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AUCKLAND CITY HARBOUR NEWS, NOVEMBER 26, 2010
City village: Rhubarb Lane developer Douglas Rikard-Bell with a model of what the complex will look like.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
A taste of village life on Rhubarb Lane
By JANIE SMITH
A taste of village life is coming to
Work will soon be under way on a
new development in Victoria Quar-
ter which will see architecturally
designed apartment buildings and
boutique shops replace old
warehouses and a carpark.
Developer Douglas Rikard-Bell
says the history of the property,
which was part of the city's main
industrial area, interests him.
It's not a trendy new area. It has
a strong, incredible soul. It was
strong even in Maori trading days.''
Mr Rikard-Bell says he
challenged the Auckland city and
regional councils to come up with a
new development control plan for
the area that would allow for har-
mony in the interaction between
working, living and playing.
A plan was developed for the pre-
cinct, which Mr Rikard-Bell calls
the lower west side'' of the city.
The development, called Rhubarb
Lane, will be a village in Victoria
Quarter with a cobblestone street,
six apartment buildings and a
range of retail stores.
The project was put on hold dur-
ing the recession but got under way
again with the improving economy.
The apartments have freehold
titles which means they will be indi-
Mr Rikard-Bell invited six high-
profile architects to work with him,
giving them the same brief to inter-
pret in their own way for each of the
They include Ian Moore, Pip
Cheshire and Richard Goldie.
The result is that each building
has its own style, while still offering
the same kind of spaces.
They all have mezzanines and a
giant window with Juliet balconies.''
One building, called Tattoo, will
feature a facade of louvres which
will show an artwork covering the
side of the building when closed.
The spaces can be used as living
or working space and are available
in different sizes.
Mr Rikard-Bell wants the devel-
opment to be home to everyone from
singles to families.
At no point are we just doing this
for rich 30-somethings. That's not
Most of the retail spaces in the
village have been leased and the
businesses will include a fruit and
vegetable store, bakery, cheese
shop, chocolate shop and florist, in
keeping with the village feel.
When people see it for the first
time, we want them to be able to get
it in a nanosecond.''
The development will include a
park with an outdoor movie screen.
The consents are in place and
construction is planned to start
around the Christmas period.
See www.multiplexliving.com or
phone 309-2524 for more
Shariyah and Cam
could be the best
By KATARINA FILIPE
and SCOTT MORGAN
True love: Shariyah and Cameron
Morris on one of the challenges in the
World's Best Couple competition, an
unforgettable date night.
A Morningside couple are hoping
to make headlines around the
globe as the World's Best Couple.
Cameron Morris, 29, and his
American wife Shariyah, 26,
entered the competition -- run by
jeweller Michael Hill and promoted
by socialite Kim Kardashian -- on a
whim five weeks ago. The couple
are now ranked second out of more
than 10,000 couples from New Zea-
land, Australia, Canada and the
The prize is a rare 22-carat dia-
The pair have been completing a
number of challenges every week,
including designing a team outfit,
planning an unforgettable date
night and writing poetry.
One of their craziest exploits so
far is going down to their local cof-
fee shop dressed in each other's
Everyone thought: What's
going on here, who are these cross-
dressers','' Mr Morris says.
He says they entered the compe-
tition to have some fun and share
their unique love story, as well as
win the prize.
He met his wife, an artist, at the
end of 2007 in Seattle, where he
She lived in Los Angeles at the
time, but had agreed to babysit Mr
Morris' business partner's children
I was taking my family from
Australia to the Rugby World Cup
in France and my business partner
asked if I could pick Shariyah up
from the airport,'' he says.
Being the day before he was
about to head to Europe, Mr Morris
admits he was less than pleased
about the arrangement.
But after meeting Shariyah he
says his world had been
transformed''. Before he left
Seattle he gave her a cellphone so
they could talk while he was away.
I'm supposed to be seeing the
sights of Europe but instead I'm
talking on the phone for hours.''
The pair moved to New Zealand
the following year.
He says to be ranked second out
of thousands of couples around the
world is incredible.
We know a lot of people who
voted for us but it's the people who
we have never met, who not only
vote for us but leave comments on
That's what makes us feel
really humbled.'' The six couples
with the most votes will then be
interviewed by a panel of judges,
with the winners given the ring on
To vote for the Morris couple
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