templates for writing archaeological assessments and
NZHPT is developing a series of templates to assist in
the production of archaeological assessments and other
reports associated with the authority process. It is
hoped that this will result in streamlining the process,
as well as ensure consistency of information. Templates
for writing archaeological assessments and interim
reports can be found here.
teas to celebrate Alberton's 150th
is beginning a year of special events to celebrate its
150th year – and everybody is invited.
The beautiful India-inspired mansion in Mt Albert, which
is cared for by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust,
kicks off its celebratory year with the eagerly
anticipated annual season of classic high teas and
“Our tea parties and classic lunches have become
something of an annual fixture for many people who
really love experiencing a relaxing traditional tea
service on our lovely verandah,” says the Manager of
Alberton, Rendell McIntosh.
“We’re offering Classic Luncheon Parties and
afternoon Devonshire Tea Parties again this year over
eight different days, giving people plenty of
opportunities to enjoy the delights of our special teas
and lunches as part of Alberton’s 150th
Once the heart of a 532 acre estate that incorporated
much of Mt Albert and Morningside, Alberton was home to
Allan Kerr Taylor, the unofficial squire of the district
and his family.
Although Alberton started off life as a relatively
simple farmhouse in 1863, as Kerr Taylor prospered he
transformed his humble home into the 18-room exotic
mansion we know today – complete with Oriental-style
decorative verandahs and exotic towers, reflecting Allan
Kerr Taylor’s boyhood in India.
“Alberton’s special charm and ambience provide the
perfect background for our season of special teas and
lunches – and we really encourage people to dress up
in appropriate period dress if they want to,” says
“Places are limited, though, and bookings are
Classic Luncheons – freshly made sandwiches, savouries
plus dainty home-made cakes and biscuits: Cost $35pp.
12.30-2pm February 21, 22, 23, 24, 28 and March 1-3.
Devonshire Tea Parties – freshly made sandwiches and
scones (with jam and cream topping): Cost $23pp. 2-4pm
February 21, 22, 23, 24, 28 and March 1-3. To book
or phone 09-846-7367.
opening hours at Thames School of Mines
School of Mines will be open seven days a week, 11am
– 3pm throughout all of February.
turns heads at Pompallier Mission
to Russell have only a few more days to experience
something truly exceptional on-site at Pompallier
Mission, the New Zealand Historic Places Trust
As well as enjoying the unique French pioneer printery
and beautiful gardens, visitors can view sculptures in
the grounds of Pompallier Mission until early February.
“We recently had the pleasure of hosting four
second-year Northtec art students whose brief, from
their tutor Murray Gibbs, was to observe the tools and
objects of the Pompallier Mission printery, and to then
upscale and reproduce a favourite,” says the Manager
of Pompallier Mission, Kate Martin.
“Kata Linton, Jay Knowles, Elijah Revell and Alicia
Courtney have done a brilliant job capturing the essence
of some of Pompallier Mission’s unique chattels, and
rendering them in large-scale sculptural form. It’s
great to be able to show them in the place of their
conception,” says Kate.
Visitors to Pompallier Mission can take part in a
competition to identify which chattels the sculptural
works represent with all correct entries going into a
draw to win a pair of Pompallier Mugs.
“The sheer scale of these sculptures is having a
‘jaw-dropping’ effect on visitors to Pompallier
Mission – which is wonderful to see,” says Kate.
The winner of the sculpture contest will be drawn on 3
February at a concert featuring Bay of Islands folk
music duo, Rosewood who will perform their own unique
blend of traditional and contemporary music at
Pompallier Mission (February 3, 12.30-2pm).
Photo: Pompallier Mission staff member Helen Davis
with the sculpture of an extraordinary implement used at
the historic printery (NZHPT)
of Margo's Miaowsic at Alberton
welcomes more Songs for Furry People, a fundraising
concert for the Lonely Miaow Association (17 February,
The concert features Margo Knightbridge (mezzo-soprano),
Iain Tetley (tenor) accompanied by Warwick Gibbs
on the piano.
Previous concerts have sold out and seats are limited,
so book early. Admission is $25 per person, $20
concession. Bookings may be made to Margo
Knightbridge, tel (09) 8466982 or email email@example.com.
