Day for Monuments and Sites - Christchurch heritage
2013, the theme for the International
Day for Monuments and Sites is Heritage of
Education. This year Architectural Historian and Chair
of ICOMOS (International Council for Monuments and
Sites) New Zealand, Jenny May will lead two walks around
Christchurch’s historic educational sites. The
walks will include the former Christchurch Teachers’
Training College (Peterborough Centre), Cathedral
Grammar, the site of the Normal School or Cranmer
building, the site of the former Girls High School,
Christ’s College, Canterbury Museum, the Arts Centre
and Curators House where we will end the tour and have a
more informal chat over coffee and cake.
18 April - 9am or 2pm
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Meeting point: Outside the Peterborough Centre (cnr
Montreal and Peterborough Streets)
Cost: Free for NZHPT members. Free for members
friends who join up on the day (Credit Card or
Bookings Essential: Contact Jane on firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone (03) 3631880.
talk in Dunedin
The Southern Heritage Trust presents a public talk by
Michael Findlay, well known historian, entitled
"Where House, adaptive re-use of Dunedin's
Warehouse Precinct". Tuesday 14 May, 7pm at the
Otago Pioneer Women's Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin.
Heritage lost and found: Our changing cityscape
Otago Museum - H.D. Skinner Annex (former Dunedin North
Post Office). May until November 2013. Free entry. A
partnership project of NZHPT and Otago Museum.
Walk and Talk
to 14 April 2013
Location: Port Craig Lodge, Hump Ridge Track on the
South Coast Track
Price: $295 ($10 from every person will go directly
towards the Percy Burn Viaduct)
for For more information.
2013 Ngaio Marsh Memorial lecture - Painting in a
Writer's Landscape: Ngaio Marsh and the Visual Arts
April 28 at 5 pm in the Christ’s College Old Boys’
known art historian Julie King will give a presentation
on Ngaio Marsh’s art. Ngaio Marsh was a woman of
extraordinary creativity, who gained international
success as a writer of crime novels, and national
recognition for her work in the theatre. Yet, Marsh’s
first ambition had always been to become an artist, and
after completing her training in 1919 at the Canterbury
College School of Art, she exhibited regularly with the
Canterbury Society of Arts.
$25 available from
Philippa Bates phone (03) 358 8763 or email email@example.com
History Tour Sunday 21 April
tour will be led by local resident and kaumatua, Robert
MacDonald who will meet us in Havelock North. We
will visit various historic sites around Waimarama
followed by lunch at Jarks Café (price included). After
lunch we will explore the scenic Hakikino Conservation
Reserve. Hakikino is the 15th century ancestral
site occupied by the ancestors of the Waimarama Maori
people. We will traverse the archaeological remains
of the ancient village, and visit protected wetlands
sheltering native eels. Robert will also acquaint us
with local Maori myths, legends and custom.
Philip or Cath, phone 8700513 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: $55 per person (including lunch) for members of
Historic Places Hawkes Bay or $65 for non members.
Churches in the Manawatu
bus trip to churches designed by the
Frederick de Jersey Clere
6 April 2013
in Feilding at St John the Evangelist (1882, tower
pictured below), this bus trip takes us to a number of
historic churches designed by Clere: St Agnes at Kiwitea
(1890), St Andrew at Colyton (1897) and two important
churches in Palmerston North - All Saints, a 1914 brick
church which is currently closed, and the 1925 Catholic
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. We have our lunch at
the historic Caccia Birch house in Palmerston North;
morning tea and lunchtime drinks provided but bring your
trip is being organised by Historic Places
Manawatu-Horowhenua in partnership with the Whanganui
Regional Heritage Trust.
from Wanganui i-Site, 31 Taupo Quay at 9am; return
approx 5pm. We can pick people up in Turakina,
Bulls and Feilding.
Wendy Pettigrew, e-mail email@example.com,
tel: 06 3472575.
