“Whanganui’s heritage on the world stage” (Media Release 27:01:2020)

  Whanganui’s heritage on the world stage

In a first for New Zealand, Whanganui has been accepted into the League of Historical Cities – an international affiliation of cities developed to recognise the values that historical urban areas bring to local and international communities.

Whanganui is the sole member city in New Zealand and one of only four others in the Pacific region. Notable member cities around the world include Athens, Istanbul, Kyoto and Melbourne.

Membership of the League provides opportunities to foster relationships with other historic cities, sharing principles and practices that will ultimately strengthen our cultural landscape.  

“This is extremely exciting to be grouped with these cities,” says Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall.


Dame Anna Crighton-For Services To Heritage Preservation And Governance (New Years Honours). Updated.

Anna Crighton at the launch of Historic Places Aotearoa, held at Government House.

HPA inaugural President Dr Anna Crighton was awarded the title Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours (2020) for services to Heritage Preservation and Governance.

Dame Anna in an interview with RNZ National stated. "I'm proud of Historic Places Aotearoa...".
(10.32" into the interview.)
Link to RNZ National Interview follows:


New Year Honours: Anna Crighton fierce fighter for our unique heritage: NZ Herald reports:

Christchurch heritage campaigner Anna Crighton becomes a dame: The Press reports:

Otago alumna awarded top honour for heritage
“Dumbfounded and speechless” is how Otago alumna Dr Anna Crighton QSO JP described her reaction to the news she had been made a Dame in the New Year Honours list."


“Wellington City Council headed to court over earthquake-prone buildings” RNZ Morning Report (06:12:2019)

Wellington City Council headed to court over earthquake-prone buildings :RNZ Morning Report.

The link can be found at the following:


"For the first time, a council is going to court to get the power to strengthen two heritage listed, earthquake-prone buildings - because the owners refuse to do so.

"The Wellington City Council's strengthening deadlines for the Toomath's Building on Ghuznee Street, and the Adelaide Hotel on Adelaide Road both expired in 2013.

"Now the council says despite extensive efforts to work with the building owners, there has been no progress, and it has now lost confidence they will do the necessary work.

"The council's Chief Resilience Officer, Mike Mendonca speaks to Kim Hill.

New Zealand Heritage “Blue” Plaques- The Locations (As At December 2019)

The following are the locations of the New Zealand Heritage "Blue"Plaques that have been installed. (This is the latest updated list as at December 2019. )

The Railway Footbridge Blue Plaque on its concrete plinth.

Railway Footbridge - East Street, Ashburton

Pioneer Hall - 239 Havelock Street, Ashburton

Church of the Holy Name - 58 Sealy St, Ashburton

Ashford’s Mill House - Ashford Craft Village, 415-429 West St, Ashburton

Federated Farmers Building - 163-165 West St, Ashburton (corner West & Tancred Sts)

Hakatere Station - Hakatere Corner, 2387 Ashburton Gorge Road

Ashburton Courthouse - Baring Square West, Ashburton (Corner Baring Sq & Cameron Sts)

Doctor’s House, Kurow - Robinson St, Kurow (cnr Robinson St & Manse Rd)