Antrim House open for Waitangi Day
A prominent heritage treasure in the heart of Wellington will be opened to the public this Waitangi Day. Antrim House in Boulcott St, Wellington, the National Office of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, is one of 16 Heritage New Zealand properties nationwide celebrating New Zealand’s national day by offering free entry to view the historic property.
From 1pm to 4pm, people can tour Antrim House, learn about Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi and hear some of the stories of the flags of Aotearoa New Zealand. Information sheets on Tapuwae, Heritage New Zealand’s vision for Maori heritage, will also be available.
Spot prizes will be on offer throughout the open day.
Heritage New Zealand Manager for the Heritage Assets Central, Paulette Wallace, says the Waitangi Day event was a huge success last year when over 700 people came through Antrim House.
“A visit to Antrim House is also an opportunity to peer into the former family home of Robert Hannah, of shoe fame, with Hannahs celebrating its 150th anniversary in retail this year. Since Robert’s death in 1930, Antrim House has been home to many people, as a private hotel, public service hostel for young men and in 1979 it was given to Heritage New Zealand for use as its national office. Quite a lot has gone on in this property and a close look inside the building reveals so many stories.
“Staff will be on hand to talk to visitors and assist them on a self-guided visit around Antrim. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the National Office of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and how we have maintained one of nation’s heritage treasures,” says Paulette Wallace.
Manager Heritage Assets Central
Heritage New Zealand
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