Architecture & Design Film Festival
is working with Rialto Cinemas to bring you the Resene
Architecture and Design Film Festival, screening in
Auckland 9-22 May, Wellington 23 May-5 June and Dunedin
6-9 June 2013
more info and a programme click here.
may not always be known for being romantically inclined,
though three of their number – who also happen to be
talented musicians – will be challenging that
stereotype. Paul Roberton (piano), Jennie Khan (cello)
and Chloe Irwin Whitney (Mezzo-Soprano) will perform an
afternoon concert of romantic music entitled Second Love
on 30 June at 2pm, sharing their love of music over a
glass of wine with concert-goers.
Admission is $25 per person. For more information phone
(09) 846 7367 or email Alberton@historic.org.nz
Photo: (l-r): Mezzo-Soprano Chloe Irwin
Whitney, pianist Paul Roberton and cellist Jennie Khan.
classical singers and musicians will come together to
perform a special concert of music for mothers at
Alberton, including pieces written by mothers,
about mothers, and featuring a selection of mothers’
“The programme has something for everyone, from
earliest times to today, and includes
young singers as well as musicians playing the harp,
cello and piano,” says Alberton's Manager,
The concert's on Sunday 12 May at 4pm. Bookings essential
– admission ust $25 per person. To book phone
(09) 479 2361 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
wanting to learn more about archaeology of the
upper half of the North Island can attend public
talks in Northland, Thames-Coromandel and the Bay of
Plenty throughout May.
by the NZHPT’s regional archaeologists – with occasional
guest speakers - the NZHPT's Introduction
to NZ Archaeology involves a fascinating
insight into the role of the NZHPT in New Zealand
archaeology, incorporating local history and
Don’t miss the NZHPT’s heartland archaeology
presentations near you (admission free, though bookings
strongly recommended – see contact details for each
Mangonui, Doubtless Bay: Mangonui Hall May 1, 6pm:
Contact email@example.com or
phone (09) 407 0470.
Whangarei: Whangarei Library (May Bain Room), May 8,
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
phone (09) 407 0470.
Whakatane: The Lyceum Club (58 Domain Road), May 9, 7pm.
Plus – the Tauwhare Pa Field Trip, May 18, 10am. (See
story in this issue)
or phone (07) 577 4530
Kaikohe: Kaikohe Memorial Hall (Banquet Room), May 14,
or phone (09) 407 0470.
Thames: Thames Library, May 20, 6pm
or phone (09) 407 0470.
Coromandel: St John’s Hall, May 21, 12 noon.
or phone (09) 307 9920.
Whitianga: Mercury Bay Library, May 21, 6pm.
or phone (09) 307 9920.
Rawene: Rawene Town Hall, May 21, 6pm
or phone (09) 407 0470.
for Mothers' Day at Highwic
Duo were very popular last time they played at Highwic,
so bring your mother along to this great concert of
bossanova, tango, milonga, bolero and latin jazz.
Belinda Carrigan has post graduate qualifications in
violin performance from the Royal Northern College of
Music in Manchester. She has many years of experience as
Johannes Dimyadi has been playing the violão
(nylon-string guitar) since the age of 15. The
multi-ethnic influences of his early years can be traced
back to some Portuguese elements found in Indonesian
culture and music. He combines folk and classical
approach in a unique fingerstyle guitar playing.
Admission: $20 adults, $15 concession for NZHPT members
heritage cheese at Auckland's historic Alberton
16 June, with Katherine Mowbray. Fancy learning a new
skill while having a ‘gouda’ time? Learn about
making Halloumi, Feta, Ricotta and Mascarpone. 11am-3pm.
$120pp or $300 for three. Bookings essential. Limit 16
participants. Contact email@example.com
earthquake prone masonry buildings be strengthened? Yes
presentation on seismic strenthening buildings by
earthquake engineering expert Win Clark.
