Welcome To Heritage This Month - August 2009
It has been a busy, yet rewarding, month for the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Thank you for your continued support, and interest in, heritage.
As well as reading about heritage matters, you might also like to visit our online shop. It has a range of heritage and historical items as a gift for yourself or friends and family. The collection of Kiwiana is proving very popular, with items ranging from t-shirts to tea towels.
Your chance to win!
Answer the special trivia question in the Pieces of Eight section correctly and you will go in the draw to win a set of three fabulous booklets on NZHPT properties Clendon House in Northland and Alberton and Highwic in Auckland.
Email the answer to firstname.lastname@example.org by 21 August and the lucky winner will be named in the September issue.
Last month’s winner of the ‘Send Me A Postcard’ book (also in our Kiwiana-inspired collection) was Eimar O’Connell from Queenstown, who correctly answered the price of the Mini Kiwi as $40.
Successful prosecution sends strong message
The successful prosecution of two Alexandra men who damaged and modified an archaeological site in Central Otago has been welcomed by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust for the strong message it sends.
Cam Withington and Lex McLean entered guilty pleas in the Queenstown District Court on 29 July and agreed to pay a significant donation to the NZHPT for breaching provisions of the Historic Places Act (HPA) 1993 by damaging and modifying an archaeological site which was thought to be part of the North Pole diggings in the Garvie Mountains. Mr Withington was convicted and discharged without any fine and Mr McLean discharged without conviction. In neither case were any costs imposed.
The damage occurred on 3 June 2007 when a party including Mr Withington and Mr McLean mounted an expedition along with a TV3 crew. Footage from this expedition was broadcast by TV3 on 10 June 2007.
The presiding judge confirmed the importance of the archaeological provisions in the HPA, and said the bringing of this case was well founded. He stressed the importance of goldfields sites to the history of Central Otago and New Zealand.
NZHPT senior archaeologist Dr Rick McGovern-Wilson (pictured) said the judge’s decision would send a clear message that New Zealand’s heritage has legal protection.
“NZHPT is delighted with the judge’s ruling and the message it sends. Hopefully this case will deter others from damaging heritage sites, particularly in Central Otago, which has been stripped of a lot of its heritage over the years.
“Investigations of actual and potential archaeological sites should be left to the experts.”
The NZHPT and the defendants issued a joint statement, whereby:
Mr McLean and Mr Withington agree that their actions on 3 June 2007 in the Nevis Valley were in breach of Section 99 of the Historic Places Act 1993.
They support the work of the NZHPT in preserving New Zealand’s heritage for the benefit of all New Zealanders. They encourage anybody contemplating any physical investigation, such as theirs, to ensure that before undertaking any such investigation that they consult the Trust, and this includes the collection and removal of any artefacts from sites.
Central Otago and the Nevis Valley, in particular, is filled with sites that meet the definition of an archaeological site under the Historic Places Act 1993. The NZHPT, Mr McLean and Mr Withington urge anyone contemplating digging, removing artefacts or modifying a possible archaeological site (a place associated with the pre-1900 human activity) to contact the NZHPT before doing so.
Music School discussion continues
Wide-ranging public discussion about the proposed Music School development at Christchurch’s historic Arts Centre precinct is being called for by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
NZHPT has supported in principle the University of Canterbury’s proposal to establish a National Conservatorium of Music at the Arts Centre, after its advice for modifications to the development plan was adopted to ensure the new building would have as little impact on heritage values as possible.
Southern Region General Manager Malcolm Duff says the NZHPT’s final support will depend on what changes occur during development of the design through the resource consent and Building Act process.
Through the Christchurch City Council’s District Plan the Arts Centre Trust is able to apply for additions and modifications to the buildings and site. The Arts Centre is registered as a Category I historic place under the Historic Places Act 1993.
“NZHPT has given serious consideration as to whether any new structure is appropriate within the curtilage of such a significant historic site and has been prepared to consider some level of change,” Mr Duff says.
“We have taken a constructive approach and have sought to influence the design concept while ensuring that no existing heritage fabric is affected by the proposal.”
