Tag: Heritage New Zealand

“Heritage NZ and Maori Heritage Council changes”: Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon. Minister Maggie Barry -Media Release 18.05.2017)

Hon Maggie Barry (Source: www.Beehive.govt.nz)

Maggie Barry

18 May, 2017

Heritage NZ and Maori Heritage Council changes

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced the appointment of four new members to the Heritage New Zealand Board and to the Māori Heritage Council.

“The new members of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Board are Bryce Barnett, Chris Cochran, Kim Ngārimu and David Nicoll and the new members of the Māori Heritage Council are Chris Cochran, Rebecca (Liz) Mellish and Paul White,” Ms Barry says.

“I’m pleased with the depth and breadth of experience on these two bodies which ensures the best of governance. Some members serve on both Board and Council.”

“I’d also like to thank outgoing Heritage NZ board members Wayne Marriott, Brian McGuinness and Storm McVay and Māori Heritage Council members Richard Bradley, Antoine Coffin and Wayne Marriott for their contribution over their three-year term.”

Minister Barry also announced the reappointment of four members to each organisation.



“On A Heritage Mission”- HNZ CEO Andrew Coleman Interviewed On RNZ Nine-To-Noon

On A Heritage Mission- HNZ CEO Andrew Coleman Interviewed On RNZ National Nine-To-Noon

"Andrew Coleman, chief executive of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga talks to Nine to Noon about the importance of promoting the value of heritage to all Kiwis. ..."



“Explore Auckland’s oldest cemetery” – A HNZ Heritage Tip.

Symonds St Graveyard. (Image: HNZ Media Release)

Explore Auckland’s oldest cemetery

According to Heritage New Zealand’s Mid Northern Regional Archaeologist, Bev Parslow:

“People looking for green space, some fascinating history and a pleasant walk will enjoy exploring a historic burial ground like Auckland’s Symonds Street Cemetery,” says Bev.

“As well as providing an oasis of calm away from the bustle of everyday life, the cemetery also enables people to reconnect with our shared history through a fascinating lens.”

Symonds Street Cemetery is a recorded archaeological site and is one of our oldest urban cemeteries – possibly the earliest established under direct colonial government control.

“The cemetery is one of Auckland’s most important archaeological sites due, in part, to the nature, scale and variety of its physical remains and as a the earliest surviving establishment yet recognised in the colonial capital of Auckland,” says Bev.

“It is essentially the same age as Auckland itself – and that’s reflected in its layout, and the people who are buried there.”

The location and layout of the Symonds Street Cemetery differed from earlier graveyards in New Zealand at that time, which followed the traditional British model of burial in churchyards. The Symonds Street Cemetery reflected greater egalitarian sentiments by the establishment of the initial burial ground as a General Cemetery – for the burial of all inhabitants irrespective of religious denomination.

While physical separation from the main population centre was partly a response to prevailing concerns about the effects of burial grounds on public health, it also reflected the influence of broader Enlightenment ideas on the new colony, which stressed the separation between church and state.

It wasn’t long, however, before the cemetery became split into different areas based on religious or denominational break-down – including Anglican, Catholic, Methodist and Jewish sectors.

“This religious diversity makes for a really interesting walk,” says Bev.

The Anglican sector, for example, is characterised by traditional English trees like oaks which symbolise Englishness and stoutness of resolve. The meandering footpaths also make for a picturesque backdrop.

“The Catholic part of the cemetery by contrast has an ordered, linear layout possibly reflecting the influence of French Marist missionaries in Auckland who would have been influenced by the reformation of French cemeteries in 1808,” says Bev.

The mortuary monument and markers, in-ground remains such as graves and burials; visible landscape features such as walls, paths, earthworks; and stand-alone structures like the Centennial Memorial Chapel and Mortuary Building, historical plantings and botanical remnants form part of the archaeological landscape of the cemetery.

All of these elements are inter-connected both physically and in their ability to demonstrate the historical evolution of the cemetery.

“Systematic archaeological recording of these features provide information about issues as diverse as religious observance, funery practice, ethnic and other origins, trade and technology, public health and attitudes toward commemoration and death,” says Bev.

“The Symonds Street Cemetery tells us a lot – and also reflects changes in society over time.”

