Yes, I do have stars in my eyes on many aspects of the French and France. But, as I said, nothing beats a Kiwi.
Well now I’m contradicting that in talking our overall lack of taste in house design.

Can’t be called architecture as only a tiny minority of houses in this country use the profession.
Homes here are, in the main, designed and built from a pragmatic perspective. No thought is given to having a house that blends in or coheres with others to give it that sense of community as well aesthetics. It’s Bob the Builder mentality.
House design, like life, can be a fuller experience. Kiwis should try it.
Read more here: NZ Herald – Alan Duff: House design a learning curve for Kiwis