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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…)

“Handmade for Mother” Mother’s Day Activities @ Alberton (26-05-2018)




April 26

Olwyn Bertram-Ellison with flowers. (Image HNZ Media Release)


Handmade for Mother

Fresh flowers, vintage tea-cups and glassware, and the traditional handicrafts of felting and crochet will come together at Auckland’s Alberton this May as part of a programme of activities for Mother’s Day.

Founded in 1908 by American Anna Jarvis following a memorial service for her mother (a US Civil War nurse and peace activist), Mother’s Day was formalised as a celebration of all mothers in 1914 and took off around the world.  Jarvis, however, soon became disillusioned with the commercialisation of the holiday by retailers and card companies and urged a boycott. Instead of buying gifts and pre-made cards she insisted mothers should be honoured with handmade cards and letters expressing love and gratitude.

In that spirit, participants at Alberton’s workshops on 12 and 13 May can make things for and with their mums, learning floral art, felting, embroidery and beading or extending their crochet skills. The workshops are followed by afternoon tea and include entry to explore the house.

To book, contact Alberton at alberton@heritage.org.nz or (09) 846-7367

Saturday 12 May:

10:30am: Vintage Tea-cup and Glassware Arrangements with Olwyn Bertram-Ellison, Floral designer and Alberton’s Gardener. $55 (2 hours).

Meghan Mills (Image HNZ Media Release)

10:30am: Beaded Crochet Bowl/Jug Cover with Megan Mills, heirloom sewer and teacher of traditional handicrafts. $40 (3 hours).

Sunday 13 May:

10:30am: Felted Embellished and Beaded Cards with Evelyn Davis, Artist, Storytelling Threads. $45 (2 hours).


“Pompallier Mission coffee house open all winter” Heritage New Zealand (02-04-2018)




April 26


Pompallier Mission coffee house open all winter

The news is all good for fans of the delicious espresso and stunning bay views of the Pompallier Mission Coffee House.

Winter fare on offer now at Pompallier Mission’s coffee house.

The French-themed eatery – which is part of the historic printery cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga – will remain operating throughout winter by popular demand.

The coffee house has become a favourite of Russell locals as well as visitors to the Bay of Islands, and will open between the hours of 11am and 3pm every day offering the perfect range of French-themed light lunches for winter.

“We’re delighted to be able to extend our service throughout winter, and look forward to providing such delicacies as French Onion soup and Leek and Potato soup, as well as savoury French tarts,” says the Manager of Pompallier Mission, Scott Elliffe.

“Other delicacies on the menu will include local oysters and sparkling mineral water, as well as our delicious espresso and selection of teas.”

The historic Pompallier Mission printery building will be fitted with a fire sprinkler system during winter and will be closed to the public while that work is being done (June through August). The coffee house, however, will remain open during this time.

The new winter hours will take place from Tuesday May 1. Due to the intimate space in the coffee house lunch bookings are recommended – Ph 09-403-9015.



“Mair’s Landing added to Heritage List” Heritage New Zealand Media Release




April 27


Mair’s Landing added to Heritage List

The heritage value of an outstanding archaeological landscape in Whangarei dating back to the earliest days of human settlement in the area has been recognised by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

Tawatawhiti / Mair’s Landing – owned by Whangarei District Council – has been added to the New Zealand Heritage List / Rarangi Korero as a Historic Area. The listing formally identifies it as a place of heritage significance.

Mair's Landing (Image Heritage New Zealand)

“Tawatawhiti / Mair’s Landing is very well preserved and incorporates evidence of Maori horticultural practice and later waterfront activity beside the upper Hatea River,” says Heritage New Zealand’s Northland Manager, Bill Edwards, who completed the research for the Listing.

“It also includes Mair’s Landing itself, which is likely to be the oldest surviving European structure in Whangarei City. The historic area is rare in that it spans a long period of human settlement.”

The combination of fresh and sea water, together with rich volcanic soils, meant that Tawatawhiti would inevitably become a centre for settlement – and that’s exactly what happened.

“Today you can still see clear evidence of living areas and remnant horticultural field systems that pre-date contact with Europeans,” says Bill.

“You can also see basalt rocks of varying sizes that were stacked to form a rock wall as part of a Maori horticultural field system. Stone-faced terraces constructed specifically for gardening or living areas – as well as stone heaps [puke] that were used to increase the temperature around the plant roots to assist their growth – are also clearly visible.”

