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Historic Northland building to open to public for one-off in November

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An important Northland historic building will be opening its doors to the public in a one-off open day on Saturday November 23.

Ruatuna - a nationally significant Category 1 historic place, and the birthplace of New Zealand’s first elected New Zealand-born Prime Minister, Gordon Coates - will be open between 10am and 4pm.

Cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga on behalf of all New Zealanders, Ruatuna is not usually open to visitors. Admission to the property will be free on November 23, however, and people will have the chance to explore the house and grounds on a self-guided tour.

Thanks to the donations of a huge number of supporters - including many Heritage New Zealand members - Ruatuna has been completely re-roofed, and its sagging or broken supports and beams fixed.

"With the recent repairs and maintenance work completed, the open day will provide the perfect opportunity for people to visit this amazing heritage property," says Heritage New Zealand’s Manager Heritage Assets North, Natalie McCondach.

"Ruatuna has been cherished for generations of the Coates family and has remained mostly unchanged from its earliest times. It’s a treasure trove of stories and collection items spanning over 140 years."

Visitors can make a day of it by exploring other nearby attractions, including nearby Matakohe village with the Church, Kauri Museum, historic Totara House and a local Cafe.

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