The single men’s quarters at Hakatere Station in the Ashburton Gorge is a simple building, made of timber with a corrugated-iron roof. The two wings hold bunkrooms, and in the middle is a cookhouse or dining room. The verandah was a useful place to dry wet-weather gear and muddy boots. These quarters probably housed the shearing gang as well as the single men at shearing time, so they would have been very crowded.
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