It's wet here in Auckland, terribly, terribly wet. And it's not just the lily-livered Australian complaining about it - even though it seems to rain all spring, every spring, every year, the Aucklanders are over it too.
To top it off there's a storm the size of Australia heading our way. Heavy rain, severe gales and a load of snow down south.
How will this shrink wrapped house fare? This is not a Christo... it's one of Auckland's famous leaky homes.
It does look a little Christo-esque. Remember this?
During the nineties a lot of houses in New Zealand were built using methods that just don't stand up to the rain and there is a LOT of rain and it comes with force from all directions. A combination of poor design, bad installation and the wrong materials has meant that some people are stuck with a house that leaks - damp, mouldy and rotting with water running down the walls. Some simply can't be fixed. What a nightmare.
There's been an inquiry, compensation battles, long running court cases.... a lot of people looking for someone to sue. Although I suppose there's now a booming new sideline in shrink wrap.
Meet Derek. Derek is our dehumidifier.
Auckland sparkles in the sun. Bring on summer and another drought. Please...