When news came through in September of a generous gift bequeathed by Tasmanian residents, Beryl and Geoffrey Winter, to Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, the organisation was ecstatic.
“Gifts like this are transformational,” explains Manager Supporter Development, Brendon Veale. “They allow us to do really large projects and can make a huge difference for heritage.”
Geoff and his wife, Beryl, who predeceased him, were lifelong believers in heritage conservation and had a special place in their hearts for Aotearoa New Zealand.
Beryl worked for the National Trust in Sydney until close to her death, while Geoff was involved in restoring old ships. They travelled to New Zealand a few times over the decades and were very fond of it. They had close friends in Auckland.
Their gift will be used in a reroofing project at Wellington’s Antrim House, the national offices for Pouhere Taonga. A plaque in honour of Geoff and Beryl will also be established at Antrim House.
“I only wish I could have met them and been able to say thank you in person,” says Brendon. “But their instructions were clear, and we know we are honouring their memory and intentions.
Work will start on the reroofing later in 2022.
- Anna Knox