Tag: Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

“Landmarks Whenua Tohunga”- Details Of the Heritage Initiative (Sourced MCH Website)

(Image sourced Ministry Culture and Heritage)

Landmarks Whenua Tohunga : 

Northland and Otago are the  two Landmarks Whenua Tohunga that have been launched thus far. The Ministry of Culture and Heritage (MCH) has the following explanation and details on its website.

The following explanatory quotes were taken from the MCH site:

"Landmarks Whenua Tohunga promotes New Zealand's unique culture and connects visitors to our stories and places.

Landmarks is a partnership between Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai, and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. The programme provides a unified approach to promoting and encouraging people to visit New Zealand’s historically and culturally important places. (more…)

“Art Deco Day at Highwic” Art Deco Day Out At Highwic, Sunday 8 April, 1pm to 6pm (HNZ Heritage This Month March 2018)

Wonderful Highwic. (Credit: Grant Sheehan)

Art Deco Day at Highwic

Auckland’s Own Art Deco Day Out will make a grand entrance once again at Highwic on 8 April (1pm to 6pm).

The 150-year-old mansion in Newmarket, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand, will throw open its gates for the annual festival of all things Deco including live jazz performed at the Cup Cake Café on-site, and a sparkling array of classic cars from the days of flappers and swingers.

Refreshing G&Ts will also be on sale for the day at Hendrick’s Gin Bar, and a range of stalls selling quality vintage products will also be operating within Highwic’s grounds.  If that isn’t enough, Highwic’s shop will also be selling its range of Victorian style vintage greeting cards, games, books, crafts and more.

The hotly contested Glory Days Costume Competition will be held once again.  The contest is free to enter and fabulous prizes from Minnie Cooper, Glory Days, Hendrick's Gin and Highwic will be awarded to the Best Dressed Lady, Gent and Child.

The team from Gin Mill Swing will also host a free dance class early on so people can learn some fancy moves before dancing the afternoon away to live jazz from the New Orleans Joymakers.

The wonderful world of Art Deco provides the ultimate in feel-good nostalgia, says Highwic Property Lead Cheryl Laurie.

“The $5 admission fee is also great value, enabling people to look around Highwic – though it will pay to bring some extra cash to enjoy some of the other attractions we’ll have on-site,” she says.

For more information on Auckland’s Own Art Deco Day Out – including parking directions – visit http://www.heritage.org.nz/news-and-events/events/highwic-art-deco-day

Don’t miss Auckland’s Own ). Admission: $5 per adult; children free. Refreshments not included in admission.

Caption: Wonderful Highwic.  Credit: Grant Sheehan 

“Support Auckland’s art community and Heritage New Zealand!”: exhibition at the Railway Street Gallery in Newmarket, Auckland, opens on 15 March and runs until 3 April. (HNZ Media Release)

Support Auckland's art community and Heritage New Zealand!

An exhibition of paintings by prominent artists with an interest in the protection and restoration of Auckland buildings and beyond is commencing soon at Railway St Studios in Auckland, with a percentage of the sales of the works going to support Heritage New Zealand’s work.

Four Auckland-based artists are concerned about the protection and documentation of our heritage. This art exhibition highlights cherished icons such as Rangitoto baches, the Esplanade Hotel, St Mary’s Bay villas, trams and cottages at Motat, to name a few.

"The images in this exhibition show something of this precarious and often threatened heritage," says artist David Barker.

"These works become part of a valuable inventory, described with great care. In them lies an archival documentation worth retaining as it touches us all, however brief our history.  What better way to capture the essence of our past and preserve it for future generations.”

The Past and Present exhibition and its core theme of protecting heritage is a great fit for Heritage New Zealand and it is pleased to get behind it.

"Any financial support that comes from the exhibition will help Heritage New Zealand to protect this country’s unique heritage and historic places,” says Heritage New Zealand's Manager of Asset Funding, Brendon Veale.

Featured artists are David Barker, John Horner, Graham Downs and Murray Dewhurst.

The exhibition at the Railway Street Gallery in Newmarket, Auckland, opens on 15 March and runs until 3 April.  For more information please click here.

