The stone store across the kerikeri basin

Across the basin from me sat a New Zealand icon.  Built of stone it’s one of the most well known heritage buildings in the North Island.

Stone Store.

© Philip Newman

“The Kerikeri Mission Station is home to New Zealand oldest standing European buildings: the Stone Store and Kerikeri Mission House (Kemp House).  The Stone Store, New Zealand’s oldest stone building, was built in 1832-36. Designed by Wesleyan missionary John Hobbs and built by an ex-convict stonemason from New South Wales, the Store was meant to house New Zealand mission supplies and large quantities of wheat from the mission farm at Te Waimate. When the wheat failed the building was mainly leased as a kauri gum trading store. It then passed into Kemp family ownership, and from 1929 onwards was used mainly as a general store. Bought by the Trust in 1976, the building has undergone extensive conservation work.”
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© Philip Newman

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