$35 per person; $30 for members of the Whanganui
Regional Heritage Trust and Historic Places
along to Auckland’s Own Art Deco Day
is hosting the Art Deco Day Out on 7 April, featuring
live jazz, spot prizes, dancing, special exhibitions and
vintage cars recalling the golden days of the 1920s and
30s – the height of the Art Deco movement. Jazz
artists performing on the day will include the
Leprechauns and the St Stephen’s College Jazz Band
(pictured below) who featured in last year’s Art Deco
year we’ll also be joined by Swing
Out Central who’ll demonstrate some dances from
the 1920s and 30s and provide the opportunity for other
keen dancers to ‘cut a rug’,” says the Manager of
Highwic, Cheryl Laurie.
Deco fans are encouraged to dress up in 1920s-style
dress (if they wish), pack a picnic and head down to
Highwic for the Westfield-sponsored Art Deco Day Out.
large marquee – courtesy of Castles Marquee Hire –
will provide shelter or shade as required, making the
show an all-weather event.
7 April, 1-6pm – entry to the grounds free; $7 per
adult to explore Highwic. People wanting to display
their classic cars should ring ahead to book a space –
(09) 524 5729.
Plant Fair for April
a specialty event for keen gardeners and plant
collectors to be held at Highwic, Auckland, Saturday, 20
The inaugural Highwic Plant Fair will bring together a
selected group of small specialty growers and groups who
will showcase all manner of special treasures of real
interest to keen gardeners and passionate plant
collectors – including plants, bulbs, shrubs, trees,
vegetables and flowers.
Plants for sale will all be suitable for growing in the
Auckland climate and would-be purchasers will have a
chance to speak first hand with a group of incredibly
knowledgeable specialty growers. There will also be book
signings, a great pop-up café for those seeking
refreshment, a plant crèche and ample opportunity to
view the beautiful gardens at Highwic while the fair
runs from 8.30am – 3.30pm, for one day only.
The Highwic Plant Fair has come about as a concept
conceived and developed by professional gardener Martin
Keay. Martin regularly works at Highwic alongside a
dedicated group of volunteers, co-ordinated by Sarah
Yates. Their recent work has brought about a
considerable transformation to the garden at Highwic.
Entrance to the Highwic Plant Fair will cost $10 per
adult; children are free. Admission also gives entry to
Highwic, which is currently celebrating its 150th
Day Concert at Alberton
12 May. Special programme by talented young singers,
with harp, cello and piano. $25 per person. Bookings
essential (09) 479 2361 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
more events visit our website.
us restore Clifden Suspension Bridge – please
Suspension Bridge was built in the late
1800s and was a significant engineering and
design feat. It is registered for its
significance with both the New Zealand Historic
Places Trust and the Institute of Professional
single-lane bridge was originally used by horse
and cart traffic and helped to open up the land
east of the then swift and dangerous Waiau
River. In later years motorised vehicles used
it, until a replacement bridge was opened in
the New Zealand Historic Places Trust has closed
the bridge to the public due to safety concerns
and an urgent restoration programme is about to
Bridge cost £5,007 to build back in the late
1800s but times change and today, the cost of
the restoration is estimated at $500,000. We are
already starting work on the bridge but we need
make a donation right now to help restore and
save this significant historic place.
paintings take pride of place at Highwic
can now feast their eyes on an important
collection of artwork depicting scenes of early
sketches and paintings by Colonel Arthur Morrow
have a close family connection to the beautiful
Newmarket mansion, which is celebrating its
Morrow was the son in law of Alfred Buckland –
the original owner of Highwic,” says
Highwic’s Manager, Cheryl Laurie.
number of the paintings and sketches we now have
on display feature scenes of Buckland’s Beach
in the late 1800s, and many other wonderful
was an interesting personality – a military
man through and through, yet highly artistic. A
crack shot with a rifle, he won several
prestigious awards for his target shooting, and
had a distinguished military career in New
Zealand serving in the Waikato War. He also had
an abiding interest and passion for New
Zealand’s flora and fauna, as well as art.