Although there are no firm archaeological dates for the field systems, they are probably hundreds of years old according to Bill.

“As well as being a Maori archaeological landscape, the story of Tawatawhiti / Mair’s Landing is also one of people who have changed the landscape for their own purposes over generations,” says Bill.

“When Gilbert Mair and his family moved to Whangarei in 1842, for example, they used some of the local rock to build a stone jetty. It still exists today and is one of Whangarei’s oldest historic structures associated with early European settlement.


Heritage Christchurch Exterior


Heritage Christchurch has been announced a finalist in the Canterbury Heritage Awards in the tourism category.

The awards honour Canterbury individuals, organisations and companies involved in heritage restoration, retention, promotion or tourism. The biennial awards were first held in 2010 and have since evolved to reflect the changing heritage landscape of Christchurch, post the 22 February 2011 earthquake.

“We are very grateful for the recognition of our hotel in these prestigious awards. Every entrant knows the challenges faced to reprise and maintain a heritage building post 2011. We applaud all our fellow finalists in the awards and look forward to the outcome on 15 June,” says Gary Jarvis of Heritage Hotels.

The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony event at the Isaac Theatre Royal on Friday 15 June 2018.

Heritage Christchurch is set in the 104-year-old government building (OGB) on Cathedral Square. The hotel offers elegant suites in one, two and three bedroom configurations as well as a health club, lap pool and sauna on site.

The building was designed by renowned architect, Joseph Clarkson Maddison, in an Italian Renaissance Palazzo style. It opened in August 1913 and is considered of ‘monumental’ importance to the city by architecture experts.

In late 2017, Heritage Christchurch was named a winner in the World Luxury Hotel Awards in the Luxury Heritage Hotel category for the Australasia and Oceania region and the Luxury Historical Hotel category for the New Zealand region. The hotel was also a winner in the historical category in 2016.

For bookings and information email www.heritagehotels.co.nz/hotels/heritage-christchurch

Susan Gibson
T.H.E. Group Communications Manager

“Heritage fund eligibility widened for owners” Heritage New Zealand Media Release (02:05:2018)




2 May 2018

Heritage fund eligibility widened for owners

To further promote the ongoing protection and future of significant historic and heritage sites, the Government has broadened the eligibility criteria of the National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund (NHPIF) that Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga administers on its behalf.

From 1 May, applications are open to all private property owners of places listed on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero, with the exception of historic areas.  This includes Category 1 and Category 2 properties, as well as sites of significance to Māori.  The closing date for applications to the $500,000 contestable fund is 16 July.

“We are particularly interested in receiving applications for the conservation of sites significant   to Māori, sites that support regional economic development and  those supporting seismic strengthening by assisting with a professional seismic assessment being undertaken,” says Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Chief Executive Andrew Coleman. (more…)

“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


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.



“Heritage buildings receive helping hand” Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Media Release (16-01-2018)

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Minister of Arts Culture and Heritage

The Hurunui Hotel, Marshall Building (in historic Tees Street, Oamaru) and (William Gray Young-designed one in )Petone’s Jackson Street Historic Area.

"The Hurunui Hotel, a Category One historic place, was built in 1868. Constructed from two layers of local hand-hewn limestone blocks packed with a mixture of tussock, clay and lime, it has been awarded $132,503 in the latest round of Heritage EQUIP (the Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme) funding to help repair stonework damaged in the Kaikoura earthquakes."

"The other two buildings to benefit from the latest round of Heritage EQUIP funding are the Marshall Building in historic Tees Street, Oamaru ($48,000) and a William Gray Young-designed one in Petone’s Jackson Street Historic Area."

The Media Release is as follows. (more…)

“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.

“Practical changes to unreinforced masonry securing initiative” Hon Jenny Salesa M.P. Minister For Building And Construction: Media Release

"Practical changes to unreinforced masonry securing initiative"

Hon Jenny Salesa M.P.

Changes have been made to the $4.5million Unreinforced Masonry Building Securing Fund (URM Fund) in response to constraints building owners were facing while attempting to secure buildings.

“Changes to the initiative will increase the flexibility of the URM Fund and allow it to be used for more activities,” says Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa.

“I am also seeking to extend the time before penalties are applied and I’ll make a further announcement about this and seek feedback on potential changes in the New Year.”