New plans on to save Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary's house

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Auckland (New Zealand), Apr.18 (ANI): Pressure is mounting on an Auckland millionaire to donate Sir Edmund Hillary's family home for public use, with two new proposals on the table.

Neighbour Terry Jarvis bought the Remuera house from Sir Ed's family after the Everest conqueror died.

He had intended to demolish it, but there was a public outcry after the Herald on Sunday made his plans public.

He then offered to give it to an appropriate organisation so the public could use it.

Proposals to move it to explorer Graham Dingle's Kaipara adventure centre or to Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate in Manukau have stalled because no one can agree who will pay.

Australian interests whose identities he refuses to disclose have now approached Jarvis, a founder of Sky Television.

But this week retired Tauranga farmer Owen Douglas said his lawyer had written to Jarvis, offering to contribute to the cost of moving it to a 100,000-dollar property on the edge of the Tongariro National Park in the central North Island.

"I want the house to be open to the public down at Ohakune," he said. "It would be a monument to Sir Ed." (ANI)

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