Unreinforced Masonry Buildings

Update 28 Sept 2018: The below was written on 26 Sept 2018, but in the following two days, all of the buildings discussed below have been removed from the Wellington Council’s list of Unreinforced Masonry (URM) buildings except one – the Newtown Hotel building discussed below. 26 Sept 2018: A major deadline approaches in Wellington, and…

‘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…