Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Pioneer’s homestead and farm sale

Media Release
17.10.2016


Six generations of family ownership of Hilton Station Homestead, dating back some 145 years, are set to end – with the lifestyle block property on the market for sale.

Pioneer’s homestead and farm sale ends six generations of family ownership

A pioneer’s homestead residence and farm which has been continually occupied by members of the same family for six generations has been placed on the market for sale – ending some 145 years of ownership.

Hilton Station Homestead on the outskirts of Havelock North in Hawke’s Bay was built by colonial settler Robert Henry Mackenzie in 1871 and has been passed down throughout the generations from father to son ever since. Robert Mackenzie arrived in New Zealand with his family from England in 1854, aged eight.

Over the centuries, the property has hosted three Mackenzie family weddings, as well as multiple home-births during the late 1800s and early 1900s, family wakes when the ever-expanding Mackenzie clan would return from the far-flung corners of New Zealand to commemorate the passing of their own.

The farm was named Hilton Station after land owned by Robert Mackenzie’s ancestors dating back to the 1300s in Scotland and the seventh baron of Kintail. The Christian name Hilton is also carried by one of the sons of the property’s present owners. The property was originally broken in by Robert Mackenzie as a 728 hectare sheep and beef stud farm.

Now Hilton Station Homestead current owners Heather and Paul Mackenzie – the great-great-grandson of Robert Mackenzie are selling up the legacy property. Neither of the couple’s sons are interested in farming, and both Paul and Heather wish pursue other interest.

The 452 square metre five-bedroom/two-bathroom homestead on an elevated hill overlooking 3.5 hectares of land is being marketed for sale by tender through Bayleys Havelock North. Tenders close on November 17. Also up for tender is the adjoining 502.5 hectare main Hill Station farm with its own secondary residence. The two Hill Station offerings can either be bought individually, or together

Bayleys Havelock North salesperson Tim Wynne-Lewis said Hilton Station Homestead still retained many of its original features dating back to 1871 – including an unusual coffin-shaped cast-iron bathtub, and a huge birdbath on the front lawn.

“It’s incredible to think that the towering oaks, cedars and macrocarpa trees now encircling the homestead lawn would have been planted by the home’s current forefathers.

“Inside, the home’s colonial decor has remained relatively unchanged – from the high vaulted/wood ceiling hallway, the native timber grand sash windows, and three open fireplaces, through to the large ‘farmhouse’ kitchen and the billiards room reflective of bygone eras.

“Outside, the wrap-around deck under the verandah is all original… but I’m guessing the in-ground swimming pool outside was added some time in the past generation. Evidently, it was one of the first fiberglass pools to be built in Hawke’s Bay back in the 1970s – and it’s still in excellent condition today, although it needs a bit of a paint refresh.”

Reminiscent of a bygone era when the homestead regularly hosted social events in the province, the manicured grounds of Hilton Station Homestead come with a grass tennis court which doubles up as a social-grade cricket pitch – capable of holding function marquees.

The Mackenzie family are prominent in the New Zealand international representative polo scene – with four generations playing for their county. At one stage, six or more Mackenzie men could be seen playing polo for the Hawke’s Bay representative team on the same day.

Mr Wynne-Lewis said Hilton Station listing represented a rarely-seen opportunity for someone to purchase a significant historic property on the outskirts of Havelock North.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Science Media Centre: Funding For R&D In New Zealand – Expert Reaction

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods has today announced $401.3 million funding for research and development through Budget 2020 and the COVID Response and Recovery Fund. The fund includes $150 million for an R&D loan scheme, ... More>>

ALSO:

Maritime NZ: NZ Joins Global Initiative Keeping Ports Open And Freight Moving

New Zealand has joined an international port authorities’ global initiative for safe and efficient movement of goods and shipping during the COVID-19 crisis. World-wide, 56 port authorities have agreed how they will work together facilitating maritime ... More>>

ALSO:

