About Kingston House
Edward Selby Little was born in 1864 into a devout Methodist family in Kingston, in Dorset, England.
He moved to the Bay of Islands after many years travelling throughout the Far East and begun building Kingston House for himself and his family in 1929.
After Edward’s death in 1939 Kingston House was passed down through the Little family until it was finally sold in 1975. Later, the Far North District Council acquired the property as a scenic reserve, leasing part of it to Hospice Bay of Islands.
In 2001 Hospice announced its intention to vacate the property, and the Council considered selling Kingston House. After some serious fund-raising and the formation of the Kingston House Community Trust, Kingston House was retained to ensure it would continue to be a community asset.
Today the house and grounds remain in the Kingston House Community Trust.
Kingston House in Hone Heke road in Kerikeri is a vibrant community centre which provides offices for a number of organisations as well as metting rooms, a large function hall and kitchen for public hire.
The house and grounds can be booked by groups, individuals and businesses for activities like:
- Social functions
- Fitness and dance classes
- Art and cultural events
- Religious and memorial services
- Public Talks
- Charity Events
- Weddings ceremonies and receptions
- Educational classes
- And more…
Edward Shelby Little 1930
Kingston House as it appears today.