“Sad passing of heritage stalwart” Pam Wilson (2 March 1937 – 11 February 2018) [“Heritage This Month March 2018”]

"Sad passing of heritage stalwart" Pam Wilson (2 March 1937 - 11 February 2018)

Pam Wilson began work for the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT, now Heritage New Zealand) after being on the branch committee for some years in the early 1980s.  She worked on the Women’s/Promotions Committee, focusing on advocacy for heritage conservation, raising money to help with projects and elevating the profile of the organisation generally, including gaining more members.  In January 1989 Pam began work as the NZHPT Regional Officer for Canterbury, based first in a tiny office in what was then the Peterborough Centre, administered by the Arts Centre.  The office moved for a short time into the Cranmer Centre and then to the former Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings.  Gradually other staff joined Pam and, with her leadership, the team made huge strides in the recognition and protection of a wealth of historic places throughout Canterbury and the West Coast.

Pam was instrumental in saving many historic places in Canterbury and the West Coast, including the Nurses' Memorial Chapel and the Edmunds Factory Gardens.  She sat on many trusts, including the Riccarton House and Bush Trust and the Ngaio Marsh House and Heritage Trust, and was on 'cup of tea and biscuit' status with all of the Category 1 owners of Canterbury's large homesteads.  She was also a very astute negotiator and would front to developers and tell them how important historic places were.

By the time of her retirement in 2007, Pam’s office had been in the NZHPT offices in Gough House on Hereford Street.  Practically every file we open in the Christchurch office has her handwriting or other mark of her involvement, and even after she officially retired, she helped with work on research and registrations, such as the Kate Sheppard House in Ilam.  Like the rest of us, she was devastated about the loss of so much heritage in the Canterbury quakes of 2010 and 2011, but rejoiced in what has been able to be saved.

Pam was an absolute legend and her deep knowledge, kind and gentle manner, curiosity and dedication is widely recognised, both within Heritage New Zealand and in the wider community.  In 2007 she received two distinguished awards – the Christchurch City Council’s Civic Award and the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to heritage conservation.

Robyn Burgess, Heritage New Zealand

Historic Places Canterbury was saddened to learn of Pam Wilson's passing.

Robyn Burgess and Heritage New Zealand has generously given us permission to post the Tribute to Pam Wilson that appeared in  Heritage This Month March 2018.

Clarks Mill Summer Operating Sundays 28 January, 25 February and 25 March From 12 midday – 4pm

Clarks Mill Summer Operating Sundays

Clarks Mill is extending its last Sunday of the month operating events in January, February and March with more to see and do, and extra operating times.  See, hear and feel this historic flour mill come back to life as the machinery rolls into action. Come and explore how wheat is grown, turned in flour and made into our daily bread.  There will be vintage tractors and other working vintage machinery from the North Otago Vintage Machinery Club, and activities for children.  So, bring a picnic and come and enjoy a fascinating visit to this 19th century engineering marvel.

Machinery operates at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.  Site tours, music, games and activities for the kids during the afternoon.

Please understand that Clarks Mill is a cash-only site, sorry no EFTPOS available.

Special features for Sunday 28 January

In January there is a Scottish theme so don your tartan and join us for tea and scones in the Miller’s House, music in Smokey Joe’s, games and activities for the children and rides in a horse drawn carriage.


  • Sundays 28 January, 25 February and 25 March
  • 12 midday - 4pm
  • Machinery operates at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

How Much?

Adult $15, Student $5, Child free. Heritage New Zealand members free (show your valid membership card). Please note CASH ONLY for all tickets.

For more details

To find out more about the operating days, contact the team at Totara Estate on (03) 433 1269 or email totaraestate@heritage.org.nz

Christmas Cheer At Pompallier Mission On Saturday December 23 At 6pm. (2017)




December 4


Christmas cheer at Pompallier Mission                                               

Christmas cheer will be coming to Russell once again this year at the annual Carols @ Pompallier concert at Pompallier Mission, the Heritage New Zealand property in Russell, Bay of Islands.

Every Christmas, Pompallier Mission and New Zealand’s oldest church, Russell’s Christ Church, come together to host community carols for locals and visitors alike. Local groups and soloists will perform traditional festive favourites as well as modern Christmas songs as part of the show, which takes place on Saturday December 23 at 6pm.

