Tag: Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

“Heritage role just like coming home for Ohaeawai resident” HNZ Media Release (28-02-18)

Heritage New Zealand’s Property Lead, Te Waimate and Hokianga Properties Alex Bell preparing a spit roast Hogget for the recent Waitangi Day cricket match at Te Waimate Mission. All in a day’s work – Alex’s third day of work actually.

February 28

MEDIA RELEASE

Heritage role just like coming home for Ohaeawai resident

For Ohaeawai resident Alex Bell, taking on a new role with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is a bit like coming home.

The 31-year old was recently appointed Heritage New Zealand’s Property Lead, Te Waimate and Hokianga Properties;  a role that involves the management of New Zealand’s second oldest surviving building – Te Waimate Mission – as well as Mangungu Mission in Horeke and Clendon House in Rawene.

Alex has a particularly strong link to Clendon House.

“Dennis Cochrane, who was the father of Jane Clendon, was one of my ancestors. Jane, who married James Reddy Clendon, was instrumental in keeping Clendon House in the family after his death until it was eventually gifted to the NZ Historic Places Trust in the early 1970s,” says Alex.

“Besides that link, I grew up on a dairy farm near Lake Omapere and went to Okaihau Primary and College. Both sides of my family are long-time Northlanders with a good mix of 19thCentury links to the Hokianga, Bay of Islands and Whangarei.”

Discovering physical evidence of his ancestors on family land as a child was instrumental in forming an interest in history according to Alex.

“The objects I found poking out of the banks of the Hokianga Harbour were likely disposed of by them, so those old spoons and whiskey bottles created a more personal link between them and now,” he says.

Highlighting links that help bring history alive, as well as making stories and information accessible to the community, are objectives Alex wants to explore in his new role.

“I love to get into the gritty parts of the stories, and to find historical tidbits to incorporate into the story of a property or archaeological site that give it some personal context,” he says.

“Heritage New Zealand’s Hokianga properties were all established in the early phases of European settlement and are all Landmarks Whenua Tohunga. As well as travelling half way around the world, settlers had to build their lives in an unfamiliar nation, build relationships with a well established Maori population, and build the foundations of Missionary societies from which they had been sent – all while staying alive.”

Each of the physical buildings sit in landscapes that incorporate centuries of Maori settlement and politics, and have their own stories to tell.

“Te Waimate Mission is an untapped treasure – and that goes for Mangungu Mission and Clendon House too. There is a wealth of stories to be told beyond just those of key historical figures,” he says.

“They’re also beautiful places to enjoy. Te Waimate Mission, for example, is perfect for people to bring a picnic and sit under the trees.”

Te Waimate is a far cry from Western Australia where Alex worked as a contract archaeologist prior to returning to New Zealand. He is enjoying being able to walk through knee-deep grass without having to worry about standing on a sleeping snake, or surveying in the bush and getting covered in kangaroo ticks. Neither does he miss being away for weeks at a time, the relentless heat and sleeping in a swag by the fire.

“I certainly loved it there, though. A beer at sunset with your mates after a 10-hour work day in 45 degree heat, looking over a mountain range of premium grade iron ore – that’s the good life,” he says.

After working as an archaeologist in the north following his return from Australia, Alex is looking forward to the next step of his heritage journey. And his family connections make it all the more personal.

“One of my ancestors, William Robinson, is buried in the Mangungu cemetery – so this job is kind of like caretaking a bit of family history I suppose,” he says.

 

 

“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.

Tohu Whenua “Name change better reflects programme meaning” (Heritage New Zeland Renames Landmarks Whenua Tohunga)

 

 

 

6 November2018

Name change better reflects programme meaning

 Tohu Whenua is the new name for a successful programme identifying and celebrating the significant historic and cultural places of Aotearoa.

“Tohu Whenua better reflects the programme’s increasingly national focus and meaning, replacing the original Landmarks Whenua Tohunga pilot name,” says Programme Manager Denise Stephens.

