About Us

Bay Heritage Consultants carries out historic research projects about heritage buildings, specialising in investigating the social and architectural history of buildings and their occupants.  

It has written conservation plans and heritage assessments about some of New Zealand’s most important heritage buildings, including Wellington’s St James Theatre, Weir House and Old St Paul’s, as well many other historic houses, war memorials, churches, bridges and factories.  

The organisation regularly works with conservation architects such as Chris Cochran and Ian Bowman, private owners of heritage buildings, Heritage New Zealand and local authorities.

In addition, the organisation also completes photographic records of heritage buildings, reserve management plans for heritage sites, heritage impact assessments for resource consents, oral history projects, and historic research for organisations such as the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and for authors. 

Prior to setting up Bay Heritage Consultants six years ago, director Elizabeth Cox worked as Heritage Destinations Manager at the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, (now Heritage New Zealand), managing some of New Zealand’s most important heritage sites, including Old St Paul’s, Pencarrow Lighthouse and Antrim House in Wellington.  

She has also worked at the National Trust in the United Kingdom and as a historian for the Waitangi Tribunal.  Elizabeth has a MA in New Zealand history from Victoria University of Wellington.  

Elizabeth can call on a wide range of consultants, including conservation architects, archaeologists and planners, to assist where necessary.


Check out Elizabeth’s heritage blog, and her major historical project about the history of Old St Paul’s, Wellington.  See also the Old St Pauls project’s Facebook page.