“Celebrate Suffrage 125 at Alberton” Heritage New Zealand Media Release

Suffragist Sophia Louisa Taylor of Alberton, the historic mansion in Mt Albert cared for by Heritage New Zealand. (HNZ Media Release)

September 7

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Celebrate Suffrage 125 at Alberton

The first of a series of community art workshops commemorating 125 years of women’s suffrage will begin at Alberton in Auckland on September 22.

The workshop at this Mt Albert mansion will be led by Dunedin artist Janet de Wagt with support from Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, and is free to anybody who would like to take part. Participants will create a commemorative banner that will be joined with other banners made in other workshops at key heritage locations around the country over the next few months.

The banners will be amalgamated into one final artwork and launched at Old Government Buildings in Wellington in April next year.

“The banners are a reference to three Parliamentary petitions that were circulated around the country that resulted in women finally being granted the right to vote on 19 September 1893,” says the Manager of Alberton, Rendell McIntosh.

One of the petitions, which was circulated in 1893, includes the signatures of Sophia Louisa Taylor – the owner of Alberton – and her daughter Winifred.

“It’s very appropriate that the workshop is taking place at Alberton,” says Rendell.

“Sophia became a member of the first committee of the Auckland branch of the Women’s Franchise League and used her wit, intelligence and energy to make resolutions and speeches in favour of women’s suffrage.”

Sophia Taylor supported the franchise movement for the practical reason that if women had to obey laws and pay taxes like men, surely they also deserved the vote. Like many other socially prominent women, she also supported the Auckland Tailoresses Union.

“The petition that Sophia and Winifred signed was described by suffragist Kate Sheppard as a “monster petition” consisting of petition sheets circulated throughout New Zealand, and returned to Christchurch where Sheppard pasted each sheet end on end and rolled it around a section of a broom handle,” says Rendell.

“The ‘Monster Petition’ survives, and contains 25,519 signatures – including some men.”

The roll was presented to Parliament with great drama. Sir John Hall, Member of Parliament and suffrage supporter, brought it into the House and unrolled it down the central aisle of the debating chamber until it hit the end wall with a thud.

“The banners will be an artistic representation of that extraordinary social movement that ultimately saw New Zealand becoming the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote,” he says.

Artistic ability is not necessary for people to take part in the workshops – and Janet de Wagt is looking forward to working with a range of different ideas and skills. Alberton will also be hosting a Suffragists Tea on September 22 and 23 which, he says, is another good reason to come along and take part.

The tea will include a plum cake made from Sophia’s recipe by Marist College students (tea or coffee $6 per person, or $10 to view the house).

“Participants will be able to use painting, printing, stamping, drawing and weaving – whatever they prefer – to create the banners,” he says.

“Participation is the important thing – and celebrating a movement that changed New Zealand and the world forever.”

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Celebrate Suffrage 125 with Heritage New Zealand- Auckland Events

 

 

 

September 3

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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).

Renowned community artist, Janet de Wagt, is partnering with Heritage New Zealand to deliver an experience in which participants will use painting, printing, stamping, drawing and weaving to create a series of banners inspired by the stories of women’s suffrage.

“We’re really excited about involving new groups in heritage and suffrage history,” says Heritage New Zealand Canterbury-West Coast Outreach Advisor, Rosemary Baird, who is coordinating the community art workshops.

Auckland:

  • At Alberton, Auckland, on 22 September,a National Banner art event – for community groups and local craftspeople.  Free entry.
  • At Alberton, Auckland, on 22 and 23 September, ‘Suffragists' Tea’– served from vintage china and with plum cake.

“Christmas Time at Highwic” Heritage New Zealand Media Release (05:12:2017)

December 5

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Christmas Time at Highwic

Christmases past will be celebrated at Highwic this year as harpist and entertainer Cathie Harrop presents Christmas Time at Highwic – a series of concerts providing a glimpse into the celebration of Christmas in Victorian times.

The historic mansion in Newmarket, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand, will be the perfect venue for the concerts which will include storyteller and narrator Illona Rogers, pianist Hadley Ronayne along with musicians Jennie and Dave Khan, and soprano Amanda Kirk.

Christmas Time at Highwic will hark back to the days when there was time to enjoy family gatherings, parties, dances, grand balls, and friends gathered around the piano. The concerts will capture the fun, laughter, nostalgia and homesickness which were a hallmark of Victorian Christmases in New Zealand. Music, stories, songs, parlour games and monologues will be performed on the night bringing these feelings to life.

“The Christmas shows that Cathie and her team have put on in the past have been wonderful, and this year will be no exception,” says the Manager of Highwic, Cheryl Laurie.

