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concert at Old St Paul's
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Memorial recognised for outstanding significance
Baptist complex registered
focus on Cuba Street
Waimate Mission roof well underway
recogniiton for Olveston
listing for rare phone box
sheepish about these residents
a welcome addition to celebration
Magic Flute at Alberton
the beginning of spring with the Starlight String
Quartet and friends playing selections of
Mozart’s music, including excerpts from The
2.30pm. $20 per person including afternoon
tea (no concessions). Numbers limited, bookings
essential – email firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 09 846 7367.
NZHPT Auckland Branch Committee's will hold its
Annual General Meeting on 27
beginning at 6.30pm and finishing at about 8pm.
meeting will be held at the NZHPT’s Northern
Regional Office on level 3 of the Premier
Building, 2 Durham Street East, Auckland City. Car
parking is available in the Victoria Street
Carpark (evening rates apply from 5pm - $2 per
hour to a maximum of $7.50 per day).
welcome – please RSVP to the NZHPT’s Mid
Northern Office by phone (09) 307 9920 or email email@example.com.
members of the NZHPT are invited to attend a
celebration marking the transition of the
Northland Branch Committee into Heritage Northland
Inc, with the Chair of the NZHPT Shonagh
Kenderdine as guest speaker. The celebration,
which will also acknowledge the work of the
members of the Northland Branch Committee –
takes place at James Kemp Hall, 207 Kerikeri Road on
Branch Committee AGM
The NZHPT’s Tairawhiti Branch Committee will
hold its AGM at the Tairawhiti Museum on the
afternoon of Saturday
(check local paper for time). The guest speaker
will be Dame Anne Salmond talking on the
significance for the region of the 250th
Anniversary of Cook’s arrival on 9 October,
dinner at Kerikeri Mission
Mission Station is hosting a delicious
heritage dinner at the gorgeous Honey House café.
menu is inspired by missionary wife, Marianne
Williams’ “first dinner on the shores of New
Zealand”, which she enjoyed in August 1823 in
the dining room of Kemp House.
seasonal produce features in the four-course
dinner, with wine included in the ticket price.
Dine by candlelight in front of the fire while a
special guest provides entertainment between
courses. And for those who enjoy a tipple after
dinner, specialty drinks are available for
evening begins at 6pm on Saturday
in Kemp House, with a tour of the dining room,
before a pre-dinner drink is served. Dinner will
then follow in the Honey House. Seating is limited
for this unique event. Tickets cost $75 per person
and are available now at the Stone Store, or
contact 09 407 9236 email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
history seminar: The Red Cross Lens on New Zealand
7 August, L4,
ASB House, 101 The Terrace, Wellington.
Margaret Tennant was formerly Professor of History
at Massey University, and is the author of The
Fabric of Welfare. Voluntary Organisations,
Government and Welfare in New Zealand 1840-2005,
Children's Health, the Nation's Wealth.
more information about the seminar visit the Ministry
of Culture and Heritage website.
the Crossroads—The Seismic Story
8 August -
St Joseph’s Catholic Church 42 Ellice Street, Mt
Victoria, Wellington, 1-5pm.
you in leadership in a Church? Are you involved in
building management, insurance or communication?
Understanding seismic risk
- Seismic risk management approaches
- Managing insurance risk
- Engagement and communications
Greg Wright—Executive Director, Methodist Trust
Dr. Kit Miyamoto—CEO and Chairman,
Miyamoto International / Miyamoto Impact.
Don Baskerville—Chair, AllChurches Insurance
Neville Brown—Manager Earthquake Resilience,
Wellington City Council.
to attend. Registration essential, spaces limited.
to David Mullin by email email@example.com
or call 04-496 1773
Community Heritage Trust - Annual Heritage
The outlook for Wellington's heritage buildings in
the current environment of earthquake sensitivity.
- Little Theatre, Main Street Greytown - 7.30pm
drinks/nibbles; 8pm lecture.
Malcolm Fleming – a director of Accent
Architects – Wellington and Greytown and a
national councillor and current central chapter
president of the New Zealand Institute of
To register contact Frank Minehan (06) 304 8151 or
Chapel Open Days
Futuna Trust is pleased to open Futuna Chapel to
the public from 10am to 2pm on the first Sunday of
each month until the end of 2013.
