Tag: Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

“WWII Northland heritage inventory achieves key milestone” HNZ Media Release

Jack Kemp (left) and Dr Bill Guthrie – ‘somewhere in Northland’ – enthusiastically uncovering and recording the little known places associated with Northland’s World War II defences.

June 29

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WWII Northland heritage inventory achieves key milestone

A research project to develop a heritage inventory of Northland’s World War II military places has achieved a crucial milestone.

Seventeen military camp sites associated with the defence of the Bay of Islands have been identified from official records and other sources, and information about them recorded. The work completes the initial phase of the inventory.

For Jack Kemp and Dr Bill Guthrie, volunteer researchers with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, the completion of the Bay of Islands component is an important first step.

“The Bay of Islands was an important part of what became Fortress Northland, and a central part of New Zealand’s defence strategy,” says Jack Kemp.

“Major General Harold Barrowclough, who headed divisional headquarters in Whangarei, had identified the Bay of Islands as the most likely place for the Japanese to land a main attack force, with simultaneous additional attacks at Whangaroa and Doubtless Bay a distinct possibility.”

Barrowclough had grimly predicted that – based on the defence that was in place in early 1942 – if the Japanese attacked the Whangaroa and Bay of Islands simultaneously at 7am, they would take both areas by lunchtime, and face only limited resistance on their road to Auckland. (more…)

“Alberton goes for Baroque” One Hour Concert 5pm HNZ Media Release

 

NZ Barok

June 22

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Alberton goes for Baroque

A selection of Baroque music will be performed at Alberton, the historic mansion cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga on July 29 (5pm).

Performed by NZ Barok, New Zealand’s only period instrument orchestra, Melody and Musings: A Baroque Parlour Concertwill feature masterpieces by composers like Purcell, Vivaldi and Bach, as well as some lesser-known musical treasures from the 18thCentury.

Using instruments and playing styles of the period, the musicians will perform the compositions much as they would have sounded several centuries ago, while breathing fresh life and vitality into the pieces.

“The one-hour concert has been put together with a general audience in mind, and it promises to be a light-hearted and extremely enjoyable sampler of some Baroque gems – complete with anecdotes from history,” says the Manager of Alberton, Rendell McIntosh.

“This is a great opportunity for people to enjoy some beautiful live music in a delightful heritage setting.”

Tickets: Adults - $30; children, seniors and Heritage New Zealand members - $20. Tickets include refreshments and house entry. To book, or for more information, Ph 09-846-7367.

For more information: www.alberton.co.nz

“Winter Wedding Fair at Highwic” June 24 (Heritage New Zealand Media Release)

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Coming up – the Winter Wedding Fair at Highwic.

Winter Wedding Fair at Highwic

 

The historic mansion, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, will host a Wedding Fair that will include some of the best wedding professionals in Auckland.

“Organising a wedding can be a daunting prospect, and the idea behind the Winter Wedding Fair is to make things as easy as possible for people planning to get married,” says Highwic’s Visitor Coordinator Samantha Keen, who has many years’ experience in planning weddings.

“People can come along for the day and talk to a range of people involved in different aspects of weddings. They can also enjoy exploring beautiful Highwic, and strolling in our four-star garden. We want to make the experience as pleasant as possible with none of the stress.”

Exhibitors include professional photographers, wedding cake-makers, wedding gowns and a lot more. Special discounts will also be available to people on the day.

Admission: $5 per person, pay at the door. Free entry before midday. For more information visit http://www.heritage.org.nz/news-and-events/events/winter-wedding-fair

“All dolled up at Alberton” (HNZ Media Release)

All dolled up at Alberton

Calling all doll owners.

Alberton, the historic mansion cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, has a new exhibition for its Collector’s Cabinet series – a sample of dolls dating from the 1880s to the 1950s.

Belonging to Auckland collector Karen Staniland, the dolls are rocking designer dresses and hand-made outfits – and have become the undisputed stars of Alberton’s Ballroom.

Karen’s lifelong love of dolls began with a pink plastic Kewpie given to her as a toddler. She now has 300 dolls as well as miniatures and teddy bears.

To learn more about Karen’s collection, along with the art of restoring antique and vintage dolls, join Karen for an informal talk and afternoon tea on Sunday 24 June at 1.30pm.

Admission free with regular admission to Alberton (Adults $10; children free). No booking required.

“High Tea at Highwic” July 8th (Heritage New Zealand Media Release)

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A sumptuous High Tea will be available in Highwic’s billiard house once again on July 8.

High Tea at Highwic

Discerning palates will be able to enjoy the delights of an authentic High Tea experience at Highwic, the historic Newmarket mansion cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

People can experience a traditional high tea of delightful sweet and savoury treats served on fine China and accompanied by a selection of specialty teas from Harney and Sons at the special one-off event.

“What better way for people to take a break from the mid-Winter gloom than to experience our new seasonal winter High Tea menu and enjoy the luxury of Highwic,” says Highwic Visitor Services Coordinator, Samantha Keen.

