The Privy At Matanaka

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I had a look around the old farm buildings at Matanaka, which is an old farm settlement near Waikouaiti. Set in an exposed paddock high above the Otago coastline, the farm buildings date back to 1840, making them the oldest surviving buildings in the country. Owner Johnny Jones had the reddish-brown timber buildings built in Australia before they were shipped to Jones’ farm and where they were constructed. The most intriguing of these is the three-seater communal privy which interestingly features a raised central seat. So thus the question is, would you prefer the raised central seat that is in front of the door, or one of the two lower seats that has a window view?

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