Grant helps cottage restoration

23:54, Jun 25 2014
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BOOST: A $50,000 grant will help with the restoration of the historic Kohi Kohi cottage in Riverton.

A project to restore the historic Kohi Kohi cottage in Riverton has received a $50,000 funding boost from the Lotteries Environment and Heritage Committee.

Kohi Kohi Cottage, built in 1837, was the town's first permanent European residence.

Southland Heritage Building and Preservation Trust trustee Maureen Fox said the trust's vision was to return the cottage as far as it could to its former glory. "We are absolutely delighted that we've had the full support of the Lotteries Board," Fox said.

The trust took over the cottage in 2006.

A conservation report commissioned in 2009 outlined work that needed to be done to repair and restore the cottage.

Surveying work and an archaeological assessment were partially completed, while the remainder of the first stage would include repiling and repairing foundations and subfloor, repairing windows, doors and interior joinery and linings, stormwater system upgrade, new water supply and fire sprinkler system, and borer treatment.

Stage one would cost $92,468, of which $72,000 had been raised, including the Lotteries grant plus $20,000 from the Stout Trust and $2000 from the Southland District Council Community Initiatives Fund.

Venture Southland community development planner Juanita Thornton said the project group was applying to the Community Trust of Southland for the remaining portion needed.

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