Historic Places Aotearoa 2018 AGM- The Programme Has Been Released!

Historic Places Aotearoa AGM 2018


Palmerston North, 13 - 14 October 2018

Hosted by the Historic Places Manawatu - Horowhenua

Saturday – 13th October - Venue:- Caccia Birch, 130 Te Awe Awe Street, Palmerston North

10:00 to 10:30am Morning Tea

10:30 – 11:15 AGM

11:15- 12.00 Regional Delegates - Regional Roundup

12:00 - 12:45 Lunch

12:45 - 1:15 Hon Iain Lees-Galloway - Speaking on behalf of the Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern.

1:15 - 1:45 Andrew Coleman, CEO Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga – Heritage NZ Update

1:45 - 2:45 Stefan Corbett, Manager Heritage Policy, Minstry of Culture and Heritage –
Heritage Protection Update following feedback and submissions

2:45 - 3:00 Afternoon Tea

3:00 - 3:30 Matthew MacKay - Policy Planner at Palmerston North City Council
The Savage Crescent State Housing Precinct

3:30 - 3:45 Wrap – Up

6:30 Dinner – Bethany’s Restaurant & Café - City Council Building, 32 A The Square
The costs for dinner are not covered by the AGM fee and will be at each person’s own cost.

Sunday – 14th October

9:15 -12:00 Bus Tour starting from the Caccia Birch

Anyone is welcome to attend the weekend events.

Cost - $40 pp for the full day and bus trip or

Saturday Afternoon only - $10 pp. (not including lunch) or Bus Tour Only - $10

Contact - agm@historicplacesaotearoa.org.nz or phone Bill Bendall 06 3544945

Building Amendment Bill- Submissions Are Being Accepted: The Close Off Date For Submissions Is 25 October 2018

Building Amendment Bill
Government Bill

Explanatory note

General policy statement

"This Bill amends the Building Act 2004 (the Building Act), and proposes 2 new sets of powers to improve the system for managing buildings after an emergency and to provide for investigating building failures.

Managing buildings after an emergency

This Bill proposes new powers that aim to address risks to people and property from buildings during and after an emergency. The proposed amendments seek to create a system that is clear, has proportionate impacts on personal and property rights, and ensures that heritage values are appropriately recognised. ...

"The Bill introduces into the Building Act an end-to-end process for managing buildings from response to recovery following an emergency.

The amendments in the Bill—

  • provide powers to territorial authorities (and where a state of emergency or transition period is in force, the relevant civil defence emergency management person) to manage buildings during and after an emergency event, including—

    • inspecting and placing notices on buildings:

    • evacuating and restricting entry to buildings:


    • demolishing or carrying out works to buildings that pose a risk of injury or death (including through impacts to critical infrastructure) or a risk of damage or disruption to neighbouring buildings, critical infrastructure, and public thoroughfares:

    • requiring building owners to remove or reduce risks posed by their building, on a case-by-case basis:

  • provide that the Minister for Building and Construction can choose to take direct action and make decisions to manage buildings, when warranted by the scale and impacts of an emergency event: ...


  • provide that the carrying out of works on certain heritage buildings (Category 1 or wāhi tūpuna on the New Zealand Heritage List or buildings on the National Historic Landmarks/Ngā Manawhenua o Aotearoa me ōna Kōrero Tūturu list) that pose a risk of injury or death is a ministerial decision and require consultation with Heritage New Zealand for works on other heritage buildings:

    Building Amendment Bill details legislative progress,  reports, links for submissions- http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2018/0094/latest/LMS73630.html

    Link to the Proposed Bill's Text:




The New Zealand Heritage Plaque. (Formerly known as the Heritage Blue Plaque.)

The New Zealand Heritage Plaque. (Formerly known as the Heritage Blue Plaque.)

The New Zealand Heritage Plaque. (Formerly known as the Heritage Blue Plaque.)

Are you interested in a New Zealand Heritage Plaque?
The Historic Places Aotearoa Member Organisations are keen to help you with the text, co-ordinate the production etc.
Contact us on the following Email and we’ll give you the contact details of the nearest heritage group: blueplaque@historicplacesaotearoa.org.nz
The New Zealand Heritage Plaque- An Explanation

The New Zealand Heritage Plaques project is a new initiative from Historic Places Mid Canterbury to identify and promote our local built heritage, through the use of a distinctive and bold blue cast aluminium plaque fixed to the facades of our more significant historic buildings.

As well as giving a short history of the building, informing locals and visitors about its particular historical significance, the New Zealand Heritage Plaques aim to increase the prominence of our historic buildings, encouraging increased awareness of our local history and supporting the retention of our existing heritage assets. They also assist in reinforcing the importance and value of these buildings to the local community and help foster a desire to protect and maintain our unique local history and identity.

The success of the project within the Ashburton District has encouraged the group to start promoting the scheme further afield, through Historic Places Aotearoa and its Member Organisations, and eventually take the programme nationwide, creating an instantly recognisable symbol which proudly identifies our nation’s valued built heritage.

“Celebrate Suffrage 125 with Heritage New Zealand” HNZ Media Release




September 3


Celebrate Suffrage 125 with Heritage New Zealand

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff across the country are involved in a number of events to commemorate and promote Suffrage 125 this month and beyond.

A particular highlight will be a series of suffrage themed community art workshops at six heritage properties in Auckland (Alberton, Sept 22); Christchurch (Ferrymead Heritage Park, Oct 14); Wellington (Old Government Building, Oct 29); Dunedin (Otago Pioneer Women’s Memorial Hall, Nov 3); Oamaru (Totara Estate, Nov 10) and in Northland (Clendon House, Rawene, Nov 24). (more…)

“Heartland heritage, buildings in the regions” Bill McKay Commentary On Nine to Noon RNZ National Podcast

"Heartland heritage, buildings in the regions"


"Bill McKay reports on our historic buildings and the character of our small regional towns facing multiple threats.

Bill McKay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland."

F.Y.I. Heritage Victoria Interim Protection Order: “Federation Square gets temporary heritage protection from Apple store” The Age (Online Article)

FYI - Heritage protection in Melbourne.

Federation Square gets temporary heritage protection from Apple store (The Age reports)

"Federation Square has been granted heritage protection until late 2018 as a government body deliberates on whether to permanently protect the site, a decision that could prevent an Apple store being added to the precinct.

The order comes after the National Trust of Australia's Victorian branch nominated Federation Square for heritage protection in early August following the state government's plans to build an Apple store on the site, which were released in December 2017. ..."


The Interim Protection Order can be seen at the following link: