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Book Launch Pictures

After a manic couple of weeks gathering the last of the equipment, organising catering, sending out final reminders, liaising with the wonderful Professors Robert and Brenda Vale at Victoria University School of Architecture, arranging transport and accommodation for the out of town authors (Ann in Waiheke and Mark in Dunedin)  and checking the books that arrived, the big day dawned and what a fantastic turn out!

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An attentive crowd
Maggie, Ann and Margaret
Maggie, Ann (author) and Margaret

A wonderful welcome from Robert and Brenda Vale, a thank you for all the assistance in the research and from the home-owners for allowing us inside their homes  from Darin the Bach Doctor and a great talk from Mark the author on Bernard’s life and work while a 450+ slideshow showcasing many of the homes and features along the way played on the screen.

Professors Robert and Brenda Vale 2
Robert & Brenda Vale
Bach Doctor Press Welcome
Darin (publisher) welcoming everyone
Mark warming the crowd
Mark (author) fielding questions

Many people stayed on in the lecture theatre to watch the slideshow, while others thronged the book sale table, mingled with past and current home owners and took refreshments at the buffet table. We discovered that many people had travelled from all over the country to attend the book launch, places as diverse as Cambridge, Wanganui, Levin, Auckland, Invercargill, Kapiti Coast and the Wairarapa as well as many local Wellingtonians.

Queues for Books
Queues for books!
Brian & Lorna
Brian & Lorna
Alice, Kate, Michael & Guy
Alice, Kate, Michael & Guy
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Virginia (author) book signing
Lorna & Michael
Lorna & Michael
Virginia & Lorna
Virginia & Lorna
Veronica, Shirley & The Bach Doctor
Veronica, Shirley & The Bach Doctor
Michael & John
Michael & John

All too soon the launch was over, but we have all enjoyed the journey of research and meeting so many wonderful people along the way – thanks to you all for making it a wonderful experience.

The Bach Doctor & Virginia with Books
Darin (publisher) & Virginia (author) with the Book!

Bernard Johns’ Books have Arrived!


The books have finally arrived from the printer and are looking great!

Everything is lining up well for the book launch, with many positive responses it looks like it will be well attended.

Join us on Halloween to celebrate Bernard W. Johns’ architectural achievements.

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


The Bach Doctor Press is a unique publishing house prepared to take your written word to the world!

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Darin Dance has started his own publishing and photography business: The Bach Doctor Press after researching and taking photographs for five book projects while working collaboratively with fellow Ngai Tahu writers. He is a born and bred New Zealander of Maori (Ngai Tahu – Te Ngai Tuahuriri, Taumutu Runanga, Te Runanga o Makaawhio and Te Runanga o Waihao) and Celtic (Scottish and Irish) descent and has been an Operations, Production and Events Manager for the last twenty years in New Zealand.

He firmly believes that with the retrenchment of the main publishing houses back to Australia, America and Europe, our unique “Kiwi” voices and stories will be lost and unheard unless new publishing ventures are prepared to fill this void. This has become his mission to promote our korero and pakiwaitara (stories and legends).

Darin has always loved reading, he is a staunch book club member, attending many reading and writing festivals all the while hunting down “out of print” books in charity shops to add to his own extensive library.

His other interests include playing golf rather badly after finally giving away his touch rugby days, researching his whakapapa (ancestry), gardening and preserving, gathering kai moana (seafood), tramping and completing half marathons, as well as exploring the wonderful beaches of our beautiful country in search of surfing that elusive ‘perfect’ wave.