“Before the concerts begin people will also be able to explore Highwic’s traditional Christmas gift shop, and after the show enjoy a Victorian style supper in the billiard room with the performers.”

Don’t miss Christmas Time at Highwic, December 17 (6.30pm), December 18 and 19 (7.30pm). Tickets $49 per person (all inclusive). Bookings essential – book viawww.cathieharrop.com or Ph 09-479-2361.

“Christmas Garden Festival coming up at Highwic”: Heritage New Zealand Media Release (2017

November 2

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Christmas Garden Festival coming up at Highwic

Highwic’s Christmas Garden Festival (November 18-19) will offer something for everyone – and some great fun for children in particular.

Best of all the Festival is free for everyone this year.

The timeless charm of the annual spring garden extravaganza at Highwic – the historic mansion cared for by Heritage New Zealand in Newmarket – will serve as a backdrop to a number of attractions that will appeal to kids of all ages.

“On the Saturday morning (November 18) we’ll kick off with our ‘Make a Christmas Garden’ competition for children. We’ll supply materials for kids to have a go at making a mini-garden, or if they prefer they can bring one they’ve made at home,” says the Manager of Highwic, Cheryl Laurie.

“Children will also be able to enjoy performances by Cherry the Clown giving parents the perfect opportunity to sneak away and do some Christmas shopping on-site at the Highwic Christmas Shop.”

Other entertainment will include performances by the Albany Ladies Choir on Saturday afternoon, a pipe band and Carols by Ukulele throughout Sunday.

“The annual Highwic Christmas Garden Festival has become a ‘must attend’ for Auckland’s keen gardeners, and as always there will be plenty to interest growers,” says Cheryl.

“This year we have flower arrangements throughout Highwic house and the grounds, as well as plant stalls which are always very popular. Dr Keith Hammett will also lead a series of Garden Tours around the grounds, which have proven to be a regular favourite over the years. At $5 per person the tours are great value, though numbers are limited.”

Highwic has also been working with the For The Love of Bees project, to become Auckland’s first inner city organic park. Festival goers will be able to see the beginnings of a pasture painting by Newmarket school in the orchard. These plantings of bee friendly plants will be food for the two beehives which will be installed in early November.

The Highwic Christmas Garden Festival takes place on November 18-19 (10am-4pm). Admission free. For programme details check the Heritage New Zealand website:  http://www.heritage.org.nz/news-and-events/events/garden-festival

“Alberton goes for Baroque” One Hour Concert 5pm HNZ Media Release

 

NZ Barok

June 22

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Alberton goes for Baroque

A selection of Baroque music will be performed at Alberton, the historic mansion cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga on July 29 (5pm).

Performed by NZ Barok, New Zealand’s only period instrument orchestra, Melody and Musings: A Baroque Parlour Concertwill feature masterpieces by composers like Purcell, Vivaldi and Bach, as well as some lesser-known musical treasures from the 18thCentury.

Using instruments and playing styles of the period, the musicians will perform the compositions much as they would have sounded several centuries ago, while breathing fresh life and vitality into the pieces.

“The one-hour concert has been put together with a general audience in mind, and it promises to be a light-hearted and extremely enjoyable sampler of some Baroque gems – complete with anecdotes from history,” says the Manager of Alberton, Rendell McIntosh.

“This is a great opportunity for people to enjoy some beautiful live music in a delightful heritage setting.”

Tickets: Adults - $30; children, seniors and Heritage New Zealand members - $20. Tickets include refreshments and house entry. To book, or for more information, Ph 09-846-7367.

For more information: www.alberton.co.nz

“Celebration of Shoes at Highwic” Heritage New Zealand Media Release

September 19

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Celebration of Shoes at Highwic

Discover the heart and sole of the footwear industry with a visit to Highwic’s Heritage Festival exhibition.

To complement the Stepping Back, Stepping out shoe trail around Newmarket, Celebration of Shoes features memorabilia and mementos from Ziera, Overland and Kathryn Walker.

Some well known Auckland based actors and musicians will loan some shoes for a mini display named Treading The Boards. Jennifer Ward Lealand’s contribution, for example, will be the shoes she wore in her show about Marlene Dietrich Falling in Love Again, and Michael Hurst will contribute shoes worn in his show No Holds Bard. Other contributors include Max Cryer, Ilona Rogers and Rachel House.

The private collection of designer shoes and vintage footwear from the past will be on display throughout the 17-roomed Carpenter Gothic house.

Of interest to all ages, children can find the glass slipper hidden throughout the house and go into the draw to win a prize.

Highwic is easily located close to train station and buses in Mortimer Pass, Newmarket. Highwic also has parking on site.