“Tohu Whenua acknowledges memories of the land, marking places made significant by our forebears and telling their stories.

“The initial pilot programme in Northland launched in late 2016 shows there is considerable pride taken by the selected sites, and this has been repeated in the second pilot programme launched in Otago in December 2017.

“Tohu Whenua is a better fit now that the programme has increased certainty as a nationwide marker of our heritage and history.

“We needed a name that was more appropriate than the original meaning of tohunga which can translate to one skilled in signs and marks.

“Now’s the right time to make the name change as the programme gathers momentum and we increase the promotion and appreciation of the Tohu Whenua.

“New Zealanders and international tourists are identifying and visiting these places, which is fantastic not only for the place, but also for the regional economy,” Denise Stephens says.

The name change coincides with the South Island’s West Coast selection as the third Tohu Whenua region, with a formal launch of chosen sites timed for early December 2018. A site selection process is being worked through.

“The West Coast is rich in history and heritage.  Early Māori sites, industrial sites reflecting the gold and coal mining activities, and other special buildings and places have made the selection process challenging, but enjoyable,” says Denise Stephens.

The programme, established in 2015, is delivered in partnership by Department of Conservation, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, and Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage. These agencies were joined by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment this year.

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“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.

“Northern Wars Tour” 10am Saturday 3rd November – Heritage Northland Media Release

 

 

 

October 25

MEDIA RELEASE

Northern Wars Tour

Heritage Northland Inc will host a trip to visit the three Northern Wars battle sites of Te Ahuahu, Puketutu and Ohaeawai On Saturday 3 November.

The trip will start from the Te Waimate Mission Grounds at 10 amwhere Morning Tea will be served from the Sunday School Hall from 9.30am. A briefing will be given outlining the trip and the events of the Northern Wars, and the bus will then depart for Te Ahuahu and Puketutu and finally the Ohaeawai Pa site. On-board and site commentary will be provided by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff.

A ‘picnic style’ lunch will then be served back at Te Waimate Mission around 12.30pm.

Following lunch break, the Te Waimate Mission Building and grounds will be open for people to explore including the adjacent St John the Baptist Church and graveyard. Afternoon tea will be available from 2.45pm.

The cost is $45 per person and includes transport, morning/afternoon teas and lunch. Parking is available at Te Waimate Mission grounds situated at 344 Te Ahu Ahu Road, Waimate North.  Toilet facilities are available in the grounds of Te Waimate Mission site.

Participants will visit privately owned properties, and with parking limited, no individual transport will be allowed.

Bookings essential – contact Merle Newlove on Ph 09 439 7492 or email: m.r.newlove@xtra.co.nz   for further details.

“Celebrate Suffrage 125″ at Clendon House” 9.30am-4pm November 24th ( HNZ Media Release)

Artist Janet de Wagt in action at the first community suffrage art workshop held in Auckland last month. (Source HNZ Media Release)

October 26

MEDIA RELEASE

Celebrate Suffrage 125 at Clendon House

A community art workshop commemorating 125 years of women’s suffrage will take place at Clendon House in Rawene on November 24 (9.30am-4pm).

The art workshop will be led by Dunedin artist Janet de Wagt, and is funded by a Creative New Zealand Grant, with support from Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

Participants will create a commemorative banner that will be joined with other banners made in other workshops at key heritage locations around the country over the next few months.

The banners from the art workshops will be amalgamated into one final artwork which will be launched at Old Government Buildings in Wellington in April next year.

“The banners are a reference to the three Parliamentary petitions that were circulated around the country and which ultimately resulted in women finally being granted the right to vote on 19 September 1893,” says Lindsay Charman, who is the Senior Visitor Host for Clendon House, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

“The third petition was described by suffragist Kate Sheppard as a “monster petition” made up of petition sheets circulated throughout New Zealand, and returned to Christchurch where Sheppard pasted each sheet end on end and rolled it around a section of a broom handle.”

