Retrospective Funding Now Available for Wellington Heritage

In a fairly major policy change, the Wellington City Council have just announced that it is possible to apply retrospectively for funding from the council’s Heritage Fund for earthquake strengthening, which has a budget of 1.2 million for 2016-2017.  This will allow owners who had to carry out urgent repairs, or pay for engineering assessments,…

Old High Court back in action

In a rare piece of good heritage news following the November earthquake, Wellington’s historic High Court building, in Stout Street, has been pressed back into service. It is a Category One listed building, which went through a lengthy multi-million dollar restoration project ending in 2010, at the same time as the new Supreme Court building was being built next…

Erskine College #1

I was surprised to see in my Saturday newspaper that the advertisements have begun for the 96 new houses, apartments and townhouses (as pictured) that are planned for the Erskine College site in Island Bay.   Of course I know that they are spec built, and so the developer needs to start selling them even before…

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:

The changing pace of heritage

In the first of a series of blogs by students at the excellent post-graduate Museums and Heritage Studies programme at Victoria University of Wellington, Anna Abernethy reflects on Wellington Mayor Justin Lester’s recent announcement of his intention to reduce the deadlines for owners of earthquake-prone buildings to upgrade, or demolish, their buildings.  Growing up in Auckland in the…

Elms Homestead, Kaikoura

The tragic death of the homeowner of Elms Homestead in Kaikoura after the weekend’s earthquake prompted me to hunt out the history of the building, and I found on the Heritage New Zealand website that it was actually a very early example of New Zealand poured concrete construction, and was part of a particularly cohesive complex of…

Wellington Cathedral Organ

The enormous organ at Wellington Cathedral, with 3,500 pipes, has been badly damaged in the November 2016 earthquake.  It has been in the cathedral only since 1964,  prior to that it was down the road on Mulgrave Street in Old St Paul’s since 1877. 

Adaptive Reuse

How better to celebrate the weekend than a shiny, pretty example of adaptive reuse?  The future of many heritage buildings relies on clever architects providing clever solutions for buildings that no longer have a use in their old form.  Not only does it save many buildings, but it is a much more environmentally friendly solution than…

On the move

Since setting up my business I have found some great stories about fascinating buildings.  One of my absolute favourites is the twice-moved All Saints Church (Te Hunga Tapu Katoa), now located at Pakowhai Marae in Waituhi, 20 kilometres northwest of Gisborne.

Who comes first?

Tamati Kruger, Tuhoe negotiator and chair of the Te Urewera Board asks his own question in response to a question from Radio New Zealand about the architectural worth of John Scott’s Te Urewera National Park Visitor Centre at Aniwaniwa at Lake Waikaremoana:

Our Favourite Modernist Buildings?

The Architecture Centre in Wellington has joined the fray to fight for yet another building; the Gordon Wilson Flats, on the Terrace.  The Architecture Centre is an independent,