The Lonely Miaow Association is an incorporated
non-profit organisation dedicated to the rescue and care
of stray and abandoned cats and kittens in the greater
Island – Whalers Base talk
Regional Archaeologist, Dr Matt Schmidt is giving a
public talk on ‘Project Nord’ the history of the
Norwegian Whalers Base located at Price’s Inlet,
Rakiura/Stewart Island on Sunday evening 10 March 2013
at the Rakiura/Stewart Island Community Centre.
touring ‘Canterbury Quakes’ exhibition is being
presented at the Otago Museum until 5 May 2013. Focusing
on the physical forces and human stories of courage and
tenacity, Canterbury Quakes first opened at Canterbury
Museum. The exhibition features former Christchurch
iconic symbols such as the Lyttelton timeball and the
rose window from the Christ Church Cathedral.
Hills and Gore Bay daytrip
Come take a tour of some of the most significant
heritage sites in North Canterbury: Mrs ‘Ready Money'
Robinson’s beautiful Gore
Bay Cottage, the Cheviot Hills Station
Managers House, the Belltower,
Cheviot Hills Mansion Ruins (1868, Category 2), and the
picturesque Cheviot Hills Reserve which includes many
significant specimen trees, some of which are the
largest examples of their species in New Zealand.
Owner of the Cheviot Hills Station Managers House, Ange
Davidson says recent renovations open up the north side
of the house. "We've turned a once poky, dark and
very cold house into an easy to live in family home with
loads of natural light. We love being the caretakers to
such an old and gracious building and feel the
renovations have added years onto her life."
To complete the day Ange Davidson and Jane Montgomery
will put on an afternoon tea and tasting of Cheviot
Hills Fine Foods – preserves, award winning venison,
Cheviot Hills baking, tea coffee and summer cordial (http://www.cheviothills.co.nz)
• Sunday 24th February 2013. 9.30 – 5.30 pm
(Full day outing).
• Entry to two properties: Members $5 / Non-members
$15 (Join NZHPT when booking for $5 entry). Under 18
years free entry.
• Transport available
• Mainline Café morning tea: $6.50 tea coffee / scone
or muffin (Optional)
• Cheviot Museum – Members free/ Non-members gold
• Cheviot Hills Fine Foods tasting and afternoon tea -
• Booking form and payment (cheque) due by Friday
10 February 2013. Numbers limited. Please
or Ph: 03 357 9610 for a booking form.
and Garden Tour and Cob working bee
a tour of the Category 2 registered Point Homestead
(circa 1867, cob) and garden. Visit the partially
restored cob swaggers hut at The Point or join the
Canterbury Cobbing group to help with the restoration of
the The Point’s 1860s cookhouse. 85 Point Rd,
Windwhistle, Hororata .
Sunday 3 February 10 – 4pm
10.30am: Morning tea
11.30am: House and garden tour
Entry: Free for NZHPT members / $5 tour & $5 morning
tea for non-members
Post Office - extended opening hours
Post will be open from 2pm-6.30pm Wednesday-Sunday until
30 April. This is in addition to the normal opening
hours of 9am-12pm Mon-Fri.
NZHPT Southland branch committee has for many years
produced and supplied bronze plaques for placement on
registered historic places. These simple plaques are
cast in bronze and powder-coated making them suitable
for exterior locations. The registration number for the
place is engraved on the central oval. The branch
committee will shortly disestablish and has a small
supply of 'Registered Place' plaques it is offering a
last chance to acquire before 15 March 2013.
These cost $70 each (including GST) plus $5 postage and
packaging (to a New Zealand address). For an additional
$10 engraving of the Registration no. can be arranged
To order, please contact the Secretary of the Southland
Branch Committee, Mrs Yvonne Popham email: 'Yvonne
or Ph. (03) 2113130 or (03) 217 6798.
kaihautu Te Kenehi Teira speaks at Tohu
Maumahara ki Rangiriri at the launch of the
Waikato War Drivibng tour.
to the war that shaped New Zealand
resource launched by the New Zealand
Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) is giving Kiwis
and tourists a colourful window into the Waikato
War of the 1860s – a pivotal conflict of the
New Zealand Wars.
The resource, which was launched last
month, includes a driving
tour of key battle sites of the
1863-1864 Waikato War. The tour is at the heart
of an extensive Waikato War interpretation and
education package that gives New Zealanders and
tourists unprecedented access to the stories of
a war that tore the country apart, before
reshaping a nation.
The project is a collaboration between the NZHPT
and the Nga Muka Development Trust, and
includes a Smartphone and iPad Driving Tour
App and brochure, new site signage and
artwork at key battle sites in the Waikato, a
website hosted by Hamilton & Waikato Tourism
and an education resource for secondary schools.