30th September- 15th October, Wednesday – Sunday. www.highwic.co.nz

Adults $8.00, children and Heritage New Zealand members free

Caption: Samantha Keen with some of her collection of shoes on display at Highwic.

Media Contact: Cheryl Laurie, Ph 09-524-5729

“Highwic’s organic park the bees knees” Heritage New Zealand Media Release

 

 

 

September 21

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Highwic’s organic park the bees knees

One of Auckland’s much-loved historic places is joining the For the Love of Bees project and making plans to become the city’s first urban Organic Park.

The aim will be to create a 1.1 hectare biological sanctuary for Auckland’s precious bee population.

Apiculture New Zealand has declared September ‘Bee Aware Month’ – which couldn’t be better timing for the ambitious project according to Cheryl.

“We’re excited that Newmarket Primary School students will be designing some ‘Pasture Paintings’ for Highwic in time for spring,” she says.

“The geometric organic plantings that transform passive green space into active green space, making them more productive for bees and other wildlife, are part of the For the Love of Bees tool kits that are being used across the city to provide safe food for bees. On September 28 students from Newmarket Primary School will start laying out their planting designs at Highwic.”

The high point will be on October 27 when the bees will be formally welcomed at Highwic, and the students will sow seeds into the shapes they have created in the orchard, eventually providing sustenance for the bees during spring and summer. It will also be good advance prep for Highwic’s Christmas Garden Festival (November 18-19).

“We’re looking forward to being part of the For the Love of Bees Project, and also partnering with the Tree Croppers Association on the orchard restoration project, and the Compost Collective in establishing Highwic as a compost hub,” says Cheryl.

This collaboration is being supported by Parnell Rotary and and Enviroschools, Sustainable Schools and Auckland Council. The drawing together of community groups is a key factor in the For the Love of Bees project.

“As well as supporting our bee population – and improving the overall quality of Highwic’s gardens, soil and orchard – we hope to show that a few key initiatives can have a really positive impact on our natural environment; and that everybody can make a difference.”

Highwic is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30am-4.30pm. For more information visit heritage.org.nz

People can learn about other collaborations on their website, www.fortheloveofbees.co.nz

 

“Winter Wedding Fair at Highwic” June 24 (Heritage New Zealand Media Release)

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Coming up – the Winter Wedding Fair at Highwic.

Winter Wedding Fair at Highwic

 

The historic mansion, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, will host a Wedding Fair that will include some of the best wedding professionals in Auckland.

“Organising a wedding can be a daunting prospect, and the idea behind the Winter Wedding Fair is to make things as easy as possible for people planning to get married,” says Highwic’s Visitor Coordinator Samantha Keen, who has many years’ experience in planning weddings.

“People can come along for the day and talk to a range of people involved in different aspects of weddings. They can also enjoy exploring beautiful Highwic, and strolling in our four-star garden. We want to make the experience as pleasant as possible with none of the stress.”

Exhibitors include professional photographers, wedding cake-makers, wedding gowns and a lot more. Special discounts will also be available to people on the day.

Admission: $5 per person, pay at the door. Free entry before midday. For more information visit http://www.heritage.org.nz/news-and-events/events/winter-wedding-fair

“All dolled up at Alberton” (HNZ Media Release)

All dolled up at Alberton

Calling all doll owners.

Alberton, the historic mansion cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, has a new exhibition for its Collector’s Cabinet series – a sample of dolls dating from the 1880s to the 1950s.

Belonging to Auckland collector Karen Staniland, the dolls are rocking designer dresses and hand-made outfits – and have become the undisputed stars of Alberton’s Ballroom.

Karen’s lifelong love of dolls began with a pink plastic Kewpie given to her as a toddler. She now has 300 dolls as well as miniatures and teddy bears.

To learn more about Karen’s collection, along with the art of restoring antique and vintage dolls, join Karen for an informal talk and afternoon tea on Sunday 24 June at 1.30pm.

Admission free with regular admission to Alberton (Adults $10; children free). No booking required.

“High Tea at Highwic” July 8th (Heritage New Zealand Media Release)

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A sumptuous High Tea will be available in Highwic’s billiard house once again on July 8.

High Tea at Highwic

Discerning palates will be able to enjoy the delights of an authentic High Tea experience at Highwic, the historic Newmarket mansion cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

People can experience a traditional high tea of delightful sweet and savoury treats served on fine China and accompanied by a selection of specialty teas from Harney and Sons at the special one-off event.

“What better way for people to take a break from the mid-Winter gloom than to experience our new seasonal winter High Tea menu and enjoy the luxury of Highwic,” says Highwic Visitor Services Coordinator, Samantha Keen.

The High Tea event takes place over two sessions on July 8 (10.30am and 2.30pm). Cost: $45 per person (sorry no concessions).