Tag: Department of Conservation

“Institute of Architects urges Department of Conservation to save the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre” NZIA Media Release (22.08.2016)

"The New Zealand Institute of Architects is dismayed by the decision of Department of Conservation Deputy Director-General Mervyn English to demolish the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre, and urges the Department to reconsider this decision urgently.

“John Scott’s architecture was original, and his importance to New Zealand architecture is increasingly recognised,” said Institute of Architects President Christina van Bohemen. “The Institute awarded John its first Gold Medal for career achievement in 1999 and just last year named its award for public architecture in his honour.”

Ms van Bohemen said the 1976 Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre is one of John Scott’s most significant works. Scott also designed Wellington’s acclaimed Futuna Chapel, which was itself threatened with demolition before its reprieve and subsequent restoration.

“The Department of Conservation proclaims on its website its commitment to New Zealand’s unique legacy and enjoins us to pass it on. So why is Mr English determined to demolish a building that Heritage New Zealand has found to be of outstanding significance?”

The Media Release is as follows: (more…)

Wellington’s Grand Old Lady Opens Its Doors (The “Old” Government Buildings) Media Release

Governement Building Front facade and exterior

Government Building Front Facade and Exterior (Image: Dept of Conservation)

"If the walls could talk, then Wellington’s Government Buildings walls would have plenty to say. From this Saturday, 12 January until Easter weekend, the 136-year-old former seat of government will be open for visitors to explore and hear some of those stories from the past." Media Release

Submissions Invited: Draft Canterbury Conservation Management Strategy. Closing 4.30 pm Friday 13th September 2013

Submissions Invited: Draft Canterbury Conservation Management Strategy

In 2011, the Department re-commenced a review of the Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) for Canterbury.  Conservation management strategies are 10-year strategic documents that set the direction for how the Department will manage places and focus our work over the next decade. (more…)

Consultation Is Closed: Otago Conservation Management Strategy Consultation. Closes 4.30 pm 13th September 2013

Otago Conservation Management Strategy Consultation:
"You are invited to make a submission; these are due with us no later than 4.30pm on Friday 13 September 2013."

http://www.doc.govt.nz/getting-involved/consultations/current/otago-conservation-management-strategy-consultation/get-involved/ (more…)