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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. 


  • Fish on the menu thanks to archaeological trap

    Two men with archaeological fish trap standing in stream bed

    Students with the Kerikeri-based Impact Northland Trust enjoyed a taste of fishing the traditional way recently using a stone fish trap that is hundreds of years old.  

  • Heritage garden event open to all – with butterflies

    Group of Heritage Gardeners outside Half Way House at Glenside standing on steps As part of Wellington Heritage Week, the pre-1900s heritage garden at Glenside’s restored Halfway House is open to the public for a delightful spring event.
  • Research Your House workshop

    Antrim House on Bolcoutt Street in Wellington Who used to live in your house? Who used the land before? How was the house laid out originally? What changes and alterations have been made over time? 
  • Suffrage Day celebrations with Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House

    Woman in COVID mask places Camellia in the hands of Kate Sheppard figure in the memorial On Suffrage Day 19 September 2021, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga partnered with the National Council of Women – Te Kanuihera Wahine O Aotearoa at the National Memorial Event. 
  • Time travel around central Christchurch

    A postcard from the collection showing the Diamond Jubilee Clock Tower Movement might be restricted right now, but with the Postcards from the Past online exhibition you can time travel into Ōtautahi Christchurch’s past.
  • The story behind Wellington Central Library’s rescued seats

    Carin Wilson sofa in Wellington Central Library The iconic Carin Wilson seats being saved from Wellington’s Central Library have caught media attention.  Senior Heritage Listing Advisor, Kerryn Pollock, talks to Wilson about the story behind them.


  • Heritage and intensification panel kicks off Wellington Heritage Week

    logo A wide variety of talks, places and stories await in this year’s Wellington Heritage Week which runs from Monday 25 October to Sunday 31 October throughout the capital, the Hutt Valley, Porirua and the Kapiti Coast.
  • Margaret Stoddart exhibition at Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House

    A fitting way to celebrate Suffrage Week, the Margaret Stoddart exhibition opened to the public on September 22 and will run until December 12. 
  • Hayes Homestead Centenary

    Hayes Homestead celebrates 100 years of Kiwi engineering and ingenuity, including what must have been one of the first whole-home audio systems in New Zealand.

  • Native Land Court building important reminder of past

    Watercolour of the Whanganui former Native Land Court Whanganui District Councillor and Whanganui Regional Heritage Trust member, Helen Craig, says the Trust is now ready to engage with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff on the best options for the restoration of the former Māori Land Court building in Whanganui. 


  • Dunedin Heritage Fund allocates $763,855 in one year

    St Dominic Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga’s Dunedin staff partnership with Dunedin City Council’s Heritage Fund has led to excellent outcomes for heritage. 


  • Items with clear link to German Consul during WWI on offer

    Water jug

    Three items of 19th century German furniture with links to one of the darker periods of New Zealand’s early social history are being offered to a museum or other appropriate heritage organisation.

  • Fyffe House due to reopen after extensive ‘horsehair’ repairs

    Fyffe House plaster repairs


    Fyffe House in Kaikōura is reopening for the spring, welcoming visitors into a freshly replastered interior.



  • Inaugural Taranaki Heritage Month planned for October

    Aotea Waka, Patea Taranaki’s long and varied history will come under close public scrutiny in a bid to have residents think more about their past, and its relevance now and into the future.
  • Rawene's historic church on track for restoration

    Rawene

    Rawene’s historic Methodist church has been reduced to its bare bones – or more accurately its bare timbers – as part of an ambitious programme of work that will see it restored and repurposed as an artist’s retreat.

  • Age no barrier to a virtual tour at Old Government Buildings

    Virtual tour of Old Government Buildings

    With the country now in lockdown, the timing seems right for this story of a virtual tour through Wellington’s Old Government Buildings, recently enjoyed by 35 residents of the Ryman-Bob Scott Retirement Village in Petone.

  • Kaikoura road and rail archaeology

    NCTIR Waka Taonga

    As the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) project winds up, it’s a chance to reflect on the extensive and ground-breaking archaeological monitoring and investigations that accompanied the repair and stabilisation of roads, rockfaces and coastal sites. 

  • Terawhiti Station Wellington goldfields tour 02/10/2021

    Albion Battery

    Terawhiti Station is offering goldfields tours to the public. If you own an AWD or 4WD vehicle and would like to visit the historic goldfield sites at Terawhiti Station, one of New Zealand’s oldest and largest sheep stations, join Heritage New Zealand staff and tour guides on Saturday 2 October. A backup day, if wet, has been arranged for Saturday 16 October.

  • Historic causeway re-interred under Wall Street Mall

    Corduroy causeway, Dunedin

    After years of work, Dunedin’s historic ‘Corduroy Causeway’ is now open for viewing. 

  • Wairoa heritage and culture study

    Mike Spedding

    Named after the kahikatea forest that once towered over the region, Te Rauwa is a heritage and culture study of Wairoa’s town centre and was recently launched at the Wairoa Museum.

  • Whanganui draft heritage strategy seeks community voice

    Whanganui CBD

    Whanganui District Council is seeking submissions on the future of their heritage buildings and places.  

  • Fountaine plaque unveiled in Woodville

    Fountaine Square plaque unveiling

    Sixty people, including descendants of Thomas Fountaine, known as the Father of Woodville, gathered recently to commemorate his gifting of Fountaine Square to the town in 1896 as part of a ten-year programme to bring the history of Woodville to its people. 

  • Totara Estate stonework repairs underway

    Stonemason Alan Ward with Slaughterhouse in background “A craftsman who worked on the great cathedrals in Europe could walk onto a job now and the tools would be virtually the same,” says Totara Estate stonemason, Allan Ward. 
  • 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.


  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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

    DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 3 SEPTEMBER.

    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.


  • 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+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatāpui, fa’afāfine, queer and intersex) stories of many of its listed sites, starting with 288 Cuba Street, once the home of Carmen’s Curios.


  • 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.