Quito, Ecuador

How Historic Preservation Can Reduce Poverty

Caroline Cheong, a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, explains the economic benefits of saving historic places, including her fascinating research into how historic preservation can reduce poverty.  Her research is focused on the relationship between urban heritage conservation, poverty reduction and displacement.  Caroline’s case studies are focused on developing...

Continue reading

Wellesley St

Heritage Images Updated by Mark Bishop

Auckland architect Mark Bishop has a passion for Auckland’s built heritage and he has cleverly combined historic photos with current images of the same locations. His work is featured on the Our Auckland website – see here. Or go to this link via Dropbox. Mark showed these images during the...

Continue reading

Earthquake

Quake Rules Threaten Town’s “Urban Fabric”

Rules for strengthening the nation’s at-risk heritage buildings make them vulnerable to a different sort of damage, argues Olga Filippova, University of Auckland Business School Property Specialist, in the Business School’s July email newsletter. She says “Rules governing the strengthening of earthquake-prone buildings have been modified following submissions by engineering...

Continue reading

st Davids 1

Historic Churches at Risk

Churches around the country are shutting their doors as congregations and funds dwindle, and ageing buildings need seismic strengthening. St David’s Presbyterian church in Khyber Pass, Auckland, closed last December, and faces possible demolition. Founder of the Friends of St David’s Trust www.saintdavidsfriends.org.nz , Paul Baragwanath and the Chief Executive...

Continue reading

11227521_992083977476624_4073948445297349_n

Pre 1944 Overlay not a Protection

Vernon Tava of the Waitemata Local Board highlights the plight of  heritage villas at 16-18 Crummer Rd., Ponsonby. He discusses the incomplete protection that the Pre 1944 Heritage Overlay is proving to be. These two well-loved Victorian villas are about to be demolished, as they were removed from the Heritage...

Continue reading

11210515_395216883936241_7277206560301958996_n

Latest Successful Port Protest

Civic Trust was represented at the latest port protest on Sunday 3 May. Organised by the group Stop Stealing Our Harbour, the protest drew 1500 people, who marched down Quay St to the Viaduct to hear speeches from councillors, MPs, and representatives from Ngati Whatua and the yachting community. To support...

Continue reading