out for White Lies
out for shots of Alberton, Ewelme
Cottage and Highwic in White
Lies now playing at New Zealand cinemas around
the country. The three Auckland houses cared for by the
NZHPT serve as sumptuous backdrops for the movie which
is based on a novel by Witi Ihimaera.
is also featured as a backdrop for a photoshoot in the July
issue of Australian Women’s Weekly in a spread about
the women of White Lies.
film is picking up good reviews, and has been described
as "beautifully bleak" by the New
here for a trailer
of the film.
in the attic
miss Between Two Worlds – an exhibition of
photos in the Kerikeri Stone
Store attic featuring work by Sheree Edwards, a
third-year Bachelor of Applied Arts student at
NorthTec’s Kerikeri campus.
by the cross-cultural history of the Stone Store area
and the artist’s own bicultural heritage, the show
will run until 21 July. A fee normally applies to the
Stone Store’s attic displays, but free tickets are
available for the duration of the exhibition.
part of the fun at Highwic these holidays
school children will be able to enjoy doing something a
little different at Highwic
these school holidays.
toymaker Richard Lees, of Tinderbox, will lead a Toy
Making holiday progamme on 24 July in which children
will be able to learn about Victorian toys, and have a
go at making a simple toy themselves.
is a great opportunity for children to have fun while
learning about the kinds of toys that kids used to play
with over a hundred years ago,” says the Manager of
Highwic, Cheryl Laurie.
who’ve taken part in a similar holiday programme run
at Highwic in the past have really enjoyed it because
it’s so different. Many of them have been amazed at
the inventiveness and creativity behind some of these
will also be able to play games that their great great
great grandparents would have played, and take part in a
house-hunt looking for real toys from the Colonial era.
24 July holiday programme will include an hour-long
morning session beginning at 11.30am, and an afternoon
session beginning at 1pm.
cost is $10 per child which includes the toy-making
materials – which is really good value,” says
must be accompanied by an adult, however, and bookings
are essential. To book – or for more information –
contact Highwic on Ph (09) 5245729 or email email@example.com.
Richard Lees – toymaker extraordinaire.
St Paul's events
5 July, 5.30pm - The Andrew London Trio
London Trio also features Kirsten London on bass and
Nils Olsen on sax, clarinet and flute. Most of their
repertoire consists of Andrew’s original songs
although a few of Nils Olsen's compositions are starting
to sneak in.
the Trio hovers around the jazz, swing, country and
blues genres with a large element of musical comedy and
The Andrew London Trio, from left, Nils, Kirsten and
lunchtime concerts at Old St Paul's - check out the
shingles for Te Waimate Mission
Zealand’s second oldest building has been
temporarily closed to the public – but
there’s a very good reason.
Waimate Mission – built in 1832 and now
cared for by the NZHPT – is currently being
re-roofed with wooden shingles which, once
completed, will recapture some of the
building’s distinctive character and charm.
Te Waimate Mission was built just over 180 years
ago, the roof was clad in kauri shingles,”
says the NZHPT’s Northern Heritage
Destinations Manager, Natalie McCondach.
roof was re-clad with corrugated metal in 2001
to keep the building weather tight and to aid in
its preservation. This roof has done its job,
but no system is perfect – and in recent times
parts of the roof have started to leak.”
solution to the problem is to reinstate the
it’s not practical or cost-effective to use
kauri shingles we’ll be re-roofing the
building with Western Red Cedar shingles,”
has the advantage of fading back to a very
similar colour to kauri shingles in a short
period of time, and the shingles are more
durable – we can expect at least 20 years of
life out of them.
had very good results using cedar shingles with
the Stone Store, and we’re looking forward to
the same level of performance with Te Waimate
one of New Zealand’s oldest buildings has not
been entirely straightforward.
