(St Francis Xavier Catholic Church) “Second life for historic church” Heritage New Zealand Media Release (09.06.2016)

St Francis Xavier Catholic Church – now the Russell Chapel on the Olive Grove – is enjoying a second lease on life.
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"A historic Northland church that was deconsecrated and sold to private owners as a result of a dwindling congregation is enjoying a second life.

"St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, originally built in Kawakawa in 1875, was relocated to Uruti Bay near Russell in 2012 by Jo and Ross Blackman, and has been re-purposed as a wedding venue – now known as ‘Russell Chapel on the Olive Grove’.

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Sunday Morning @ RNZ National : “Oamaru – New Zealand’s Victorian Living Room” Author Paul Sorell Interview

"Victorian stone buildings are ubiquitous in this North Otago town, a contrast to the tide of timber found elsewhere. Author, Paul Sorrell on his new book, Oamaru - New Zealand's Victorian Living Room." (RNZ National Website)
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sun/sun-20140928-1040-paul_sorrell_-_oamaru-048.mp3

RNZ National’s Country Life features the Historic “Totara Estate”

Radionznational"New Zealand's first export shipment of mutton was slaughtered at Totara Estate and sent to Britain from Port Chalmers in 1882. "
RNZ National's Country Life podcast on Totara Estate. (A Heritage New Zealand Property)
Link to Podcast: http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/clife/clife-20140829-2129-totara_estate-048.mp3

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“Re-wire on a Hayes Roast!” NZHPT Media Release (10th October 2013)

HAY001 poster"In partnership with Vivace Coffee, the NZHPT asked third generation artisan master roaster Bernard Smith to develop a blend of three original coffee beans that best emulated the strength of the site, the body of the ‘big skies’ Central Otago landscape and the sweetness of its sun overhead."

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“Buildings policy change welcomed” Otago Daily Times (Online Article) 8th August 2013

"Buildings policy change welcomed" the Otago Daily Times reports "Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust chairman Marcus Brown welcomed the Government's changes to the policy of strengthening earthquake-prone buildings announced yesterday, but felt they did not go far enough"