Home of King gets big boost
A dilapidated royal residence will be returned to its former glory by the end of the year.
The Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board has allocated the final chunk of funding needed to complete the restoration of King Tawhiao's cottage.
It will put $40,000 towards refurbishing the cottage's interior, which will include the completion of the walls, ceiling, chimney and power fittings, and the installation of fire alarms and a security system.
Thee Mangere Gateway project has allocated $30,000 to make up the rest of the funding shortfall.
The project to restore the former home of the second Maori King has been in the pipeline since 2010 but has faced numerous setbacks.
It was revived earlier this year when an anonymous benefactor donated more than $60,000 after reading about the cottage in the Manukau Courier.
Auckland Council community facilities manager Brya Taylor says the remaining funds have been "cobbled together" from a number of sources.
It's exciting that the work can finally be completed, she says.
The council will pay for the ongoing management and maintenance of the cottage, which is expected to cost about $20,000 a year.
Mangere Mountain Education Trust will lease the building and use it to run classes and tours.
Co-ordinator Moana Waa says the trustees have yet to decide on the exact nature of those programmes.
They've been told by the council that the refurbishments will be complete by the end of 2013, she says.
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