Concert-goers will also have the opportunity to sing along to some favourite Christmas Carols.

Carols @ Pompallier is an annual fixture for the Russell community and is a great way for the community to re-connect and kick off the festive season,” says the Manager of Pompallier Mission, Scott Elliffe.

People are invited to bring a picnic, rug and good cheer.

“Pompallier Mission has the only public gardens in Russell, so it’s a great opportunity for families to enjoy a very pleasant evening of festive entertainment in this beautiful historic setting,” says Scott.

Admission to Carols @ Pompallier is free to everybody. (Alternative wet weather venue – Christ Church in Russell).

Media Contact: Scott Elliffe, Ph 09-403-9015

“Christmas Time at Highwic” Heritage New Zealand Media Release (05:12:2017)

December 5


Christmas Time at Highwic

Christmases past will be celebrated at Highwic this year as harpist and entertainer Cathie Harrop presents Christmas Time at Highwic – a series of concerts providing a glimpse into the celebration of Christmas in Victorian times.

The historic mansion in Newmarket, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand, will be the perfect venue for the concerts which will include storyteller and narrator Illona Rogers, pianist Hadley Ronayne along with musicians Jennie and Dave Khan, and soprano Amanda Kirk.

Christmas Time at Highwic will hark back to the days when there was time to enjoy family gatherings, parties, dances, grand balls, and friends gathered around the piano. The concerts will capture the fun, laughter, nostalgia and homesickness which were a hallmark of Victorian Christmases in New Zealand. Music, stories, songs, parlour games and monologues will be performed on the night bringing these feelings to life.

“The Christmas shows that Cathie and her team have put on in the past have been wonderful, and this year will be no exception,” says the Manager of Highwic, Cheryl Laurie.

“Before the concerts begin people will also be able to explore Highwic’s traditional Christmas gift shop, and after the show enjoy a Victorian style supper in the billiard room with the performers.”

Don’t miss Christmas Time at Highwic, December 17 (6.30pm), December 18 and 19 (7.30pm). Tickets $49 per person (all inclusive). Bookings essential – book viawww.cathieharrop.com or Ph 09-479-2361.



You can download a copy of the HPA Submission at the following link: HNZPT draft Guidelines for Assessing Historic Places Submission

“Digital photo display captures moments in time for Thames” Heritage New Zealand Media Release (26.06.2017)

The lobby of the Brian Boru Hotel as photographed by John Fields.
(Image source Heritage New Zealand)

"A digital display of images taken by one of New Zealand’s foremost photographers detailing Thames life in the 1970s will lead 150th anniversary celebrations at the Thames School of Mines.

"The photographs – a collection of 500 colour and black and white pictures taken by John Fields – will feature as a rolling show of images displayed on a high resolution TV. The exhibition, which will be shown from August 5 to October 6, will include portraits, street panoramas and aerial shots

“The digital display is designed to complement a static exhibition of some of John Fields’ Thames images taken between 1973 and 1975, which will run at the Bella Street Pumphouse during the same time,” says the Manager of the Thames School of Mines, John Isdale.

The photographs – a collection of 500 colour and black and white pictures taken by John Fields – will feature as a rolling show of images displayed on a high resolution TV. The exhibition, which will be shown from August 5 to October 6, will include portraits, street panoramas and aerial shots

The Media Release is as follows: (more…)

“Heritage New Zealand delighted with property transfers” : Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Media Release & “Historic Wellington buildings transfer”: Minister Hon Maggie Barry Media Release


"Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is delighted with the acquisition of the Government Buildings Historic Reserve and Turnbull House Historic Reserve in central Wellington as part of a property portfolio realignment with the Department of Conservation and Ministry for Culture and Heritage announced today.

"DOC has received from Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga the Whangamarino Redoubt Historic Reserve at Mercer, Clifden Suspension Bridge in Southland, Gabriel Read Memorial Reserve in Otago, Springvale Suspension Bridge east of Taihape and full control of the Brunner Industrial Historic Reserve on the West Coast.

Hon Maggie Barry

Minister Maggie Barry:

The Old Government Building is already tenanted and a popular tourist attraction and Heritage New Zealand will consider options for Turnbull House once it has been earthquake strengthened.

The Media Releases are as follows: (more…)