Street to lose ‘character’ in Unitary Plan intensification

  A legal battle is brewing over Auckland’s plan for intensification of streets in some of the city’s oldest suburbs. The moves allowing multi-storey buildings to be built in specific zones fall under the Unitary Plan which was given the go-ahead last month. William Palmer’s Mt Eden home was built in the early 1900’s. He.. read more →

Village Vista Appeal Launched

VIEWS UNDER THREAT: This lamp post is approximately the height of the proposed apartment buildings which can be built under the current ‘mixed house urban’ zoning and shows how Howick’s iconic views will be totally blocked if the zoning remains. Photo supplied. The fight to save Howick’s iconic views from Stockade Hill and Crawford Park.. read more →

Move to protect character housing rejected

An independent hearings panel has turned down a push by Auckland Council to protect houses built before 1944. The council was proposing in its long-term plan that housing in character areas, specifically those built pre-1944, should be protected from demolition or relocation. In its interim guidance published yesterday, the Auckland Unitary Plan independent hearings panel.. read more →

Iconic villa moved out of Auckland suburb

A century-old villa is being trucked out of Herne Bay and the community is already mourning the loss. Work to remove the landmark villa at 165 Jervois Rd, which was home to the Erawan Thai restaurant for more than 20 years, started in March. It has been bought by a house removal company and will.. read more →

Donghua Liu set for second council face-off

Exclusive – Complaint about demolition of wall on development site to be investigated. Donghua Liu demolished a stone wall and cut down trees allegedly without permission on land where he plans to build an ambitious housing project in Auckland. The businessman owns nearly 20,000sq m of land in Newmarket and is preparing a resource consent.. read more →

Hillpark seeks ‘special character overlay’

We want to protect what we have and we don’t want it trampled on Dave Sharples A “proud neighbourhood” is putting up a fight against Auckland Council changes it says could threaten the area’s history, native bush and wildlife. The Hillpark Residents Association is hosting a house and garden tour this Sunday in a bid.. read more →

Homestead moving off site – for now

  Written by: Bernard Orsman Photo by: Chris Gorman Published: The New Zealand Herald – 20 November 2013 A Victorian homestead in Pt Chevalier is being temporarily removed from its site while its church owner seeks a resource consent to permanently remove it and construct a replica building. Pt Chevalier’s Homestead Community Church was moving.. read more →

Cottage move stops after council demands consent

  Written by: Bernard Orsman Photo by: Chris Gorman Published: The New Zealand Herald – nzherald.co.nz The future of a Victorian timber cottage used as a community church is uncertain after it was taken from its foundations and put on a trailer, only for the council to halt the work. Pt Chevalier’s Homestead Community Church.. read more →

Fate of an Auckland landmark: Saving the St James

  Written by: Wayne Thompson Photo by: Brett Phibbs Published: The New Zealand Herald – 16 August 2013 The historic theatre in the heart of Auckland’s arts precinct has been closed since a fire in 2007 and supporters of its restoration are frustrated by a lack of action. Auckland’s new civic leaders will come under.. read more →

Heritage and Tree “Protection” is in name only and not in fact

  Written by: Paul Waite After much pushing on my part, the Auckland Council commissioned a heritagereport on an area in Epsom/Newmarket that they had decided to re-zone intensively. Despite that report coming out in mid 2011 and recommending that the Moodabe house, the Edgerley homestead, the Carlton bowling club clubhouse and the Carlton bowling.. read more →

Janet McAllister: Our heritage is going, going, gone

  Photo by: Dean Purcell Published: The New Zealand Herald – 11 May 2013 Heritage hero Allan Matson hasn’t read the heritage policy statements in the draft Unitary Plan. This is a surprise. When I ask him to comment on them, the tireless thorn in the side of soulless developers says he’ll have to call.. read more →

Unitary Plan deadline will stay – Brown

  Photo by: Natalie Slade Published: The New Zealand Herald – 24 April 2013 Some councillors say timetable is too tight and council is playing ‘Russian roulette’ The Auckland Council is sticking to a tight timetable on a new planning rulebook, despite claims it is a rushed process and misgivings about high-rise apartments and infill.. read more →

Devonport character buildings under threat

  Written: Anne Gibson Photo: Sarah Ivey Published: The New Zealand Herald – 07 March 2013 Devonport’s stately heritage-lined main street is under threat from Government proposals to overhaul building standards, according to a campaigner. Margot McRae of Devonport Heritage has decried changes to ensure old buildings are strengthened and she is preparing an opposing.. read more →

Steadfast vigil at church

  Photo by: Jason Oxenham Published: stuff.co.nz – 13 February 2013 Heritage advocates and Ponsonby residents plan to continue protesting outside St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church this month as the congregation awaits a decision on the church’s future. Late last year parishioners learned the church is likely to close because of dwindling numbers and expensive earthquake-strengthening.. read more →

Cold reception to Ponsonby ‘fridge’

  Written by Bernard Orsman Published: The New Zealand Herald – 11 February 2013 Planned modern building with shops and apartments clashes with area’s historic character, say opponents. A proposed three-storey retail and apartment building on Ponsonby Rd is sparking debate about the merits of modern architecture along the famous character strip. Developer Neil Salter’s.. read more →