Buckland family owned 350 acres on the Tamaki
Peninsula in addition to Highwic. The area
became known as Buckland’s Beach, and the
family – including Morrow – spent many
summer months there enjoying horse riding,
picnicking and swimming.
at Buckland’s Beach were no doubt idyllic,
though getting there from Newmarket was a bit of
a mission,” says Cheryl.
family would leave Highwic early in the morning,
driving through Remuera in cabs drawn by teams
of four horses. The trip by carriage on the
rough, gravel roads took five hours one way; an
extraordinary length of time for a comparatively
short distance, even by today’s standards of
legendary traffic snarl-ups.”
Morrow sketched and painted over summer, his
brother Robert – a former Colonel in the
Indian army – enjoyed less sophisticated
pursuits. These frequently involved firing live
ammunition from his scale model brass cannon
across the water, and taking out any fish that
dared to break the water’s surface.
the extended Buckland family, summers at
Buckland’s Beach were a time to get together,
relax, have fun and enjoy the beautiful land and
seascape, which Colonel Morrow captured so well
in his paintings and sketches,” says Cheryl.
still have many of his art works, and we are
privileged to be able to display these at
Highwic and celebrate the integral part these
pictures have in the history of Highwic and the
Morrow always retained a strong interest in
things military, and was not slow in making
suggestions to the Government about how it could
improve the armed forces.
initially lobbied Richard Seddon about
presenting a battleship to the British
Government from New Zealand, and although
nothing happened for some years, Sir Joseph Ward
eventually made the offer, which was accepted by
the British Government,” says Cheryl.
Morrow passed away in 1937 at the age of 94. His
wife, Mariamne – the third daughter of Alfred
Buckland – died in 1957 at the age of 102.
Morrow collection of artwork is an important
part of the Highwic story – and an important
collection of New Zealand art in its own
right,” says Cheryl.
sketches and paintings capture a very different
time in Auckland’s history and for that reason
alone are a wonderful legacy. They’re also a
reminder of the extraordinary individual that
of Highwic, Cheryl Laurie, with one of Colonel
Morrow’s paintings now on display at Highwic
disappearing gun extracted
rare historic artillery barrel has been
extracted from New Zealand Defence Force land on
the Miramar Peninsula.
gun, a rare eight-inch Breech Loading Hydro
Pneumatic coastal defence gun, also known as the
“disappearing gun”, was discovered partially
exposed above ground last year by Department of
Conservation staff carrying out work in the Fort
Zealand Army Engineers last week carried out the
extraction working with consultant archaeologist
Andy Dodd, NZHPT archaeologists Kathryn Hurren
and David Rudd, and Department of Conservation
archaeologist Yolanda Vogel.
gun will be restored with the help of Sir Peter
Jackson and The Vintage Aviator Limited.
guns were designed to recoil downwards into a
protected pit after firing, allowing them to be
reloaded while out of view of the enemy. They
were installed from the late 1880s to protect
New Zealand’s major ports from naval attack by
rival Imperial powers. At the time the most
likely threat was thought to come from the
Heritage, Commemorations and Protocol, New
Zealand Defence Force, John McLeod said the gun
was an extremely interesting and fascinating
are very few eight-inch Breech Loading guns left
anywhere in the world. Guns of the type found on
the Miramar Peninsula were only ever used in New
ten of these all-steel guns were ever
constructed. With only four other surviving guns
of this kind in New Zealand, this is a very rare
and fascinating find.
is important that the gun is preserved and
restored in the appropriate way to ensure this
piece of New Zealand’s history remains intact
for many years to come,” John McLeod said.
by artillery volunteers backed up by a small
unit of military professionals, the installation
of these guns marked a very important stage in
the development of an independent New Zealand
Fort Gordon gun has been located on Miramar
Peninsular since proof firing took place in
1896. The gun barrel weighed 13 tons, and its
hydro-pneumatic carriage 23 tons.
gun barrel was removed from its original
mounting around 1924.
