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the rubble - High Street stories
shout with a difference
Life in Canterbury
on the Register - St Benedict's
Auckland's heritage gardeners
Quilts for Old Beds at Highwic
meeting in Kerikeri
a ball at Alberton
September: Alberton celebrates spring... and
Starlight String Quartet and friends perform
favourite Mozart selections at 2.30pm including
excerpts from The Magic Flute performed by guest
flautist Jean Ham.
Alberton on 09 846 7367 as numbers are limited.
$20 per person, includes afternoon tea.
29 September: New Quilts For Old Beds, at Highwic
exhibition of fresh modern quilts set against Highwic's Victorian
ambiance. (Open 10:30-4:30 Wed-Sun).
September and 2 October: Time Travel in Newmarket -
A photographic exhibition by Sonjia Gardien.
Highwic's Billiard House.
How times have changed - Sonjia's exhibition uses
old images of Newmarket transposed to a modern
context, illustrating changes over time in the
coming to Highwic in November: enjoy
the sights and scents of early blooms at
Highwic’s Sweet Pea Festival and Garden Party on
November 23-24. For more information and bookings
House, Whangarei: ‘The
Embroiderers’ Art’, an exhibition of amazing
skill in this ancient craft. Opening noon, 5
September, until 29 September.
AGM notice for Historic Places Hawke's Bay
8 September, 2pm at Stoneycroft, the Hawke's
Bay digital archive on Omahu Road (at the
corner of the HB Expressway), Hastings. James
Morgan will describe the function of the Archive
and conduct a tour of the historic building. For
more information contact email@example.com
tour planned for Sunday 10 November will
visit the recently restored Waipawa Theatre and St
Peter’s Church, including the re-cently restored
Todd and Rathbone graves. Lunch at Oruawharo will
be followed by a visit to the Californian bungalow
Hinerangi (1919) and the charming Pukehou
Church. Contact Robert McGregor (06) 835 7434.
Cost is $65 pr $75, including lunch.
October: Heritage Impact 150 Symposium: Heritage-Led
celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Dunedin
Gasworks. Sir Neil Cossons, Patron of the Dunedin
Gasworks Museum will be keynote speaker. Toitu
Otago Settlers Museum
November at 12:30pm: Annual Forrester and Lemon
with Old & New: Presented
by Bruce Petry (OWCT Trustee and Salmond Reed
architect). The lecture will look at issues of
managing working historic areas and discuss
conservation of historic places, adaptive re-use
and building new while maintaining the character
and authenticity of the place. Venue: Ink Box at
Oamaru Opera House.
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the rubble - High Street stories
Canterbury earthquakes irrevocably damaged
Christchurch’s High Street precinct. The
area’s Victorian and Edwardian
streetscapes and lively, interconnected
laneways changed forever, with a majority
of its mostly masonry heritage buildings
now demolished. A new digital multimedia
project, led by the New Zealand Historic
Places Trust (NZHPT), is set to fill some
of the gaps of what's been lost – in the
realm of cyberspace.
High Street Stories website and
augmented reality app, launched last
month, feature over 100 stories about
Christchurch's High Street precinct, as
well as images, music and film. The
android app developed by HitLab (Human
Interface Technology Laboratory) features
the precinct in its pre-earthquake state
through the magic of augmented reality.
can wander around the area using an
android phone or mobile device and see
images of the now demolished heritage
buildings and the precinct as it was
before the quakes whilst listening to
history and anecdotes about life in the
area,” says NZHPT Canterbury/West Coast
Area Coordinator Zoe Roland.
the app, the website (designed by the
award-winning team at NV Interactive)
features stories from the 1800s through to
life on the street days before the
have made content easily navigable and
accessible for a wide range of users.
