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Catch up on the latest heritage news from around Aotearoa New Zealand, and join us as we discuss all things heritage including archaeological digs, heritage how-to's and more. 


  • Te Araroa Cultural Mapping Project

    Huia Pacey gives a presentation in front of a screen.

    A Te Araroa cultural mapping project, involving archaeological information and mātauranga (knowledge) of the people to whom the sites are significant, took centre stage at Historic Places Tairawhiti's recent annual general meeting.


  • Recognition of a long-standing volunteer

    Bet, Nic and Randell smile while sitting at a table.

    At Alberton, in Auckland, we recently held a special event to celebrate Bet Jamieson being awarded Honorary Life Membership of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.


  • Pou Tiaki at Kura Tawhiti Castle Hill

    Kura Tawhiti as the snow arrives.

    Late September, just over an hour’s drive from Christchurch, a hardy crowd gathered at the spectacular and wind-swept location of Kura Tawhiti/Castle Hill to unveil three magnificent new pou whenua at the recently upgraded site.


  • 50th Celebrations of Te Petihana Māori

    The Rangatiratanga flag flies over celebrations outside parliament with a big screen in the background.

    Thirty-three thousand New Zealanders signed the Māori Language Petition calling for Māori to be taught in schools, interestingly, most of those signatories were Pākeha.


  • Northland office has relocated

    Kerikeri street on a sunny day.

    The Northland office of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has relocated to 21 Hobson Avenue in Kerikeri.


  • Waikato Tainui interns visit Wellington

    Tainui interns in Matangireia.

    During Te Wiki o te reo Māori last month, a group of five Year 13 interns from Waikato were invited to Wellington to experience the heritage and cultural sector within government.


  • Homecoming for Highwic treasures

    Highwic property manager Amy holds a linen press and air cushion.

    Original items associated with Highwic, the historic house in Newmarket cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, have returned home.


  • GIRT Scientific Divers

    Two men in SCUBA equipment chat.

    People who want to dive with a purpose and who are passionate about shipwrecks and other underwater cultural heritage may want to register for this GIRT citizen science project in 2023.


  • Kate Sheppard House a hub for Heritage Festival Events

    Christchurch Heritage Festival 2022 logo.

    Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House is hosting events and new exhibitions as part of Christchurch City Council’s 2022 Heritage Festival.


  • Browns Brushes at Stone Store

    Staff member Gina presents a row of Brown

    One of New Zealand’s oldest manufacturers has started selling some of its products in New Zealand’s oldest shop. 


  • Architect Roy Wilson Remembered

    Roy Wilson smiles.

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff who worked with Warren & Mahoney partner and director, Roy Wilson, FNZIA, remember a man of great respect, of dedication to heritage preservation, and for his humour. Roy sadly passed away in Lower Hutt at the end of August, following a long illness.


  • 50th anniversary of Maori Language Petition

    Large crowd with Rangatiratanga flag.

    This year Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori marks the 50th anniversary of the Māori Language Petition which was delivered to parliament on September 14th 1972.


  • Wool bales stencils exhibition

    Display with wool bale stencils in a woolshed.

    The Secret Lives of Stencils is an exhibition that celebrates the life and 150-year history of the New Zealand wool bale stencil and aims to preserve the memory of an aspect of our pastoral heritage that is rapidly disappearing.


  • Wellington Heritage Week 2022

    Old Government Building with rata tree.

    The organisers of Wellington Heritage Week have extended their programme a further week, with this year’s event running from 24 October to 6 November.


  • Enjoy history outings in the sunny Hawke's Bay

    Hastings with clock and suspended artwork.

    Historic Places Hawke's Bay is hosting a number of events in the area over September and October covering a range of topics and locations of interest to heritage buffs and the curious.


  • If these walls could talk

    Kate Ballard leans against a dry stone wall.

    Stone walls rock! That’s the message two fans of Northland’s dry-stone walls will bring as part of the Kōrero/Conversations section of Upsurge – an eight-day festival of the arts in the Bay of Islands region.


  • Italian conservators at Matangireia

    Conservators work on Matangireia with their backs to camera.

    Māori and English are regularly spoken within Matangireia, the former Māori Affairs Committee Room at Parliament, but recently the sounds of Italian were also heard drifting through the room.


  • Motuti Marae Trust Cultural Mapping Project

    Raiatea whare taonga in the sunshine.

