Carlile House in Auckland’s Grey Lynn is slowly crumbling away.
Its owners, the United Church of Tonga, claim the land’s significance as home to the first Tongan congregation in New Zealand is being neglected by Auckland Council, in favour of its history as an orphanage, preventing the site from being developed.
Because of the building's status as a category one historic place and a stalemate with Auckland Council, Carlile House cannot be repaired or demolished.
However, the situation has recently become of higher concern to both parties, following the recent partial collapse of the building’s roof.
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