Besides the diversity of its layout, walkers can seek out the final resting places of some key figures in New Zealand history – including Governor William Hobson, who oversaw the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and Baron Charles De Thierry who had extensive land claims in Northland and hoped to establish himself as ‘sovereign chief’.

“Ironically his grand designs were ultimately thwarted by the signing of Hobson’s Treaty at Waitangi in 1840,” says Bev.

“These figures were key personalities in the formation of early New Zealand, and it’s quite interesting to think that they’re buried close to each other.”

Besides famous people in history, the cemetery is also the final resting place for many of Auckland’s earliest settler families.

“Symonds Street Cemetery is an important archaeological site in its own right – it is scheduled  A in the Auckland Council District Plan and listed with Heritage New Zealand as a category 1 Historic Place,” says Bev.

“It has great significance for Aucklanders, and is well worth exploring.”

Other historic cemeteries in Auckland include Waikumete and Purewa.

For more information on the Symonds Street Cemetery - http://www.heritage.org.nz/the-list/details/7753


“Guided tours of upper Hatea River for Archaeology Week” HNZ Media Release (27.03.2017)

"People curious about one of Whangarei’s earliest areas of settlement will be able to take part in a series of archaeological walks focusing on the history of Tawatawhiti on the upper Hatea River.

"The walks are part of New Zealand Archaeology Week and take place on Saturday April 8, with the first walk starting at 12 noon and the second starting at 1pm. The walks are approximately 40 minutes long.

The media Release is as follows:



“Melanesian Mission building to go under wraps” HNZ Media Release (17.03.2017




March 17

Melanesian Mission building to go under wraps

Auckland’s Melanesian Mission building will soon find itself under wraps.

From next week, the 157-year old Category 1 historic building will be shrouded in plastic wrap as the heritage icon undergoes a vital part of an ongoing programme of seismic strengthening.

“The next phase of work will see the shingle roof of the Melanesian Mission building removed, and the rafters and purlins of the original mission building secured to the structural plywood base which has been installed in the roof space,” says Heritage New Zealand’s General Manager Heritage Destinations, Nick Chin. (more…)

“Ngapuhi landmark listed as a Wahi Tapu” HNZ Media Release (16.03.2017)

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has added Te Tino a Taiamai – a prominent rock sacred to the hapu of Taiamai of Ngapuhi – to the New Zealand Heritage List as a Wahi Tapu. The Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act defines Wahi Tapu as places sacred to Maori in the traditional, spiritual, religious, ritual or mythological sense.




March 16



Ngapuhi landmark listed as a Wahi Tapu


The significance of a Bay of Islands landmark revered by many Maori has been officially recognised by New Zealand’s lead heritage agency. (more…)

“Archaeological mapping of historic (Hungahungatoroa) pa complete” HNZ Media Release (02.03.2017)

Dr James Robinson at work mapping Hungahungatoroa Pa. (Source HNZ)

March 2, 2017



Archaeological mapping of historic pa complete

Kerikeri-based archaeologist, Dr James Robinson, recently took part in a three-day joint project to develop an archaeological map of one of New Zealand’s most significant surviving pa sites.

Dr Robinson, who is the Northland Regional Archaeologist for Heritage New Zealand, ‘went bush’ to use his specialist expertise in map drawing to help record Hungahungatoroa ( Pa – a gunfighter pa dating back to the 1860s – in the Karakatuwhero Valley near Te Araroa on the East Coast. (more…)

“Treaty commemorations at Mangungu” :Horeke ( Hokianga) On 12th February – Heritage New Zealand Media Release





February 8, 2017


Treaty commemorations at Mangungu

The anniversary of the third and largest signing of Te Tiriti will be commemorated at Māngungu Mission, the Heritage New Zealand property in Horeke in the Hokianga on February 12.

Organisers are expecting a strong community turn-out on the anniversary of the actual day of the signing of Te Tiriti in the Hokianga in what has become an annual festival for the area.

Everybody’s welcome at the commemoration activities, which will begin at about 9am, with mihi and karakia, followed by waka on the water at midday and kai.

The event will finish at about 2pm.

For more information contact: Mita Harris – Ph 027-226-1584