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A home like all others -- yeah right!
Military bunker: Dozens of models of air war machines.
the drain: The
For those looking for an antidote
to art deco celebrations and its
vintage cars, faux furs, fascinators
and period architecture, a visit to
a particularly peculiar Hawke s
Bay home might be just the thing.
In the nine years since the last
of their three now-adult children
flew the coop, Greenmeadows
couple Jo and Alex -- who asked
that their last name not be used
for security reasons -- have spent
tens of thousand of dollars cre-
ating themes for each individual
room in their modest 1990s-built
Inside is a Star Trek room, a
Tui room, a western saloon-type
open lounge and kitchen area,
bedrooms styled after Clint
Eastwood and Cleopatra, a World
War 2 room, another shed devoted
to aerial war machines and even a
Well, that is where your money
goes when you buy a Lotto ticket,
laughed Alex, who had been a
member of a Lotto syndicate since
the late 90s and had only half-
finished wallpapering the toilet
with old tickets and scratchies
That s because we re planning
on winning the big one before we
finish it, said the industrial
maintenance engineer and model-
maker who served eight years in
the air force.
And before wives join in a
chorus of yeah, right , wife Jo
admits to being just as responsible
for the interior makeover as her
husband -- including co-creating
the Tui room, with its wallpaper
dotted with Tui labels peeled from
individual bottles, and a coffee
table decorated with dozens of Tui
Well, you ve got to have fun,
don t you? she says with a shrug.
The first room to be converted
was the Star Trek room, which
has been transformed into the
bridge of the USS Star Ship
Enterprise, with authentic flash-
ing lights and sounds from the
television show, and mannequins
in uniform. To access the room
and view the thousands of dollars
worth of Star Trek memorabilia
and collectors items -- or to sit in
a captain s chair that would make
William Shatner nostalgic -- you
must first pass through a sliding
You d be surprised how many
Trekkies are out there, says Alex.
Adjacent is the Clint Eastwood
bedroom, designed by Jo, with its
replica six shooter, ammunition
belt and cowboy hat hanging off
the posters of the old steel bed
which sits next to an old-
fashioned wash table.
The western motif continues
through to the John Wayne foyer
and into the open lounge and
kitchen area, accessed through
the swinging saloon doors, with a
painting of the Magnificent Seven
looking down over the rustic
lounge suites and wooden decor.
Outside is Alex s favourite
room: a shed dedicated to the
RNZAF, reserved for the dozens of
war plane models the former air
force gun armourer has
painstakingly built by hand over
All are under the protection of a
mannequin in a flight suit stand-
ing next to a pilot ejector seat.
The couple acknowledge it
might not be every couple s dream
home but insist that most people s
reaction is overwhelmingly posi-
tive -- except for a few of the
wives but that s only because it
started giving their husbands a
few ideas, says Alex, whose next
projects include a Tardis and a
few Daleks, and building a rep-
lica gun turret from a Lancaster
The couple held an open home
for friends and family after the
Canterbury earthquakes which
raised $350 for the Christchurch
They are now considering
advertising tours of their home
through Hawke s Bay s i-Sites,
donating the funds raised to the
We may as well -- it s not as
though we can move anywhere
now, can we? says Jo.
People interested in a tour for a
donation to the SPCA can call
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