2 Feb 2011

Hillary house moved to new site

5:24 pm on 2 February 2011

Sir Edmund Hillary's former house has been relocated to its new site at a South Auckland school that bears his name.

The house was gifted to Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate in Otara after being purchased by Auckland businessman Terry Jarvis in 2009.

The house, built by Sir Edmund in 1956, was removed from its Remuera site last May.

As the house was slowly trucked onto the school on Wednesday morning, it was welcomed with a haka by the students.

Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate's Commissioner, Gail Thomson, says the house will be used as a leadership centre.

She says fund-raising is continuing, with a further $250,000 needed for the project.

Sir Edmund's family members attended the ceremony, including his son, Peter Hillary, who said his father would have been delighted to think the house had a new use, hopefully as a place of inspiration for young people in the community.

The house will continue being moved into position over the coming days and is due to be officially opened at the end of May, coinciding with the anniversary of Sir Edmund's ascent of Mt Everest in 1953.