Architect’s block design wins apartment competition

Richard Property News

A rustic-style timber-clad high rise apartment block, designed for a small Mt Eden site, has won a design competition to showcase more intensive Auckland building styles but a councillor has called the winning entry “cheap and shoddy”. Auckland Mayor Len Brown this afternoon said S3 Architects’ design for 11 Akepiro St, adjacent to the railway line and just off Dominion …

Billionaire’s Pampered Pooch Shows Kiwi Quest to Win Superyachts

Richard Yachting News

When Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko came to New Zealand, the government approved his superyacht as a special quarantine facility so that family dog Vala could avoid a spell away from its master. Melnichenko’s $350 million yacht was one of 35 luxury vessels to visit in 2013, spending NZ$185 million ($157 million) on refits and repairs and NZ$95 million on tourism. …