They’ve also created a site which is
beautiful to look at,” Zoe says.
audio stories, histories and anecdoes of
life in the precinct explore the
area’s architectural heritage and
manufacturing traditions, and doesn't shy
away from stories of its role as
Christchurch’s red light district.
delved into the past – taking a specific
geographic place and slicing backwards
through time, letting the area's stories
and characters bubble to the surface,”
says NV Interactive Digital Strategist Tim
wanted users to experience the stories,
both on the website and the app on their
smartphones while actually standing in
High Street, everything needed to be
usable and effective when displayed on a
tiny three inch screen,” says Tim.
project was funded by the Christchurch
Earthquake Appeal, Vodafone and Internet
New Zealand and supported by HitLab, NV
Interactive and CEISMIC.
download the app directly from Google Play
search using "High Street
Stories", or visit www.highstreetstories.co.nz for
a link, and to experience the stories
through the site.
some of the 80 guests testing out the app
at last month's launch.
shout with a difference
shout with a difference is taking place in
Waimate Mission – the NZHPT property in
Waimate North – is celebrating its new
shingle roof with two open days (September
14/15) featuring on-site tours and
presentations looking at the work.
roof shout is a little different - it's
all about the roof and not about
beer!” says Te Waimate Mission’s
manager, Mita Harris.
reshingling, which was part-funded by Pub
Charity, was a major undertaking. A giant
weatherproof canopy was installed over the
entire mission house to protect the
181-year-old building from the elements
while old roofing iron was stripped off
and replacement shingles installed.
looking forward to showing off the new
roof, which looks fantastic – and
inviting people closely involved with the
work to talk about what was involved and
how the project has gone.”
permitting, guided tours will take
visitors to areas surrounding Te Waimate
Mission – including the adjacent King
Paddock and Bedggood site, both of which
are rich in archaeological features.
site of the recently deconstructed
Bedggood Cottage will also re-open to the
public on 14 September, and information
about the history of the cottage and the
wider area will be available over the two
days. Buildings archaeologist Wesley
McGuire will be on hand to reveal
discoveries made during the building’s
marks completion of two significant
projects – and we invite people to come
out to the open days, when entry will be
reduced to a gold coin donation, so people
can see for themselves – and tell their
friends and family – how great Te
Waimate is looking with its new roof.”
Saturday 14 September
- 10am: presentations by the NZHPT,
Henwood Builders who undertook the work,
and the Bedggood family
- 11am: BBQ begins; 11.30am -2pm: tours of
Te Waimate Mission and the Bedggood site.
- 10am: Presentation on site by NZHPT
staff followed by tour of Te Waimate
Mission. Morning tea available.
Te Waimate Mission – complete with new
shingle roof (NZHPT)
remains of a once thriving flax industry
in the Manawatu and Horowhenua areas have
been proposed for registration as a
Category 1 historic place by the NZHPT.
concrete remains of the Tane Hemp Company
Limited Suspension Bridge and Flaxmill are
a prominent landmark on the Manawatu River
at Opiki. Completed in 1917-18, the bridge
and flaxmill were part of New Zealand’s
largest commercial flax industry.
fibre, one of New Zealand’s earliest
export products, made a key contribution
to the national economy, says NZHPT
Historian Karen Astwood.
were many flax growing regions in New
Zealand, but the Manawatu and Horowhenua
were notable. The Makerua Swamp stretching
between Linton and Shannon was an
important centre, and production peaked
during World War One.”
local flax industry families, the Seiferts
and Akers, combined forces with other
investors in 1915 to form the Tane Hemp
Company Limited. Access to the local
railway station was problematic, so roads
through the swamp and means of crossing
the Manawatu River were soon devised. This
included the company’s significant
investment in a suspension bridge,
constructed in reinforced concrete, an
early use in bridges.
by well-known bridge builder Joseph
Dawson, it was one of the longest main
span bridges ever constructed in New
devastating flax disease compounded a
post-war slump in demand for flax fibre
and by the early 1920s the Tane Hemp mill,
and the majority of its local
counterparts, had closed. The mills were
demolished and the swamp drained to create
farmland, with the suspension bridge
passing into sole Akers family ownership.
the flax industry collapsed, the bridge
gained distinction as the only privately
owned toll bridge in this country’s
highway network. In 1969, a replacement
state highway bridge was constructed and
the decking of the suspension bridge was
suspension bridge and the flaxmill remains
are landmark structures; the only
significant traces of a formerly defining
regional industry,” says Karen.
the registration proposal report online. The
public can to make written submissions to
the NZHPT by 3 September 2013.
