The New Zealand Dream

Not all first-home dreams are built around a quarter-acre – sometimes they start with a cosy ex-council flat from the 1960s.

There’s the familiar first-home dream: the quarter acre, mowed on a Saturday, while 2.5 small humans bounce each other off of the trampoline. And then there are the new native imaginings. Ones where you lean over the bar-height deck with your beer in hand, watching gangs of apartment kids barrel through the residential park down below. Both are nice. Auckland couple Duncan Innes and Nicola Carpenter chose the latter.