New home for Hillary house

The Auckland home Sir Edmund Hillary built and lived in for 50 years arrives at its new base this morning at an Otara college.

The house Sir Ed built in 1956 with his wife Louise Hillary has been moved from Remuera after it was sold following his death in 2008.

It was moved off the site in May last year and donated to the Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate in Otara.

In parts, it will arrive at the school site this morning to a powhiri, and will be rebuilt by students of Manukau Institute of Technology.

Commissioner Gail Thomson, who has been the vision and driving force behind the project, says Wednesday is a big milestone for the project.

"Sir Ed's former home will be a wonderful place where students from this community and in time from around New Zealand will feel strongly stimulated to achieve and reach their goals and dreams; as he did -planning many of his trips and adventures from the study here.

"We feel so privileged to have been donated this very significant symbol of New Zealand history but there is a huge task to raise the rest of the funding needed - however he will continue to provide the motivation needed to achieve this on behalf of young people in New Zealand".