The High Tea event takes place over two sessions on July 8 (10.30am and 2.30pm). Cost: $45 per person (sorry no concessions).

Budget 2018: “Extra funding delights Heritage New Zealand” Heritage New Zeland Media Statement

Extra funding delights Heritage New Zealand

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is delighted with the allocation of an extra $6.3 million over four years announced in the Coalition Government’s budget on 17 May.

Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern said the new funding, on top of current operating funding of $13 million per year, will assist in processing archaeological authority applications, protecting built heritage (including advising on earthquake-prone buildings), and identifying and protecting sites of significance to Māori.

“As the Prime Minister said following this announcement, the value of heritage and its importance to our national identity is being recognised by more New Zealanders each year,” Heritage New Zealand commented following the announcement.

“Demand for our services has increased and we welcome that – it shows we are regarded as the country’s lead heritage agency as we continue to honour the past and inspire the future.  Our aim is to ensure present and future generations of New Zealanders appreciate their sense of place, identity and nationhood.”

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga continues to prioritise and celebrate our most significant places, build support by working with iwi, local authorities, volunteers, owners, members and communities, promote the vision of Tapuwae to conserve Māori heritage, and prioritise our advocacy with a focus on educating, promoting, advising and regulating.

“Achieving the best outcomes for heritage requires working alongside many groups.

“The funding allocation reflects very positively on the value of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga’s work and gives us increased ability to meet expectations of us.  We are delighted with the Government’s support of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.”

“Whangarei’s archaeological gem captures imagination of students” Heritage New Zealand Media Release (25.05.2018)

May 29

Boys from Whangarei Boys High School sketch Parihaka Pa.

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Whangarei’s archaeological gem captures imagination of students

A heritage site dating back hundreds of years has captured the imagination of students from Whangarei Boys High School.

Mair’s Landing / Tawatawhiti, just north of Whangarei’s CBD, contains a number of prehistoric and historic features – including a remnant Maori stone field garden, the remains of a coal chute associated with the Whau Valley Coal mine horse drawn tramway and Mair’s Landing itself – a stone wharf dating back to 1841. Interest in the extensive heritage site was sparked by a public talk given by Heritage New Zealand’s Northland staff as part of last year’s New Zealand Archaeology Week.

“I was told of the site by a friend who attended the talk, and so I got in contact with Bill Edwards of Heritage New Zealand in Kerikeri,” says Whangarei Boys High School Deputy Principal, Allister Gilbert.

“He was pleased that a school was interested in the history of the place, and supplied documents recording the archaeology of the Whangarei area and harbour as background material for the students. Heritage New Zealand people have been fantastic to work with.”

Bill, and his colleague Northland Archaeologist James Robinson, took 22 of the school’s staff members on a walking tour of the site – and the ideas for using the site as an outdoor learning environment grew from there. Mair’s Landing / Tawatawhiti was recently listed as a Historic Area, and research for the listing report has helped raise understanding of the site’s significance.

“The science and social studies teachers were enthusiastic about being able to walk classes to the site and back to school in 90 minutes, and a cross curricular unit was developed between the two faculties,” says Allister.

“The English Faculty then became involved with the project as they wanted to use it as a source of inspiration for writing. The Te Reo Maori teacher has also used it as a source of information and experience for te tuhi me te korero[writing and speaking activities].”

About 250 Year 9 students – split up into 10 teaching groups – visited the site earlier this year and took part in a number of activities including sketching the outline of Parihaka Pa across the Hatea River, one of the largest archaeological sites in New Zealand. The students also sketched the stone garden remnants and learned how the garden was used.

The boys also rolled up their sleeves and helped clean up the rubbish in the area that had come in from the road. Year 9 Horticulture students will also be involved in weed management of the site as part of their course working with Whangarei District Council.

“About 42 percent of the Year 9 students are Maori, and the ability to give these rangatahi pride and a place in the city is a really positive outcome of this cross curricular work,” says Allister.

“The response from all the boys has been positive, with growth in a sense of connectedness to the place they live in. The ability to weave the Tawatawhiti garden site – which is very early – with the Parihaka site has really put their history into perspective.”

The project has had other spin-offs that have impacted the students.

“The local museum, KiwiNorth, brought artefacts relating to Maori gardening and other tools to the school. We had them at the school for two days, with the Year 9 classes rotating through the display of Ko [digging sticks], Timo / Ketu [small wooden digging implements], Toki [adze], and Mahe [fishing sinkers] and Punga [anchor stone].

“This was the first time they have brought material out of the museum, and we were very privileged to have this opportunity. The source of the stone has triggered interest with the boys, and so the inquiry continues.”

Mair’s Landing / Tawatawhiti will continue to play a central part in Whangarei Boys High School’s learning – and the Year 9 cross curricular unit in particular.

