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TYRONE LE ROUX UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL Tyrone runs his property development business Urban Space Ltd in and around Ponsonby. A South African by birth, he met his Kiwi wife in London and after a couple of amazing holidays in New Zealand, the pair relocated for good and settled here almost six years ago. His father is a builder so the entrepreneur has been around building sites and property development from a very young age. Having a background in design and after working on some amazing residential conversions in central London, he has been working professionally in the property industry for almost 18 years. WHO IS YOUR PARTNER? WHAT DO THEY DO? Bridgette Johnstone – Recruitment Consultant. DO YOU HAVE ANY CHILDREN? AGES? WHERE DO THEY GO TO SCHOOL? Two year old son who goes to Bayfield Early Learning Centre on Jervois Road and a baby daughter due in October! DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS? Yes, a tabby called Tally who had to be fostered out to her grandparents in Hawkes Bay as we move house too often for her to settle in Ponsonby. HOW DO YOU KEEP FIT? On the job, fishing and having a very active two year old! YOUR BEST FRIEND WOULD SAY OF YOU... He is bloody determined, has a good sense of humour and is addicted to fishing in the Hauraki Gulf. YOUR MOTHER WOULD SAY OF YOU... He is a man of his word, who you can always rely on and whenever he puts his mind to something he does it with gusto. VIRTUES? Straight up, honest, reliable and a perfectionist in my work. VICES? Apple Crumble …actually anything Apple! First it was an iPod then the Macbook and now I have the whole family… Good coffee and a lot of good food, fishing gear..living so close to Westhaven definitely doesn’t help SECRET PASSION? I used to DJ in my spare time in the UK and don’t anymore but I still love electronic music and have finally given in to buying music online with iTunes rather than vinyl and CDs in shops. It has become so addictive as it is so instant. WHERE DO YOU LIVE? In and around Ponsonby...we are constantly moving due to the nature of my job. WHERE DO YOU SPEND YOUR HOLIDAYS? My wife and I were avid travellers in our heyday but these days it tends to be with family in Hawkes Bay although we try to get overseas at least once a year – normally to a Pacific Island. WHAT WERE YOU GOING TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? An entrepreneur of some sort! All I wanted to do was finish school and start my own business. HOW DID YOU COME TO BE A PROPERTY DEVELOPER? My father is a builder and we used to move from house to house when we were kids as he used to renovate them to sell. Vowing not to repeat this lifestyle I wanted a career in design and after my studies I moved to London and ended up working for a successful property developer. Over there I was involved with transforming and restoring old buildings in central London into amazing architecture which led me to do what I do today. IF YOU WEREN’T A PROPERTY DEVELOPER YOU’D? Go light tackle sport fishing around the world (in all countries situated along the equator) and with my family of course! FAVOURITE PONSONBY CAFE? I have more than one for different reasons. Ripe for the lunch time wraps, Richmond Rd Cafe for the five star hotel like service and great breakfasts and Bambina for the best coffee in Ponsonby.

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FAVOURITE PONSONBY RESTAURANT? The Jervois Steakhouse & Saloon – for their amazing King Crab claws, quality beef, stellar service and relaxed ambience. FAVOURITE PONSONBY STORE? Mag nation... I am a magazine addict and am always keeping an eye on international and local design trends. Mag nation have the best range. FAVOURITE PONSONBY FASHION LABEL (IF DIFFERENT FROM STORE)? Zambesi – timeless and inventive fashion. YOUR BEST KEPT PONSONBY SECRET? Urban Space Ltd do renovations for individual clients too. YOUR DESERT ISLAND DISTRACTIONS: SONG? MOVIE AND / OR TV SHOW? BOOK? If I was stuck on a desert island my fishing rods and tackle box would be by my side. Song would be ‘Come back’ by chicane. I would love a whole new series of ‘Australian Grand Design’ and would not be without my iPad. ONE THING YOU HAVE LEARNED ABOUT LIFE IS...? Always follow your passion, keep it simple, be honest and don’t take life too seriously. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR STANDOUT DEVELOPMENT? To date they have all been special so it is difficult to pick one. Every site is different but I strive to make my next one better than the previous. I am really excited about my latest project in Clarence Street as it will be a property that ticks ALL the boxes on an amazing site. I know my wife will be reluctant to sell! WHY DO YOU ENJOY DEVELOPING PROPERTY IN PONSONBY? I love villas and contemporary design so it is great having the opportunity to combine the two. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANYBODY CONSIDERING RENOVATING OR DEVELOPING PROPERTY IN PONSONBY? • Know the rules of Res 1 • Use a good architect • Respect Heritage • Respect your neighbours and their boundaries • Expect the unexpected • It’s not as easy as it looks • Build with a conscience • Enjoy the process – the end result will be worth it! PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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