Chapel, which opened in 1961, is a unique piece of
New Zealand architecture. It was designed by John
Scott, and received the inaugural 25 Year Award
from the New Zealand Institute of Architects.
addition to the inspiring architectural design,
the Chapel contains many works by artist Jim
Allen, including the Stations of the Cross, and
the Christ Figure.
at Otago Museum - H D Skinner Annex
Lost and Found: Our Changing Cityscape
Thursday 8 August to November 2013.
Dunedin’s heritage buildings past and present,
discover buildings that have been lost, uncover
heritage buildings hidden behind a modern façade
and celebrate heritage buildings preserved.
Impact 150 Symposium: Heritage-Led Regeneration
is an Industrial Heritage symposium celebrating
the 150th anniversary of the Dunedin Gasworks. Sir
Neil Cossons, Patron of the Dunedin Gasworks
Museum will be keynote speaker.
October 2013, Toitu
Otago Settlers Museum.
for more info and registration details.
book to celebrate iconic Dunedin architect
new book will celebrate the life and career of
pre-eminent New Zealand architect Robert Arther
Lawson. R.A. Lawson,
Victorian Architect of Dunedin,
written by Norman Ledgerwood with contemporary
photographs by Graham Warman is being launched by
the Historic Cemeteries Conservation Trust of New
Zealand on 25 September.
the discovery of gold in Otago in the early 1860s,
the settlement of Dunedin quickly grew to become
the largest and richest city in New Zealand.
Robert Arthur Lawson, a leading architect of the
day, played a major role in the growth of Dunedin
— from a small township to a city of remarkable
and enduring Victorian architecture.
soaring spires and grand arches of Lawson’s
buildings captured public imagination throughout
the province; his work survives in towns
throughout Otago and Southland. During his years
of practice, 27 of which were spent in Dunedin,
Lawson designed over 250 buildings; an astonishing
range which included 45 churches large and small;
commercial, residential, educational, civic and
most significant works — First Presbyterian
Church of Otago, Knox Presbyterian Church, Larnach
Castle, Otago Boys’ High School, Dunedin
Municipal Building — take their place amongst
the country’s most important historical
buildings and grace Dunedin to this day, giving
the city its distinctive character, unique among
New Zealand’s towns and cities.
impressive book will retail at $75 and be
availavble from booksellers from 25 September.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for
- visitor hosts at NZHPT properties
are currently looking for two fixed-term
Visitor Host roles at Hayes
Engineering Works in Oturehua. There is a
part-time 20 hours a week role that is fixed-term
through to 31 May 2014 and a full-time 40 hours a
week role that is fixed term through to 31 May
Visitor Hosts will ensure the property is well
presented and will tell the stories of the site as
an interactive guide. They will also help run the
busy cafe and make great coffee.
are looking for a person with a passion for
history, a genuine customer focus and the drive to
deliver a truly great visitor experience. A
background in customer service, retail and/or food
service is ideal for these roles. You must be
available to work weekends on a rostered basis.
close at 5pm on Wednesday, 7 August 2013.
For further information, contact email@example.com.
School of Mines
School of Mines are looking for casual Visitor
Hosts. If you are interested and would like more
information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
close at 5pm on Tuesday, 6 August 2013.
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Memorial recognised for outstanding
Taranaki war memorial forged in colonial
attitudes and battered by political
activism has been recognised for its
outstanding significance by the NZHPT.
Zealand Wars Memorial on New
Plymouth’s Marsland Hill/Pukaka has been
confirmed as a Category 1 Historic Place
by the NZHPT, in recognition of its
significant heritage value to New Zealand
as a monument to events that continue to
shape the nation.
the New Zealand Wars Memorial can be seen
as a stark reminder of the events that
shaped New Zealand, and as a symbol of
their ongoing historical, cultural and
social legacy,” says NZHPT Heritage
Adviser Blyss Wagstaff.
in 1909 as a monument dedicated to the
‘Colonial Forces’ and ‘Loyal
Maoris’ (referring to Maori who fought
on the side of the Crown) who died during
the New Zealand Wars, the NZHPT says the
memorial’s significance is enhanced
further by its location in Taranaki, where
the prolonged hostilities of 1860-1872
began, and lasted the longest.
more recent years the Memorial has been
the target of protest actions for Maori
rights, with one protest in the 1990s
destroying the statue of a colonial
soldier that had been on top. The empty
pedestal is now a visible reminder of the
need for a more balanced perspective to
the story of early New Zealand,” says
Memorial’s location on Marsland
Hill/Pukaka, on a former pa that was the
site of the regimental barracks and a
refuge for the townspeople, gives it
direct relevance to its subject matter.
