Allan Matson on RNZ on Facadism

Civic Trust President Allan Matson was featured on Radio NZ on Wallace Chapman’s Sunday Morning programme today. See here for the link to listen to the RNZ item.  Allan was also interviewed on facadism by the NZ Herald earlier on in the year – see link here:  

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St James Church Hall Environment Court Appeal

This week Civic Trust is appearing at the Environment Court, supporting Auckland Council as a S.274 party to an appeal by developers View West. The developers are appealing against the decision in late 2017 by the Council Hearing Commissioners to decline their application to demolish the Category B listed 1885...

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50th Celebratory AGM at Kinder House

Saturday 17th November saw Civic Trust celebrate it’s 50th AGM at Kinder House. President Allan Matson presented a slide show to illustrate his report on the Trust’s activities in the past year. The guest speaker was Glen Hazelton, presently Director of Organisational Development at Heritage NZ. His presentation was on...

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Incendiary 1901: Heritage Festival Play

In this year’s Heritage Festival, Civic Trust supported the production of Incendiary 1901, a play reading in period costume by a Waiheke company, Grow Your Own Productions. It was presented on Sunday 30 September, in the Ellen Melville Hall, Freyberg Place, in the CBD, and also had performances on Waiheke...

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Urban Auckland call to resist mega cruise ships

Community groups, including Civic Trust, Stop Stealing our Harbour, and Urban Auckland are encouraging the community to make submissions on the council proposal to place concrete mooring “dolphins” and walkways off Queen’s Wharf, to cater for mega cruise ships. See here for an opinion piece by Julie Stout, from Urban...

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Demolition Consent Declined for Whanganui Heritage Building

Heritage NZ’s latest email newsletter has reported that a demolition consent application for Thain’s Building in Whanganui has been declined.   Independent Commissioner, Rob Van Voorthuysen, has declined consent to demolish the 110-year-old Thain’s Building on the corner of Taupo Quay and Victoria Avenue in Whanganui.  The applicant owner sought...

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Winter Lecture 2: Holy Trinity Cathedral Tour

The Bishop Selwyn Chapel, opened in 2016, has completed the Holy Trinity Cathedral complex in Parnell, and was the catalyst for the Civic Trust guided tour of the complex on Sunday, 2 September. We learnt about the history of the various elements that make up the cathedral complex, with the chancel...

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Planning Problems for Auckland Council

In recent days Auckland Council has had two planning decisions go against it. Yesterday there was extensive media coverage on the decision by the Environment Court to make over 400 building consents no longer current. Following on from the new rules in the Unitary Plan, council had issued consents under...

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