Austrian Club Wellington NZ

1079 Paekakariki Hill Rd, RD1, Porirua
Phone & Fax: (+64/4) 2399570
Karl Simonlehner, President • Email

 

Newsletter March 2014

Club Info

 

Movie "60th Reunion"

 

 

Austrian Club Wellington NZ - History

Austrian Club Wellington NZ – History
In 1953 190 Austrian tradesmen came to New Zealand to build Austrian made kit houses (Thermo-bau Fertighauser) to help to ease a housing crisis.
There was an acute shortage of building materials and labour in New Zealand, at the same time as intense pressure for family housing. In an attempt to force the local building industry into the construction of low cost housing, the government opened the industry to the importation of them. 500 prefabricated homes were brought from Austria and erected in Titahi Bay, near Wellington. For their days they were well thought out designs.
6o years on, some of the original residents still live in them. Once the houses were built, the Austrian tradesmen were invited to stay in New Zealand, as Otto Tiefenbacher put it; “We were so skilful and so good looking they asked us to stay.”
These days our club is to socialise and we try to focus on celebrating and passing on our traditions.

PRESIDENT Karl Simonlehner 04 239 9570
VICE PRESIDENT Gregor Neumayr 021 1504 846
TREASURER Guy Bachler 04 973 8292
SECRETARY Angelika Schoenegger 021 2523 981
COMMITTEE Gene Simonlehner