Historic Ohinetahi gifted to the public

Last updated 18:40 04/11/2012
OHINETAHI: Architect Sir Miles Warren has created the Ohinetahi Charitable Trust for his famous Governors Bay property, to preserve it for New Zealanders and tourists.
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OHINETAHI: Architect Sir Miles Warren has created the Ohinetahi Charitable Trust for his famous Governors Bay property, to preserve it for New Zealanders and tourists.

GIFTED: Sir Miles Warren at Ohinetahi.
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ARCHITECT: Sir Miles Warren says the town hall is the "pride and joy" of Christchurch.

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A world-renowned house and garden in Canterbury has today been gifted to the people of New Zealand.

Architect Sir Miles Warren announced he has created the Ohinetahi Charitable Trust for his famous Governors Bay property, to preserve it for New Zealanders and tourists.

The property, founded in 1865, features a garden and park of national significance, along with a historic building that has been extensively repaired since the September 2010 earthquake.

The building also houses Warren's personal art collection.

“Ohinetahi features a beautiful garden and park on an historic location. The restoration of the house and addition of the gallery mean that property now holds a unique position in the New Zealand landscape,” Miles said in a statement this afternoon.
 
“Having owned the property for some time I now think that it is important to secure the property for future generations of New Zealanders."

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