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Hitting the fan

There’s a cracking ding-dong brewing up down under. In one corner is ‘the violated’ – Australia’s god Glenn Murcutt. In the other is New Zealander Mark Banning-Taylor – developer behind the multi-million dollar Moonlight Head luxury villa and eco-hotel scheme. The project has not gone well. Technically it's Murcutt’s largest ever project since setting up in 1969. However Mr M is trying to disassociate himself from the scheme, claiming the final product is riddled with ‘deviations from the original’. Meanwhile, Banning-Taylor has hit back, moaning about Murcutt’s supervision over the project. The ‘debacle’ has become a maelstrom of innuendo, blame and counter-argument. Or, as Antipodean builder Charlie Robinson eloquently put it: ‘It’s been a bit of a shitfight.'

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