Greg Dixon

A jour­nal­ist based in Master­ton, Dixon trekked to Oron­gorongo Val­ley to dis­cover the de­lights of a hand-built hut (p.106), and Kāpiti for a fam­ily re­treat (p.82).

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You’ve re­cently es­caped Auck­land for the Wairarapa. What’s the best thing about it? Not be­ing in Auck­land! Yeah, nah. The peace, the quiet, the beauty of the re­gion and its de­li­cious wine and food.

What are your plans for sum­mer? I’ll be ex­plor­ing my new home re­gion. We’ve yet to see Cape Pal­liser, but I’m most keen to climb Mt Holdsworth: it has 360-de­gree views of the Welling­ton-Wairarapa re­gion.

You vis­ited a hut in the bush built by stu­dents in the 60s – what struck you most about the place? ‘Tai­hoa’ is like some­thing out of a Barry Crump story. For me, it rep­re­sents a New Zealand which fewer and fewer of its peo­ple now ex­pe­ri­ence – or seem to want to ex­pe­ri­ence – which is a shame.

You also vis­ited a beach house at Peka Peka this is­sue – is there any­thing that ties them to­gether? A sense of place, and a sense that they are at one with their en­vi­ron­ment. Be­yond that, they’re places to re­lax and shut out the white noise of mod­ern life.

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