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College tiny house sold

Posted at 10:39am Monday 11 Jan, 2021

Ryan Steven believes it was the first tiny house auction in NZ.
Ryan Steven believes it was the first tiny house auction in NZ.

A tiny house built by students at Mahurangi College sold for $80,000 at an auction last month.

The 24 square metre house had a kitchen, lounge, double bedroom and bathroom.

It was fully plumbed and wired, and has birch ply walls, hardwood floors, black down lights and kitchen appliances made by Hafele.

Auctioneer Ryan Steven, of Bayleys Warkworth, is himself a tiny house owner and believes it was the first auction for a tiny house in New Zealand.

“It was special to be a part of that and it's great to see tiny houses graduate from an ‘alternative' way of living and be seen as legitimate.”

A group of around 15 people gathered for the auction, as well as two phone bidders.

The bidding started at $20,000 and quickly climbed.

The winning bidder was Skip Golden, of Golden Contracting, via the phone.

He parked his truck and trailer at the top of a hill at the time of the auction to ensure he had mobile reception to take part. Skip says he bought the tiny house because he was impressed by the workmanship of the students and wanted to support a good cause.

“I saw the college workshop in the pictures of the house and I thought it was awesome. The college is producing students who will be able to be a part of the workforce.”

He bought the tiny house for his 17-year-old daughter for Christmas. It will be her new home on the family farm in Wainui.

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