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Episode 3: Karl-John Allen

Karl-John Allen is a Wanganui man born and bred. He lives there with his wife and four children. He's committed to his family but he's also committed to helping the young people in Wanganui. Karl John (or KJ) is a social worker but spends almost every waking minute dedicated to helping trouble youth. He's also passionate about basketball and its through basketball that he helps a lot of people. Karl-John has mana - he's respected by many for all he's done.

The Allen's have a huge back section which offers a lot of potential for a new garden design. The children would love a new play hut, flying fox and like their father would also love a basketball court somewhere in their back garden.

Our landscape architect, Richard Greenwood, thinks the flying fox maybe out of the question but the plan does include a half basketball court and a playhouse. Much of the building of the garden is devoted to the basketball court - straightforward laying of concreting, then smoothing off. While that is going on a new Havana style bbq is assembled near the house. An outdoor table, chairs and umbrella, all designed and built to last 2 lifetimes complete the outdoor living area. A colonial playhouse, made by local man Phil Peterson, is placed in one corner of the garden.

KJ had put aside several hundred large pavers to one day use to build his basketball. We used these to build large curving steps leading from the house down to his new court. Local carver Fred Wroe carved a kaitiaki, or guardian, on site which is placed at the top of the steps to oversee the garden

This is a seaside section and Richard wants to include its influence in the garden. Fred has chosen the wood he is carving from, from the beach - he thinks it is willow. Driftwood is used to border the newly created gardens, to create a retaining wall around the court and pieces have been found to use as new seats for the seesaw and swing.

The gardens are made up of natives from Naturally Native. The soils is exceedingly poor (mostly west coast black sand) so Richard has chosen a selection of hardy natives - hebes, pukas, carexes, grisilinias for shelter and a few pohutukawas.

The finished garden with the court, the playhouse, the bbq and table, the steps and the native gardens - looks complete and ready for a family to live in and enjoy it. 

Bill & Ben's
Tel: 0800-650-987
Garden mix:
Redvale Garden Care
Tel: 09-232-6885
Iris Road
SH2 Pokeno

Basketball hoop and stand:
Buffalo Sports
Tel: 07-346-2152
2/63 Marguerita Street

Building products:
PlaceMakers Wanganui
Tel: 06-348-8088
Cnr Wilson and Guyton Streets

West Milling
Tel: 06-344-4075
49 Rangiora Street
Digga's Buildings

CCP Imports
Tel: 09-520-4678
1/64 Hapua Street

Outdoor table and chairs:
Furniture by the Don
Tel: 03-577-7718
192 Dillons Point Road
RD3, Blenheim

Shelta Umbrella:
Hermes Gloves Ltd
Tel: 09-259-0099
2/4 Lockhart Place
Mt Wellington

Naturally Native NZ Plants
Tel: 07-543-1494
30 Gamman Hill Road
RD3, Tauranga

Accommodation package:
The Grand Chateau
Tel: 0800-CHATEAU
Mt Ruapehu

Rocks and boulders:
Cashmore Contracting
Tel: 09-344-4061
27 Gilberd Street

B Pull & Sons Ltd
Tel: 06-345-4633
17 Liffiton Street