Tag: Heritage Building

Ōamaru Courthouse Reopening- Media Coverage

Ōamaru courthouse to reopen after years of facing closure RNZ News


Reopening of courthouse 'a great day' Otago Daily Times

Oamaru's historic courthouse reopened Timaru Herald

Oamaru’s stunning court house back in session after seven years, and project comes in under budget One News Now

“Napier’s Forgotten Building.” Text Of A Commentary Written By Denis Pilkington That Was Published In The Hawkes Bay Today. (Under the Heading Of “Precious old buildings worth keeping. 10.05.2017)

  Napier’s Forgotten Building.

Mayor Bill Dalton has revealed a proposal being explored by the Napier City Council to build a new “Memorial Library” in Clive Square.

In order for this plan to be brought to fruition, Mr Dalton says it would be necessary to demolish the former Mothers’ Rest building (Community Centre). Mr Dalton also suggests that a new library on that site could house the Eternal Flame and plaques listing those who gave their lives in World War II,  that have been removed from the renovated and extended Napier Conference Centre on the Marine Parade.

These proposals overlook the fact that the former Mothers’ Rest building has an important history of its own and, for this reason, is listed on the Council’s District Plan as a heritage building.  Not only was it built in 1925 as a memorial to the citizens of Napier who gave their lives in the First World War, it is also a landmark building as part of women’s social history in New Zealand.  (more…)

“Treasured heritage buildings to reopen in 2017” The Press Online Article

Treasured heritage buildings to reopen in 2017: The Press

"Christchurch City Council has been working its way through an extensive heritage rebuild and repair programme. Some buildings have already opened, including the Mona Vale homestead, and work is continuing on others.

"Hidden challenges" during the repair have delayed some projects, but 2017 will see the Signs of the Kiwi and Takahe reopen, along with the Mona Vale gatehouse, the Thomas Edmonds band rotunda and the Old Stone House in Cracroft."

Historic Places Chair Mark Gerrard quoted in the article.

“Inside Englefield: Owner dreams of restoring ruined Christchurch lodge” The Press Online Article (12.10.2016)

Inside Englefield: Owner dreams of restoring ruined Christchurch lodge: The Press

"Shaune Wylie is clinging to his vision for Englefield Lodge.
Today the historic home sits untouched on the corner of Fitzgerald Ave and Avonside Drive in Christchurch.

It has a gaping hole on its roof, decimated chimneys, overgrown gardens and a shipping container plonked in the front yard. ..."


“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…)

“Surprise offer made in historic Golden Bay grandstand battle” Nelson Mail (Online Article)

Surprise offer made in historic Golden Bay grandstand battle- Nelson Mail (Online)

"A glimmer of hope appeared for the supporters who are fighting to save an historic grandstand in Golden Bay."

President of the A&P Association Duncan McKenzie stood up at the Golden Bay Community Board meeting in Takaka on Tuesday with a surprise announcement.

McKenzie said the association would donate more of the grounds to the Tasman District Council for carparking at no extra cost, subject to approval at the next meeting.

"There's rumours that the A&P aren't supporting saving the grandstand but that's not really true," he said.

"We do want to keep the grandstand for the shade and elderly people to sit in. The reason we have not been pushing for it is because we still have to work with the Golden Bay sports recreation group and we don't want to burn our bridges there too much. But we definitely want to keep it."



“Christchurch’s oldest farm buildings to be restored” The Press Online (29.06.2016)

Christchurch's oldest farm buildings to be restored  The Press online.

"Funds are being sought for the restoration of a significant piece of Canterbury heritage.

The historic Deans' farm buildings on the Christchurch Boys' High School site will be repaired at a cost of just over $2 million.

The school is embarking on a major community fundraising campaign after its insurance pay-out fell $1m short of the restoration cost.

The old buildings are one of the last remnants of the Deans family farm. The family were among the earliest European settlers of Canterbury. ..."

“Caffe Roma building gets $900,000 council grant” The Press Online Article (24.03.2016)

Caffe Roma building gets $900,000 council grant the Press

"New owners planning to restore a historic central Christchurch building will get a $869,500 city council grant.

The old Midland Club Building, more commonly known as the Caffe Roma building, occupies a prime spot on Oxford Tce, between Gloucester St and Worcester Blvd."