Waimate Mission has some wonderful items in its
collection, and with the roof coming off these
have had to be carefully wrapped and securely
stored while work is being completed,” she
the meantime a giant canopy has been erected
over Te Waimate Mission to protect it from the
elements as the existing roof materials are
taken off. Henwood Builders of Kaikohe, who
re-shingled the Stone Store in 2011, are also
doing the re-shingling work at Te Waimate
there will be some inconvenience for visitors
while work is progressing and we apologise for
that. Te Waimate Mission will be open again in
early September,” says Natalie.
hopeful that people will see that it will be
worth a bit of inconvenience in the long run.
Some visitors remember how stunning Te Waimate
Mission looked with its shingle roof in previous
years, and we’re looking forward to seeing
some of that magic restored to this beautiful
Te Waimate Mission being prepared for
completed on restoration of historic Southland
major restoration project on the historic
Clifden Suspension Bridge in Southland has been
111.5 metre bridge is located on an historic
reserve administered by the New Zealand Historic
Places Trust and spans the Waiau River. It was
opened on 5 April 1899 by Sir Joseph Ward, and
remains the longest suspension bridge in New
bridge, which is managed by the NZHPT and
registered as a Category 1 Historic Place, was
closed by the NZHPT in 2010 after an inspection
report identified structural deficiencies.
Heritage Destinations Manager for the southern
region, Paul McGahan says conservation work
included replacement of some of the bridge’s
bearers, in addition to maintenance to
suspension ropes, bolts and bracing.
also replaced some of the timber, where possible
with material that replicates the original.
While this is not always possible to find
material that exactly replicates the original,
new material can be used in a way that is
sympathetic to heritage.”
McGahan says the restored bridge will evetually include
new interpretation panels telling the story of
the bridge’s history. A World War One memorial
located on one of the bridge’s towers has also
been restored. The Memorial honours members of
the local community who took part in the war.
Zealand has a lot of unique war memorials, but
not many that are on bridges, especially ones of
such historic importance. This just adds to
community value and heritage significance of the
Clifden Suspension Bridge.”
McGahan says it’s a relief to finally have the
project completed, and says the fundraising
effort showed a huge level of support for the
bridge, from right around New Zealand.
Funding Development Manager Brendon Veale says
that along with the donations that came across
his desk, there were also some lovely stories
and fond memories shared of the iconic Southland
was clear that people had an affection for the
place,” he says.
well as financial support from members and
supporters of NZHPT, there were also generous
donations made by New Zealand engineers,
following notices placed in the recent IPENZ
absolutely thrilled with the warm response we
received. In total, around $70,000 has been
donated from supporters for this project and I
would like to thank each and every one of
first bridge over the forceful Waiau River, the
Clifden Suspension Bridge has historical
importance because it promoted social and
economic expansion in west Southland until it
was replaced as a highway asset in 1978.
150th events get underway
programme of events celebrating the 150th
anniversary of Alberton,
the NZHPT property in Mt Albert, is about to
have a number of special events planned,” says
the Manager of Alberton, Rendell McIntosh.
include two ‘Pop Up Dinners’ on 26 and 27
July, with special themes of Raj
Dinner and Motherland
Revisited – reflecting Kerr Taylor family
links to India and the United Kingdom.”
original homestead part of Alberton was built
for Allan Kerr Taylor and his family in 1863.
maximum of 50 people can be accommodated in the
ballroom for the exclusive dinners, which will
feature a four course meal and refreshments.
special events include two 150th Anniversary
Balls on 31 August and 14 September,” says
In addition, an exhibition of artwork capturing
Alberton over the years will feature in the
Auckland Heritage Festival (October 5-13).
Alberton will also host some special
performances, including The Magic
Flute concert (1 September) with the
Starlight String Quartet and friends; a
Classical Guitar Concert featuring
internationally recognised guitarists Bruce
Paine and Rex Button, (7 December); and the Twelve
Days of Christmas concerts (17-19 and 21-22
going to be a very exciting time at Alberton
over the next few months with a lot going on.
We’re encouraging people to mark our
anniversary events on their calendars so they
don’t miss out,” says Rendell.