David Rudd (NZHPT)
underway on historic monuments
have begun on several war memorials in
Christchurch, with the aim of having the work
completed by Anzac Day, says Council Transport
and Greenspace Unit Manager John Mackie.
being partly dismantled almost a year ago, work
is progressing on the Burwood War Memorial on
New Brighton Road. The remaining steps and
base will be removed and new steps will be cast
and then the original granite memorial will be
replaced. It will take a specialist conservator,
stonemason and contractor four to five weeks to
complete this work.
repairs are underway on the Heathcote War
Memorial, with the small pieces that chipped off
the memorial when it fell during the quakes
being reattached. Repairs to the concrete
surround of Pigeon Bay War Memorial are also
is immensely satisfying to see these treasured
memorials and monuments being restored to their
former glory and, while we have a way to go, we
hope the community is heartened by this
progress,” says John Mackie.
plans to repair the Bridge
of Remembrance and Triumphal Arch are
progressing, with work expected to start in the
middle of this year.
repair process is complex as the aim is to
rebuild a stronger structure, better able to
withstand any future earthquakes. We expect to
complete the work by April 2015.”
Mackie says the Council understands it is
important the community can mark the 100-year
anniversary of the beginning of World War I
in August 2014.
will be working with contractors to see if it is
possible to have parts of the bridge open in
some form for an event."
to repair the Arch involve inserting steel
reinforcement into cavities inside the columns.
The arches will be tied together
(post-tensioned) horizontally to reinforce the
structure. The foundations will be improved to
allow the structure to rock in a controlled
manner. Rocking will act like base isolation and
dissipate energy created by any future
The stone work on both the Arch and the Bridge
will be reinstated and repaired using methods
sympathetic to the heritage nature of the
repairs being planned in Christchurch include
the waterfall at the historic Edmonds Factory
Garden in Phillipstown, which is being
dismantled and rebuilt after it was extensively
cracked during the earthquakes. The
waterfall’s channel is being cleared, relined
and the stone capping replaced. Weather
permitting, the repairs will start within a
fortnight and are expected to take about four
Burwood War Memorial before it was damaged by
earthquakes (Christchurch City Council)
of historic farm secured with new lease
future of the 8.1 hectare model farm
alongside Mount Albert Grammar School has been
secured with the announcement of a new lease
agreement between ASB Bank and the Mt Albert
Grammar School Board of Trustees.
the terms of the agreement, ASB will continue to
lease the land to the school for an effective 99
year term with a nominal annual rent of one
dollar. As part of this renewed partnership, the
facility will be known as the ASB Farm at Mt
Albert Grammar School.
farm was originally established in 1932,
requiring the passing of special legislation to
allow the Auckland Savings Bank to buy the land
from the Kerr Taylor sisters and then lease it
back to the school. The Bank made a grant of
2000 pounds: 1600 pounds to enable 20 acres of
the Alberton estate to be bought outright, with
the balance to provide equipment for the farm.
ASB Farm is one of the last remaining reminders
of central Auckland’s rich agricultural
heritage,” says Linley Wood, ASB’s Executive
General Manager, Culture & Community.
the past 80 years, the school has provided
quality education for generations of rural
students, teaching them the fundamentals of
farming and helping them to prepare for a career
in New Zealand's primary industry.”
of people, from pre-schoolers to senior
citizens, have visited the farm, learning a
little about rural life and being introduced to
farm-based experiences that have become so much
more inaccessible to city dwellers over the
years. These popular visits have provided urban
children with the opportunity to experience a
real working farm and at the same time, gain a
better understanding of rural life in New
The model farm next to Mount Albert Grammar
Estate celebrates rich history
Victorian Farm comes alive
Estate, 7 April 2013, 10am – 4pm
rare opportunity to experience life as it was on
a Victorian farm is in store this month, as
Estate opens its gates for a day of family
fun and activity.
historic North Otago farm, which is managed by
the NZHPT, will be buzzing with the sounds and
sights of farm animals, traditional farm and
craft workers, a working forge, musicians,
working vintage machinery, fun and games – and
plenty of good farm cooking, beer and cider.
