2017AGM held at Ellen Melville Centre

On Sunday 12 November, Civic Trust held its 2017 AGM  in the Betty Wark Room at the recently reopened Ellen Melville Centre in Freyberg Place, Auckland Central. The refurbished Ellen Melville Centre, also known at the Pioneer Womens’ Hall, is now a vibrant community centre, with various spaces available for...

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2017 Heritage Festival Debate

As part of the Auckland Council Heritage Festival for 2017 Civic Trust organised a debate on the subject “There is adequate protection for heritage”.  Under MC  Hamish Keith, Civic Trust’s patron, seven speakers spoke eloquently mainly on the negative. The conclusion was that, although some positive things are happening in...

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Winter Lecture No 3: Huntly House, Grafton

At short notice, Civic Trust held a third Winter Lecture at Huntly House in Grafton last Sunday, 27 August, 2017. Huntly House, Category B listed with Auckland Council,  was built in 1875  for Captain James Stone, and is a magnificent example of the era of early concrete houses. Simon Dowd,...

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Winter Lecture 2: Donner House, Titirangi

Civic Trust’s second Winter Lecture was held in brilliant winter sunshine at the modernist Donner House in Titirangi, on Sunday 30 July 2017. Owner Paul Jenkins, an architect, has spent the best part of the last 20 years restoring and maintaining the 1940’s house that noted City Architect Tibor Donner...

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2016 AGM held at Modernist Hall

Civic Trust’s 2016 AGM was held on Sunday 20 November at the Old Folk’s Assocciation Hall in Newton. An attentive audience enjoyed the presentation by local historian Edward Bennett on modernist buildings in the Karangahape Rd area. Edward also presented copies of his recently published book commemorating 100 years of...

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Second Winter Lecture at Devonport’s “Castle”

The “castle” hosted 30 people for a comprehensive talk by Geoff Richards, the architect of the restoration and renovation works, full of interesting details about not just the recent building project but historical details about the site.  Then attendees had the privilege of wandering at their leisure through the entire house and garden, hindered a...

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First Winter Lecture

First Winter Lecture

Our first Winter Lecture was held at the delightful home of Mary Barry and Tom Curham in Bradford St, Parnell, on Sunday 10 July.  This cottage from the late 1800s has been lovingly restored by Mary and Tom, and they and one of their children, Kieren, shared their memories of...

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Civic Trust at Grey Lynn Festival

At the Grey Lynn Festival on Saturday 28 November, Civic Trust Auckland’s stall presented information on heritage at risk in Auckland, especially the King’s School Hanna Block, and St David’s Church in Khyber Pass. We also explained the tortuous Unitary Plan process in basic terms and what the risks are...

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