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Contents

·         Coming up trumps

·         Line-up confirmed for Reconnect: experience heritage

·         Nelson Church steps centenary celebrated

·         Devonport Power Station registered

·         Putoetoe Redoubt registered

·         Governor General attends Alberton Suffrage event

·         Heritage comes alive for students at Totara Estate

·         New roof for St James Church

·         New staff member at Thames

·         Auckland Maritime Heritage explored

Events

Exhibition to highlight Alberton’s heritage

As Alberton commemorates its 150th anniversary this year, an exhibition of old and new photographs, paintings and other artwork featuring the building itself will run from 5-13 October (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).

Admission: $10pp; NZHPT members and children free.

Rodger Fox & The Funkbone Experience
4 October, 5.30pm

Old St Paul's Mulgrave Street, Wellington

Renowned New Zealand trombonist Rodger Fox returns to Old St Paul's this October. The Funkbone Experience will join him in this sizzling jazz-blues show. Don't miss this fantastic night of jazz entertainment!

Admission: $20 cash at the door.

Funkbone Experience

Live action at Highwic
Mortimer Pass, Auckland

Highwic will run a series of live activities for kids during the school holidays as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival.

Three Parlour Parties will provide good Victorian fun for youngsters bored with computer games, movies and other distractions.

2 & 9 October, 10am-12 noon; and 1-3pm.
Admission $8 per adult, accompanied children free.

Coal on the Range – all firesd up and ready to cook! Live demonstrations of Highwic’s coal range will take place on 3 & 10 October, 11-4pm.
Admission $8 per adult; children and NZHPT members free.

For more information contact Highwic on ph (09) 524-5729 or email highwic@historic.org.nz

Coal on the Range

Heritage Conservation talks at Highwic

A series of three heritage conservation talks will be held at Highwic, as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival.

The series will focus on three different aspects of conservation offering something for everyone. Entry to the talks is by donation.

Worker of Lead (3 October, 6-7pm) featuring master plumber Chris Smart of Smart Plumbing – a craftsman who specialises in working with traditional plumbing materials.

Heritage building materials – like cast iron, lead and copper – require specialist knowledge and technique - Chris is one of the best in the field. 

Saving Your Past (6 October, 3-4.30pm) presented by book conservator Paul Taylor, who'll look at the long-term care of books, paper and photographs in the home.

Paul is an internationally experienced book conservator. He's even worked on the Domesday Book in National Archives UK.

You're invited to bring your own material for individual advice from Paul.

Creating Highwic’s New Colours (10 October, 6-7pm), featuring Blair Hastings, who recently managed the repainting of Highwic, as well as a programme of intensive capital works aimed at keeping the building in sound condition for another century.

For more information contact Highwic on Ph (09) 5245729 or email highwic@historic.org.nz

Paul Taylor

Mysteries: Of Birds & Men
7-20 October (Wednesdays to Sundays), 10.30am-4.30pm.

Billiard House, Highwic, Mortimer Pass, Newmarket

An exhibition featuring new work by New Zealand-born artists Charlotte Andrew and Felicity Swan will take place at Highwic in Newmarket as part of Auckland’s Art Week (11-20 Oct).

Working independently of each other – and using very different approaches – the two are producing new work for this show, each developing themes around birds and the role or interpretation of birdmen.

The settings for these works were inspired by the geothermal region around Wai-o-tapu – in particular the vibrant and luminous colours and textures of the rock formations and water – as well as ceramic works by Len Castle.

Strange Shadows

The Capital Gospel Show
10 October, 7-10pm

Old St Paul's Mulgrave Street, Wellington

The Wellington Gospel Project and The Soup Kitchen join to support people on the margins. October 10 marks World Homeless Day 2013. The Capital Gospel Show returns to Old St Paul's in support of Wellington’s marginalised with a special benefit concert.

Admission: www.eventfinder.co.nz/2013/capital-gospel-show/wellington and at the WCC Service Centre, 101 Wakefield Street

$20 per ticket, limited door sales available (doors open 6.30pm).

Capital Gospel Show

Voices for Hospice
12 October, 7.30 pm

Old St Paul's, Mulgrave Street, Wellington

A multi-choir event, involving community singers from throughout the Wellington region, coming together to sing songs of loss, remembrance, hope and joy at Old St Paul's. The evening will foster a dialogue about hospice and palliative care, and raise the profile of hospice services in Wellington.

