Former Post Office, Onehunga

Grant Type: 
Upgrade Works Grant
Date funded: 
September 2018

The Former Post Office is the oldest surviving building in Onehunga’s business centre. It is listed as a Category 2 Historic Place by Heritage New Zealand and a Category A historic heritage place by Auckland City Council.

The building was designed by government architect John Campbell, in the Edwardian Baroque style. It was constructed in 1901 and is an early example of a number of post offices he designed.

The post office operated for over 70 years and, although the building was threatened with demolition in the early 1990s, it survived due to community support.

The current owners have received $78,118 in funding from Heritage EQUIP. The upgrade project will see a number of elements addressed, including the installation of ceiling bracing, chimney and parapet strengthening and the strengthening of unreinforced masonry walls. It is anticipated the project will raise the building's structural rating to 85% NBS.

Once completed, the Post Office will feature space for a ground floor restaurant, with offices or apartments above.

The wider upgrade project has also been supported by the Auckland City Council.

New Zealand Heritage List entry - Heritage New Zealand website