Heritage award in Queen’s Birthday Honours

In this week’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list, George Farrant, Auckland Council’s Principal Heritage Advisor was awarded ¬†Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to heritage preservation The New Zealand Herald described his career: George Farrant has been Principal Heritage Advisor since 2010 for the Auckland Council and...

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Odeon Theatre Mosaic Saved

A team effort by Auckland Council heritage staff and Steve Bielby, representing one of the owners of the St James Theatre development, is achieving a positive outcome for a mid-century art work. As a result of apartment development in Queen St, involving the demolition of the old Odeon and Regent...

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Auckland 2040 Interview with Bernard Hickey

Auckland 2040’s Richard Burton was interviewed recently by Bernard Hickey for the website Interest.co.nz. Bernard was a critic of the recent decision by Auckland councillors to reject the extra upzoning proposed by council staff. In this interview the issues are comprehensively discussed, and Bernard gives Richard Burton an opportunity to...

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Laneways Popularity Supports Heritage

Current city planning ideas for laneways are supporting our commercial heritage. The popularity of the shared streets in Auckland such as Elliot St, O’Connell St are showcasing the existing heritage buildings and adding to their value. Laneways developments in Newmarket have been successful, as have the newly created lanes in...

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Art of Remembrance showing at Te Papa

The stunning Art of Remembrance project, which covered the face of St David’s Church in Khyber Pass in 2015 over the Anzac Day period, is now showing at Te Papa, for Anzac Day 2016. The brass quatrefoils artworks by leading NZ artist Max Gimblett, who has had a life-long association...

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