Hills Presbyterian Church
2 Macmillan Avenue,
7-8.30pm, 22 May
stand a real TRENZ-setter
NZHPT promoted 12 of its key heritage tourism
destinations recently at the country’s biggest
annual international tourism showcase.
– the four-day tourism expo held on
Auckland’s Queen’s Wharf – drew over 1000
international and New Zealand delegates,
including 290 international buyers.
offered the NZHPT the perfect opportunity to
promote its unique suite of properties
throughout the country to some of the most
strategic overseas buyers of tourism products in
one place at any one time,” says Jan Titus,
who managed the NZHPT’s presence at the show.
had a number of very positive discussions and
interactions with many of these buyers as well
as tourism media representatives, and this will
translate into us adopting some new ideas, and
following up on some of the tremendous
opportunities that are waiting to be
well as its portfolio of premier properties
ranging from the Kerikeri Mission Station in
Northland through to Totara Estate near Oamaru,
the NZHPT also promoted two new tourism products
at TRENZ – the new Honey House Café at Kemp
House, and the Waikato War Driving Tour, which
engages the latest digital technology to take
visitors on a driving tour of sites related to
the Waikato War of 1863-64.
feedback we had from the people we met with was
overwhelmingly positive, and there was a very
high level of interest in our products,” she
Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, John
Key, at the NZHPT stand at TRENZ with the
NZHPT’s Northern Heritage Destinations Manager
important focus at Safe Buildings Conference
Zealand’s historic buildings can be made safe
in a way that maintains their heritage integrity
and the important stories they tell us about who
was the NZHPT's message at the third annual
Safe Buildings Conference, held last month
in Wellington. The conference, which was
supported by the NZHPT and the New Zealand
Building Industry Federation, provided a forum
for industry to learn, examine and debate the
issues surrounding how new standards of safety
can be achieved.
NZHPT was represented by Senior Heritage Policy
Adviser Robert McClean and Heritage Adviser
Architecture Alison Dangerfield.
says there are very few buildings that can’t
be turned around by some well-directed care.
that are understrength can have their structure
boosted, the vulnerable parts strengthened.
Structures with a history of limited repair,
which could eventually lead to collapse and
insanitary conditions could be treated with
maintenance, a coat of paint, new fixings,
the conference, and other similar events around
the country, provide an excellent opportunity
for the NZHPT to share its expertise in areas
such as adaptive use.
NZHPT has extensive experience in adaptive reuse
of heritage buildings and often these projects
do involve improving structural performance,
fire safety and enhanced physical access. We
also have experience in post-disaster response
following the Canterbury earthquakes. The
conference provided an opportunity to share this
Alison Dangerfield says Wellington's St Andrew's
on the Terrace is a good example of a
beautifully maintained and restrengthened
building – taking full account of its
heritage champion receives Bluestone Award
archaeologist and heritage advocate Dr Jill
Hamel has been named the recipient of the 2013
Dunedin Heritage Festival Bluestone Award.
award was presented in Dunedin last month
at the NZHPT's annual R.A. Lawson lecture, as
part of the Dunedin Heritage Festival. The
award, sponsored by the NZHPT, recognises the
outstanding contribution of an individual,
business or organisation to the promotion and
preservation of Dunedin’s heritage.
Graham, NZHPT Otago/Southland Area Manager, says
the selection of Dr Hamel was consistent with
the spirit and intent of the award, which was
established in 2009.
40 years of committed archaeology and historic
heritage research Dr Hamel is still actively
involved in projects to preserve and protect
Dunedin’s historic heritage.”
presenting the Bluestone Award, prominent New
Zealand architect Ian Athfield highlighted some
of Dr Hamel’s significant achievements,
including her long involvement with Otago high
country pastoral leases as a contract
archaeologist and historian for the Department
of Conservation. This work pioneered the
heritage assessment on pastoral properties
across Otago and Southland.
