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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. 


  • Canine visitors welcome at historic Hayes

    A dog stands at a man

    Hayes Engineering – the historic oasis at Oturehua in Central Otago and favourite stop-off for cyclists on the Otago Central Rail Trail – caters for all visitors from everywhere; even the four-legged kind.


  • David Chapple receives New Year Honours

    David Chapple smiles as he sits before the camera in a blue work shirt.

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga extends congratulations to well-known Palmerston North retired architect, David Chapple, who has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the New Year Honours List, for services to the community and to heritage preservation.


  • George’s boat – still displayed with pride; just not in the parlour

    A large rowing boat is moored inside a house, wedged up against a door.

    George Low’s boat wasn’t built for speed – it was built more for stability according to his own exacting specifications. It also enjoyed a pride of place that many might find somewhat unusual.


  • Heritage building workshop with Te Papa Atawhai a success

    DOC rangers work on constructing supports for a tumble-down cottage.

    On 12-16 December 2022, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai held a pilot workshop in Waiuta township, West Coast, to pass on heritage knowledge and building/conservation skills to nine keen DOC rangers.


  • Jeremy Salmond left a huge legacy of heritage achievement

    Architect Jeremy Salmond smiles at the camera in close-up.

    Jeremy had many friends in Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. He had engaged with staff over decades of heritage projects, and his advice was keenly sought. 


  • Landmark publication celebrates Matangireia

    A pile of black and green books with an image of a Matangireia carving on the front.

    A beautiful fully illustrated book telling the story of the restoration of Matangireia – the Māori Affairs Committee Room at Parliament – is now on sale through the online shop.


  • National War Memorial proposed as a National Historic Landmark

    National War Memorial, Wellington

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is proposing that the National War Memorial be recognised as a National Historic Landmark to conserve it for generations to come, and you get to have a say.


  • New Stone Store signage sheds light on early interactions

    High wooden panels hold brand new interpretation signs inside the well-lit Stone Store.

    Recently installed information panels at Kerikeri’s Stone Store is shedding new light on the stories of interactions between Māori and the Church Missionary Society missionaries who established the Kerikeri Mission in 1820.


  • One year on Uwhi trial expands

    A diver descends below the water to check on uwhi. The water sparkles above.

    New, strongly woven weed suppressing mats have been created to handle the moving water of streams and waterways that feed into lakes.


  • Palmerston North's former historic Post Office to get a new life

    The two storey grey-stone post office sits beneath a cloudy sky. A tree grows outside; cars pass on the road.

    A landmark heritage building on Te Marae o Hine – The Square in Palmerston North, which has been empty since 2017, is about to get a new lease of life and to bring much needed business back into the city centre.


  • Remembering Mick Hesselin

    Mick Hesselin stands thoughtfully outside in a jacket and shirt.

    With fondness, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff remember Alexander Reko (known as Mick) Hesselin, long-time Southland heritage advocate and architect, who passed away 21 December 2022.


  • Resource Management Act reforms – last week to have your say!

    A person in a blue coat sits on the side of North Head looking over the harbour towards Auckland City.

    The government is inviting submissions on two bills proposed to replace the Resource Management Act (1991) – the Natural and Built Environment Act (NBA) and Strategic Planning Act (SPA).


  • Suffrage pen proudly on display

    An ornate pen lies on top of a pile of historic documents.

    A Victorian-era agate banded pen used by then New Zealand Governor Lord Glasgow to sign the world-changing legislation granting women the right to vote into effect, was until recently archived in the Seddon Collection at Parliament hidden from the world.


  • Waitangi Day after 183 years

    Waka rest on the grass during a storm at Waitangi.

    On 6 February we will again celebrate the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi - The Treaty of Waitangi, documents which are very important to the history, present and future of our nation.


  • Resource Management Act reforms – Have your say!

    A person in a blue jacket looks out over Auckland City.

    As a supporter of heritage, we appreciate that you may be interested in the opportunity to shape the future of how we plan our places in Aotearoa New Zealand. Through participation in the submission process, reform as significant as this lets you have your say on legislation that will directly impact heritage recognition, conservation, and protection.


