The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the beautiful but annoying Pohutukawa needles have almost disappeared. Yes, its the most glorious Kiwi summer since 1942! Along with the usual updates on our developments, we’d also like to share a little bit about the very exciting Music in the Gardens event on Kawau Island, why compact homes are the way of the future and all sorts of bits and bobs!
Music in the Gardens
Kawau Island is one of the largest islands in the Hauraki Gulf. It is also one of the most beautiful and richest in history. The Island has a small population of permanent residents and many holiday dwellings, and is a popular destination for pleasure craft cruising the Hauraki Gulf. The crystal clear waters of Kawau Bay are a paradise for fishing and sailing and there are many sheltered anchorages for boaties.
In February 2014 Music in the Gardens was inaugurated to help introduce more people to the unique Mansion House reserve on Kawau Island. The Jazz Age featuring Miss Georgia Wood performed to a capacity crowd of almost 600 people who enjoyed the beautiful weather and great food and wine.
By showcasing the Mansion House Reserve OPAK (Organisations Passionate About Kawau) hopes to attract more visitors to the island, which will help the Department of Conservation convince the powers that be to spend the funds necessary to preserve and improve what is already a very special bit of New Zealand history. For islanders there is also the gain that more people using the ferry service and water taxis can help keep ferry prices reasonable for all. The final goal, is to raise funds for our local non-profit groups. The 2014 even raised $10,000 which was between two special voluntary groups – FOMH, Friends of Mansion House and KERT, Kawau Emergency Response Trust.
2015 Music in the Gardens day has even more to offer people of all ages including a second band, Sal Valentine and The Baby Shakes which is sure to get even more people up on their feet and dancing.
Raspberry Buttermilk Sherbet
Cool down in the crazy summer heat with this delicious treat!
6 cups raspberries (4 to 5 pints)
1/4 cup 100% grape or apple juice
1 cup superfine sugar
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup heavy cream
Salt and freshly cracked pepper
Puree the raspberries, juice and sugar in a food processor until smooth. Pour through a mesh strainer into a bowl and discard the raspberry seeds. Stir in the buttermilk, cream and a pinch of salt, then cover and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours. Serve sprinkled with pepper.
Progress on projects
Redoubt Ridge -Stage One houses are set to settle by the end of February. Drive up Joseph St, Flatbush and follow the signs. Show home is open on the weekends or by appointment. Stage Two, only three houses remaining. Stage Three to launch first quarter of 2015.
The Grove – Stage Two sales in full swing, launching formally in March, come quick to get pre-construction prices! With our show home coming to completion and Stage One site works underway, we anticipate a strong demand with limited house types available in Stage Two.
Takanini Central – In late December, we finally gained the Veolia approval that has been holding this project up. Now with our civil contractor back on site, we have a tight program to settle a number of houses mid 2015 and the balance late 2015/early 2016.
Orakei Bay Village – Close to $100m of pre-sales, 3 new buildings available Feb 2015, working with Naylor Love in the pre-construction phase, 19 consultants working throughout New Zealand intensively on our documentation
88 Broadway – 80 apartments sold, initial construction work took place over the Xmas break, for exciting retail opportunities contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fuelled by backlash from the financial and housing crisis, small homes are having a big moment. Consider these reasons why you might actually be happier in a smaller house:
Easier to maintain. Anyone who has owned a house knows the amount of time, energy, and effort to maintain it. Less space means less time spent cleaning as well!
Less expensive. Smaller homes are far less expensive to purchase and less expensive to keep (insurance, taxes, heating, cooling, electricity, etc.).
Less debt and less risk. Formulas based on net income, savings, current debt, and monthly mortgage payments may claim to help you determine how much you can spend on your home. But why tie up all your money in mortgage payments when you could spend less and be more financially secure and happier.
Mentally freeing. Nobody wants to be held hostage but so much of the time our own possessions keep us trapped. Buy small and be free.
Less environmental impact. A smaller home requires less resources to build and less resources to maintain keeping your ecological footprint smaller as well.
Encourages family bonding. Watch your kids grow, reconnect with elders and share your life with the people you love and care about by living in a shared space.
Forces you to remove baggage. Cut out the fat and rid yourself of those hoarder tendencies. With a smaller space you’re forced to pick out only the stuff that really matters.
Less temptation to accumulate. If you don’t have any room in your house for that new treadmill, you’ll be less tempted to buy it in the first place (no offense to those of you who own a treadmill… and actually use it).
Less decorating. Minimal and simple. A less complicated home is a less complicated life.
Wider market to sell. By its very definition, a smaller, more affordable house is affordable to a larger percentage of the population than a more expensive, less affordable one, which means when the time comes to move on, departing with your beloved house will be quick and painless.
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This is what the Equinox team was sipping on all through Xmas and New Years’! The perfect Summer celebration drink, courtesy of our friends at the incredible Man O War Vineyards, be sure to check them out on Waiheke Island this summer.