Rewi Alley's House

Moeawatea Valley, South Taranaki

  • Rewi Alley's House, South Taranaki.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 5448 Date Entered 25th June 1992 Date of Effect 25th June 1992


City/District Council

South Taranaki District


Taranaki Region

Legal description

Secs 2 5 12 14 16-20 SBDN 1 Sec 310 Blk IV Secs 5 12 13 15 Blk 8


This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. This report includes the text from the original Proposal for Classification report considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

This house was built in about 1918, and is a very simple three room, rectangular house, with lean-tos. Rewi Alley lived at this house from 1921 to 1927, with Jack Stevens. Alley walked off the property in 1927. The house is seen as an example of a "rehab" house, given to returned servicemen after the First World War, and the problems they faced in farming marginal properties.

There is graffiti written by Alley and Stevens preserved on the walls of the house. The influence that this house and its location had on Alley in the time he spent there is evidenced in his later writings.


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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1918 -

Completion Date

1st June 1992

Report Written By

Mary O'Keeffe

Other Information

A copy of the original report is available from the NZHPT Central region office

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.