  • Clendon papers added to UNESCO register

    UNESCO NZ Secretary General Zuleika Chang, David Clendon and Barbara Gawath hold a certificate recognising the Clendon Collection

    A unique collection of family papers spanning almost 150 years, and covering watershed moments in the formation of modern New Zealand, has been added to the UNESCO Aotearoa New Zealand Memory of the World register.


  • New appointments for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

    Professor Rangi Mātāmua smiles before a dark carving.

    Chairs Hon Marian Hobbs and Sir John Clarke are pleased to acknowledge two new appointments: Professor Rangi Mātāmua to the Māori Heritage Council and Rei Kōhere to the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Board.


  • Resource Management Act reforms

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga pouārahi focus on the dark tukutuku panels in Matangireia, the former Māori Affairs Committee Room in Parliament.

    The Government has introduced the Natural Built Environment Bill and Spatial Planning Bill, which will replace the Resource Management Act. A third bill, on climate adaptation, will be introduced later.


  • Celebrating 150 years at Te Kūiti Pā

    A crowd gathers before Te Kūiti Pā beneath a blue sky.

    This momentous occasion marked the passing of 150 tumultuous years for Ngāti Maniapoto, including two world wars, two pandemics and economic hardships due to massive land confiscations.


  • Telling our stories: the one that got away

    Smiling heritage supporters stand beside the blue and white submarine interpretation sign.

    In January 1945, a German U-boat 862 entered Gisborne’s port searching for ships to sink in New Zealand waters. The submarine, which had earlier travelled into Poverty Bay on the look out for shipping, surfaced at midnight on 15 January and entered the harbour. It was in a tight space, in shallow water and it was a risky venture.  


  • Vintage fabric inspires products unique to Stone Store

    A pair of pink bags made of vintage fabric rest against a wall.

    Two pieces of vintage fabric whose designs celebrate New Zealand’s bird life have inspired new products now available online.


  • More blue heritage plaques for Whanganui buildings

    Church, iwi and community leaders gather at the Blue Plaque unveiling at St Paul’s Putiki.

    Two more heritage Blue Plaques have recently been unveiled in Whanganui with great community support, the recipients being the St Paul’s Memorial Church at Putiki and St Mary’s Anglican Church in Ūpokongaro. They are Whanganui’s fourth and fifth heritage buildings to receive the plaques.


  • New Tohu Whenua site launched in Te Tai Poutini West Coast

    A group of visitors stare in awe at the towering mountain range.

    Tohu Whenua marked a significant milestone in December, 2022, with the launch of its first landscape story-based site, Te Kopikopiko o te Waka.


  • Taranaki Tomokanga restoration

    A series of beautifully carved tekoteko stand at the entrance to Ōākura Pā.

    During the last few days of spring, 2022, a special carving restoration was underway at Ōākura Pā in Taranaki.


  • Street art a purrfect addition to historic Strang Building

    A large painting of a cat emerges from the side of a heritage building beneath a grey sky.

    Artist SwiftMantis has created a hyper-realistic feline artwork on Invercargill’s historic Strang Building as part of the 2022 South Sea Spray Exhibition, winning the event’s People Choice Award for their efforts.


  • Kaiparoro Anzac Bridge turns one hundred

    A white bridge with "ANZAC" written on it flows over a brown river.

    A well-attended centenary celebration was recently held at The Anzac Memorial Bridge in Kaiparoro. The Friends of the Bridge and local northern Wairarapa community held a commemorative service in December which was also attended by Wairarapa MP Kieran McAnulty.


  • Heritage Minecraft a hit with schools

    A child with her back to the camera plays Minecraft on a laptop.

    With the new Aotearoa History curriculum due to start this year, there are plenty of opportunities to find creative ways to introduce New Zealand history to students. Dunedin’s Anthony Breese is using the popular Minecraft game to introduce Dunedin students to heritage buildings.


  • Heritage listing for Taihape Memorial Park Grandstand

    A wooden grandstand waits before a bright green field.

    A place of special esteem, the Taihape Memorial Park Grandstand has been listed in the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero, as a Category 2 historic place.


  • Gold not the only thing that glitters at Thames School of Mines

    A blue-grey chunk of rock on a black piece of material.

