2021 Queen's Birthday Honours recognise heritage work


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. 

Dave Cull
The late Dave Cull, former Mayor of Dunedinexpand/collapse

Dave Cull, who sadly passed away earlier this year, was a councilor, and Mayor from 2010 of the Dunedin City Council remembered well by Glen Hazelton, who joined Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga from the Council as Manager of Organisation Development and who has recently returned to the Council in Dunedin. Dave Cull played a key leadership role in heritage reuse in Dunedin city through a programme of sustainable urbanism and regeneration, minimising demolition. He had many achievements including being President of Local Government New Zealand 2017 – 2019, Vice Chair of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, and Co-President of United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific. With Her Majesty’s approval, his Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) award for services to local government took effect on 26 April 2021 prior to his passing.

“Dave was an inspirational Mayor to work under, particularly in the heritage space, because he constantly worked to bring people together and find workable, positive compromises. I worked with him from an early stage when he was keen to understand the factors inhibiting owners from adaptively re-using their buildings. He pulled together a range of voices – owners, regulators, businesses, valuers, engineers and other professionals – to understand the barriers and set about supporting a programme from Council to address these. His leadership in this space contributed strongly to the subsequent success of the Warehouse Precinct and other heritage re-use in the city. Without his leadership and passion for heritage, these developments would have been a lot longer in coming”.

Margaret Hopkins, who has been active in conservation and local government on Rakiura Stewart Island, has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), for services to conservation and the community. Margaret was a member of the Stewart Island County Council from 1978 to 1990 and Chairperson of the Stewart Island Community Board in the 1990s. She is Chair of the Rakiura Heritage Centre Trust and most recently she was involved with the construction of Stewart Island’s $3.8m Heritage Centre, opened in 2020. She played a leading role in establishing the Ulva Island Marine Reserve and Paterton Inlet Mataitai.

Bruce Bold, of Upper Hutt, has received a Queen’s Service Medal, the QSM, for services to the community. He has been the voluntary caretaker of the Category 1 listed Upper Hutt Historic Blockhouse since the mid 1980s on the historic reserve adjacent to Heretaunga College. Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff have worked closely with Bruce over many years around public events at the 1860s Blockhouse. He has been active in the Upper Hutt Roundtable Club which has acted as a guardian of the building for a long time. Bruce has been recognised as an outstanding leader of events in the city of Upper Hutt for over 40 years. He played a significant role in the mounting of an exhibition on the history of the Blockhouse at the Upper Hutt Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre a few years ago.    

 – David Watt