New life for Waverley Town Hall - June 2016
The Town Hall building, and Tony and Lynda Sisson in the dining room of their new residence. Credit: Heritage New Zealand and Tony Sisson.
Home is where the heart is :
Tony Sisson, a community stalwart in the small town of Waverley in South Taranaki, is proud of his new residential home, the historic former Waverley Town Hall which he and his wife Lynda recently purchased and have moved into.
The Town Hall is listed on the South Taranaki District Council District Plan and is a Category 2 historic place on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero. It was built by the people of Waverley in 1908 and was a centre for local events and activities that enriched social and cultural life for nigh on 100 years.
When the building came back on the market last year Tony, at his own admission of going through a “mid-life crisis”, decided to buy it. Tony and Lynda lived just down the road from the Town Hall and his love for the old building was too much to ignore.
“I had to get in there and start doing things to enable it to become our new home,” he said. Their plan is to make it a comfortable, cosy and an attractive home.
Tony has been grateful to Heritage New Zealand for its support and heritage advice. He looks forward to continued contact with Heritage New Zealand Central Region staff to ensure the building is looked after and conserved with the best advice available.
“This building has a real heart, I really love it and I will never tire of doing it up.”