Admission: By donation

Voices for Hospice

Old St Paul's celebrates Katherine Mansfield
13 October, 11am-2pm

Old St Paul's Mulgrave Street, Wellington

As the childhood church of Katherine Mansfield, Old St Paul’s are pleased to host a special event in honour of the 125th Anniversary of her birth.   Start with an interactive tour of Old St Paul’s celebrating the Mansfield (Beauchamp) family connection and parish life between 1888 and 1923. Then, Musical Director David Trott will perform a repertoire of music from the era.

Tours at 11.00am, 12.30pm and 2.00pm.  Gold coin donation.

Hisotric Old St Paul's

Kerikeri Rotary Garden Safari
2 and 3 November 2013

Kerikeri Mission Station, 246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri Basin

Discover the secrets of New Zealand's oldest European garden at this year’s Kerikeri Rotary Garden Safari.

Visit the Kerikeri Mission Station, home to the Stone StoreKemp House and find the 100-year-old mulberry tree, heritage roses, riverbank orchard, mill stones from the 1820s and much, much more.

This garden played an essential role in the survival of its inhabitants from Maori to Missionary and beyond. It also reflects changing spiritual thought and aesthetic tastes over time.

Expert gardener, Chelsea Neustroski, with a small team of dedicated volunteers, is breathing new life into this old and well-loved garden. Chelsea previously worked as Head Gardener at Badminton Estate in England and came highly recommended by the Duchess of Beaufort.

Chelsea will give ten-minute talks followed by question time on both days of the Garden Safari at the following times: 10.30am, 11.30am, 2.00pm and 3.00pm. The first 20 visitors each day will receive free the brand-new garden tour booklet.

For more information on the Garden Safari, visit www.gardensafari.co.nz

Stone Store, Kerikeri

Coming Up:

Sweet Pea Festival about to bloom at Highwic

Work is well underway to transform Highwic’s garden into a floral extravaganza as Highwic holds its first-ever Sweet Pea Festival and Garden Party on 23-24 November.

Renowned sweet pea breeder, Dr Keith Hammett, has provided about 30 different cultivars for the November festival. He'll also lead two tours around the garden. 

Last year Highwic achieved Garden of Significance status with the New Zealand Gardens Trust, and the Sweet Pea Festival and Garden Party will give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the sights and scents of some early blooms in this beautiful heritage setting.

Read more about all we have planned.

Dr Keith Hammett

Heritage Celebration reaches new heights

Hot air balloons are an exciting new feature at the annual Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations being held 14-17 November 2013. This year’s theme is 'Victorian Explorers and Adventurers'.

In 1902 Captain Robert Falcon Scott first observed Antarctica from a tethered hydrogen balloon nicknamed 'Eva'. In keeping with this historic event, this year's celebrations will feature hot air balloons flying at first and last light.

The 'Explorers' theme will pervade the Empire Ball on Friday night with attendees being transported to an exotic location.

The Victorian parade on Saturday morning will precede Penny Farthing races, an operating Vintage Machinery display, and a Victorian Military Black Powder Camp.

This is but a tipple of the entertainment available for all to participate in. See full details at www.vhc.co.nz.

Victorian Explorers and Adventurers

Around the Piano with Ludwig

2pm, Sunday 3 November.

Ludwig Treviranus, internationally recognised piano player based in Wellington, will perform a classical recital concert in the ballroom at Alberton (last part includes a sing along). The concert is part of the 150th anniversary celebration programme for Alberton. $20pp. $15pp NZHPT members. Includes afternoon refreshments. Limited space, bookings essential. Email alberton@historic.org.nz or call (09) 8467367. 

For details on Ludwig’s achievements refer www.ludwigtreviranus.com.

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Coming up trumps

Heritage cover, Summer 2011The NZHPT’s flagship publication has come up trumps at the 2013 New Zealand Magazine Awards.

Heritage New Zealand was a finalist in three categories in the ‘Business & Trade’ section – best magazine, best cover and best journalist – with regular contributor Matt Philp taking out the award for best journalist.