Zealand is said to be founded on the sheep’s
back, and Totara Estate is central to that
history,” says property manager Anne
Estate is widely regarded as the birthplace for
New Zealand’s billion dollar frozen meat
is a wonderful chance to step back into that
history and enjoy one of the best heritage
experiences you will get anywhere in New
Estate was established during the 1850s as an
innovative large sheep and grain station. Its
slaughterhouse provided the first shipment of
mutton frozen aboard the sailing ship Dunedin
sent to England in 1882, making it central to
the story of New Zealand’s economic
rich history makes Totara the perfect venue for
this day of festivities,” says Ms Sutherland.
day will run from 10am to 4pm and celebrate all
aspects of life on a Victorian farm including
heritage farm animal breeds, traditional crafts,
domestic farm activities and vintage machinery
in action. There will also be music from the toe
tapping Boru Band as well as strolling players,
and plenty of Victorian style farm workers –
including the swaggers to spot.
can enjoy a pony ride, the small animal tent,
play games and make a scarecrow. It really is a
fantastic, fun-filled family day out in an
historic, North Otago setting.”
is also plenty on offer for foodies, including a
cooking demonstration by Joan Bishop, cookery
writer for the Otago Daily Times and author of The
Southern Woman’s Kitchen.
will also tell the story of the first shipment
of frozen meat and will have some great
traditional food such as roast meats and
ploughman’s sandwiches as well as Devonshire
teas,” says Ms Sutherland.
Heritage Destinations Manager Paul McGahan says
similar events at Totara have attracted large
crowds, and he is expecting a great turnout.
passion and enthusiasm within the North Otago
community for heritage and events such as this
is incredible,” says Mr McGahan.
Victorian Farm Comes Alive at Totara Estate
7 April 2013, 10am to 4pm.
Adults $10, children $5 (pre-school free) and
families with school age children $25.
drawn to film screenings in historic woolsheds
treasures celebrating New Zealand's rural
history were lapped up by hundreds of people as
some of the nation's historic woolsheds were
transformed into movie theatres last month.
Life in Rural New Zealand, a
partnership between the NZHPT and the New
Zealand Film Archive, was an outstanding
success, drawing in audiences from the Hawke's
Bay, Tararua and Wairarapa regions to witness a
collection of films from the Archive's vaults.
screenings brought local history to life in
the historic woolsheds at Maraekakaho
near Hastings, at Aramoana
Station in Central Hawke’s Bay, Elm
Grove Farm in Greytown, Akitio
Station in Tararua District and Annedale
Station at Tinui, out from Masterton.
covered the trial flight of the Fisher Monoplane
at Gladstone in the Carterton district in 1913,
harvesting hay in the Waikato in 1928, farming
at Matapiro Station at Fernhill, Hawke’s Bay
in 1940, farming at Puketapu in the early 1950s,
life on Te Maire sheep station in the Wairarapa
in the 1960s and the first Golden Shears
International Shearing Contest in Masterton in
will remember the TV ad "Good as Gold"
in the 1980s made for Nilverm Coopers Sheep
Drench which mocked Australian sporting
performances at the Los Angeles Olympics and in
cricket between Australia and New Zealand. This
drew great laughter at the film screenings. All
the audiences went home happy to the film
recording of the music of Dave Dobbyn in full
blast with his 1980s hit ‘Slice of Heaven’
with cartoons of Footrot Flats.
owners of the historic woolsheds were delighted
to host the films and look forward to
cooperating with the NZHPT and NZ Film Archive
in future ventures," says Central Region
Area Coordinator David Watt.
Screening at Aramoana Woolshed (NZHPT)
country church gets heritage recognition
oldest Anglican church in the Wellington region
still holding regular services has been given
in 1870 within a few years of the road being
constructed through the Ohariu Valley, Holy
Trinity Church is closely associated with
the settlement of the Valley, and has remained
remarkably unchanged since the late 19th
century. It has been registered as a Category 2
Historic Place by the NZHPT.