The Waikato War is considered to be the defining
war of the New Zealand Wars. It began with the
invasion of the Waikato by the British Army in
resource explores some of the actions that took
place leading up to, and during the battles. It
is also designed to encourage visitors to
further understand the impacts and results of
the war on the landscape and communities of the
time – impacts which are still felt today,”
says NZHPT Heritage Destinations Manager Amy
“Over one million acres of land was
confiscated after this war, creating dislocation
of the Waikato people.”
The driving tour takes visitors on a journey to
13 sites of relevance to the Waikato War,
including the site of ‘Bloody Rangiriri’
where both Maori and British troops suffered
more casualties than in any other conflict in
the New Zealand Wars.
“At each site visitors can use their
Smartphone App to access audio which explains
different aspects of the battle, while window
signs will frame the existing landscape and sit
next to artistic impressions of the landscapes
of 1863 and 1864,” says Amy.
Other sites on the tour include Whangamarino
Redoubt, Te Wheoro Redoubt and Alexandra
Redoubt, which are all managed by the NZHPT.
& Waikato Tourism CEO Kiri Goulter says the
new Waikato War experience adds another layer to
tourism in the Waikato region.
“It takes visitors on a unique journey through
the historic battle sites of our region,
bringing the landscapes and stories to life. We
are pleased to be able to support this excellent
digital resource and promote the tour as a key
part of the Hamilton & Waikato visitor
The driving tour, map and education package are
all accessible at www.thewaikatowar.co.nz.
The Driving Tour is part two of a project, which
began in November last year with the unveiling
of Tohu Maumahara ki Rangiriri – a memorial to
all those who fell in the battle of Rangiriri in
past acknowledged at Tour launch
Zealand's painful history of conflict between
Maori and Pakeha was acknowledged at the launch
of the Waikato War Driving Tour on Thursday 17
at Orakau, where a memorial overlooks the site
of 'Rewi's last stand' - one of the best-known
battles if the New Zealand Wars - President of
the Battle of Orakau Heritage Society
Kaawhia Te Muraahi said such sites were of
significance to all New Zealanders, not just
is the history of our country. It's history that
is not widely known or spoken about. It's not
something that we talk about publicly enough.
But it's the type of story that allows us as a
country to mature."
went to say that until New Zealanders came to
terms with this violent past, we would not grow
as a nation.
mission is to ensure that these sites are places
where we can come together, learn about each
other and hopefully go away a better
person, able to contribute effectively to a
bicultural and multicultural society.
we do this our country will always be a very
immature one in terms of race relations. So
it's our mission. We are here to transform
hearts and minds in New Zealand so
that our country can learn from its past and
Executive of the NZHPT Bruce Chapman also spoke
at the launch, acknowledging NZHPT's partnership
with the Nga Muka Development Trust and Waikato
Tainui for the project. He also emphasised the
often overlooked significance of the New Zealand
events had a major impact on the nation and the
people we are today. One hundred and fifty years
on it is more than appropriate to tell that
story in a bicultural way that is accessible to
all New Zealanders, particularly younger New
Some of the new signage installed at Rangiriri
Pa as part of the Waikato War Driving Tour
seismic performance consultation
Government has responded to the Royal
Commission’s report on New
Zealand’s earthquake-prone building system by
releasing a discussion document – Building
Seismic Performance Proposals to improve the New
Zealand earthquake-prone building system,
and is seeking submissions on the document.
series of public meetings to discuss the
proposals will be held around New Zealand in
February, with submissions on the document due by
Friday 8 March 2013.
proposals set out a consistent national approach
to dealing with earthquake-prone buildings.
Essentially the proposals would require all
non-residential and multi-unit, multi-storey
residential buildings to have a seismic capacity
assessment done within five years. Owners of
buildings identified as earthquake-prone would
then have up to 10 years to strengthen or
demolish these buildings.
for heritage buildings
Zealand has around 7161 listed heritage
buildings (excluding residential buildings) as
at June 2012, and NZHPT Senior Heritage Policy
Advisor Robert McClean says a large proportion
of them would be considered
earthquake-prone under the current legislative
the proposed policy, there are a range of
proposals that will impact directly on heritage
buildings," says Robert.
most significant proposal is that the
requirement to strengthen or remove a building
would take priority over any Resource Management
Act requirement to protect the building. There
is a risk that this may lead to opportunistic
and unnecessary demolition of heritage
says there are likely to be some difficult
choices around the future of a number of the
country’s heritage buildings.
of the discussion document's key recommendations
• Local authorities to undertake seismic
capacity assessment of all non-residential
buildings (except multi-unit/multi storey
residential buildings) within five years of the
• Publically accessible register of earthquake
prone buildings maintained by the Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
• Current national standard of 33%NBS to be
largely unchanged for earthquake-prone
• All buildings that are earthquake-prone to
be strengthened within 15 years of legislative
amendment (including the five years for the TLA
seismic capacity assessment).