In addition to this award, the magazine’s Summer 2011 cover (pictured) – featuring Taranaki’s Te Rewa Rewa Bridge – received a highly commended.

The awards were presented at the Q Theatre in Auckland last Thursday evening, with Idealog taking out the award for best magazine in the Business & Trade section.

Heritage New Zealand editor Bette Flagler says the Awards were wonderful recognition, especially considering this is the first year the magazine had been entered.

“I often receive letters from readers congratulating us on the quality of the magazine and telling us how much they enjoy reading it. That’s wonderful – the readers and members are always at the front of our mind and are the reason we publish the magazine. But to be recognised by the industry is also very rewarding and it shows us that we are creating a publication that stands alongside the best consumer magazines.”

She says Matt’s award was acknowledgement of a writer who encourages the reader to think philosophically and openly about contemporary heritage issues.

“Matt approaches debate on potentially contentious heritage topics through sound research, expert opinions and fair, balanced journalism. He looks beyond the pro- or anti-heritage debates to encourage readers to consider more creative and compelling ways to view current issues.”

NZHPT Communications and Marketing Manager Shelley Fry says the success was due to the hard work and vision of those involved in crafting each edition, including Bette, designer Amanda Trayes, our printing team at Format Print,  and the NZHPT’s  Communications and Marketing team.

“But it’s also thanks to our members and supporters that we were in a position to enter – let alone be finalists in three categories.”

The judges commented: “Overall the quality of all entries was high, with a wide variety of initiatives and ideas. The winning entries, however, demonstrated strong consistent themes, with an intimate understanding of their target audience.”

The winners and their work can be viewed at www.magazineawards.co.nz.

Line-up confirmed for Reconnect: experience heritage

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From restored vintage homes to history-rich churches, some of Canterbury’s most iconic historic buildings, and invigorating heritage discussions - the line-up for an upcoming one-off event makes for exciting reading.

Co-ordinated by the Christchurch City Council, Reconnect: experience heritage will be held over three days from 18-20 October 2013, giving people a unique opportunity to reconnect with heritage in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.

The programme for the event has just been launched, outlining three days packed with enlightening heritage experiences.

The event will kick off with a one-day forum on Friday October 18th, co-ordinated by the NZHPT. A range of speakers will present on their experiences with heritage repair and recovery.

Then, over the weekend of 19-20 October, a host of heritage buildings and sites throughout the city and Banks Peninsula will be opened up to the public for visits and hosted walks.

Helen Beaumont, Natural Environment and Heritage Unit Manager at Christchurch City Council, says the Reconnect:experience heritage programme offers plenty for heritage buffs.

"We’re thrilled to see such a great variety of heritage building owners and groups put their places forward to be part of Reconnect."

"We’re really looking forward to taking people through the history of some of the Council’s facilities, and teaming up with others who are just as passionate about bringing heritage back to the community."

Deputy Mayor Ngaire Button says the event marks the importance of looking back at heritage in Canterbury, as we also look forward.

"It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate the many, many heritage jewels we still have to enjoy here through this exciting event.

"For anyone with an interest in where we’ve come from, and where we’re going with heritage, I’d encourage you to take a look at the programme, and plan three days of heritage immersion."

Visit www.ccc.govt.nz/reconnect for more information, and the Reconnect: experience heritage programme.

Nelson Church steps centenary celebrated

Main Content Inline SmallArts, Culture and Heritage Minister Hon Chris Finlayson joined local leaders in Nelson on 20 September to celebrate the centenary of the Nelson Cathedral Steps.

The Minister said Thomas Cawthron had left Nelson a wonderful legacy. "As a philanthropist he set an example that is inspiring to this day. His largesse benefitted a range of Nelson institutions, disaster relief funds, the medical bills of disadvantaged families and the great Cawthron Institute, a world leader in  its field and testament to the importance of research to both our economic wellbeing and our natural heritage.

The Minister said the fact the steps are made of genuine Tonga Bay granite - fresh from the quarry that had just opened when they were built - lends them a rarity which adds to their significance, not just to Nelson but to all New Zealand.

"For a hundred years these steps have been at the heart of Nelson's civic life. Whether farewelling troops heading to the great wars, singing carols by candlelight or joining protest rallies, it is here the people of Nelson come to connect with local and world events."

