Lost Heritage 2016-2020

Explore the stories of various heritage places that have been regretfully lost to development, fires, neglect, storms and other natural disasters and were removed from the New Zealand Heritage List during 2016.

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During 2017

Ngatiawa Bridge
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Dalgety Office Building (former), Blenheim

Mangaone South Road, Reikorangi, Waikanae
Originally entered in the List as a Category 2 historic place (#7189)

Lost to: Collapse in October 2017.

The Ngatiawa Bridge, built 1912-1913, was a good example of a Howe truss bridge, which were once common throughout New Zealand. It was built over the Ngatiawa Stream, to serve the local community and the timber-milling industry of the South Mangaone Valley. Since the boundary of the Horowhenua and Hutt county councils ran down the centre of that portion of the stream, councils jointly funded the construction of the bridge, with the aid of a £250 grant from the Public Works Department. It was built by Norman Campbell, a local saw miller. The plans were provided by the Public Works Department, based on a patent taken out by American Engineer William Howe in 1840. The bridge had a 27 metre span. It was built of jarrah, with steel rods, plates and bolts, and concrete abutments at either end.

The Ngatiawa Bridge continued to serve the local community until circa 1980, when a new concrete bridge was built downstream. On 5 October 2017 the bridge was completely destroyed by its sudden collapse.

During 2016

Dalgety Office Building
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Dalgety Office Building (former), Blenheim

2 Alfred Street, Sinclair Street and Grove Road, Blenheim
Originally entered in the List as a Category 2 historic place (#1511)

Lost to: Redevelopment - demolished April- June 2016.

The former Dalgety Office Building was built in 1884. It got its name after a merger between The New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency and another stock and station firm, Dalgety and Co., one of many stock and station companies that used to operate in Blenheim.


Trathern's Building
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Trathen's Building, Nelson

191 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
Originally entered in the List as a Category 2 historic place (#1617)

Lost to: Redevelopment - demolished July 2016.

Built in 1922, this building had been home to Trathen's department store in Nelson for over 70 years.

House, 81 Haven Road Nelson
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House, Nelson

81 Haven Road, Nelson
Originally entered in the List as a Category 2 historic place (#5166)

Lost to: Redevelopment - demolished April 2016.

The house at 81 Haven Road was a simple single-storey villa, presumed to have been built circa 1900.

Te Urewera National Park Visitor Centre
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Te Urewera National Park Visitor Centre (former), Lake Waikaremoana

6395 Lake Road (State Highway 38), Aniwaniwa, Lake Waikaremoana
Originally entered in the List as a Category 1 historic place (#9553)

Lost to: Redevelopment - demolished September 2016.

The former Te Urewera National Park Visitor Centre at Aniwaniwa sat amidst a rich landscape of natural beauty and cultural and traditional significance. Designed by prominent architect John Scott in the early 1970s, the building aimed to respond to the immense importance of its surroundings through carefully considered form and pathways to honour the beauty and wairua of the landscape, and function as a storehouse of invaluable taonga and the visitor gateway to New Zealand’s fourth largest national park.