Hamel was also the driving force behind efforts
promoting the protection, retention and
upgrading of the 37.5km of historic seawalls
encircling the Otago Harbour. She pioneered the
construction design technique now used for all
qualified as a botanist and zoologist, Dr Hamel
began her studies in archaeology in 1966 and
completed her PhD in 1977. Her extensive field
based historic and archaeological surveying and
authoritative reports (more than 175 published
and un-published works) have contributed
immensely to the knowledge and understanding of
early Dunedin, Otago and New Zealand. Her 2001
publication The Archaeology of Otago
has become a standard field guide for the
Hamel last month also received a
Certificate of Meritorious Service from the
NZHPT in recognition of her contribution to New
Zealand archaeology and historic heritage and
long standing association with NZHPT as a member
since 1976, including as Chairperson of the
Otago Regional Committee from 1981 until 1984.
education heritage recognised
have long been proud of the region’s education
heritage, but they had extra reason to pay
respect to the city’s remaining historic
educational treasures last month, as New Zealand
and the world celebrated 2013 International Day
for Monuments and Sites.
18 April marked the day, which is convened by
the International Council for Monuments and
Sites (ICOMOS), and this year focused its
attention on the heritage of education. The
day is also sometimes referred to as world
day took on extra meaning in Christchurch,
which has a strong identification with its
educational institutions, and is still
recovering from the loss of much of its heritage
after recent earthquakes.
Zealand Historic Places (NZHPT) Southern Region
General Manger Rob Hall says it’s more
important than ever to celebrate the city’s
recent events in Christchurch and the loss of so
many of our heritage buildings a good number of
the city’s original educational buildings have
“From Cranmer Square in the north to St
Michael's Church School (the city’s oldest
school) on Oxford Terrace in the south, there
remains a small precinct of Christchurch’s
early educational buildings, which unless
pointed out could be easily overlooked,” says
Heritage consultant and chair of ICOMOS New
Zealand Jenny May agrees.
do tend to forget about our educational
buildings. But it is so unusual to have such a
concentration of our colonial beginnings in one
small area and they tell us so much about our
social history,” she says.
of the city’s foremost and celebrated colonial
architects designed these institutional
buildings: William Armson, Thomas Cane, Collins
and Harman, Benjamin Mountfort, George
Penlington, Samuel Hurst Seagar and Cecil Wood.
precinct included the Peterborough Centre which
opened in 1930 as the Christchurch Teachers'
College and in 1986 was converted into award
winning luxury apartments; the Christchurch
Normal School, later Cranmer Court, which housed
New Zealand's first teachers' training college
(1876); Cathedral Grammar (1863); Christ’s
College (begun 1863); the Arts Centre (began
1876); the second Christchurch Girls’
High School, identified for over 100 years with
the development of women's education in New
Zealand; the Canterbury Museum (1870-1877) and
the Curator’s House, built in 1920.
some of these buildings have been lost, they
were a significant part of the city’s
architectural as well as social heritage.
were very much built on what we would call
Collegiate Gothic design with that institutional
design in mind. They were recognisable
institutions that said what they were and you
treated them with respect,” says Jenny May.
mark world heritage day, the NZHPT and ICOMOS
New Zealand conducted two NZHPT members
guided tours around the built heritage of
Christchurch’s educational facilities on the
western fringe of the inner city.
information about New Zealand’s educational
heritage can be found online by visiting the
of historic places.
Statue of William Rolleston outside the
Canterbury Museum. Rolleston was instrumental in
the establishment of the Canterbury Museum and
the Canterbury College, which now houses the
heritage focus for Northland
Heritage of Education was also recognised in the
far North on 18 April.
according to NZHPT Northland Area Manager Bill
Edwards, Northland has a lot to celebrate.
of New Zealand’s earliest educational
activities took place in Northland, mainly
spearheaded by missionaries representing
different denominations including Wesleyan,
Roman Catholic and Anglican,” says Bill.
the archaeological remains of New Zealand’s
first schoolroom were excavated last year at
Hohi (also known as Oihi) – the site of the
first mission station in the country near
Marsden Cross in the Bay of Islands.”
early educational activity took place in
buildings that are now cared for by the NZ
Historic Places Trust – including Kemp
House in Kerikeri, where missionaries
educated the sons and daughters of rangatira,
including Rongo, the daughter of Hongi Hika, and
Hone Heke whom she later married.
it was perhaps at Te
Waimate Mission in Waimate North, where
education in New Zealand received a major push
when Bishop George Selwyn established the
grandly named St John’s College there.
