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Bank of New South Wales.

Bank of New South Wales 

This building on the corner of Tasman & Napier Streets was erected in 1938 for the Bank of New South Wales. The architects were Messrs Crighton, Haughton & McKay of Wellington and Boon Bros Ltd. were responsible for the build. 

It was described in some detail and pride by the Opunake Times on 5 July 1938, "Modern and complete in every detail, the bank building is worthy of a city, and Opunake may well be proud of this latest addition to the business area."

Jeffries Building 1914.

Jeffries Building 1914 

This single storey building on the main street of Ōpunake was erected in 1914 for Rahotu farmer, Charles Jeffries. It was a replacement for a building destroyed in the large Ōpunake blaze of 1 October 1913. At the time Jeffries had a portfolio of commercial buildings in the town. 

It was designed by the Ōpunake architect, Mr A.(Arthur) O'Brien - contractor is unknown. (see linked newspaper report for more about the architect)

Once completed the new building was leased out to the merchants Messrs. Holmes and Arthur. In 1919 the

Opunake Courthouse.

Opunake Courthouse 

The Ōpunake Courthouse in Tasman Street has been unoccupied for a number of years and has been allowed to fall into a state of neglect. The building still appears as a category 2 building on the Heritage New Zealand register (#4953). After the courthouse closed, the building was converted into a medical centre, with many of the interior fittings being given to Stratford's Pioneer Village. 

The courthouse was officially opened on 27 February 1902 by Sir Joseph Ward. The building was one of three public buildings erected

Opunake Hotel 1915.

Opunake Hotel 1915 

The Opunake Hotel on Tasman Street has the year 1915 written on the facade. The Opunake Heritage Inventory entry for the hotel is vague as to whether this is the date it was built or merely the date that the business was established.

On the evening of 5 February 1915 a fierce blaze completely destroyed the Opunake Hotel (also known as Knowles' Hotel and the Red House Hotel), as well the Judson's Coachbuilding Factory and Aiken's smithy. By the time the alarm was raised the volunteer

Club Hotel .

Club Hotel 

The Club Hotel in Opunake (cnr Tasman and Havelock Street) was built in 1914 for Mr A.E.Brunette. The architect was Mr J.A.Duffill and the contractor was Mr E.W.Good. The electric lighting was installed by Mr W.B.Carrick of Hawera. (for a description of the building see attached web link 'New Club Hotel')

The new hotel replaced Middleton's Hotel, which burnt down in "The Great Fire" fire of 1913. The fire was thought to have started in the hotel laundry and quickly spread to neighbouring buildings. Many shops and business premises at the northern end of town

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