Nelson’s historic waterfront venue, The Boathouse, is about to reopen.

“It has been an epic effort to get the old girl up and going after the storm damage of Cyclone Fehi back on February 1”, says Boathouse manager, Amie-Jo Trayes.

The Boathouse Society management committee chair Annie Henry paid tribute to all those involved.

“It’s been a testing time but also an opportunity to rejuvenate the building and make it magnificent once more,” she says, “it really is a beautiful building in a stunning setting and we are all very excited about stepping back inside and onto the new floorboards.”

The boat-ramp is yet to be rebuilt and Annie says the structural engineer and rebuild committee are considering other future-proofing ideas all the time. A blessing service led by the Archdeacon Harvey Ruru QSM will be held this week, followed by an open day for the public on Sunday, October 28, from 10am to 4pm.

Annie says the café will be open and the staff and committee will be there to answer questions. “We really want the people of Nelson who have shown us so much goodwill, to come down and see what the renewed Boathouse is all about. It’s a way for us to say thank you and to let people know a little more about this historic building and its unique community ownership.”

There will be performances from the Community Choir at the Boathouse and Nelzapoppin, who both call The Boathouse home.

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