• Owners to submit plan within 12 months for
strengthening or demolition (following
identification by the TLA via seismic capacity
• Certain buildings could be exempt – e.g.
isolated rural churches, farm buildings.
• Central government to have greater role in
guidance and support.
can make an online submission at http://www.dbh.govt.nz/consultingon-epbp.
You can also attend a public meeting in your
area in February 2013.
Seismic Performance: Public meetings schedule
Regional Meeting - Wellington, 5 Feb 2013
Auckland Regional Meeting - Auckland, 12 Feb
Central North Island Meeting - Palmerston North,
14 Feb 2013
Canterbury Meeting - Christchurch - 19 Feb 2013
Otago Meeting - Dunedin - 21 Feb
Waikato Meeting - Hamilton - 25 Feb 2013
Hawkes Bay Meeting - Napier, 26 Feb 2013
Venue information at http://www.dbh.govt.nz/consultingon-epbp-public-meetings.
Cottage gets top recognition
Cottage (Former) in the historic Bolton
Street Memorial Park in Wellington has been
registered as a Category 1 historic place by the
New Zealand Historic Places (NZHPT).
in 1857 as the residence for the caretaker of
the Anglican part of the cemetery, the Cottage
survived the construction of the Wellington
urban motorway and is one of central
Wellington’s earliest intact houses and a rare
example of a sexton’s residence. It is
directly associated with the colonial settlement
of Wellington, being linked to the Bolton Street
cemetery included in the original 1840 New
Zealand Company survey plan, which now contains
the graves of some of the city’s founders,
such as the Wakefield family.
researcher, Vivienne Morrell says the Sexton’s
Cottage is of special significance for its
aesthetic, architectural, historical and social
is a small dwelling built in a style that was
popular in the 1850s and 1860s with pit-sawn
shiplap weatherboards. There are now only a few
examples of property from this period remaining
in the Wellington region.”
Anglican sextons occupied the cottage for about
30 years until the Wellington City Council took
control of the cemetery in 1892. In 1920 the
Church of England sold the cottage into private
ownership. In 1968, it was included in the land
taken for the purposes of constructing the
Wellington urban motorway, which cut through the
middle of the historic cemetery. Many headstones
were removed and 3,700 burials were re-interred
in a mass grave near the Sexton’s Cottage.
Morrell says the cottage was spared demolition
due to the advocacy of the Friends of the Bolton
Street Memorial Park, who recognised its
heritage value. The Ministry of Works decided to
keep the cottage and restore it, and it was
reopened in 1978 and gifted to the Wellington
City Council. The cottage was later incorporated
into the gazetted Bolton Street Memorial Park
the cottage is used as a residence for
international artists and is a well-loved
building near one of the entrances to the
memorial park. “It provides a tranquil place
and a remnant of colonial history in one of the
busiest parts of the capital,” says Ms
Mill open all of February
of North Otago’s historic gems is opening its
doors to the public throughout all of February,
giving visitors increased access to a
significant part of New Zealand’s industrial
and agricultural history.
Mill, the New Zealand Historic Places Trust
(NZHPT) property south of Oamaru is usually open
only on Sundays, but for the whole of February
it will be open daily from 10am to 4pm. In
addition, the mill’s machinery will be
operating at 2pm on Sundays and 11am on
Clarks Mill is New Zealand’s only surviving
originally water-powered flour mill with early
machinery still substantially intact. The mill
was built around 1865 as part of the nearby
Totara Estate and has been owned by NZHPT since
1977. It is the second oldest mill in the
country and offers a significant link to one of
New Zealand’s most important agricultural
NZHPT Heritage Destinations Manager for the
Southern Region Paul McGahan says the extended
hours will help inform plans for the future
development of the site.
“As well as a marvellous opportunity for
heritage lovers, it’s a chance for us to get
feedback from visitors about their experience as
well as what else they would like to see, and
improvements we could make.”
Mr McGahan says the mill and its machinery
provide a great insight into early industrial
processes in New Zealand, particularly as the
machinery is still largely intact.
Clarks Mill has been likened to being inside the
working parts of a giant clock with its large
wheels and belts that once moved flour through
four storeys,” he says.
