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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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...

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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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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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