Couple open home for music festival
A sustainable-living Manakau couple opened their home for the fourth Mudhouse Music Picnic on Sunday evening.
The name stems from Dean and Maureen Murray living in a rammed earth house, with music and picnicking the drawcard.
Well over 100 people watched Horowhenua-Kapiti bands Henpicked, Malted Milk and The Jukebox Gypsies perform on a wooden stage built by Mr Murray.
The audience sat in the pig paddock and old carpet was rolled out over the grass as the dancefloor.
''It's great - but it's still a pig paddock - although I move the pigs out on the day,'' Mr Murray said.
The backyard stone pizza oven and barbecue were fired up, and available for use.
Mr Murray said these were in the far corner to the ''relatively nice'' composting toilet.
He said this was the fourth music picnic they have hosted, with the original idea coming from an ''old musician buddy'', who initially suggested building the stage and, later, holding concerts.
''Thank goodness he did, because it's been great.''
Mr Murray said the next picnic is planned for Sunday, March 17.