Historic homestead becomes community hub

Publish Date : 09 Dec 2016
Dave Adams and Julia Parfitt in front of the homestead.
Stoney Homestead Trustees.
Yusuf Khan with son Noah playing apple bobbing.
Jenny Thomas from Connected Education.

Millwater residents are impressed with the fully restored Stoney Homestead, which will soon open as the neighbourhood community hub.

Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Chairperson Julia Parfitt praised the community’s efforts to save the historic homestead which was in extremely poor condition before the restoration.

“It’s important to acknowledge the efforts and farsightedness of people who campaigned to save the homestead along with the Stoney family’s support through the restoration process."

The Stoney Homestead Community Hub will be administered by the Stoney Homestead Trust, which has a 10-year lease with a right of renewal for a further 10 years.

The local board is funding part of the fit-out and maintenance costs including building insurance and compliance costs. The trust has applied for contestable funding to help fit out the interior of the building.

Restoring the historic homestead

Stoney Homestead is scheduled as a Historic Heritage Place under the Unitary Plan. It was built by Major Henry Butler Stoney and his son Harry and is a rare example of early pioneering and farming life on the Hibiscus Coast.

Work on the restoration began in 2012 after the local board stepped in, making a decision to fund the restoration with $1.5 million allocated to the project over several years.

During the restoration the different architectural styles, construction methods and finishes were discovered. The oldest part of the house was built in 1858 followed by various additions.

During the restoration most of the original internal walls were discovered. The original kauri panelling has been refurbished and the original roof shingles can be glimpsed through viewing panels. A sign brought up on a barge on the Wade River can be viewed in a reception room.

Hire a space 

The community hub is an ideal meeting place for local groups and for holding community classes and small events.

There are nine bookable spaces that can accommodate different sized groups and community activities. The registered kitchen can be used on its own or in conjunction with a servery area and is ideal for training, cooking demonstrations, cooking for markets and making preserves.

To find out more about the hub or to book space email info@stoneyhomestead.org.nz.

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