Heritage New Zealand delighted with property transfers
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is delighted with the acquisition of the Government Buildings Historic Reserve and Turnbull House Historic Reserve in central Wellington as part of a property portfolio realignment with the Department of Conservation and Ministry for Culture and Heritage announced today.
DOC has received from Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga the Whangamarino Redoubt Historic Reserve at Mercer, Clifden Suspension Bridge in Southland, Gabriel Read Memorial Reserve in Otago, Springvale Suspension Bridge east of Taihape and full control of the Brunner Industrial Historic Reserve on the West Coast.
In 2015 (then) Conservation Minister and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry asked the three entities to work together to review their collective portfolio of heritage properties to ensure they were most effectively managed. The transfers have been completed following consultation that included iwi and will take effect from 30 June for the Wellington properties and 1 July for the remainder.
For Heritage New Zealand the properties will be part of an already impressive property portfolio the country’s lead heritage agency cares for on behalf of the country. Other properties include the Stone Store in Kerikeri, Pompallier Mission and Printery in Russell, Old St Paul’s in Wellington and Totara Estate just south of Oamaru.
"These are significant, prominent heritage properties in Wellington that we look forward to caring for and enhancing," says Heritage New Zealand Chief Executive Andrew Coleman.
"The Old Government Buildings is a real feature of the central city. And there are a range of exciting opportunities for Turnbull House once it reopens after strengthening work is undertaken. We will be able to advise further on timeframes in the coming months, but options could include office space, hospitality or as a venue for hire.
"Currently we are progressing the strengthening and transformation of the Melanesian Mission in Auckland into a fabulous heritage venue with hospitality also on site, with an expected opening in October. And, work will finally begin onsite in July on returning the Timeball tower to Lyttelton’s skyline following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011."