    Funding supports interpretation signage for Raiatea, the new whare taonga (museum) at Motuti Marae. 


  • Peri Kohu passes away

    A well-respected senior kaumatua and passionate advocate for Ngāi Tamarāwaho, who was pivotal in safeguarding tribal interests, advancing Māori kaupapa and unpacking complex issues with pragmatism and diplomacy.  


  • Rawene church building restored and now up and running

    Rawene Church with crowd out front.

    A landmark historic building in Rawene, which has been brought back from the brink of decay and restored to life, hosted its first community engagement recently.


  • Obituary: Sir Miles Warren

    Sir Miles Warren and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff pose for a photo.

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff were saddened to hear that renowned Christchurch architect Sir Miles Warren has died.  


  • Kiekie harvested from Zealandia

    Small white boat with flowing kiekie in the background.

    Experience a special harvest of Kiekie in the first of our Matangireia mini-documentary series. 

  • GIRT course for those wanting to dive into archaeology

    A blue-green digital scan of the Rainbow Warrior.

    Divers with a passion for history and exploring historic shipwrecks will have the opportunity to hone their underwater archaeological survey skills in a two-day workshop to be held in Whitianga early next year.

  • Northland Office relocation

    Map of New Zealand from the 1940s.

    The Northland office of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has relocated from the Kerikeri NorthTec campus to UD/21 Hobson Avenue in Kerikeri. 

  • Ralph Hotere Studio listing celebrated

    Dark green studio with large ornate gate and a sign that reads "UPPER PORT CHALMERS".

    Amidst the backdrop of misty rain, a cosy party gathered inside the former studio of artist Ralph Hotere to celebrate the recent Category 1 heritage listing of Hotere’s studio on the Rārangi Kōrero/New Zealand Heritage List.

  • Richard Bradley Passes Away

    Richard Bradley speaking.

    We are saddened to hear that historian Richard Bradley passed away in July. 

  • The Richmond Lock-up: a case of mistaken dates

    Richmond Lock-up with red roof and surrounding bush.

    The Richmond Lock-up at Washbourn Gardens, Richmond was first entered on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero in 1982 and recent new research by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has revealed that it was built in 1908 not 1860 as thought.

  • Solway Sheep Rostrum set to get some TLC

    Sue Tytler, manager Masterton A&P Association, stands in the circular, wooden Solway Rostrum.

    One of the last sheep rostrum buildings in the southern hemisphere and possibly elsewhere in the world, is to get some key conservation work to preserve it for many more years to come.

  • Stan Pardoe launches new book

    Stan Pardoe with new book in inset photo; house in the background in secondary photo.

    Contestable Grant funding supports Rongowhakaata historian to complete book.

  • The jewels are sparkling once more in Wellington's top theatres

    Golden ceiling of the St James Theatre with red seats and arches.

    After being found to be earthquake prone in 2015 and closed to the public for several years, the St James Theatre in Courtenay Place, Wellington, has been strengthened and restored to its former glory.

  • Whina screening in Kerikeri

    Irenee Cooper in the Stone Store.

    Irenee Cooper – granddaughter of Dame Whina Cooper – recently called into the Stone Store in Kerikeri just prior to a fundraising screening of the movie Whina.

  • Winter heritage escapes

    Historic Arcadia Lodge overlooking the sunlit harbour

    Winter heritage escapes - exclusive discounts for members of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

  • Haupara Fish Trap

    In our latest video, Northland Area Manager Bill Edwards reveals the inner workings of a centuries-old fish trap.

  • Progress on weaving solution

    A group of people stand before a green tarpaulin beside a lake.

    First uwhi trial at midway point of pest and weed control project.

  • Whanganui leading the way on funding for heritage property owners

    Scott Flutey stands before the Whanganui District Council building.

    Whanganui District Council is demonstrating its leadership in heritage support in New Zealand with its commitment to the retention of its heritage assets.

  • Heritage artwork finds a new home

    Close up of parchment artwork depicting a white building on a black background.

    A unique artwork gifted to Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is now on display at Te Whare Waiututu Kate Sheppard House.

  • National pride in our rugby heritage

    Crowd of kids cheering at 1956 rugby match.

    Historic beginnings have sowed the seeds for what has become almost a national religion in this country.