The mill is also significant as a particularly
fine Oamaru stone building, forming part of the
large group of Oamaru stone buildings in the
Waitaki District. Part of the mill was created
with limestone cut from the hill behind the
The mill’s heavy machinery was brought to New
Zealand by boat from the United Kingdom,
Australia and United States in the 1860s and
1870s. Originally, wheat was ground using
horizontal mill stones, which were powered by an
‘undershot’ waterwheel. Roller machinery was
introduced in the 1890s and electric power was
added in the 1930s.
In 1901 the mill was sold to the Clark family,
who operated it for the next 75 years, and it is
now best known as Clarks Mill.
third and largest signing of the Treaty of
Waitangi will be commemorated at Māngungu
Mission, the New Zealand Historic Places
Trust property in Horeke in the Hokianga.
are expecting the local community to turn out in
force on February 12 – the anniversary of the
actual day of the signing of the Treaty at
Hokianga – in what has become an annual
festival for the area.
knows about the Treaty signing at Waitangi on
February 6, 1840 – which is a date the whole
nation celebrates,” says Mita Harris of the
NZHPT, who is also leading the team organising
signing at Māngungu, however, happened six
days after Waitangi and involved the largest
number of people. It’s very much a day for the
signing of the Treaty at Māngungu had a
large impact on the community at the time,
drawing about 70 rangatira – who subsequently
signed the Treaty – and between 2000 and 3000
Māori who attended what became a giant hui.
gathering took place at Māngungu Mission in
Horeke, a Georgian-styled building which is
cared for by the NZHPT and which was the centre
of the Wesleyan Mission in the Hokianga. Today
the building overlooks the beautiful Hokianga
NZHPT is once again joining forces with the Māngungu
Commemoration Committee, Nga Uri Whakatupu o
Hokianga and haukainga to mark the day with fun
activities including Powhiri, waka, horses, kapa
haka performances and other entertainment.
to Māngungu Mission and the Treaty
commemoration celebrations is free, though a
koha to help cover costs would be appreciated.
New Zealand Bill proposes change for national
O'Brien - Registrar, NZHPT
may not just be NZHPT that receives a new name
under the Heritage New Zealand Bill. A
supplementary order paper released late last
year included three major changes to the
national Register of Historic Places, Historic
Areas, Wahi Tapu and Wahi Tapu Areas.
changes have prompted several submissions, which
are now being heard by the Select Committee.
Several submitters have queried the name change
from the Register to the ‘Record’, which is
intended to make it clear that the Register
identifies heritage, rather than protects it.
perceived weakening of the link between
registration and protection through the Resource
Management Act has caused concern, and many
submitters have asked why more isn’t being
done to provide incentives for owners and
communities to care for significant places.
second proposal that has received a lot of
support is the plan to widen the scope of the
Register by providing recognition for wahi
tupuna as places of ancestral significance to
the Register through a new tier for our ‘top
50’ historic landmarks has been met with some
reservation. Intended to encourage more
appreciation for New Zealand’s most
significant places, submitters have queried the
limit of 50, with most suggesting there many
more places of outstanding significance than
this limit allows for. Check out the submissions here.
lease of life for historic Pouto lighthouse
major renovation and repair project is underway
for the 128-year-old Pouto
lighthouse on Kaipara’s North Head.
team of six restoration specialists will spend
an expected three weeks and an estimated
$100,000 on the project, which involves major
repairs to broken sections of the glass
light-house dome, replacement of rotting timbers
and wooden detailing, re-roofing and to complete
the work, a major repaint.
renovation team is accommodated at Pouto, with
their access to work each day governed by the
tides. A helicopter has been used to ferry in
materials including scaffolding and container
tanks for water-blasting. A security guard is
also stationed at the site overnight for the
duration of the work.
lighthouse is one of the last survivors of the
era of timber-built New Zealand lighthouses and
a major Kaipara icon, built of local kauri in
1884 to guide shipping through the treacherous
Kaipara Bar, a duty it performed until the
mid-1950s when the harbour itself was closed to
managed by the NZHPT, the lighthouse attracts
large numbers of visitors to make the eight km
journey from Pouto Point by foot, quad bike or
repair work and refurbishment is being carried
out by Paparoa contractors Jim Rowlands and Leon
Weber, who previously worked for the NZHPT
on such historic structures as Ruatuna, the
homestead of former New Zealand Prime Minister,
Joseph Gordon Coates.
