Cottage to be moved ‘piece by piece’

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The Ferryman’s Cottage will be disassembled over the coming weeks to move it, piece by piece, to its new Bushtown site in Waimate.

Bushtown secretary Ann Dennison said working bees were planned, with the first possibly taking place on February 1, to take apart the cottage.

Bushtown were seeking the help of local builders, she said.

“We’re working through a list of the guys who helped us.”

Members of the Bushtown committee would be helping the builders during the working bees, but professionals were needed to ensure everything was deconstructed safely and properly, Mrs Dennison said.

There was currently no timeframe for when the cottage would be completely disassembled due to various factors including bad weather.

Bushtown’s project has faced numerous delays, with issues with transport and the cottage’s structural integrity causing multiple delays.

Originally, the cottage was set to be moved in December.

The roof of the cottage has already been removed and transported to Bushtown in Waimate.

The Ferryman’s Cottage was built in 1870 to serve as the boundary man’s cottage for the Waikakahi Estate.

It was later used as a rest stop for people unable to traverse the Waihoa River when it was in flood.

The building was donated to the Bushtown Heritage Site by David and Faye Martin last year.

By DAVID DE LOREAN