Heritage 2020: The Politicians

The following MP's are identified with Heritage:

Labour:

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern MP (Current Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage)
Hon Carmel Sepuloni MP (Currently Assoc Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage)
Hon Grant Robertson MP (Currently Assoc Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage)

National

Johnathon Young MP (Opposition) National Spokesperson for Arts Culture and Heritage

Green Party

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Chlöe Swarbrick MP Green Party Spokesperson for Arts Culture and Heritage

New Zealand Heritage “Blue” Plaque Update: One new Plaque at Kurow, five ordered for Timaru and five more planned for Ashburton

Kurow Doctors House Heritage Plaque

After another successful year delivering five more Blue Heritage Plaques for Mid Canterbury, HPMC are looking at doing a further five plaques within the region this year.

The South Canterbury Historical Society (an HPA Associate member) and the Timaru Civic Trust have also ‘picked up the baton’ and are progressing the Blue Plaque initiative in South Canterbury, with the first five Blue Plaques currently on order and due to be placed on five heritage buildings in Timaru in the first half of 2020.

We also had an enquiry from the 87 year-old Grandson of Kurow’s first resident Doctor, who contacted us from the UK, where he resides, to see if we could produce a Blue Plaque to go on the original Doctor’s House in this tiny, but historic North Otago township.

This house was later occupied by Dr D. G. McMilan, who, along with Rev. A. H. Nordmeyer and local Headmaster Mr A. M. Davidson (known as the ‘Three Wise Men’ of Kurow), met regularly in this house to develop what was eventually to become New Zealand’s ground-breaking Social Security system which was introduced when the first Labour government came to power in 1935.

Kurow Doctors House

An earlier plaque on the site, which was produced by the North Otago branch of the former NZ Historic Places Trust neglected to mention the Kurow’s first resident Doctor, whom the house was originally built for. The wording on the replacement plaque now includes reference to the original date and purpose of this modest little (unlisted) 1893 Oamaru Stone bungalow. The new plaque was placed on an existing plinth outside the Doctor’s House (now a private residence) in January 2020.

During the course of the research for this building, we also uncovered the original architectural drawings of the Doctor’s house which revealed that it was designed by the renowned architect John Megget Forrester, son of Thomas Forrester (of Forrester & Lemon fame) and the architect of the Oamaru Opera House.

“Budget 2020 funding allocations a huge boost” (HNZPT Media Release June 2020)

Andrew Coleman HNZPT CE

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is delighted with the Government’s continued commitment to heritage in Budget 2020 and last Thursday’s cultural recovery package announced by Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Jacinda Ardern.

The country’s lead heritage agency receives $11.364 million in support to recover from the impact of COVID-19.  This total includes the $6 million allocation announced in the Budget on 14 May to help ease financial pressures arising from increased insurance, information technology, property management, accommodation and staffing costs, and prepare a business case for the seismic upgrade and refurbishment of the Category 1 listed Turnbull House in Wellington.

“The cultural sector was amongst the worst hit by the global pandemic,” the Prime Minister said at Te Papa in Wellington last Thursday.

“Museums, galleries and heritage sites closed, and individual artists and arts organisations like dance and theatre companies saw their incomes decimated almost overnight.

“Funding announced today will help them get back on their feet.  New jobs will be created, and the sector will innovate and connect with new audiences.”

The funding is a huge boost for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga to continue its ongoing management and development of the visitor experience to nationally important heritage properties it cares for on behalf of the nation, says Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Chief Executive, Andrew Coleman.

“The confidence and support from the Government reflects our standing as this country’s lead heritage agency and the commitment and expertise our staff have in continually achieving positive opportunities and outcomes for heritage,” says Mr Coleman.

“These are significant, prominent heritage properties that we look forward to caring for and enhancing so they become must-visit properties for New Zealanders and international visitors.”

Heritage and Budget 2020: Updated

25 May 2020

Up to $70m for upgrades of marae, town halls, Pasifika churches and war memorials. The funding is expected to create hundreds of jobs throughout the country.

“Renovating these buildings will provide work for local tradies and contractors while regular building and repair work is on hold. It is an opportunity to target Māori, Pasifika and other vulnerable workers who are not able to secure contracts through more substantial infrastructure projects. Funding of $70m will cover salaries and construction costs for these projects,” Shane Jones said.

According to the Ministry of Culture and Heritage web site under the posting:

"Budget 2020: Regenerating The Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector"

The following was found:

  • $3.1 million to Heritage EQUIP to support seismic strengthening of heritage buildings
  • $6 million to address Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga cost pressures
  • $250,000 to investigate the seismic upgrade and refurbishment of Turnbull House.

Mātauranga Māori

  • $20 million over two years for mātauranga Māori initiatives to support iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori communities with projects that will protect their mātauranga and taonga from the impact and ongoing threat of COVID-19.

Discussions to refine the details of the funding will take place with participating agencies, iwi and Māori communities post-budget. Final details on how to access funding will be available in September 2020.

1st June 2020

Budget 2020 funding allocations a huge boost Heritage New Zealand Media Release

(HNZ) "receives $11.364 million in support to recover from the impact of COVID-19.  This total includes the $6 million allocation announced in the Budget on 14 May to help ease financial pressures arising from increased insurance, information technology, property management, accommodation and staffing costs, and prepare a business case for the seismic upgrade and refurbishment of the Category 1 listed Turnbull House in Wellington.

Note: 7 April 2020

Historic Places Aotearoa Welcomes Government Tax Changes- HPA Media Release

https://historicplacesaotearoa.org.nz/historic-places-aotearoa-welcomes-government-tax-changes-historic-places-aotearoa-media-release-april-2020/

Historic Places Aotearoa (HPA) applauds the Government for including depreciation of earthquake strengthening in its COVID-19 stimulation packages, and providing real incentives for commercial heritage building owners.

"The depreciation rate of two percent diminishing value is a good first step. We are looking forward to the Government's new heritage initiatives.