Plan­ning the next cen­tury

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From a state of dis­re­pair and on­go­ing risk of flood, Tay­lor-Stace Cot­tage in Pau­ata­hanui is now safely re­stored – and set to be a beauty sa­lon.

Bring­ing the prop­erty back to life has been a shared ef­fort be­tween the own­ers, Stephanie and An­drew Man­ning, Porirua City Coun­cil and the New Zealand His­toric Places Trust (NZHPT).

Mrs Man­ning says it has been a chal­lenge.

‘‘The last 18 months have been a real bat­tle with the cot­tage re­veal­ing lots of hid­den prob­lems, but it is now look­ing beau­ti­ful and hope­fully will be ready for what­ever the next 100 years brings,’’ she said.

Ini­tially the cot­tage will be used as a beauty sa­lon but the plan is to turn it into ac­com­mo­da­tion so more peo­ple have the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy it and its lo­ca­tion

‘‘Pau­ata­hanui was once a place to stop on long jour­neys and it is our wish that the cot­tage will be­come a place to come and rest and recharge your bat­ter­ies in to­day’s busy life.’’

The Man­nings’ next goal is to land­scape around the cot­tage.

NZHPT Cen­tral Re­gion act­ing gen­eral man­ager Ali­son Danger­field says the trust was pleased to work with the Man­nings on con­ser­va­tion re­pairs as well as wider con­cept plans for the site.

‘‘ A her­itage covenant, for greater pro­tec­tion of the cot­tage, has been in place for some time and last year, the NZHPT Board ap­proved an in­cen­tive fund grant of $60,000 for con­ser­va­tion work which has now been un­der­taken by the own­ers.’’

The city coun­cil had also iden­ti­fied the cot­tage as a pri­or­ity her­itage site and set aside $50,000 to­ward lift­ing the cot­tage to pro­tect if from fur­ther flood dam­age, says Matt Tr­lin, Environment and City Plan­ning man­ager.

‘‘We are thrilled that this work has now been com­pleted and that the new own­ers, Stephanie and An­drew Man­ning, have been equally com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing its pro­tec­tion for many years to come.’’

The cot­tage, built in 1847, is a reg­is­tered Cat­e­gory I his­toric place. It is the ear­li­est re­main­ing build­ing of Euro­pean ori­gin in the Greater Welling­ton area.

The Man­nings in­vite the pub­lic to view the re­stored cot­tage, see pho­tos of the project and share sto­ries and in­for­ma­tion at an open evening this Thurs­day at 6.30pm.

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