“The school feels very close to the site and is looking forward to helping develop it, and hopefully getting access to a high enough standard that it can be open to the public as it is an easy walk from the popular Town Basin café and tourist precinct,” he says

“Stone Store nominated for retail award” Heritage New Zealand Media Release (28.05.2018)

 

 

 

May 28

Liz Bigwood at Kerikeri’s Stone Store.

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Stone Store nominated for retail award

The New Zealand Retail Association has nominated the Stone Store as a finalist in the Best Provincial Retailer category of the 2018 Retail Hotlist awards.

The Association praised the way the Stone Store shop “balances its role as a living museum with a successful and beautifully merchandised retail operation”.

Manager of the Stone Store, Liz Bigwood, is delighted with the nomination, which she says is a tremendous honor in itself.

“The Stone Store began as a trading post in 1836, and has been in business in one form or another pretty well since then,” she says.

Trade of iron tools and implements, cloth, and basic foodstuffs like flour, tea, and sugar were stock in trade with local Maori and it was primarily this trade and the attraction of shipping into the Eastern Bay of Islands that Hongi Hika and other Ngapuhi leaders intended when they allowed a missionary settlement here.

“In later years, people used to say of the store that you could buy anything from a needle to an anchor, and we continue that tradition by stocking a wide range of goods, including authentic items similar to those that would have been on sale in the 19thCentury.”

A recent example includes wooden butter molds, similar to those available in New Zealand over a century ago, that are still manufactured in Germany. The Stone Store also stocks a range of quality New Zealand merchandise.

“It takes time to source these products, and it’s important that they fit well with our market and the heritage values of this place,” says Liz.

“The nomination acknowledges the special nature of the Stone Store as a unique retail operation, and the team that makes it so special.”

The awards take place on June 6.

“Crafts and Coffee kick off winter hours at the Honey House Cafe” Heritge New Zeland Media Release (15.05.2018)

 

Rina Ward at the Honey House Café (Image HNZ Media Release)

May 15

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Crafts and Coffee kick off winter hours at the Honey House Cafe

The Honey House Café – one of Kerikeri’s favourite coffee spots – is staying open throughout winter, and a local artist is taking advantage of the extended hours to share her craft with others.

Jewellery maker Rina Ward will hold the first of a number of ‘Crafts & Coffee’ get-togethers on Thursday, 31stMay (10.30am-12.30pm), and is encouraging people to come along and enjoy a morning of “coffee, cake and charm jewellery making”.

“For the cover charge of $25 people can enjoy coffee and cake, and receive a jewellery starter kit to start them off,” says Rina, who owns Nostalgems Handmade Jewellery.

“I’ll be showing participants how to create one-of-a-kind heirloom-style jewellery, and offer a helping hand if needed. It’s not a workshop, but more an opportunity for people to get together and have fun. What better way to spend a winter morning than with some coffee, cake and a bit of crafting, together with people who have similar interests?”

One person who has taken part in one of Rina’s jewellery workshops in the past is the Manager of the Kerikeri Mission Station and Honey House Cafe, Liz Bigwood.

“As the name Nostalgem suggests, Rina’s jewellery has a wonderful heritage feel and her work is very popular in the Stone Store shop,” she says.

“Rina’s charm bracelets, for example, give people the opportunity to incorporate little keepsakes or objects that might otherwise become lost or overlooked – instead, giving them a purpose and significance that they might not otherwise have.”

A bracelet made by Liz incorporates a button from her grandfather’s army coat which he wore at Gallipoli.

“The button is only small but by incorporating it into a piece of jewellery it somehow gives it a focus and enables his story to be kept alive. Charm bracelets are a great way of highlighting these little treasures which might otherwise be in danger of being lost or forgotten.”

Holding the ‘Crafts & Coffee’ get-togethers at the Honey House shows what a versatile space the café can be according to Liz.

“It’s warm and comfortable with great food and a wonderful outlook – the perfect place for gatherings of this kind. Being open throughout winter also means this space can be available for community use like this – as well as being good news for all our local regulars.”

The Honey House will be open Wednesdays through to Sundays from about 9am and will feature a menu of tasty winter lunch meals and snacks including hearty winter soup, pies, toasted sandwiches, scones and frittata as well as favourites like the café’s toffee apple cake and its quality espresso and teas.

People can book their place on the crafty coffee meet-up by calling Rina on 021 175 9700, or emailing Rina at nostalgems@gmail.com

Budget 2018: “Recognising the importance of our arts, culture and heritage” Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern PM MP Media Release

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern PM, Minister of Arts Culture and Heritage

“Meanwhile, as New Zealanders increasingly recognise the value of heritage and its importance to our national identity, Heritage New Zealand has been experiencing greater demand for its services. We have acknowledged that today with new Budget operating funding of $6.3 million over four years.

"This new funding, on top of current operating funding of $13.0 million per year, will assist with processing an increased number of archaeological authority applications, protecting built heritage (including advising on earthquake-prone buildings), and identifying and protecting sites of significance to Māori.

The Media Release is as follows: (more…)