Alberton is open to visitors Wednesdays to
Sundays between 10.30am-4.30pm, and is popular
as a venue for special celebrations and
Allan Kerr Taylor, master of Alberton (NZHPT
building wins premier architectural award
Buildings project in central Auckland has
won New Zealand’s top architectural award.
revitalised historic building complex comprising
the Imperial Building and the Everybody’s
Building – which incorporates the former
Roxy and Queen’s Theatres – picked up both
the award for the Heritage Category and the New
Zealand Architecture Medal at the recent New
Zealand Architecture Awards.
Imperial Building is a great example of adaptive
reuse creating quality hospitality and
commercial office space as well as some really
vibrant public areas,” says the NZHPT’s
Heritage Adviser Architecture, Robin Byron.
architects, Fearon Hay, are most deserving of
NZHPT was supportive of the approach that the
architects took with the project to retain the
layers of material intervention over time,
including their decision to leave surviving
remnant elements of the old theatre buildings in
place, serving as an effective reminder of the
building’s past, while also adding character
to the development.
heritage fabric and features that have been
retained work well with the new modern
insertions, with both enhancing one another. The
modifications that were required to create a new
passage connecting Fort Lane and Queen Street
– establishing a vibrant urban link –
was also supported by the NZHPT,” says Robin.
judges acknowledged both these aspects of the
development in their citation for the award:
generous ramped walkway from a hitherto dingy
lane serves as an internal plaza which offers to
pedestrians passing through and guests seated at
tables intimations of the labyrinthine spaces
above. The architects have not merely respected
the heritage fabric of the buildings, they have
reveled in the opportunity to reveal original
materials and celebrate historic structure while
introducing light and air into a wonderful array
of working and hospitality spaces.”
is the second year in a row that the winning
building in the Heritage Category has gone on to
win the supreme award, with the Auckland Art
Gallery winning last year.
The Imperial Building internal plaza – part of
the award-winning Imperial Buildings project.
buildings get expert attention
NZHPT has continued its community meetings
throughout the Central region to brief property
owners on seismic resilience requirements, with
over 70 people attending a public meeting in
Marton on 30 May.
Clark, a leading structural engineer and
executive officer of the New Zealand Society for
Earthquake Engineering, urged property owners to
get assessments undertaken now on their
properties to establish what elements of their
buildings could be at risk in a sizeable
that certain features of buildings - chimneys,
parapets, and front facades in particular
should be checked to see if they could be
severely damaged in an earthquake," said
outlined to the meeting the learnings of the
Christchurch earthquakes with graphic photos
showing the extent of building damage.
was supported at the meeting by representatives
of Aon New Zealand who spoke on insurance
issues for property owners and backed up the
advice given to show insurance companies what
steps people are taking or have taken to deal
with risks to their properties. Each building's
insurance needs should be determined on a case
in the day Win Clark visited the historic St
Stephens Church in Marton to learn about
conservation and preservation actions that the
church has taken with strong community and
funding institutional support.
Win Clark (centre) talking with John Vickers, a
former Mayor of Rangitikei (left) and John
Haswll (right), a member of the St Stephens
Church building committee.
knowledge makes all the difference
600 people attended a series of Heartland
Archaeology public talks and field trips
organised by the NZHPT in Northland, Auckland,
the Coromandel Peninsula and the Bay of Plenty.
series aimed to connect people with their local
history, and raise awareness and understanding
of local archaeological features, as well as the
work of the NZHPT and its role with archaeology
under the Historic Places Act.
from people attending the talks was
overwhelmingly positive, with many people
providing NZHPT staff with valuable local
historical and archaeological information at the
talks ranging from the location of hitherto
unknown historic rail tracks through to the
exact location of the wreck of the HMS
Buffalo off Whitianga.
series of public talks also generated
opportunities for future meetings with
individuals and organisations with an interest
in heritage, which NZHPT staff will be following
HMS Buffalo, which was wrecked on the
main beach at Whitianga, Coromandel, in July
of Ophir gather outside the Category 1 Ophir
Post Office on 4 March 2013, the day
after the Ophir Gala Day - celebrating 150 years
since the discovery of gold in Blacks (Ophir).
