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Shane Hansen, an artist, hosts a new show about de­sign that starts on TVNZ next month. He lives on the Tu­tukaka Coast with his wife Kirsty, a con­sul­tant, and their two sons Nikau, 10, and Mikaia, 7. SHANE/ As soon as we saw this house there was an ex­cite­ment, but also this nice peace­ful feel­ing that this is where we are meant to be.

I de­scribe it to peo­ple as look­ing like a big cor­ru­gated iron block sit­ting out in the bush. It’s al­most like a mas­sive bush shed.

We’ve been here just over two years. We’ve got a hectare of na­tive bush and it looks right through to the beach. You see all the boats com­ing out, the light­house...

I grew up in Auck­land. I don’t miss it at all. We just got caught up in the neg­a­tive stuff, the traf­fic and the stress. Now I can go there for a week­end and feel like a tourist and en­joy it.

The en­vi­ron­ment here is so in­spi­ra­tional; but some­times I feel like the light is so good that in­stead of paint­ing it, I want to be out in it.

This space is like a big airy en­try­way into the house. I like to sit here and play my gui­tar. I change the art on this wall all the time. It’s kind of like my gallery where I hang my new works so I can think about them.

The paint­ing with the boy is called Home Sweet Home. It sort of uses the look of 60s il­lus­tra­tions from chil­dren’s books and it’s about about me re­con­nect­ing with a cul­ture that I wasn’t brought up with. There’s still a long way to go. I’m tak­ing it step by step.

The other one is Te Tui Rua. The tui is al­most like my guardian bird, he’s in a lot of my works. He ex­em­pli­fies what I’d like to be: strong, does his own thing. Shane is the host of De­sign Junkies which pre­mieres on TVNZ 1 early next month.

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