Historic Woodend Home Under Threat

The route of the proposed Transit New Zealand Woodend eastern bypass threatens one of Waimakariri’s historic homesteads.

Mairangi, at the end of Parsonage Road, was an early Anglican parsonage (we’d probably say vicarage today), hence the name of the road. 

The house was designed by Benjamin Mountfort, probably the most notable of Canterbury’s early architects.  He designed the University (now the Arts Centre), the Canterbury Museum, the spire of the Christchurch Cathedral and, in Waimakariri, St Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Kaiapoi, St John the Baptist Anglican Church in Rangiora and the former Anglican church of St Simon & St Jude in Ashley village. There was much more than these, as can be seen at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Mountfort .

Mairangi has a Category II classification with the Historic Places Trust (the category that most historic places carry) and is listed as a heritage building in the Waimakariri District Plan.


Mountfort in the 1870s


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