The tree with a story to tell

Children at Fuji Kindergarten in Tachikawa, Japan are encouraged to climb the 50-year-old zelkova tree in the centre of the kindy.

10:28 AM  A cool kindergarten runs rings around this large zelkova tree - and the kids are even allowed to climb it.

Coolest kids' hospital wins gallery

Children staying at the Ronald McDonald House at Juliana Children's Hospital in The Hague enjoy a fantasy world of interactive displays.

11:00 AM  We thought the design of this children's hospital was great - and awards judges agreed.

Who dared take on these renos?

AFTER: This completed house is unrecognisable from the original. After lifting the house, digging a new foundation, recreating a porch, and refinishing all the doors and woodwork, the house was so beautiful the architect won an award for the renovation from the local landmarks and historical society.

So you think your doer-upper was major? These 23 scary houses were off the scale.

Where to see Christmas lights?

Up and down the country, homes are transformed by fairy lights, with many of these switching on tonight, December 1.

Here's our list of streets around New Zealand where Christmas is taken very seriously indeed.

The Block: 5 things we learned

Jamie and Hayden's black kitchen.

Kitchens sell houses and first impressions count - what should you look out for in your home?

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House of the week: Island Bay gallery

Who needs a burglar alarm? With two towering stone-faced bouncers and an iron resin guard-dog (albeit distracted by a ball) out front, most would reconsider seeking unauthorized entry.

Who needs a burglar alarm with two towering stone-faced bouncers outside your home?

House of the week: Taranaki gallery

A timeless traditional Christmas is the best gift she can give her family, says this creative rural homeowner.

Light-filled Ponsonby villa gallery

House of the week: Auckland gallery

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