Taylor-Stace Cottage

470 Paremata Road And Paremata Road (State Highway 58), Pauatahanui

  • Taylor-Stace Cottage, Pauatahanui. Image courtesy of Te Karearea http://www.massey.ac.nz/~wwjourn/paekakariki-hill-road-historys-conduit/.
    Copyright: Reweti Kohere. Taken By: Reweti Kohere. Date: 29/03/2018.
  • Taylor-Stace Cottage, Pauatahanui. Image courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org.
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  • Taylor-Stace Cottage, Pauatahanui. Image included in Field Record Form Collection.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand. Taken By: C Cochran. Date: 28/06/1985.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 4108 Date Entered 25th September 1986


City/District Council

Porirua City


Wellington Region

Legal description

Lot 1 DP 50929 (CT WN20D/1313), Wellington Land District


The Taylor-Stace Cottage has great historical significance, as it is the oldest existing residence in the Pauatahanui district and possibly in the whole Wellington district. William and Anne Taylor arrived in New Zealand in 1840 and moved to Pauatahanui in 1847 where they constructed what is now the back portion of the cottage. In 1848 they moved to Tawa Flat and the house was eventually sold to Alfred Stace. The Stace family occupied the house for a period, although there is some debate as to how long they stayed and whether they completed the additions to the front of the cottage in c.1855-1860. (There is some doubt as to whether they were completed then or in 1906.) After the Stace family moved to the nearby 'Riversdale' home, the cottage was leased to a number of people.

In 1969 the cottage, considered at the time derelict, was bought by Huapai Properties (later the Whitby Community Developments Consortium.) The Consortium extensively modified the cottage, based on plans prepared by James Beard of the Wellington architectural firm of Gabites Toomath Beard Wilson and Partners. The cottage was leased as a craft gallery from 1972. It was sold in 1981 and one of the new owners was linked by marriage to the Stace family.

The cottage is a timber-framed structure with the exterior walls sheathed in plain weatherboards on the back or south wing, and rusticated weatherboards on the front or north wing. It has a gable roof sheathed in corrugated iron. In the south wing the flooring is brick, whilst in the north wing the floor is made of original tongue and groove boards. The interior is of both parts is lined with rough-sawn sarking.

The Taylor-Stace Cottage has historical significance for its link with early settler families in Pauatahanui. The cottage is also a well-known landmark in the area.


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Physical Description

Remnant of kitchen fireplace (added 1914, demolished 1971) still stands behind the south wing.

Construction Dates

2010 -
Lifted from piles, land built up underneath cottage to manage flooding.

Original Construction
1847 -

1855 - 1860
Front portion of cottage constructed[?]

1906 -
North wing completed

1914 -
Kitchen added (possibly built in 1853 and moved on to site)

1971 -
Extensive changes to the cottage undertaken included the destruction of the kitchen lean-to

1974 -
Shed behind cottage built

Other Information

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.