A public meeting called by the Civic Trust to discuss the proposal was held in Christchurch on 20 July, attracting more than 130 people.
NZHPT understands proceeds from the proposed project would fund conservation and earthquake strengthening work of the existing heritage landmarks on site and awaits confirmation this remains the case.
Input from NZHPT has resulted in design changes that reduce, but do not eliminate, the visual impact of the new building. The proposed new building will alter the view into the site from parts of Hereford Street, but will create new public open space that gives greater visibility to the façade of the Physics Building, and a new role for the Court and Academy Theatre elevations containing the new quadrangle.
“The Arts Centre is clearly a significant heritage site that is much loved by the Christchurch community. Because there will be impact on the curtilage, and other matters of civic amenity and design, NZHPT is concerned that the proposal goes through a publicly notified resource consent application under the RMA,” Mr Duff says.
(Caption: An artist's impression of the proposed Music School at the Arts Centre.)
New Board appointments
Following the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) Board of Trustees elections on 17 June, Allan Matson, David Kiddey and Anna Crighton have been elected as the three representatives for the Northern, Central and Southern regions, respectively.
Allan and David are newly-elected while Anna commences her third three-year term on the Board. The results for the NZHPT Board Elections appeared in the NZ Herald, Waikato Times, Dominion Post, Press and Otago Daily Times on 4 July and on the NZHPT’s website.
Formerly a merchant banker and architect, Allan has for the past five years been active as a heritage campaigner in Auckland. That has involved undertaking heritage research and planning assessments for heritage buildings and preparation of reports and submissions to Council on resource consents involving heritage buildings.
Allan also consults for other parties attempting to protect heritage, including the recent appeals regarding the Auckland Art Gallery extensions, and Building 5 at Greenlane Hospital.
David is the Chief Executive of the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce and has an extensive background in working for heritage. He was a member of the Nelson committee for 12 years, including eight years as the chair. Since moving to Wellington 14 years ago David has been a member of the Wellington committee, including three years as the chair.
NZHPT chief executive Bruce Chapman said the new Board members’ extensive business experience and commitment to heritage would ensure the significant achievements made by NZHPT continued. Out-going Board members Gary Russell (Northern) and Michael Spedding (Central) deserved full recognition for their outstanding contributions to the organisation and helping with identifying, promoting and protecting New Zealand’s heritage.
Our fundraising appeal was launched recently and we are happy to reassure everyone that all income received from donations goes towards our critically important work of identifying, protecting, preserving and conserving the historic and cultural heritage of New Zealand.
In the letter we sent out, we explained how important it is that we make sure our past is protected, and we highlighted the substantial work being done at Alberton (rotten veranda post pictured).
To say thank you to donors who support our cause by 30 August 2009, we will send a free entrance voucher for two people to one of 14 New Zealand Historic Places Trust Properties.
Already hundreds of vouchers have been sent, and we have had some wonderful feedback, such as this note:
Today my wife & I used our gift pass to visit the Timeball Station. We spent about one & a half hours exploring the building and watching the excellent video presentation. The Trust person, Jenny, was a mine of information. We were extremely impressed with the beautiful restoration that has been carried out on the building.
Thank you. Regards, John
If you haven’t received an appeal letter and would like to donate, you can do so on our website at www.historic.org.nz; or by ringing 0800 802 010 to make a telephone donation; or else post your donation to Freepost 3206, New Zealand Historic Places Trust, PO Box 2629, Wellington.
Recognition for Main Trunk Line Historic Area
A microcosm – albeit on a grand scale – of New Zealand’s railway history has received national recognition by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
A 200km stretch of the central North Island Main Trunk Line (NIMT) has been approved as an historic area on the National Register by the NZHPT Board. The area extends south from the Taumarunui Railway Station to the Makohine Viaduct near Ohingaiti.
NZHPT Central Region Acting General Manager Robert McClean says the registration recognised, and celebrated, a remarkable early 20th century engineering achievement that was instrumental in creating and supporting Central Plateau communities along the Main Trunk Line.
“The Main Trunk Line is like the backbone of New Zealand – historically and practically it kept us moving, economically it made us strong and socially it linked us together. From a heritage perspective there are a number of significant landmarks that deserve to be highlighted and celebrated.
