17 Oct 2018

Kate Sheppard's historic home fails to sell at auction

6:02 pm on 17 October 2018

The former home of New Zealand women's suffrage movement leader, Kate Sheppard, has failed to sell at auction today in Christchurch.

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Kate Sheppard's old house is valued at $3.15 million. Photo: RNZ/ Rachel Graham

The Ilam home was where Ms Sheppard collected thousands of signatures for a petition for women's right to vote in 1893.

The Clyde Road property is a Category 1 listed Historic Place and has a council valuation of $3.15 million.

Land Information New Zealand says the government is still interested in purchasing the former home of New Zealand suffrage leader Kate Sheppard.

In September, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the government was interested in making an offer on the house to preserve its history and negotiations were underway.

The Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel also said she would be happy for the council to contribute towards its purchase, saying the building could become a national centre of significance.

Land Information New Zealand group ganager land and property Christchurch, Jeremy Barr, said the Crown did not take part in the auction today.

He said the government remained interested in purchasing the Kate Sheppard House.

Mr Barr said LINZ officials had been leading the discussions on behalf of the Crown to explore an offer, but the owner decided to put the property on the open market and go to auction.

Harcourts Holmwood real estate agent, Martin Sutton, said he had had no communication from the government or the council over the property.

He said there were a couple of people who didn't take part in the auction, because they couldn't go unconditional, and he will be working with them over the next couple of weeks.

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