Octavius Hadfield (1814–1904) opened the
church on Trinity Sunday, 12 June 1870, an
appropriate day given the name of the new
little country church is set in an idyllic rural
setting, and has unusual architectural details,
both of which add to the special character of
the building”, says NZHPT researcher Vivienne
with many rural colonial churches Holy Trinity
is built of native timbers, predominately rimu
and totara. Inspired by Gothic Revival
architecture, it has a simple design consisting
of a nave, porch, and vestry. It also features
another characteristic of New Zealand’s early
country churches – a limited use of exterior
and interior decoration.
was mainly dictated by the limited budgets
available, which meant the functionality of the
building was the highest priority,” says Ms
more information about Holy Trinity visit the Register
of Wellington's history
NZHPT with the Wellington City Council have
joined forces to help celebrate World Heritage
Day on 18 April in Wellington with film
screenings of the New Zealand Centennial
Exhibition in Wellington in 1940 and Home
Town Boom Town about the changing
face of Wellington in 1980 and the buildings
that were lost to the wrecking ball in the inner
city at that time.
Heritage Day 2013 has the theme 'the Heritage of
Education', and these films to be shown at the
New Zealand Film Archive will bring back
reminders of significant happenings in the
capital city five decades apart," says
Central Area Coordinator David Watt.
New Zealand Centennial Exhibition ran from 8
November 1939 to 4 May 1940 during World War II.
During this time 2.6 million people went through
the main gates with a daily average attendance
of 17,149. The exhibition covered 55 acres
( 22.2 hectares) of land to the west of
Wellington’s airport. After the exhibition
closed the buildings were used by the Air Force.
Following the war they were used to store wool.
They burnt down in September 1946.
Town Boom Town features the changed
landscape of Lambton Quay and other development
areas of the city in the 1980s with comments
from architects and other prominent citizens of
screenings will take place at the New
Zealand Film Archive, 84 Taranaki Street
Wellington at 7pm Thursday 18 April.
admission with a drink. Get there by
6.30pm to secure your seat. The Theatre only
holds 100 seats.
screening time 1hr 15 mins.
more information please contact David Watt NZHPT Central
Region Area Coordinator – email@example.com
or phone (04) 494 8322.
on Papamoa archaeology
archaeologist Warren Gumbley will shed light on
the Bay of Plenty’s early Maori settlement at
Papamoa as part of a series of archaeological
talks being organised by the NZHPT.
will present a talk on aspects of life on the
Papamoa dune plain since the 15th century that
excavations have brought to light over the
settlement at Papamoa was a thriving community
with its own dynamic,” says Warren.
be looking at different aspects of life from the
perspective of the archaeological features that
have been found – ranging from the shell hooks
used for fishing through to the post holes of
people’s houses. This evidence provides some
tremendous insights into what was clearly a
successful and enterprising group of people.”
has been closely associated with archaeological
work around Papamoa for 20 years, and his
presentation will draw on his two decades of
archaeological excavations in the area, as well
as his wider knowledge and experience.
will also talk about some of the artefacts that
have been unearthed from the area including a
kokowai (pounder) used to grind up red ochre
which was used as a decorative pigment, and
other artefacts include sandstone hoanga
(grindstones), whose gritty texture kept chisels
and adzes sharp, and was also used to polish or
wear down worked stone or bone.
archaeological record has a lot to teach us
about the people who first settled here up to
500 years ago, and what we’ve found is really
fascinating,” he says.
NZHPT's Lower Northern Regional Archaeologist,
Rachel Darmody, will also deliver a brief
presentation on the NZHPT’s statutory role
with archaeology in New Zealand.
is shaping up to be a really interesting
evening, and a great opportunity for anybody
with an interest in archaeology to come along
and learn more about the Bay of Plenty’s
earliest inhabitants,” says Rachel.
public talk will take place at the Papamoa
Library’s Tohora Room, 15 Gravatt Road,
Papamoa on 17 April at 7pm. Admission free,
though bookings are recommended – contact the
NZHPT’s Tauranga office on Ph (07) 577 4530 or
Warren Gumbley (Fairfax)
Taylor descendants meet at Alberton
of Allan and Sophia Kerr Taylor joined together
on 17 March to celebrate the 150th
anniversary of Alberton.
of the Mt Albert heritage landmark – now cared
for by the NZHPT – began in 1863, and the
house was gifted to the NZHPT just over a
century later in 1973.