The Minister praised the Nelson City Council for working with the NZHPT on the repair and refurbishment of the Steps.

"I commend the Council for taking the opportunity to consult with the NZHPT on this work, for taking advantage of the Trust's expertise to ensure the best possible care for the steps.The Church Steps have seen a hundred years of gatherings. Thanks to this commitment to conserve and maintain them, local history will continue to play out here for generations to come."

Photo: Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Hon Chris Finlayson unveilings an interpretation board at the Nelson Cathedral steps centenary celebrations (Nelson Weekly).

Devonport Power Station registered

Main Content Inline SmallA Devonport building linked to an early foray into municipal electricity production by private enterprise has been registered as a Category 2 historic place.

The NZHPT registration identifies the 98-year-old former Devonport Power Station building as a place of heritage significance.

“The Electricity Supply Corporation was set up to provide competition to Devonport’s pre-existing reticulated power system, which was derived from gas-generated electricity produced by the Auckland Gas Company,” says the NZHPT’s Heritage Adviser Registration, Martin Jones.

“Devonport ratepayers backed Auckland entrepreneur David M. Davis’ proposal to set up a local power station and supply 1600 homes in the area with electricity for lighting, cooking and heating.”

Small electricity generating plants serving restricted areas proliferated throughout New Zealand in the first two decades of the 20th Century, with electricity consumers growing from 17,000 in 1912 to 45,000 in 1916. About a third of the country’s households were powered by electricity in New Zealand at this time – a percentage rivalled only by the United States and Canada.

New Zealanders – early adaptors even then – saw the power of electricity to revolutionise work, domestic tasks, entertainment and communications.

The outbreak of World War I almost short-circuited Davis’ plans, however, with hostilities delaying the arrival of imported plant from Europe. But by September 1915 it seems the station was humming, with the power company providing free electricity for an event in aid of the Devonport Convalescent Home for wounded soldiers.

“Electricity production by the power station relied on a direct current [DC] generator powered by gas engines, which were in turn powered by coal gas. Within a year or two of opening, Devonport had electric street lighting and electrified sewage pumps,” says Martin.

The success of electricity generated increased demand, creating its own set of challenges. By 1922 Devonport ratepayers voted to allow the Borough Council to buy the business and install further plant.

“In 1922, Devonport ratepayers voted to raise £40,000 so that the council could buy the power station and install further plant. By this time, the people of Devonport saw the power station as an essential civic amenity.”

The Waitemata Electric Power Board (WEPB) was created in 1924 to service areas in the north and west of Auckland – it was estimated that electricity produced by the Devonport Power Station cost twice as much as that distributed by regional boards like the WEPB.

Hard economics won out, and in 1926 the Devonport Council agreed to amalgamate its service with that of the WEPB. The Power Board bought the Devonport Power Station off the council, though only operated the station occasionally as a standby.

“By 1928, the building ceased electricity production, standing vacant until a new use was found for it as a shelter for the unemployed during the Great Depression.

In late 1933, the power station building was sold to Marine Suburbs Bagwash Ltd – a laundry company likely to have been attracted to the former power station’s water source; a small bore capable of producing up to 28,000 gallons of water a day.

The building housed a laundry and dry cleaners until about 1980. Later that same decade, the building was converted into three apartments that are still occupied today.

“The power station is a rare example of an early electric power station in Auckland, and a source of civic pride reflected in the building’s Free Classical style of architecture, which made its own statement celebrating the arrival of electricity in the suburb,” says Martin.

“The building is a reminder of a time in New Zealand’s history when locally generated electricity was emerging as an important source of energy for New Zealanders. It is also a notable Devonport landmark in its own right.” 

Putoetoe Redoubt registered

Main Content Inline SmallAn archaeological site with close historical links to the Waikato Wars has been registered Category 2 by the NZ Historic Places Trust.

The registration by New Zealand’s lead heritage agency formally identifies the site of the former Putoetoe Redoubt in Raglan as a place of historical and cultural significance.

“The Putoetoe Redoubt was built in 1863 on a strategic headland overlooking the safe anchorage of Raglan Harbour,” says the NZHPT’s Lower Northern Area Manager, Fiona Low.

“The redoubt is a rare example of a fortification built during the New Zealand Wars to protect European settlers by Maori who opposed the King Movement.”

