Mahara House

A photo probably taken not long after opening. The sign next to the gates says “Mahara House, Superior Accommodation” (Alexander Turnbull Library collection)

A short history of this one time homestead on the Main Road by Kenneth Ward was published in the Kapiti News last year

It was built in 1902 and was destroyed by fire in January 1937.

The name Mahara, meaning remembrance, was chosen possibly out of respect for victims of the Boer War.  Although the homestead became history after 35 years, the name lives on in today’s Mahara Place.