construction of the house was due to be
completed by New Years Day 1864 at a cost of £463,”
so often happens with building projects even
today, Allan Kerr Taylor didn’t move in until
July 1864, and as quoted in an article of the
times: ‘The house is not in reality
70 people attended the gathering which included
a service at nearby St Luke’s Church on land
which Mr Taylor gifted, and where family members
are buried, as well as a presentation from Kevin
Wells about the Taylor family's links to India
gathering – which included guests from
overseas – also enjoyed refreshments and a
performance from Scottish piper Mervyn Appleton
to help reference the family's Scottish
Kerr Taylor descendants at Alberton (NZHPT)
School of Mines art workshops
first week of this year's Thames heritage
festival in March saw the seventh running of the
School of Mines and Mineral Museum heritage
art workshops for local primary schools.
event is the only one during the heritage
festival run specifically for local school
groups. Five schools – Thames South, Matatoki,
St Francis, Waitakaruru and Parawai between them
sent just over 100 pupils to the workshops.
well as historic paint making and painting the
experience in our 140+ year old classroom
certainly provides support for classes exploring
heritage and an introduction to our rich local
history dating back as it does on the site about
400 years,” says School of Mines Property
Supervisor John Isdale.
at the mineralogical museum, the children were
able to see a specimen of the mineral mined just
up the road and processed into paint during the
gold rush era. From there the school groups were
taken to the historic School of Mines buildings
for an introduction to historic gold field
equipment and methods of reducing solid
materials to a powder in the old Assay room.
the old Assay room the groups moved to the
ex-Wesleyan Sunday school/wet lab where artist
and paintmaker Barry Thomas began the
paint-making and painting experience.
year’s art workshops were supported by
Creative Communities grants schemes administered
by both the Thames Coromandel and Hauraki
District Councils, with materials supplied by
Norske Skog in Kawarau.
you be part of Highwic’s ‘A’ Team?
is looking for people who want to get their
hands on some precious objects – though for
all the right reasons, of course.
Newmarket property is seeking volunteers with
good dexterity and an eagle eye for detail to
form a couple of ‘A’ teams that will carry
out specialised conservation cleaning work at
by Madelaine Abey-Koch – a ‘retired’
conservator who has worked for English Heritage,
the National Trust and the British Museum –
volunteers will learn many tricks of the trade
associated with conservation on a wide range of
objects including glass, ceramics, furniture and
looking for people who are prepared to give four
hours of their time every week to this work, and
who are interested in learning a range of skills
and disciplines associated with conservation
cleaning,” says Highwic’s Christiane Pracht
who will be coordinating the programme.
a bit of a commitment, but people who take part
will find themselves involved in a fascinating
area of work, and will learn a range of very
useful skills that will help us provide the best
possible care for our rare and valuable
collection items. They will also be able to use
these skills to take good care of their own
antiques and artefacts at home.”
order to develop good skills and in-depth
knowledge of each material, Madelaine will focus
on a particular material for a six-week period
ensuring participants have a thorough grasp of
the collection items before moving on to items
made from other materials.
approach to both the training and the work
itself is going to be systematic and methodical
– which is how conservation cleaning should be
undertaken,” she says.
a great opportunity for people who are
passionate about heritage to learn about this
particular specialist field of work. People
don’t have to be experts – we’ll be able
to teach them what they need to know. All they
need is a bit of time and enthusiasm.”
you would like to learn more about becoming
part of the Highwic volunteer conservation team,
contact Christiane Pracht on (09) 524 5729 or
Station garden in good hands
an English cottage garden to care for in the
sub-tropical north proved to be a challenge for
specialist gardener Chelsea Neustroski. That is
until she spied an advertisement for a gardener
at the Kerikeri
four years of working in English gardens in the
UK I decided to return to New Zealand,” she
says. “I loved the work but the weather drove
me away in the end. It was a risk as I wasn’t
sure I’d find a garden that would suit me, but
I couldn’t face another winter there!”
the Kerikeri Mission Station was looking for a
gardener who could breathe new life into New
Zealand’s oldest European garden and
Chelsea’s experience as Head Gardener at
Markham House, Badminton Estate, made her a
perfect fit for the job.
were really excited when we received Chelsea’s
CV,” says Property Manager Liz Bigwood. “She
came with glowing recommendations from the
Duchess of Beaufort of Badminton Estate, who
informed us we would be ‘very lucky to have
conditions at the Kerikeri Mission Station have
their challenges for Chelsea. “Since I started
work here late last year, we’ve had trees
collapse and breakages in the irrigation system.