for its instigation by a committee of
veterans of the battles, it is also a rare
and early example of a monument with a
national scope, rather than local or
regional relevance,” says Blyss.
a public subscription drive the monument
was unveiled with great ceremony,
including a parade of troops, by then New
Zealand Governor, Lord Plunket, on 7 May
by prominent Taranaki architect Frank
Messenger, it featured a statue of a
trooper on top of a classically-ornamented
plinth of sculpted marble and stone.
monuments to the New Zealand Wars were
constructed in the immediate aftermath of
the hostilities as the idea of a memorial
to commemorate the ordinary soldier was a
relatively new concept at the time. But as
veterans got older, there was more urgency
to pay tribute,” Blyss says.
was a growing interest in the history of
New Zealand’s pioneers and an emerging
national and imperial identity, in part
fuelled by the recent (1899-1902) South
African (Boer) War.
the site continues to be a focus for the
strong emotions evoked by the conflicts
and their aftermath.
the 1990s two incidents of Maori political
activism on separate Waitangi Days
seriously affected the structure and
signify its significance as a site
representative of the serious and ongoing
consequences of the conflicts.
monument is publicly-owned and is listed
as a Category A heritage item in the
District Plan, showing further evidence of
its value to the community.
colonial attitudes it enshrines, and the
resultant Maori activism towards the
monument, have great potential to
encourage discussion and debate about
Maori grievances and race relations in New
Baptist complex registered
heritage values of a cluster of well-known
character buildings in Ponsonby have been
recognised by the NZHPT.
Baptist Church complex has been
registered as a Category 1 historic place.
people will probably recognise the
impressive main Baptist church building,
with its classical and Italianate
architectural influences, on the corner of
Jervois Road and Seymour Street – but
it’s not actually the original church
building,” says NZHPT Heritage Adviser
Registration, Martin Jones.
first Baptist Church on the site was the
chapel building, which was moved to the
back of the property when an adjoining
section was purchased, making room for its
replacement. The original building dates
back to 1875 and is believed to be the
earliest purpose-built Baptist chapel and
Sunday School to survive in Auckland.”
later Sunday School hall was subsequently
added to the same site in 1905.
we have is a complex of three historic
buildings – all of which are included in
the registration,” he says.
church complex reflects solid growth in
numbers experienced by the congregation
from the time the original church opened
in the mid-1870s.
of social justice issues was no doubt
reinforced by one of the earliest Baptist
overseers in Auckland, Rev. Philip Henry
Cornford, who had worked among newly
emancipated slaves in Jamaica prior to
coming to New Zealand,” says Martin.
experience reflected the involvement of
many British Baptists in campaigns against
the slave trade and slavery.”
thriving Church community mirrored the
growth in the number of people living in
Ponsonby, which totalled 1,640 in 1874.
That number had doubled by 1881 – and
had doubled again by 1886.
1885, a combination of large attendances
at Sunday evening services and poor
ventilation led the church to hire the
nearby Ponsonby Hall for evening services,
and for morning services as well later in
new facility was clearly needed, and in
1886 the foundation stone for the new
church building was laid.
neoclassical style of architecture chosen
for the building made good sense for
non-conformist denominations like the
from the impressive front elevation, the
rest of the church building is quite
simple architecturally – though very
functional,” says Martin.
floor sloping to the front of the church
combined with a raised rostrum for the
speaker, for example, meant people could
see the preacher easily and hear what he
was saying – particularly important as
the sermon was regarded as the most
important part of the service.”
features within the church are also
important, reflecting different aspects of
its history as well as wider social
main auditorium still has its original
pews complete with individual numbering,
harking back to 19th Century years when
pew rents were collected – a practice
that was eventually discontinued in
1909,” he says.
roll of honour also records the names of
42 members of the congregation who fought
and died on European battlefields during
the First World War.”
of the treasures of the church is a rare
John Avery organ – believed to date back
to 1779, and regarded by the New Zealand
Organ Preservation Trust as having
international significance as the oldest
organ to survive in Australasia remaining
in a form close to the original.
Ponsonby Baptist Church complex is an
important part of the built heritage of
the community, and the registration
formally acknowledges that
significance,” says Martin.
also acknowledges the social history of
the church and the important part the
church has played – and continues to
play – in the life of the wider Ponsonby
The main Ponsonby Baptist Church building.
focus on Cuba Street
University of Wellington School of
Architecture has re-launched a 12 week
integrated course for 4th year
architectural and design students focusing
on the design, heritage and seismic
retrofitting needs of buildings in the
Cuba Street historic area.
