Love for Kiwiana inspires book

16:00, Mar 27 2014
Kiwiana Author
INSPIRED: Beach Haven’s Graham Young has released Lazy Days: Painting the Kiwi Lifestyle, which features his Kiwiana-themed works.

The corner dairy, with its blue signage and newspaper stands, has become a source of Kiwiana inspiration for oil painter Graham Young.

Corrugated roofs and weatherboard houses are iconic parts of New Zaland's pioneering and farming roots, despite most Kiwis not realising, he says.

Island Bay and Mokoia Rd dairies feature in his collection of work, alongside the Bridgeway Cinema, Devonport's heritage homes and Northcote Tavern.

Mr Young says the laid-back Kiwi lifestyle, where holidaymakers can find their own $1 million view of paradise, is something to be treasured.

The Liverpool expat says he lived on the North Shore from 1982 but returned to the United Kingdom for work. Mr Young says painting New Zealand scenes kept memories of his adopted home alive.

He returned a couple of years ago to Beach Haven and set up a studio in his garage.

His experience back in New Zealand inspired him to publish Lazy Days: Painting the Kiwi Lifestyle.

Mr Young's work has been featured in calendars and greeting cards but this is his first book.

Mr Young says in 2013 two of his works, one of two America's Cup yachts and another of Murray Halberg and Peter Snell winning Olympic gold in Rome in 1960, were auctioned and together raised more than $30,000 for charity.

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