There’s a lot of ground to cover, a drought to
contend with and on-going damage to the heritage
damage is a problem that’s arisen since the
site opened up with the removal of the road
bridge and the installation of the footbridge.
Ms Bigwood says that while it’s great to have
people enjoy the gardens and orchard, the fruit
is enticing people to climb and shake the trees
which is causing serious damage.
the trees get damaged it’s a tragedy and we
lose the fruit that we sell as jam in the Stone
Store as another way to raise funds to help look
after our property. We have a limited budget
here so we look to everyone to take care when
they visit this very special place.”
winners of Dunedin’s annual Heritage Re-use
Awards were announced on 20 March. The
overall winner this year was the NMA
building in Water Street, Dunedin, which
also won the interiors section for the
Psychology Associates Offices.
is the third year of the awards, supported by
the NZHPT, which celebrate excellence,
innovation and sensitivity in the reuse of
heritage buildings in Dunedin and include
categories for earthquake strengthening,
interiors and overall reuse. A student design
competition is also held during the year, which
challenges students to develop innovative
solutions to the reuse of Dunedin’s older
buildings. The awards and competition are an
initiative of the Dunedin Heritage Buildings
Reuse Steering Group.
awards are judged by a panel including Dunedin
City councillors, representatives from the
NZHPT, the local branch of the New Zealand
Institute of Architects and the Institute of
Professional Engineers of New Zealand, and
of Dunedin Dave Cull sees the awards “as
acknowledging the efforts of those who strive to
maintain and enhance the unique heritage
character of Dunedin”.
Lee Vandervis, who headed the building judging
panel, says both of the two main winners – the
NMA Building and Knox College - “showed
remarkably imaginative and cost-effective
solutions to earthquake strengthening while
retaining all practicable heritage features.
NMA building has been turned from a unused
liability into a delightfully revealed
cornerstone of Dunedin history with superb
creation of character spaces ideal for its new
tenants. Knox College has been a large
extraordinary earthquake strengthening project
shoe-horned into the tightest of time frames
without compromising heritage features and still
managing to maintain a very sensitive level of
attention to detail.”
Jinty MacTavish says the two winning entries in
the student design competition “demonstrated a
clear commitment to retaining and showcasing key
heritage features, while at the same time
addressing the practical needs of well-defined
in this category were for a second year running
impressed with the work of Peter Rozecki-Lewis,
who also took out the top honours in this
category in 2012.
for next year’s awards can be made any time
before 20 December. Further details are
available at www.dunedin.govt.nz/heritage.
Properties Earthquake Strengthening Award
Sean O’Neill – Hanlon and Partners for Knox
Justice/New Zealand Historic Places Trust
Heritage Interiors Award
Psychology Associates Offices, NMA Building
Heritage Re-use Award
NMA Building, Water Street
Heritage Re-use Design Competition
◦Individual winner: Peter Rozecki-Lewis
◦Team winner: Laura Hughes and Campbell
Heritage Re-use Award
Otago Settlers Museum.
NMA building (Dunedin City Council)
Presents: The Forgotten General
NZHPT property Alberton has been used as a
backdrop for a television programme that will go
to air on Sunday 21 April, 8.30pm on PRIME - The
programme is about Major-General Sir Andrew
Russell KCB, KCMG (1868 - 1960) who was a
general from New Zealand, during the Great War
who rose swiftly to high command during the
Gallipoli campaign in 1915–1916, and to
prominence as the inspirational commander of the
New Zealand Division on the Western Front in
1917 and 1918.
A scene being filmed for the documentary outside