South Auckland family's home demolished after nearly 77 years of ownership

The Storey family home will soon be nothing but a memory.
SUPPLIED

The Storey family home will soon be nothing but a memory.

It was their family home for over 70 years, the house rich with memories and the garden filled with apple and puriri trees.

But now it is nothing but rubble, as developers moved in to Waiuku.

Built in the 1920s, the house had been bought by Harry Merlin Storey in the early 1940s and housed him, his wife Violet Storey and their three kids, Graham, David and Carole.

The front of the house on Sandspit Rd.
SUPPLIED

The front of the house on Sandspit Rd.

Over the years, the house played a major role in the children's lives, as well as Violet's and Harry's.

READ MORE:
Wrecking ball comes for former Molly Malones building
Historic boarding house demolished
Historic pub and hotel The Adelphi bowled on Kaikoura's main street

As an avid gardener, Violet always kept the house and section vibrant, while Harry, a mechanic and all-round handy man, made improvements to the house such as adding a sun porch, fully enclosed by glass - Harry's favourite part of the house. 

The back porch of the Storeys' house on Sanspit Rd.
SUPPLIED

The back porch of the Storeys' house on Sanspit Rd.

The house's 278 square metres featured polished hardwood floors, a hallway described as being two metres wide, and walls papered with hessian.

It occupied four acres of land that was rich with apple trees and puriri trees that attracted kereru and tui. 

However, as the years went by and the kids grew up to have families of their own, Violet and Harry were left looking after the place by themselves. 

The back of the house being demolished by developers.
SUPPLIED

The back of the house being demolished by developers.

They grew old and got sick, and in 1981, Harry passed away from cancer, sitting in his favourite part of the house. 

Ad Feedback

"The night before he passed away, my car wouldn't start. I rung my husband, (at the time), saying I won't be coming home, so I stayed the night. I woke up in the morning and I went to start the car and it started first pop ... I was meant to stay that night," said Harry's daughter, Carole. 

"I went to go see him and said, 'That's dad's body, but that's not dad - he's gone'." 

Prior to Harry's passing, Carole said he always joked with Violet about keeping the house when he passed. 

"(Dad) always said to her, 'you'll never keep it, you'll never keep it'. but she was determined to prove him wrong, and she did."

It wasn't until early this year, that the Storeys sold their once-loved home, which lead to it being demolished.

Unfortunately Violet died from a heart attack in December last year and her son David, who was taking care of the house after her passing, also died in February. 

"We didn't really want to sell it until mum was gone. She was so attached to it even though it was hard for her," said Carole. 

"We were hoping (the developers) were going to restore it, but it was going to cost a lot to move and there was no guarantee that it was going to withstand the moving. It just ended up getting demolished."

Now, what's left is a section of rubble, and remnants of what was once a solid home surrounded by memories. 

"It was sad," said Carole. 

 - Stuff

Ad Feedback
special offers
Ad Feedback