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 ( ) has finally launched, and it is a…

Silver Linings

From our heritage ‘silver linings’ section of the recent earthquake (we’ve already talked of another one here) the movie reviewer from the Dominion Post pointed out

Catholic Work

The inauguration of our new Catholic Prime Minster today reminded me of the rather sad, and, in the end, futile letter written by Catholic architect John Sidney Swan, 

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…