Manukau Courier : January 9th 2014
4 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 9, 2014 NEWS www.manukaucourier.co.nz Styles for all tastes on home tour By ANNA LOREN Locals will open their doors for a cause when a house tour sweeps through the south. The annual NZ House & Garden tours will be held again in March and for the first time there will be one through Alfriston and Clevedon. Ticket-holders will get a chance to explore some of the country’s most spectacular dwellings and all profits go to the Cancer Society of New Zealand and Look Good Feel Better. Nine families will be open- ing their homes to the public and NZ House & Garden editor Sally Duggan says there is something to capture everyone’s imagination. ‘‘There are a range of dif- ferent styles. There’s one amazing place up on a hill which is a stone chateau with chandeliers. It’s very, very lux in its furnishings,’’ she says. ‘‘There’s a big farmhouse which is a very clean, modern, minimalistic home. Then there’s a little place right on a pond with a real cottage feel – it’s absolutely charming.’’ Tours are held annually in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with a fourth location chosen every year from throughout the country. Clevedon and Alfriston Table talk: This modern home is one of nine on the ClevedonAlfriston tour. were a perfect fit for this year, Ms Duggan says. ‘‘We look for a place that’s got beautiful homes, good Visual feast: African-inspired furnishings dot this southern home. cafes and a nice vibe.’’ Over the five years the tours have been running more than $1 million has been raised for charity. Ms Duggan says ticketh- olders appreciate knowing the money is going to a good cause. The Cancer Society provides funding for medical research and support and Look Good Feel Better offers free makeovers to boost the self-esteem of cancer patients. ‘‘It legitimises that nosiness that we all have,’’ Ms Duggan says. ‘‘You can go in and have a look around and pick up home ideas and it’s all in the spirit of generosity.’’ ❚ The Auckland Country Tour is on March 28. Tickets at $65 each can be bought from ticketmaster.co.nz. Comealong: NZ House& Garden editor Sally Duggan says the home tour will make for a great day out.
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