An almost year-long battle between the Auckland Council and the Cotton family over the colour of their 100-year-old dream home has come to an unhappy resolution.
The stand-off began after Julie and Rodney Cotton bought the Epsom heritage villa in January and moved it to a section overlooking Kaipara Harbour.
The villa had been painted white its whole life - a council heritage requirement for a house of that age in Epsom - and the Cottons wanted it to stay that way.
However, shortly after moving it to Tapora, the family were told by a council inspector they had to paint the house one of 50 dark colours, including green, brown, or black.
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