Heritage at Risk

It is unusual for public servants in New Zealand to publicly challenge members of the public or private companies for not looking after their heritage buildings.  It is perhaps our attitude of ‘a man’s [sic] house is his castle’ which is behind our culture of allowing owners to do virtually anything they want to virtually any building…

Erskine College #4

Further developments on Erskine are afoot.  As discussed in the last update we wrote in January 2017, the owner of the site in Island Bay, The Wellington Company, has applied for consent from the Save Erskine College Trust (SECT) to develop the site and demolish the buildings. In April 2017, SECT turned this down.  SECT has employed Victoria University architecture lecturer Christine McCarthy to…

Further Grants for Wellington buildings

The most recent awards from the Wellington City Council to fund strengthening or restoration work on listed heritage buildings brought to mind this photo, one of my recent favourites.  This is the team of police based at the Wellington Mount Cook police station in Buckle Street, taken in the courtyard behind the building.  Spot the two men…

Pots of Money

One of the positives of writing this hertiage blog has been reporting on the Wellington City Council’s Built Heritage Incentive Fund and the interesting projects that it has supported, such as the Futuna Chapel, the Wedge in Thorndon and the railway houses in Tarikaka Street, in Ngaio. In a city like Wellington, where heritage is constantly…

A Conversation with Heritage Architect Lianne Cox

For the latest of our guest articles by students and graduates of the Museum and Heritage Studies programme at Victoria University of Wellington, Rebecca Ford talked to award-winning heritage architect Lianne Cox. ‘Significance’ is a heavily used term in heritage management. It can sometimes be hard to remember that it’s not an abstract term. Not so, it would…

Church and Earthquakes

In the next of our guest posts, Max Reeves, a student of Victoria University of Wellington’s Museums and Heritage Studies programme, writes about two small churches affected by the November 2016 earthquakes.   One of the joys of travelling through small town New Zealand is the cosy, picturesque Gothic revival churches which pop up in seemingly every…

‘I have set up shop!’: Mary Taylor in Wellington

In order to mark International Women’s Day, it’s time to honour one of New Zealand’s first and most forthright feminists, and her connection to a prominent corner of Wellington. The work going on on the corner of Cuba Street and Dixon Street in Wellington, is transforming what was Te Aro House (but which I can’t help of…

Update: Hug a Historian Today

If you’ve seen historians roaming the streets of Wellington in the last two weeks, looking depressed and despondent, this is why.  In the last two weeks, since the earthquake:

Erskine #3

The beautiful chapel at Erskine College has been cordoned off this week (as pictured above) because a new engineering report written

Facades and Parapets

The government has issued a new policy today, to require owners of particular buildings to “tie back” at-risk facades and parapets that face onto the street within one year.  The focus is on unreinforced masonry buildings on routes that have high pedestrian and vehicle traffic in four areas which now have a heightened risk of earthquakes as a result…

Erskine College #2

Pre-Christmas, things appear to be moving fast on Erskine College.  Last week, the Save Erskine College Trust (SECT) was given an interim enforcement order by the Environment Court against developer The Wellington Company, the owner of the college.  

A reflection on the Wellington Online Heritage Inventory

In the second of our guest articles by students and graduates of the Museum and Heritage Studies programme at Victoria University of Wellington, Rebecca Ford writes about the new Wellington City Council Heritage Inventory. Christmas came early for Wellington heritage fans on 29 November. The Wellington City Council Heritage Inventory ( www.wellingtoncityheritage.org.nz ) has finally launched, and it is a…