National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund for 2021 opens

The National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund, administered by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, provides financial incentives to encourage the conservation of privately owned heritage places recognised on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero. Applications for 2021 consideration open on 4 May and will close with regional offices of Heritage New...

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Tohu Whenua

Tohu Whenua’s goal is to connect New Zealanders with their Kiwi heritage by promoting significant historical and cultural sites around Aotearoa that offer great visitor experiences. It now has a new-look website.   The website now includes regional stories (the programme currently operates in Te Tai Tokerau Northland, Otago and Te Tai Poutini...

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NZ housing crisis – 1935

“Housing in New Zealand” – 15 min, 32 sec In 1935, there were more than 40,000 families in New Zealand who needed homes. This 1946 film surveys New Zealand housing: from settler huts to Ernest Plischke’s modernist flats. Architect William Page bemoans sun-spurning Victorian slums with their unneeded “elaboration.” Michael...

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St Stephen’s Church – appeal for funds

On 5 December, a fire damaged St Stephen’s Church in Ponsonby.  The nave was heavily impacted, and the building needs extensive repair. The church is a Heritage New Zealand Category 2 listed building made of kauri. Church Minister Rev. Grant Ridout says, “Many people grieve the loss of the stunning...

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Nitrate in our drinking water

A new report has found that the health of up to 800,000 New Zealanders could be at risk from nitrate in our drinking water. Nitrate is colourless and tasteless. It mainly comes from synthetic nitrogen fertiliser and urine from cows, working its way into rivers and groundwater. High levels of...

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Climate Change Commission draft advice

The Climate Change Commission has published their first draft advice on what Aotearoa New Zealand needs to do to meet the scale of the climate crisis, and meet our obligations as a signatory of the Paris Climate Agreement. Public consultation on the draft advice runs from February 1 until March...

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