It was Xmas 2007 and we were spending it with family in the Wairarapa. As we drove out of town to return to Auckland, I mentioned in passing to Dave that land above our previous property had been subdivided and was for sale.
After a short discussion he turned the car around and we went to take a look. That was the fatal moment, once we walked onto the site we were committed. The views of the Tararuas, the open green pastures, the horses in the paddocks, the feeling of space, it had to be ours. One week later we were the owners of a one hectare block and the dreams of a retirement home began.