Top digs for top dogs

Come along and support BarkHaus – a charity-driven, designer dog-house competition being held at Ponsonby Central at the end of September.

“If there are two things the people of Ponsonby are passionate about – apart from coffee – it’s their homes and their dogs,” BarkHaus creator John Williams says. “So why not bring the two together into a fun event, with the proceeds going to charity?”

He says the competition has really caught the architects’ imaginations. “They’re taking it quite seriously, and having proper meetings about it,” he laughs. “While they’re being quite secretive, we know there are going to be some interior dog homes, and some with an environmental lean. People are talking about rainwater collection and things like that.”

The idea snowballed when real estate company Ray White Damerell Group came on board. Their top agents plan to market the doggy dwellings as they would a human house. From Scotties to Schnauzers, Dobermans to Great Danes, discerning dogs will have the chance to inspect them at a series of ‘doggy open homes’ at Ponsonby Central. They’ll then go under the hammer with the group’s top auctioneer.

Pet supplier PETstock is supporting the cause through its charity foundation PETstock Assist. It will donate all proceeds to charity Pet Refuge, which will remove a barrier to leaving domestic violence by providing temporary accommodation for pets while their owners escape. The shelter, which is currently under construction, will be the first in New Zealand solely dedicated to pets affected by
domestic violence.

“PETstock and PETstock Assist are very excited to be a part of such an innovative concept that also supports the outstanding work that Pet Refuge is undertaking in the community,” PETstock Country Manager Craig Williams says. “We can’t wait to see the amazing designs and builds, and hope pet lovers have some fun and participate by voting to find the top dog in kennel design.”

21 September - 6 October: Mood boards and models go on display in the main atrium at Ponsonby Central. Public voting is open. Votes can be cast online or at Ponsonby Central.

7 October: Public voting closes. The three finalists are announced, and the full-size build phase begins.

2 and 3 November and 9 and 10 November: Open homes begin at Ponsonby Central.

14 November: Charity auction at the Sapphire Room, Ponsonby Central.

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