Our Vision (an Executive Summary)
Athenree will be a living historic Homestead and garden park reflecting the cultural heritage and pioneering foundations of the Katikati/Athenree/Waihi District for the appreciation and use of the community, visitors and future generations.
In this vision, Captain Hugh and Adela Stewart’s Homestead will be restored as an authentic and exact rebuild (style, character, size), re-using original materials wherever possible.
The grounds, orchard and gardens will also be restored in their original style, character, and planting of the era.
- To restore, retain and maintain the asset for the community and for future generations as part of our cultural heritage.
- To have for the community a pioneer heritage homestead complex that truly reflects pioneer New Zealand.
- To develop and protect the vision for future generations.
- To allow and encourage activities to operate in keeping with the vision and within the control of a community-based management structure.
- To ensure the Park and Homestead are accessible to the public (locals’ & schools, tourists, overseas visitors).
- To foster the Ulster-Irish links.
- To provide local people with employment opportunities.
The Athenree Homestead Trust has identified four major functions to achieve the vision, and has established an Action Group to implement each function:
- The Rebuild / Restoration of the Homestead.
- Garden and Orchard Restoration and Development.
- Fundraising and Financial Management.
- Publicity and Promotions.
The Trust has appointed one Trustee per Action Group who works as a liaison with that functionary Group.
The Trust is responsible for the overall management control and administration of the whole project.