School of Architecture is again working
with NZHPT and Wellington City Council on
this project to look at creative ways that
heritage architectural fabric and values
can be maintained, integrated, adapted and
extended in the retrofit of buildings and
to bring forward potential solutions for
buildings which have seismic risk.
course, which commenced last month, has
external structural engineers and
architectural lecturers and tutors working
with the students including staff from
NZHPT and Wellington City Council. The
students will be meeting with Cuba Street
property owners and to have access to
plans to assist with strengthening and
adaptive re-use options.
we want to retain our heritage places for
the future we need to work collaboratively
with property owners, engineers,
architects, council and others to find
creative solutions to strengthen these
buildings,” says NZHPT Central Region
General Manager Ann Neill.
is small, smart and connected. The core
ingredients are there for us to preserve
and to build on. This is true of Cuba
Street, where small businesses and
residential with modest rents have long
merged to create a quirky, dynamic
microcosm of Wellington and a signature
Southcombe, Architecture Programme
Director at the Victoria School of
Architecture, said students will be
encouraged to embrace new technologies and
provide solutions in different structural
materials. He says the standard of seismic
strengthening will be to 100% of new
course also provides the opportunity to
look at the upgrade of clusters of
buildings and meeting property owners
is a key issue in using creative and
realistic design skills”.
students will be reviewing their projects
with owners, the Council and the NZHPT,
and full digital models will be available
at the end of the course.
Waimate Mission roof well underway
is well underway on the reshingling of Te
Waimate Mission, New Zealand’s
second oldest building.
Builders of Kaikohe, who re-shingled the
Stone Store in 2011, are making great
progress according to the Manager of Te
Waimate Mission, Mita Harris.
mission house is looking amazing. The iron
roof has come off, and the workmen are
doing a great job installing the cedar
shingles on the roof,” he says.
well as the shingling itself, the builders
are also doing a great job shaping the
flashing around window joints and other
areas so there are no joins or nail holes
that could potentially let water in. The
result should be a completely water-tight
completed, the new shingles will recapture
some of the building’s distinctive
character and charm.
on track to open again in early September,
and we’re looking forward to showing off
this wonderful building – complete with
new roof – in time for summer.”
Reshingling work well underway at Te
recogniiton for Olveston
of New Zealand’s heritage gems –
including Dunedin's Olveston and
Wellington’s Old St Paul’s have been
named among New Zealand's top 10 landmarks
in the Trip
Adviser 2013 Traveller's Choice Awards.
by the international website from the
recommendations of millions of travellers
worldwide, the awards ranked the Category
as fourth overall.
awards are divided into a range of
categories, including ''best'' hotels,
restaurants and attractions, which include
landmarks, museums, parks and amusement
Olveston experience was valued by visitors
for its authentic collection of art,
antiques and domestic items owned by the
Theomin family, who gifted the house to
Dunedin city in 1966.
Otago/Southland Area Manager Owen Graham
says NZHPT staff recently toured the house
and were impressed by its collection and
intimate look, as well as hearing stories
of the lives of the Theomin family.
has been added to the extensive collection
of art and domestic items since it was
gifted to Dunedin. This gives visitors a
very realistic taste of what life was like
for the occupants of this beautiful early
20th century home,” says Owen.
courtesy of Olveston Historic House &
listing for rare phone box
Christchurch Wizard once campaigned to
save them, and now the NZHPT has
recognised the heritage significance of
one of New Zealand’s iconic red
telephone boxes with a Category 2 historic
box at Post Office Square in
Wellington is thought to be one of only
two examples of a ‘K2’ (Kiosk 2) or
‘London-style’ style telephone box
still in use in New Zealand. Designed by
British architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott,
and manufactured from 1926 to about 1936,
the cast iron structures were expensive to
produce (£35), and by 1934 only 1700 had
the spread of mobile phones, public
telephone use is in rapid decline and the
once common site of the red telephone box
on New Zealand’s streets has become a
rarity,” says NZHPT researcher Vivienne
are now only about 50 red telephone boxes
in functional use throughout the country,
with only two of these thought to be of K2
Post Office Square telephone box was
originally located on Karori Road, but was
moved to its current location, and
restored, in 1991. Its rarity, aesthetic
design and role in New Zealand’s social
history has seen it listed as a Category 2
boxes have been in use in New Zealand
since around the 1910s. By 1930, 679
‘Public Call Offices’ (as they were
then called) were in operation in the
country. The first K2s were produced in
1926, and most were erected in London,
however, some were imported into New
Zealand and elsewhere.