are pleased that we can continue to use local
expertise to carry out this round of repairs and
maintenance and on-going care of this
significant site,” says regional manager of
the NZHPT's Heritage Destinations North Natalie
contrast to today’s relative ease of delivery
by helicopter and four-wheel drive to the remote
site with its deep and shifting sand terrain, in
1884 materials for the new lighthouse arrived by
steamer and were carted up the steep dunes by
were built for the two permanent lighthouse
keepers and their families, as well as a signal
station and ancillary buildings, at a total cost
then of £5,571. Today only the lighthouse
remains on what is now considered an important
historical, architectural, archaeological and
one thing hasn’t changed since 1884: the mean
south-westerly, which has been whipping up the
dunes with a vengeance on occasion. Like the
original building team in 1884, the spruce-up
crew has discovered goggles are mandatory.
think they’ve been eating a fair bit of sand
down there,” says local identity Jock Wills,
who has been assisting with transport.
Life in Rural New Zealand
history and incredible inventions from the
Hawkes Bay, Tararua and Wairarapa regions will
be showcased in all their cinematic glory in
March, as the New Zealand Film Archive and
the New Zealand Historic Places Trust partner to
present a programme of films that spans the 20th
century. The films will be screened in five
NZHPT registered heritage woolsheds.
history will come to life again in the historic
woolsheds through a selection of films from the
Film Archive vaults. The 75 minute programme
pays tribute to the rich and diverse heritage of
the region, encompassing farming history,
shearing gangs, kiwi inventions dating back to
1913, and some of the unique rituals of country
Curated by Jane Paul (NZFA National Programmes
Manager) and presented in NZHPT registered
historic woolsheds courtesy of farmer owners,
the screenings will give the public an
opportunity to see some of their local history
in some extraordinary woolsheds. A local
historian will be at each venue to discuss the
area’s heritage and recent restoration
Central Region Area Coordinator David Watt says
the partnership with the Film Archive made
woolsheds are extraordinary in themselves, but
film adds a new layer of storytelling that helps
bring to life this region’s remarkable
agricultural heritage,” he says.
is a wonderful opportunity to bring people close
to their history – in this case, the
development of our wool and agricultural
industries. The films and the venues they are
shown in are a vivid reminder of how the
woolshed has been at the centre of shaping New
Zealand’s unique way of life and character.
Each of the chosen woolsheds are landmarks in
their respective areas, and we are delighted
they will be central to telling these stories to
Reel Life in Rural New Zealand
programme is a compilation of 20 short films,
showcasing stories from Hawkes Bay to Wairarapa.
These include Broad Acres: A New Zealand
Sheep Station (1940), a dramatised
documentary centring around city girl who visits
a family of Hawkes Bay sheep farmers, as well as
newsreel and documentary footage showing
returned servicemen being trained as farmers
near Masterton in 1945, the Puketapu Valley
Settlers in 1952, and farming families living in
Tinui in 1947 and Te Maire in 1960.
is hoped that shearers will come along and see
the items on shearing in the 1950s, such as a
film of the 1961 Golden Shears, which
features Godfrey and Ivan Bowen.
films showcase inventions for the farm and home.
Among these are the new 1953 master comb, the
first electric tractor and the Wenham’s Outlaw
pushmower (which could cut through 4” bolts
without problem). Percy Fisher’s monoplane is
documented lifting off (momentarily) into the
Wairarapa sky in 1913, and MacEwan’s “flying
banana” pump cleans the cowshed and gives
joyrides to the kids.
with classic New Zealand ingenuity, in the No.8
fencing wire tradition, these films are
presented along with an inventive recorded
soundtrack composed and performed by Wellington
musician Bill Hickman and friends.
to all screenings $5, door sales only.
15 MARCH - MARAEKAKAHO
Maraekakaho Woolshed, SH 50
16 MARCH - MARAEKAKAHO
Maraekakaho Woolshed, SH 50
Open Day 1pm - 6pm
Screenings 2pm, 4pm and 7.30pm
17 MARCH - ARAMOANA
Aramoana Woolshed, 80 Shoal Beach Rd
TUESDAY 19 MARCH - GREYTOWN
Elm Grove Woolshed, 48 Kempton’s Line
5.30pm and 7.30pm
WEDNESDAY 20 MARCH - GREYTOWN
Elm Grove Woolshed, 48 Kempton’s Line
2pm and 7.30pm
SATURDAY 23 MARCH - AKITIO
Moanaroa, 3179 Coast Rd
Open Woolshed 2pm - 6pm
23 MARCH - AKITIO
Akitio Station Woolshed, River Rd
24 MARCH - TINUI
Annedale Station Woolshed, Annedale Rd, rapid
Aramoana Woolshed - one of the historic venues
for Reel Life in Rural New Zealand (NZHPT)
archaeological tour at Te Waimate
new walking tour of remaining archaeological
features associated with what was once a
thriving centre of learning is now available to
visitors at Te
Waimate Mission, the NZHPT property in
was always a strong factor behind the
establishment of the mission at Waimate
North,” says the Manager of Te Waimate
Mission, Mita Harris.