College was very much a reflection of Selwyn’s
own educational experiences at Eton and
Cambridge – even naming two of the buildings
at the mission ‘Eton’ and ‘Magdalen
The purpose of the college was to provide
education for ordinands and candidates for Holy
Orders; the Collegiate school for the sons of
missionaries and other Pakeha; the Native
Teachers’ School for the training of Maori
teachers and preachers; the Native Boys’
School for Maori boys, and an infant school –
all with some success.
was really quite an extraordinary time in the
history of education in New Zealand – though
sadly, perhaps, short-lived,” says Bill.
late 1844, Selwyn departed for Auckland and
eventually established St John’s Theological
College in the Auckland suburb of what is now
Meadowbank, and Te Waimate ceased to be a centre
features from this time are still visible today,
and serve as tangible reminders of this
extraordinary period of time in the history of
the mission at Waimate North – and education
in New Zealand.
to Jenny May, the Chair of ICOMOS
New Zealand, the International Day for
Monuments and Sites seeks to encourage local
communities and individuals around the world to
consider the importance of cultural heritage to
their lives, identities and communities.
in New Zealand was practised in a wide range of
places – and particularly so in Northland.
Many of the buildings and sites associated with
early education initiatives are a significant
part of our cultural heritage,” she says.
International Day for Monuments and Sites
provides a good opportunity for us to reflect on
the very important part education has played in
the evolution of our cultural and built
Te Waimate Mission.
celebrated in central region
80 people attended a special heritage film
screening at the Film
Archive in Wellington last month, in an
event to recognise International Day for
Monuments and Buildings (world heritage day).
films covered the construction of the former T&G
building (Harcourts) in Wellington in 1928,
the New Zealand Centennial Exhibition which ran
from November 1939 until May 1940 in Wellington,
and the changing face of Wellington City
buildings in the boom period of the early 1980s.
NZHPT sponsored the film evening with support
from the Wellington City Council, the Museum of
Wellington City and Sea and the New Zealand Film
other events in the Central region, an action
packed heritage programme with a harvest theme gave
Nelsonians and their visitors plenty to do
during Nelson Heritage Week (13-21 April).
included an open
day to South St, considered to be one of New
Zealand’s oldest streets, and Elliot
St celebrated 100 years as a street and 20
years as a heritage precinct.
were also presented to local heritage heroes by
Mayor Aldo Miccio and NZHPT General Manager
Central, Ann Neill. These awards celebrated
those people who are working hard to preserve
the built heritage of the city and have been
recipients of council’s heritage incentive
grants. Among these heroes were Alexsandra Mark
for the restoration of Fellworth
House (Category 2), and Nelson
School of Music (Category 1) where a major
redevelopment is envisaged.
Nelson School of Music prospectus (1904).
Copyright Nelson Provincial Museum, F.G.Gibbs
lies beneath – public talk looks at
interested in learning more about the
archaeological features of Whakatane and Ohope
are in for a treat.
archaeologist Lynda Walter will present a public
lecture and lead a field trip looking at some of
the district’s extraordinary archaeological
features as part of a series of public
archaeological talks being organised by the
up will be Lynda’s public lecture entitled What’s
Under Our Town? The Archaeology of Whakatane
on 9 May, 7pm at the Lyceum Club (58
Domain Rd, Whakatane).
the past 15 years, significant information has
been uncovered about the early occupation of
Whakatane township,” says Lynda.
