“Loss of Heritage EQUIP funding a blow” Historic Places Aotearoa / ICOMOS Media Release

The Government’s decision to discontinue funding for seismic strengthening of heritage buildings is a serious setback for owners, Historic Places Aotearoa president James Blackburne said today.
The decision not to extend Heritage EQUIP (Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme) funding past the end of June 2021 slipped through in the May Budget without arousing any media comment. “This cut is a major blow to heritage preservation as the fund had been making extremely worthwhile grants towards seismic strengthening of heritage buildings as required by the Building (Earthquake Prone Buildings) Amendment Act, 2016,” Mr Blackburne said.

ICOMOS NZ Chairperson, Pamela Dziwulska, agrees with HPA – “it’s an incredibly sad loss for built heritage in Aotearoa – buildings are at the forefront of everybody’s day to day experiences of their town centres, cities, and even rural settings. ....
Adaptation, using the right expertise, makes the most sense if the goal is to be sustainable and meet climate change targets. The government put these time limits on building owners who are acting as the kaitiaki, but have now taken away one of their main sources of monetary aid in order to protect and maintain Aotearoa’s cultural heritage for future generations.”

HPA executive member and Whanganui district councillor Helen Craig said Heritage EQUIP was revolutionary in that it funded private owners of buildings.
“It was one of the most effective, best-run and most-responsive funding mechanism I’ve seen.

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“Championing New Zealand architectural heritage on the world stage” ICOMOS NZ Media Release

"Local Nelson conservation architect Ian Bowman will shortly be travelling to New Delhi to represent New Zealand members of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). This is the only global non-governmental organization of the world’s experts in architectural, landscape and archaeological heritage conservation.  Ian is the New Zealand national president and will be joining 110 other national presidents and more than 1000 members to the three yearly General Assembly.

"The 19th General Assembly in New Delhi will be electing a new President and a new Secretary General.  For the first time in its 57 year history candidates for these top positions are from the Asia Pacific region.  Professor Toshiyuki Kono of Japan is the only candidate for President and architect Peter Phillips from Australia is the only candidate for Secretary General. ..."

"One particular event organized by ICOMOS Australia, New Zealand and Pasifika is a conference in Fiji in October 2018 on Pacific conservation issues.   This is one of a number of events proposed in the region leading up to the next General Assembly which is likely to be confirmed for Sydney in 2020.

The Media Release is as follows:

Championing New Zealand architectural heritage on the world stage (more…)

“ICOMOS NEW ZEALAND celebrates 18 April International Day for Monuments and Sites” (2017) ICOMOS Media Release

ICOMOS NEW ZEALAND celebrates 18 April International Day for Monuments and Sites

Tuesday April the 18th has been designated by ICOMOS as the International Day for monuments. The day was first celebrated in 1983 at the recommendation of UNESCO.

ICOMOS is the acronym for the International Council on Monuments and Sites. We are a non-governmental international cultural heritage organisation dedicated to the application of theory, methodology and scientific techniques for the conservation of buildings, historic cities, cultural landscapes and archaeological sites.

The Media Release continues : (This Media Release was sourced from SCOOP)


“The Heritage of Sport”- World Heritage Day 18th April 20016

"The 2016 theme for the ICOMOS International Day on Monuments and Sites celebrated on 18 April is: The Heritage of Sport ..."


18 April - Ideas for celebrating (Link)

The Heritage of Sport- World Heritage Day, Monday 18th April : Historic Places Canterbury Media Release

The “Heritage of Sport” is the theme for this years World Heritage Day being held next Monday 18th April.

“We suggest they ring ZB Talkback or write to the Press or Star newspaper to nominate a site where a special sporting moment occurred. We would like to hear why it is special and what the great sporting achievement that occurred there was. It could, for instance, be Lancaster Park where in 1962 Peter Snell broke the 880yard/800m world records.”

“Many proud Cantabrians will remember Lancaster Park where Richard and Dayle Hadlee as members of the New Zealand Cricket Team beat Australia for the first time in 1974. Many will argue Richard Hadlee as a tearaway fast bowler starting his long run up with that memorable half skip at Lancaster as something that should be celebrated!”

The Media Release is as follows:


ICOMOS New Zealand – A Site Well Worth A Visit … Regularly… Especially Their News Archive

"Established in 1987, ICOMOS New Zealand/Te Mana o Nga Pouwhenua o Te Ao is a professional organisation for the support and advancement of individuals and organisations engaged in the conservation of places of cultural heritage value in New Zealand."

ICOMOS NZ Charter:  http://www.icomos.org.nz/nzcharters.htm
ICOMOS News Archive: the Newsletters are posted online: http://www.icomos.org.nz/news_archive.htm