Artis­tic flair re­flected in busi­ness

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The Jim Cot­ter’s artis­tic flair was show­cased through his busi­ness In­te­rior De­signs, which he started in part­ner­ship with his brother Roland. In­te­rior De­signs in Arawa Street South sold New Zealand-made fur­ni­ture, car­pets and fab­rics, and of­fered a com­plete ar­chi­tec­tural and in­te­rior de­sign service.

Daugh­ter Maria, who had been work­ing with ar­chi­tects in Hamilton and Tau­ranga, later joined the busi­ness – as did Shane un­til his un­timely death at 30 – while a sec­ond store in Tau­ranga was man­aged by Jim and Roland’s sis­ter Jeanette.

During his al­most 50-year ca­reer, Jim en­joyed con­sid­er­able suc­cess as a de­signer, net­ting

sev­eral awards. His Mata­mata pub­lic work in­cluded the Mata­mata Town Clock, the orig­i­nal i-Site build­ing and the Founders’ Park rock pool.

How­ever, pos­si­bly one of his great­est dis­ap­point­ments was re­tail­ers’ fierce re­sis­tance to his pro­pos­als to con­vert Arawa Street to a pedes­trian mall.

A sec­ond pro­posal, com- mis­sioned by the then Mata­mata Bor­ough Coun­cil, met with the same re­sis­tance.

How­ever, the present streetscape even­tu­ally suc­ceeded.

Jim was never hap­pier than when he was putting paint to can­vas or us­ing his il­lus­tra­tion skills for var­i­ous pub­li­ca­tions. Known for his vi­brant ab­stract and semi­ab­stract works. His art won many top awards. He is sur­vived by his four daugh­ters, nine grand­chil­dren and nine great



Jim Cot­ter in­side the Church of the Holy An­gels which he de­signed and earned him the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing hon­oured with an Apos­tolic Bless­ing by Pope John Paul 11.

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