of the early objectives of the Mission was to
teach European agricultural methods to Maori.”
notched up a gear with the arrival of Bishop
George Augustus Selwyn in New Zealand in 1842
first sight of Te Waimate Mission was favourable
– largely because he saw it at night,” says
large white church of St John the Baptist
gleamed in the moonlight, and the warmly lit
houses presented an ambience of domestic bless.
It wasn’t until he saw things in the harsh
light of day, however, that he realised just how
crude the mission actually was.
Bishop galvinised his team into action, rolled
up his sleeves and got stuck in, establishing
the grandly named St John’s College.
named two of his school buildings ‘Eton’ and
‘College Hall’ – a reflection of his own
educational experiences in England,” says
to Te Waimate Mission can now enjoy a guided
tour of the mission house, which is New
Zealand’s second oldest surviving building,
before heading off to the adjacent King Paddock
where they can see the remnants of the old
archaeological remains of these two buildings
can now be viewed just a short way away from the
mission house – along with other features of
this early educational community, including its
infant school,” he says.
archaeological tour is a great way for people to
catch a glimpse into what went on at the Mission
station, while enjoying the beauty of the place.
They can also follow in the footsteps of people
like Charles Darwin, who visited Te Waimate in
1835 – and even enjoy a picnic.”
Waimate Mission is open daily over the summer
holidays. For more information on NZ Historic
Places Trust properties in Northland visit www.historicplaces.org.nz.
Pioneer Church celebrating 150 years
Wainuiomata Pioneer Church Preservation Society
has great reason to feel proud of its efforts in
achieving the first steps in restoring a little church
in their community built as a Methodist place of
worship in 1863.
of the members of the Preservation Society are
descendants of the first settlers in the area
and with a large group of friends, family and
supporters have set about a programme that will
not only bring this lovely church back to former
glory, but also help maintain the churchyard
that surrounds the church where many of their
forebears are buried.
Coast Road Church is the second oldest wooden
church in the Wellington region, and this year
celebrates its 150th anniversary. It has a
Category 2 registration and a covenant with the
a moving ceremony on 27 January, families and
friends gathered at the church to celebrate
stage one of the restoration work being guided
by advice from conservation architect Chris
Cochran and from the NZHPT.
2006 the Wainuiomata Pioneer Church Preservation
was formed and took over the property from the
Methodist Church of New Zealand. Members of the
church preservation committee negotiated a
covenant and started on its restoration
objectives through discussions with the NZHPT
and various other professional advisors. The
interior walls have had many layers of paint
removed back to the bare timber and preserved.
The timber flooring has also been cleaned. The
committee is now working towards conservation
work of the exterior of the church, with fire
protection also a key priority.
of the Pioneer Church Preservation Society,
Joyce Lockyer says the commitment of
Wainuiomata families and friends is ensuring
that the church will be kept for future
150 years celebrated at Pioneer Church last
carrying out work on Highwic's
roof turned up an unusual find recently.
packet of Westward Ho brand cigarettes was
uncovered in a recess in the oldest part of
Highwic’s roof structure as work was underway
to replace the original slate roof.
cigarette packet was bone dry and in great
condition, and the cigarettes still smelled of
tobacco – which is pretty amazing given that
they could date back to as early as the
1920s,” says Blair Hastings, the NZHPT project
manager who is overseeing extensive restoration
and conservation work on Highwic.
tempting to think that the cigarettes might have
been owned by one of the Buckland boys, who may
have been in the habit of creeping up to the
roof for a quick durry 80 odd years ago. Given
the fact that the cigarettes were not accessible
from the inside, however, it’s more likely
that a workman on the roof lost his cigarettes
and unwittingly boarded them up.”
on Highwic has been steaming ahead in recent
months. In addition to the re-slating of the
original Highwic ‘cottage’ – the core of
the house before it was extended – the
exterior painting is about 70 percent complete,
with the new paint scheme a close reproduction
of Highwic’s original colours.
work has included repointing Highwic’s brick
work, re-guttering with new copper and tin where
appropriate; restoration of the bay windows,
including the distinctive wooden balustrades and
roofing; and repainting the hallway and a number
of rooms inside, again using original colours
and sympathetic materials including oil paint on
the timber and distemper on the walls.
planned for the next few months includes
replacing floor coverings with specially
designed carpets and runners.
really pleased with the progress that’s been
made with Highwic, and we’re looking forward
to being completely open for business again, and
showing the completed product off to the
public,” says Blair.
hoping that the bulk of the work should be sewn
up by late February or early March.”
on Highwic has been funded by the Ministry for
Arts Culture and Heritage, the Lotteries Grants
Board, Pub Charities and the Chisolm Whitney
Family Charitable Trust.