The ‘Monster Petition’ survives, and contains 25,519 signatures – including some men. The roll was presented to Parliament with great drama. Sir John Hall, Member of Parliament and suffrage supporter, brought it into the House and unrolled it down the central aisle of the debating chamber until it hit the end wall with a thud.

“The banners will be an artistic representation of that extraordinary social movement that ultimately saw New Zealand becoming the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote,” he says.

Clendon House is a fitting venue for the workshops according to Lindsay. Jane Clendon – the daughter of Dennis Cochrane and his wife Takotowi from the Hokianga – was a woman of considerable strength.

“She also had significant blood lines and mana – though she found herself almost bankrupt with a large family to provide for after the death of her husband in 1872. Many people facing such pressure would have gone under, but Jane – who was only 34 years old with eight children under 17 – rode to Auckland on horseback and managed to skilfully negotiate terms of repayment with her creditors,” he says.

“The story of how Jane managed to clear her debts, educate her children in both the Pakeha and Maori worlds while keeping the family home is inspiring. She was a young mother who took charge of her life in a crisis.”

Artistic ability is not necessary for people to take part in the workshops – and Janet de Wagt is looking forward to working with a range of different ideas and skills. All art materials are provided for at the workshop.

“Participants in the banner-making will be able to use painting, printing, stamping, drawing and weaving – whatever they prefer – to create the banners,”  says Lindsay.

“Participation is the important thing – and celebrating a movement that changed New Zealand and the world forever.”

(Pompallier Mission) “Bowl remnants found in the mix” Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Media Release

 

Lindis Capper-Starr of the Kerikeri Mission Station and James Robinson compare a Mason and Cash mixing bowl from today with remnants of a similar mixing bowl from over a hundred years ago.

 

 

 

October 9

MEDIA RELEASE

Bowl remnants found in the mix

An archaeological excavation as part of earthworks associated with a new sprinkler system for Pompallier Mission has uncovered evidence of some delicious baking.

Remnants of a ceramic mixing bowl, understood to be manufactured in the 1800s by British ceramic firm Mason – the fore runner of today’s Mason and Cash – were discovered as part of the recent excavation that took place adjacent to Russell’s Pompallier Mission.

The historic property is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

“The excavation was carried out as part of the conditions of an archaeological authority which was granted for earthworks associated with the new sprinkler,” says Heritage New Zealand’s Northland Archaeologist, James Robinson.

“This area was identified as potentially having archaeological features present, and the authority process enabled it to be excavated carefully as part of earthworks for the sprinkler system. The bowl, bottles and other items were found in a rubbish dump that was part of the excavation area.”

“Dating and analysing the function of these items can provide us with good evidence of what was going on at this site many years ago.”

Because the property has been in continuous use, it is not completely clear what period the bowl dates from, though initial analysis suggests the bowl could date back to the 1800s. It’s likely that the bowl broke – perhaps while the owner was whipping up a batch of pikelets, or a similar delicacy – and the bits duly chucked into the rubbish heap.

The mixing bowls are not exactly rare – though they have a special connection to another historic property that Heritage New Zealand cares for according to James.

“Mason Cash and Co replaced the Mason brand in 1901, and Mason and Cash is still going strong. Mixing bowls almost identical to the one that was discarded in Russell all those years ago, are on sale at the Stone Store along with a range of other authentic trade goods from the 19thCentury,” he says.

“There’s a nice continuity there.”

Manager of the Stone Store, Liz Bigwood, agrees.

“We love selling products with brands that have endured for years, and Mason and Cash is definitely one of those,” she says.

“Mason and Cash still make the classic cane-coloured mixing bowl, as well as new designs that are more contemporary and funky. The brand is still very much alive – even after over two centuries.”

Installation of Pompallier Mission’s sprinkler system is expected to be completed by summer.

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.

When?

  • 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