“Whether it’s a beautiful day or a moody, stormy one, it’s a fantastic outlook.” Bill Thomson, who owns the boat shed next door to Sue, is a keen kayaker who has been paddling in Evans Bay since the late 1970s.
He purchased his shed in 1998 and uses it mostly for boat storage.
Terrie has always loved little spaces, little retreats.
Now a caregiver to tetraplegic people, Terrie bought her shed in 2002 and met her long-term partner Mick Parker because he owned the boat shed next door.
When friends and family visit it’s a different space within seconds. There are children swimming and barbecues on the go.
“This is a place that houses life and celebrates it. There’s no great technology here; it’s just life.” EVANS BAY, WELLINGTON The boat sheds at Evans Bay are a much-loved part of the capital’s landscape and have been for almost 90 years.Words: Rachel Helyer Donaldson Photos: Tom Collier CAMBORNE WALKWAY, PORIRUA A collection of 36 boat sheds, dating from the late 1940s and 1950s and built in a mishmash of styles is a well-kept local secret.They’re tucked below the hilltop on the northwest side of the Pauatahanui Inlet along Porirua’s Camborne Walkway.He’s down there most days as it’s just a bike ride away from his home.The shed occasionally floods and the wild Wellington weather means it can be cold working there in winter and even, sometimes, “downright scary”.Jim, the co-owner of Scott Thomson Media, started renting his own shed in 2010, using it for his design, layout and editing work. He won’t say what he paid but says that it was a bit less than one that went for 0,000 last year.“That’s a silly amount for just a box, really.” Jim’s shed is set up with a work computer and an orange Optimist in the corner is easily readied for a quick lunchtime sail.“We’ve been so many times we know our way around all these cool little restaurants and neighbourhoods.” Inside the light and airy space with its pale walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and stylish plywood joinery are touches of retro in a 1970s veneer turntable and a Crown Lynn swan.Sue has spotted little blue penguins and dolphins from the deck.Earlier this year, he was going out every day, training for the canoe slalom at the World Masters Games in Auckland. His only encounter with a dolphin was one night after a three-metre great white was spotted in the harbour.The dolphin stayed with him until he was out of the water.