National: National Backs Businesses With $10k JobStart

National will provide a $10,000 cash payment to businesses that hire additional staff as part of our commitment to keeping New Zealanders in jobs, National Party Leader Todd Muller and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith have announced. Our JobStart ... More>>

ALSO:

DIY Law: Government Exempts Some Home Improvements From Costly Consents

Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector ... More>>

ALSO:

Media Awards: The New Zealand Herald Named Newspaper Of The Year, Website Of The Year At Voyager Media Awards

The New Zealand Herald has been labelled a “powerhouse news operation” as it claims the two biggest prizes – Newspaper of the Year and Website of the Year – along with many individual awards at the 2020 Voyager Media Awards Website of the ... More>>

ALSO:

ASB Bank: ASB Takes The Lead Again With New Low Home Loan Interest Rate

ASB has moved again to support its customers, cutting a number of home loan rates, including the two-year special rate to a new low of 2.69% p.a. Craig Sims, ASB executive general manager Retail Banking says the reduced rate will be welcome news for many ... More>>

ALSO:

Nathan Hoturoa Gray: The Problems With Testing And Case Statistics For Covid-19

To begin to understand disease transmission in a country requires adequate testing of your population with properly vetted, accurate tests. As the world struggles to find what 'adequate percentage' of the population is necessary, (estimates predict ... More>>

ALSO:

RNZ: Fletcher Building To Lay Off 1000 Staff In New Zealand

The construction company will cut around 10 percent of its workforce as it struggles with the fallout from Covid-19. More>>

ALSO:

Can Pay, Won't Pay: Cashflow Moves Urged

Government Ministers are asking significant private enterprises to adopt prompt payment practices in line with the state sector, as a way to improve cashflow for small businesses. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why We Should Legally Protect The Right To Work From Home

For understandable reasons, the media messaging around Level Two has been all about “freedom” and “celebration”, but this is not necessarily going to be a universal experience. When it comes to workplace relations, Level Two is just as likely to ... More>>

ALSO:



New Zealand Government: Supporting Kiwi Businesses To Resolve Rent Disputes

The Government will legislate to ensure businesses that suffered as a result of the COVID-19 response will get help to resolve disputes over commercial rent issues, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. More>>

ALSO:


Science Media Centre: Understanding 5G Concerns – Expert Q&A


Recent attacks on cell phone towers have brought concerns over the rollout of 5G technology into sharp relief.
While scientific research has consistently shown that the technology does not adversely affect human health, public concerns about its impact have spread around the world, fueled in part by growing misinformation online. The SMC asked experts to comment... More>>

ALSO:


Trade: Record Monthly Surplus As Imports Dive

Imports in April 2020 had their biggest fall since October 2009, resulting in a monthly trade surplus of $1.3 billion, Stats NZ said today. “This is the largest monthly trade surplus on record and the annual goods trade deficit is the lowest ... More>>

ALSO:


Media Blues: Stuff Chief Executive Buys Company For $1

Stuff chief executive Sinead Boucher has purchased Stuff from its Australian owners Nine Entertainment for $1.
The chief executive was returning the company to New Zealand ownership, with the sale is expected to be completed by 31 May.
"Our plan is to transition the ownership of Stuff to give staff a direct stake in the business as shareholders," Boucher said in a statement.... More>>

ALSO:

RNZ: Bar Reopening Night 'much, Much Quieter'

Pubs and bars are reporting a sluggish first day back after the lockdown, with the fear of going out, or perhaps the joy of staying home, thought to be a reason for the low numbers. More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: New Zealand’s Population Passes 5 Million

New Zealand's resident population provisionally reached 5 million in March 2020, Stats NZ said today. More>>

NIWA: Seven Weeks Of Clearing The Air Provides Huge Benefits: Scientist

Seven weeks of lockdown has provided evidence of how pollution can vanish overnight with benefits for the environment and individuals, says NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley. Dr Longley has been monitoring air quality in Auckland, Wellington ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Milestone In Cash Flow Support To SMEs

A significant package of tax reforms will be pushed through all stages in Parliament today to throw a cash flow lifeline to small businesses. More>>

ALSO: