Quake proposal fans heritage fear

  Written by: Bernard Orsman Photo by: Brett Phibbs Published: The New Zealand Herald – 07 February 2013 Council baulks at ‘execution order’ risk in recommendation for 10-year time limit on strengthening buildings. Giving building owners 10 years to strengthen earthquake-prone buildings would amount to an “execution order” for many heritage and character buildings, says.. read more →

More than prayers needed to save church

  Written by: Jess Lee Photo by: Jess Lee Published: Auckland Now – 16 January 2013 It will take more than prayers to save the 130-year-old St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church in Ponsonby, a congregation member says. Herne Bay resident Wayne MacDonald is willing to put up a fight against the closure of the category two.. read more →

City looks at new way to protect its heritage

  Published: Central Leader – 02 January 2013 Auckland Council is considering a new approach to preserving the city’s built heritage and character areas which would provide greater protection than existing plans. The initiative comes from the council’s Unitary Plan Political Working Party, which includes councillors, local board chairs and members of the Independent Maori.. read more →

Historic church legally at risk

  Written by: Jess Lee Published: Auckland Now / Auckland City Harbour News It has stood for more than 130 years, but this may have been St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church’s last Christmas. Dwindling worshippers and expensive earthquake-strengthening costs may force the Ponsonby church to close its doors as the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa NZ makes.. read more →

Chows to face public over super-brothel plan

  Published: Business Day – stuff.co.nz 12 November 2012 Aucklanders will get to have their say on “sex in the city” plans for a 15-storey super-brothel in the next few days. Earlier this year, Wellington brothers John and Michael Chow sought consent to build the Penthouse Club in the centre of Auckland, after the former.. read more →

Buildings may go for train entrance

  Written by: Bernard Orsman Photo by: Steven McNicholl Published: The New Zealand Hearld – Friday November 09 2012 Group of historic properties in Victoria St face demolition to allow entry point for inner-city rail loop The loss of the Palace Hotel in central Auckland could be followed by the demolition of an adjoining block.. read more →

Delays a concern for Heritage

  Written by: Joe Dawson Photo by: Joe Dawson Published by: Auckland Now | stuff.co.nz – 09 November 2012 Heritage campaigners fear delays to protect historic Auckland buildings could have catastrophic results. The council has put work that would see old buildings given heritage value on the back burner while it puts the Unitary Plan.. read more →

Heritage ‘suffering

  Written by: Nicole Pryor Published: Auckland Now / North Shore Times – 08 November 2012 Plans to erect more buildings including multi-storey apartments in suburban Auckland are a “disaster” for heritage, Auckland councillor Sandra Coney says. The Auckland Plan committee on Tuesday debated the council’s plan to intensify by building more homes to the.. read more →

Protesters fight for Thai restaurant villa

Written by Bernard Orsman Photo by: Bernard Orsman Published: The New Zealand Herald – 16 October 2012 Heritage advocates and local residents waved placards outside a villa occupied by the Erawan Thai restaurant in Jervois Rd, Herne Bay this morning. The owner of the 1905 villa, Jessica Woo, has plans to demolish the building, which.. read more →

Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint: Auckland Heritage

By Wayne Brittenden Published: Radio New Zealand National In the light of Auckland’s Heritage Festival, Wayne takes a critical look at the reality of heritage, Auckland style. Chris subsequently speaks with Waitemata and Gulf councillor Mike Lee, and Brisbane conservation architect Peter Marquis-Kyle.     read more →

Removal of historic Herne Bay villa ‘an absolute shocker’

Written by Bernard Orsman Photo by: Chris Gorman Published: The New Zealand Herald – 20 September 2012 The popular dining strip along Jervois Rd in Herne Bay is set to lose another slice of history with the removal of a large villa occupied by the Erawan Thai restaurant. It follows the loss last year of.. read more →

Heritage groups attack mayor’s ’empty promises’

Written by: Bernard Orsman Published by: The New Zealand Herald – Tuesday June 19 2012 Auckland Mayor Len Brown is all talk and no action on heritage, according to comments in a Herald survey on heritage issues. “Len mouths platitudes about heritage and makes empty promises,” said Devonport Heritage, one of four groups to rate.. read more →

Herald survey on Auckland Heritage buildings

Published by: The New Zealand Herald – Tuesday June 19 2012 Here are the full responses to the Herald survey on heritage. Seven heritage groups and heritage advocates responded: Devonport Heritage (DH) Western Bays Community Group (WBCG) Save Our St Heliers (SOS) Civic Trust (CT) Parnell Community Group (PCG) Allan Matson (AM) Jennifer Hayman, of.. read more →

Forgotten gems saved from wrecker’s ball

Written by: Chris Barton Published: New Zealand Herald – 22 January 2011 Aucklanders are soon to rediscover remnants of a bygone era that have been locked away for more than 50 years when what’s left of the former Queen’s and Everybody’s picture theatres are transformed into restaurants in July. The spaces, once the entertainment centre.. read more →