The picturesque Vogel House, once home to Sir Robert Muldoon, has become the subject of a legal dispute as its original owners’ grandsons fight a government decision to hand it over to two Wellington charities.

The stately home in Lower Hutt was gifted to the Crown in 1965 by Jocelyn Vogel, for whom it was built in 1933, and was used as the official Wellington home of prime ministers from 1977 to 1990.


Prime minister Robert Muldoon and wife Thea in the newly renovated kitchen of Vogel House in 1977. It was refurbished in time for the Queen’s visit in February that year.