“Last year we celebrated the centenary of the Main Trunk Line’s opening. Now we are heading into the next 100 years with this Historic Area as a starting point, recognising how this stretch of rail has been so much a part of all our lives in some way.”
All the public submissions expressed support for the registration. Registration is an information and advocacy tool, and in itself has no direct regulatory effect.
“It provides information about the history and importance of a place, setting out the heritage values which can then be taken into account when making decisions about a place’s future," Robert says.
“The public can freely access all the information NZHPT has prepared on the Historic Area through our website (www.historic.org.nz). As well as making for an interesting and informative read it is a valuable teaching resource.”
Historic heritage national workshop popular
The New Zealand Historic Places Trust and the Auckland Regional Council are holding a national workshop on incentives for historic heritage in Auckland on 10 August.
The workshop has proven to be so popular registrations have reached the maximum limit.
Titled ‘Incentives for Historic Heritage: Strategies that Protect and Reward’, the one-day workshop will explore effective incentives to achieve heritage survival by promoting more favourable heritage regulatory provisions under the Resource Management Act and Building Act and other forms of non-regulatory incentives in relation to the urban environment.
Key topics at the conference will include economics of historic heritage, heritage rules, toolbox for heritage incentives, investment and management of heritage properties, earthquake-prone buildings and incentives in Australia and the Commonwealth.
Off to Japan
Congratulations to the NZHPT’s Northland Pouarahi (Maori Heritage Adviser) Atareiria Heihei who has been accepted to take part in a month-long study programme at Nara in Japan.
The programme is organised and funded by the Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO and the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs. The training course will provide participants with the latest methods and techniques for investigation, analysis, preservation, restoration and management of wooden structures – all useful skills, particularly in relation to historic marae buildings in New Zealand.
Although this will be Atareiria’s first visit to Japan, she claims something of a family link to the country.
“My father was part of J-Force – the army detachment that was carrying out clean-up and rebuilding work in Japan following the Second World War,” she says.
“Funnily enough, I recently came across a couple of photos of my father with some of his Army mates taken when he was stationed in Japan. Besides the tremendous heritage training that I’ll be experiencing, I’m also looking forward to visiting the country where my father spent some of his earliest adult years.”
Generous gift to Antrim House
The historical collection of objects at Antrim House in Wellington, now the headquarters of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, has recently been fortunate to benefit from the generosity of a Wellington resident.
The Hannah family built Antrim House
in 1905 and lived there until Robert Hannah’s death in 1930. When the family sold the property, an auction was held to sell off some of their effects. The donor's mother, who had recently arrived in Wellington from Napier after the 1931 earthquake, attended this auction and bought this small silver-plated sugar bowl, inscribed 'Antrim House' on the rim. The maker's marks on the base tell us that the bowl was made by Walker and Hall of Sheffield and dates to between 1900 and 1909, so it was obviously made at around the same time as the house itself.
The sugar bowl is part of a set that NZHPT already had in its collection - comprising two dessert spoons, two jugs and a two-handled bowl also inscribed with 'Antrim House'.
Very few objects original to Antrim remain at the house, so the NZHPT is grateful to add such a rare and well-provenanced object to its collection. Other objects that do remain are a cricket scorebook and a rugby shield from the days when Antrim was used as a Boys Hostel and competitions were held against other similar hostels in Wellington.
Although there is currently a general moratorium on collecting new items within NZHPT properties, we are happy to consider exceptions to this, particularly objects that relate specifically to our properties and their families, so if you have a piece which you believe to be of interest to us please do get in touch with Rebecca Apperley (04 472 4341, email@example.com).
A small number of rooms at Antrim House are open to view by the public during normal working hours.
Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference
Registrations are now open for the 3rd Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference that will be held in Dunedin from 22-25 November.
Titled ‘Engineering in the Development of a Region – Heritage and History’, the venue will be Salmond College at the University of Otago.
This conference is part of a cycle of Australia and New Zealand engineering heritage conferences. There is a conference every other year, but most of these are held in one of the Australian cities. The first Australasian conference was in Christchurch (1994) and the second in Auckland (2000). A preview of the next conference was presented at the Perth conference (2007) and liaison has continued between New Zealand (IPENZ) and Australia (EHA) Engineering Heritage groups.
There is a pre-conference tour available to conference delegates and partners from 19-22 November, the guided tour including a circuit of North Otago, Waitaki Valley, Wanaka, Queenstown, Cromwell, Maniototo and Strath Taieri – visiting many engineering heritage sites and other attractions.
Information on the conference can be found at this site.
New Northern Registrations
A number of historic places were registered by the NZHPT recently in the Northern Region, including the former Cleave's Building and Queen’s Ferry Hotel in Auckland’s Vulcan Lane, and the Cape Brett Lighthouse in Northland.
The Queen's Ferry Hotel is extraordinary in that it has functioned as a pub since 1865 – an amazing record of 144 years of unbroken service in the hospitality industry. The building also makes a significant contribution to the heritage landscape of Vulcan Lane due to its distinctive, ornamental 19th Century façade.
By the 1890s the Queen’s Ferry had become popular with bookies who did a lot of their business there, and for most of the 20th Century it remained a favourite working class pub with patrons that included sailors and journalists, to name a few.
Such literati as James K. Baxter, Denis Glover, Frank Sargeson, Rex Fairburn and typographer Bob Lowry were all regulars at the Queen’s Ferry.
The former Cleave's Building nearby has also been registered and is a rare surviving example of a colonial printery.
The site had become a centre for printing in Auckland, beginning as the offices for the Free Lance newspaper which was then taken over by Arthur Cleave in 1889. Cleave established himself as a successful publisher with his Auckland Provincial Directory, the New Zealand Sporting and Dramatic Review and later the New Zealand Illustrated Magazine.
Cleave’s publishing business continued to grow, and in 1912 he built Norfolk House – a purpose-built printery on the corner of High Street and Vulcan Lane.
Meanwhile further North, the Cape Brett lighthouse has also been registered as a Category I historic place.
Located on a DOC Reserve at the mouth of the Bay of Islands, the Cape Brett Lighthouse is a rarity in New Zealand in that it is the only lighthouse to have survived in the same place it was built, with its original equipment still substantially intact. The building and its contents show the complete working of a lighthouse through the whole range of its active life, and as such is a time capsule in its own right.
First lit up in February 1910, Cape Brett was a first order lighthouse – the most powerful class of lighthouse based on the largest type of Fresnel lens used for coastal sites. It was the last of its kind built in New Zealand, and the only one constructed in the 20th Century.
Restoration work at Alberton
The restoration programme at Alberton in Auckland is well underway.
Originally work on the New Zealand Historic Places Trust property was to be completed with repiling and repairing some damaged/rotting balustrades on the veranda.
However, as with many older properties, other maintenance issues have been discovered that need attention - with the contractors discovering a large amount of rotting kauri supports and veranda boards. As a result the planned restoration timetable of May/June has been extended until September, with the cost of the repair work at $355,000.
Rendell McIntosh, manager at Alberton, said while the construction work had impacted on the visitor experience, comments had been overwhelmingly positive in that the work being done would restore Alberton to its former glory.
“A lot of the repair work relates to kauri wood installed in 1870. It is wonderful that it has lasted so long. We have no doubt the current makeover will bring Alberton back to its best,” Rendell says.
(Caption: Rendell McIntosh outside Alberton.)
Historic music box focal point for concert series
A small musical treasure has been loaned to Alberton in Auckland.
A wooden music box crafted by B.A Bremond in Geneva in 1871 will take pride of place in Alberton’s ballroom as the focal point of an upcoming series of winter concerts that will take place there over the next two months.
“The music box still has its price tag of £15/15/0 on it. If it was bought by Allan Kerr Taylor, the original owner and builder of Alberton, it would have been a considerable amount of money for him to have spent on a musical toy,” says Rendell McIntosh, manager at Alberton.
“It may have been that the music box was bought by the Kerr Taylor family much later, or was possibly even a gift.”
The music box has a classic cylinder mechanism which produces six different tunes, and is owned by a great-grand daughter of Allan Kerr Taylor. Recently restored by Rod Cornelius, a world expert on music boxes, the music box is decorated with an inlaid wood pattern of musical instruments, and will be on display until 18 September as part of the concert series featuring Classical musicians John Fennell and Irina Andreeva.
The next concert in the series – ‘From Russia with Love’ – will take place at 2pm on 9 August. The following concert – ‘Paganini and Pinot’ – will take place at the same time on 6 September (Father’s Day).
Admission is $10 per person. Seats are limited to 50 per concert, and bookings are essential. Contact 846-7367 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
At the Press
US Consul General, Nick Greanias, tries out the French common press at Pompallier Mission during a recent trip to Northland which also took him to other New Zealand Historic Places Trust properties Clendon House in Rawene and Waitangi.
Visiting Pompallier Mission - the French Mission printery in Russell, and Clendon House - the home of James Clendon (New Zealand's first US Consul) were both highlights for the visiting dignitary.
New souvenir booklet for Clendon House
Visitors to Clendon House in Rawene can now take a piece of its history home with them.
A new, full-colour souvenir booklet now on sale at the historic home tells the story of James and Jane Clendon, with special reference to the house that James Clendon built and furnished in the Hokianga.
“This booklet is a beautiful publication that really captures the essence of Clendon House, along with James and Jane’s amazing stories,” says the Property Supervisor of Clendon House, Lindsay Charman.
“It’s proudly Rawene – and proudly Hokianga.”
Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Northland history – and the role of James Clendon in particular – Lindsay has pulled together the different threads of Clendon’s life and times to produce the quality souvenir publication.
As well as producing the text, the award-winning author also took many of the stunning photos that illustrate the book.
“One of the great things about working at Clendon House for so long, is that over time you get the opportunity to build up a collection of images that really capture the house and its contents,” he says.
The full-colour 24-page booklet will be sold for $7.50 at Clendon House.
Highest honour for Old Soldiers’ Club
A prominent Napier landmark associated with the First World War was given Category I status by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust when its Board last met.
The foundation stone of the Soldiers’ Club on Marine Parade was laid on the first anniversary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli, making it one of the earliest memorials to Anzac Day.
The Soldiers’ Club was designed by prominent architect Louis Hay, the two-storey building of reinforced concrete strong enough to withstand the 7.8 magnitude 1931 earthquake that laid waste to much of Napier’s central business district. The club was extended in 1930 and remains in remarkably original condition – save for a deck addition in 2001. Today it is used for private budget accommodation.
Other examples of Hay’s work in Napier include the AMP Building and National Tobacco Company Building – both also with Category I status.
“New Zealanders are well aware of the impact the First World War, and particularly the Gallipoli campaign, had on our development as a nation. The Soldiers’ Club is a direct physical link to those from Hawke’s Bay that served, with some paying the ultimate sacrifice,” NZHPT Central Region Heritage Advisor Blyss Wagstaff says.
“Its heritage values have been well looked after by the current owner who has undertaken restoration work which from an NZHPT perspective is fantastic.”
Top billing for Star Boating Club
The first rowing club established in Wellington - and one of the oldest sporting clubs in New Zealand – has been awarded Category I status on the National Register by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
The Star Boating Club, situated adjacent to Frank Kitts Park, was built in 1886. Designed by architect William Chatfield it is both Victorian domestic and nautical in appearance.
Under the Historic Places Act, places with “special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage value significance or value” may be accorded the highest ranking of Category I status.
“Research, and submissions from the community, indicates the Star Boating Club clearly fits that description,” NZHPT Central Region Heritage Advisor Blyss Wagstaff says.
“And when you add in the quirky aspects of the building’s history it’s all the more compelling. The building was originally built on skids which made moving it from its original site on Customhouse Quay in the late nineteenth century that much easier. The building has also been used as location for Downstage Theatre and is well admired and recognised as a distinctive Wellington landmark by locals and visitors to the city.
Though the Star Boating Club was first identified in the early 1980’s as being historically significant by NZHPT, it was not formally placed onto the National Register at that time.
Christchurch Heritage Week 2009
Following the success of New Zealand Historic Places Trust events at last year’s Beca Heritage Week the Christchurch City Council has provided generous funding toward a joint event for this year’s festival.
The council has allocated $4000 for the NZHPT Southern Region office produce a key council event for the 2009 programme that runs from 16-26 October. Titled ‘Registered Historic Places feature images from the Canterbury Museum’, selected NZHPT-registered buildings in the inner city will be used as stunning backdrops to images from the Canterbury Museum collection and moving images from National Archives.
“NZHPT is delighted to be working in partnership with the Council Heritage Team and our Cultural Precinct partners the Canterbury Museum,” says Southern Regional General Manager Malcolm Duff.
“We hope this will be the beginning of many partnerships which will further our goal of heritage protection, preservation and promotion.”
Other NZHPT Christchurch Heritage Week events include:
• National Archive wartime film excerpts screening prior to feature films in three Christchurch cinemas housed in NZHPT Category I registered buildings.
• A talk at Christchurch Art Gallery about New Zealand’s War Memorial Halls by Artist Fiona Jack and Robyn Burgess, NZHPT Canterbury/West Coast Registration Adviser.
• A guided walk of Onawe Pa taken by Ngai Tahu and NZHPT representatives.
• An illustrated lecture entitled ‘Remembering the Fallen at Home and Abroad’. Hilary Scandrett will speak about the design and meaning of the Bridge of Remembrance and Dr Ian Lochhead will discuss the battlefield memorials designed by the Christchurch architect Samuel Hurst Seager.
Please visit www.heritageweek.co.nz or pick up a brochure nearer the time for further details.
NZHPT assistance reaps rewards
Thanks to the contributions of New Zealand Historic Places Trust staff a fine example of heritage property conservation in Queenstown was recognised at the recent Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Awards.
The Old Historic Courthouse – Guilty Bar took out one of the top awards in the Tourism and Leisure Category.
Clinton Bird, one of the panel of judges, said “transforming what was once the Queenstown Courthouse into a modern and welcoming space for local and visitors alike required an exceptional degree of dialogue, liaison and cooperation between all parties involved, including the Historic Places Trust team, the conservation consultants and the design team.”
NZHPT Southern Region archaeologist Dr Matthew Schmidt and Heritage Advisor Jonathan Howard made considerable contributions – acknowledged by developers Ngai Tahu - to this major Queenstown development project throughout its planning and construction phase. Matt and Jonathan worked closely with conservation architect Jackie Gillies and the site project manager.
“The courthouse development is one project that is a fine example of how, with good co-operation and attention to heritage values, a range of positive outcomes can be achieved,” says Otago/Southland Area Manager Owen Graham.
Call for entries
The NZHPT Otago branch committee has issued a call for entries for its 2009 David Cox Memorial Award.
The award recognises and encourages excellence in the restoration, conservation and continued use of historic buildings and structures in Otago.
The closing date for entries is 28 August. For more information please contact Lloyd Smith, Award Coordinator, Ph (03) 477 0258 or email LloydS@voland.co.nz.
Trivia time – Pieces of Eight
1 – What problem beset architect RA Lawson ahead of the planned opening of the First Church of Otago (Presbyterian) in Moray Place, Dunedin?
2 – Following question one, under what pseudonym did Lawson send his proposed drawings to the competition held to design the church in the 1860s?
3 – Who sculpted Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s memorial on the corner of Worcester St and Oxford Tce in central Christchurch? Scott reached the South Pole in 1912 but died on the return journey.
4 – When the Wellington Town Hall’s clock tower was taken down following the 1931 Napier earthquake, where did it go?
5 – At which cemetery is New Zealand’s first colonial Governor, William Hobson (1783-1842), responsible for signing the Treaty of Waitangi laid to rest?
6 – What association lasting some 53 years did Alfred and Harold Tooley have with Auckland Grammar School?
7 – What Palmerston North landmark hosted the Duke and Duchess of York’s visit to the city in the 1920s and Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1953?
8 – If you were visiting the Anderson Park Art Gallery (Category I Historic Place) in which city would you be?
Special trivia question: In what city are New Zealand Historic Places Trust properties Highwic and Alberton? Email your answer to email@example.com by 21 August. The winner will be named in the September issue of Heritage This Month.
John Fennell and Friends at Alberton
Sunday, 9 August 2pm
Alberton, 100 Mount Albert Road, Auckland
Alberton hosts some relaxing afternoon concerts by well-known violinist John Fennell and his musical friends on three occasions (including September), each with a different theme carried into the musical performance. This event is themed From Russia With Love. Seats are limited to 50. Bookings may be made at Aberton (09) 846 7367 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: $10 per person including a cup of tea or coffee – and a glass of mulled wine on arrival.
Heritage Live at Highwic
10.30am to 4.30pm
Mr Alfred Buckland invites you to join him at home for an afternoon of activities in the house and grounds. Music in the ballroom, take tea in the Billiard House, play croquet and try your luck at the coconut shy. The cook and laundry maid will be hard at work in the kitchen and the coal range cooking. Morning tea will be from 10.30am-11am, of pikelets with cream and jam. Afternoon tea will be from 3pm-3.30pm.
Don’t forget, every Thursday is `Coal on the Range’ day when Pauline is on hand to demonstrate the mysteries of ironing with the flat irons and goffering tongs. Runs from 10.30am -3.30pm.
Auckland Heritage Festival (19 September – 4 October)
Highwic exhibition – Childhood Memories
19 September to 30 October
Books, games and other kids stuff from the Highwic collection. Sure to cause some nostalgic memories among grandparents and intrigue today's generation. Parlour Parties and outdoor games bring the past alive. Free to NZHPT members and children with adult. Otherwise adult admission $7.50.
Sunday 20th 1pm-3.30pm - Parlour Party: Musical cushions, egg and spoon, blind
man's buff and charades.
Sunday 27th - Out of the Toy Box: Knuckle bone sets, pick up sticks, paper dress up dolls, jigsaws, building blocks, puppets, dress up.
Piano and Guitar Concert at Highwic
Flavio Villani and Peter Doublinski present music by Piazzolla, Liszt, Dyens, Rodrigo and Albeniz.
“The passion these two highly talented musicians have for their music oozed from every pore, seductively enveloping the audience. The balance between Flavio's piano and Peter's guitar at times created one unified instrument – totally 'in tune' with each other and enjoying the act of making music”. (From the Bay of Islands Chronicle, April 2009.)
Admission $20 (discount for NZHPT members and students $15).
Hot Club Friday at Old St Paul’s
Friday, 7 August 5.30pm
34 Mulgrave St, Wellington
Wellington swing trio Hot Club Sandwich live at Old St Paul’s. The band usually consists of Andrew London (guitar), Terry Crayford (piano), Nils Olsen (saxophone, clarinet, flute), and a floating member or “Sandwich filling”.
Door charge: $20 per person.
You will be able to purchase wine, beer and food, so come along and join the fun. Call Old St Paul’s to book a table.
Lunchtime Recitals at Old St Paul’s
Tuesdays, to 29 September 12.15pm
34 Mulgrave St, Wellington
Lunchtime recitals have returned to Old St Paul’s, with a variety of music and performances featured. Bring your lunch and enjoy the special atmosphere.
Organised by the Friends of Old St Paul’s with assistance from the WCC Creative Communities Local Funding Scheme.
Featuring this month and next:
August 4 Brass/wind Chamber Soloists of NZ School of Music
August 11 Michael Fulcher, organ
August 18 Svetlana Kalinnikova and Irene Lau, piano duets by Russian composers
August 25 NZ School of Music vocal graduates
Admission: Free, donations welcome.
Please note: Performances may be subject to change without notice.
1 - He discovered the spire was 15 feet too short and had a slight lean, requiring it to be rebuilt.
2 – Presbyter
3 - Lady Kathleen Scott, Captain Scott’s widow.
4 - It was installed at the Central Fire Station where it remains today.
5 - Symonds St Cemetery, Auckland.
6 - They were janitors at the school, son Harold following his father.
7 – The Grand Hotel Building, 47-51 The Square.
8 – Invercargill.