Joseph is a well-known figure in the heritage community of the Wairarapa and especially for the outstanding leadership he has given to Heritage Wairarapa and to Cobblestones in Greytown.
The citation for Joseph at the recent awards in the Wairarapa read: “He gives tirelessly of his time in ensuring acknowledgement and restoration of built heritage across the Wairarapa. He donates regularly to restoration projects and cobbles together funding for major heritage projects such as the Carterton Courthouse and Cobblestones in Greytown.
His considerable skills in planning allow people access to important historical maps, all of which he provides without cost. Supported by his partner Angela, he focuses on allowing access to heritage sites, education as to their history and importance, and knowledge on how restoration can be achieved. He works with local bureaucracies to shore up the “voice for heritage” at Council tables and is a key connector for the region to Heritage New Zealand .”
Joseph has been a strong partner with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga working on such projects as the preservation of Schou's Barn at Mauriceville, north of Masterton, and the Sayer Slab Whare in Carterton, both Category 1 listed structures.
Despite his mobility issues, Joseph is totally committed to the projects he leads out on, including member visits to historic homesteads and other places in the Wairarapa. Joseph was re-elected chair of Heritage Wairarapa at their AGM on 14 November.