Memorial Wall for Canterbury Earthquake Memorial

Canterbury Earthquake Memorial, Christchurch – opinion piece from a shortlisted respondent

Tomorrow marks the fifth anniversary of the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck close to the Christchurch city centre on 22 February 2011. As a result, massive and widespread devastation occurred throughout the whole region, the heart of the inner city was ripped out, and there was widespread injury with 185 fatalities. As part of Christchurch’s […] Read more…

Eastern Waiheke Island beaches and wineries

New beginnings …

To say it has been a long time since I last blogged is an understatement. The reason for my online absence is a recurrence of breast cancer that was first diagnosed in 2012. Anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis knows that it tends to turn your life upside down. For me, it meant ‘closing up shop’. Amongst […] Read more…

Beck House pool designed by Reed Hilderbrand

Five of the best residential swimming pools

I’m a sucker for a beautiful pool. Not because I love to swim per se. Rather, it is because I find water generally to be really therapeutic. Although I have never personally owned a pool, I have designed a few over the years. I subscribe to the belief that if a pool is designed and […] Read more…

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