  • French journal highlights significance of rare plant

    Paper Mulberry plant specimen with wide, green leaves.

    A chance reading of a book recording the observations of a French mariner on an early voyage to New Zealand has highlighted rare, documented evidence of a plant brought to Aotearoa by Polynesian settlers.

  • New Matariki podcast ready to download

    Kellee and Millie at the Kerikeri Basin.

    A new podcast focusing on Matariki produced by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is available for the first ever national public holiday celebrating Matariki on June 24.

  • Farewell to Pompallier Mission's ace volunteer gardeners

    The Pompallier team sit and stand around a table on the verandah.

    Volunteers Bridget and David Hallsworth are signing off after three years of dedicated service caring for the gardens of the historic Pompallier Mission and Printery in Kororāreka/Russell.

  • Ngaio Marsh House and Heritage Trust is looking for a new Trustee

    Interior of Ngaio Marsh House with blue walls and books.

    This volunteer opportunity involves joining a great team committed to the care of an iconic heritage property.

  • A tribute to Don Neely

    Don Neely stands before the historic Basin Reserve Grandstand.

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga expresses great sadness at the passing of Don Neely, writer, historian, and top cricket administrator in New Zealand, aged 86.

  • New Matariki podcast

    Matariki

    Our latest podcast episode is a collection of five interviews which will lift the covers on certain food traditions associated with Matariki. We will share some insights from our Māori staff about their experiences of Matariki celebrations.

  • Former historic hall converted into residential for sale

    Historic hall with Sky Tower in the background and a sign reading "Railway Lodge".

    After years of careful and dedicated restoration, the former Forresters Hall (Railway Lodge) in Auckland’s Freemans Bay has been listed for sale.

     

  • Ralph Hotere Studio joins the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Korero

    Dark green studio with large ornate gate and a sign that reads "UPPER PORT CHALMERS".

    Ralph Hotere’s studio on Oputae/Observation Point in Kōpūtai/Port Chalmers has been entered into the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero as a Category 1 historic place.


  • A Victorian era medicine comes back to public attention

    Lane

    With the flu season at our door accompanied by the annual urgings to get flu shots and messages around Covid boosters, it is interesting to see a piece of New Zealand medicinal history back in the media gaze.

     
  • Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House wins silver

    Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House with a wide path and roses.

    Each year construction companies across the country compete in the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards, which includes a category dear to our hearts – the Heritage and Restoration category.

     
  • Historic Pear Tree nominated for first-ever Tree of the Year

    Kerikeri Pear Tree surrounded by a wooden fence.

    This year’s Arbor Day (5 June) will have special significance for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga when the first ever Rākau o te tau / Tree of the Year Aotearoa will be announced.

     
  • Kiekie for Conservation

    Jim, Ellen and Dean stand on the lawn at Zealandia. Jim holds kiekie.

    Zealandia gifts kiekie to the nation through first-ever harvest.

     

  • Internship provides experience and inspiration

    Intern Laura Bythell talks to an archaeologist at a table with artefacts in front of them.

    Rosemary Baird interviews recent PACE intern Laura Bythell.

     

  • Grand plans for historic homestead

    New owners of Earnscleugh Homestead stand on their front steps between columns. The former Earnscleugh homestead in Central Otago has new owners.

     

  • Miles Warren-designed Dorset Street flats restored

    A group of people enter the gate at the front of the Dorset Street flats property.

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff from the Christchurch office enjoyed a recent visit to the newly restored Dorset Street Flats.

  • Dame Aroha Hōhipera Reriti-Crofts remembered as a true friend

    Dame Aroha Rereti stands before a microphone.

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga will miss the warmth and mana of Dame Aroha Hōhipera Reriti-Crofts.

     
  • Heritage Incentive Fund applications due this month

    The first floor of Garrison House with reflections in the glass.

    Applications for the National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund 2022 close on 24 June.

     
  • Māhia heritage tour beckons

    Stone baptismal font with a chain fence and grass surrounding it.

    Māhia is the latest destination for Historic Places Tairawhiti members interested in learning about the people and places of Te Tairāwhiti.

     
  • A million dollar restoration project for Embassy Theatre

    The Embassy Theatre in Wellington with shadows.

    Wellington’s landmark cinema, Courtenay Place’s Embassy Theatre, opened in 1924, is to receive in excess of a million dollars as a loan to the Embassy Theatre Trust.

