Sad Art Deco Loss in Takapuna

This beautiful Art Deco house on the edge of the water in Takapuna has been demolished. The property was sold recently and was zoned Single House Zone under the new Unitary Plan and did not have a heritage overlay. The house had been with the family that built it until...

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2016 Auckland Heritage Festival

Auckland Council’s yearly Heritage Festival is well under way. Programmes are available at city libraries and can be accessed on line here: Civic Trust is hosting an Open Day at the historic Scott Homestead at Scott’s Landing, Mahurangi East. See our More Coming Events entry on the Home page for...

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Over 100 Appeals to the Unitary Plan

Over 100 appeals have now been lodged against the Unitary Plan decisions. Some will be heard in the Environment Court, but others will go to the High Court. See this Radio NZ summary here: This is also covered in the NZ Herald by Bernard Orsman. His article profiles a case...

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Character Coalition Appeals Unitary Plan Zoning

Today the Character Coalition, of which Civic Trust Auckland is a founding member, has filed an appeal in the High Court to the Unitary Plan decision to up zone many parts of the proposed Single House Zone without informing the residents. See  https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/dozens-appeals-launched-against-undemocratic-unrealistic-auckland-unitary-plan?post_id=1150662351693578_1150662561693557#_=_ See also the Character Coalition Facebook page...

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Auckland Unitary Plan

The Auckland Unitary Plan has finally been through the long submissions and hearings process, notwithstanding any judicial review or appeal.  CTA was involved right from the initial call for feedback to appearing at various hearings, and we also provided assistance to several individuals and a number of community groups. The...

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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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