Kingitanga sought to unify Maori under a Maori King to give Maori equal status with Europeans, and reduce land sales. The colonial government saw Kingitanga as a direct threat to the Crown and European settlement.

Ngati Maahanga rangatira, Wiremu Te Awaitaia, had encouraged Pakeha settlement through the sale of Whaingaroa (Raglan) land during the 1850s. Part of the land was set aside as a reserve and later promised to Te Awaitaia when he agreed to defend Raglan during the New Zealand Wars.

As war became a reality in the Waikato in 1863, Te Awaitaia’s nephew and eventual successor, Hetaraka Nero, oversaw the conversion of the town’s courthouse and jail into a defensive blockhouse. The Putoetoe Redoubt was formed to protect the settlers of Raglan in any conflict that may eventuate.

The redoubt was unusual in that Maori took the lead in establishing the defences. As an Auckland newspaper reported:

“The natives, under the direction of Hetaraka Nero, are busy throwing up a redoubt. Our Maoris are throwing up entrenchments, and our settlers are apathetic, and doing nothing.”

Once finished, the settlers’ redoubt consisted of a single storey building of solid six-inch Rimu, lined inside and weather boarded, and flanked by angles that were loopholed for firing. Because the iron-faced shutters originally specified for the building were unavailable, windows were blocked up, and firing loopholes added. 

With no active combat ever taking place at the site, by 1893 a house was built on the redoubt site by local businessman Arthur Langley, which in subsequent years was used as accommodation for both LD Nathan and Farmers’ staff.

The courthouse and blockhouse were both eventually demolished, and a new courthouse and separate police station were built in 1908. These buildings remained until the 1960s when the current police station buildings were constructed on the site.

“Putoetoe Redoubt – now an archaeological site – is a reminder of a difficult time in New Zealand’s history, and forms part of a wider archaeological landscape of redoubts and other historically significant places that are linked by the story of the New Zealand Wars,” says Fiona.

“It’s fitting, perhaps, that this important historic place has been registered – and its heritage values highlighted – on the 150th anniversary year of its construction.”

The NZHPT recently developed the app-based Waikato War Driving Tour, which engages digital technology to take visitors on a driving tour of sites related to the Waikato War of 1863-64. For more information visit www.thewaikatowar.co.nz.

Image: Putoetoe Redoubt (Former). Extract from Survey Plan SO 1437.

Governor General attends Alberton Suffrage event

Main Content Inline SmallGovernor-General Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae (centre) enjoys a cup of tea with Minister of Women's Affairs, Hon Jo Goodhew and Alberton Property Manager Rendell McIntosh at the 120th Suffrage Anniversary event, held at Alberton on 6 September. It was the first time a Governor General has been to Alberton. The event was attended by 100 guests.

In her speech at the event, Hon Jo Goodhew acknowledged Kate Sheppard and the suffragists who won for New Zealand women, the right to vote, "an inspiring and remarkable milestone for women throughout the world". She also acknowledged two women with strong connections to Alberton for their role in the Suffrage movement.

"We also honour the work of Sophia Kerr Taylor, a well-known women's rights advocate and suffrage campaigner, who lived here in Alberton. In 1892 Sophia Taylor became a member of the Auckland branch of the Women's Franchise League. She supported the franchise movement for the practical reason that if women had to obey laws and pay taxes then, they should also have the vote as men did.

"Another frequent guest at Alberton was Elizabeth Yates who, in 1893, became the Mayor of Onehunga – the first woman Mayor in the British Empire."

Photo courtesy of Ministry of Women's Affairs

Heritage comes alive for students at Totara Estate

Grinding wheat for flourSchools have been enjoying a taste of life on the Victorian farm at Totara Estate.  A visit to the estate fits in well with topics being covered in school this term including the life of early European settlers and the development of technology from freezing meat to farm machinery. 

A typical school visit to the estate involves touring the buildings and stopping off on the way round to participate in a range of hands on activities including, making butter, doing the laundry, beating carpets, playing Victorian games, mending socks and doing some craft work.  Learning about how Totara pioneered the shipment of frozen meat to England in 1882 also features on the agenda. 

A favourite activity is meeting a swagger and joining “swagger school” to learn how to live on a road with the likes of the famous swaggers Barney Winters “Whiterats” and Ned “The Shiner” Slattery.

