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image - Kiwitub creator Steve August leans up against one of his prototype tubs, on the shores of lake Wanaka.
 
The story behind it all...
When we were living out of the tiny caravan, building the crib* at Bannockburn, the old cast-iron bath with the fire under it on the lawn was the only way to get clean. After things got more civilised it was still a major attraction, especially with a glass of wine and the stunning Central Otago night sky overhead.

There was a request for something bigger.... and I was too mean to buy a spa pool. I did some trials with my Dad's old Thermette** and extrapolated the figures with a margin of error as long as your arm and made a wooden macrocarpa tub. This worked so well and so many people said "Make us one" that I started to wonder if there was a commercial opportunity here.

That was four years ago. It's taken five prototypes of the burner and a shift from wood to light tough plastic for the tub to evolve to the present pinnacle of shed technology, showing what can be achieved by hard work and neurotic obsession. The greatest help has been from brainstorming with friends and the minority of experts who told me not just what I'd asked but what I needed to know. I was amazed to find that there was nothing like it whatsoever on 400 internet or 600 patent sites.

I may get back to my physiotherapy practice but right now the possibilities with the tub are too much fun. Here's to friends in hot water and spectacular scenery.

Cheers!

Steve August



*  'Crib', is lower South Island dialect for a bach or small holiday cottage.
**  Iconic New Zealand water heating kettle from the 1940s with a fire up its middle.
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