NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

Whanganui is spe­cial: It’s a very cre­ative town, from an arts, in­tel­lect and busi­ness sense. It has a rich sport­ing his­tory and her­itage feel with ar­guably the best pre­served town cen­tre in New Zealand. And I see some amaz­ing stuff go­ing on here, com­pa­nies sup­ply­ing amaz­ing niche prod­ucts to the world: Q-West pro­vides Fullers with its boats, Tas­man Tan­ning sup­plies leather car seats to Audi, and fire and emer­gency crews world­wide use safety hel­mets by Pa­cific Hel­mets. (An­drew) Mov­ing to a smaller cen­tre: Has been in­cred­i­bly easy. The kids have re­ally pros­pered here and on the very first day at school one of the moth­ers said, ‘Would you like to join our cof­fee group?’ We still meet ev­ery Fri­day. (Carolyn)

Ren­o­vat­ing a villa: I think its pos­si­ble to mix old with very new, to go to the ex­tremes. The orig­i­nal beau­ti­ful wooden ceil­ing in the lounge clev­erly con­nects to the mod­ern ceil­ing in the din­ing room. (Carolyn)

An­drew Tripe and Carolyn Nick­lin

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