Corinne Lee and Robin Findlay reside within the new Ngāti Whātua Ōrāke growth on Auckland’s North Shore. The terraced homes are the town’s first hapū-led residential growth.
Corinne Lee is an architectural designer who grew up in Singapore. She and her fiance Robin Findlay, who grew up in South Africa, reside in a townhouse within the new Ngāti Whātua Ōrāke growth on Auckland’s North Shore. The terraced homes are the town’s first hapū-led residential growth.
CORINNE: We did the transfer in an ideal massive rush. The builders needed to push it out one other two weeks but when we acquired locked down, we needed to be locked down in our brand-new residence.
We love the Shore. I used to reside within the CBD and it was pretty for what it was – a handy, city life-style – however I might inform that I used to be getting fairly confused residing within the metropolis. Heading over to the opposite facet of the bridge I might really feel a launch.
We began seeking to purchase pre-pandemic, largely at outdated villas round Birkenhead and Northcote.
We did not even know the place Belmont was after which got here right here and have been like, rattling, it is a good spot.
We did not perceive the gravity of this being the first residential development in Auckland headed by a local hapū [Ngāti Whātua] and we really feel actually blessed to be part of it. We’re the primary stage of quite a few stages that are going to come up in Oneoneroa.
I am initially from Singapore and I perceive that non-native builders have totally different priorities. You’ll be able to see how they refill each little bit of land to maximise the area for revenue.
The hapū have the intention of establishing a great group and that is proven in how considerate they’ve been with the structure of the homes. Our house is at the very least 1.5m longer than all types of different townhouses we checked out, most of that are very slim and built-in. That wasn’t our vibe. In Singapore positive, however not in New Zealand.
We have now two bedrooms, of an identical dimension, and a toilet upstairs. You’d nearly name it a flat. It’s a easy structure that works properly for the 2 of us and our little staffy canine, Ziggy.
The tamer artworks are mine. We’ve been looking out excessive and low for items we love. We’ve clashed on a number of situations however what you see is the results of two opposing creative views. My style is Japanese minimalist, a mixture of Scandinavian and retro. Robin, who’s a digital engineer, loves playful and Mid-century issues.
The UFO portray above our mattress is by a South African artist. Within the background the artist’s canine is leaping in entrance of the Johannesburg skyline.
The 3×3 collage in the lounge is a chronological meeting of Wes Anderson’s motion pictures. Robin loves it. One in all his tattoos is [based on] the Isle of Canines film. I like that it provides a pop of color to our residence.
We purchased and framed a map of Waiheke as a result of we had our first date there, and that is the place we will get married subsequent January. Robin’s mother and father received’t have the ability to be a part of us with the borders closed, so it is going to be a small wedding ceremony.
Robin loves a hive of exercise. I like zen. So I’m form of his decor filter.
We concur on greens and browns and pops of color and that character wants to come back alive in a house, though now we have a small area. I like bringing texture and greenery into the home.
The bonsai was a present from an ex-flatmate, who took a clipping of one thing on the property and gave it to us once we moved in.
We hung three artworks that have been accomplished by Robin’s tattoo artist within the examine. He introduced them over from South Africa, in addition to the portray of the blue ghoulish determine that was accomplished by one in all his excellent associates. They’re little items of residence.
We selected a townhouse as a result of there are such a lot of unknowns with outdated villas, though they current properly. A brand new construct additionally provides you some safety on the value, which might go loopy at public sale.
To search out out the newest information on the subsequent phases of Oneoneroa properties on Tāmaki Makaurau’s North Shore go to oneoneroa.co.nz.