Tag: Media Release

“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.



“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)


“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.

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“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

“Waitangi cricket match at Te Waimate Mission” Heritage New Zealand Media Release


Waitangi cricket match at Te Waimate Mission

Te Waimate Mission will echo to the gentle sound of willow on leather this Waitangi Day.

The mission house at Waimate North – the country’s second oldest building which is now cared for by Heritage New Zealand – will host a fun game of cricket between two local teams in uniform reflecting the times they were playing in. The teams will be celebrating a small part of New Zealand’s cricketing heritage.

“New Zealand’s first recorded game of cricket actually tool place near Paihia in 1832, though Te Waimate certainly rated a very early mention by none other than evolutionist Charles Darwin who visited the mission at Christmas 1835,” says the Manager of Te Waimate Mission, Mita Harris. (more…)

“Free entry to Auckland heritage attractions on Waitangi Day” Heritage New Zealand Media Release

Free entry to Auckland heritage attractions on Waitangi Day

Tourist Auckland heritage attractions, Highwic in Newmarket and Alberton in Mt Albert, will be open free of charge to celebrate Waitangi Day on 6 February – with a special display featuring at Highwic.

The Heritage New Zealand cared-for properties are part of a nationwide celebration of New Zealand’s national day, with 13 other Heritage New Zealand staffed properties opening their doors on the public holiday.

“Visiting both properties would be a great way to spend your Waitangi Day,” says Heritage Destinations General Manager Nick Chin.

“Highwic and Alberton are grand 19th century places that ooze heritage, history, character and charm, and have fantastic stories for the public to enjoy hearing about. (more…)