have been piecing together the heritage
landscape of the Whakatane township area which
has been continuously occupied for several
hundred years. A fishing village under parts of
the township is arguably one of the most
significant sites in the Bay of Plenty based on
its age, complexity and potential to provide
information relating to the early human history
of the area.”
looking forward to bringing together some of
this information and sharing it with people, who
I’m sure will look at Whakatane with new eyes
after the talk,” she says.
will be joined by the NZHPT's Lower Northern
Archaeologist, Rachel Darmody, who will also
deliver a brief presentation on the NZHPT’s
role with archaeology in New Zealand.
is going to be a great talk with a lot of
fascinating information about Whakatane’s
archaeological past,” says Rachel.
for people wanting to explore one of the eastern
Bay of Plenty’s larger pa, Lynda Walter will
also lead a guided tour of the Tauwhare Pa
Scenic Reserve on 18 May.
Tauwhare Pa reserve contains a complex of three
pa on a low headland jutting into Ohiwa Harbour.
The land around the harbour was heavily
populated in prehistory due to its favourable
climate, soils and access to abundant
seafood,” says Lynda.
not surprising that there are 450 recorded sites
around the harbour alone. Tauwhare Pa was a
significant settlement, and so we’ll be
exploring this special heritage place and
learning more about the people who lived
Under Our Town? The Archaeology of Whakatane
takes place at the Lyceum Club on 9 May at 7pm.
Admission free, though bookings are recommended
– contact the NZHPT’s Tauranga office on Ph
(07) 5774530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tauwhare Pa Field Trip takes place on 18 May at
View from Tauwhare Pā overlooking
Ohiwa Harbour (Department of Conservation)
venue hire options at Old St Paul's
St Paul's will soon be opening its doors for
seated dinner functions.
St Paul's Manager Silke Bieda says the idea was
born when the church hosted a small thank you
dinner for a group of funders last year.
staff and guests enjoyed the special set up
immensely. Long after the event participants
kept referring to the evening as a truly unique
dinner experience in Wellington’s most
stunning historic building."
says she always knew Old St Paul's was a
versatile event venue, but there had been
concerns about space for some functions.
survey of our conservation architect Russell
Murray we have now found a way of spinning and
shifting some of the pews to accommodate seated
says it has taken a while to come up with the
right balance of offering a unique function
venue without impacting on the heritage fabric
of the building.
lot of thinking, trialling and preparing has
gone into it but we are now able to offer
wedding receptions for up to 120 guests and
corporate function galas for up to 180
Old Saint Paul's could soon be a venue for
wedding receptions - as well as ceremonies.
Branch Committee acknowledged
work of the NZHPT’s Hauraki Branch Committee
was acknowledged recently at a special luncheon
marking the formal winding up of the committee.
Northern Board Member, Allan Matson, paid
tribute to the work of the committee over the
years, and presented members with certificates
of Merit and Meritorious Service on behalf of
Wright, the Chair of the Committee, was
commended in particular for her work on a series
of heritage trail brochures for Thames,
Grahamstown, Coromandel, Tararu and the
Shortland area of Thames, as well as her
tireless work organising heritage cruises of the
Hauraki Gulf which have been enjoyed by hundreds
of people over the years.
was awarded a Certificate of Meritorious
Service, along with other committee members Bob
and Robin Irvine (who produced a heritage trail
brochure for Waihi and Paeroa) and Treasurer
Alan Berry, acknowledging their long-standing
service to the committee.
NZHPT’s General Manager Northern, Sherry
Reynolds, also paid tribute to the work of the
committee over the years.
(l-r, back row: Diane Connors, Sherry Reynolds
of the NZHPT, Mary Carmine, Allan Matson; l-r,
middle row: Warwick Buckman, Allan Berry, Bob
Irvine, John O’Hare of the NZHPT. Front row,
l-r: Robin Irvine, Sue Wright, Graham Smith.