Tane Hemp Company Limited Suspension
Bridge and Flaxmill Remains viewed from
east side of the Manawatu River (NZHPT)
Life in Canterbury
September: Admission just $5 per
person, door sales only. Screening
programme runs for approx. 75 minutes
past comes to life in cinematic splendor
this month when the Film Archive and New
Zealand Historic Places Trust partner
again to present a programme
of films made between 1910 and 2011.
films, which show people at work, at home
and at play around the region, all
showcase the creative spirit and
adaptability of Cantabrians.
Curated by Jane Paul (National Programmes
Manager, NZFA), Reel
Life in Canterbury includes 17 short
films that will be screened in
NZHPT-registered historic buildings. Each
building has long been prominent in local
community life, courtesy of the
historians will introduce each screening
and live accompaniment to the silent films
on the programme will be provided by
musicians Jan Preston and Mike Pullman.
earliest film on the programme is also the
oldest home movie in the Film
Archive's collection. Made in 1910 it
shows the Hinge family enjoying time
together in their home and garden at 10
Berry St, St Albans, Christchurch.
Beloved community comedy A
Daughter of Christchurch (1928)
sees a pretty new schoolteacher
arrive in town, to be wooed by two
suitors: Freddy Fishface, a shady
journalist, and Bill Cowcocky, a handsome
farmer. The plot is fast and furious with
the men battling to outwit each other. It
all culminates with a fistfight on the
banks of the Avon. Starring Christchurch
locals Jane Kinsey, Don Harvey and Edwin
Daughter of Christchurch is
one of 23 community comedies made by
director Rudall Hayward in different New
Zealand towns between 1928 and 1929.
architecture is one theme and Reel
Life in Canterbury features footage of
several buildings badly affected or that
did not survive the 2011 Christchurch
earthquake, including the Cathedral
of the Blessed Sacrament on Barbadoes
Street, Sumner and Lyttelton residential
areas, the Cathedral and the Works
Lake Tekapo, Kaikoura, Timaru, and Waimate
will also feature, along with films from
across the Canterbury region, such as Off
For Mount Cook (1926), a
government publicity film in which
tourists ski and make snowmen, then dance
at The Hermitage, “New Zealand’s best
A 1930s home movie by Brian Little
documents country life on a North
Canterbury sheep farm, Hui Hui. Workers
cut oats with horse power, then drink tea
in field at smoko. Brian Little was the
grandson of James Little, the originator
of the Corriedale sheep breed.
Another notable Canterbury resident, Sir
William Hamilton, the inventor behind the
Hamilton Jet waterjet, features in home
movie footage. Hamilton’s innovations
during the 1950s revolutionised the
boating world. The film shows scenes of
Hamilton family life at Lake Tekapo during
the 1930s - including his children
iceskating on the lake while wearing an
elaborate horse costume.
details visit the NZHPT's website.
Still from A
Daughter of Christchurch (1928),
Film Archives Stills Collection
on the Register - St Benedict's
Benedict’s Church and Presbytery complex
in Newton – featuring significant 19th
century Gothic Revival buildings – has
been recognised as a Category
1 historic place.
Heritage Adviser Registration, Martin
Jones say St Benedict’s was
completed in 1888 after a fire destroyed
the original wooden church building that
had dominated the early Auckland skyline.
It had provided an important centre for a
parish that, in the early 1880s, comprised
up to 2000 people.
on what the NZ Herald described as ‘the
highest ground about the city’, St
Benedict’s was the headquarters of the
first Benedictine mission in New Zealand.
Benedict’s Church and Presbytery was
unique in this country in that it was
founded from the Subiaco monastery in
Italy – a major centre for the
Benedictine revival – and Subiaco’s
daughter establishment of St Augustine’s
Abbey in Ramsgate, England,” says
the 1880s, Benedictine fathers made up
about half of the Catholic priests in the
Auckland Diocese. So significant was their
influence on the Auckland Catholic
community, an arrangement with the Abbot
of Subiaco allowed for the possibility
that the they might take responsibility
for the entire Auckland Diocese. By 1888,
however, the idea was set aside due to
the next 11 years, key Benedictine leaders
were recalled or passed away and by 1899
the mission was effectively defunct and
the parish came under diocesan control –
but the church remains a tangible
plans included elaborately traceried
windows, external mouldings and even a
spire-less tower in its northeast corner.
