Winter Lecture: Lopdell House Redevelopment

Our first Winter Lecture for 2015 was held on Sunday 12 July. Civic Trust Board member architect Julian Mitchell from Mitchell Stout Architects presented on the redevelopment of the scheduled heritage Lopdell House, and the construction of the new Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, linked to the older building.  Julian...

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Port Victory

The High Court has ruled that resource consents should not have been granted for Ports of Auckland’s extension of  Bledisloe Wharf.  Work on the wharf has been stopped. The decision by Justice Geoffrey Venning is a significant victory for Urban Auckland, Stop Stealing our Harbour and the thousands of Aucklanders who protested in various...

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Heritage Groups Advocate to Unity Plan Hearings

Heritage groups were out in force on Tuesday 12 June, making presentations to the Independent Hearings Panel on the Proposed Unitary Plan, on the topics of Special Character and the Pre-1944 Demolition Control Heritage Overlay. Much of the day was taken up with strong advocacy for Auckland’s heritage from various...

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Urban Auckland in Court over Port Plans

Urban Auckland headed to court on Tuesday 2 June to battle Ports of Auckland over the controversial Bledisloe Wharf extensions into the harbour. Civic Trust has been supporting Urban Auckland in their fight to get public input into the resource consent decisions. See Herald article here for more details.

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“Good Sort” Roy Clements on TV One

Long-time Civic Trust member and past Board member Roy Clements was featured on TV One’s Sunday night news segment “Good Sorts” on 24 May 2015. His tireless energy in working for the community was showcased, with a special emphasis on his projects for turning untamed urban bush into community green...

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Heritage fears sparked by quake management plan

Heritage advocates fear Government plans for dealing with buildings after natural disasters will result in historical landmarks being lost forever. Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith has announced proposals to make responding to a disaster more efficient and streamlined. Under the proposals, Heritage New Zealand would not be consulted when...

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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...

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