decision to repaint the red boxes a pale
blue colour in 1988 caused a protest by
Christchurch’s Wizard and Alf’s
Imperial Army, who repainted some of them
red. While Telecom admitted defeat over
repainting, most of the old red boxes were
soon replaced with new ones. With
increasing use of mobile phones, public
telephones are declining in usage.
the Post Office Square box has most of the
characteristics of the K2 design,
including the red paint and green dome.
it no longer has glass ‘public
telephone’ signs above the walls and its
current door is not a K2 design.”
was well used in its heyday, but today
averages 2.5 calls per day – just enough
to meet costs for Telecom, who have no
plans to remove it.”
Morrell says the old red telephone boxes
have high nostalgia value for many people.
fad of how many people can fit inside a
telephone box has been popular at various
times. Now that the red telephone box is
becoming rare they are achieving a kind of
is only one other telephone box on the
NZHPT Register – registered as part of
the Rotorua Government Gardens Historic
sheepish about these residents
fields are alive with the sound of
bleating at Te
Waimate – with a flock of Pitt
Island sheep now at home in one of the
Mission’s neighbouring paddocks.
dozen Pitt Island sheep – otherwise
known as Spanish or Saxony merino sheep
– are descendants of the animals
imported into New Zealand by Samuel
Marsden between 1814 and 1837.
sheep at Te Waimate are pretty special –
particularly given their connection to
Samuel Marsden. It’s great to think that
their forebears were part of the landscape
here at the height of the Mission in the
1830s and 40s,” says Mita.
sheep in the old days, though, were a
little different from today’s bunch in
the entire flock was white, and in the
1940s a black sheep was a rarity. During
the 1960s, however, half the Pitt Island
flock was black. Today all our sheep are
their placid and friendly nature – the
perfect petting zoo animal – the breed
are also known for being able to lamb more
than once a year, with many producing
twins. They also self-shed their wool and
are not prone to foot rot or other
infectious diseases, making them very low
know our sheep are going to be a big hit
with families visiting Te Waimate,” says
only do they bring alive the agricultural
nature of Te Waimate’s history,
they’re also a lot of fun.”
sheep derive their name from a flock that
were established at Pitt Island in around
1840, with numbers growing to 300 shortly
after. The flock was sold to the first
European to settle Pitt – Frederick Hunt
– who then used them to supply whaling
ships, and sell the wool.
Mita Harris and one of the new residents
at Te Waimate Mission.
a welcome addition to celebration
recently hosted two themed dinners – a
Raj Dinner and a Motherland Revisited
dinner – celebrating the Indian and
English / Scottish heritage of the Kerr
Taylor family, original inhabitants of the
Mt Albert mansion.
dinners were part of a programme of events
celebrating Alberton’s 150th
anniversary, and both were sold out.
the Motherland Revisited dinner we decided
to pull out all the stops and include
haggis on the menu – courtesy of Grant
Allen of Gourmet a Go Go, whose company
took on the job of ‘pop-up
restaurateurs’ for the two dinners,”
says the Manager of Alberton, Rendell
150th celebrations continue with two
events coming up – a formal ball on 31
August, followed by another ball a couple
of weeks after on 14 September.
balls replicate the time when dancing was
held in the now demolished Alberton Barn -
when over 250 people danced in the first
County or Riding Ball held in New Zealand
on 20 September, 1877,” says Rendell.
programme will include Victorian and
Ceilidh dances with music from the Rose
and Thistle Band. Participants are
encouraged to dress up in their finery and
Victorian outfits, though numbers are
limited to 30. Cost $30 per person,
includes supper (sorry no concessions).
Bookings essential – email email@example.com
or phone (09) 846 7367. (Please indicate
which night you would prefer to attend.)
Rendell McIntosh (left) with Grant Allen
– and haggis.
acknowledgment of the Day of Archaeology
2013, Assistant Archaeologist Amy
Findlater (from the NZHPT's Southern
Regional Office) contributed to the online
site with a blog entitled Archaeology
in the Red-Zone: post earthquake
management in Christchurch, Canterbury, NZ
where she discusses heritage management
after a natural disaster.
can view the blog and others from around
the world here.
Amy at work.