Grounded in ‘tree’ house

The house architect Robyn Bilkey started designing for this 1660sq m site bordering Scarborough Reserve wasn’t going to be for her and civil engineer husband Alan. They’d bought it in 2009 with the aim of selling it on, new house and all. “But then we realised just how special it was down here with all […]

‘Breakthrough’ plan to tackle NZ’s vanishing nature

Councils shouldn’t be forced by law, but rather encouraged, to map and protect biodiversity hot-spots in their districts, Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) argues. Under draft recommendations just proposed by the cross-sector working group, now being reviewed by the Government, councils would be directed to map in their plans “significant natural areas” for biodiversity. Further, […]

Harmony with nature

Nathan Lodge of Coastline Construction Group was completing a “spec” build in Tindalls Bay when he and his wife Kerri went for a wander. The area reminded them of where they had grown up on the North Shore, in the 1970s. Impressed with the beautiful beaches of Matakatia and Tindall’s Bay “just a hop, skip […]