Highwic is still open for business, visitors
will need to be patient with the scaffolding and
other minor disruptions for a few more weeks.
Our apologies for any inconvenience.
A packet of Westward Ho brand cigarettes was
uncovered in a recess in the oldest part of
Highwic’s roof structure as work was underway
to replace the original slate roof (NZHPT)
25 children and adults had a ball engaging with
Maori heritage and archaeology in Kerikeri
NZHPT’s Northland staff organised Te Ika Hari
Raumati (Happy Summer Fishing) in which
participants used an existing historic stone
fish trap believed to be over 150 years old to
idea behind the event was to encourage young
people in particular to engage with Maori
heritage in a hands-on way,” says the
NZHPT’s Northland Maori Heritage Adviser,
carefully used the existing fish trap to show
people how they worked, while also giving them a
taste of this particular aspect of Maori
result was a good day’s fishing, with
participants catching about 15 mullet and parore
– all of which were gutted using obsidian
flakes, as Maori would have done, and cooked on
success of the event was seen not only in
catching fish and having a kai, but
multigenerational engagement in heritage,”
says the NZHPT’s Northland Manager, Bill
fun was had and people learnt about archaeology
and Maori heritage by active participation. It
was also great to have tangata whenua present
who were able to give additional korero on the
Ika Hari Raumati was part of the NZHPT’s wider
community outreach programme of events runs
throughout the year around the country.
Just some of the mullet and parore caught using
the historic stone fish trap (NZHPT)
roads lead to Ophir in March
Saturday 2 March Ophir will celebrate its
illustrious heritage – 150 years since gold
was discovered – with a gala day.
events will include the unveiling of an
information panel showing the village as it was,
gold coach rides, a gold-panning competition,
Devonshire teas, displays of early crafts,
vintage car rides and entertainment by an
old-time miner’s band. Events begin at 10am
and wind down around 4pm.
in the foothills of the Raggedy Range, the small
town of Ophir was born with the discovery of
gold on the property of runholders Charles and
William Black in 1863.
long more than 1000 miners had arrived to stake
their claims at what was then known as Blacks
Diggings. With them came others keen to profit
from the influx – hotel keepers, butchers,
bakers, merchants, blacksmiths and bankers. All
roads in that early period lead to Blacks, a
name that stuck with the town until 1875 when
the Otago Superintendent of the day gave the
town permanent status and renamed it Ophir.
reputed to be named after the place where the
Queen of Sheba obtained her gold for King
Solomon, the townsfolk were not happy with the
change and thus retained the old name for the
local school, which continued as Blacks School
until its closure 100 years later. Still
sticking with the name is the town’s one
remaining hotel, Blacks Hotel.
spite of the demise of the gold-mining industry
and the decision to make Omakau (2km away) the
railhead for the district in 1904, a ghost town
Ophir refused to become. Many of the townsfolk
remained, as did the town’s distinctive post
office (now a Category 1 historic place)
tranquillity and rural nature of the historic
village also became a magnet for city dwellers,
keen to snap up former miners’ cottages for
weekend and holiday retreats.
more recent times the Otago Central Railtrail
has boosted interest in the village. A number of
homestays have opened, along with other
attractions, such as several collectable and
vintage outlets and an accommodation lodge and
restaurant in one of the town’s early general
stores (category 2).
garden a four-star experience
New Zealand Gardens Trust recently awarded the
garden at Highwic
a rating of four stars, elevating its status to
a Garden of Significance.
delighted with this result, and it’s 100
percent credit to Sarah Yates and her team of
volunteer gardeners who have done so much work
in Highwic’s beautiful garden over the
years,” says the Manager of Highwic, Cheryl
the status of Garden of Significance is no mean
feat, and I’m thrilled that their hard work
and expertise has been recognised in this
acknowledgement – together with the tremendous
restoration work that is going on at Highwic –
is a lovely way to cap Highwic’s 150th
are planned in the near future – most likely
involving a glass or two of bubbly and a
Part of Highwic's award winning garden (NZHPT)