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The Oldest Stone Store in New Zealand

When you look at the history of New Zealand, you must remember that NZ was only inhabited by the “White Man” since early 1800’s, and by the Maori people only 700-800 years earlier.

This Stone Store was built in 1832-36 in Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand as a storehouse for the Church Missionary Society's second Anglican mission to New Zealand. It is the oldest Stone Store in New Zealand.

Designed by Wesleyan missionary John Hobbs and built by an ex-convict stonemason from New South Wales, the Store was meant to house New Zealand mission supplies and large quantities of wheat from the mission farm at Te Waimate, 20kms away. When the wheat failed the building was mainly leased as a kauri gum-trading store. It then passed into lay missionary James Kemp’s family ownership, and from 1929 onwards was used mainly as a general store. Bought by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in 1976, the building has undergone extensive conservation work.

The buildings contain relics and displays of their own history and are notable as scarce examples of Regency buildings in New Zealand.

www.kerikeri.co.nz/feature

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