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Keirunga Homestead gets makeover

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A recent refurbishment of Keirunga Homestead has secured the heritage building for the future, and made it more suitable for community hire.

During the Reserve Management Plan process in 2020, the Keirunga Arts Society asked Council to update the building that is protected under the District Plan to enable it to be used by the community, as well as continue as a creative hub.

Built in 1907 the building was originally owned by Reginald and Ruth Gardiner, until Charles Tanner bought it in 1910. It changed hands again in 1929 when George Nelson and wife Elizabeth purchased the building and land and began the transformation of the surrounding grounds into a stunning park inspired by George’s love of Kew Gardens in England.

Architecturally the building embodies the Arts and Crafts style - defined by simple design, beauty and stunning craftsmanship.

In 1966, the Keirunga Gardens Society was founded - with Elizabeth Nelson as patron, and the society has leased the homestead and nearby cottage ever since.

A new history board detailing the fascinating story of this building and surrounds has been installed outside the homestead and people can enquire about booking the space with the Arts Society.

31 January 2024

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