The building's final design was simple,
reflecting Benedictine monastic values of
simplicity and austerity, but with a
strong Gothic Revival appearance.
end product embodies the notion of
‘honesty of construction’ in which a
building’s practical usage and
construction materials should not be
concealed,” says Martin.
building has a ‘what you see is what you
get’ practicality to it and has
been referred to as ‘a fine essay in
Gothic Revival architecture rendered in
brick masonry’ - though it is
possibly even more significant as a
survivor of the first Benedictine mission
to New Zealand,” says Martin.
St Benedict’s church in Auckland (NZHPT)
Auckland's heritage gardeners
in being part of the rich gardening
heritage of one of Auckland’s most loved
NZHPT's property in Newmarket, is looking
for keen gardeners - who are willing to
learn about heritage gardens - to work as
part of its specialist team of gardening
keen to hear from people with an
enthusiasm for New Zealand heritage,
social and garden history, who enjoy
teamwork and who can commit to a minimum
of eight hours per fortnight,” says
Christiane Pracht of Highwic.
team meets every Wednesday morning, and
full training is provided. Duties include
general maintenance of garden beds,
planting and fertilising according to the
annual garden plan, assistance with
propagation, care of the fernery and other
year, Highwic’s garden achieved Garden
of Significance status with the New
Zealand Gardens Trust – a real testimony
to the commitment and work of our
gardening volunteers,” says Christiane.
want to build on that success, and would
love to hear from anyone who shares our
vision for this, and who might have some
time to spare.”
more information contact Christiane on ph
09 524 5729, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Yates, volunteer garden manager
Quilts for Old Beds at Highwic
also at Highwic, a new take on a
traditional art form will be displayed
from mid-September when the Point
Chevalier Monday Modern Quilt Group
showcases a range of their stunning
pieces. The exhibition New Quilts for Old
Beds runs from 18 to 29 September (NB
Highwic is closed Mondays and Tuesdays).
exhibition will feature striking examples
of modern quilts from very skilled
craftspeople whose work reinterprets
traditional quilting ideas with fresh
modern fabrics and new designs,” says
the Highwic's Manager, Cheryl Laurie.
will be a wonderful celebration of modern
Hastings of the Point Chevalier Monday
Modern Quilt Group says there are features
that set modern quilts apart from the more
often include use of bold colours and
prints, high contrast and graphic areas of
solid colour, improvisational piecing,
deliberate imperfections or
inconsistencies and minimalism – to name
only a few,” says Melanie, who is
helping to coordinate the exhibition.
believe the most important things about
quilts are that they get finished; that
they get used; that they are enjoyed and
that we have fun making them,” she says,
adding that modern quilting appears to be
at the forefront of a whole new generation
of interest in the art of quilt making.
one point quilting looked like being one
of the ‘traditional’ skills in danger
of dying out. But like many crafts
there has been a resurgence of interest in
modern quilters, however, most likely did
not grow up immersed in the culture of
quilting, and probably don’t have a
cupboard of vintage quilts made by their
mothers, grandmothers or
quilters may not know anyone else who
quilts – and so for the modern quilter
social networking often becomes important.
Today many, perhaps most, modern quilters
will draw inspiration, motivation and
enthusiasm from blogs and web communities
like Flickr and Pinterest,” she says.
despite often solitary beginnings, due to
the resurgence of interest in the craft,
quilters are now finding that modern quilt
guilds and informal groups are thriving,
giving us a ‘real life’ outlet for our
quilters owe much to traditional quilters
– but relish the chance to make a bold
statement in whichever way they choose.
The exhibition at Highwic will showcase
some wonderful examples of this new
The standard $10 admission per adult gets
visitors access to the exhibition as well.
Children and NZHPT members visit for free.
