Historic tavern reduced to rubble

Last updated 05:00 04/07/2014
Okaramio Tavern

LAST ORDERS: What remains of the Okaramio Tavern after it was demolished last week.

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The 109-year-old Okaramio Tavern, in Kaituna Valley near Havelock, was demolished last week.

 Okaramio farmer Jason Barnett bought the building and land two months ago through a mortgagee sale. The previous owners were Lorelle and Colin Mackel, who had owned the tavern since 2008.

Barnett said he would use the land as a paddock. "Our land goes right around it, so I put an offer in. It’s rotting and has borer through it ... she was pretty much a mess, Barnett told the Express last month.

‘‘It’s a shame it’s coming down. People have come and taken some stuff [including] one of the two stripper poles, carpet, basins, windows and doors.’’

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