Off-grid glam­our

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Liv­ing o the grid doesn’t mean hav­ing to give up lux­ury, as Raglan songstress Amy West aka Parabola West has proven. West, who’s just re­leased her EP Pu­rity

of Weak­ness, has a room for both her shoes and her grand pi­ano in her home.

She and hus­band David moved from Auck­land to Raglan three years ago to build a com­pletely off-the-grid eco home where they grow their own food.

“How­ever, I re­fused to sac­ri­fice the com­forts of mod­ern liv­ing and I be­lieve we have suc­cess­fully cap­tured an off-gridglam­our out here. It’s not as hard as it seems,” West says. “The glam­our isn’t in the fancy decor, it’s in the lit­tle lux­u­ries like the out­door bath­tub that is plumbed to hot wa­ter or be­ing able to gen­er­ate enough power to use all the com­fort ap­pli­ances, like the ket­tle and hairdryer. We love it, and I would love to en­cour­age oth­ers who have felt the urge to be more self-suf­fi­cient but who don’t know where to start.”

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