Laneways Popularity Supports Heritage

Current city planning ideas for laneways are supporting our commercial heritage. The popularity of the shared streets in Auckland such as Elliot St, O’Connell St are showcasing the existing heritage buildings and adding to their value. Laneways developments in Newmarket have been successful, as have the newly created lanes in...

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Art of Remembrance showing at Te Papa

The stunning Art of Remembrance project, which covered the face of St David’s Church in Khyber Pass in 2015 over the Anzac Day period, is now showing at Te Papa, for Anzac Day 2016. The brass quatrefoils artworks by leading NZ artist Max Gimblett, who has had a life-long association...

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Unitary Plan backlash for Council

Auckland Council’s recent upzoning out-of-scope submissions, further to the original notified plan in 2013, have been raising concerns throughout suburban Auckland. The increased intensification is considered a breach of natural justice, as people who did not put in a submission to the original notified plan have no ability to participate...

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Seismic Tax Coalition push for change

A coalition of local authorities and private landlords that want the cost of strengthening earthquake-prone buildings to be tax deductible may be making some progress. Inland Revenue has put out a discussion document on the issue and is asking for submissions on whether businesses should be allowed to write off the...

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How Historic Preservation Can Reduce Poverty

Caroline Cheong, a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, explains the economic benefits of saving historic places, including her fascinating research into how historic preservation can reduce poverty.  Her research is focused on the relationship between urban heritage conservation, poverty reduction and displacement.  Caroline’s case studies are focused on developing...

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Heritage Images Updated by Mark Bishop

Auckland architect Mark Bishop has a passion for Auckland’s built heritage and he has cleverly combined historic photos with current images of the same locations. His work is featured on the Our Auckland website – see here. Or go to this link via Dropbox. Mark showed these images during the...

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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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