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February 2014

After eleven years of practice at Mercury Bay Design, I have decided with my family, to relocate to Tauranga.

Wingate + Farquhar (wf.net.nz), a leading Auckland based commercial architecture practice has offered me the opportunity to lead their Tauranga office. From 3 March 2014 I will be based in Tauranga. I expect to be back in Whitianga on a weekly basis until May, and aim to wind up my business around the middle of the year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the years, whatever form that may have taken, and wish you well for the future. Please feel free to keep in touch. If you have any future projects in mind I will be happy to discuss these with you in my new role.

ADNZ Conference 2013 - Sept 2013

Off to ADNZ Conference again this year for a fresh injection of inspiration and energy. This year I am seeking re-election as a Director of the Society. I have enjoyed my first year on the Board and hope to be able to continue giving back in this way. Also chance to catch up with Dunedin and maybe even enough excuse to don a kilt!

Back on Deck - June 2013

Refreshed and ready to go again - now in our new office. We have moved to Level 1, 19 Monk St in Whitianga - up above Snapper Jacks.

Holiday Time - May 2013

We are taking a well earned break to introduce our kids to Europe - back in June.

Licensing - November 2011

At long last the final phase in the New Zealand Building Industry cleanup is in full swing. Several years ago architectural designers were given the opportunity to become licensed. On 29 February 2012 this becomes a legal requirement to carry out building design work. The new regime is one of several measures introduced as a response to the Leaky Building crisis. The good news is that recently I have been assessed and I am now a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) with a Design D2 Licence.

Conference 2009 - Oct 2009

ADNZ National conference this year is in Taupo. Tracey and I will be taking the chance for a break. Looking forward to hearing from one of New Zealand's better known architects, Andrew Patterson.

Time to give back - Sep 2009

I have been elected to Waikato Branch President of ADNZ. It's a priviledge to have the oppurtunity to support our local members and I look forward to a busy year ahead.

Did it again... - Oct 2008

Two more of my projects have appeared in Homestyle Magazine. The first is a new home in Matarangi and the next is the addition in Whitianga featured on my projects page. More photos to come.

Mercury Bay Design Back In Print - Dec 2007

If you're looking for an interesting read over the Christmas break, pick yourself up a copy of Issue 21 of Homestyle magazine. Turn to page 68 and you will find an article on one of my designs that was recently built in Flaxmill Bay. Homestyle used my photos for the piece which provides further insight into another successful project.

Professional Membership - Nov 2007

My Membership of ADNZ has been upgraded to Professional Member. This means my clients can be assured of a high quality service as vetted by my peers.

ADNZ Conference, 11-14 October - Oct 2007

Conference this year is in Couran Cove, QLD with Australian Architects Tone Wheeler and Daryl Jackson as speakers. I will be taking the opportunity for a break - back in the office 26 Oct.

NZGBC Workshop - Oct 2007

Great workshop held in Auckland on Friday with a wide range of interested parties. We heard a speaker from Beacon Pathways and an engineer gave an overview of the Five Mile project in Queenstown. We also watched a DVD of Dockside Green, a sustainable development in Canada, and finished up with small group discussion on what we want to see in the Green Star Residential Rating Tool and specifically whether context should be given any rating. A well attended event and well worth being a part of.

NZGBC to begin developing Green Star Residential - Sept 2007

On Friday I will sit in on the first workshop to begin development of a residential rating tool for New Zealand. Our situation is somewhat different to the Australian one in that Australia has so many residential rating tools (most developed by different levels of Government) the Australian Green Building Council have said it will be some time before they look at Green Star for Homes. Whereas in New Zealand it is one of the big holes. While there have been initiatives taken in the past by various agencies, it is the hope of the NZGBC to co-ordinate these strategies in one rating tool. More after the workshop.

 

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