My House, My Castle: Castle of the Year

In tonight’s special episode of My House, My Castle, the team visits a range of Kiwi homes – from those made of mud, straw, and tin through to manor houses, and even a castle, in the search for New Zealand’s Castle of the Year 2006.

Thursday, December 7, 7.30pm, TV2

My House, My Castle will feature five categories in tonight’s exceptional show that will culminate in the crowning of New Zealand’s Castle Of The Year, 2006.

The Labour Of Love category includes a Recycled House from Wanaka. Owner Greg Clarke combined his skills as a panelbeater and carpenter to build his unique home almost entirely from salvaged metal and recycled materials. It took him years to complete and for many of those years he lived without a flush toilet. “I lived really rough,” says Greg. “Without heat and hot water!” Now, he has all the comforts, is mortgage-free and loves his home!

Another interesting Kiwi home to feature in tonight’s show is Ian MacGregor’s ‘Lawn and Order’ in the Wild and Wacky category. Ian’s home has a roof made from grass, after his self-designed straw house’s roof proved too difficult for corrugated iron. “I like to think outside the square,” says Ian. The home also features a fireman’s pole. “I always wanted a fireman’s pole,” Ian says. “yes… it gets a lot of use.”

The other categories to feature in My House, My Castle: Castle Of The Year are ‘Best Mud Castle’, ‘Mosaic Madness’, and ‘Restoration Or Renovation’.

Who will win out in each category? And, most importantly, who will the grand winner overall be – winning the title ‘Castle Of The Year’? Tune in to find out on TV2, Thursday, December 7 at 7.30pm

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  • toggerlogger

    I love this show. Rob Hartes antics are always funny. He reminds me of a little kid who hasn’t has his dose of Ritalin..

    However, I am getting a bit tedious of the sight of the “rentachologist” (rent a psychologist) Sara Chatwin. She seems to appear on every news channel now, and in a few more programs besides! How long before she pops up on Killing the Kids with the words “overeating can be a side effect of low self esteem”
    Like Wow… I never knew that (!)

  • Niccie

    Toggerlogger, or should I say, “person who hides behind an incredibly inane psuedonym like “TOGGERLOGGER”… you sound like a jealous, bored, obsessed WOMAN who should probably spend more time attending to your grasp of the English language than bitching about people who do help and who most of us find entertaining and attractive!

    FYI: You can get ‘a bit tired’ of someone, but not ‘a bit tedious’.

    FYI: “hasn’t HAD his dose of Ritilin” not “has”

    Don’t bother replying to me or reacting in your angry, ranting fashion…..I am not interested and quite frankly spend some time and money getting some help….psychological help! Since you seem to be fonder of men than women, ask a male therapist to mend your tortured sole.

    Niccie, a blogger with a positive attitude!

  • Finally Free

    Niccie, a blogger with a positive attitude!

    and also an anally rententive tendency to correct other people’s grammar, apparently.

  • Very funny finally free!!!

    Rob Harte is great, but I agree Sara Chatwin didn’t serve much purpose on that show. She seems to be TVNZ’s tame psychologist, along with John Aiken.

    Don’t bother replying to me or reacting in your angry, ranting fashion…..I am not interested and quite frankly spend some time and money getting some help….psychological help! Since you seem to be fonder of men than women, ask a male therapist to mend your tortured sole.

    Niccie, a blogger with a positive PAIN IN THE BUTT attitude!
    Take your own advice darling. Talk about excessive rage

  • Richard Lee

    Sorry Toggerlogger and Finally free etc I am with NICCIE… John Aitken does look a little like a paedophile but still gives ok-ish advice. But he lost me when he kept appearing in the social pages, with his wife and bleeting on about her first husband dying….which is a bit (YAWN) but Sara Chatwin is positively HOT and spunky and smart. I idenitified that she was on the show to give advice on how to get your head around housing/renovation so, for me and many of my friends, the show worked!

    And quite frankly there are worse TV personalities to moan about. Lets talk about Paul Henry……unattractive and hell bent on using sarcasm to denigrate his co-hosts…Mean and stupid man!

  • Janine

    Umm…I don’t even know who Sara Chatwin is…but does anyone else suspect Niccie, Richard Lee and Sara Chatwin may be one in the same…call it a hunch.

    My House My Castle is by far the best DIY show.

  • Niccie

    sorry….bad hunch. I have no idea about Richard Lee but I AM NICCIE….. and I am a girl!

  • nathan

    Right back at you Janine/toggerlogger etc…..you may be one in the same too..call it a hunch…particularly when your beef is with a psychologist that only a small percentage of people would know about…..MOVE ON 😉

  • nathan

    Toggerlogger is a bleeding awful blog name…. yeah and negativity is what Kiwis do best. 🙂

  • jake barnes

    Toggerlogger you suck

  • Deano

    No sorry all….SARA CHATWIN IS HOT HOT HOT! Sorry to say all you other gals are JEALOUS!

  • Deano

    Sorry all….SARA CHATWIN IS HOT HOT HOT! Sorry to say all you other gals are JEALOUS!