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I have clear mem­o­ries of Jenk­ins’ se­ries of sto­ries doc­u­ment­ing its restora­tion in these pages in the early 2000s, as New Zealan­ders fi­nally started to wake up to the glo­ries of our mod­ernist his­tory. Jenk­ins bought the house to save it: nearly 20 years on it’s now in need of some se­ri­ous work, as you’ll read on p.160.

Own­ers like Jenk­ins aside, we still have a some­what vexed his­tory with mod­ernism. There are some very good, very well-pre­served and beloved homes, but few have any her­itage pro­tec­tion; there are too many good ex­am­ples un­der se­ri­ous threat. Like the 1967 ‘Wong House’ in Auck­land’s Re­muera by Claude Meg­son, which was re­cently mar­keted as “Not for the faint hearted” due to an un­for­tu­nate 1990s re­clad. The home was sure to sell for mil­lions and there is no cer­tainty it won’t be de­mol­ished, though we can al­ways hope some en­light­ened owner falls in love. And maybe one day, we’ll all have the same at­ti­tude as Jenk­ins.

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