Open 10:30 to 4:30 Wed-Sun.
exhibition of old and new paintings,
photos and drawings of Alberton – the NZ
Historic Places Trust property in Mt
Albert – will showcase the building as
part of its 150th anniversary
although an impressive range of artwork
has already been sourced, there’s room
for more according to Alberton’s
Manager, Rendell McIntosh.
is one of those iconic Auckland buildings
that has been depicted in all sorts of
media over the years – from formal
photography, through to original artwork
and even popular culture,” says Rendell.
love to hear from anyone who might have an
image of Alberton they might be prepared
to lend to us for use in our October
with artwork can contact Rendell on ph 09
846 7367 or email email@example.com.
Alberton exhibition will run from October
5-13, 10.30am-4pm. Admission - $10pp;
NZHPT members free.
Graham has left the NZHPT after
six years as Area Manager for
Otago/Southland and to recognise his
service to NZHPT and regional heritage a
group of 50 people and NZHPT staff
farewelled him at a function on 20 August,
sharing stories and offering thanks to for
Owen's positive and solutions-driven style
function was held at the newly refurbished
former Dunedin North Post Office, now
called the HD Skinner Annex. It has become
a venue and exhibition space for Otago
Museum and its opening exhibition
“Heritage Lost and Found, Our Changing
Cityscape” is a collaboration between
the Museum and NZHPT.
took the opportunity for a few words with
Owen and a look through the exhibition
which runs until November.
meeting in Kerikeri
historic meeting took place in Kerikeri
recently – in more ways than one, when
the NZHPT’s Northland Branch Committee
were presented with Certificates of Merit
and Meritorious Service by the NZHPT’s
Board Chair, Shonagh Kenderdine.
occasion marked the end of the NZHPT’s
Northland Branch Committee and celebrated
their years of services.
NZHPT’s Northland Branch Committee has
done tremendous work for heritage over the
years, and it was great that we as an
organisation were able to formally
acknowledge that commitment and
achievement,” says the NZHPT’s
Northland Area Manager, Bill Edwards.
also marked the beginning of Heritage
Northland Inc, a new local volunteer
of Heritage Northland Inc, Lloyd Walker,
would like to hear from people who might
be interested in supporting their work, or
taking part in any activities.
Heritage Northland's Secretary, Merle
Newlove, on ph 09 439 7492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
One of the longest-serving Northland
Branch Committee members, Heather Ayrton
of Kaikohe, receives a Certificate of
Meritorious Service from the Chair of the
NZHPT Shonagh Kenderdine.
a ball at Alberton
marking the 150th anniversary of Alberton
– the Mt Albert mansion cared for by the
NZHPT – will continue with a
formal ball on 14 September.
people don’t need to come with a partner
to enjoy this premium event, which offers
the opportunity to experience colonial-era
dancing under the expert guidance of Beth
has been teaching English Country Dancing,
Early Dance and International Dance for
the past 30 years, and has a special
interest in colonial dances of early New
Zealand,” says the Manager of Alberton,
a great teacher, and certainly knows how
to make dancing fun so everyone is in for
be the first time in at least 20 years
that Alberton has hosted this type of
ball is inspired by a similar event held
in the Alberton Barn on September 20, 1877
when over 250 people danced in the first
County – or Riding Ball – held in New
Zealand,” says Rendell, although numbers
for this event are limited to 30.
ball would have attracted prominent
community leaders and business people of
the day, given that Alberton was a social
centre for Auckland’s colonial elite.
Although the ball was held in the barn,
it’s fair to say that it was certainly
no barn dance.”
spirit of that first formal occasion will
be recaptured again at the formal dance
which will take place – appropriately
– in Alberton’s ballroom.
programme will include Victorian and
Ceilidh dances with live music from the
‘Rose and Thistle’ Country Dance
Band,” says Rendell.
are encouraged to dress up in their
finery, and Victorian outfits if they
wish, and take part in one of our two
wonderful events, which will themselves
become a part of Alberton’s history.”
cost is $30 per person, which includes
supper. The ball starts at 7pm and
bookings are essential – email email@example.com
or phone 09 846 7367.