"This Christchurch home was where Kate Sheppard and suffragist supporters spent much time working towards New Zealand becoming the first self-governing country in the world to grant women the vote. It was here that the 270-metre petition was pasted together before being presented to Parliament."
The following is the media Release by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga announcing the purchase.
Kate Sheppard House purchase delights
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and the University of Canterbury (UC) are delighted with the Government purchase of theCategory 1 listed Kate Sheppard House in Christchurch, as announced by Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods today.
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
"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.
"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?”
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."