150th Anniversary of Panmure Bridge

On Sunday 19th October a special commemoration was held for the 150th anniversary of the building of the first bridge at Panmure in 1865. Organised by the Panmure Bridge Planning Committee, headed by John La Roche, it was an informative event, with guided tours of the surviving swing bridge mechanism...

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Are Auckland’s historic buildings worth saving?

Better protection in Auckland Council’s historic heritage schedule is needed for hundreds of historic commercial buildings in the face of both the higher density housing promoted by the Unitary Plan and central government’s more stringent rules for earthquake strengthening. Civic Trust Auckland president Allan Matson fears most of the Trust’s...

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Auckland Heritage Festival 26 September – 11 October

Once again, the Auckland Heritage Festival offers a wonderful variety of heritage-related events over two weeks and three weekends. Do check out the full programme at www.heritagefestival.co.nz Civic Trust is offering talks by landscape historian John Adam, and our President, heritage expert, Allan Matson. John Adam will be sharing his knowledge...

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Winter Lecture Series 2 at 123 Grafton Rd

Don’t forget our second Winter Lecture of 2015 this Sunday 6th September at 123 Grafton Rd, from 3-5pm. 123 Grafton Rd Villa Restoration:This grand villa, situated prominently of the edge of Grafton Bridge, is the only survivor of the large villas that once lined Grafton Rd.The house is being progressively...

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Art of Remembrance Last Day Commemorations

The Last Day of “Remembrance” of the art installation at St David’s soldiers’ memorial church in Khyber Pass was marked by a very special presentation on 23 July. Corporal Apiata, VC presented Mark Bramwell, grandson of New Zealand’s only Gallipoli VC, and first WWI VC, Lieutenant Colonel Bassett, with a...

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Unitary Plan Panel against Pre 1944 Demolition Control Overlay

On Wednesday 15 July, the Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel released interim guidance which said it was not convinced that houses in character areas necessarily qualified for historic heritage status and protection. The panel said the council’s proposed interim demolition control overlay put unnecessary pressure on landowners wanting to develop...

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