    Visitors to the Thames School of Mines' Mineralogical Museum could be forgiven for thinking that the museum's treasures would all be about bright, shiny nuggets. But one of the most important and overlooked exhibits at the museum is a sample of gemrock absolutely unique to this country.


  • Supporting vulnerable mātauranga Māori

    The carvings of Tanewhirinaki rise up from scaffolding as people talk below.

    Last week Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga was excited to announce the launch of a second round of Mātauranga Māori Contestable Grants.


  • Wellington Heritage Week is here!

    Wellington Heritage Week logo in capital letters.

    Heritage New Zealand staff are getting a lot of interest in events they are leading out on for Wellington Heritage Week(s), 24 October to 6 November.


  • 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

    Staff members stand beneath a pou at Kura Tawhiti.

    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.


  • A historic planting for the Halfway House

    Clendon House looms over a tidy garden while grey clouds pass by above.

    Dr Richard Davies, husband of Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro, planted a rimu tree at Glenside’s historic Halfway House during Wellington Heritage Week on 2 November to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.


  • Blue heritage plaque unveiled at Randall Cottage Wellington

    A solid blue plaque stands before Randall House with a white picket fence in the foreground.

    Heritage friends, noted New Zealand writers and historians, diplomats and city councillors, all gathered at Randall Cottage, built in the 1860s, in Thorndon during Wellington Heritage Week to celebrate 20 years of the Cottage being a writer in residence property.


  • Two new heritage Blue Plaques unveiled in Whanganui

    A crowd gathers around a blue plaque for a formal photo.

    A large gathering of people including Heritage New Zealand Chief Executive Andrew Coleman, and Māori Heritage Council Chair Tā John Clarke, celebrated the unveiling of Whanganui’s first heritage ‘Blue Plaque’.

  • Bullendale Hydro Powerhouse reconstructed

    Bullendale Powerhouse at the base of a hill with two people in the foreground.

    “Who would have imagined eight years after the world’s first hydroelectric power scheme was built in  Northumberland... that a hydro-electricity plant would be constructed in the South Island of New Zealand,” says Marion Borrell, a trustee on the Wakatipu Heritage Trust.

  • Christmas 'me time' on offer at Fyffe House

    A red and green wreath with a bell and a large snowflake hangs against a wall.

    Fyffe House has just the thing for people looking to carve out a bit of ‘me time’ amidst all the end-of-year events and parties, Christmas shopping and menu planning.


  • Dawn blessing for Whare Taonga

    The sun rises over Whare Taonga as a crowd gathers.

    The Whare Taonga, Waipuhi, at Takahanga Marae in Kaikōura was officially opened with a dawn blessing on Sunday 9 October. Over 100 Kaikōura whanau and specially invited guests attended the event.

  • Exhibition with a difference at the Honey House

    An abstract representation of winter using intricate embroidery.

    An art exhibition with a difference is taking place at the Honey House – the Kerikeri Mission Station cafe – and will run until Christmas.


  • Former Myers Park Gardener's Cottage restored

    Myers Park cottage perches under the limbs of trees and the towering buildings of Auckland

    Many will be familiar with Myers Park in the centre of Downtown Auckland, notably for the historic Myers Park Kindergarten and the park itself; the expansive, undulating greenspace which graciously ascends to St Kevin’s Arcade that offers an elegant entry to Karangahape Road.


  • Hayes Live Days begin

    Ken Gillespie points at a board while surrounded by the shadow and technology of Hayes Engineering.

    Hayes Engineering – the historic place at Oturehua which became the cradle of ‘Number 8 wire’ innovation in the late 1800s – is coming alive again.


  • Hayes on track for bumper summer

    Sarah Sharp on a bike outside Hayes Engineering.

    “Come here and breathe out.” That’s Sarah Sharp’s advice to visitors pulling up at Hayes Engineering. 

  • Heritage rocks at Bay of Islands A&P Show

    Diane Neumann receives her award in front of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga tent while people browse in the background.

    After two years of Covid cancellations, the Bay of Islands A&P Show was back in force in November with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga present again – this time with a display illustrating Māori use of stone.


