An architect-designed house will likely be one of distinction, this example dates from 2012. From Architecture Now:
“Richard Middleton of Architects: Novak+Middleton was commissioned by his clients to design a house for an historic site south of Waikanae. The site, which is called Te Rama, is in a rural setting and drops down to the Waikanae river valley and on to the Kapiti Coast beyond.
“Te Rama translates as torchlight, and refers to when local Maori used to light fires there to guide canoes in safely from Kapiti Island. The site has strong characteristics, with established gardens, a swimming pool, a grass tennis court and a protected native reserve running along the northern side. There were also a number of sheds and a cottage that the clients had been living in on the site, a large protected tree, and an old dairy building (where butter would once have been made).”