A Popular Wee Building

Today we have a guest post from Kate Jordan, a historian currently working at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.  She wrote about this building while completing her post-graduate studies in Museum and Heritage Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington.  In downtown New Plymouth is a rather small, unassuming building. Its demolition has been raised…

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…

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…

Heritage News: Mary O’Keeffe’s work at Kapiti

This is a nice story about Mary O’Keeffe’s archaeological work on the Kapiti Coast on the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway for the NZTA, and the 200 new archaeological sites found during the project, which she says has been the real highlight of her career.