Blog

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. 


  • Careers in heritage

  • Fireside talks at Kate Sheppard House

    The audience at Margaret Lovell-Smith

    Through the cold winter months, Kate Sheppard House is keeping things warm with audiences enjoying afternoon tea and cosy talks from an interesting line up of guests in front the fireplace every Sunday afternoon.


  • Mātauranga māori grants available

    Applications are now open for twenty grants of up to $25 000 for iwi, hapū and hāpori Māori projects supporting revitalisation of vulnerable mātauranga Māori.


  • New to the list

    Bowman House in Nelson

    New sites are regularly added to the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero. Since May, we’ve had these additions.


  • Whanganui Heritage Month coming up

    Vintage photo of travellers in a car

    Whanganui will celebrate Heritage Month from 1 to 26 September with a special transport theme this year.


  • Collaborative effort to restore Māori heritage site

    Artist

    Through the joint efforts of the landowners, forestry company Farman Turkington, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, archaeologists and iwi, one of Wairarapa’s most significant Maōri heritage sites has been restored.


  • Restoration dream realised in Raetihi gallery

    Crowd with blue plaque at unveiling ceremony in Raetihi

    When Anthea Hatfield and Bernice Frost started out on their conservation project to give their 1911 former bank building a new life as an art gallery, little did they know it would lead to a heritage award.


  • A long history of stone use

    Patu pounamu How long has lithic work been done in Aotearoa New Zealand, and what does it tell us? Northland’s professional quarry workers learn about the long history of stone use with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Northland Manager, Bill Edwards.
  • 2022 Judith Binney Trust Awards

    Dame Judith Binney

    The Judith Binney Trust is pleased to announce that applications for the 2022 Judith Binney Fellowship and Writing Awards are open. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Sunday 22 August 2021.


  • Waiuta listed as Category 1 site

    Visitors outside the mine shaft

    The listing of Waiuta as a Category 1 historic place on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero was announced at the 70th anniversary of the closure of the mine at Waiuta.


  • Drovers' huts memorialise WW2 soldiers

    Drovers

    Three roadside drovers’ huts have been nominated in Hawkes’ Bay for heritage listing by the Hastings District Council.


  • Kerikeri's Stone Store captured in 3D 28/06/2021

    3D scan of Kerikeri Stone Store, from front

    A Kerikeri engineering firm has used state-of-the-art 3D laser scanning technology to create a high-precision model of New Zealand’s oldest stone building – and the results are amazing.


  • Wool bale stencil exhibition now on at Highwic 28/06/2021

    Wool bale stencil

    An exhibition telling the story of an old Kiwi shearing shed practice, which produced some of the country’s earliest export brands that represented New Zealand internationally, is on at Highwic from June 16 until August 22.


  • Rainbow List project underway 25/06/2021

    Carmen Rupe. Credit: National Library New Zealand

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has begun work in recognising the LGBTTFQI+ stories of many of its listed sites, starting with 288 Cuba Street, once the home of Carmen’s Curios.


  • St Mary’s at Mamaranui listed as a historic place 25/06/2021

    The heritage importance of a church that has been at the heart of the Kaihū Valley community for over 120 years has been formally recognised by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. 
  • Grand plans for landmark heritage hotel building 23/06/2021

    Grand Hotel Building (former) Palmerston North

    The new owners of one of Palmerston North’s most prominent heritage buildings, the former Grand Hotel on the corner of The Square, have plans to restore it to former glory.


  • Introducing Delphine Moise-Elise 25/06/2021

    Delphine with Pompallier crew

    Pompallier Mission in Russell welcomes Delphine Moise-Elise as its new Property Lead.


  • 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours recognise heritage work 23/06/2021

    Dave Cull

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga acknowledges the work of three outstanding New Zealanders who received Queen’s Birthday Honours: David Cull, Margaret Hopkins and Bruce Bold. 

  • Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House wins Supreme Heritage Award 23/06/2021

    Canterbury Heritage Awards dinner in the Christ

    A transformation of Kate and Walter Sheppard’s 1888 Kauri villa has won Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga the Supreme Heritage Award at the Box 112 Canterbury Heritage Awards.


  • Old St Paul's organ 25/06/2021

    Organ under construction in 1977

    The organ at Old St Paul's has been resounding with song for many decades now. Learn a little about its history, if you're curious.

  • How your membership is changing… for the good 13/05/2021

    Brendon Veale

    There has been a flurry of activity in the membership team over the last few months as we’ve been busy trying to improve your experience with us as a member. 


  • The beauty of archaeology in story telling 07/05/2021

    Waiana Collier and Jemma Burling with James Robinson on Whare Ra Pā.

    “When archaeology and local knowledge come together they tell a beautiful story”.(Sandra Heihei)


  • Waitangi Day 2021

    You’ve seen wonders around the world, but have you seen them in your own backyard? Do you know your heritage? This Waitangi Day we’re opening the doors of some of our Heritage places for free for you to discover the heritage wonders of Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • Stoddart Weirs in Diamond Harbour recognised for historic and archaeological significance

    Stoddart Upper Weir

    Explore the Diamond Harbour Sports Ground at Stoddart Point in Canterbury and you may come across two straight terraces in a gully.  These unassuming structures are the remains of two former weirs built by early pākehā settler, Mark Stoddart.  In 1862, Stoddart built the weirs to create a pond as a reliable water supply for his stock and horticultural business.

  • Former Carnegie Library's future bleak

    Carnegie Centre Dannevirke

    The Friends of Carnegie have decided not to continue with their plan to renovate the Category 2 historic listed building in Dannevirke and return it to public use.

  • A new sponsorship to support heritage education in Marlborough 31/08/2020

    Steve Austin, Marlborough Heritage Trust

    Marlborough Lines has agreed to sponsor the Marlborough Heritage Trust’s education programme for schools to the value of $20,000 a year for five years.

  • Old Government Buildings box-frame and sash window restoration project 31/08/2020

    Workshop on sash window repairs at Old Government Buildings A recent workshop provided an opportunity for heritage supporters to help with a restoration project at the Old Government Buildings in Wellington and to learn some of the traditional skills needed to repair and restore the sash windows.
  • St John's in the City re-opens 31/08/2020

    St John’s Church, Wellington

    St John’s in the City, Wellington, the Category 1 listed Presbyterian Church, has celebrated its reopening after nearly two years of earthquake strengthening.

  • Nelson's Italian history honoured

    Pictured with the new heritage panel

    In early July, a two-sided panel was unveiled on Tasman Street, Nelson, including information about the history of The Wood and, in particular, the contributions made by members of the Italian community.

    The panel, jointly funded by the Nelson City Council and Nelson Civic Trust, included excerpts from Karen Stade and Karen Price’s history of the Italian community in Nelson – Pasta, Prayer and Promise.


  • 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.
  • A summer of wonder itinerary 11/12/2019

    Sunset view over Māngungu Mission

    We've put together a brilliant Summer of wonder itinerary. Hop in the car with friends and family, pack the chilly bin and head to Northland.