Watters Cottage Restored to Former Glory
As a result of the November 2016 earthquake the iconic Rotherham Watters Cottage sustained substantial damage that meant
repair work was required in order for it to be reopened to the public. The Hurunui District Council and its contractors
have worked to restore the cottage to its former glory and the project is now complete.
Built in 1878 by John Watters, an Irish expert wool presser, the Watters Cottage was restored as a memorial to the Amuri
farmers and station workers. Repairs to return the cottage to its pre-earthquake structure were carried out by Verena
Maeder of Solid Earth Adobe Buildings Ltd, and were completed on time and within budget under the management of the
council’s Building Team.
Hurunui District Council’s Building Team Leader, Kerry Walsh, says this was an important project for the council and its
contractors to undertake as the cottage is a historic building with great significance in the district.
“The fact the project was completed so quickly in the ambitious timeframe set by our team is a great result for the
Rotherham community and the wider district. The cottage acts as a significant landmark in Rotherham and it is fantastic
to have it reopened for public walk-throughs.”
The repairs on the Watters Cottage were made possible by Lottery grants obtained from the Department of Internal
Affairs. Walk-throughs of the cottage are now available again for the public via appointment and can be arranged by
calling 03 315 6241 or 03 315 6699.