Schools can also visit the historic Clarks Flour Mill and learn about the development of the NZ agricultural industry, the flour milling process and milling machinery and technology.  Seeing such an amazing, intact and operating 19th century mill is an amazing experience.  Hands on activities can also be experienced such as making mini flour bags.

For more information contact Totara Estate on 03 433 1269.

New roof for St James Church

Main Content Inline SmallA Kerikeri heritage landmark has a new roof – and a good shot at being around for its bicentenary and beyond.

St James Anglican Church in the Kerikeri Basin, built in 1878, recently had its corrugated iron roof replaced with new long-run iron – a measure that will prevent water seeping into the timber structure and causing rot.

“The corrugated iron was installed to replace the original wooden shingles in 1910. That’s 103 years ago so it’s done really well,” says the NZHPT's Northland Manager, Bill Edwards.

“In recent years, though, the roof and some of the flashings had corroded and water was starting to enter the building causing damage. That problem has now been fixed with the new iron, which follows the same corrugation profile as the old material.”

The bulk of the funds for the reroofing came from a grant from the Lotteries Commission, with the remaining $7000 raised from church activities and donations from parishioners. As part of the project, the congregation sought advice from the NZHPT on the conservation work.

As a result, heritage fabric including the barge boards, fascia and crosses on the roof have been retained following some cleaning and light conservation work. Other elements of the building – including some of the top boards – were found to be rotten and were replaced.

The re-roofing project has revealed some interesting features, including boards numbered in pencil on the timber for ease of assembly.

“St James Church is a nationally significant building and illustrates late colonial building techniques and the architectural preferences of the time – also reflected in its internal appearance,” says Bill.

“As well as being a much-loved Kerikeri building, it is also part of a well preserved heritage landscape that includes Kemp House and the Stone Store. It has outstanding spiritual significance as a place of worship and communal gathering for the past 130 years, and is also a visual reminder of the Church Missionary Society mission at Kerikeri, and its role in the introduction of Christianity to New Zealand.”

Photo: St James Church in Kerikeri half way through its recent re-roofing.

New staff member at Thames

Main Content Inline SmallJane Chapman, new casual staff member at the Thames School of Mines, is quickly coming to grips with her new role.

Originally from Leicestershire England, she moved to New Zealand eight years ago with her husband and two dogs.

"Most of my working life has been spent in construction (roads) starting off land surveying and progressing to design and maintenance of roads and supervising construction crews. At present I am also a volunteer at Waikato Coalfields Museum, Huntly and I am doing a Diploma in Business with the Open Polytechnic.

"I love reading anything and everything but a good who-done-it is my favourite book and in good weather going down to the beach or taking the dogs for a long walk."

Auckland Maritime Heritage explored

Noted Auckland maritime historian and authority on New Zealand’s maritime heritage, Harold Kidd, will present a one-off talk on The Development and History of Auckland Harbour and Maritime Heritage.

The talk is being organised by the NZHPT’s Auckland Branch Committee as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival.

“Harold Kidd is an acknowledged expert in the field of maritime heritage, and his lecture promises to be a fascinating overview of the development and history of Auckland’s harbour, as well as the things that make the city’s maritime heritage so special,” says the NZHPT’s Auckland Branch Committee Chair, Guy King.

“His talk will also cover the Manukau Harbour, and touch on such diverse areas as commercial, recreational and indigenous vessels, as well as yachts and motorboats, famous boat builders, and the revival and preservation of Auckland’s maritime heritage.”

Imbued with a passion for sailing from an early age, Harold Kidd has an encyclopaedic knowledge of maritime heritage in New Zealand – and particularly Auckland.

“Harold’s talk promises to be a fascinating overview of Auckland’s development ‘from the water’ – which has been such an important influence in shaping the city we know today.”

Light refreshments will be served at the end of the lecture, and people attending the talk will be able to enjoy the facilities of the members’ bar, which will be running a cash bar for the lecture.

The Development and History of Auckland Harbour and Maritime Heritage takes place at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (101 Curran St, Westhaven Extn), 2 October, 7.15-8.15pm. Admission free, though bookings essential – Ph (09) 3079920 or email infonorthern@historic.org.nz.