Rangi Ruru Girls' School's homestead restored

Last updated 05:00 12/07/2012
Te Koraha
DAVID HALLETT/Fairfax NZ

MOVING BACK: Furniture is moved back into the historic Te Koraha building at Rangi Ruru Girls' School after repairs following the earthquake.

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Rangi Ruru Girls' School staff yesterday began moving back into category 2-listed Te Koraha more than a year after the building was extensively damaged in the February 2011 earthquake.

The 1886 homestead has undergone significant restoration to bring it up to the new building code.

Replacing furnishings proved to be a challenge.

Staff had to move everything out of the building after the quake and did not have time to label any boxes.

Principal Julie Moor said Te Koraha furniture had been stored in various places around the school.

Te Koraha, which sits in the centre of the Merivale school's grounds, had served as a staff and administration centre since 2003.

Moor said the quake had strengthened the school community and Te Koraha would now house senior girls as well as staff.

The house was built in 1886 by former Christchurch mayor Arthur Rhodes.

He and wife Rose Moorhouse held lavish parties that were reported in The Press. Notable guests to the house included Captain Robert Falcon Scott, King George V and Queen Mary.

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