  • Joint ICOMOS NZ and HPA Conference held in Auckland

    An audience intently watches a speaker out of frame.

    This year’s ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) New Zealand and HPA (Historic Places Aotearoa) jointly organised conference was held recently in Auckland.


  • Kiwi roam free in Wellington's Wild West

    A garage door with the words "Haramai welcome home Kiwi" written in large white letters.

    North island brown Kiwi are doing well enough that some have been released back into predator-free rural Wellington.


  • Manor Place Conveniences: toilet stories wanted

    The Manor Place Public Toilets tucked away behind a bush on a lonely streetscape.

    The Otago Southland Office of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is currently working on a heritage listing report for the Manor Place Conveniences owned by Dunedin City Council.

  • Māori rock art panels at New Zealand Agricultural Show

    A crowd of kids at the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga stall.

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga’s Canterbury/West Coast team enjoyed hosting a stall at the New Zealand Agricultural Show, after a two-year hiatus.


  • Networking with Tohu Whenua partners in Ōtepoti Dunedin

    Smiling Tohu Whenua staff in Dunedin offices.

    The much admired Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga offices in Princes Street Ōtepoti, Dunedin, proved the perfect venue to kick off the summer season with our Tohu Whenua partners this month.

  • New guide to Tauranga heritage available

    Colourful image of waka, a cannon and a kingfisher. An island in the background.

    An exciting new map and walking guide incorporating many heritage highlights of Tauranga has been produced in time for an expected influx of visitors into the Bay of Plenty over summer.

  • 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.


  • Rawene residency changes the script

    Geoffrey Clendon smiles as he looks at the camera.

    A month spent in the Hokianga as the first-ever creative in residence at The Church – Rawene has rewritten the script for Auckland-based playwright Geoffrey Clendon.


  • Remembering Antrim Hostel in 1961

    Black and white photo of a group of hostel boys in suits out the front of Antrim House.

    By 1961 the original occupants were long gone from Antrim House, and their home was being used as a Public Service hostel for young single men who were employed by Government Departments.

  • Sharp minds brought together for heritage panel discussion

    Heritage panellists mid-talk at Taranaki Heritage Month.

    A panel of some our country’s leaders in religion, race relations, heritage, arts, business and Māoridom took to the stage during Taranaki’s inaugural Heritage Month in October.

  • Tawa residents get a fresh look into their local history

    A tree shaped like a huge bell looms over a fence. A crowd looks on.

    Wellington Heritage Week was extended to two weeks this year, which provided the opportunity for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff and members of the Tawa Historical Society to bring together a presentation on the history of Tawa, followed by a walk to several historical sites in the suburb on a magnificent sunny Saturday.


  • Sheila Robinson: the historian who enriched the community

    Sheila Robinson and Dame Anne Salmond laugh over a glass of wine.

    There was a time when if anyone had a question about Tairāwhiti’s history, the answer would be ‘ask Sheila’.

  • Tiptree Cottage cob repairs complete

    Tip Tree cottage with two cabbage trees growing nearby.

    The post-earthquake restoration of Tiptree cob cottage has reached a major milestone.


  • Trouble at mill? Not with these chaps on hand

    Two volunteers working among the rafters at Clarks Mill.

    The wheels came off the machinery at Clark’s Mill the other day – along with a segment of its conveyor belt and other associated pieces of century-old technology. 

  • Wellington Free Ambulance 95 years young

    Black and white photo of Wellington Ambulance Station at twilight.

    Nearly a century after Sir Charles Norwood, Mayor of Wellington, founded the service, Wellington Free Ambulance remains the only ambulance service in New Zealand that is free of charge and the only service operating over the greater Wellington region including the Wairarapa.


  • West Auckland Heritage Conference

    Surf life savers pose for an official photo in their uniforms.

    ‘Trailblazers and Troublemakers’ was the theme for this year's West Auckland Heritage Conference held recently.


  • Whaling heritage draws researcher to New Zealand

    Haureh Hussein smiles in front of his research. He has a tablet in front of him and a bookcase behind.

    Historian Haureh Hussein from Germany recently found himself immersed in the middle of his field of research in the Bay of Islands.

  • 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.