can­cer So­ci­ety of New Zealand, which works to re­duce the in­ci­dence and im­pact of can­cer, and Look Good Feel Bet­ter, which de­liv­ers work­shops to build the con­fi­dence and well­be­ing of women as they un­dergo treat­ment. Since start­ing in 2009 the event has raised more than $1 mil­lion for the two char­i­ties with about 20,000 peo­ple tak­ing part.

Auck­land is host­ing two tours this year giv­ing par­tic­i­pants the chance to visit 11 homes in Devon­port, Mt Eden and Herne Bay, fol­lowed by a ru­ral Auck­land tour on March 28 fea­tur­ing nine in Cleve­don and Al­fris­ton.

NZ House & Gar­den ed­i­tor Sally Dug­gan says the homes are a mix of the best of Auck­land’s ur­ban and ru­ral houses.

‘‘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 on March 7 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 avail­able now for $65 each and are strictly lim­ited.

Last year’s event was a sell-out, so get in quick.

To pur­chase tick­ets for the NZ House & Gar­den Tours 2014, go to tick­et­mas­ter. co.nz.

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