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Book Launch: Bernard Winton Johns – Five Decades of His Architecture


Five Decades of His Architecture

By Ann, Mark & Virginia Innes-Jones

 BWJ Architecture Book Cover


Book launch: Victoria University, (Te Aro campus) Faculty of Architecture and Design, 139 Vivian Street, (between Cuba and Taranaki Streets), Wellington

Date: Saturday 31 October 2015, at 2.00 p.m.

This book celebrates the architectural achievement of Bernard W Johns, an architect who influenced and changed the architectural landscape of Wellington and its region, for over half a century.

It contains biographical information, photographs, plans and the stories of those who commissioned works by this well known Wellington personality.

For over five decades, he was an active commentator on the developments of the region and along with his peers he helped revolutionize the manner in which we all live.

In this publication we explore the houses, apartments and commercial structures that this architect designed during his long career.

The book is a celebration of Bernard Johns’ architecture that we can all enjoy.

Publication  October 2015

Writer Retreats

Here are some great writing retreats that we have discovered in our travels, that have inspired authors and photographers – hopefully they will inspire you as well! We will continue to add to this page as we discover more amazing places. Where are your favourites?

Broad Bay, Dunedin, NZ
Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf, NZ

Blood Moon

Waiheke Island, NZ – Easter 2015, we were fortunate enough to catch the ‘Blood Moon’ total luna eclipse when on the island recently. While we waited and watched this amazing six hour event (of which the eclipse was only a few minutes), I was thinking “I wonder how many fantastic story lines will be composed around the world by people watching this?” Hopefully these photos will help someone out there who missed the eclipse!

Slowly the –
full moon –
disappeared –
nearly gone ….
…then the blood moon showed up…

Virginia Innes-Jones – Author’s Bio

VIJ Bio Photo


Virginia is a born and bred New Zealander of Scottish and Maori (Ngai Tahu) descent and has always loved writing since she could pick up a pen. From the age of five, she kept a journal and today almost half a century later is still practising this ritual religiously. She uses her inquisitive mind, ever packed with constant curiosity and imagination, complimented with ideas, to create and write.

She is a coach, mentor, inspirational speaker and like her forebear Robert Louis Stevenson, she is a natural Tusitala ‘Teller of Tales’, with a fabulous fascination for the unseen and unexplained, the other worlds – the land of fairytale.

Virginia and her family have lived in the islands of the South Pacific – Western Samoa and the Cook Islands (Rarotonga) off and on for the last 25 years resulting in her strong connection with Pasifika and Maori. Through her Scottish and Samoan cultural links, she has followed closely in retracing the footsteps of her ancestor Robert Louis Stevenson, the Scottish ‘Tusitala’ by spending a lot of time in his birth place of Scotland and in his resting place of Western Samoa.

Member of New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc)

Member of New Zealand Poets Society (NZPS)