Beautifying Auckland’s ugliest building, funding Westpac Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, establishing a charitable foundation and saving Santa Claus – property editor Anne Gibson digs in to find out what makes property developer family the Mansons tick. First, think of a deep, dark hole in the ground. Like many a family success story the journey of the Manson clan, whose achievements are written across Auckland’s skyline, starts in a somewhat grim place, at least physically – underground.