Over 1000 people lived in Ophir in the gold rush
years of the 1860s – the population today is
close to 100 people, approximately 60 of whom
are permanent residents. Learn more about
historic Ophir on the NZHPT's online
Great time at Alberton
generations came together at Alberton
recently to celebrate the 96th birthday of
Sylvia – the Great Great Grandmother of the
family’s newest addition, Griffin Cardno
(pictured with mum) – was joined by
Griffin’s Great Grandmother (Lesley Reihana,
left); his Grandmother Shiree Reihana (third
from left); and of course proud mum Kiri David
family chose Alberton on the recommendation of
leading New Zealand artist and family member
Lisa Reihana, who held an exhibition of her work
were thrilled to be chosen to host Sylvia’s
birthday celebration, and it was particularly
special having five generations of her family
here at the same time,” says the Manager of
Alberton, Rendell McIntosh.
the connection many people have with Alberton
comes from special memories they have from
celebrations that they attended here. This is
possibly the first time five generations have
gathered together for a celebration at an NZHPT
heritage destination, and we were delighted to
be a part of this wonderful occasion.”
Sylvia Dann (second from left) celebrating with
different generations of her family.
to Les Wright
dedicated and passionate supporter of West Coast
heritage, Les Wright, passed away in May.
closely involved with the NZHPT in both
commissioned and voluntary roles over many
years. For 20 years, from the early
1990s, he was an active member of the NZHPT West
Coast Branch Committee, and had been Secretary
between the years of 1995 and 2002. He was
also actively involved with a vast number of
other heritage organisations.
engaged frequently with the various NZHPT
archaeologists and his expertise and openness
was highly valued. He will long be
acknowledged for his archaeological assessments
of mining archaeology and the recording of West
Coast sites. He was an authority on places
such as Waiuta, Big River Quartz Mine, and
Denniston, and he published widely, generously
sharing his findings and research.
also provided authoritative contributions to a
range registration reports for West Coast
historic buildings, structures and areas, many
of which can be seen on the Register
eloquent storytelling was legendary. In 2011,
when the joint NZHPT-New Zealand Film Archive
exhibition, Reel Life on the West Coast,
toured the West Coast showcasing historic
buildings as the venue for 20th century films,
Les introduced the audience to recent
restoration projects and contextual histories of
at NZHPT had huge respect for Les and valued
their regular communications with him. He
will be sorely missed.
Burgess, NZHPT Southern Heritage Adviser.
Les talking at the Reel Life on the West Coast
touring exhibition, 2011.
backdrop for pop-opera trio
again Alberton has been utilised as a backdrop.
This time for a music video for Tre-Belle,
three classically trained singers who have
performed in New Zealand, Australia and Europe.
They perform cross-over works consisting of
musical theatre, popular and operatic repertoire
in stunning harmony.
performers are based in Wellington and selected
a run down property in Waitakere and the lovely
historic Alberton as the backdrops for their
music video. Refer www.tre-Belle.co.nz
to view the video, which will be released early
from left are Jennifer Little, Jess Segal and
for Board member
Board member Allan Matson recently received a
Good Citizen Award from the Waitemata Local
Board for his tireless work in heritage matters. He
was one of three people to gain an
outstanding tribute citation in the individual
- Allan Matson (OUTSTANDING)
works on heritage matters both as an individual
and in support of other persons and groups, to
further the recognition and protection of built
heritage, with a focus on the Waitemata Local
Board area, in particular the CBD.
current voluntary positions include President of
Civic Trust Auckland, membership of Auckland
Council's Heritage Advisory Panel and a trustee
of the St James Theatre Trust.
sites, places and areas Allan has advocated for
over the past year include the St James Theatre,
Carlisle House, the Queen's Head Tavern
(facade), the Wong Doo Building, Shed 10,
Khartoum Place and K’Road.
has already spent many hours attending meetings
and researching and discussing the heritage
aspects of the draft Auckland Unitary Plan and
is deserving of this award because he is doing
this work almost full time and largely unpaid,
being willing to give freely his advice and
successes bring about protection and enhancement
of the built environment of the Waitemata Local
Board area for the benefit of not only current
but future generations of Aucklanders and