24 years experience as Draughtsman and Architect with some of New Zealand’s leading award winning Architectural practices. Large number of houses designed and built and a number of large commercial projects including award winning school, church, hospital, hotel and hot pools projects.
Maarten has the unique ability to quickly freehand sketch ideas and proposals and sees himself as the hand / interpreter that is able to sketch what the client(s) have in mind and what they may or may not have imagined. The projects are achieved through listening and filtering these ideas through his years of experience.
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Arrowtown Random Fact No.1
The first jail in Arrowtown was simply a log. You were chained up to it. The later stone jail still exists and is in Cardigan Street. It is New Zealand’s 4th oldest jail.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.2
Australia’s first saint, Sister Mary MacKillop visited Arrowtown in 1897 and set up a Catholic School. Part of this school can still be visited today.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.3
They used to sell Morphine in the local drug store. That was back in the goldmining days of course!
Arrowtown Random Fact No.4
The Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.5
The discoverer of gold in the Arrow river was a shepherd named Jack Tewa or Maori Jack. He also won the Royal Humane medal for saving a man from drowning in Lake Wakatipu.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.6
Arrowtown had four churches representing the early immigrant populations. Catholic, Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist. All still operate today except for the Methodist Church.