$1 House of Worship

One dollar churches (or the opportunity to potentially get one for $1) don't come along often.

But that's exactly what was listed on Trade Me recently when the 110-year-old St James Presbyterian Church building in Waihi landed with a $1 reserve. But of course the beuatiful rimu heritage building didn't stay at $1 for long. 

The listing details also set out some of the issues and work the church needs before it can be opened at its new home:

"This church, built in heart Rimu with a corrugated iron roof, was completed in 1905 and opened in February 1906. It is constructed in a then typical cathedral cross configuration, 26.5 m long and 15.5 m wide, with a steeply pitched roof (47 degrees±) about 10 metres high. Currently is it Category 2 listed with Heritage NZ and WBOP District Council.

"As it is only 8% of current earthquake standards it requires strengthening and maintenance before it could be used by the public."

After a bit of publicity (see below), 800 watchlisters and nearly 15,000 views this religious slice of Waihi history was sold for $11,100 to a buyer in Wellington. 

A great result and hopefully the old building gets the TLC it needs in the capital. 

And what about the soon-to-be-old church site in Waihi I hear you ask? It looks like it's being turned into a community playground. Everyone's kicked a goal. Hallelujah!

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