Story: Country towns

Ōtaki bank

Ōtaki bank

In Ōtaki, as in many country towns, the most prominent building on the main street was a bank. In this case it was built by the Bank of New Zealand in 1918. When the bank no longer needed such a grand building, it was taken over by the district council. The Otaki Heritage Bank Preservation Trust was established in 2003. It restored the elegant staircase and timber panelling inside, and the building has a new life as a museum for the Ōtaki community. Giving a new purpose to abandoned bank buildings has occurred in many country towns in New Zealand.

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Jock Phillips, 'Country towns - Towns and the farm economy, 1870–1920', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008