Blog

Join us as we discuss all things heritage including archaeological digs, heritage how-to's and more. 

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Heritage work under the spotlight 31/08/2020

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Regional Services Director, Pam Bain Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Regional Services Director, Pam Bain, was guest speaker at the Historic Places Tairāwhiti AGM on 26 August in Gisborne.
  • Old Government Buildings box-frame and sash window restoration project 31/08/2020

    Old Government Buildings box-frame and sash window restoration project 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.
  • Wellington City Library - public consultation

    Wellington Central Library

    The Wellington City Council has been wrestling with strengthening options and costs for the Central Library and has put four options out to public consultation up to 7 September.


  • Friends of the Turnbull Library talks resume

    Elizabeth Kay at the book launch

    The Friends of the Turnbull Library have resumed their public talks following the Covid 19 lockdown, with two presentations set down for the National Library in Wellington this month.


  • 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.


  • Three key speakers for Historic Places Wellington AGM

    Jamie Jacobs

    The Historic Places Wellington Annual General Meeting on 30 August will be a special occasion this year, with three top speakers invited to talk about significant heritage places in and around Wellington.


  • Whanganui Regional Heritage Awards announced

    Andrew Coleman

    The inaugural Whanganui Regional Heritage Awards, A Future for our Past, have been established by the Whanganui Regional Heritage Trust, to promote and celebrate heritage retention, conservation and education in the Whanganui, Ruapehu and Rangitīkei Districts.

    Award entries open on 1 August and close on 31 August.  The winners will be announced at the Whanganui Heritage Month Opening Night and Awards Ceremony on Thursday 1 October.

  • 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.

  • Mangahawea Dig Thursday 16 January 2020 16/01/2020

    Karakia inside the trench

    Follow the 2020 Mangahawea Dig week two with updates from Anna Maria Rossi, archaeologist turned Project Advisor. Today was all about wrapping up the dig and ensuring we backfill the excavated areas.

  • Mangahawea Dig Wednesday 15 January 2020 15/01/2020

    Filming the sieving process at the open day

    Follow the 2020 Mangahawea Dig week two with updates from Anna Maria Rossi, archaeologist turned Project Advisor. The rain didn't keep visitors away from our open day or indeed stop the dig progress.

  • Mangahawea Dig Tuesday 14 January 2020 14/01/2020

    Shifting

    Follow the 2020 Mangahawea Dig week two with updates from Anna Maria Rossi, archaeologist turned Project Advisor. Today welcomed new whānau to the bay, researchers from the Radiocarbon Dating Lab of the Waikato University.


  • Mangahawea Dig Monday 13 January 2020 13/01/2020

    Engraved military button found in a 19th century layer

    Anna Maria Rossi has stepped in to continue the Mangahawea blog, with Laura Dawson having returned to Wellington.  Anna Maria is an archaeologist currently working as a Project Advisor with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.


  • Mangahawea Dig Friday 10 January 2020 10/01/2020

    Mangahawea excavation

    Follow the 2020 Mangahawea Dig with updates from our archaeologist Laura Dawson. Areas 9 and 10 are done and dusted, work has moved onto areas 11 and 12.

  • Mangahawea Dig Thursday 9 January 2020 09/01/2020

    An archaeological find from day four

    Follow the 2020 Mangahawea Dig with updates from our archaeologist Laura Dawson. After a few technical issues the team are rolling on and progressing nicely with new areas opening up.

  • Mangahawea Dig Wednesday 8 January 2020 08/01/2020

    Perfect dig conditions for day three

    Follow the 2020 Mangahawea Dig with updates from our archaeologist Laura Dawson. Day three saw the sun shining for perfect dig conditions, but technology was the one holding up progress.

  • Mangahawea Dig Tuesday 7 January 2020 07/01/2020

    Mangahawea Dig Day One

    Follow the 2020 Mangahawea Dig with updates from our archaeologist Laura Dawson. Day two saw the digger on site to assist in a busy day opening trenches.

  • Mangahawea Dig Monday 6 January 2020 06/01/2020

    Mangahawea excavation

    Follow the 2020 Mangahawea Dig with updates from our archaeologist Laura Dawson. After spending two weeks at Mangahawea in 2019, she is back for the first week of the 2020 season.