100 YEARS: "THE MOST PREPOSSESSING BUiLDING IN THE DISTRICT"
When the New Zealand Times reported in June 1918 that a new Bank of New Zealand was being built in Otaki it was described as “the most prepossessing building in the district.” And the bank and the building that housed it continued as a major institution in Otaki’s life.
Now, 100 years later, the building is still in use. In the 1960s the Otaki Borough Council bought it. Alterations were done so it could be used for Council meetings and business. The original façade removed. In 1989 the Borough Council was absorbed into Kapiti Coast District Council and the building continued to be used as a service centre for the new Council until 1998.
In 2003 the Otaki Heritage Bank Preservation Trust was formed and established the current museum. Many of the original features of the building’s interior were restored to a state that reflects its historic beginnings.
The Museum has launched a new exhibition to celebrate the 100 years’ life of the building, as bank, council office and museum. (Photo: Courtesy of the Otaki Historical Society).