     
  • Sir Wira Gardiner passes away

    Wira Gardiner smiles in the sunshine.

    A respected and familiar figure who strode purposefully along our many corridors of power during almost six decades of dedicated service to the people of Aotearoa New Zealand.

     
  • Online Pacific voyaging knowledge now live

    A crowd of people gather for a meeting at night.

    A website giving access to a treasure trove of traditional knowledge, expertise and historical information on Pacific voyaging, which has never been assembled in one place before, was launched during New Zealand Archaeology Week (23 April - 1 May).

     
  • New Aotearoa Unearthed podcast episode features Northland’s secret war

    Jack and Bill drive an army jeep down a dirt road.

    A new addition to a popular podcast series on New Zealand archaeology throws a spotlight on little known wartime history of Northland.

     
  • Matariki – forging our national identity

    Matariki

    Matariki, the first national public holiday which recognises and celebrates mātauranga Māori will be celebrated on Friday 24 June 2022.

     
  • French presence mapped in time for 250th anniversary

    Grainger and Bill hold the du Fresne map between them.

    Kerikeri heritage stalwart Grainger Brown has done it again. The Heritage Northland Inc. volunteer has combined his charting and navigation skills with a love of history to develop a map that accurately records the position of French explorer Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne and his two ships – the Mascarin and the Marquis de Castries – during the five weeks they were in the Bay of Islands in 1772.

     

  • Introducing the INTO Places Scheme

    A large house with turrets and a red roof.

    With Aotearoa New Zealand beginning to welcome back visitors and international travel on the cards once again, it is timely that we remind you about one of your most valuable membership benefits – free entry to heritage sites overseas.

     
  • Rock art graffiti clean-up mission a success

    Red graffiti on the side of the Hazelburn rock art site. Cleaning products sit in the foreground on the grass.

    The recent collaborative graffiti clean-up mission at the Hazelburn rock art site near Pleasant Point is a great example of practical problem-solving in action.

     
  • Mudbrick repairs use original recipe at Hayes Engineering

    Stonemason Ross Miller works on a mudbrick in the side of Hayes Engineering. Behind him is a blue tarpaulin.

    Heritage stonemason Ross Miller is bringing his years of expertise to the repair of the Single Men’s Quarters at Hayes Engineering.

     
  • Mokopuna and Matariki

    Matariki

    Our mokopuna (grandchildren) are so busy these days with seemingly only enough time to look ahead or down, often as they seek information, affirmation, entertainment or enlightenment. Meanwhile their elders have knowledge that they sometimes cannot find an audience for.


  • Mapping Mātauranga Māori

    Nga Tapuwae project members stand in a group.

    The project, ‘Nga Tapuwae - in the footsteps of our Tīpuna’ was launched on Friday 21 January 2022 in Wharekāhika Hicks Bay. Project Leads Hal Hovell and Michelle Wanoa are delighted to have received funding of $25,000 which will facilitate the purchase of mapping resources and getting onto sites.


  • Feeding the stars

    Matariki

    This year, for the first time, New Zealanders will celebrate our new public holiday, 'Matariki' - an ancient celebration connected to harvest cycles. This is the first in a series of stories as we count down to Matariki.

  • A generous bequest

    The generosity of two people means a roof over Antrim House for a long time to come.


  • Mātauranga Māori Grants program recipients announced

    Conservationist works on a carving during taonga conservation of Tāne Whirinaki whakairo, Ōpotiki

    E ngā mana o te motu, tēnā rā koutou katoa

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is pleased to announce the successful applicants of the 2021 Mātauranga Māori Contestable Grants.


  • Weaving a new solution

    The dive team kitted up in wetsuits ready to dive

    Large woven ‘uwhi’ mats laid by divers are being trialled as an alternative method to suppress growing weed problems at Lakes Rotoiti and Tarawera.


  • New Zealand War Memorials 24/04/2020

    Poppies in a field

    To commemorate ANZAC Day we are looking at some of New Zealand's war memorials.

    War memorials come in all shapes and sizes in New Zealand, and represent all sorts of stories of bravery and grit. Here are just a few...

  • If you can't get enough archaeology 01/05/2020

    Russell Hook in Area 10 at Mangahawea If your appetite for New Zealand archaeology has been whetted over Archaeology Week, we have some further recommendations for your viewing and reading.