A splash of colour on Northland's coastline is causing ripples.
Oceans Resort Hotel at Tutukaka is undergoing a transformation with a change of exterior paintwork which has attracted its haters and lovers.
The colourful change was created by artist Richard Cranenburgh and was one of six designs considered by a committee representing all the apartment owners.
One of those committee members and apartment owners, Ian Reeves, said the colour schemes went progressively from conservative to the more interesting. He said the committee unanimously decided to go with the more interesting of the proposed designs.
"It was sent off to stakeholders and it was agreed that would be the design. There were no complaints," Mr Reeves said. "We are delighted with the progress and it's part of a two-year maintenance programme that we expect to have the painting completed, including the rear of the building, by next year."
He said Tutukaka was a delightful place and residents wanted the resort, which had been there 12 years, to stand out.
"I'm surprised people wouldn't enjoy the change. Personally, I'm delighted with it and it's a step forward. Why be dull when you can be interesting?"
Northland tourism advocate Jeroen Jongejans, who runs award-winning Dive Tutukaka, said the new paint job had people talking and had divided opinion in the community.
"It challenges your thinking. It's not set up in a predictable pattern and I think it's really different and has people talking about Oceans and Tutukaka."
Comments made on the Tutukaka Coast Facebook page reflected the difference of opinions.
Trudi Nelson commented: "Truly can't see what all the negative naysayers were prattling on about. 200 per cent better than the previous beige brown monster. The world needs more colour. Love it."
However, Adam Doel differed in his opinion.
"Looks good with my eyes closed. Colour is good but there's no consistency to this, it's all random and looks tacky."