House of Cards, a 52 day evolving exhibit


A house of cards, a 52 day evolving exhibit is the latest and greatest creative project from Steve, our creative director.

He has created a giant pack of cards and the premiss is that every day a new card get drawn from the pack and used, with the cards already drawn, to build that days’ card house.

Friends and public have been invited to book a day and come and participate in the project which is nearing it’s half way point.

This is a press release issued on day 20 to draw attention to the themes of the exhibit,  shelter and housing affordability.

“Day 20 sees Tasman artist Steve Richards reveal his hand and build a card house he can sleep in.

This is a response to the 52 day evolving exhibit’s theme, ‘a practical solution to housing affordability’

“It’s really luck of the draw whether you are in the housing market or not. The government are doing all in their power to 

maintain upward pressure on house prices as this maintains economic growth. Meanwhile the house of cards becomes ever more unstable”

The exhibit finishes 12 November, there are still plenty of days available if you would like to come and participate.

You can follow progress on Jester House instagram  and facebook.

Grateful to Mother

With Mother

My Mother was a big influence on my path in life , her interests, enthusiasm and sheer joy has helped to mould the person I am.

I’m grateful to have my Mother still able to come and stay with us and enjoy the Autumn garden here at Jester House. Now 78, and waiting for a hip operation later in the month, she doesn’t really garden for herself anymore but still enjoys a perambulate around ours.

When I was growing up I remember her spending every free hour in her garden. I think that is where I got my love of gardening from and my idea of horticultural imperialism, pushing the frontiers of the garden back and back like a true imperialist. Going from nothing to be just as big and beautiful as you want it to be.

I’m also grateful to her for my love of cooking.  Helping with dinner parties and then socializing with friends around the table is a very fond memory of my teenage years in Marsden Valley. I think it is the responsibility of every parent to teach their children to cook as part of independence training and I know our children appreciated having a repertoire of dishes they could cook when they left home. Of course I took it more seriously than most and went on to train as a chef, something my Mother encouraged.

She is only staying a few days before going home to Golden Bay again before Mother’s Day on Sunday so I’m grateful we are spending some time together this week.

WITH HEART – The Core Values of Jester House



With Heart












Over the last couple of months Steve and I have been working with a business coach. It is exciting, challenging and daunting at times but above all it is focusing. We have a desire to make the Jester House experience as good as it can be and with the help of our coach we will achieve it. One of the topics we recently discussed were our core values. We knew what they were and even had them written down and then nicely tucked away in a drawer. We now have them proudly displayed in my office were I can refer to them easily, we have shared and worked on them with the staff and now I would like to share them with you.

Sharing them makes them stronger and commits us to delivering them everyday in every way and that brings us one step closer to providing you with the best Jester House experience that we can.

 Our core values  W I T H  H E A R T

Well being of staff – We value and encourage learning, feedback, coaching and mentoring.

Individual ownership – We take individual ownership of our customers’ needs and are accountable for delivering an emotionally delightful experience.

Teamwork – We have a supportive, co-operative workplace where customers and staff are all respected and that it is a both a safe and fun environment.

Hospitality – We depend on and enjoy our guests custom so they deserve the best possible service – timely, responsive, proactive, meeting or exceeding their expectations and aiming to delight.

Honesty – We are honest and open in all our dealings and maintain the highest level of integrity at all times.

Environmental Care – We appreciate and advocate for environmental awareness, care and responsibility both onsite and wider environs. We strive for maximum care and aim to have a positive impact.

Art and Humour – We support the local art community and integrate art and humour into all aspects of Jester House. Guest will be amazed, amused and intrigued.

Recognition – We recognise and reward each others contributions and efforts at every level.

Transperancy – We aim to live our values and communicate them clearly to ensure that they flow on to our staff,customers, suppliers and community.