“Historic Places Aotearoa urges halt to imminent demolition of Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre” Historic Places Aotearoa Media Release (23.08.2016)

hpa-logo-purpleHistoric Places Aotearoa says Department of Conservation Deputy Director-General Mervyn English must immediately reconsider the planned demolition of the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre.

“The visitor centre is a significant part of New Zealand’s modern architectural legacy, listed by Heritage New Zealand as a Category One Historic Place, and a place of outstanding cultural value to New Zealand,” Mr Blackburne, who also chairs Historic Places Tairawhiti Inc, said this morning.

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“Institute of Architects urges Department of Conservation to save the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre” NZIA Media Release (22.08.2016)

"The New Zealand Institute of Architects is dismayed by the decision of Department of Conservation Deputy Director-General Mervyn English to demolish the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre, and urges the Department to reconsider this decision urgently.

“John Scott’s architecture was original, and his importance to New Zealand architecture is increasingly recognised,” said Institute of Architects President Christina van Bohemen. “The Institute awarded John its first Gold Medal for career achievement in 1999 and just last year named its award for public architecture in his honour.”

Ms van Bohemen said the 1976 Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre is one of John Scott’s most significant works. Scott also designed Wellington’s acclaimed Futuna Chapel, which was itself threatened with demolition before its reprieve and subsequent restoration.

“The Department of Conservation proclaims on its website its commitment to New Zealand’s unique legacy and enjoins us to pass it on. So why is Mr English determined to demolish a building that Heritage New Zealand has found to be of outstanding significance?”

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“Heritage EQUIP a positive step in retention” Heritage New Zealand Media Release (15.08.2016)

Heritage_New Zealand_logo"Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hon Maggie Barry, announced the $12 million contestable, discretionary fund scheme Heritage EQUIP (Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme) in Feilding today.

The scheme will assist owners required to meet the set timeframes to strengthen their buildings under the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016. It is available to owners of all privately-owned Category 1 historic places, and those listed as Category 2 (in medium and high risk areas only) on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero ..."

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Additional Information: Heritage EQUIP Fund Announcment

The Ministry of Culture and Heritage (MCH) has released a PDF covering the Heritage Equip fund:

Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme
Heritage EQUIP
Questions and Answers
Link to downloadable PDF:Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme QAs (D-0677836)

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“Heritage New Zealand Chief Executive appointed” Heritage New Zealand Media Release (10.08.2016)

HNZ CEO Andrew Coleman (Source HNZ Media Release)

HNZ CEO Andrew Coleman
(Source HNZ Media Release)

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10 August 2016

Heritage New Zealand Chief Executive appointed

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Board Chair Wyatt Creech and Maori Heritage Council Chair John Clarke welcome the appointment of Andrew Coleman as Chief Executive.

Mr Coleman is currently the Chief Operations Officer for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). He has also held positions of acting Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive for Operations with the Ministry of Fisheries before the merger with MPI in 2012. Before this he spent 10 years in the New Zealand Customs Service and 20 years with the New Zealand Police in roles including Detective Sergeant and Inspector. (more…)

Environment Court Decision: Peel Street Toilets (Gisborne) – Of Interest To Heritage Advocates

Environment Court decision relating to the Peel Street Toilets in Gisborne.
In summary:-
· Toilets not listed with NZHPT
· Toilets not scheduled by the council, although their heritage consultant had in the past recommended that they be scheduled.
· Council wanted to demolish the toilets to enable street redevelopment.
· Luke Donnelly obtained a court order stopping the demolition, just as the bulldozers where being unloaded.
· Environment Court agreed with Mr Donnelly that the toilets were of heritage value, even though they were not listed or scheduled, and that they should be protected.
Copy of the Environment Courts Decision- Peel_Street_Toilets_Environment_Court_Decision